Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside Review (Spoiler Free)

Next up we’ve got this anime, which I’ll call Banished Hero instead of it’s actual, long title.

Once again we’ve got a fantasy anime, product of my shameless fantasy binge which I last year and have continued for the most part into this year, with only a few exceptions that I may or may not review as well.

So let’s get onto the next fantasy anime here with Banished Hero.

Synopsis

Red, formerly known as Gideon, is the brother of the Hero, and a former member of her party. Former member, because after a mistake in battle, he was told that he was holding the party back, and was asked to leave by the party’s sage.

Now, he lives as Red, and works to fulfill his dream of becoming an apothecary in a small town in the countryside. However, things change when someone from his past pays the town a visit…

Backwards, Forwards Storytelling

“Backwards” and “Forwards” probably aren’t the correct terms for it, but we’ll go with it. Basically, while we are in the present, and see the story unfold in the present, for much of the anime Red’s past is being revealed to us in bits and pieces. He journeyed for quite some time with the Hero’s party, and so there’s much information key to the story tied up in the past. In other words, we need to look “backwards” in order to get a proper grasp of the present.

But after a certain point in the anime, once there’s no longer a need, we stop looking backwards, and instead things move forwards at a much more steady pace.

It’s not a unique way to tell a story, and certainly has been done before, but I figured I’d bring it up here as it’s an interesting point to the anime. Personally, I thought it was well done, and enjoyed how the story unfolded using this style.

Slice of Life Elements

While there is an overarching story, one that I found enjoyable, that doesn’t mean that the story is always the primary focus of things. Many episodes have a much slower pace, and feature a lot of “everyday life” content, which naturally gives the anime a slice of life feel.

If I had to break it down, based off my memory (which isn’t the most reliable), I’d say the anime is probably close to a 50/50 split in terms of story / slice of life content. It’s hard to remember exactly how it went though, because the anime is more slice of life focused early on, and more story focused later on. Meaning that my final impressions of the anime are centered around the story, and it’s conclusion.

But yeah, Banished Hero starts out a little slow, giving us a lot of Red’s everyday life and interactions with the town he’s living in. Bits and pieces of the overarching story are given to us, and then eventually the story takes over. That’s basically how it goes.

Rating

Let’s keep this one short and get right to a rating and my overall thoughts.

Banished Hero gets a 7 / 10 from me.

It’s a nice mix of relaxed fantasy living and an interesting story. If I had to break it down though, I’d say that the story was much more interesting than the village living. The story was really good, and I think that Banished Hero is a fun watch for that alone. The slice of life parts weren’t bad or anything, but I thought that they felt a bit boring when put side-by-side with the story itself.

Personally, I would have enjoyed more action / intrigue alongside the story instead of the everyday life stuff, but honestly the way it was done was still pretty good. The two elements were weaved together well, so this is just my personal opinion which may or may not be skewed by all of the more action-filled fantasy anime I’ve watched recently.

Not a bad watch, overall.


Another fantasy review down.

Onto the next one!

Until next time,
Thanks for reading.

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