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 5

Rating: 4.5 (of 5) All things must come to an end, and in many senses that’s what episode 5 is all about. It marks the end of the series’ first story arc (and, I presume, its adaptation of the first novel?) and thus the end of its establishment stage. The longer main story will nowContinue reading “The Faraway Paladin Episode 5”

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 13

Rating: 3.5 Given what transpires in this understated season finale, its title – “To Fight and Conquer in All Your Battles is Not Supreme Excellence” – is a rather amusing but still apt choice. It is part of a quote from Sun Tzu which continues with “supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance withoutContinue reading “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom episode 13”

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”

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”

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”