REVIEW: I'm a Behemoth… Will NOT Be Mistaken for a Good Manga

For all you can say about it, you can’t accuse I’m a Behemoth, an S-Ranked Monster, but Mistaken for a Cat, I Live as an Elf Girl’s Pet of false advertising. If the hilariously over-descriptive title tells you the exact plot of the manga, based on light novels by Nozomi Ginyoku, then the cover image of the Behemoth resting on the elf girl’s ample bosom and the “Parental Advisory” warning in the corner tell you the actual intended appeal of the series.

This is yet another isekai series in which the protagonist is reincarnated into a cute-yet-powerful creature in a video game-esque fantasy world. However, whereas other isekai in a similar narrative vein like That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime are more focused on humor and world-building, I’m a Behemoth… (there is no way we are writing the full title over and over again) doesn’t care nearly as much about narrative substance as it cares about fetish fuel.

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It’s essentially an elaborate pet-play fantasy, where the tiny cat-like Behemoth gets to embrace his elf master’s body and use his magical abilities to valiantly defend her. The master takes a sexual interest in her pet in turn. It’s really strange seeing this elf talk about how she’s “hoping” her pet will assault her, and later giving him a sensitive “massage.” This isn’t an anthropomorphic furry or a cat-boy she’s dealing with (though there are more humanoid cat-people in this world too); the Behemoth looks like a normal cat!

If this particular kinky fantasy is your thing, no judgment. The elf girl is certainly easy on the eyes, at least in the better-drawn scenes. At other times, the anatomy is so bad that it looks as if her legs are broken like a Barbie doll’s. There’s also one of those classic, unconvincing anime “explanations” for her hyper-revealing outfits: She needs to dress like this for her super-speed to work.

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There’s not really much else to say about this manga. The page layouts can get overly busy at times; the video game stat-building stuff is difficult to care about; the most memorable supporting character is a somewhat-cringy gay stereotype. You don’t pick up this manga to stimulate your intellect, you pick it up to stimulate… something else. Whether it works for you should be easy enough to decide, simply judging by the cover.

I’m a Behemoth, an S-Ranked Monster, but Mistaken for a Cat, I Live as an Elf Girl’s Pet Vol. 1 is available from Yen Press.

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You can't accuse I'm a Behemoth, an S-Ranked Monster, but Mistaken for a Cat, I Live as an Elf Girl's Pet of false advertising.

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