For those who did not realize it yet, this is a comedy-romance hybrid and a harem series. Yup, another romantic comedy harem manga. What an original concept that has in no way been overused in any definition of the word and in no way is seen in what feels like every manga and anime to some extent.
But that’s exactly what they were expecting you to think.
As far as plot goes, the male lead (to be referred to as the protagonist, the main character, the male lead, and perhaps that guy as his name never seems mentioned.) ends up being the host to a lamia girl, as all these human animal hybrid species had suddenly announced that they exist, and want to integrate in human society, so they will be having some people volunteer to host some of the monster girls. naturally, a harem manga wouldn’t be complete without the unwilling protagonist, so he didn’t actually volunteer, but instead had a homestay coordinator drop off the lamia at his house and told him he was now her host. Accidents like that seem to happen a lot in the harem genre. The protagonist is unwillingly thrown into the mess, but then becomes accustomed to it, and begins to find it normal and prefers it.
Sadly, that really does sum up the series. Like any other harem manga, more and more girls get added, and comedic or romantic situations arise. All the girls have some strange fondness for him, and go to the extent of fantasizing about having a family with him.
I will admit that I actually like the humor this series has. Where To-Love Ru is known for having Rito constantly fall and end up with his face in the crotch or breasts of some random woman, this series flips that around by having the main character be the unfortunate recipient of lots of accidental abuse. As in, he is constantly getting smashed with doors. The twist from a sexual accident to a painful accident, while still not exceptionally funny, is an improvement over nothing but sexual humor.
My favorite part is it pokes fun at itself and other tropes seen in manga and anime. The centaur meets the main character by running into him, and she even thinks she should have run into him while eating bread. The main characters reaction to that is essentially poking a bit of fun at the whole concept as it is used, not just making fun of her belief.
The humor seems to be some genre awareness and what seems at points to edge close to lampshade hanging. To use a Briticism, this series somewhat takes the piss out of the harem genre, and i will admit i really like that.
The sexual humor is a bit over the top, but amusingly over the top, not to the point where it just gets boring. The characters each have some defining trait that is taken to the extreme, and some sort of crazy reason for it is used. Again, this series is taking the piss out of harem series as a whole. In any other series, the protagonist would be surrounded by a bunch of excessively beautiful (and overtly endowed) women who stay around him for no apparent reason. In this series, each female character is again excessively attractive and overtly endowed in some way, each of those things is explained. Even when something is not directly explained, clues towards something is offered in the story. The lamia likes him because lamias are passionate, he is her homestay host, she was their first and wants to lay claim so the other girls won’t, and because he is quite nice to her, while other people aren’t as. The harpy stays with him because she find him to be a good person, and he is the only one willing to put up with her. the centaur stays because of the magic charm of running around a corner, plus other reasons, such as his willingness to protect others.
Reasons that have all been used i other series, but I would hazard a guess that the fact that they are monster girls and he is fine with that might be the main and unspoken reason why they stay and their admiration for him stems from that.
Pros: The story basis is an interesting departure from every other harem story. The unexplained aspects and annoyances in other harem series are either explained, dealt with, or simply not there. It has a nice sense of humor, and pokes fun at not just itself, but harem series as a whole.
Cons: sexual humor is primarily for people who really like monster girls, but doesn’t detract from the humor or the story.
Ending thought: A worthwhile read, and will likely have some moments that will make you laugh out loud, or at least elicit a hearty chuckle.