Hey guys! Finally another anime review!
Real life has been in the way of me being able to write these days. Between anxiety, moving my room all around, an an upcoming eye surgery, I've had to take a breather from writing reviews. But now I'm back with another one, and its for a series that is super adorable and fun.
A Centaur's Life is yet another take on the "monster girl" genre combined with a high school setting. It heavily reminds me of Interviews with Monster Girls but with a bit more cuteness and comedy. The anime centers around a large cast of monster girls and boys that all attend the same high school. The main character of course is the adorable centaur, Himeno.
The episodes are fairly light and sweet, with most of them focusing on various slice-of-life topics like a school play, interactions with family, and the like. However there is also some interesting world building at play too. In the very first episode we are treated to a brief history of the monsters, and how they evolved. In their world, humans never evolved and thus monsters became the dominant race of the world in four distinct groups; Centaurs, Goat/Catfolk, Angelic/Draconic, and Merfolk. There are some other types scattered in as well but the majority of the cast fall within the four groups.
The series itself is at 11 episodes so far, and appears to be yet another one of the brief twelve-episode anime series that I keep seeing as of late. As much as I love only twelve episodes to watch for a series, I would love to have a series that is longer... and of course as most series with monster girls seem to do lately, there is fanservice. While it isn't quite as blatant as most, it's still there and in a series meant to depict these monster girls as young students, it's kinda creepy to me.
(Even the dang thumbnail is giving us centaur fanservice... and these are supposed to be young teenagers!)
Awkward bits of monster girl fanservice aside, the animation in this series is very cute and crisp. I love the designs of the monster students, especially Himeno (she is so darn cute, seriously I never thought a centaur could be diabetes levels of cute but here we are...). I applaud this series for being different in that aspect from other monster girl series, in that while it does dip into the fansservice aspect that monster girls in anime tend to always have, it is for the most part a light and sweet anime series that I recommend for those looking for a cute take on the 'monster girls in high school' concept.
I give A Centaur's Life 8/10.