Long-time followers of Beneath the Tangles or my own blog Curiously Dead Cat may know that I have a thing for isekai. I will watch all but the trashiest and most offensive new releases if they include a poor(?) Japanese sap who gets whisked off to a fantasy setting and—oh, the horror!—finds himself or herself at the top of the socioeconomic food chain. Don’t get me wrong: I will readily acknowledge the flaws in half-baked visual narratives like Master of Ragnarok and Blesser of Einherjar; I’ll just enjoy it anyway. Like my daughter who likes to eat lemons, it’s kind of inexplicable.
So when I tell you that I found the first episode of Drug Store in Another World: The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist to be rather, well, banal, you can guess that something is seriously awry. I will, most likely, continue watching it; but I can’t in good faith say I particularly enjoyed it more than the bare minimum required to do so. First of all, as the title indicates, the show is slow. But it’s not slow like a slice-of-life, so much as a slice-of-wrist: As the minutes tick by, you can feel your life dripping away. I don’t remember any explanation given as to how our protagonist ended up in Generic Fantasy World surrounded by Generic Harem, nor do I feel inclined to go back to confirm whether Truck-kun was there and I just forgot. Here is the entire extent of Generic Protagonist’s introduction:
That’s it. Look closely at this picture. You already know everything that the show deems important. Kirito—I mean, Kirio—used to be a Japanese businessman. Now he’s a—get this—pharmacist. No explanation of how he got here. Since he’s not living like a hero, I’m guessing he wasn’t summoned to save the world; so I’m assuming serial murderer Truck-kun added another victim to its ever-growing list.
Now, don’t look too closely at the picture, or it will become painfully obvious how flat the art appears. I’m not exactly a connoisseur of the animated arts; but when you have a slower, SOL show like this one, the scenery and visuals will have to do the heavy lifting. And this episode looks like it was cut from layers of cardboard. The lines are inconsistent, and the colors kind of sad.
Having said that, it is harmless. If you’ve got time to kill, and like it better dead, there are worse things than Kirio and his live-in moe ghost and werewolf assistants selling blue coffee to the countryside.
You can squander precious minutes every week as you legally stream Drug Store in Another World: The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist on Crunchyroll.