Original Run: July 12, 2020 - September 27, 2020 Number of Episodes: 12 Genre: Comedy, Fantasy Based on the Series Created By: Origuchi Yoshino and Z-ton
***Warning, the following may contain spoilers for Monster Girl Doctor. Reader discretion is advised.***
For longer than anyone can remember, humans and monsters have been in constant conflict. However, the great war between the two sides has finally ended, bringing peace to the land. As a symbol of unity, the town of Lindworm was founded. Here humans and monsters of all species live side by side in harmony.
Calling this town his home is Dr. Glenn Litbeit (voiced by Shunichi Toki), an up and coming monster physician. He has dedicated his life to ensuring his patients are well taken care of and given the treatment they require.
With a kind smile and caring disposition, Dr. Glenn immerses himself in his work. Sometimes, though, this can lead to situations that might appear a tad intimate.
Monster Girl Doctor was boring, plain and simple. To its credit, this series was neither broken, irritating, nor unwatchable. It was just incredibly dull and instantly forgettable. Therefore, I don’t see how this is going to be a long review.
Although I can promise you now that I will not be recommending this show, there is some praise I can give it. Despite Monster Girl Doctor’s genericness, its protagonist, the titular doctor Glenn Litbeit, wasn’t all that bad. As a standalone aspect, he was quite commendable.
I mean, yeah, Dr. Glenn will fade into obscurity with the rest of this series, but when he was doing his job, it was hard not to gravitate towards him.
Given what this show was – an excuse to look at half-naked monster women – Dr. Glenn could have been the stereotypical, easily flustered main character. Granted, he was still that rather often, but it was, at least, nice to see him as a professional when he was in doctor-mode. After all, how would it make you feel if your physician turned red-faced by merely doing the thing they have dedicated their lives to doing?
In the few instances when Monster Girl Doctor had my attention, it was more often than not Dr. Glenn’s doing. Being this series’ most likable character by a considerable margin, he was a bright spot on an otherwise lackluster production.
I have to reiterate that this will be a short review. Nevertheless, I have many more negative things to say about Monster Girl Doctor than positive things.
For instance, this series’ animation was terrible. At best, the visuals were unremarkable. At worst, they came off as cheap and poorly rendered. I was surprised by how much awful CGI was in this show. This quality, or lack thereof, reinforced the notion that Monster Girl Doctor was intended to be a fanservice anime and nothing more.
And do you know what? Fine.
When I’ve come across shows like this in the past, I’ve let them lie at face value. There is no harm in watching a fanservice exclusive series provided you know you probably won’t be getting anything more substantial from one. Although the same idea should apply to Monster Girl Doctor, I must amend my usual attitude slightly.
To put it bluntly: There is no reason to watch this series since there is already an excellent monster-girl-anime out there. Monster Musume: Everyday Life with Monster Girls (Monster Musume), which unlike many other ecchi heavy anime, is outstanding and very much worth your time. Therefore, if you’re considering Monster Girl Doctor, I must insist on giving Monster Musume a look instead.
And if you’ve already seen Monster Musume, then there is even less reason to check out Monster Girl Doctor. After all, the latter is a complete rip-off of the former.
It was shocking how similar the two shows were – in terms of visual style and structure, I mean. The races of the four most prominent monster girls in Monster Girl Doctor were a lamia, a centaur, a mermaid, and an Arachne. In Monster Musume, there was:
- Miia, a lamia
- Centorea, a centaur
- Meroune, a mermaid
- Rachnera, an Arachne
And although they weren’t heavily featured, Monster Girl Doctor also had a harpy and slime-girl character. In Monster Musume, there was:
- Papi, a harpy
- Suu, a slime-girl
Hell, Monster Girl Doctor’s Dr. Glenn was just a subpar version of Monster Musume’s Kimihito Kurusu.
Given all the similarities, I was sure that the two series had to be connected somehow. Nope – well, narratively, at least. Monster Girl Doctor is simply another sexy monster-girl based story, which, as we can see, has a market. However, we can’t excuse the plain fact that Monster Musume entirely overshadows this show. Thus, it is impossible to recommend Monster Girl Doctor, even if you’re only interested in the fanservice.
Incidentally, I did find a few connections between Monster Girl Doctor and Monster Musume. The character designs for this series were done by Z-ton, who was the illustrator for the Monster Girl Doctor light novel. Z-ton was also one of several artists who collaborated on the Monster Musume anthology series, Monster Musume: I ♥ Monster Girls.
I am focusing so much on resemblances because Monster Girl Doctor had nothing else. The story was as barebones as you can get; any tension was laughably insignificant. And all the characters served only one purpose, and it sure as hell wasn’t their well-defined personalities.
Even this show’s primary selling feature, its fanservice, is hardly worth a glance. I mean, if you want to see monster-girls having sex, watch Interspices Reviewers.
In a way, it’s impressive. Monster Girl Doctor was so unremarkable that it couldn’t even rely on outrageous anime bobbies to leave an impression.
As I am writing this sentence, I have already forgotten most of this series. Nothing about it stood out.
What little narrative there might have been was irrelevant. The animation was simply atrocious. The characters only had their sex appeal, which, believe it or not, wasn’t anything. Even as a curiosity, this show is not worth the effort.
Monster Girl Doctor can be skipped.
But these were just my thoughts. What are yours? Have you seen this series? How would you advise Monster Girl Doctor? Leave a comment down below because I would love to hear what you have to say.
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