Healer Girl Episode 2 Review – Quick Summary
In Healer Girl episode 2, “Can I Take a Picture? Or Maybe a Video?,” Kana Fujii was absolutely freaking out over the number of tests she’ll need to pass to become even a provisional healer. Worse, she struggled making vocal key changes with accompaniment. Her friends could not help her. What options does she have? Elsewhere, Sonia Yanagi at school heard Kana talking about becoming an apprentice healer. She demanded that Kana meet her after school. What’s that all about? And why is Sonia talking about Kana as an “enemy?”
Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.
Favorite Quote from Healer Girl Episode 2
I have to admire Kana’s honesty. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Kana is growing on me. Maybe it’s because I gravitate toward people who are talented but who aren’t arrogant about it. I don’t think that personality type gets the admiration and attention it deserves! Thinking about it, it seems that there really are more humble talented people than super arrogant talented people. But, boy oh boy, do the arrogant ones spoil it for everyone!
Despite her magnificent performance in the first episode, Kana still struggles with self-confidence. She was talking to her friends Reimi Itsushiro and Hibiki Morishima about their upcoming exams. Apparently, they cover a lot more than just singing, though it’s covered, too. They also include topics like general medical knowledge and pharmacology. Just mentioning the words seemed to panic Kana.
Seeing her kneeling, practically in terror, Hibiki asked, “Is one of those your weak subject?”
“Actually,” Kana said (03:33), “they all are!”
It’s laudable that Kana knows her own limitations!
Best in Show Moment for Healer Girl Episode 2
Their visualization had shattered. The song had failed. All Kana could think about was the mother-to-be. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Setup: Sonia Sprang into Action
Good Lord, the singing in this episode was lovely! Seriously! Their performances were so pleasant that I believe they could heal solely through the power of their voices. Which probably gives you an idea of which is my favorite scene in this episode!
In the previous episode, we got to see what happens when the singer and song are on point. We got hints that it could go wrong through Ria Karasuma’s stern warning to Ria. Kana listening to that warning at the end (in my favorite moment), which reinforced the idea.
Well, in this episode, we saw what could happen if the song goes off the rails.
Sonia did not at all like hearing that the ambulance would be delayed. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
Sonia has some skills. Probably not to the extent she thinks she does, but she is a C-rank healer, so the accreditation process in this world recognizes her abilities. She, her friend Shinobu Honosaka, and Kana encountered a woman in distress – a woman who was eight months pregnant. There was a big fire, so the ambulance was going to be delayed. That meant it was up to Sonia to act.
Reminding Kana (and telling us in the audience!) that a ranked healer could ask for help from even an apprentice, Sonia launched into her song. Like Kana in the previous episode, her aim was to eliminate the woman’s pain and help her be calm before the ambulance arrived. But this time, the situation was more grave.
Delivery: The Song Beings to Come Apart
At first, when Kana joined in, Sonia seemed surprised at the strength in Kana’s voice. But Sonia kept her focus. She began to build a visualization/image that would bring comfort to the mother-to-be.
But something was wrong. Very wrong, in fact. The image shattered, and Sonia and Kana tried in unison to reform it. But nothing they did could alleviate the woman’s pain. The visualization shattered, leaving Sonia clinging to its remnants with the mother, as Kana plunged into the abyss. But even as she fell, her thoughts were with the mother (17:25).
The difference between Ria’s experience and skill and that of Sonia and Kana was enormous. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.
That moment, when it seemed like they had failed, when it seemed like the mother and her unborn’s fate were uncertain, was exquisitely executed. Seeing the more experienced Sonia beginning to realize she was losing control; seeing Kana’s rising panic and her fight to keep it under control – the animation nailed really conveyed their feelings! Add to that the character insight that even amid the horror of knowing just how badly it was going, Kana still thought like a healer. That’s good stuff!
Of course, Ria showed up to save the day. But I just love how the show is dramatizing how this world works. And the voices are just so lovely!
What did you think of Shinobu’s revelation of why Sonia treats her so badly? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!
Healer Girl Episode 2: Other Posts
Other Anime Sites
- Reddit: Healer Girl – Episode 2 discussion
- The Yuri Empire: Healer Girl Episode 2: “Enemies”
- KeithSpeaks: Enter: Sonia Yanagi! Healer Girl Episode 2 Review (YouTube)
This Site (Crow’s World of Anime!)
- Healer Girl Episode 1: Kana Fujii, Healer (Apprentice)
- Healer Girl Episode 2: Can I Take a Picture? Or Maybe a Video?
- Healer Girl Episode 3: Cleanup, Run • Run • Run
- Healer Girl Episode 4: First Steps, Horror, and a First Job
- Healer Girl Episode 5: Blue Skies, Green Mountains, River Battles and the Galactic Station
- Healer Girl Episode 6: Become My Servant • Russian Food and Sweet Dreams
- Healer Girl Episode 7: A Culture Festival Full of Surprises
- Healer Girl Episode 8: I Love Maids • You’re Fired
- Healer Girl Episode 9: The Best Guarantee • Buy the CD
- Healer Girl Episode 10: Halloween • Masquerade • Butterfly!
- Healer Girl Episode 11: Sharks and Training Camp! Let’s Climb Together!
- Healer Girl Episode 12: We’re C-Rank Healers!