After three episodes, Shinchou Yuusha appears to be ready to move Seiya on to his next stage. Here we have the ridiculously cautious hero having finally prepared his plans, contingencies, and sufficient materials that he feels relatively confident stepping onto the battle field. All while his primary personality of caution and self-preservation has not been lost (nor his blunt and somewhat difficult personality). That’s a feat few shows would manage as normally the character would suddenly just seem less cautious while charging into the fray.
Now that he’s confident he can take on the identified enemy, and he’s apparently fairly confident of taking on unforeseen enemies at this point, Seiya doesn’t need to be dragged to the battle field. In this instance, Ristarte actually struggled to match his pace finally needing him to stop and help her out (which he actually did for once). Then he thoroughly obliterated the enemy (though had first negotiated payment from the army to fund a new skill he’d unlocked – which turns out to be pretty awesome).
This is a really nice development all round as it means we aren’t stuck in a loop of Ristarte asking Seiya to save someone and him blanket refusing because he isn’t prepared. Both of these characters are evolving through their experiences though remaining true to their core personality. That actually gives this series some overall promise for not becoming progressively less interesting as the season continues.
While the army of undead were more or less wiped out in an instant, the harder challenge was when the support that Seiya had turned down, Mash, got himself captured. It is hard to know whether we should blame Seiya for his abrasive personality that caused Mash to storm off, or Mash for walking into situations that were ridiculously over his head for that outcome, but unlike the last character who was taken hostage, this time Seiya had a pretty good plan, even if it did involve ordering around two goddess’ to pull it off.
Episode 4 of The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious is pretty solid all around, building on everything we’ve seen up to this point and giving us a direction for future developments. I really enjoyed this episode and my overall hope for this anime has stepped up a bit. Hopefully Shinchou Yuusha doesn’t run out of steam as I’m finding this one pretty amusing, I like the cast and the way they bounce off of one another, and I’m finding Seiya’s style of heroics pretty entertaining.
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Images from: Shinchou Yuusha: Kono Yusha ga Ore Tueee Kuse ni Shinchou Sugiru. Dir. M Sakoi. White Fox. 2019.