Glenn’s friends prepare for Skadi’s surgery while Glenn keeps trying to persuade Skadi to consent.
Case 11 – “Lindworm’s Major Operation”
Monster Girl Doctor turned a cliché conventional harem scene into a dramatic psychiatric intervention. A hallmark of harem anime is the scene of rival girls sitting around talking about the main character and why they love him so much. Monster Girl Doctor started giving me that expectation when Sapphee invited Arahnia and Tisalia to dinner, but then they didn’t mention anything romantic about Glenn. Instead, the scene concentrated on Arahnia’s behavior and thoughts on love in general. That was mere setup to the eventual confrontation, which Sapphee and Tisalia plainly planned. The twist on the usual harem scene was a therapy session for Arahnia to address her compulsive behavior and admit her feelings for Glenn. This was a pleasant surprise that connected well with Monster Girl Doctor’s premise of a chimera medical procedural drama. I didn’t expect the preindustrial setting to add psychiatry to its medical departments, but that was nice too.
Skadi leads the Lindworm city council as head monster girl. She hasn’t collapsed again yet. That flower monster girl has some big pistils. Glenn keeps trying to convince her to do the surgery. We can hear Skadi’s voice all the time now.
Sapphee’s jealousy is perking up as Arahnia takes surgical lessons from Glenn. Sapphee noticed medical records out of order. Is Glenn getting preoccupied by the upcoming surgery? This is a clue for a story element developing.
Nice. Monster girls’ night out. No oblivious human boys allowed. I like how the restaurant furniture accounts for different monster sizes. Way to stick in a commercial for Japanese sake acting as a sedative. Drink ginjo sake (吟醸酒) and feel no pain! Oh, Arahnia is a big tease. Her red string of fate connects to both Sapphee and Tisalia. The girls aren’t buying it. They suspect Arahnia joined their monster girl doctor harem.
What the… Is Arahnia stealing Sapphee’s brooch? Something is wrong with her. Sapphee noticed she didn’t set web traps or alarms in the hallway. This isn’t serious theft. Whoa. Sapphee sounds like she’s staging an intervention, listing strange passive-aggressive actions against Glenn, and noticing Arahnia lost her western accent. It is an intervention! Tisalia is here too, making sure Arahnia doesn’t escape. Oh, let’s not do close-ups on the CGI monster girl models. The differences between the hand-drawn and the 3D CGI are too noticeable in the faces.
Now Arahnia’s accent came back. Sapphee has known her a long time. She knows about Arahnia’s “bad habit.” Is this an episode of Monster Girl Dr. Phil? Sapphee conducts a therapy session with Arahnia over abandonment issues. Spider lady lip quiver. Aw. Tisalia and Sapphee want to make Arahnia’s red string of fate a true symbol of friendship. I wonder if they’re just doing this to make sure Arahnia doesn’t sabotage the upcoming surgery… Multiple motivations are fine if the friendship angle is genuine.
I was right! Sapphee’s brooch is a dragon scale. A dragon lady might not like seeing that on a doctor’s bag strap. Ha! Arahnia has a suspicious mind like mine! She thought they were letting her pull her pranks because they needed to keep her around until the surgery was over. Here it comes. Arahnia is all in a tizzy and Sapphee and Tisalia need to “diagnose” her condition from her physical symptoms. Sapphee asks, “Do you have the urge to tie Dr. Glenn up?” Arahnia answers, “All the time!” Hohoho! Arahnia is sick, alright. Lovesick! Now three monster girls can sit around while complaining about that clueless nice guy doctor.
Enough of harem high jinks, let’s get Monster Girl Doctor back on track. Glenn has a mission to make a small dragon lady open her heart to him. Wait, I’m saying that wrong. He needs to make a small dragon lady let him cut open her heart. Not so romantic sounding now, huh? Aw, Skadi is a shorty and needs help looking over a ledge. Glenn will handle that princess carry. Swoon. Kunai is conveniently missing today.
Lots of talking. Skadi, true to her mythological namesake, says she descended from heaven and took on a dragon form. The mortal world’s miasma temporarily turned her into the cute monster girl we see now, but the transformation became permanent because she wanted to live with the monsters and humans after peace broke out. Skadi named the town she rebuilt “Lindworm,” which means “May the dragons protect you,” as a haven for humans and monsters. Oh, this is the bell tower from the opening credits. Aha. Kunai is a good wingwoman. Glenn gives a good speech, but wouldn’t he have said all this stuff the other times too?
Har. Skadi brought up a good point. No wonder she pouted. If the medical team cures her, she’ll be practically immortal. Long lives are boring! This little monster girl is sneakily asking Glenn what dating him would be like. This is fun. Skadi gets excited to act like a normal girl because she has hope. She’s ready to try new things! Perhaps even love? The surgery is a go!
Time for monster girl medical procedural drama. The poisonous snake lady Sapphee handles the anesthesia. Oh, right. Skadi was a firedrake, so she has flammable noxious gases that could blow up the operating room. This is dangerous for the surgeons too, not just Skadi dying from blood loss. Skadi is a time bomb. Good thing Cthulhy’s tentacle tips grow back quickly. Ouch! Uh, how did Glenn’s human hands survive this heat? The townsfolk wait for news of Skadi’s condition.
Check that time stamp. There’s an epilogue after Monster Girl Doctor’s end credits. Good news! Skadi is fine, but where is Cthulhy? The season finale’s episode title makes me think Glenn has big tentacles to fill. Best hope is that he needs to temporarily handle things while Cthulhy regrows her arms and legs.
Next time, it looks like Skadi has fun flying around.
Monster Girl Doctor streams on Crunchyroll.