How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 14 – Negotiations Are About Knowing Your Position

How A Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 14 Review

I wasn’t the biggest fan of How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom in Summer 2021 when season one aired but I did say at the end of my season review I’d probably watch the second season because it wasn’t a bad way to pass a season. And so Winter 2022 gives us How a Realist Rebuilt the Kingdom 2nd Season though Funimation continues counting as if it never ended and so here are my thoughts on episode 14.

First off, if you didn’t watch the first thirteen episodes then give up right now, go back and watch them (if you are interested) because this episode just kind of dumps us right back where episode 13 abruptly cut off. I mean, we do get a really quick narration summary of events but without having watched it you’d be totally lost. We get a very brief glimpse of the previous king and his wife musing about things and being cryptic for the fun of it and then the rest of the episode focuses on Souma and the negotiations over the city he took over at the end of the last season.

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 14

Has How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom improved?

With the same director and cast returning it really is as if this series never left us. How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom continues to have Souma explaining things, in this instance how to get a stagnating economy moving, while the political situation continues. In this instance, Prince Julius has brought the Empire in to negotiate the return of the city of Van after his father lost it to Souma.

I do very much like that Souma very clearly outlines Julius and his father’s short-comings before pretty much dismissing him while not dismissing the empire. In showing us just why he is called the Realist Hero, Souma acknowledges that he doesn’t need to negotiate with Julius but the Empire and its power are a different story and he very much needs to negotiate with them. I guess the question is does he want to keep Van or is he happy to hand it back over provided his price is met? And what would his price be?

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 14

As usual though we have the peanut gallery gathered around to ask questions and get into a bit of a back and forth that really serves no purpose. After Souma has dismissed Julius he sends someone to start the banquet and show him some hospitality though lacking a key piece of information it turns out he’s given her permission to more or less get Julius flat drunk. What follows is an exchange between Liscia and Souma that might be amusing except that it is happening in front of the Empire’s representative and that just doesn’t seem appropriate or likely.

Equally, I had to wonder why How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom didn’t have Souma change out of his Japanese clothes for the negotiations given it is clearly a somewhat more formal affair. Not to mention while it made sense at first that he continued to wear that outfit he’s been in the Kingdom long enough now that surely a costume change is in order.

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 14

Visually this first episode is about the same as what you would have come to expect from season one but there’s very little movement going on this week. The majority of the episode is taken up through characters talking either about reconstructing the city or the negotiations and so animation is pretty minimal all around.

First impressions of the new season of How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom: Business as usual. If you liked season one then this just smoothly continues on but it hasn’t given viewers who were on the fence any reason to really jump on board.

Images from: How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom 2nd Season. Dir. T. Watanabe. J. C. Staff. 2022

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How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 1 Impressions – A Hero is Summoned To Another World And He’s Going To Save The Kingdom Through Economic Reform?

How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 1 Review

In 2013 an odd little anime came out based on a light novel called Maoyu Maou Yusha. While it wasn’t an isekai like Realist Hero it was the story of a hero who joined forces with the demon lord to essentially stop the endless war between humans and demons by initiating economic reform.

It wasn’t a brilliant anime by any means and as it never received a follow up season the story remained tragically incomplete. Still, I couldn’t help but draw comparisons as I started watching Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki or How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom.

Is he a realist hero or a desperate one?

Realist Hero - Episode 1
I don’t think you’d last a minute against the monsters to be honest.

One thing I will mention right off the bat is that there are some very amusing lines strewn throughout this episode. Early on, after our generic main character is summoned, two of those responsible for it exchange lines more or less incredulous the summoning worked and end the sequence with a ‘well anything is worth trying’ comment that actually had me laugh out loud.

Kazuya Souma, Realist Hero’s protagonist and so far standard ordinary Japanese guy who happened to study some economics, also has some great reactions in that instead of screaming and shouting about the situation, or being gung-ho about being a hero, he’s asking questions about the current situation and he’s pretty down-to-earth in solving the problems one at a time with the self-interest of not wanting to be sold off to the empire should the kingdom not be able to pay their tribute.

Realist Hero Episode 1
He does not approve of your economic plans.

I like that Kazuya has a very clear motive for his actions in this episode. Summoned to another world he is kind of at the mercy of those who summoned him and he does not want to be sent to an empire at war with monsters. Finding an alternative is very much in his best interest and so stops him from just being too much the generic ‘nice guy’ protagonist.

That said, other than a bit of dry sarcasm and economic knowledge, his personality is otherwise very much just standard isekai protagonist.

However, as much as Kazuya Souma has so far been an interesting enough lead, you have to wonder how the kingdom hadn’t already fallen given the general ineptitude on display from the King and those advising him. Pretty sure Kazuya used the word ‘vacuous’ to describe their overall plans and it seems like the perfect description. I get having a stupid king but does everyone near him also have to be an idiot?

Realist Hero Episode 1
You mean you want an actual plan?

One pressing issue with having so many of the other characters in Realist Hero apparently paralysed from the neck up is that it almost definitely means Kazuya is going to exposition us to death with basic economic explanations – admittedly that is just my prediction but it seems really likely from this set up. I’m just hoping he has something more appealing than crop rotations to explain to us.


The other point that came out of this episode was how swiftly Kazuya went from summoned her to king to being engaged to a princess (though clearly given the harem descriptor on this one she isn’t going to be the only one pushed toward Kazuya and there’s quite a bevy of girls in the character list on MAL).

It’s almost as though this isekai anime wanted to do something different with their ‘hero’ but didn’t want to miss out on the usual isekai tropes. I’m not sure if Realist hero will be able to balance these competing ideas and the sheer number of genre tags on this one on MAL is a little staggering.

Realist Hero Episode 1
Yep she’s a Princess with a bit of attitude. So far I’m liking her.

So far Realist Hero has my attention. The protagonist isn’t too bad, some of the humour has really landed for me, I’ve enjoyed anime with an economic focus before, and it looks pretty enough. That said, it will really depend on what the story chooses to do with all its ideas as to whether this anime ends up being any good. I look forward to seeing where it takes us.

Images from: How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom. Dir. T Watanabe. J.C.Staff. 2021

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