Before I begin the typical filler starting point I am going to do this and Monster Musume episode 1 reviews and then decide what to do from there. On another note the plot will be less described and I will talk about comparing it to the manga after the score that I would give.
Well, of the manga that is my favorite it is a close tie for the fifth spot being either Actually I am and Monster Musume. Luck would have it for both series starting to air in the same summer season. Now Actually I am looks like a harem, and from the opening people might think it is as well, but it is not. This series despite having a more female cast it is more comedy than anything, the romance element is more of a side thing. So, with that said let’s get started with the first episode review of Actually I am a, in Japanese known as Jitsu wa Watashi wa.
Ashai Kuromine is a terrible liar. Everyone knows it. He is known as a leaky basket. He cannot tell lies and he cannot keep secrets. However despite all this he does his best. His friends make fun of him. They also realize that he likes a girl in his class, Yoko Shiragami.
Well Kuromine has been thinking he has been keeping it a secret the entire time, trying to avoid her gaze in class. His friends tell him to go ask her out. They hope it is not like how it was last year with the class rep, which ended in disaster.
Well as he goes to tell Shiragami his feelings he discovers she is in fact a vampire and has keeping it a secret this entire time. He has seen her all alone. She cannot take part in gym, she has been known to show up early and leave school late for whatever reason. Well, with the discovery how she is a vampire and gets tans in the sun.
The two talk for a bit and since Shiagami revealed that now that her secret is known she has to leave school. Kuromine does not want that and tells her he will keep the secret and as long as no one else finds out they are fine. Of course when he goes to tell her his feelings he blurts out that they should be friends. She does not realize his feelings and decides to keep it a secret. The two walk home and the episode ends.
When I was looking at the concept art months ago I said I did not really like it since it got rid of the art style in the manga. That was my biggest problem with it. After the first episode I do not mind and it does look a lot better than the art in the concept. Putting that aside this episode was rather enjoyable. I am not sure if this was due to the fact that I enjoy the manga, or the fact that nothing really interesting has caught my attention this season. It did have the comedic moments and introduced several of the characters in brief scenes that will play a roles, although Kuromine’s friends appear less and less seemingly as the series progresses. I even forgot who they were at one point reading the manga. Anyway I am only bringing up the opening, since this is a weekly series I have no idea how many chapters that they will cover, but I know the school principal was in the opening, and appears in the late teens for chapters, and the other character I was thinking that is appears in the late twenties did not. So, as of right now I am not sure how much they will cover, the series itself is a little episodic, with no real way to feel completed. There is also no known amount of episodes, so for all I know this might be twenty-four or more episodes. But anyway, I did enjoy this episode as a fan of the manga, which I guess is good to say after the first episode since there are some series after the first episode I can feel indifferent if I read the manga before.
Overall Score: 75/100 (I would go higher but at that point it would be more bias than focusing on what the episode showed. This series is a lot funnier but this episode was just progressing the plot)
In Comparison to the Manga:
I actually went back to read a bit of the manga before writing this, mostly because last time I read the first few chapters was well, in a day with about forty others nine to ten months ago.
So, not much changed. Well like I said there were a few brief scenes that introduced some of the other important characters. There was a scene with Kuromine’s friends being harassed by Mikan. She did not do that. Also at the end with the Class Rep, she did not do that, in fact it was Mikan spying. Other than that this episode only covered the first chapter in the manga. It is weekly so I am going to assume it will cover more than likely the next two next week.
This series is being streamed by Cruchyroll.
So, did you like this episode? Also what do you think of the new format for the weekly reviews?