“Understanding” Demi-chan wa Kataritai Review and Recommendations

“H-Hug…Hug me?”

Cute girls doing cute things are back, but with a twist this time. This winter season brought with it a season of girls based on demi-humans (ajin/demis) as they try to assimilate into their new lives within society, specifically high school. It follows the lives of the girls, Hikari (Vampire), Satou (Succubus), Machi (Dullahan) and Yuki (Yuki-onna) and their teacher Takahashi Tetsuo as he learns more about them and helps them develop and grow as a teacher/mentor.

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High school comes about as a dramatic time in human lives, and it was nice too see how they adapted the young girls into theirs. With being scientifically different from human beings, there were some fair share of moments of questioning the difference between the two, from their actions to how they present themselves, lessons were taught and knowledge gained that everyone is a bit different yet still similar at the same time. It was interesting to also note the “research” taken by Takahashi, and the backgrounds surrounding the different folklore’s of the demi girls. From dullahans to vampires they all offered their different backgrounds from history and when it was compared to how history has portrayed them to now, was educating despite being fiction.

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At it’s heart however, Demi-chan wa Kataritai embodies the cute girls doing cute things model, with a bunch of different antics as they learn and grow. Most of these moments led to comedic ones about understanding each other which could be taken in a light-hearted way. This being paired with animations suited towards each scene, through its use of bright colors when there was something joyful occurring but also sometimes more sombre colors when there was time for more thought and questioning.

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Yuki Best Girl!

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OP/ED: The OP/ED combination were one of the more outstanding combinations this season. With a fun, light and bubbly track to begin each episode, TrySail was an excellent choice in providing energy and an overall great atmosphere to the start of each episode. The OPs animations were focused around the girls, their characteristics and their lives at school which matched well with the whole anime. The ED on the other hand was also light but slower in pace, relaxing in style. This allowed for a great end to each episode. The animation style also differed with the use of a more “drawing” based art-style rather than solid animations, this being mixed and matched from monotone to lots of bright colors made it really stand out.

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Demi-chan wa Kataritai Was it Good?

Demi-chan wa Kataritai was a great anime. Embodying the slice of life aspects in which a lot of anime fall into, it is an excellent example of growth and learning that things are different. It was nice too see how all the characters meshed well and this being reinforced by their antics and a fitting animation style allowed for it to be an easy watch on any day.

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Recommendations: There are a bunch of anime in which deal with students and their high-school lives. With cute girls doing cute things, this matches well with the ongoing trend within anime, as more of these types of shows have aired in previous seasons, thus I recommend the following:

  • Monster Musume no Iru Nichijou
  • Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon
  • Jitsu Wa Watashi Wa
  • ReLife
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