Cautious Hero gives us the usual isekai deal with an overlay of heavy comedy. The main gimmick is that the hero, despite being incredibly powerful, is incredibly cautious (almost paranoid about danger). There's certainly some amusement here but can this one hold its own in the already over-crowded comedic isekai market?
Okay, I had a number of issues with this series when it started and while I still don't like the protagonist a lot of things are working well in this anime. Be sure to read the full review and share your thoughts on the anime in the comments.
Hataage! Kemono Michi is another isekai story about a Japanese person being summoned as a hero into a fantasy world. The gimmick this time is that he's a pro-wrestler who loves animals and upon being summoned he drops the Princess on her head and runs away from the castle. Despite being a summoned hero, Genzo's grand plan includes capturing demon beasts and using them to open a pet shop. It is a silly show that doesn't take itself seriously and by and large was fun enough even if it is lacking in areas.
Ultimate moves and goddesses breaking the rules, this would be an almost epic hero versus demon lord showdown except that with the comedic build up to this point it just doesn't quite feel earned. Not to mention, even mid-crisis the story can't resist throwing in some slap stick. Still, Cautious Hero gives us a pretty solid ending with episode 12.
It's another story of a Japanese teen getting isekai'd to a fantasy world only, at the request of the teen she's going to be perfectly average in every-way... Just a shame she forgot to ask god to be an average human. This one is a charming romp but doesn't have a lot of substance to it. However, if cute girls doing adventurous things in a fantasy land is in any way appealing, this will be worth the look. Read the full review and I'd love to know what you thought of 'Didn't I Say To Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life'.
The season has ended though apparently not really because there's a second cour coming sometime in 2020. That said they did resolve some of the problems Main had in the final three episodes of Ascendance of a Bookworm.
Seiya may have met his match and the stakes actually exist for once. Cautious Hero manages to be both completely ridiculous and fairly tense simultaneously in episode 10 and then hits us with an exposition dump to somehow make us worry about the outcome in the final episode. It isn't great writing but its still kind of working.
Time for the Hero vs the Demon Lord army and as the battle takes place in the ring the usual comedic antics take place everywhere else. Realistically, Kemono Michi is pretty average but it still makes sure you have fun while watching.
The season final ends more or less where I finished reading the books so while it feels like there is more journey to come, I kind of like where this decided to stop. Episode 12 of Didn't I Say To Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life continues to be average entertainment, but entertaining nonetheless.
Finally Main notices how much her family actually mean. In two episodes of making more merchandise and preparing for the future Bookworm manages to bring some genuine emotion to the idea of children being devoured by a fever and having to make some hard choices. It isn't all doom and gloom though as there are some fun and sweet moments scattered throughout these two fairly solid episodes of Ascendance of a Bookworm.