The Hero Continues to Prepare
And Would Probably Do So Forever
Seiya is definitely proving that there is such a thing as being over-prepared and while it is a running and repeated joke, three episodes in I’m still finding it kind of amusing. This week our Cautious Hero realises he isn’t gaining levels any more training alone and asks Ristarte to create some equipment for him. She refused but this leads another goddess to suggesting he train against a god after Seiya refused to go fight monsters because he isn’t the kind that likes to see if he can do something.
It’s such a contrast from the usual shounen character who spouts phrases like ‘I won’t know until I try’ and to be honest, despite it being an ongoing trait, and pretty much Seiya’s only trait so far, I’m finding it both amusing and refreshing. Of course, he couldn’t carry the anime by himself as he’s very flat on screen but that’s where Ristarte’s over-the-top personality and expressions really work as a point of contrast. Though, there is kind of hope that both characters might grow as Ristarte was kind of the sensible one during the training sequence and even Seiya didn’t put up all that much of a fight when Ristarte finally put her foot down and insisted he get on with being a hero.
Which brings us to the second part of the episode where the two venture to the next town where Seiya is apparently going to meet some allies. They’ve arrived just in time to see the town-people fleeing as an army of undead are approaching. What follows fits perfectly with what we know of Seiya’s character and at this point Ristarte isn’t even trying all that hard to fight him as she’s just glad he’s actually in the town.
By no means is Shinchou Yuusha brilliant but it is just shifted enough from the standard while still walking us through a familiar isekai hero adventure to actually be amusing. Not to mention, Seiya’s character while exaggerated is perhaps one of the more logical isekai protagonist’s we’ve come across in awhile. Now if he’d just stop blowing things up and going for overkill he’d actually be a pretty cool hero to follow.
Where a number of more comedy based isekai titles have fallen flat for me previously, this one is joining a very small group of titles (such as Smartphone) that seems to be hitting the right notes to be entertaining. Of course, we’re only three episodes in and there’s plenty of time to get bored with this joke if they don’t manage to keep it fresh.
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Images from: Shinchou Yuusha: Kono Yusha ga Ore Tueee Kuse ni Shinchou Sugiru. Dir. M Sakoi. White Fox. 2019.