We are almost at the finish line. How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 12 takes us deep into the final moments of the war between Elfrieden and Amidonia. How did everything turn out for our heroes? Let’s find out in this review.
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 12 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.
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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 12- The Review
For one to be truly invested in a show, the show must have stakes. We have to pause and think for a second if everything is really going to be okay. We have to fear for the life of our favourite characters. We have to believe in the heart of the show, to deliver us what we were promised by it. If there are no stakes, there is no reason to be interested in a story about life and death since there is no death at all.
Souma completely demolished the other side in the war without so much as lifting a pinky finger on his left hand. Not only him, but all the rest of his comrades also came back scot-free, smelling like roses. The show didn’t even show most of them killing human beings, the thing you absolutely have to do in a war of all things. The football war resulted in more deaths than this war between two enemy kingdoms.
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 12 served as a means to an end. Everything that you would expect to happen did happen. Souma outsmarted everyone again, and there was a flimsy battle scene between King Gaius and Carla, and Souma naturally helped out via his puppet. Then the war was over, and everyone celebrated, kind of. There was still one hurdle at the end that Kazuya had to overcome, and what better way to overcome hurdles and reduce differences between warring nations than music?
In one of the most bizarre sections of anime I’ve ever seen, there’s an impromptu music scene that had me audibly laughing and pointing at the show like a monkey. Well, if that’s how you decide to handle the end of a gruesome and bloody war, you need your head examined, Kazuya. The songs weren’t bad or anything, some of them even sound great, but the manner of their introduction and performance was truly bizarre.
On a positive note about How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 12, the animation wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and the designs were at least consistent throughout the episode. The one instance of 3-D animation used was instantly recognisable, although it didn’t bother me as much due to its nature. I will gladly accept some 3D if it saves me from those awful side-faces. The fate of the Amidonian prince and princess is also an interesting prospect.
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 12 also featured many callbacks to earlier episodes, including tying up several loose threads that remained in the background. The attention to detail was also promising, although I can’t help but wonder that the war seemed very short and snappy for what it was. Maybe cut a couple of useless Harem episodes and give the war some more time to flesh itself out?
The sound quality and music in How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 12 was well done. There was once again an excess of dialogue to convey happenings inside the show instead of animating the scenes. This particular arc exposed a lot of limitations that the show had and should have been handled more carefully than it was.
Overall, How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 12 was fun in a “turn your brain off and just enjoy the show” kind of way, and I really enjoyed some of the callbacks. However, the episode was just like the arc it ended- Uninteresting, flimsy, and rushed. There were good and bad parts of it, which influenced the show almost an equal amount.
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 12 was no better or worse than an average episode of the show. While there wasn’t much to criticise it about, there wasn’t much to praise it either. We are at the home stretch, and only a single episode stands between us and not having to watch this show anymore. I can’t wait.
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