The plotline revolves around the quirky (and perpetually horny) Doctor Sawaru Ogenki and his beautiful nurse, the busty Ruko Tatase, who help patients through their problems, and the cure almost always involves sex.
Although focusing about sex in nature including heavy kink play, it can also fall under the category of comedy instead of just adult hentai. If one can get past the very mature attitude those might also find it humorous how the doctors wish to cure patients, as well as some of the abstract images involved in said cure. Referring to sexual intercourse as a game of pinball, or the male anatomy as an actual missile (or gun) are just some of the examples involved.
After years of indulging in hentai, I thought I had seen it all. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
Dr. Ogekuri, assisted by nurse Tatase, runs a strange kind of clinic. Men and women from all over the country go to this clinic in order to resolve their issues. Sometimes it’s a fetish, sometimes it’s impotency, and sometimes it’s something else. Whatever it is, it’s always sexual. Don’t be fooled though; this isn’t another run-of-the-mill porno. Few works of pornography have reached the level of craziness this manga has. And even less have provided me with as many laughs.
Ogenki Clinic is very unpredictable. It makes the
reader think one thing only to surprise them by doing something completely different (and often bizarre). A perfect example is when the doctor is challenged to a duel. The scene starts with both individuals armed with swords, followed by them shouting and running towards each other. Instead of battling it out with swords, the scene ends with the two men colliding, shaft to shaft.
You know how there are some anime that have female characters with impossibly large breasts? Well, this manga depicts something similar—many male characters, including the protagonist, have a ridiculously huge reproductive organ. That’s not all though; the phallus actually resembles its owner in many cases. The doctor’s has his mouth, face, moustache, nose, and eyes. To complete the resemblance, the glans actually looks like the hair on the owner’s head. But it doesn’t stop there. Sometimes the organ drools, smiles, or exhibits some other form of emotion. One could argue the phallus is to this manga what facial expressions are to GTO.
Since I’ve already brought up the phallus, I might as well address the sexual content. The reader should know that the characters frequently indulge in coitus. Unlike Oppai no Ouja 48, however, this is one hentai that doesn’t always sacrifice comedy for pleasure. You may not believe this, but scenes involving the devil being put back into Hell are often laughable (particularly during the first half). The only other pornographic work I can think of that has pulled off this feat is Kounai Shasei, which is the funniest I’ve seen to date.
The key difference between Kounai Shasei and Ogenki Clinic is the amount of fornication scenes. While I’d recommend Kounai Shasei to people who don’t usually watch/read hentai, I can’t say the same about this manga. Like the manga adaptation of Golden Boy, there are moments where the reader has to put up with extreme sexual content that most likely isn’t intended to provide laughs. The individuals who are able to do this, though, will find a unique pornographic manga with very few rivals when it comes to absurdity.
Having addressed the sexual content, it’s time to discuss why people should read this manga: to see the kind of craziness that can rarely be found outside of pornography. Ogenki Clinic is the only manga I’ve read where a character gives someone his phallus as a birthday present. It’s the only manga I’ve read where a character uses his ginormous penis to slap someone. It’s also the only manga I’ve read where a character uses his elongated reproductive organ as a whip, a scene which instantly made me think of Luffy for some reason. The humor goes well beyond male anatomy though. What kept me reading was curiosity—I couldn’t help but wonder what crazy thing was going to happen next (even during the second half).
Something interesting about the humor in Ogenki Clinic is that it contains elements common to comedies that aren’t pornographic. It takes figures such as Cinderella, Batman, and Urashima the fisherman and sexualizes them in the manner of a parody. Another element I found interesting is the lack of continuity every now and then. A great example is the chapter where the doctor learns he can switch bodies with someone through sexual intercourse; it ends with him in the body of a horse (everything’s fair game in this genre). In the next chapter, he’s magically back in his human body.
A third element is the presence of running gags. The doctor often becomes aroused in the presence of his patients, only to be reprimanded by his assistant with chagrin. The fourth element, the one I like the most, is the appearance of real people. The renowned Harry Reems and the legend himself, Ron Jeremy, are in this manga (albeit briefly). Even Haruka Inui, the mangaka, shows up frequently. The aforementioned elements are four things I rarely see in the genre called pornography.
Uniqueness aside, this sex comedy has two issues. One is minor, the other is huge. I’ll address the former first. Whenever female patients see the doctor’s reproductive organ, they’re very eager to get in on the action. I found this strange considering the size of that thing. In 1001 Nights, there’s a story in which a man receives three wishes from Allah. Like any rational male, his first wish is for a bigger d*ck. Unfortunately, it backfires—his wife runs away in fear upon seeing the beast. This made sense to me; there’s no way for the sheath to not get destroyed by such a massive sword. In this manga, however, everyone comes out unscathed after encountering the doctor. I know it’s pornography, but this detail bothered me throughout the read.
Now, the huge issue is this: things start going downhill after volume 5. The last four volumes simply can’t compete with the first five in terms of humor. This is partly because they felt more like pornography than ribaldry. As a consequence, there aren’t as many jokes being thrown at the reader. In the first half, there are so many that the reader is bound to laugh at something. In terms of quality, I’d describe the manga as a mixed bag; think of Ovid’s Metamorphoses or the adventures of Sherlock Holmes. While there are some truly hilarious chapters, don’t expect to love all of them.
Even if the second half is lackluster, I’ve gotta hand it to the mangaka. This could’ve easily been a typical porno. A sex clinic designed to alleviate men and women of their sexual problems? It really could’ve been nothing more than a perverted doctor sleeping with his patients. The funny thing is that’s basically what we get. The only difference is that the mangaka manages to make things so much more interesting by throwing in outrageous humor whenever possible. Perhaps the greatest joke of all is that the doctor doesn’t make any money from his job. I guess working pro bono never felt so good.
If you’ve seen Gintama, B Gata H Kei, or Seitokai Yakuindomo and want to know what happens when ribaldry meets its ideal environment, pornography, then read this manga. If you enjoyed the humor in 1001 Nights, Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, or Boccaccio’s Decameron, then I’d be surprised if you didn’t enjoy the humor in this manga. And I can guarantee fans of the works of Troma, John Waters, or Trey Parker would love this manga.
Ogenki Clinic is a must read for anyone who enjoys raunchy humor—at least the first half, anyway.