First Impression: The Great Cleric

Luciel was a salaryman in Japan who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and got shot. He reincarnates in a fantasy world and decides to become a healer, believing the vocation will provide him with a stable living. At the city gate, he meets a lady knight named Lumina who provides some guidance, and soon he embarks on an intensive magic training regimen. With that completed, and having learned that healers don’t have the best of reputations, he sets out to look for work, and soon finds a chance to volunteer his services.

I’m a fan of the light novels, but even I’m underwhelmed by this opening episode. It’s a lackluster beginning to yet another isekai anime, with nothing to distinguish it from countless others. I mean, Luciel fumbles around ignorantly, meets a few pretty ladies, and studies a book, all while he and the ladies provide a bit of exposition. That’s about it. About the only high point is that Luciel is enjoyable goofy and his ignorance of the world leads to some pretty funny reactions. I plan to stick around for at least a couple more episodes, since I’m fond of the books and know the story gets a lot better and more interesting from here. For now, I’ll just promote the light novels to you, because “It gets better. Probably,” is a pretty weak basis for recommending an anime’s bland first episode.

The Great Cleric is streaming on Crunchyroll.


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