- Relaxing anime that provides just enough mystery with dungeon exploring to maintain interest
- Luciel’s new role as a healer feels like he just got a new job
- No amazement and wonder at new fantasy world with quests, monsters, and spells
Seija Musou: Salaryman, Isekai de Ikinokoru Tame ni Ayumu Michi (The Great Cleric) Review
There’s not much to like about Seija Musou: Salaryman, Isekai de Ikinokoru Tame ni Ayumu Michi or The Great Healer if viewers dislike the whole isekai genre. As a series, the protagonist and supporting characters feel a bit generic and the animation feels a little too “clean.”
But for fans of the isekai reincarnation genre, this anime series is just fine.
The protagonist, a salaryman who meets some arbitrarily tragic end, is reincarnated into a fantasy world where healers are at the top of the class hierarchy and where healers, like true capitalists, charge exorbitant and extortionate rates for their services. At least until Luciel comes along.
Luciel’s background as a salaryman doesn’t really make sense much, nor does it lend much to his new role as a healer in this fantasy world. Perhaps his background matters insomuch as the hard work and loyalty from his previous life has transferred to his character in this life. But that’s it—viewers don’t learn much else about this character’s previous incarnation. And his previous job and life skills don’t really translate either.
His previous life as a salaryman does have some parallels in this new world, however. He has to work just as hard to get by and for very little reward, at least until later in the series. What does he do upon learning that he’s received the best years of his life back? Yup. You got it—he decides to work.
The series is a slow grind and pacing for the series until later when Luciel moves to a new location. And then it only marginally picks up.
Unlike most fantasy anime, Seija Musou eschews the whole guild and party members going on quests device in favor of a more solo adventure. Fans of the genre who want to see different personalities team up and take on larger quests and monsters are going to be disappointed in this regard. While Luciel does meet other supporting characters—his mentor—they do not accompany him on his job.
The series manages to justify Luciel’s solo adventure by limiting his explorations to a single dungeon. Limited space and seemingly unlimited depth make for a good solo adventure. Besides, the role was previously occupied by an individual as well.
But despite its faults, the series manages to capture just enough attention to remain viable. First, viewers like an underdog. And seeing Luciel’s effort and humble personality eventually be rewarded is in itself a nice reward. And secondly, Luciel’s explorations and combat in the dungeon provide just enough intrigue to keep readers returning to the next episode.
Seija Musou: Salaryman, Isekai de Ikinokoru Tame ni Ayumu Michi or The Great Healer isn’t a terrible anime. But it’s not particularly great either. It’s a series viewers might watch as a break between more emotionally demanding series like Attack on Titan or Jobless Reincarnation.
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