How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 19 – Mad Scientists and Dungeon Cores

How A Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 19 Review

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom takes us in an odd direction this week. It feels like it got tired of cleaning up after the war or the international politics and so as the opening act has a knight rushing into to talk to his majesty, the story gets an abrupt interruption and we end up in a bunker in the woods (sorry, an abandoned dungeon in the woods) which is apparently the home of a researcher who has done ‘something outrageous’.

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 19

Oddly, if the idea was to shake things up a bit after episodes of characters sitting around talking or even the bloodbath that filled the throne room last episode, Realist Hero continues to tell its story through characters sitting around talking. Even though our new character was responsible for the explosive growth of an entire forest when she used to work with the army, there’s a lot of drinking tea and chit-chatting in this episode.

Our Realist Hero is about to learn not everything is magical.

As much as I kind of mocked the attempt to change pace, episode 19 is actually relatively refreshing and our mad scientist character quite a fun addition. I just kind of wish we’d seen more of her inventions in the dungeon and got to see the comical results, such as her blowing the whole group over by turning a device on that they were standing in front of, rather than watching them sit or stand around and talk quite so much.

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 19

On that note, I would have loved to have seen an actual flash back of the accident that resulted in the forest growing over the entire training grounds because that sounds like it could have been a fun story.

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 19

It was definitely one of those moments where even though I am watching How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom, I couldn’t help but wonder if there were more interesting stories in this world to tell other than Souma’s. And while I’m certain that forest was destructive at the time, the basic invention could still have been put to fairly effective use really. Instant forest sounds great to me.

Anyway, it isn’t until the very end of the episode that our Realist Hero finds out what outrageous thing the scientist did so we’ll shelve that discussion for the next episode or whenever they explain more about that. Instead, the invention that blew them all away, literally, isn’t just a cool device that could power boats without the aid of dragons, its power-source is something Liscia refers to as cursed stone.

Turns out, our scientist has found a way to get power out of a rock that is freely available in the Kingdom, annoyingly so according to Liscia given you can’t mine near it because it explodes if you use magic near it. While that sounds kind of volatile, Souma also recognises just how amazing a power source like that could be and just how much trouble it could bring the kingdom if he doesn’t deal with this situation right.

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 19

The unfortunate part for How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom is that after Souma decides he needs the scientist to stay in his kingdom, he and Liscia promptly decide that she should marry the knight who brought them here. Admittedly, they do both confirm that the two kind of like each other first, but it does lead to one of the least romantic proposals I’ve seen in anime in a long time.

And just in case the whole thing didn’t feel transactional enough, Souma offers for the kingdom to pay for the entire wedding.

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 19

As far as How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom goes, this wasn’t a bad episode. I just think, as is fairly standard for this anime at this point, it missed some good opportunities along the way. Seeing more of the scientist’s inventions could have been great fun and gotten the characters up and moving a little more rather than watching them drink tea. A somewhat longer negotiation period for the marriage may have also actually made it feel a little more romantic.

Anyway, our Realist Hero now has the potential to access a power source that will really let him start modernising this world. I wonder how that will go or will he take things slowly and cautiously?

Images from: How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom 2nd Season. Dir. T. Watanabe. J. C. Staff. 2022

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3 thoughts on “How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 19 – Mad Scientists and Dungeon Cores

  1. They made light of that explosive forest but… that is a war winning strategic weapon. No army could defeat it unless they knew how to make the trees instantly go away or not sprout to begin with.

    You are marching along in your massed carefully ordered formations. Free ranging cavalry on your flanks and rear. Suddenly you are engulfed is a forest. Your ranks break up and become chaotic. The cavalry is slowed to a crawl, if not completely immobilized. Confusion reigns, lines of communication are broken. You’ve lost visibility of the enemy. Not to mention all the people who were injured/killed when a tree appeared right where they were standing.

    And now we shower the forest with a rain of fire arrows.

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