Interspecies Reviewers

Genre(s): Sex Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy

Age-Appropriateness: 18+ (Lots of sexual content, strong language, nudity)

Platforms: AnimeLab (if you’re Australian)

Episodes: 12

TheAwersome Rating: 8.4 / 10 (Surprisingly great)

Premise: Countless diverse races, from perky fairies to oozing slimes, inhabit the world. Naturally, such a melting pot of creatures has a broad and alluring variety of brothels. With so many options to choose from, it is hard to decide with which “Succubus Girl,” or “succu-girl” for short,  to have a *cough* “meaningful, interpersonal experience”.

Fortunately, a tight group of brave warriors has come together to enlighten the public. These perverted adventurers take it upon themselves to assess the appeal of all types of succu-girls through hands-on research. Whether it be the scorching hot salamanders or the udderly hu-moo-ngous cow-girls, the reviewers leave no species behind.

TheAwersome’s Thoughts: Being an anime reviewer, I could not pass up a show about people who write reviews. I was quite surprised with how good this was. Premise is hilarious, there are actually good characters, comedy is on point, and it doesn’t take itself any flavor of seriously. Each episode is basically two short episodes where a group will go to a specific style or species of brothel and review the pros and cons of them from their own species’ perspective. So, you get to see how a human, elf, halfling, and angel all have different views on whether a cat-girl or a fairy is better in bed. That and the sexual puns are excellent.

Obviously, I have to talk about the prime content here. The sex scenes themselves adhere to the “I’m not technically a hentai” rules of no explicitly showing genitalia, only boobs and butts. That said, they still manage to make some spicy sex scenes, keeping it fresh from episode to episode. In addition to the different challenges and benefits of the species themselves, it explores a lot of other types of fetishes and kinks. E.g. the Will-o’-wisp brothel is so bright that it’s a big open orgy room, the demons are all about contracts, etc. It really explores a wide range of interests and with the various scenarios and species, so you’re always excited to see where they head next.

 It is important to note that while there is sex in literally every episode, the plot isn’t a thinly veiled excuse to lead us to sex scenes. They only make up like, maybe a total of 3-4 minutes per episode anyway. Basically, you should watch this if you want to laugh and also get in the mood, not if you’re already in the mood and need extra stimulation (don’t use it to Get Off to, I guess. At least for us anyway, hey maybe it’s perfect for you I don’t know). 

TLDR: A surprisingly good comedy fantasy anime with good worldbuilding, humor, and characters that goes to show that you can have a show centered on sex yet have great writing.

If you’ve heard about this show it’s likely due to the various controversies that sprung up around it due to the various cancellations. To be fair, the manga was much tamer than the anime, so distributors likely didn’t anticipate some scenes to be so fleshed out (pun, ha) because the source material wasn’t so. There are maybe about two episodes that really push this into the “Am I watching a hentai or an anime?” category, so after those episodes aired it got dropped from a few channels, including Funimation.

While I haven’t organized my thoughts in any concrete fashion, I feel there’s such a weird discrepancy in what flavors of Mature content are tolerable and not for distributors. They’ll be fine with anime that has gruesome, detailed, explicit torture scenes, and include plenty of anime tiddies in the same or other shows, but this one was too much? Maybe it’s just mine and Harbour’s relationship with sex and all that, but I feel that Battlestar Galactica and Jessica Jones had more “classically pornographic” sex scenes than Interspecies did. I guess my point is that this show doesn’t feel like a “dirty porno” nearly as much as it does a good comedy.

For you NA kids, RightStufAnime will be carrying the Blu-ray and DVD of this show in 2021.

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