7 More Manga for Monster Girl Lovers
by Lynzee Loveridge,
Back in 2015, monster girls were all the rage thanks to Okayado's hit Monster Musume. The anime adaptation was one of the first to introduce a harem of all non-human girls. It also successfully married its over-the-top fanservice with humor, kicking off a soft trend that's still going strong now. One of the manga from my previous list of monster girl manga (Jashin-chan Dropkick) was recently announced to get an anime sometime next year, and next season will be bringing us Killing Bites, which stars a honey-badger-girl and other fanservicey fighting animal hybrids. While monster girl anime still aren't super-common yet, there's no shortage of manga to whet fans' appetites, and publishers seem more than happy to release more slithering, creeping, and crawling girls into the wild.
The Demon Who Became My Sister Demons are usually classified separately from monster girls, since there's enough of them to fill their own category. The female lead of The Demon Who Became My Sister is less anime demon and more the standard underworld type complete with horns, which is why I'm including this series on the list. The manga's subtitle is "The sister of the woods with a thousand young", which should be the first tip-off to any H.P. Lovecraft fans that this "demon" is really the eldritch abomination Shub-Niggurath. She becomes the sister of the series' protagonist, who encounters her while wandering around the woods as orphans are wont to do. The two begin living together and for reasons still unexplained, she doesn't devour his soul.
My Monster Girl's Too Cool for You The setting reimagines Japan as a place where yokai and humans coexist and even go to school together. Human Atsushi develops a crush on a yuki-onna named Muku. Those familiar with legends will remember that yuki-onna are typically beautiful, but like sirens, they're mostly interested in leading men to their deaths. Muku has an icy demeanor and initially rejects Atsushi's affections because they literally make her melt. The cast also expands to include other yokai types, but the romance is clearly fixated on the main couple for those seeking a more harem-like approach.
Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid If you missed Kyoto Animation's anime adaptation of this series back in January, you should definitely check it out. Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid is a little bit rom-com and a little bit family drama but a whole lotta heart. Our titular maid, Tohru, takes up residence with programmer Kobayashi after the two have a haphazard encounter in the mountains that only one of them actually remembers. Kobayashi isn't a fan at first, but her resistance grows to indifference and then to acceptance and affection as the couple, and later dragon additions to the crew including a child named Kanna, learn the importance of making a family.
Oh, My Sweet Alien! This romantic comedy is completely domestic, in that the lead character is actually married to the monster girl of his dreams. Nobuo is a salaryman with a wife at home. What everyone else doesn't know is that the wife they've all met is a disguise. He's actually happily married to an alien with tendrils for hair and laser beam-powered eyes. Her scaly skin is a purplish hue, and their baby hatched from a giant egg that took over most the apartment. Oh, My Sweet Alien is a little more raunchy than sweet, but it definitely commits to its premise.
My Girlfriend is a T-Rex What if dinos didn't go extinct, they just evolved into anthro-lizard people? My Girlfriend is a T-Rex takes place in such a world, which should at first glance seem horrifying. It conjures images of a world where humans with lizard tails and clawed hands rip regular humans limb from limb. Instead, regular guy Yūma lands himself a T-Rex girlfriend who has a huge carnivorous appetite, but just for regular food. Churio lacks much common sense or human instincts, which is the premise for most of the manga's comedy. She's kind of dog-like in that well-meaning "puts everything in her mouth while wagging her tail" way. The story is set up as a four-panel comic, so this is a manga to flip through for laughs, enjoying its tongue-in-cheek silliness as it plays with the entire monster girl genre.
Mononoke Sharing By the same creator as Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, Mononoke Sharing is about a girl named Yata with bad eyesight who ends up sharing a flat with a bunch of busty monster girls. Yata has to cohabitate with a kappa, oni, fox spirit, snow woman, and rokurokubi. The latter is a type of yokai that looks like a normal human except for its extending neck. The yokai girls cause a lot of problems for Yata, both for lacking much common sense and just being the worst kinds of roommates. Coolkyoushinja employs a fair amount of gross-out humor and doesn't shy away from some of the more lurid parts of yokai legends, like the fox spirit's sexual appetite.
Yokai Girls This manga is closer in content and tone to Monster Musume for fans looking for both an older protagonist and sexier content. College graduate Yakki has never hit it off with women, becoming increasingly conscious of the fact that he's still a virgin at age 20. When he meets Rokka, things start to look up, but she comes down with a mysterious illness during their first date. Yakki quickly discovers that even he wasn't even able to foresee the true nature of her anemia-esque sickness, and she'll need his "surprise energy" to stay healthy.
The old poll: What's your favorite anime to watch during the holiday season?
- Tokyo Godfathers
- Toradora Eps 17-19
- The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya
- Yuri On Ice Ep. 10
- K-on! Ep 7
- Sailor Moon S Movie: Hearts in Ice
- Howl's Moving Castle
- Mobile Suit Gundam Wing: Endless Waltz
- Cardcaptor Sakura Ep 35
- Ranma 1/2: Tendo Family Christmas Scramble
- Azumanga Daioh Ep 17
- Clannad: After Story Ep 13
- Love Hina Christmas Special
- School Rumble Season 2i Ep 19
- Is the Order a Rabbit? Episode 11
- Martian Successor Nadesico Ep 13
- Lucky Star Ep 11
- Hetalia: Axis Power Ep 31
- Kimi ni Todoke Xmas episode
When she isn't compiling lists of tropes, topics, and characters, Lynzee works as the Managing Interest Editor for Anime News Network and posts pictures of her sons on Twitter @ANN_Lynzee.
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