Also known as Cautious Hero: The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious.
When I saw that Lynn had this anime rated as one of his top anime picks for 2019, I knew I had to watch it. Honestly, I knew I had to watch it even before that. As one who loves fantasy anime, and by extension, isekai, the prospect of an overly cautious hero seemed too entertaining to pass up.
And so I waited for it to finish airing, and binged it all in three nights!
No spoilers this time.
A goddess from the realm of the gods is tasked with saving a S class danger world. The process to do so involves summoning a human to take on the role of a hero. And our goddess Ristarte just so happens to summon a very, very cautious man. Hilarity ensues.
It’s Not KonoSuba;
But It’s Just As Good
Shinchou Yuusha is right up my alley when it comes to the comedy. Over the top and ridiculous, the anime absolutely lives up to it’s name. Very much like KonoSuba, Shinchou Yuusha parodies the isekai genre, poking fun at several isekai tropes. It also introduces hilarious loopholes to the whole isekai premise, once again, just as KonoSuba does.
However, Shinchou Yuusha doesn’t poke fun at all the same elements that Konosuba does. Instead Shinchou Yuusha plays a lot more with the “overpowered protagonist” element that we see so often in isekai. Hard to really describe anymore without spoiling jokes.
After all is said and done, Shinchou Yuusha is a brilliant comedy in my books.
Seiya, our cautious hero, is an awesome character too. I often lament about how I’m getting tired of the same old one-dimensional “Mr. Nice Guy” character types (looking at you, Rimuru) in anime. It just seems to common for the protagonist to be a total paragon who can never do wrong, no matter what. But reality isn’t completely black and white, and so I don’t like how often anime forgets that and paints a story with no grey.
And this brings me to back to Seiya – he’s certainly no gentleman! Seiya has the tendency to obscure his actual intentions due to his level of caution. The guy acts so cautious that often it seems like he is only trying to save himself. So cautious that it seems like he’d rather just keep on training instead of actually doing his job as hero. Someone who despite having the power, refuses to take any chances, no matter how small.
Now, there is much, much more to Seiya than meets the eye. Often things end up working out perfectly or better than expected, all thanks to his preparedness. Seiya is a good person at heart, but he also isn’t afraid to speak his mind or rattle the cage a bit.
I appreciate a protagonist like that, who isn’t just a boring appeaser that goes with the flow. Seiya IS the flow, and he’s not afraid to come off as a pushover if it comes to it.
I don’t normally bring up the voice acting, but I felt compelled to here simply because the Japanese VAs for Seiya and Ristarte were really top notch. Mind you it’s not often that I have any issues with Japanese VAs, but for Shinchou Yuusha these two really stood out for me as a pair that sold their characters perfectly. I couldn’t think of a better voice for either character. Very well done.
I won’t spoil anything here, so this section will actually be quite short. Essentially what I want to say here is that in addition to the comedic focus of the anime, the overarching story actually ends up being very good, and that’s underselling it. In my opinion, the story of Shinchou Yuusha is exceptional. Doubly so once you consider that this is a comedy anime, a genre that typically doesn’t deliver this level of storytelling.
There’s much more to Shinchou Yuusha than what I’ve mentioned here. Consider my points just a couple highlights. Overall, I believe Shinchou Yuusha to be on a similar level to KonoSuba, an anime I hold in very high regard. Everything about this anime was so enjoyable that I struggle to even come up with a single criticism.
I’m giving Shinchou Yuusha: Kono Yuusha ga Ore Tsue Kuse ni Shinchou Sugiru a 9 / 10.
It’s a masterpiece in my books, although I can’t fully deliberate on exactly why this is because I’d decided to make this review spoiler-free.
If you enjoy isekai, comedy, KonoSuba… this is an absolute recommend.
Honestly, regardless of your preferences, I’m going to recommend Shinchou Yuusha. I really enjoyed it.
Now, I didn’t cover the individual episodes of this one.
I’m getting out of that business for the most part.
However, good friend of the blog Lynn Sheridan, AKA the Otaku Author, did! And he enjoyed it just as much as I. So if you’d like to read more from the anime, check out his posts here!
I have to agree with him that Shinchou Yuusha was one of the best anime of 2019. I’d have to look at a list of what I watched from 2019 myself, but it’d most definitely be near the top, if not the very top.
It’s great to see another isekai alongside Shield Hero do so well for 2019. Many people are getting tired of the genre, but I feel like the genre isn’t at fault so much as the industry itself for trying to profit off of isekai with half-assed products.
Anyways, that’s all for this one.
Until next time,
Thanks for reading.