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A Harem Most Strange: How Delinquent Manga “Rokudou no Onna-tachi” Defies Expectations

Harem manga are a dime a dozen, an endless parade of attractive girls who encourage readers to imagine being with them. Rokudou no Onna-tachi (“Rokudou’s Wicked Women”) is unique in that, while it is very much based in the harem genre, the title’s girls are anything but typical. Instead of falling into various staple tropes, like the “sporty one” or “the childhood friend,” virtually every female character in Rokudo no Onna-tachi is an unruly delinquent, with main heroine Ranna Himawari the most violent of them all. In this harem, panty shots are virtually non-existent, while bare-knuckled brawls are an everyday occurrence. In my previous review of Rokudou no Onna-tachi, I came away from the early chapters encouraged by what I...

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Rokudou no Onna-tachi Harem Manga Review: Every Girl is a Delinquent

Harem anime and manga are formulas for success. Take a guy (or a girl), surround them with attractive and appealing potential partners, and let the imagination run wild. Within the realm of this seemingly limited genre, however, is actually a surprising amount of variety once you get past the initial premise. Monster Musume takes a close look at what it might actually be like to romance real monsters from legend. School Days is a lesson in what would happen if someone tried to aim for the harem ending route (spoilers: it means a despicable human being and a lot of violence). Rokudou no Onna-tachi, or “Rokudou’s Wicked Women” throws its hat into the ring with a story where all girls...

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How Monster Musume Attracts Hardcore Fans

Source: Monster Musume Episode 1 At Comic Market 88 last summer, Japanese book publisher Tokuma Shoten brought with them an astounding seven-meter long hugging pillow. Featuring a character named Miia from the series Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls, it sold out in under an hour despite its whopping 100,000 yen ($850) tag. Given this success, why hadn’t any other company tried something like this before? The reason, I believe, is that Monster Musume boldly goes where other similar series do not dare to tread, and thus garnered a loyal fanbase because of its earnestness.

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