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What Is A Goddess?
Ristarte is done playing by the rules and is rushing to Seiya’s side as he faces off with the demon lord. Though, she isn’t about to stop him using his new ultimate move even if he knows it will kill him to use it. So begins what could, if played perfectly straight and without the slap-stick bit in the middle, have been one of the most dramatic show downs ever between hero and demon lord. This one episode fight hit all the right emotional notes though for the first time the comedy in this series felt incredibly intrusive. Admittedly, it isn’t like the comedy came out of nowhere, it just felt like the ending this show was going for didn’t match the tone of the ‘jokes’.
There’s a lot going on with Seiya using this move and Ristarte defying the rules of being a goddess to heal him so that he doesn’t die. That in and of itself was pretty climatic, but when the demon lord didn’t stay trapped and a plan B was needed, things got even more tense. If we remove the moment after Ristarte heals Seiya the first time and tries to kiss him, leading to him threatening to slug her and then actually hitting her, this episode was actually pretty intense and emotionally moving.
There’s something odd this season with a number of shows ending on a non-conclusion as they have second cours or season twos coming out next year, but then there are a number of anime bringing us thorough and complete conclusions. Cautious Hero is falling into the latter category as Seiya does complete his mission despite the cost and saves the world fairly thoroughly ending this story.
However, while the story of Seiya saving the unpronounceable fantasy world is done, Ristarte still has to face the knowledge of how it ended, the consequences for using her power the way she did, and the future in general. The minutes spent back in the heavens and seeing the other gods that we had met trying to comfort Ristarte in their own dysfunctional way was kind of sweet if a little jarring after the previous half of the episode. Ultimately though these final scenes actually made me kind of appreciate Ristarte and her role in the story as more than just the butt of a number of fairly mediocre jokes. I’d have liked more of this and less of the exaggerated ‘humour’ but I knew what kind of show this was from episode one so I’m not disappointed with what we did get.
One lesson we should all take away from this series is to always read the fine print. Meanwhile, I’ll need to consider my full series review. Cautious Hero is better than it should be when explained on paper but still incredibly flawed. That said, I’m glad I watched it this season.
Let’s Talk about how Seiya over-prepares while Ristarte freaks out in Shinchou Yuusha.
Images from: Shinchou Yuusha: Kono Yusha ga Ore Tueee Kuse ni Shinchou Sugiru. Dir. M Sakoi. White Fox. 2019.