5. Miyazawa Yukino from Kareshi Kanojo no Jijou.
Why? First, she's overcome (mostly) her own personality flaws of vanity and
pretentiousness, is intelligent and honest, and despite the occasional
misunderstanding with Arima, manages to stay on track with him as well as
her other friends. She's also adept at psychological manipulation, usually
for more nefarious ends (e.g. the Culture Fair play), but surely she could
extend the applications to therapy. She's never dealt with a "real" crisis,
though (exploding cities, occult weirdness, and the like), so her ability to
deal with psychotic maniacs is unknown.
4. Ruri from Martian Successor Nadesico.
Her "bedside manner" may be lacking, but her oft-repeated diagnosis --
"baka" -- is pithy, to the point, and pretty accurate with regards to the
3. Yang Wenli from Legend of the Galactic Heroes.
Lack of political acumen aside, he showed an understated sensitivity in
dealing with the loyal Lt. Greenhill when word of her father's betrayal (and
later death) arrived. No doubt this sensitivity extends to others under his
2. Totoro from My Neighbor Totoro.
Who can resist a giant, well, Totoro? Its playfulness and friendly antics
with the neighborhood children were just what they needed. Recommended for
anyone under age 10.
1. Himura Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin (with apologies to
Kenshin's preternatural skills of combat analysis enable him to sense his
opponents' emotions, glimpse their inner conflicts, and talk them through
these conflicts, preferably to a non-violent conclusion. The best example
was probably his therapy session with Soujiro. As an added bonus, his skill
with the sakaba-to allows him to deal with frustrated and violent patients.
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5. Doctor Mima Murao from Key the Metal Idol.
More a parapsychological researcher than a therapist per se, but his
experiments on his wife and daughter are reminiscent of psychology
experiments at their worst; his deal with Ajo, however reluctant, also
exposed his clients to danger. Not to be trusted, especially if you have
4. Masame Eiri (a.k.a. "God") from Serial Experiments Lain.
His attempts at manipulating Lain should clue you in as to his
unreliability. Besides, any therapist who claims to be God probably needs
therapy more than you do.
3. Ikari Gendou from Neon Genesis Evangelion.
Let's face it, Gendou wasn't exactly the most caring of fathers. In fact,
it's hard to believe he has any concern for people unless they serve his
twisted agenda. Another therapist to be avoided.
2. The wizards (under Dornkirk/Isaac Newton's guidance) in The
Vision of Escaflowne.
Any group of therapists that forces a client to undergo a sex-change --
well, enough said.
1. Nakago from Fushigi Yuugi.
Nakago makes an interesting villain, but his mind-games with Hongo Yui in
convincing her that she was raped probably indicate that any other clients
would also fall under this sort of psychological spell. Too bad Yui never
gets around to suing him....