How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 12

Rating: 3 (of 5) With this episode, the series wraps up the Amidonian subplot (at least for now) by having King Gaius die gloriously in battle – so much so that even Kazuya has to acknowledge it. However, while the battles in the first half form the episode’s action content, the more interesting parts –Continue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 12”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 11

Rating: 3.5 (of 5) The first few episodes of this series may have taken a much slower, more carefully developmental pace, but that’s all different now. Elfrieden is facing not only a civil war but also an attempted land-grab by a neighbor, and both issues need to be dealt with decisively for the kingdom toContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 11”

Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon A Time

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) I first saw The End of Evangelion in a packed convention viewing room at some point early in 2002, when it was circulating as a promo for the inaugural English-language DVD/VHS release later that year. It was my most mind-blowing experience with anime (and maybe animation in general) then, and evenContinue reading “Evangelion:3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon A Time”

How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom episode 10

Rating:  3.5 (of 5) Realist Hero is not a series that sells itself on its action elements, but it doesn’t do half-bad with the occasional moments it has had. (They certainly look better than a couple of the more dedicated action series that I could name this season. . .) This episode easily has theContinue reading “How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom episode 10”

How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom episode 9

Rating: 4 (of 5) Machiavelli’s The Prince was featured a little too prominently at the beginning of the first episode for it – and the intrigues associated with it – to not come into direct play at some point in the story. With the first eight episodes consisting almost entirely of world-building and foundation-laying (inContinue reading “How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom episode 9”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom episode 8

Rating: 3.5 (of 5) One of the single biggest engineering achievements of the Roman Empire was also key to its long-term control over widely-spread territories: its system of ultimately more than 250,000 miles of roads, including more than 50,000 miles of paved roads. While Kaede is correct in this episode about how valuable roads likeContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom episode 8”

Fena: Pirate Princess ep 1-2

Rating: 3.5 (of 5) When Fena was very young, she was set loose on a lifeboat from her father’s ship as some calamity befell it. She came ashore on an island, where ten year’s later she’s about to be indoctrinated into life as a prostitute – and she’s in high demand for her “first time”Continue reading “Fena: Pirate Princess ep 1-2”

How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom ep 7

Rating: 3.5 (of 5) Last episode ended with what appeared to be a shocking revelation to Kazuya from Glaive Magna, or at least something that he called “heavy.” And yet this episode entirely passed without any follow-up on that – or, indeed, any indication at all that such an issue is lingering. Granted, the elderContinue reading “How A Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom ep 7”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom ep 6

Rating: 3 (of 5) This time around, the episode begins with some lecturing on the political situation of the continent, as having at least some understanding of that is necessary for understanding the conversation that Kazuya and crew were starting to overhear at the end of last episode. The short version is that Elfreiden has,Continue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom ep 6”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom episode 5

Rating: 3.5 (of 5) I will give the continuation of the foodie broadcast some credit: it did find something interesting to finish its cooking segment on. The notion of using a specially-killed slime gelin as the base for making what is essentially udon noodles is a clever twist, one that I might expect more fromContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt The Kingdom episode 5”