Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 4 Review – Quick Summary
In Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 4, “Species 4: Everyday Life with a Slime,” Darling-kun had almost finished preparing dinner. He turned his back just long enough to tell Papi he would play video games with her after dinner. In that moment, Miia snuck a look into the pot – and found her head enveloped in a slimy globe with eyes! Apparently, a Slime had somehow gotten in, and it almost drowned Miia! It had gone into hiding after Centorea’s had failed to even slow it down. Will Darling-kun, Miia, Centorea, and Papi have to abandon their home? Is there anything Agent Smith can do (of course not, but it would be impolite not to ask)? And just what is the Slime after, anyway?
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 4
Centorea shows that she’s bold and subtle. Well, bold, anyway. Capture from the Blu Ray.
I tend to think of Centorea as a morally upstanding young woman. I think it’s because of the contrast with Miia, who is willing to throw herself at Darling-kun every chance she gets. Mind you, I have no objection to Miia’s focus and drive. Quite the contrary! I’m just saying, though, that it makes Centorea look demure by comparison.
And come to think of it, that doesn’t make Miia any less morally upstanding.
Anyway, in this episode, Centorea made me rethink the “demure” label. I think I need to give her some more credit for boldness, even if she expresses it differently than Miia. Here’s a case in point.
After Suu slimed both Darling-kun and Centorea, the former ducked into the bath to shower. Just as he finished washing his hair, Centorea knocked and rather vaguely asked if she could come in. Darling-kun said sure.
So Centorea stepped into the room, clad only in a towel. When I say “clad,” I mean she held it mostly over her breasts. Mostly; she “accidentally” forgot to cover the right one. And what was her excuse?
“The Slime may attack you again,” she said, embarrassing herself with her boldness (05:27). “So I can’t leave you alone!”
I didn’t think she had it in her. But good for her for asserting herself!
Best in Show Moment for Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 4
Suu was so graceful in this moment that it blew me away. Capture from the Blu Ray.
Setup: Expectations Play a Role
It’s interesting to reflect on the role expectations play in how we react to a series. I went into this expecting a fun ecchi comedy. I got a darned good example of a fun ecchi comedy. In my opinion, it’s in the top five of its genre (I’d argue it’s at the very top, but there’s room for debate!).
But being “merely” a good ecchi comedy isn’t going to get a series inducted into the Caw of Fame. To earn that, a show has to exceed my expectations. Monster Musume started down that road when how Darling-kun treated Miia in my favorite moment back in episode 1. In this episode, the series decided to up the ante. And it was all around a slippery Slime.
Papi immediately liked Suu – enough to defy Darling-kun! Though that might not be saying a lot! Capture from the Blu Ray.
When Papi heard Centorea suggest that Suu could be arrested for illegal immigration (I’m paraphrasing!), Papi grabbed Suu by the raincoat and flew away. She had taken a liking to Suu, and knowing how it was to be on the wrong end of the law, Papi took pity on her.
One thing led to another, and Papi and Suu ended up playing with some kids Papi had befriended. They were playing near a bridge, and when the little girl’s hat blew off, she ran into the street to grab it. She ran right into the path of a speeding truck. Suu saved her, but in doing so, she ended up stuck to the bridge’s concrete railing. It crumbled and fell backward, taking Suu with it.
Delivery: I Already Care about Suu
Suu dissolves in water. Papi and Darling-kun knew that, so Papi threw herself to the pavement and grabbed Suu’s wrist. Now, this is what I thought was very cool. This is an ecchi comedy. Sure, this genre can do poignant little moments. But I didn’t expect something with gravitas!
The soundtrack went silent. For a moment, Papi tried to hang on. Suu’s a Slime, so her arms were slippery. Papi felt her grip slipping, and her frantic expression really drew me into the moment. As she fought to hold on, Suu said (19:41), “Papi.”
Papi’s reaction made this moment real. Capture from the Blu Ray.
The first time I saw this, I had no idea if Suu was going to be a main character. I didn’t even consider plot armor, because the scene so effectively drew me into the moment that I saw the situation through Papi’s eyes. So I was emotionally devastated when Suu finished her sentence by saying, “Thank you.”
She plunged towards the river.
Of course, we know that Darling-kun saved her by pushing the truck into the river so she’d fall into it, and not the water. Still, I thought that moment was so well done that it elevated the series for me. That’s why I chose it for my favorite moment.
What did you think of Suu’s introduction? What were your favorite moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
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- Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 3: Everyday Life Under Dangerous Circumstances
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