Crunchyroll to Stream Comical Psychosomatic Medicine Anime
The manga's story centers on the psychologist Ryō Shinnai and his nurse Asuna Kangoshi. (Their names are wordplays on their professions.) The pair explain aspects of mental illness through a series of loosely connected cases that usually conclude in one manga chapter. With a light-hearted tone, the doctor helps readers understand conditions such as depression, adjustment disorder, and Asperger syndrome.
The cast includes Shinichiro Miki as Ryō Shinnai (fourth from left in image below), Yurika Endō as Asuna Kangoshi (fifth), Yōko Hikasa as Iyashi Kangoshi (third), Maaya Uchida as Himeru Kangoshi (seventh), and Kenichi Ogata as Sukizō Kangoshi (sixth).
The anime will be distributed on the series' website starting on February 13 in Japan.
Yūki is a psychiatrist who began irregularly serializing the manga as a web comic on his Yū Mental Clinic's website in 2009. The illustrator Sō provides the gag comedy's art. Young King began publishing the series in 2010 and released the first compiled volume that same year. The 11th compiled volume shipped in June, and the manga has three million copies in print.
The manga's seventh volume bundled a drama CD starring Wataru Hatano (Fairy Tail, No-Rin, Nyaruko: Crawling with Love!) as Ryō and Ai Kayano (Terra Formars, Selector Spread Wixoss, Guilty Crown) as Asuna. Miho Arakawa (Penguindrum, Girl Friend BETA, Magica Wars) and Chiaki Omigawa (Hidamari Sketch, Seitokai Yakuindomo, Soul Eater) played Asuna's sisters Iyashi and Himeru, respectively.