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Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 2 Review – Quick Summary

In Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 2, “Everyday Life with Harpy and Centaur,” Miia felt ecstatic. Kimihito Kurusu/Darling-kun had stood up for her honor, and she wanted to show her appreciation. So she swore she would protect him someday. Too bad she didn’t see Papi fly in and swoop off with him! How long will it take Miia to catch up to them, since Papi the Harpy being capable of flight? Later, Darling-kun tried to shop for groceries. Papi’s small, but she eats a lot! A galloping centaur named Centorea Shianus crashed into him and sent him flying. Fortunately, a steel sign stopped his flight – abruptly. Why was she running? What is she saying about toast? And just what kind of Japanese magic does she believe in?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 2

Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 2: Papi struggles with words

Papi even got the number of syllables wrong. Capture from the Blu Ray.

I really shouldn’t think this quote is so funny. Nor should I choose it for my favorite quote of the episode! But while I’m here, I might as well embrace the spirit of the series.

Papi had just abducted Darling-kun. She had a reasonable goal: She knew she couldn’t be out and about on her own, since she had no host family. So, she created her own! Very resourceful, from Papi’s perspective.

Darling-kun didn’t know about her motivations, though, but he didn’t want to dive right into controversy. He bought some ice cream for her first. She began to open up to him by explaining that the Inter-Species Bill was way too hard for her to memorize. So when the Terminator wasn’t looking (she meant Coordinator Kuroko Smith – Papi and words don’t get along very well), Papi escaped in search of good eats! 

Darling-kun expressed concern, but she said she had escaped several times before and it was no big deal. Though she did look thoughtful as she added (04:11), “But they said next time I ran way, they’d incest me.”

No, Papi, this is not Oreimo. No one’s going to incest you!

Best in Show Moment for Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 2

Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 2: Darling-kun gets points for bravery

He had no idea it was a fake sword, so he gets points for bravery! Capture from the Blu Ray.

Setup: Darling-kun: A Lead among Leads!

My favorite moment is a simple thing this week. At the same time, it illustrates one of the things that earned this series a spot in the Caw of Fame. This next sentence might sound like it contradicts itself: I like harem comedies that are realistic. Yes, I know the genre is not doing me any favors here. But maybe I can put it this way.

Think about Infinite Stratos. The male lead, Ichika Orimura, is surrounded by some of the most intelligent, powerful, and gorgeous women in anime-dom. Yet, he’s too oblivious to notice. Or think about To Love Ru Darkness. Momo comes up with a plan – a well-considered, comprehensive plan! – to put the main character, Rito Yuuki, in the center of a harem of astonishing women. But he’s all like, “Gee, well, I don’t know…” He doesn’t know? What the heck’s wrong with him?

Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 2: Darling-kun is not an oblivious harem MC!

I’ll give the guy credit: He’s not oblivious to how the Monster Girls feel about him. Capture from the Blu Ray.

And don’t even get me started on Tsukune Aono.

The point is that there are a lot of harem leads whose attractiveness makes absolutely, positively, no sense! Unless Momo secretly belongs to the Sisters of Charity. Then maybe. But weak or mean characters who offer nothing just make no sense as a harem lead!

That said, but Darling-kun is averaging one sweet, endearing act with each of the Monster Girl’s he’s met. And that’s not counting the multiple Acts of Male Harem Lead Goodness he’s committed on behalf of Miia!

Delivery: Darling-kun Stood between Centorea and Death Itself!

One of those acts is my favorite moment. Remember how Darling-kun ended up accidentally disarming Centorea? No, he won’t win any awards for how. Yes, I admit that clinging to Centorea’s breasts so tightly that he ripped off her shirt – at her full gallop, no less – was probably less than stellar. But I submit that there were extenuating circumstances. Like he panicked because he didn’t want to die!

That wasn’t my favorite moment. My favorite moment was when the thief, furious at how Centorea had thwarted his plans, tried to slice her in half with her own sword. And Darling-kun threw himself in front of that sword (18:45). 

Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 2: Centorea has a strong sense of justice

Centorea has an insanely developed sense of justice. Capture from the Blu Ray.

We know, in retrospect, that the sword was fake. But Darling-kun didn’t know that. He fulled expected to die. Yet, he protected Centorea. I’d even go so far as it wasn’t merely because that’s the kind of guy he is. He felt obligated to protect her because he felt responsible, at least in part, for her predicament. 

In other words, he engaged in a laudable Act of Male Harem Lead Goodness, thus giving Centorea a valid reason to regard him in a romantic light. Sure beats the heck out of Rito freaking out yet again at seeing Lala’s breasts. Seriously, I don’t think Lala found the nose bleeds sexy.

What did you think of Miia’s attempt to rescue the small child from the tree? What were your favorite moments? Please feel free to let me know in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 2 Review – Best In Show

  1. “But weak or mean characters who offer nothing just make no sense as a harem lead!”

    I mean, I get what you’re saying from a goodness-of-story and interesting-for-the-audience point of view… But I also kinda dislike the overused media trope where the romantic partner must have at least one Larger Than Life quality to qualify as “worthy”.

    1. I’m not a fan of Larger Than Life, either. I think I might have been unclear when I said Act of Male Harem Lead Goodness. By that, I just meant he was nice to Centorea, or kind to Miia. Later, we see he does have a super power, but it’s not that much larger than life — more like on the upper scales of normal humanness!

  2. So I looked up the manga version. Nope. It has been around way too long to add it to the schedule now… In print format. Maybe once I’m all caught up with Komi Can’t Communicate in digital format, 33% cheaper than print, I’ll swing back for this series in manga. We will see.

    Right now I’ll just sit through the Anime… Huh? Talk about the episode reviewed? Here? Uhh… Somebody bought that female harpy an ice cream? Yay? Looks good so looking forward to watching it. Heck. One day I’ll be looking forward to the manga reviews I’ll do. Ok bye.

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