The war to decide the future of Elfrieden is here, and so are we, with our How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 10 review! Souma is undermanned but prepared to face what is ahead of him. Let’s find out how he fared!
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 10 Overview
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom is being adapted to anime by the studio J.C.Staff, also known for bringing popular anime like Food Wars and One Punch Man Season 2 to our screens. The anime is being directed by Takashi Watanabe, who has previously been involved with the productions of Death Note and Slayers. The series is adapted from a famous light novel written by Dozuemaru.
If you would like to catch up to our reviews of Realist Hero, check out our review of How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 9 here!
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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 10- The Review
I will take a moment to say that How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 10 was a great episode of the show. That said, I would first like to start with its negatives to explore the positives later without getting distracted. What I feared from Episode 6 has happened, and the animation of Realist Hero isn’t really worthy of the arc it is trying to adopt.
We have had no shortage of anime masterpieces with displays of war in them. Attack on Titan is the most popular anime of current times and displays war phenomenally. The final episodes of Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood have achieved the legendary status of “absolutely flawless” in every manner. Even thinking about the war episodes of anime like these are enough to induce goosebumps for many. Comparing How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 10 to these is a little unfair, though.
It is obvious that Realist Hero has a much lower budget than those two behemoths, although FMAB was no Pirates of the Caribbean. However, it is fair to say that the developers should have thought before about how a show that depicts multiple wars might need a higher budget and more work to do perfectly. As things are right now, military charges are being showcased via still images, and every trick in the book is being used to apply smoke and mirrors to what evidently is shoddy animation.
Apart from that issue, How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 10 was really exciting. At the episode’s end, I finally realised that this wasn’t a series that I was binging, and I will have to wait for another week to find out what happened after this episode. Isn’t that a show’s main objective? To make people tune in with interest every week?
Now, I’m no Sun Tzu, but the war tactics used in How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 10 are far from ideal. It was expected since we are talking Wyverns and magic here, but it still came as a shock to see some of the tactics used in this episode. I don’t know how the King of Amidonia came to become the king because he is as dumb as a bag of rocks. If it weren’t for his son, he would probably need help telling his hands apart.
The three Dukes of Elfrieden are also intriguing characters. Georg the Lion is the stereotypical loyal, yet dumb character who opposes everything new on principal and thus is at odds with Souma. Vargas, the head of the air forces, favours Georg because he mistrusts Souma and is familiar with Georg, although his beliefs aren’t as steadfast as Georg’s. Excel Walter is the only one who sided with the one true king Kazuya Souma because she trusts his abilities and is the grandmother of Juna. Their dynamic works well while they are opposed, but not as much when they are colluding. So it’s good they’re all on opposite sides.
Souma was barely present in How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 10 for a strategic reason that turned out to be cool in the end. I like this fresh new coat of paint that has been applied to the show in the form of war. How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom always had potential, and it is being used to its fullest right now.
The music in How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 10 was great, which makes me wonder how much the show’s budget really is. You can afford a good OST but not good animation? Usually, those things go hand in hand, but that doesn’t seem to be the case here. The soundtracks enhance the moments they are used in, which is the highest compliment one can give to a soundtrack.
Despite having a great plot, moments, and characters, How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 10 is being let down by its animation. The episode was good enough to get one excited for the next, but I believe J.C. Staff could have done it better than this.
If you liked this review of How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 10, you will also enjoy our review of the next episode in the series, available right here!