SUPER SEXY NURSES!!
Now that I got your attention, it’s time for another anime review! Speaking of which, I’ve just been reminded that on this day last year, I wrote a review that dealt with similar sexy shenanigans, but gave it a spin on exploitation and objectification, in opposition to what ended up being a three-month project to explain my true stance on feminist issues as it relates to anime (sadly, I have nothing as elaborate planned out this time around). I suppose I’m here to tell you that whatever view I had of Rail Wars then is really not a reflection of my views now, but an exaggerated antithesis of it. My bad!
So in the spirit of redeeming myself (again), this is a review about a different kind of ecchi comedy that I enjoyed, perhaps a little too much! And unlike some of my more recent reviews, this one will be written in good humor.
After all, this is a comedy series, and I did dress the part and cosplayed as Dr. Ryō Shinnai at last year’s Anime Expo!
Comical Psychosomatic Medicine (Anime de Wakaru Shinryōnaika) is an anime that informs us about matters of psychology in medical practice. Each segment of this show explains the depths of human behavior in roughly five minutes. Five non-stop, laugh-out-loud minutes! And since it’s psychology and anime we’re talking about, of course most of it will be related to sex!
Truth be told, there is more to psychology and psychoanalysis than the sexy topics like fetishes, exhibitionism, voyeurism, pedophilia, etc., but then this show wouldn’t be nearly as entertaining. If we’re going to talk about psychology, we’re going to do it right and expose all the most perverted facets of the mind!
Now I’m not a psychologist, but from what I understand, the explanations in this series are in fact principles that have been well documented in medical journals. But like any other good anime, you have to separate for yourself what principles are scientifically true and what’s being used as a joke.
The general rule of thumb is that the show’s male host, Dr. Ryō Shinnai (an allegory to the show’s title) is the psychological expert on these matters, and thus plays everything by the book. Getting his knowledge from standard medical journals on each of his subjects, his presence clarifies the science behind medical psychology. Of course, his strict adherence to the facts makes him seem a little too serious!
But that’s okay. Because when Dr. Shinnai tries to make this show boring, the Kangoshi sisters Asuna, Iyashi, and Himeru are here to call out all of his shenanigans, with assistant nurse shenanigans of their own!
As short and funny as this show is, let’s not forget that there is also an informative element to the show, and when I say “informative,” I mean more than just the science behind it.
The scientific approach is important for us to understand how we can interpret facts. That also holds for the field of psychology. But all the knowledge from research and medical journals alone can’t solve all of our psychological problems, and the comedy in this show recognizes that.
Medical practice defines many of these conditions in the form of habituation. For example, exhibitionists cannot be called such unless they have multiple instances of public nudity over a period of at least six months. So I suppose in a crude way, a person that goes streaking for five months and decides to quit is technically not an exhibitionist, despite being a public nuisance.
A lot of the research that has been conducted on some of these conditions are also more focused on the subject, and not a lot about those who are affected by their behavior. Psychology is a study of an individual’s behavior after all.
“Advice” as such from science also tends to be very objective, and thus comes across as not empathetic at all.
There is more to the facts about psychology than science alone, and there’s more to this comedy series than just my explanation of it. I found this series to be very uplifting, at least in the sense that I can laugh about how ridiculous psychology and anime can be when they come together!
But in the final remarks of each episode, Comical Psychosomatic Medicine also serves as a reminder that there are services out there in case you feel the need to seek medical attention. Sure, the actual mental health clinics will probably not be as entertaining as this show, but they can be helpful, and going to one isn’t as shameful as you might think.
But even psychology can’t solve all of our problems. Like I said before, psychological research often focuses on the subject, not the objects, of human behavior. So if you find yourself being the victim of some of these crazies in this show, know that they are most likely dealing with some psychological problems themselves, and get help for them if you can.
So if you love the idea of combining anime and psychology, or laugh at the very practice of analyzing human behavior, watch Comical Psychosomatic Medicine. And if you are still seeking medical attention, seek out your local mental health clinic!