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Riding on the trails of all the popular monster girl anime we got in 2016 and 2017, Shiyan Pin Jiating is a delightful manga that should make for a fine anime. It was initially scheduled for a Fall 2017 release, but it was postponed to 2018.
The story follows Dannis, the youngest child of two mad, but brilliant, scientists. After mommy and daddy are arrested, Dannis and his older sisters are all left to fend for themselves. Prior to their arrest, Dannis’ parents experimented on Dannis’ siblings, giving each one of them one unique ability. One is a dog human, one has been spliced with spider DNA, another is part plant, and the fourth has mind reading abilities. Dannis is the only one to be raised as a normal human outside of his parents’ lab, and thus he’s the only one who knows how to act like a normal part of society. He spends his time caring for his sisters, trying to keep them under control, and putting his own brilliant mind to work finding a cure to his family members’ conditions.
The manga is funny, and I expect the anime to be the same. Even if you’ve grown tired of the monster girl subgenre, give Shiyan Pin Jiating a chance. Most monster girl anime lose their identity and devolve into sexualized harem tropes, but Shiyan Pin Jiating doesn’t. This is a story about a baby brother who’s somehow the most mature member of his family. He’s been taught that his sisters are monsters, but he still loves them and thinks of them as girls with unusual quirks. His desire to make them human again is selfish (he wants to have a normal family), but it also comes from a good place. He doesn’t want them cooped up or locked away their entire lives.
Shiyan Pin Jiating is currently slotted for April, but little has come out about the show since it was announced that it was delayed. So keep that April date in mind as we go into 2018, but be prepared. The anime may get delayed again. You don’t want this show to slip under your radar. It’s a heart-wrenching, adorable mess of a comedy that’s sure to make you laugh and cry.