Glenn, Sapphee, and Tisalia work together to evacuate and protect the harpy village from an approaching giant.
Case 8 – “Attack on Gigas”
Monster Girl Doctor continues to impress me with its notions on monster girl designs. The angry giant god turned out to be a beautiful giantess who wanted to see Dr. Glenn for her cold. She took her time coming to the harpy village because she didn’t want to squash any animals or hurt trees. She was literally a gentle giant. Plus, her furry legs and arms made her look like a yeti, the Himalayan version of the bigfoot or sasquatch legend. You know where bigfoot lives in America? The Pacific Northwest, which is home to Indian tribes who decorate settlements with totem poles and rely heavily on sea eagle and feather themes. This is great consistency to incorporate these relations with a bigfoot lady and a harpy village.
Monster Girl Doctor did two more things with the gentle lady giant that I appreciated. The first thing was naming her Dione Nephilim. Dione in Greek mythology is the name of several goddesses or titans, as the mother of Aphrodite, the daughter of Oceanus, the daughter of Gaia, or of Uranus. Dione the Latin word is the feminine form of deus, so her first name is literally “goddess.” Her last name Nephilim relates to celestial origins too, as the Nephilim in the Bible are the giant offspring of fallen angels and mortal women. Different translations of the Bible simply refer to these large men as “Nephilim,” while others translate that word to “giants.” Dione Nephilim’s name is Giant Goddess (or Goddess Giant) in Hebrew and Latin. Fun!
The other fun thing about the giant monster girl is that Skadi Dragenfelt knows her well enough to tell Illy her name and that she wasn’t attacking her village. I liked how she told the audience this in her see-through nightie, revealing her nicely proportioned dragon body. Monster Girl Doctor used this small scene of fanservice to foreshadow something about Skadi’s age and her health. If we didn’t see how skinny and pale she was, plus all the dragon parts she usually covers up, her collapse at the end of the episode as she talked about the Sky Dragon’s protection would have left a puzzling impact instead of a shocking and fearful one. I think it was good to know Skadi had dragon wings under her clothes this entire time.
Monster Girl Doctor gives us its version of a Godzilla movie. Tisalia shows her leadership skills. She directs resources, prioritizes tasks, delegates authority. Illy flies off to Lindworm to tell Skadi what’s happening. It looks like Tisalia is going to take on a task of her own, but what?
When Gigas Attacks! Wait. Let’s make another pop culture reference for the Monster Girl Doctor episode title… yes, Attack on Titan will do nicely. The evacuation is going smoothly, but where did Tisalia go? Oh, we know she went to see the Gigas.
I’ve never liked how anime characters talk out loud to themselves, but I think the voice actors need the mouth flap to time their dialogue lines. Tisalia needs to slow down the giant because she thinks it will arrive before the evacuation is complete. Ha! Sapphee wants less creepy laughing out of that horse monster girl. Nice coat. Arahnia is a giver. Ohohoho, the ojousama laugh could be more convincing. Horse ears don’t hide emotions well. Eh… Glenn thinks he’s a monster whisperer, but he’s only a monster girl whisperer. Well, we know the giant is the giantess from last week’s episode preview, so things will work out.
That’s a big monster girl. She’s cute! Achoo! And she sneezed in his face! Not the Attack on Gigas I was expecting. Ugh. Big sneeze means big snot. Aw. Giant Goddess just has a cold and wanted to see the doctor.
Skadi speaks! She has that small, slow, emotionless voice. She looks like a thin, fragile young woman. Nice wings. She says Dione Nephilim won’t harm anyone. That name is literally “Giant Goddess” in two different ancient languages.
Rebuilding already. With all that scaffolding, why not spare some for the giant monster girl? The harpy girls look like they’re watching street theater. Dione has a big tongue. She has a sore throat and a fever. Has she had this cold for ten years? Somehow this connects to the founding of the city of Lindworm and Skadi visiting her back then.
Yup. Accidental sexy monster girl time will satisfy your giantess fetish. Thankfully no smushing with Dione. Oh. She has white hair on her arms and legs. Dione is a yeti! Or an albino sasquatch? Cold, snowy mountains point towards yeti. Death by snu-snu!
This is nice. Harpy girls chit-chatting with a giant girl. It took Dione so long to get to the village because she didn’t want to squish any animals in the forest. Glenn thinks Dione just needs warmer clothes, so she doesn’t catch a cold on her summit home. Arahnia can handle that. The harpy tribal motifs look nice on her. I’m expecting naked apron fan art in 3-2-1… Oops. Tisalia made a big show of fighting a giant, and it turned into a big party for a new monster girl instead.
Finally, back home in Lindworm. I’m extra sore because there wasn’t one more scene of monster girls in a hot spring. Wasted opportunity. Illy does airmail for Tisalia’s company now. There’s going to be a ceremony celebrating the Merrow Waterways that the water monsters like so much. Tisalia still feels peeved she decided to risk her life against a giant, but she was merely coming to see the doctor. Tisalia and Glenn are not on a date. So says Glenn and Sapphee. Snake chaperone just hanging out. Ooh. Sapphee accepts Tisalia as a respected rival! Glenn says the hilarious “they get along so well” line. I guess he’s right after all.
Fun. All the mermaids are in frilly dresses, Lulala too. Uh oh. Glenn noticed something wrong with Skadi’s tail. Her tail spines point in different directions or are drooping. Skadi’s speech covers the founding of Lindworm and how she hoped the name would draw the Sky Dragon’s blessing. A lindworm is a type of wingless dragon. Uh oh. Skadi collapsed! Cliffhanger.
Next time, Glenn will work his monster girl whispering on Skadi herself.
Monster Girl Doctor streams on Crunchyroll.