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”

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”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilds the Kingdom episode 17

Rating: 3.5 This episode is a tale of two parts: a part about death and a part about life going forward. For many reasons, it feels right to put them together in the same episode. The death part concerns the greatest lingering consequence of the internal strife within Elfreiden: the fate of the lionel, DukeContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilds the Kingdom episode 17”

How A Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 16

Rating: 3.5 With this episode, the final resolution of the conflict over Amidonia seems to be done – at least for now, anyway. Julius isn’t happy about it, but there was no reasonable outcome where he was going to be happy, as the negotiations between Jeanne and Kazuya completely boxed him in (as they wereContinue reading “How A Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 16”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 15

Rating: 4 (of 5) Even for a series which is firmly focused on strategic thinking, devoting nearly an entire episode just to one long conversation is a bold move. It requires a special kind of dynamic to be able to pull that off without it getting boring, and few shows that have tried it inContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 15”

How A Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 14

Rating: 4 The series is back for its second half, and picking up right where it left off: arranging to deal with the Gran Chaos Empire as it arrives in Amidonia with a large army, all to advocate on behalf of Julius in his attempt to regain control of Amidonia and the capital city ofContinue reading “How A Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 14”

The Faraway Paladin episode 12 (season finale)

Rating: 3.5 The season finale for The Faraway Paladin splits itself into three major components: Will’s Struggle, The Climactic Battle, and What Comes Next. (These are my names for the components, not official ones.) While the finale would be lacking with any one of these components missing, and some elements do carry over from oneContinue reading “The Faraway Paladin episode 12 (season finale)”