Monster Musume: Every Day Life With Monster Girls is, well, exactly what you’d expect. It’s a harem anime about a guy living with a bunch of monsters. You see, on this alternate version of Earth, various species of monsters have been discovered and recognized as people – collectively known as ‘liminals’ – in their own rights. The ‘Interspecies Cultural Exchange Act’ was ordained outlining the laws pertaining to liminals, most importantly that humans and liminals are forbidden from harming one another.
In an attempt to integrate them into society, liminals are assigned – usually voluntarily – to host families to allow both parties to come to understand more about each other. I say ‘usually’ voluntarily because our protagonist Kimihito is forced into the program by Ms Smith, an officer acting both as a police officer and a coordinator of the Interspecies Cultural Exchange Program, who shows up with a very confused lamia named Miia who he is expected to take care of. He probably could have refused, but he didn’t have the heart to turn her away. But that’s only the beginning…
Rokka, at first glance, appears to be a pretty standard fantasy show. Many years in the past a demon lord arose and corrupted part of the land. Eventually, he was driven back by an ancient warrior. Afterwards, the warrior spread her power throughout the world, prophesying that it would manifest itself in 6 parts – choosing the greatest hopes for the world as champions – should he ever return.
This has happened several times, and these champions – known as the ‘Braves of the Six Flowers’ – have always succeeded in driving back the demon lord. Demons have once again begun to harass the people of this world… and the demon lord is sure to rise again.
Perfect set up for a standard fantasy anime, right?
Charlotte is an anime about kids with superpowers. Surely you know what to expect right? Well, not exactly. You see, in Charlotte, teenagers are – seemingly randomly – developing superpowers that last until they’re finished growing, usually vanishing around their 18th or 19th year.
These aren’t the perfect superpowers we see in comics though, these are superpowers that are inherently more realistic than that, featuring flaws and not necessarily accounting for the consequences. As an example, Yuu Otosaka (our protagonist) has the ability to take control of someone else… except his own body becomes unconscious as a result and it only lasts 5 seconds.
These kids are not left in peace though, as organizations are interested in researching – and exploiting – them. To counteract this, the Hoshinoumi Academy student council finds such students and coerces them into transferring to their school for protection. Nao Tomori, the female lead, is the head of the student council and forces Yuu to not only transfer to Hoshinoumi, but also join the student council. And that is where it all begins…
Actually, I Am… is a romantic comedy about Kuromine Asahi, a high school student whose defining characteristic is his pathetically inability to keep a secret. He’s referred to as ‘Open Book’, ‘Leaky Basket’, and other such terms… and is occasionally used by those who know him as a way of getting a real opinion on matters others might defer or refuse to comment on.
Which makes him the perfect protagonist to fall in love with a half-vampire who is permitted to attend school on the condition that nobody discover her secret…
Gate has a premise that has been done countless times before. Random mystical gateway opens up – in Japan, of course – and hostile forces appear. What makes Gate different is that we win. Handily. The initial invasion force gets utterly slaughtered (once the military responds anyways – at first, civilians suffer from this surprise attack) and then the Japanese government has to decide what to do about it.
Their decision? Send the Self-Defense Force beyond the gate and attempt to establish control. But what are they going to find on the other side, and how will this strange gate effect everything?