Yuusha, Yamemasu Review (Spoiler Free)

This is the first Spring 2022 anime that I’ve watched, so it may as well be the first review I write from said season: Yuusha, Yamemasu (I’m Quitting Heroing).

I’ve basically already watched everything that I wanted to from the season, and so now all there is left is to actually write up some posts!

So here we go, first review in a while.

Synopsis

Under threat by a demon queen, the human world is saved by a single powerful hero, Leo. However, after the dust has settled and peace has returned, the humans no longer take kindly to the presence their savior: a man capable of mass destruction. Banished by the humans, former hero Leo decides to search for meaning elsewhere – and ends up joining the very same demon queen he had defeated, working with her lieutenants in disguise!

Novel Take

The typical Dragon Quest “hero defeats the demon lord and saves the world” plot is pretty much stock and standard these days, and is something that’s been done to death in anime and games. And because this plot has become so common, we’re naturally going to see new twists and variations of it. Or in the case of this anime, deconstructions of it.

There have been “what happens to the hero AFTER he defeats the demon lord?” plots before, but I don’t remember any of them (from what I’ve seen) taking it as far as Yuusha, Yamemasu. Many tend to take a lighter, happy-go-luckier direction. But Yuusha, Yamemasu manages to have a novel take on this sort of plot.

Personally, I thought that the story was well done. As always, I wouldn’t say it was as dark as I’d like (few anime are), but the story starts out very interesting and actually ends up in a very interesting way. Naturally, I won’t spoil anything here except that there is a solid story to experience here.

Purpose of a Hero

As you may infer from the title, synopsis, and ideas behind Yuusha, Yamemasu, the core concept explored is the purpose of a hero. Leo, a hero who served his purpose, found that he was no longer in a position to be a hero. And so, what’s next? What does a hero do once the threat has been defeated, wait around until the next disaster? How does a hero react to being shunned by those he is meant to protect?

I’ve already mentioned that I wished the anime was darker in tone, but I will say that when it comes to exploring this overall theme, the story does an excellent job. It’s hard to describe without spoiling anything, but let’s just say that there are many exciting and visceral moments in the anime that really grab your attention and keep things interesting.

The only drawback to this is that not every episode is focused on this theme, and so the anime kind of jumps back and forth between a more lighthearted slice of life feel and the anime’s more serious overarching theme. Personally, I didn’t think it worked all that well. The anime is listed as a comedy on MyAnimeList, but I felt like the story’s theme tended to overshadow the comedy.

Rating

I’m going to give Yuusha, Yamemasu a 8.5 / 10.

Overall it was a great watch, and a great take on the typical Dragon Quest story. Everything works well here, and it’s a good experience from start to finish. My only real criticism is that the anime tends to feel a bit too lighthearted at times and honestly the story and it’s theme are good enough that this anime really could have taken a more serious approach all the way through. But even still, the serious elements we do get are well done and everything wraps up in a satisfying manner in the end.


And those are my thoughts on Yuusha, Yamemasu (I’m Quitting Heroing).

It was nice to see that we are starting to get some real creative stories in the fantasy genre, isekai or not, built around the Dragon Quest trope. And speaking of creative, this certainly isn’t the only anime that impressed me from Spring 2022!

So until next time,
Thanks for reading.

4 thoughts on “Yuusha, Yamemasu Review (Spoiler Free)

  1. This sounds like a unique topic for such a series to explore. I only know there’s Konosuba which greatly subverts the “formidable hero” trope and turns them into idiots. It’s very cool how isekai series can continually reinvent itself with new plot sequences and questions to ask.

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    1. Yeah the genre has come a long way since anime like SAO that caused it to soar in popularity (and mediocre copycats). I’m interested in watching what new ideas come in the future.

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