With the world in chaos lately over a global pandemic, we thought it would be nice to talk about times that people were sick and actually made a full recovery. When anime characters get sick—whether it’s for a single episode or the entirety of a series—it tends to be a big deal. Their loved ones may need to desperately search for a cure or simply stay by their side to comfort them, and when the sick character finally gets better, they have a greater appreciation for the people who took care of them in their time of need. Let’s check out five times your favorite anime characters were sick, and how they got better!
5. Lucy Misses the Blossom Viewing Festival - Fairy Tail (Episode 73)
- Episodes: 175
- Aired: October 2009 – March 2013
The rainbow cherry blossom trees bloom once a year in Magnolia and every year, there’s a big viewing festival to celebrate. Lucy is beyond excited to go for the very first time, but she comes down with a cold mere days before the event. She resigns herself to listening to the festivities from her room and wishing the others well, but when she hears Natsu and Happy call her name from outside, she rushes to the window and sees something amazing. The dragon slayer and his cat buddy have uprooted an entire rainbow cherry blossom tree and sent it floating down the river on a boat, just so Lucy could see it! If that’s not proof of true friendship, we don’t know what is.
4. Yun-Hua Calms Down the Poisoned Crew - Kanata no Astra (Astra: Lost in Space)(Episode 4)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: July 2019 – September 2019
The Astra crew’s excursion for food on an alien planet goes horribly awry when they realize that the fruits they picked were actually poisonous and that the only antidote is at the base of a lethal carnivorous tree. Budding doctor Quitterie rushes to treat everyone while team leader Kanata sets out on a daring journey to get the antidote, but morale is down on the ship and the group is struggling to stay calm. Suddenly, the shy girl Yun-Hua realizes that she can finally contribute to the group by singing a beautiful song to cheer everyone up! With newfound resolve, Quitterie and Kanata heal everyone and they continue on their long trip home.
3. Holly Kujo’s Stand Sickness - JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken Part 3: Stardust Crusaders (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders) (Starts in episode 3, cured in final episode)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: April 2014 – September 2014
Jotaro’s mother Holly is a little bit of a ditz, but kindhearted and helpful to everyone she meets. So, when she comes down with a Stand-based illness that will kill her in 50 days, Jotaro and the crew know exactly what they have to do. They embark on a dangerous mission to Egypt to find and kill Dio, the 120-year-old vampire responsible for Stands manifesting in the Joestar family. Jotaro and Joseph lose some dear friends along the way, but it’s all worth it when they finally reduce Dio to dust and fly back home to see Holly smile again.
2. Somali Comes Down with a Fever - Somali to Mori no Kamisama (Somali and the Forest Spirit) (Episode 4)
- Episodes: 12
- Aired: January 2020 – March 2020
Somali is just a little girl, so it’s natural that her arduous journey with Golem would take a toll on her health eventually. She comes down with a nasty fever while Golem is working at a restaurant to raise funds for their trip, and Golem springs into action immediately out of worry. He bangs on a doctor’s door late at night and spends all of his hard-earned money on medicine that will work on all species (so as not to expose Somali’s identity as a human). The restaurant owner praises Golem on his devotion to Somali, saying that even though he himself isn’t a perfect father all the time, what’s most important is that children know that you love them.
1. Ruri’s Mysterious Disease - Dr. Stone (Ill before the series’ timeline, cured in episode 15)
- Episodes: 24
- Aired: July 2019 – December 2019
In the new Stone Age, modern medical knowledge has been completely lost and diseases that could easily be cured now routinely take lives. Such is the case with Ruri, the priestess of the village that Senku finds after he’s de-petrified and set loose in the future. He and the other villagers spend an entire arc creating antibiotics to cure what turns out to be chronic pneumonia, and when Ruri can finally breathe normally again, she joyfully runs through the forest and sees the world in a whole new way. It’s such a heartwarming moment for everyone!
We love watching these scenes because they make us hopeful that illnesses can eventually be cured and that loved ones will come to the aid of sick people when they need it most. But what are your favorite sickness recovery scenes? Did we miss any important ones? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!