Fans looking for something that slipped through the cracks over the years will want to go and check out Welcome to Irabu’s Office on Viewster. The 2009 single season series from Toei Animation has surfaced on the service this week as one of the few noitaminA block shows that haven’t been dealt with over the years. While many shows from the block get simulcast now, this predates it and it never found another place to land. The show clocks in with all the episodes in Japanese with English subtitles. The series was directed by Kenji Nakamura and stars Romi Park, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Yuji Mitsuya and Yumi Sugimoto.
Plot concept: Welcome to Irabu’s Office, where you may be greeted by a man in a bear mask, holding a giant needle, who’s ready to cure your ills. Based on the short stories “Psychiatrist Irabu” by Hideo Okuda, we get to know the eccentric Dr. Ichiro Irabu (Yūji Mitsuya) who has a fetish for injections, and a rather strange methodology. The series interweaves the stories of eleven different patients, each suffering from wildly different symptoms. Despite his weird approach, Dr. Irabu (who changes his appearance more than Madonna), does succeed in helping each of his patients … eventually. With crazy visuals and a super-weird sense of humor, this is a unique entry in art-house anime style.