Monster Yurisume: My lesbian life with Monster Girls
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Now that monster-people have revealed themselves to the world of mankind, Japan is looking for Interspecies Exchange Program hosts. Yuisu didn't really have a plan in mind when she applied to be one. A letter arrived asking for participants and she filled out the form on a whim.
She definitely wasn't thinking of beautiful monster girls when she decided to apply. Okay, perhaps she was thinking of them a little bit. Or a lot... She got the nickname Yuri-su in high school for a reason, after all.
Based on the Monster Musume manga by Okayado, using characters and art from the now-defunct Monster Musume Online game as well as original characters.
Sexual content note: While sexual acts occassionally do occur on screen, there is no explicitly detailed sex in this series.
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I need to get something off my chest right away. If it's pure smut or if the author is a hopeless weeaboo, it will cost the story points.
Now, since I've rated it 4/5, you can be reasonbly sure that neither of those are true, so if you are holding off on reading this because you fear either of those things, you can now go ahead and read it with your mind at ease (also, the blurb is pretty damn accurate).
So why did I take that one star away?
It's not the grammar. In fact, the grammar is pretty much perfect. Thinking back on it, I can't think of coming across a single mistake, which is actually odd. With that said, there probably are mistakes, there always is, that's why I said pretty much perfect. All in all, I'm not taking anything off the rating here.
It's not the characters. I'd actually argue the characters are a step above what is required. The characters could have been written a bit worse, and it would still be a serviceable story since this kind of story doesn't have that high a demand of characters. At the same time, the author also seems aware of this, and doesn't spend page after page developing the characters of this story. Instead they are given exactly what they need, and then a bit extra on top. As such, I'd argue that the characters might actually be the strong point of this one.
It's not the story or plot. It's a fan fic, so it really isn't a thing you can screw up that easy. It's fine, it works, it's exactly what you would expect.
So what is the removed star for? It's the comedy. First, let me talk about something else.
The source material for this one is a manga. The advantage this gives it is that it can apply appeal by constantly showing the cute girls, lowering the requirements for the comedy in it. Originally, I was worried with how well the manga would translate into a web novel, however the author supplements it with art, and it actually works.
However, this one seems to focus less on comedy than the source material, which I find odd. In my opinion, as it's now in written form, it should be focusing more on comedy since it can't as easily rely on the appeal of cute girls. Yes, I realize that whether something is funny is also a matter of taste, but the problem, as I see it, is that there really isn't much comedy.
This doesn't mean that it isn't good. It is. But if you, as I, expected there to be more laughs, it might leave you a bit disappointed.
I am, of course, completely open to the idea that I have misinterperet something in regards to the author's intentions. Perhaps, the characters are so good because the author wishes to focus on the romance?
Regardless, I will probably go back at some point and touch up on this review or remove it entirely at some point in the future.
TLDR: Should you read this? Yes.