Eva’s First Impression
Man I can’t tell you how excited I am to be finally watching this. I’ve been counting down the days since last week! This is a series that I have been reading since late 2018 and I am incredibly fond of it, so lets get down to it!
The Kingdom of Salutania is a land where they have lived within a shroud of miasma and when it spirals out of control, it warps the bodies and minds of living creatures, bringing forth monsters that ravage the world. In order to keep things in check, a Holy Maiden called the “Saint” would appear and use her power to protect the Kingdom. However there’s a problem. The Holy Maiden has yet to appear, and so the Kingdom’s Sage came up with a plan to attempt summoning one from another world.
Meet Takanashi Sei, a twenty years old who had just returned home from work only to be summoned to the Kingdom of Salutania! Upon her arrival she realizes she isn’t the only one who had been dragged over, when the Prince declares the other girl (Aira) is the “Saint” they had been looking for and takes her away while ignoring Sei’s existence in the process. Naturally after having received that kind of reception, Sei has no interest in sticking around. However now stuck in a foreign world, and knowing nothing about it, her options are limited and she has little choice but to remain within the safety of the palace walls. And since she has yet to be determined whether she is the Saint or not, with nothing else to do she wanders around and comes across Medical Flora Research Institute. There she meets a fellow researcher Jude and the director Johan, who later offers her a job and accommodation at the institute. Soon she learns how to craft potion and learn basic magic, and hilariously come to discover that her potions are 50% more effective than the standard.
It is rather unfortunate that they didn’t highlight Sei’s mischievous side when it comes to how obsessed she is with crafting potions. In fact because she is able to produce so much and ends up getting carried away, she actually would go as far as hiding her excess quantity to try and steer out of trouble. As Jude pointed out, Johan scolds her because if someone doesn’t keep her in check, they will run out of supply! HAHA! Sei’s bad habit is actually driven by her motivation raise her Pharmaceutical level so she can finally craft mid and high grade potions. It took her three months, but but by having crafted enough potions, she was able to get to the level to finally produce a high-grade potion. However unlike the low-grades, she can’t mass produce them without any problems, so they are still exceptionally rare and difficult to do.
Luckily her abundant supply of 50% more effective low/mid grades (which cannot be sold to the public) proven to be useful when Knights from the Third Order return from their mission to subjugate monsters in the West Forest after facing a horrific attack by a Salamander (a fire breathing lizard, different from a Dragon). Among the gravely injured was the Order’s Captain. Had it not been for the extra 50% boost, the Captain may have not survived, or at least may not have been completely healed to the extent he had been.
I already knew coming into this that this series was bound to have a slow and somewhat quiet start. Though to my surprise, they didn’t feature Sei’s thoughts as much as I thought they might. As result, I felt they made her come off a tad quieter person than she actually is.
But the one the thing that actually bothered me the most how they cut out what is arguably one of the most memorable scene: the part where shortly after the Prince drags Aira off, Sei actually grabs an official and interrogates him for answers. Heck, I am still shocked that they chose to cut that out, so naturally I am disappointed we don’t get to see that animated. This also reduced the significance as to why the palace officials are willing to go the extra mile in order to make her comfortable, besides the fact they have inconveniently summoned her from another world.
Thankfully they didn’t opt out her anger entirely, but they certainly made it a lot more quieter and less showy, which I felt took the fun out of it. And I say that because the way the scene in the novel played out, it was a lot more dramatic and lively. I only give a few chapters for an Isekai series to appeal to me, but this moment was what made me more excited for what to come. That being said, those who haven’t read the novels or read the manga adaption may still be impressed by her quieter, yet realistic frustration and isn’t going to roll over and accept things as they are without raising a fuss to some degree. The fact she stood up and walked away mid-conversation of the explanation showed us that she’s thinking, “Screw this! I’m leaving!” After-all, she was dragged into this world against her will, completely ignored by the Prince, and has no way of going back. But at the same time, she is sensible. She comes to terms it is too dangerous for her to embark on her own right now, so she accepts the offer of being given accommodations within the palace.
But one of the things I did really like and thought was a clever way to work around the info cut was the way they inserted some self-explanatory clues in her home and office prior to being summoned. The game controller on the floor shows us she plays games, and we can see she is interested in plants as she has one on her desk at work and at home too. These little details like that can really go a long way, so I thought that was a nice touch! This also explains why Sei already knows some fundamental knowledge about plants like Lavender and why she feels so at home at the Medical Flora Research Institute.
That being said, this is only the first episode so I hope that they will show off more of her personality and point out her habits within the next two episodes. It would also give a lot more context to why she behaves the way she does, such as mentioned earlier, why she is so driven to produce so many potions to the point Johan would scold her for it!
Another thing that struck me as I was watching it was the vibe. I’m not sure how to explain it, but it kind of felt a bit more serious? Maybe it’s just me, haha! Curiously, they opted not to mention how one can check their magic stats yet. (I’m talking real basic details, HP and MP stamina, skills and magic attribute, it doesn’t really go any further than that.) Of course there’s no harm in leaving that out, especially since it will most likely be mentioned next week.
I do want to address what might come as a bit of a surprise to some, is how they have yet to confirm Sei is in fact a Saint. The end of the episode highlighted while they have suspicion she might be, but the truth is they have yet to confirm it. The reason why that is will likely be explained next week, but they did actually drop a clue to how that came to be the moment she had been summoned (Hint: The man on the floor). The other girl, Aira is in the same boat as Sei, except she is being managed by the Prince (who made the assumption on his own), so she is already currently undergoing training for it. Frankly in a way, thanks to be ignored, Sei has been able to pursue a relatively more peaceful start as she adapts to her new reality.
Overall I would have to say the premiere was fine, but I still think it could have been better if Sei’s personality was able to shine more. But that doesn’t take away from how stoked I am about this adaption. It’s gorgeous, both musically and visually (oh man I can’t wait to see more of the monsters in action, they look so good right now)! Right now I think the biggest question on my mind is how they plan to pace things out. I just hope we are going to see more active interactions rather than pan overs that didn’t exactly help with that leading up to the time skip which happened in the last five minutes of the episode to squeeze in the end of Chapter 3. There are a lot of fluffy goodies
between my OTP to look forward to, and I’m really excited for it, so I just hope they do it well.
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