First Impression – Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious

When young goddess Ristarte is tasked with saving the S-Ranked world of Gaeabrande from the Demon Lord, she sets out to summon herself a hero. Having only summoned five heroes before, she would need to find another who would be able to handle the most difficult of leveled worlds.

Ristarte finds her hero in Seiya Ryuuguuin, who stood out to her because of his incredibly high stats. She should’ve read the fine print because despite how powerful Seiya is, he’s overly cautious to a fault, refusing to enter Gaeabrande until he had risen to a better level. The man wouldn’t even eat the food she brought him until she had tasted it herself. It’s only at this point that Rista realizes she may be over her head with this guy.

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Cautious Hero (because I’m not spelling out that whole title) is an anime adaption of the wildly popular light novel series still in production of a similar name, Kono Yūsha ga Ore Tsuē Kuse ni Shinchō Sugiru (This Hero Is Invincible but Too Cautious), is a surprisingly funny take on the Isekai genre of manga. For those of you who don’t know what “Isekai” is, it’s when someone or a group of people are teleported to a new world vastly different from their own, most times not even asking how they came to be there and killing it. Other popular anime in their genre would be KonoSuba, In Another World With My Smartphone, How Not To Summon A Demon Lord, and to a very limited extent Sword Art Online season one (the best one).

I enjoyed the first two episodes (which can be found on Hulu and Crunchyroll, as well as all the other titles I previously mentioned) of this new series for a number of reasons. The first being that the show pokes fun at its own genre, as Seiya asks very basic questions that have the potential of destroying any other anime created in the genre. Ristarte, as of right now, is easily my favorite character. As the youngest of the deities, her immaturity shows as she’s quick to anger and she’s constantly battling to keep her dignity as a goddess in check whenever she’s around Seiya, as well as her libido.

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Seiya and Ristarte have great chemistry that immediately shows right out of the gate, and that’s where the comedy plays in. The animation of Ristarte when she runs through her moods around him is also a nice touch. She’s overly-emotional because she has to be as Seiya is pretty stone-cold emotionless in the first two episodes.

Seiya is overly cautious and it does take some time getting used to it. You probably won’t like his character in the first episode. He does stop the flow of the show until it suits him to move it forward, but once you watch the second, your opinion may change as mine did. There’s a method to his madness.

This anime is a fun time, as I’ve already watched both episodes. If you are a fan of any of the Isekai animes I mentioned, you’re going to like this one.

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