220http://jetblack.thebebop.net/wpcontent/uploads/2017/07/106271.jpg This was a sleeper hit for me as Demichan wa Kataritai was a wordofmouth recommendation from a friend who had already seen the first episode. Somehow in my preparation for the winter anime season I missed this one instead casting my attention more toward the more prominent series such as Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo 2https://anilist.co/anime/21699/KonoSubarashiiSekainiShukufukuwo2 Masamunekun no Revengehttps://anilist.co/anime/21857/MasamunekunnoRevenge and the previouslyreviewedhttps://anilist.co/review/anime/2235 Kobayashisan Chi no Meidoragonhttps://anilist.co/anime/21776/KobayashisanChinoMaidragon. I cant lie and say that I didnt begin watching this series without some set of expectations. I will fully admit to having watched a fair portion of Monster Musume no Iru Nichijouhttps://anilist.co/anime/21093/MonsterMusumenoIruNichijou and concurrent to this seriesMeidoragon. My experience with Monster Musumewas limited to the notion of monster girls being used as the basis for a superecchi comedy and that was the extent of my informed prejudgment of how Demichan might progress. I was horribly mistaken. Demichan turned out to be a warmhearted and easygoing story spending a lot more time on the development of the insecurities of the demihumans trying their best to make a life for themselves in a rather insular society such as Japans. All throughout their lives they faced varying degrees of prejudicial treatment and when they arrive at Shibasaki High Tetsuosenseis reaction is quite different. Its pretty obvious that Tetsuo is standing in for the everyman premise being kindhearted thoughtful considerate and respectfully curious about who they are. In expanding his own personal understanding of the nature of being a demihuman he begins to try to help them feel more comfortable at school in order to provide them with the best avenue of success an ideal wed wish for any teacher entrusted with that level of responsibility. The knuckleball pitch in the dirt is when one of the other teachers Satousensei is introduced as a demihuman herself. Shes a succubus who goes out of her way to reduce contact with anyone who might find her attractive. Satousensei borrows Yankumis tracksuit fromGokusenhttps://anilist.co/anime/242/Gokusenin order to dress down her appearance and remain as lowkey as possible. Tetsuo notices this and does his best to appear unaffected by her nature but as it so happens in anime incidental contact carries meaning. A brief touch of the hands or even bumping into her in the hallways made for some very subtle and understated comedy between the two. Satou believes that she may have found the only man whos completely unaffected by her pheromones except as soon as shes out of sight he shows that he is utterly affected. The manner in which this was played out in the episodes really elevated the level of storytelling being employed here. My favorite characters out of the group were Kyoko Dullahan and Satousensei. Both exhibited a deeper dynamic to their characters where as the others were more caricature than character. Kyokos depth came in her maturity over the others and to a certain extent that appeared to be Satous strengths as well. I found that my favorite episodes of the series resulted in a better understanding of those characters specifically although I didnt hate the other two and enjoyed knowing more its just that I clearly favored Kyoko and Satous stories more. Especially when we find out about Satous past and her involvement with the police detectives assigned to her case to ensure her integration into society. Tetsuos curiosity about Satou leads her to believe that his interest is not purely academic and given his apparent propensity involving her nature she sees him as a viable candidate as a future romantic partner. As stated earlier theres comedy to be had there but I felt that Tetsuos obliviousness contributed to the proceedings. This factors in greatly in enjoyment of the overall series especially the recent summer episode broadcast at the end of June. Technically I have no complaints about the animation style. After reading some of the manga published by Kodansha the anime did its level best to approximate the art style depicted there. The story itself allowed a nonreader to access the plot and the characters easily and as they developed in each episode those identifying with Tetsuosensei will begin to feel an emotional attachment to the demihumans and the obstacles they face. Every time I turn around theres a new TrySail track that I must acquire. High School Fleethttps://anilist.co/anime/21316/HighSchoolFleet turned me into a fan of TrySails so I was enthused to hear them singing the opening theme Original. Unfortunately I wasnt as big of a fan of the ending theme Fairytale by Sangatsu no Phantasia mostly because I felt that the composition was pretty pedestrian as far as themes go but ultimately youre not watching an anime for the theme songs right? On the other hand Masaru Yokoyama brought his Agame with the background music however and if you havent had a chance to listen to the soundtrack you can pick it up at Amazon or CD Japan pretty easily. In the end Demichan turned out to be a solid series with emotional depth and a feelgood atmosphere. If youre not a fan of the monster girls subgenre then Id recommend you skip it because the premise requires a buyin that may not be available for full enjoyment. Ill be checking out a second season if the rumors are true as of this writing. Hopefully well have some good news for Demichan fans in October
80 /100
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