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Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 7 Review – Quick Summary

In Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 7, “Species 7: Everyday Life With MON and Arachne,” Orcs took over a bookstore. But the human police can do nothing because of the Inter-Species Law! Is this Agent Smith’s chance to shine? The “director” that tried to profit off of Papi’s egg infuriated his illegal house guest, who happened to be Rachnera Arachnera, an Arachne. The “director” made a serious mistake, but he managed to call the MON squad, who tried to rescue him. Now Rachnera is missing, and so is Darling-kun! What does Rachnera want with Darling-kun? Will MON find them in time? Or will Rachnera vent her hatred of humans on Darling-kun?

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

Favorite Quote from Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 7

Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 7: Agent Smith was so close to being impressive

Agent Smith was “this close” to being impressive. Capture from the Blu-Ray.

Agent Smith has a tough job. We know that. We also know, because she has told us every chance she gets, that she’s underpaid. But I think I see a pattern, and it’s this: 

Agent Smith often gets in her own way.

Take this episode, for example. The police were at a loss. Made up of humans, they could not do anything that might harm a non-human species. Realizing they could not even bend the law because a Foreign Minister was present – a Foreign Minister who made it clear he would have anyone who broke the law arrested – Agent Smith saw her opportunity to shine.

Holding  a paper cup in the police tent that served as their local command center, Smith said she could help. All eyes turned to her. Then, dramatically, she took a sip of coffee.

“This coffee is awful!” she said with a grimace (03:33). 

She was so close to being impressive!

Best in Show Moment for Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 7

Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 7: Rachnera could not at first accept Darling-kun's honesty

Rachnera had felt so convinced that Darling-kun had lied to her that she could only stare in shock at his honest hope she could get away. Capture from the Blu-Ray.

Setup: Rachnera’s Strength Intimidated Some Folk

Monster Musume honestly doesn’t get the credit it deserves as a vehicle for social criticism. Sure, it’s packed with beautiful Monster Girls, many of whom fling their clothes aside at the slightest provocation. That’s part of the appeal; that’s how to get some folks watching a series. But Monster Musume goes beyond that. It has shown moments of genuine emotion. It can also make a comment on what I’d normally call the “human condition.” But in this case, I’ll have to call it the “sentient condition.”

Consider Rachnera. She’s a large, powerful, and independent-minded woman. She wants no-one’s sympathy; she prides herself on her cunning and her self-sufficiency. Her host family, expecting someone Rachnera described as “softer,” tried to be polite, but they clearly didn’t want anything to do with her.

Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 7: Rachnera's original host family could not accept her

Rachnera’s original host family’s reaction didn’t seem warm. If you read the manga, you’ll get this story in full – it’s worth a read! Capture from the Blu-Ray

A certain segment of society who wants nothing to do with an expectedly powerful woman? That sounds familiar. It sounds too familiar. Monster Musume didn’t call attention directly to the idea. Instead, it simply presented it as part of the story. It wasn’t an overt social comment; it was part of the story that just happened to hold a mirror up to our world.

I can’t blame Rachnera for being fed up with humans. However, I feel sorry for her. It blinded her, at least at first, from understanding what Darling-kun was telling her. For example, she interpreted his trying to get away from her as evidence of his revulsion. On the contrary: Her breasts had come free from her shirt, and he was getting away to hide his reaction. Which was definitely not revulsion.

Delivery: Darling-kin Celebrated Rachnera for Who She Was

The same kind of misinterpretation happened when Darling-kun said it was terrible how she had been treated. She reacted with anger, thinking he was pitying her. But Darling-kun, being Darling-kun, simply reacted to what he saw: It was terrible she was not treated well, not because she was pitiable, but because she deserved to be treated better.

What I like so much about my favorite scene is that it is a very different take on victimhood than I’m used to seeing. She had put up with the “director’s” treatment not because she had to, but because she was strong and wanted to evaluate the situation. She had kidnapped Darling-kun not as an act of desperation, but because she wanted to make a comment before the authorities caught up to her and deported her. She was in control. Her strength and intelligence gave her the advantage. 

My favorite scene was when the MON squad showed up to arrest her. Instantly, she assumed Darling-kun had only flirted with her to stall until MON arrived. That left her utterly unprepared for his breakdown.

Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 7: Darling-kun's honesty impressed Rachnera

Rachnera at first couldn’t even understand the context for what he was saying. Capture from the Blu-Ray

Think about this: Rachnera, an expert tactician, someone who had calculated her actions with precision, stood there, shocked, as Darling-kun said (20:18), “Yeah, I did hit the guy, but that was — “

She thought he was lying. Then he said (20:46), “I’ll turn myself in. You should run, Rachnera-san. Good luck.”

Her laugh, when she realized that the dude was serious, sounded like music. His reaction and his earnestness completely blew her away. Seeing she had finally find someone authentic, someone she could begin to trust, made the episode for me. And that’s saying something, given we got to meet Manako for the first time!

What did you think of the solution to the Orc crisis? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Feel free to share them in the comments!

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3 thoughts on “Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls Episode 7 Review – Best In Show

  1. The girls of MON are indeed a nice addition to the cast – but they are prologue to the appearance of Best Girl herself: Rachnera.

    1. I can’t fault your taste! I’m still partial to Miia, but Rachnera’s a great character. I love how much in control she is. Smart as all-get-out, too!

      1. Smart, secure in herself, takes no crap… And isn’t clingy like some of the other girls tend to be. What’s not to like?

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