Here we are, at the final episode of a series that had a lot of expectations attached to it when it was first released. Whether it fulfilled them or not can only be determined by checking out How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 13, the series finale. Let’s see how it did in this review!
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 13 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 13- The Review
Take yourself back to the first time you heard of the light novel or the anime known as “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom“, and think about what you first found enticing about the anime. I’d be willing to wager that it was the different outlook by which it looked at a fantasy Isekai and the realistic steps Kazuya took to solve every problem presented in front of him. That is the core concept of this show, and it is a good one.
After a long while, it finally seemed like the show was back to its roots in How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 13. We have talked about this before, but the show is at its best when it covers political intrigue and the battle of wits between the titular Realist Hero Kazuya Souma and anyone who decides to go against him. However common it is to see in a military-focused anime, a war wasn’t the best showcase of whatever is good about the show.
Thus, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that as soon as the war ended and the show came back to its political and realistic roots, the episode’s quality from one to another increased drastically. How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 13 focused on the combined Amidonia-Elfreiden kingdom ruled by Souma going up against the Gran Chaos Empire and its figurehead, Maria Euphoria.
This episode can be looked at as something different, however. It also acted as a 20-minute teaser towards the show’s second season, which has already been announced now for January(!) 2022. How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 13 certainly succeeded in that objective, building a gripping and intriguing narrative. The best thing about it is that it makes sense in the universe of the show. Here’s how-
The first season of How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom focused on the internal conflict that Kazuya faced while trying to do everything he could to save a fledgling empire from dying. The ultimate threat of the dark empire was always visible to us, and the reason Souma was brought to this world had also been hinted at from the start. The show smartly didn’t broach the subject other than giving us a slight taste and a few hints that contributed towards the show’s worldbuilding.
When the show and Kazuya finally saw the last of the godawful war, that’s when the real fun began. Now, the harem element of the show is still alive and well, and I’m sure the people who enjoy it do so without the need for my approval. I’m just happy that the show doesn’t seem to gloss over the really interesting part of it, the politics, just to focus on the harem. It did try. It just didn’t succeed. Think about it, you can watch many harem anime that’ll do what this show does better than it ever could, but they can’t do what Realist Hero does best.
Many characters made a comeback or were introduced in How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 13. The new ones were Maria Euphoria, as mentioned earlier, and her sister, Julia Euphoria. Tomoe, Poncho, and Hakuya also returned to show us that the show didn’t forget about them. The interactions Kazuya had with all of them were sweet and a great part of the episode. Usually, such interactions seem like wasting time more often than not. This time, however, they had a purpose which they achieved nicely.
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 13 was also decent in the animation and sound departments. However, that was always going to be since there aren’t any “battles” to animate anymore. I saw “battles” like this because what we saw on our screens weren’t really battles at all, and even calling them slideshows seem to be an insult to slideshows all over the world. Please, J.C.Staff, either get more budget or stop animating battles. This is embarrassing.
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 13 was a great episode that gave us a nice taste of what is to come when the second season drops in January of 2022. Oh boy, that didn’t take long, did it? We’ll see what How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Season 2 brings to the table when it drops. Click here to read the review of the full season.