While episode 1 of Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department was one of the worst things in anime I ever watched, the rest of the season isn’t anything like that, even more strangely, it’s probably one of the best anime I’ve seen in a long time and should really be considered a hidden gem.
So what I should have probably looked into more while reviewing the 1st episode is the actual name of the series… This anime is about Kuroitsu that runs together with another doctor and a monster they created with a major flaw. They gave the monster a female body and a male brain. Over the course of the show, he comes to terms with it and becomes more of a lab helper that gets put into weird situations than an actual battle monster.
Miss Kuroitsu from the Monster Development Department has a lot of “typical tropes” with its power ranger-type characters, but luckily they don’t really focus on them a lot, but the more they show up it’s kinda more like a comic break from a situation that they need to fix.
Sadly the anime did not jump into some of the side stories enough to really make them feel complete while early on it did seem like it was going to be a bigger part, so maybe if we get a 2nd season they will get more into it. There are 2 interesting side stories, 1 being our main character with a restaurant person (who is not who he seems to be) and the 2nd one is even more interesting and that’s about a girl with no friends that does side jobs as a henchman for different evil organizations. This 2nd story did kinda wrap up and had a good call back that helped them in the final episode, but it wrapped up a little bit too quickly and it was kinda random.
Every episode felt like its own contained episode but when you watch the whole show it does kinda connect to it all with characters coming back and working towards something that just kinda came out of nowhere in the final episode.
The animation is really good and the character art feels more like a 14+ kid show with its design sometimes but it was a nice look and really fit the anime. Every character feels super unique in its design and was something I myself have not really seen in anime.