Key points for The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic first impressions:
- I found the anime’s take on training its healer protagonist quite hilarious. The focus on physical resilience through running adds a unique dimension to the typical isekai storyline, and the reasoning behind it aligns with the practical aspects of healing in the fantasy world.
- The characters, especially Rose and Inumaki, caught my attention. Rose’s initially rough exterior and her tough training methods make more sense when considering the specific demands of healing in their world. Inumaki’s unexpected excitement about being summoned to another world adds a delightful twist to her character.
- Despite following typical isekai conventions, the anime’s enjoyable characters and their interactions make it stand out. I personally gave it a 7.5/10, appreciating its fun factor even if it doesn’t break new ground in the genre.
This anime is the “looks bad on paper but is actually pretty good” anime of the season. I know that a lot of us have PTSD towards healing magic because of a certain “anime” but this one isn’t like that. The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic despite being a rather typical isekai, manages to be quite fun. It is not groundbreaking or anything of that sort. But it is a great watch if you are looking for a decent new isekai series to watch.
So, welcome back to another first impressions article. I am writing this as the 2024 Royal Rumble is about to start to air. And hopefully, I’ll be done with this article before that. Regardless, today we are here to talk about The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic. I’ve enjoyed watching this anime recently so I wanted to talk about it. Also keep in mind, that only 4 episodes have aired at the time of writing. With all that said, let’s get right into it.
What do I think of The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic so far?
First off, let me clarify what the title means lol. Our MC and two of his friends get summoned to another world for typical isekai reasons. There’s nothing new there. They all get their magic affinities tested and the MC, Usato of course has an affinity for healing magic. Soon after discovering that, he is taken away by the commander of the Rescue Team because healing magic affinities are pretty rare. And what does she start to train him for? Running. Yes, almost all of Usato’s training is physical, and healing magic helps get rid of all fatigue from physical work as well.
At first, that doesn’t make sense. But the reason Rose gives for a training routine like this for Usato is pretty sensible. When people are injured, you’d either be running to heal them or carrying them to a safe place to heal them. Both of which require significant physical resilience. I love how this weird-sounding training routine for a healer reflects Rose’s character perfectly. She too sounds rough and intimidating at first. But what she says and does makes sense when you stop to think about it. Usato realizes this eventually as well.
Usato and Rose aside, Inumaki also deserves a shout-out as well. She and Kazuki have this “unapproachable” air to them because of their work as student council members. But it turns out that Inumaki just needed an escape. And sure enough, now that she is free, her character takes a total turn. She is so excited to be summoned to another world LOL. And she is basically letting her intrusive thoughts win and having fun. I really appreciate that. Lastly, Kazuki is a decent character but I’d like to see some growth for him as well.
That is all for now!
Despite being a rather typical isekai, the characters and their dynamics make The Wrong Way to Use Healing Magic quite fun. It’s not groundbreaking, but not everything needs to be. I give this anime a nice 7.5/10 as of now. We’ll see how things go in the future episodes. With that said, I will take my leave here. And yes, I got this done right before the Rumble. See ya!!
Also, check out the details on the anime adaptation for Tasuketsu here!