There is a popular saying: "you can never be too careful." It is very important to prepare for every situation you may face, even if it seems like an unnecessary waste of time. Also, in games like RPGs, it is good to exceed the level of your enemies to achieve total victory.
These words describe Seiya Ryuuguuin a little too perfectly. After being summoned by the goddess Ristarte to save the world of Gaeabrande from destruction, the hero prepares himself for his noble journey. While this might be normal, he spends a very long time training himself, despite having overpowered stats. He fights weak enemies using his strongest skills and buys excessive amounts of supplies and potions—all to stay safe.
While his attitude may be a bit annoying, it might just be the saving grace of Gaeabrande, especially considering that it is a world where the forces of evil dominate each and every expectation.
Less isekai more of a gag show. While every season brings in a deluge of cliché isekai genre, this one surely takes the cake when it comes to comedy and ridiculous action scenes. Make sure to keep your brain in airplane mode before watching it because that is how you are going to enjoy this series.
Plot wise, this anime is mediocre or below average at best. MC represents that typical mmorpg player who grinds endless hours in training/low level zone to farm experience points. What sets this show apart is the companion our mc has i.e. Rista. The goddess Rista here is truly the
Swiss Army knife of facial expressions. Her reactions are what makes this anime complete imo and amplifies the reactive comedy that viewers seek. Overall her seiyuu Aki Toyosaki has done an amazing job.
I dig the OP. MYTH & ROID never fails to deliver and the catchy music is something that will definitely loved by everyone. While the ED is good, the terrible cgi definitely made it worst. I guess the studio is trying to bank into dance genre to raise hype. It was certainly a turn off for me. Others may like it.
As for art, there is nothing special or ground breaking. It is similar to what other shows have offered in past.
Overall I will definitely recommend everyone here to give this show a try. Rista's character and Toyosaki's voicing has definitely got me hooked to this show and I am really looking forward to next episode.
I think people are missing the fact that this is more of a parody than a proper isekai. They’ll just take this as the “ugh op isekai character blah” Fortunately, its quite different. Commonly compared to KonoSuba, just not as creative and lacks in the observation region. The show throws punches at your typical isekai and jokes about the “snobby 0iq MC” or the “starting in low level region” and completely trashes the cliches/troupes.
I’d give the story a solid 7/10, only because the story goes against every single isekai and introduces (slightly) new content. Nothing really special though so I’ll keep it short.
I’d also give a 7, other than Ristarte’s disturbing and quite comedic faces, yet again nothing out the ordinary.
Yet another time, I’ll give sound a 7 as well, the opening, ending and other sound effects don’t really grab my attention other than when Ristarte starts speaking English: “Ooh, shecksee”
This is where things change, the characters, I can vouch for a 10, the MC is absolutely genius (and very shecksee) and does thing properly, perhaps too properly. Ristarte is the main part of this though, from the reaction faces, lovey daydreams straight to the way she acts, golden. Like her hair which is the only thing that makes her different from Aqua lul. Hell, even the antagonists are pretty good. Especially that first boss, whew, n0ice.
Finally, the major factor is deciding to continue watching or giving a proper rating, the enjoyment. Absolutely perfect. From the characters to the jokes and overkill, there’s really nothing to dislike. And the biggest part of this, is that this is an Isekai I can finally enjoy instead of “ughhh” at, quite rare.
All in all, a proper 8. Some people take things too seriously and just can’t absorb what’s being presented and nitpick at the “Isekai”. Compared to a proper show, its good enough. For an Isekai, its godly. And I’m sure an Isekai watcher isn’t going to complain if they watch Isekai, they know what they’re going to get, but this one is a surprise. Apologies for the rough and unrefined review. Recommended to watch.
I seem to be in the minority here, but I just... yeah.
When have standards fallen so low than anything remotely subverting a dead genre becomes 'groundbreaking'? Is something really good just by virtue of making fun of something else, regardless of execution?
It's not a secret that this show is heavily... borrowing... from other shows. Comparisons have risen. Defenders say 'but ___ doesn't have this joke or that!' which only makes one wonder: if this is so good, why do you feel the need to constantly say the shows it rips off aren't as good?
Given the concept and premise, I'm not going to criticize this based
on the characters or setup itself, but rather, the execution.
I'm pretty easy to make laugh. I can and will enjoy all sorts of trash for what they are, too. I must say, to this show: exaggerated faces shouldn't be the peak of your comedy. What else is there? The protagonist is extremely OP and way too cautious. I mean, it's what the title says. Other than that... what else is there? The protagonist destroying the world more than the things he's supposed to save it from given his nature? I mean, yeah, it could work, and it could work pretty well, but repeating this exact same joke violates the principles of 'jokes become less funny with each successive repetition'. You can pull the running gag tirade if you're clever about it, but this show seems to believe that the hero causing nuclear levels of destruction to make sure a slime is dead while explaining this with a deadpan expression and the goddess freaking out was hilarious the first time, and so it ought to happen every other episode the exact same way, with the exact same timing and punchlines.
Comedy and horror are two sides of the same coin because they both rely on surprising the audience; with horror, you scare them and with comedy, you make them laugh. Essentially, though, to make these genres work, you have to play on expectations and keep them at the edge of their seat, and if the joke/scare is too obvious it should be because that's what the audiences look forward to as opposed to thinking 'oh no, they're not going to do THAT, are they?'.
Like I said, I'm not hard to please. I'll be cackling at the most inane things, which shocked me when I realized, halfway through the fourth episode, that I smiled only then (I don't remember for what, though it was with the show, not at it). Some of the jokes had a prety good foundation, but the punchlines fell flat by virtue of being things we have seen so many, many times already. Again: if your comedy relies on some character making exaggerated expressions, then you've failed at it.
With the serious but strange and expressive but relatively level-headed duo, it's to be expected that one of them does outrageous things while the other one reacts. That's fine. The problem is, all she does is scream and wiggle around as if to distract the audience from the fact no amount of wit was put into the joke. If she's not doing this, she's doing that classic 'scream into the sky' reaction which, quite frankly, tends to kill jokes for me more often than make them funnier. Compare and contrast to the how it's most obviously ripping off, KonoSuba, which isn't exactly guilt-free when it comes to repetitive gags but keeps finding different ways to set them up. Another show which I think suffers from the same issue is Seitokai Yakuindomo, but even that one managed to bring a surprise every now and then. Moreover, both of those shows actually made me laugh.
At some point, i wondered, too, what can I actually get from watching this show? It's depressing me and it obviously has nothing else to offer beyond the attempted comedy given it falls into the trap of 'make everything as cliché as possible and make fun of it so people won't notice' as well. I'm not saying clichés are bad or that a generic premise dooms the show... unless that's all there is.
Again, have our standards fallen so low that any piss-poor attempt at satire is to be applauded and defended for 'not being like the rest'? Does something being satirical give it the excuse to be creatively dead in every aspect? There is no tension, no depth to the characters, absolutely no feature of interest when it comes to the world, no laughs, and so I must say: what else is there? Moreover, should we, as consumers, just take in whatever we can and keep feeding mediocrity on the basis that 'it's not AS bad as ___'?
Again, not saying we're bad for watching trashy shows. I watch trashy shows. I like trashy shows. I rate them relatively high unless they piss me off in some way. I don't, however, justify their trashiness. I won't get defensive if someone else doesn't like it. Why should I? Why should we?
Cautious Hero is one of those shows where the title just sounded more like a clickbait than actually being overly cautious because this hero wasn't that overly cautious at all; except for a couple of his decision making that does certainly put him within that category when he blows things up over and over again on the corpse of his enemies. To expand on what I just said, he's more like a dark soul player than anything.
Some people may be turned off by the MC's attitude towards everyone, but as a light novel reader of this series, this series is actually a lot more
serious than you would originally think. Though also comedic most of the time. There's actually a reason why the MC's like that as well, a very big reason. I mean, you could probably tell how messed up some of the villains are with at least the first boss killing itself, and from there, a monster crawled out from within that buff body and tore it from inside out. Somewhat reminding me of devil man cry baby for some reason.
Later into the story, it will contain some of the very overly sexualize and gruesome scenes; the light novel translation had to tag the NSFW tag/warning before you could read the chapters. Your early impression of this anime could be completely be blown away by the upcoming episodes. When I said NSFW, expect there to be a lot of gore and a bit of pubic hair. Yes, I said it! Pubic hair! You will either be weirded out by this series, or find some of the things here actually being funny. With all that said, I don't personally mind that at all. It's just a series that doesn't know the boundary between something being funny, or something that's just straight up weird or messed up. As an example, episode 4 had titties spilling out.
I had only finished reading up until the end of this season 1 of the light novel btw.
The reason why I actually read the light novel after seeing the first episode of Cautious Hero was because it broke so many tropes with how self aware they were as they only chose people from Japan because they're more familiar with isekai tropes. Or how the Demon King knows that there's a threat, so they gave the Hero no time to train, even though they presumed that he's still level 1 at the time of his departure to the world. Meaning, if there's no time difference between the god's realm with that world, the world would have been doomed before Cautious Hero could've came to save them.
If you're planning to drop this series, the twist to this show is literally gonna surprise you. Since these characters, even if you may dislike them or find some of them annoying, are not as one dimensional as you would think. It's like comparing hell to heaven. It just doesn't feel like a comedy series anymore after I finished volume 1 of the light novel.
On episode 3, I'm sure everyone had some trouble to either cry with laughter or depression after seeing my guy Celsius being bullied by our hero. And like I said, but let me rephrase it, the author's sense of humor is pretty interesting. And you guys may also wondered, why didn't they show the training that the Cautious Hero is doing? The answer to that is, because he's not the MC.
Some people may be deceived by the title of this series, but the MC isn't the cautious hero. Some people may also put the wrong tag with the "male protagonist" into this series, but the entirety of volume 1, which was like 1000 pages long, was never being portrayed from the Cautious Hero's point of view. Additionally, we never get to hear the Cautious Hero's inner monologue even once. Meaning, if the Cautious Hero were to fight against the Demon King all by himself. We will never know what happened unless the Goddess was also there as well.
That aside, the characters of this show isn't all that likable in my opinion, even though I've seen the light novel. Of course, Seiya is an exception as his character is actually a lot more likable than you would've initially thought, but aside from him and a few goddesses: Aria (a bit plain of a character that fit into a certain perfect girl trope) and everyone else are just a decent character. There is certainly quite a few character growth for the main characters and a few side characters, but generally, that kinda goes against to what a comedy anime should really be about.
So here comes the problem that I have with the series. It's one of those series that started off funny, but later became too overly serious for it to even be considered as funny sometimes. The direction that the author took with this series is actually quite disappointing and surprising. Although, this should be something that should be said after episode 12 came out, but this show will be heavily depend on your preferences when the show started to show you a lot more messed up stuff as the story goes on, and as each new Demon King's bosses are introduced into the story.
If you think that this is a full on comedy story, you guys are way off the mark. It's literally the epitome for a drama series, with the exposition and the early episodes, being consisted of mainly just comedy just for the attention grabber. It's not a bad show dont get me wrong, I'm still enjoying it despite what I'd said.