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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