Beauty and the Beast Girl presents a sweet, tried-and-true story of a lonely beast living in the forest who then befriends a human from the local village and falls in love. The story has all the expected elements, but it’s the character’s interactions that make it so charming. Since this is a standalone Yuri manga I will say I did expect things to get a little bit more “intense” between monster-girl Heath and her new human friend Lily Blind (Whose last name, much to my chagrin, is also a nod to her visual impairment). However, outside of a few gentle kisses and a typical Japanese style bath scene, there’s not an overt amount of exposure unless you’re counting the genuine attraction these two show for each other.
I think what I liked most about Beauty and the Beast Girl was Heath’s wavering confidence and faith in Lily’s affection. Heath’s past haunts her, but as the story progresses I feel Heath merely hit her breaking point when she burnt down the village at some point in recent human memory. She was been shunned by everyone around her for so long she wanted nothing to exist anymore – especially her feelings – and it all went up in smoke. She even states, “I was too different to be considered a human. They said I wasn’t like the other monsters,” and due to Heath’s background she’s a very sympathetic character who longs for someone to love her as she is, scales and all. One of the best things about Heath is that her character design simultaneously reflects both the real danger she poses plus her softer side.
The author, Neji, crammed so many different monsterly aspects into Heath’s design that I’m amazed her overall look doesn’t feel overworked. Heath has fuzzy ears atop her head, a single horn in the middle of her forehead, razor-sharp claws on her fingers, reptilian scales, a spiny fin along her back, and a lizard-like tail. She’s a combination monster and as monster-girls go, she’s pretty cute. Plus she fits right in with the rest of the pack that includes Monster Musume, My Monster Secret, and Interviews With Monster Girls just to name a few.
The last chapter of Beauty and the Beast Girl throws in some outside conflict that threatens to tear Heath and Lily apart, but it almost feels like an afterthought. I personally would have liked to have spent more time with the girls as a couple, but for a story that was picked up from the Japanese illustration site Pixvi, the story delivers on what it set out to do. It certainly makes for a great read if you don’t have the time to invest in a longer series. If there should ever be a follow-up volume I know I’m ready to revisit the world, especially since I’d really like to know more of Heath’s backstory!
A lonely monster, living in seclusion in the forest, wishes she could live amidst humans despite her frightening appearance. Everything changes when she starts getting a visitor--a blind human girl who’s fascinated with her mysterious forest friend. As the monster and the girl grow attached in their secluded world, their love proves that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.Add to CartLearn More