Episode 3 – Parallel World Pharmacy

Episode 3 - Parallel World Pharmacy

The morning scent of real dramatic stakes is what I love. Again, Parallel World PharmacyI am here to confirm my long-held theory that there is no such thing as an “unknown” in the world. All of the “Reborn with Godlike Powers (and a Strangely Niche Career Path) in Another World” light-novel anime adaptations have to be boring, generic affairs. It doesn’t take much effort to tell your story. Interessant. The rest will take care of itself if you are able to do this.

Case in point: This week, Farma has the unenviable task of curing Empress Élizabeth II’s tuberculosis. Because Farma is blessed with the ability to spit in The Law of Conservation of Mass’ face, it’s quite easy to make the cure. Farma is able to remember the chemical components of any medicine he needs and can make it happen as long as he does. Farma is able to accomplish seemingly impossible tasks, much like any other show. That doesn’t mean that Farma has an easy time curing Élizabeth, though, and that is what makes this episode so fun to watch, in spite of Farma’s literal God Mode life hacks.

Farma last week pointed out that the world in which Farma lives is still based on a Medieval understanding and application of biology and science. The Empress’ personal attendants are using astrology to determine when her “destiny” is going to come to an end, and even Farma’s father has been reduced to administering a mild anesthesia in preparation for Élizabeth’s inevitable euthanasia. Farma must not only remember the chemical compositions of drugs such as rifampin, ethambutol, and isoniazid but also overcome thousands of years worth of misinformation and backward thinking.

You will also find the whole story of how Farma stole a corpse from a young boy and is now masquerading as him, all the while wielding incomprehensible Panactheos powers. I love the best part of this episode. PWPFarma’s dad is clearly upset by his son’s strange behavior. Farma does not just drop the matter. The show even manages to find a way to satisfyingly bypass the presumed hurdles of trying to hit the fast-forward button on centuries’ worth of scientific progress, since Farma’s holy “revelation” makes it easy for him to explain how he suddenly knows how to make hitherto undreamt of medicines, or how he can just casually introduce the concept of germ theory to the entire royal court.

Farma’s father is not the easiest subject to discuss in the show. It could have been simple enough to just have Bruno go along with the “divine revelation” story, but even though Bruno has never been a particularly great father, he can still recognize that the boy calling himself Farma is NotThe same person they knew all before. I don’t know if PWPIt is likely that they will need to follow up on this matter, but I appreciate the fact the show even took the time to address it. This makes the cast seem more human and relatable.

These seemingly small things add up to a lot and it’s easy to see why Parallel World PharmacyThis story stands head and shoulders above its peers. This is a story which understands the importance of a power fantasy. If our hero lives in an unchanging world, with no consequences or struggle against it, there is no point to a power fantasy. Farma’s little brain can hold a hundred pharmaceutical encyclopedias worth of knowledge. Despite these narrative shortcuts, he still feels like an actual human being. This is shaping up as a great adventure.


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