First Look: Drug Store in Another World – The Slow Life of a Cheat Pharmacist

Alternative title: Cheat Kusushi no Slow Life: Isekai ni Tsukurou Drugstore
Light Novel Adaptation by EMT Squared
Streaming on Crunchyroll

Premise

A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family’s future.

Note: This might just be the IMDb description for Breaking Bad

Zigg’s verdict: Nyquil Fuelled

Look, I try not to be overly didactic when it comes to critiquing cartoons, but at some point I have to wonder exactly what the point of shows like this even existing is? Drug Store in Another World isn’t just unambitious, it’s actively fleeing at the sight of anything that could remotely be a ‘story’, a ‘character’ or a ‘feeling’. It’s not serious enough to be a drama,¬† or funny enough to be a comedy, or relaxing enough to be a ‘healing’ show. Hell, even though it has isekai right in the title, that aspect is barely mentioned, except¬† for the mandatory reassurance that you absolutely should be projecting your shitty life onto our perfect protagonist as hard as humanly possible. I guess one way you can tell that it’s a real isekai show is that it obeys the genre standard that your female characters must either be childlike sex dolls or crazed harridans. We spend far too much time on both here for my liking. There have been far worse and far more harmful shows than this, hell, even this season, but again: why? Not sure it’s a question I’ll ever understand the answer to.

Iro’s verdict: Exactly What It Says On The Tin, As Per Usual For This Precise Sort of Narrative Junk Food, Which Has Become Increasingly Common And Increasingly Tiresome Over The Past Several Years Of Anime Production, And Which I Resent For Placing A Nearly Insurmountable Wall Preventing Normal Fantasy Anime From Being Produced Without Being Trojan Horsed Within A Pointless Isekai Frame

This is about as bog standard of an example of “slow life” isekai as you can get. The wish fulfillment here is purely about leaving behind all responsibility and having the magical ability to support yourself without having to rely upon stuff like societal infrastructure, while any necessary social interaction comes in the form of cute girls who want to kiss you. I am not the target audience for this and consequently did not enjoy it.

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