Not Ready Perfectly
I will give Cautious Hero points for attempting to raise the stakes in what has so far been the story of Seiya outclassing everything he’s up against. With both the goddess and Seiya’s souls now potentially at risk from a weapon there’s at least a chance of them losing and Seiya didn’t just charge through the penultimate fight. In fact it looks like he may be up against the wall. It isn’t exactly dramatic tension given the show remains too comedic to really have the weight for that, but it at least makes this final stretch feel meaningful.
That said, the story may have over-reached a little bit with some of the reveals regarding Seiya and Ristarte in episode 11. It all kind of fits with what we’ve learned so far so at least it doesn’t feel like an after thought, however it also feels like there could have been a bit more foreshadowing so that it didn’t feel quite so jarring.
Also, they threw in a shopping trip for swim suits where I guess we were supposed to laugh at Ristarte’s antics but honestly it just felt like it was killing time. While there are certain aspects of this show I’ve really enjoyed, Ristarte’s character is too over the top for me to really appreciate her, though I know some viewers have found her to be the better part of the anime. To each their own I guess.
I will admit I am looking forward to the final episode. They’ve set up a fairly decent show down at this point and while I’m not expecting the animation to get any more inspired than brightly coloured lines and blurred movements, I actually do want to see how Seiya deals with the demon lord. I’m also curious as to whether Ristarte will get a more serious moment or if she’ll be comic relief right until the end. It also feels like the story is going to be finished which is nice. I do enjoy a sense of completion when watching things.
Cautious Hero has continued to be entertaining enough and I like that they didn’t get so caught up in the comedy that they forgot the story. They’ve really worked at building to a climax and all that is left to do is find out whether or not they manage to pull it off.
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Images from: Shinchou Yuusha: Kono Yusha ga Ore Tueee Kuse ni Shinchou Sugiru. Dir. M Sakoi. White Fox. 2019.