The high school setting has been a staple for anime culture with almost majority of shows using it and then adding in a couple of other fictional elements such as horror, magic and the like. Usually the stories of these shows revolve around an interesting set of students that ultimately contribute to what makes the show entertaining. But rarely has it been that teachers are given the spotlight.
Interviews with Monster Girls is a show that starts off with a teacher, Tetsuo Takahashi, who is a teacher in a time where demi-humans have been integrated into normal human society. In hopes of creating an interesting case study for college, Takahashi hopes to actually meet a demi-human to better understand them. Lo’ and behold, that all happens with four demi girls going to the same school.
What I found very interesting in this show is that it tries to revolve around Takahashi developing his interest in demi-humans to helping them better understand themselves as much as his teacher role allows. The execution of this, however, is that as these individual demi-humans come to terms with their nature and how to better integrate among their fellow students, in turn Takahashi develops his character as well.
Takahashi tries out different ways in order to understand these demi-humans and using that gained knowledge of his to assist them in their woes. Unlike other teacher-centered shows wherein the main character is some weird sensei with the regular urge to commit harassment to his students, Takahashi’s character comes out as a very wholesome depiction of what genuine student-teacher relationship would look like.
This guy helps out these demi-humans so much to the point that school officials would say that he’s going way over the top and should provide avenues for other teachers to assist these demi girls as well. After all, he’s not the only teacher in school who’s available.
I think this is where the whole “love letter for teachers” comes in. As Takahashi starts to slowly distance himself from these girls, he gets a heartwarming message where these very girls thank him for helping them discover and coming to terms with their unique demi-human natures.
It got even better when Hikari, one of his students, consoled him saying that if other teachers wanted to help them then they should try improving the way they do their work in order to better fulfill their teacher role. This is where I think Interviews with Monster Girls hits home in depicting a rather believable high school setting and student-teacher relationships.
The teacher is not a weird character, not a boss fight, not inhumanly smart, not a pervert or any similar things. A teacher is someone who lends a helping hand for young people in order to better understand themselves. On that thought, I was pondering how wonderful and selfless it must be being a teacher. To just forget yourself entirely and put the welfare of clueless young people as your first priority.
This is one of the few things that appealed to me, personally, whilst watching Interviews with Monster Girls. Surely, there might be other teacher-centric shows out there who’ve probably done this better but I think none of them can match the simple, realistic depiction of a high school teacher and his interactions with students.
But I might be wrong though. All that matters to me is that this show had a profound impact in me on how I view those who take up the profession of teaching.
On that note, can you guys suggest some good shows revolving around teachers? Leave them in the comments below!
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