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Healer Girl Episode 10 Review – Best In Show

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Healer Girl Episode 10 Review – Quick Summary

In Healer Girl episode 10, “Halloween • Masquerade • Butterfly!,” Hibiki had always seemed poised and self-confident. Yet, growing up in a household where Ria often stayed, Hibiki fell into the habit of comparing herself to Ria, who a doctor recently called a healing “goddess.” Under her veneer of confidence, Hibiki had been hiding a crippling fear that she just might not be good enough. Can she throw off that misconception? Or will she leave the program?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from Healer Girl Episode 10

I can see where Reimi is coming from on this one. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Kana is fond of food. She’s also an impulsive young woman. So when Hibiki’s family sent their daughter a package filled with the fruits of the autumn harvest, Kana could not contain her excitement. 

Seriously. She couldn’t contain it.

Picking up a small pumpkin, she waxed philosophical over the myriad flavors available in the fall. Rubbing the pumpkin against her cheek, she said (08:49), “So much deliciousness! It’s bliss.”

I was just thinking, “Wow, she and the pumpkin should get a room” when Reimi, who’s never at a loss for a pithy comment, said, “That’s quite an expression you’ve got going on.”

Reimi is an observant young woman.

Best in Show Moment for Healer Girl Episode 10

Hibiki, uplifted by the support of her family and friends, could finally admit her talent. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Hibiki Felt the Pressure to Compare Herself to Ria

What’s with the after-credits scene? Why is Ria getting all philosophical by asking, “To use the power of song knowingly, or to fall into using it unknowingly… Which is the more frightening idea?” Why is time short? Is Ria in moral danger? Is the candle that burns too bright about to burn out prematurely?

Or is she short of cash for rent?

Joking aside, I think there’s something going on with Ria’s health. I suspect it is the burning candle reference, but I can’t be sure. I would not put it past this series to make a joke of it, or drive a spike of despair into my heart in the next couple of episodes. It’s just that kind of show, and that’s part of why I’m enjoying it so much.

What do you mean, “Time is limited”? Care to fill us in? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Speaking of “enjoying it so much,” I like a story that dramatizes without being preachy. The way this episode showed Hikbiki’s doubts really hit home. She was a talented young woman, and on her own, she might have developed self-confidence. But she made a mistake that was, thankfully, not fatal, but that might have been.

Hibiki, the talented young singer, compared herself to a goddess.

I’ve been thinking about how we compare ourselves to others. It’s toxic, isn’t it? At least, I see its toxicity in others. I’ve never compared myself to others; I only compared myself to me. It’s not something virtuous; it just never occurred to me to do. Through the grapevine at a previous job, I heard that some people who worked for me felt frustrated because I never competed with them. Is that a thing? Should I have engaged in friendly competition? Is it expected? My view of the world is too different from what I see in others, so I can’t tell.

Delivery: Hibiki Unlearned Harmful Behaviors

But I can see the results: people who should have delighted in their unique skills and their unique voice often languished because they compared themselves to some perfection that they decided they could not attain.

That’s why I loved seeing Hibiki’s parents support her. That’s why I loved seeing how Sonia accidentally encouraged her, and how both Kana and Reimi almost unconsciously supported her. Ria, certainly, encouraged her. I wonder if that’s the only way out of that downward spiral of endless comparisons – people you trust telling you to believe in yourself? If, indeed, believing in yourself is something that’s attainable.

Hibiki, at least, chose to believe in herself. It’s my favorite moment in this episode. Ria asked who among them would take the “center”, or the lead, in singing for the clinic. Kana and Reimi started to raise their hands, but Hibiki beat them to it, her spirit lifted up by the memory of everyone who had supported her. “I’ll do it!” Hibiki said (16:56), the scene morphing her face from her younger self riding in a car with a supportive father and ending in the present. “I’ll be the center!”

Notice that neither Kana nor Reimi look angry? They’re just surprised. Those three are great together. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Seeing her rise to the challenge, knowing she did so with the support of her family and friends, was flat-out heart-warming. This show is just so damned rejuvenating to watch! Character like Hibiki and the warmth they attract are a big part of that.

What did you think of the musical number in this episode? What were your best in show moments? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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2 thoughts on “Healer Girl Episode 10 Review – Best In Show

  1. It’s such a refreshing show, isn’t it? I almost didn’t watch it.

    Hibiki’s slowly starting to become my favourite among the three main Healer Girls. Kana’s probably the best singer in the show, though. I do so like the musical numbers; they make sense with the concept.

    1. Refreshing is a good word for it! I feel emotionally lighter after watching each episode.

      You mentioned Kana’s probably the best singer — the show hasn’t talked about it much, but I still think about her song of comfort in the first episode. I also remember Ria’s reaction to it!

      I’m really looking forward to seeing if the show leaves that idea dangling or takes it into account in the last episodes of the season.

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