After a promising end to last weeks episode, How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 3 promises to bring many new character-related shenanigans to the series, let’s check it out for ourselves if it could continue on the winning paths of Episode 2.
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 3- Overview
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom is being adapted to anime by the studio J.C.Staff, which is 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 popular 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 2 here!
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 3- The Review
If someone told me that Episode 2 and 3 were both supposed to air as a single, special episode, I would believe them. So intertwined were these two episodes that the entirety of Episode 3 takes place inside a single courtroom, which I believe was to counteract Episode 2‘s abundance of switching environments. That doesn’t mean that Episode 3 lacked a budget or was low on the effort by any means. Quite the contrary, in fact. Some uses of the moving camera style animation were phenomenal, and the show has to be praised for them.
This episode had a job to do, which was to establish the intellect of Souma even further and introduce this anime’s varied cast of characters. It was successful in accomplishing both of these tasks, but with a few hiccups here and there. Before talking about the negatives, let us talk about these new characters.
Aisha Udgard, the proud warrior and protector of the forest, is a good character so far, with her traits of loyalty and fighting prowess work well in contrast with the intellect and realism of Souma. Those aren’t traits that we haven’t seen before, but I guess there’s a reason why it is so popular. For Souma to gain her loyalty, all it takes is just him giving her gardening tips. I don’t believe that this kind of storytelling is possible for any other anime this season, but I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing.
Juna Doma is a descendant of Lorelei, a siren from German folklore who attracted sailors through song to their destruction. So obviously, her traits are being hot and singing. I guess her being there gave us the hilarious visuals of an anime girl from olden times wearing an airpod, so it isn’t all bad. Plus, her design is excellent, which can only be a good thing.
Poncho Panacotta has a talent for eating, which was just an elaborate setup for Souma to get the main thing he achieved from How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 3, his Prime Minister.
That Prime Minister would be Kahuya Kwonmin, whose talent is intellect, which means he’s going to be the token smart guy. His design isn’t all that special, but his dynamic with Souma seemed great, and the way he used Souma’s treatment of Poncho as a test indicates that he will be a major player as we advance in the story. He is one to look out for.
The final new character is Tomoe Inoue, a refugee in the kingdom who can talk to animals. Not much was made of her abilities, but she was the plot thread that took us to the next episode, so we’ll know more next week. She had a great design, with an interesting backstory that is relevant to current times. Two thumbs up.
Liscia and Ludwin are also there, but they play a more muted role than the previous two episodes. Liscia does have the opening minute to herself, though.
And that was it. That is literally all that happened in How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 3. Overall, it wasn’t particularly better or worse than the previous episode, and it looks like the show is settling down with this level of consistency. Fair enough, I guess, but we are fast approaching the shark-infested waters of “Too many characters” with this one. It doesn’t look like that’s going to end anytime soon, either. One can only wait and watch How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom since it is so new.
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 3- Verdict
It was fine. I understand that the show is in its building phase right now, but it needs to pick up the pace and then some if it wants to retain the viewership. A solid enough outing to keep one waiting for the next episode, How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 3 kept the momentum of Episode 2 alive.
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