Comical Psychosomatic Medicine / Anime de Wakaru Shinryonaika
Review By: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Educational, Comedy, Short-Form, Mental Disorders
First Aired: Winter 2015, 20 short-form episodes.
Summary: The psychologist Ryou and his distracted nurse Asuna explain various mental illnesses to the viewer. They cover a different topic in each short-form episode, which ends up being an appropriate amount of time for the information they want to get across. This is a perfect anime to be short-form, as opposed to many anime that are short-form when they should really be full-length episodes. Some episodes cover a broad category of diseases while others cover a specific mental disorder. Ryou and Asuna use a combination of humor mixed with facts to teach the viewer about the various disorders.
Comical Psychosomatic Medicine is Schoolhouse Rock, if Schoolhouse Rock was an anime about mental disorders. It is a funny show because one character will be in the middle of explaining a mental illness, presenting real facts and using actual references like the DSM-IV, and then another character will interrupt or “misinterpret” the facts, resulting in either a good laugh or a shake-your-head moment. There are bosom moments as well, you have been warned. After all, this is a take on psychological education from an anime perspective. If you want to learn about sleep apnea, depression, panic disorder, or a wide variety of other mental disorder topics, this is the anime you should be watching.
You might enjoy this if: You want a light-hearted approach to mental disorders that familiarizes you with the disorder while making you laugh.
You might not like it if: You expect this to be a college course on disease.
Note to the Viewer: You will laugh more than you ever have while learning about mental disorders.