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Introduction and Story
Awakening in a front of a king and his servants, Kazuya Souma immediately realizes he’s no long in Japan anymore. Summoned by the king to be used a means of payment to a local nation, Kazuya decides to show his worth and proves he can revive this failing kingdom. Using his intellect and realist values, Kazuya soon shows he has the skills to save the financially destitute kingdom and is given king status by the former king. Now Kazuya is in charge of an entire nation and his first order of business is simple…restart this nation to make it shine once more!
Most isekai series are all action, oppai and comedy but How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom feels like an entirely new genre. Mixing elements from series like Spice and Wolf with Log Horizon and a bit of Amagi Brilliant Park, How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom—or Realist Hero for short—is a breath of fresh air for the genre. Here’s why we think you should watch Realist Hero and witness why we fell in love with Kazuya and his servants!
Put Down the Sword and Pick up the Pen!
Realist Hero doesn’t waste time by showing viewers this isn’t going to be an action orientated series. Instead of epic battles, a typical OP hero and a group of busty ladies all vying for the king’s...attention, Realist Hero is the smart man—or woman’s—isekai anime. Though it does still have girls with large oppai…just for added measure.
Kazuya enters the nation of Elfrieden and soon understands this kingdom is steps away from being completely broke and unable to please its citizens. Using that big brain he has, Kazuya begins selling off unneeded treasures and the audience will no doubt think of protagonists like Kraft Lawrence—Spice and Wolf—and Seiya Kanie—Amagi Brilliant Park—as he makes money and turns the country around. How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom is fun and engaging as it doesn’t rely on normal themes from isekai and instead relies on clever writing, engaging characters and real-world issues.
These Servants Come in all Shapes and Sizes…LITERALLY!
From the large chested songstress Juna Doma to the portly Poncho, Realist Hero has a large assortment of characters that all have purpose…which is quite rare for an isekai. Early on in the story, Kazuya gathers various people in search of talents many wouldn’t find useful on their own. Realist Hero takes these various characters and throws them into the story with purpose and reason.
Take Poncho the round portly gentleman who has a knack for food tasting and loves to search the land for more. Kazuya uses our food connoisseur to not only find foods that are affordable but to give his new citizens different meals to prepare and enjoy! This is what we loved about How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, many isekai characters just feel like cardboard cutouts of one another but here we have a slew of unique individuals who rarely feel underutilized. Though we did wish Juna got some more screentime…for her voice…nothing else…
Smell that Spice in this Brilliant Series
We mentioned earlier but Spice and Wolf as well as Amagi Brilliant Park clearly were inspirations for Realist Hero. Kazuya isn’t a warrior like Lawrence but is a good businessman who knows how to make money with what resources he has available. Then like Seiya, Kazuya is one step from being a genius thinking ten steps ahead when it comes to dealing with other nations and their attitude towards his new leadership. If you’re a fan of either Spice and Wolf or Amagi Brilliant Park you’ll no doubt enjoy how similar How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom is to both of those series. There’s even a little wolf girl in the form of Tomoe Inui so you can get your moe fix in.
Needs Season 2 NOW
There are very few issues we can find with How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom but if we really had to find a few, one of them would be the dire need for a season 2. Thankfully, as of writing this article, a second part for How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom has been confirmed and we are glad for that announcement. That ending felt very underwhelming and if there wasn’t a season 2, this show would almost be hard to recommend due to that abrupt 13th episode conclusion.
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom relies on very little of the usual isekai formula and for that, we think the experience is slightly better than most anime of its genre. Realist Hero throws in just enough oppai, just enough action—there is a solid small war around the halfway point—and just enough decent animation to create an anime we really enjoyed. Season 2 needs to air soon as we can’t wait to renter Kazuya’s world and see what else he can do!
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