86 episode 23 (finale)

Rating: 5 With episode 21 having provided the action climax and episode 22 providing the dramatic climax, all that’s left for episode 23 to do is provide the epilogue. But as with any grand story, a proper epilogue is an absolutely essential element. It may not have the drama or intensity of earlier content, butContinue reading “86 episode 23 (finale)”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 23

Rating: 2.5 (of 5) To a certain extent, oversimplifying how characters deal with certain problems is a practical issue necessary for anime series (especially fantasy series which work on an epic scale) to function. They simply do not have time to deal with all the minutiae of how grand processes and big story movements workContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 23”

86 special: Episode 21.5

After more than two months off, 86 is finally returning this Saturday (March 12th) and next Saturday (March 19th) for its two-episode finale. So, naturally, that means yet another recap episode precedes it. This time, though, I will begrudge the production team this recap. It does not provide any new content beyond somewhat in-character narrationContinue reading “86 special: Episode 21.5”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 22

This series has always been deliberate and thorough at examining economic issues for its fantasy setting, so I suppose that it eventually getting around to dealing with a thornier issue like slavery shouldn’t be a surprise. What I did not expect was that the series would take a mostly bottom-up angle on the matter. ToContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 22”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 21

Rating: 3.5 Last week I made a number of suppositions about why Roroa appeared before Kazuya and offered to become his wife and why he would probably accept the offer. This episode proved virtually all of those suppositions to be correct, even the ones about how Roroa still planned to continue her mercantile practices asContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 21”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 20

Rating: 3.5 Last episode, I surmised that bringing up the pilfered dragon bones was going to set up an arc where the dragon shown in the opener comes into play. The issuance of a diplomatic message to the Star Dragon Mountain Range about the bones (apparently originally unearthed during a construction project) still suggests thatContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 20”

Special: So I’m a Spider, So What? and Its Continuation in the Novels

Note: This commentary, which was inspired by the recent release of novel 13 in English, is designed to be accessible to those who have seen the entirety of the anime series and/or read the first five novels but are not familiar with the novel content beyond that. It deals with the structure of the storyContinue reading “Special: So I’m a Spider, So What? and Its Continuation in the Novels”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 19

Rating: 3 I had wondered where the series would go next after wrapping things up so neatly last episode, and the answer was not what I expected: introduce a “mad scientist” character who looks like a little girl walking around in an adult-sized lab coat. (You never actually see her hands because they’re always farContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 19”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 18

Rating: 3.5 (of 5) With this episode, the series ties up the final bit of loose ends from the Elfreiden revolt, while also making official that Kazuya has a harem. But before we get to the latter, let’s look at the final clean-up effort, as that had some minor surprises of its own. Last episodeContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 18”