In our new Summer Season Anime review series, let’s look at the big new Isekai on the block- How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom. . Ready to deep dive into another world that you’d rather stay in than on Earth? Join us! How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 1 is titled First Begin with a Hero
Oh, Isekai, How we missed you… No. I’m not going to make any more jokes about this. We have too many Isekai Anime every season, and this season is no different. Livechart almost entirely comprises big hitters like My Hero Academia and Slime Isekai or a dozen other Isekai shows. There’s only so much Isekai one can watch. This season, we have chosen to feature only a few of those shows and How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom is one of them.
For the uninitiated, Isekai is a specific genre of Anime where the protagonist goes into a separate world or universe, one that almost entirely differs from the world the protagonist came from. Each Anime season, you can almost guarantee that there will be at least half a dozen Isekais competing for attention. Some succeed, looking at you, Slime Isekai, and some fail spectacularly, such as “Do You Love Your Mom and Her Two-Hit Multi-Target Attacks” (Yes, that is an actual title, and no, I will not elaborate).
What sets How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom apart from the rest of the field?
“Why do you think people have families? So they don’t have to die alone.”
First of all, it is being directed by Takashi Watanabe, a seasoned industry veteran who has been part of productions such as Death Note and Legend of the Galactic Heroes. He has also directed Anime such as Slayers and thus has tons of credibility in his directing. The Light Novel the Anime is based on is also popular and has received good reviews from readers worldwide.
The plot also seems attractive from the jump, as the Protagonist Kazuya gets sucked into a Kingdom at war with an invading species of deadly Demons. He must now help run the Kingdom using his realism and practicality not to be sold to another Kingdom as default payment. His former studies as a Civil Services aspirant seem to be his tool for success in this world.
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom seems to be leaning on the comic side of Isekai, which is certainly something we have seen a lot of Animes attempt, but very few succeed. How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 1 seems to have found a great balance of plot development and not losing its audience from the start, which is an admirable undertaking.
The characters look interesting, and the plot seems to move ahead at a lightning pace so far, with a lot more happening in the first episode than one would have expected. That does involve a lot of dialogue, though. If that isn’t your thing, you have been warned. The chemistry between the two main characters, Kazuya and the King’s daughter, Liscia Elfrieden, is fantastic. It remains to be seen how they traverse through the humorous yet treacherous waters of the kingdom.
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 1 still falls in some of the same pitfalls as all the other Isekais seems to do, such as setting up an entire harem of romantic partners. It does bear repeating that we have only watched the first episode. The foundation looks solid enough, and there is enough intrigue and charm in the setting to warrant a full watch-through.
If you have a burning and seething hatred for Isekai Shows, skip this one. If you are indifferent or even like Isekais, check How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom out. It even has Inori Minase (The best seiyuu of our generation, fight me) providing her voice to the princess, as well as singing the opening. It is worth checking out just for that! Watch it on Funimation!
If you enjoyed reading this review of Episode 1 of How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, you can read the review of Episode 2 here.