Hey look, it is a light novel adaptation that isn’t actually an isekai. It’s just an adventure, fantasy, slice of life with the ridiculously long title: “Banished From The Hero’s Party, I Decided To Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside”. It doesn’t get any shorter in Japanese: Shin no Nakama ja Nai to Yuusha no Party wo Oidasareta node, Henkyou de Slow Life suru Koto ni Shimashita.
Is Banished From The Hero’s Party Worth Watching?
This opening episode is actually decidedly unimpressive with a lot of the main character’s, Red, inner thoughts being delivered through a rushed inner monologue that is kind of dull to listen to. No offense intended to Ryota Suzuki, the voice actor, who has a large range of characters under him (some of which I’ve loved). Here however I found Red’s drone quite dull and given the sheer volume of inner dialogue it kind of made the overall episode feel a little flat.
Outside of that, this episode is pretty much an establishing episode complete with flashback sequence as to the moment Red was more or less told to get lost from the hero’s party as well as his current quiet countryside life as he collects herbs in order to save up money to open his own apothecary.
Now one could be forgiven during the flashback sequence for wondering why Red doesn’t just call Ares out on being a complete jerk, except clearly Red had a number of personal insecurities anyway and Ares’ accusations just sent him into panic mode. Clearly though, if Red had taken some time to talk to the rest of the hero’s party perhaps the issue could have been resolved, but then we wouldn’t have the set-up that we do so let’s just nod and accept this and move on.
Banished From The Hero’s Party doesn’t waste any time in demonstrating that this is going to be a fantasy anime with some fan-service. Rither from the opening scenes and then the OP there’s a decided focus on a certain blonde female’s assets as she bounces around the screen. That said, the female character in question doesn’t actually appear until near the end of the episode and so most of this episode does actually set up Red as a valued member of his community as he fetches some herbs to save a friend’s child.
I do appreciate that this isn’t an isekai because at least our main character isn’t using game mechanics or pulling out random knowledge from our world to give himself a power-up. That said, Red was a member of the Hero’s Party and now that he’s living in a back-water he kind of is overpowered by default. Still, given this is setting up a slice of life, it kind of makes sense because they don’t really seem to be going for a fighting anime here.
The drama in episode one of Banished From The Hero’s Party comes from the quest to collect the herbs to save the child. Adventurers aren’t supposed to be in the mountains because there’s been a dangerous monster spotted there. Red ignores that and heads in anyway, only to discover the idiots hunting the creature have set fire to the forest (bright move). Undeterred, Red goes about completing the mission before returning home (though an encounter in the forest will probably come back to bite him later).
Banished From The Hero’s Party isn’t exactly going to be thrilling watching by the look of this first episode but there’s also the potential for it to be quite fun in its own way. I’m hoping now that they’ve dumped the backstory on us they ease up on the rushed internal dialogue and the rest of this episode was very easy watching even if it wasn’t amazing. Whether the slice of life elements end up making this one feel a bit dull or whether this stays entertaining remains to be seen.
I’ll definitely check out another couple of episodes and see how Banished From The Hero’s Party goes.
You can read my full thoughts on Banished From The Hero’s Party here.
Images from: ‘Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided To Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside’. Dir. M Hoshino. Studio Flad and Wolfsbane. 2021
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