Anime Taste Testing: Kono Healer, Mendokusai

It’s a hard… maybe.

I’m still in two minds about Kono Healer, Mendokusai/Don’t Hurt Me, My Healer!. On the one hand, there were some genuinely funny lines here – I suspect many of them weren’t even intended to be quite as funny as I found them, given the disconnect between Japanese-English and native English, but I’m certainly not holding that against the anime (if anything, it’s a happy bonus). Better still, not all the jokes were one-note, as I feared they would be going in. This is just as much of a sitcom as it is a comedy based on fantasy/JRPG tropes, so thankfully, not all the humour is derived solely from genre conventions, which prevented the show from becoming overly stale within the first couple of minutes.

On the other hand, basically all the comedy is dialogue-driven – not necessarily a bad thing in and of itself, but it means all that dialogue has to land perfectly, which it didn’t here. Unfortunately, some of the jokes were just too lengthy, so even if the punchline worked (and I’d say it did roughly half the time), it often took so long getting there that by the time it did, I had already lost a lot of interest.

My prediction is that I’ll end up watching a few more episodes of this before gradually losing motivation and quitting by the halfway mark, but I’d like to give it the benefit of the doubt anyway, so for now, I’m tentatively sticking around.

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3 thoughts on “Anime Taste Testing: Kono Healer, Mendokusai

  1. Can’t really add anything to what you said; I pretty much agree. I’m definitely going to stick it out, but that’s probably more a difference in watching habits than anything. I suspect a lot will depend on the “monster of the week” (which I suspect will be the pattern, but don’t actually know).


    1. Yes, a lot’s definitely going to depend on the show’s weekly “guests” – the jury’s still out on whether it can be consistently funny enough for me to keep watching for too long.



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