It’s time for another fantasy / isekai review from last season.
This time, it’s How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom.
An anime that sort of spoils itself via the title, but I’ll refrain from any spoilers anyways as you technically don’t know how the kingdom is rebuilt, right?
A Japanese student, Kazuya Souma, is summoned to a kingdom that is on the brink of bankruptcy, and in desperation, summoned a hero to use as a bargaining chip with a nearby empire that required payment. Souma, said hero, not keen on the idea of being sold off somewhere else as soon as he’s just arrived, talks it out with the king.
And after several days of discussion and going over the kingdom’s situation, the king abdicates, placing Souma on the throne!
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom
All I’ll say about the story is that it’s as the title says. There really isn’t much more to say. If you are a fan of fantasy politics, kingdom management, and that sort of thing that we see on occasion in fantasy / isekai anime, then you should have a general idea of what this one is about.
The one thing to keep in mind though is that unlike many other series, this one goes all in on this, so you shouldn’t expect too much action in terms of fighting and whatnot.
If I had to pick an anime to compare, I’d say that this one reminded me a lot of Maoyuu Maou Yuusha, which also featured more of a macro look at fantasy politics as opposed to a lot of fighting. That said, it has been a while since I’ve seen that one. My memory tells me that I liked it better, but really I should give it a re-watch to confirm that.
The final point I’ll make here is that Souma gives off Sora (No Game No Life) vibes. Not in terms of personality, but instead in that he feels overpowered in the realm of politics. While the kingdom is being rebuilt, there’s little if any tension along the way, and everything seems to go Souma’s way without much issue.
Given the lack of tension, Realist Hero has a fairly relaxed feeling that’s almost cutesy at times.
And because of this, the cliffhangers became a real annoyance.
I almost regret bringing up the cliffhangers in Spirit Chronicles, as those weren’t too bad when compared to the ones in this anime. You can basically expect a cliffhanger in every single episode of Realist Hero, and at least half of them are really small and useless things that end up being resolved in the first few minutes of the next episode.
I’m not against cliff hangers, but when they try to build up something trivial at the last second of every episode, it does get old fast. And in this series, it’s definitely laughable at times.
I honestly don’t have much else to write about Realist Hero.
I’m going to give it a 6 / 10.
While it is a fantasy / isekai anime and does things a little differently, it just didn’t feel all that great in the end.
Sure, many of the characters are cute, the world is somewhat interesting, and it feels like things could be more exciting in a future season based on how this one ends.
But most of this season felt quite dry and uninteresting. Souma is set up in a way that it feels like he can never fail, there’s never any tension, and as a result, we just end up watching him “rebuild the kingdom”. There are many scenes of him just sitting at his desk doing paperwork while people talk to him, and many others of him just sitting in the throne room talking to someone.
Ultimately, it just felt a bit stale.
Still, I’d be up for watching a follow-up season, to see how things pan out geopolitically in this world. This season didn’t feel like it delivered for me, but I don’t think it was so bad that I wouldn’t give it another chance. There’s still potential there.
So in the end, I’d say that if you’re interested in a fantasy / kingdom management type anime, this one isn’t bad, but don’t expect to be on the edge of your seat. And don’t expect for anything to really go wrong either. This one is as straightforward as it’s title, so keep that in mind.
On it’s face, ridiculous title aside, this one could have been something interesting, and still can. I don’t know if there’ll be a sequel or not, though. On the plus side, it’s a fantasy anime, and I can’t get enough of those. But sometimes it just ends up a little too generic / bland, even if it is my favourite genre.
I guess the fantasy genre is going through what one could call “suffering from success”. There are just so many fantasy / isekai titles coming out these days.
Speaking of, we’ve got a few more fantasy / isekai series from last season to go after this one!
So until then,
Thanks for reading.