First Impression: I Shall Survive Using Potions!

Kaoru accidentally dies when a god tries to fix a space-time anomaly. The god offers her a chance to reincarnate in a fantasy world, and she bids farewell to her family and friends in a dream. She meets another god, Celes, who grants Kaoru language comprehension, an Item Box skill, and the ability to conjure up potions with any effect she wants in any sort of container she wishes. Kaoru makes it to a town where she tries to sell her potions, but no one is interested, at least not until some injured hunters show up and Kaoru can demonstrate the efficacy of her wares. See, while this world technically does have “magic” just like Kaoru was told, it’s piddly and weak and not remotely on the level of a standard isekai fantasy setting like she expected. She’s quickly hailed as a miracle worker and angel. The corrupt local lord promptly attempts to take advantage of her abilities, but Kaoru dupes everyone, steals the furniture and a maid’s clothes, and escapes.

This is an unserious, heavily comedic take on the overpowered-protagonist-reincarnated-in-another-world concept (a fact reflected in stylized, chibi-ish art style). The flavor of Potions is extremely similar to author FUNA’s other series (both of which already have anime adaptations), Didn’t I Say To Make My Abilities Average In The Next Life?! and Saving 80,000 Gold in Another World for my Retirement. If you’ve read or seen them, you’ll know exactly what to expect here; there’s no deep plot, character development, or worldbuilding, just OP isekai protag hijinks. Personally, strictly in terms of the light novels, this is my least favorite of FUNA’s three series (and even so, I read several volumes of it!), but the merits of this adaptation will all depend on how well it manages to portray the humor.

I Shall Survive Using Potions! is streaming on Crunchyroll.


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