Don’t @ Me: Nine of my Anime Opinions: Post Redo of Healer Edition

It’s Monday, which means it time for this! Welcome back to Don’t @ Me, the place where, like the people who watched the uncensored version of episode 2, I walk out of the crater to give you my thoughts and views on everything regarding the anime industry. We are talking about what it says in the title this week, plus some other stuff, let’s get into it after the cut!

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Finger-breaking good!
  1. To (some) of my surprise, the twitter meltdown regarding Redo of Healer, which brought ‘the goods’ last week never really happened. Now I won’t lie, part of me was looking forward in some ways to the pearl clutching, but I am also glad it never happened. I think there are a few reasons for this.

2. Funimation and Crunchyroll actually did their homework this time and decided not to simulcast it. Realizing the trouble they got in with Interspecies Reviewers, they seemed to have cut their losses and decided just not to have in their catalogue. I say good for them, I’d rather people be up front and say “hey, we know what this is, thanks but no thanks,” then trying to have it both ways.

3. I also think that ‘the discourse’ seems to have sat this out, is that (for once) they were aware they were walking into a trap. Hate the content of the series as much as you want, they knew that people WANTED them to have a temper tantrum, just so they could point to their outrage as proof of this or that ideological stance. They didn’t go for that this time, and hey, good for them.

4. The final reason, and one that interests me the most though. Is that I think Redo of Healer, along with coming out during a season stacked with ‘heavy hitters’ was lacking what draws people to series. It’s something I’ve called ‘The Ufotable bump”

5. The ‘Ufotable bump’ is where a show has animation that is above and beyond what is expected for a show of its type. By having this, more eyes and viewers are drawn to the show (Demon Slayer is a perfect example of this), and then, as a sort of balancing act, people decided to hyper-focus on any perceived flaw the anime might have.

6. We are seeing this right now with Attack on Titan, whom the fanbase is lambasting the show over the change in animation. And it is even more evident for Jobless Reincarnation. Because its animation is way beyond what anyone expected for an Isekai, people more prone to air their grievances (real or not) about the series. Redo of Healer, because it’s animation is relatively tame, and it’s content is so tailored made for outrage, has flown under the radar.

7. Now is that 100% true? I don’t know, but having kept an eye on the discourse surrounding Jobless Reincarnation, it does seem to the case. People who take issue with Rudy’s initial personality traits probably wouldn’t have stuck around after the first episode if the animation wasn’t absolutely breathtaking.

8. Overall I find it to be quite humorous. Jobless gets to be in the anime hotseat, lambasted for what is going to end up being a fun and interesting story of character development, while Redo, aka ‘Revenge Rape: the anime’ gets to tiptoe through the tulips without a care in the world.

9. Also, holy shit Higurashi Gou, you saw what Redo was doing this week and went “hold my beer,” didn’t you?

One thought on “Don’t @ Me: Nine of my Anime Opinions: Post Redo of Healer Edition

  1. I think I’m going to marathon the new Higurashi once it’s done. It’s how I watched the original. I wonder how much more shocking it can get, but I guess I’ll find out.

    Also morbidly interested in Redo of Healer after everything I’ve read about it around here.

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