Warning: Contains spoilers!
Episodes 9 and 10 of Interviews with Monster Girls focus heavily on the physical consequences of being a demi. For example, how does a succubus’s attraction compare to a normal woman’s attraction? Can a snow woman recreate the conditions that let her make the air cold? And finally, where exactly is a dullahan’s neck?
These questions take up the majority of both episodes, and are told primarily through the lens of Takahashi’s explanations.
(Quick thoughts about the episodes overall: I thought they were okay, a little slow, but I did appreciate Yuki’s coy mention of how Takahashi’s decency goes out the window when he starts thinking about demis. The balance amongst the series’s different elements (harem, slice-of-life, commentary) has finally struck a nice balance, but unfortunately this has come way too late. There are only a couple of episodes left.)
Takahashi is quick with a reasonable answer.
A recurring pet peeve of mine throughout this show is just how quickly Takahashi comes up with reasonable answers. It might be because he’s spent a very long time contemplating the nature of demis, or because he’s a smart guy, but he usually knows exactly why something’s happening (or rather, poses a very likely explanation)—even if he hasn’t heard about it before.
Episode 9 was no exception. Ever the ladies’ man, Takahashi charms Sakie right back after she uses her aphrodisiac effect on him, by drawing out a theory on a whiteboard about how affection for women and succubi are no different than one another, though they may vary from person to person, and by degrees.
Of course, he doesn’t get everything right all the time. Previously, his guess that Hikari couldn’t see herself in a mirror was unfounded. In Episode 9, he doesn’t know how Yuki can generate cold air by herself. Still, if they had included more of these moments it would have felt somewhat more relatable, in line with some of the themes going on in the series.
Takahashi knows how to apply what he learned.
Continuing from the first point, Takahashi can also easily come up with a solution to any demi-related problems. If he’s learned something before—for example, that snow women generate cold because of their negative emotions—then he’ll try to think of something related. For example, what happens if a snow woman acts as if she has negative emotions? There are many nuances to try out.
If Takahashi doesn’t know something, his strange scientist buddy does.
Episode 10, on the other hand, deals with the dilemma of how Kyoko, a dullahan, can do things like eat food or speak. Such observations imply the existence of a wormhole, or something. This episode definitely smacked a stereotype (science prodigies are strange and, uh, unearthly—more so than demis) onto a character and let him ramble on about an intriguing-at-first-glance but somewhat silly interpretation of quantum mechanics.
While I wasn’t too big of a fan of the new character introduced here, I guess it’s fun to think of Machi’s neck as a sort of rupture in both space and time that connects both her body and head, like a spaceship on warp overdrive.