Rating: 4/5 – Great Art and Great Writing for a Very Select Audience
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Al Sparrow.
Monster girls are huge right now in the anime and manga world. For example, as long as you can stomach the more prurient aspects of the story and art, pound for pound you won’t find a more fun book on the shelves right now than Monster Musume. Even a cursory examination will reveal that monster maidens have been a part of manga since its early days, so it’s surprising that it’s taken this long for someone to create an actual encyclopedia of monster girls, complete with lush full-color illustrations.
The book opens with a forward from a nomadic scholar who has been attempting to chronicle and categorize every type of monstrous female, and an introduction is given to explain things like their nature, diet, reproduction, and the monster’s relationship to humanity. There’s even a brief history of how the monster females first emerged, all tying back to the very first known monster female – the Succubus. If you know the nature of succubi throughout literature, you may have a fair idea where this book heads after the introduction. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, in simplest terms these monster women have monster libidos and that’s the real focus of what the book is trying to cover.
Author Kenkou Cross goes to great pains to explain how each monster girl wants to seduce and have their way with unsuspecting and hapless male prey. Ever wonder how a slime girl does it? What about a Dryad? Or a Fairy? It’s all covered in the pages of this tome, and while it makes for some funny reading, there’s also a few moments where you’re bound to either roll your eyes or scratch your head and wonder who thinks of such stuff.
That said, the book has some gorgeous full-color renderings of each type of monster girl, including the occasionally more lascivious inset graphic to illustrate a point or two. It’s put together nicely in a hardbound volume with excellent graphic production to make it look and feel like an actual encyclopedia. I know some of you younger readers may wonder what an encyclopedia might be…feel free to use the internet to look it up.
To its credit, the book goes to great pains to ensure it ends up in the right hands, with a “For Mature Monster Girl Fans Only” badge just above the Mature (18+) rating. It’s almost a shame such a good looking book will reach only a limited audience based on its topic and tone, but this is a must for any older fan of monster girls. The artwork will surely grab you, the writing – whether intentionally humorous or not – will keep you chuckling, and the promise of future volumes will no doubt make this book just enough to whet your appetite for more.
Reviewed by: Al Sparrow
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