Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious – 01 (First Impressions) – Not Entirely Disagreeable

The title kinda says it all! This isn’t a show that beats around the bush. The low-mid-level goddess Listarte needs a human hero to save the S-Difficulty human world of Gaeabrande (or Gairbrunde) from the Demon Lord. Knowing how popular the isekai genre is in Japan, she only looks at candidates from that country, and is unimpressed with most of them…until she comes upon one Ryuuguuin Seiya, who is neither a Suzuki or a Yamada.

To oversimplify, let’s call this KonoSuba in reverse: rather than the guy from another world being the narrator and providing the primary POV, here it’s the goddess, who is just looking to get ahead in godlife. She knows she’s struck gold in Seiya, but while he’s super-hot, she almost immediately realizes there’s a catch to those good looks and gaudy stats: Seiya is redonkulously cautious.

For one, he trusts no one, including the goddess who summoned him. He doesn’t trust the onigiri she worked hard to make for him unless she tries it first, and even then, he suspects they might have a slow-acting poison. He spends over a week in the dwelling Lista prepared for him, leveling up simply by working out.

Lista takes Seiya to a beginner’s town for outfitting, but he spends most if not all of the money she gives him on three sets of armor for double redundancy, as well as far more potions and antidotes than are needed…again, because he’s so cautious.

Once they’re finally out in the field, with nothing but harmless Level 1 slimes, he executes both of his special attacks over a half-dozen times even though the first attack was more than enough to obliterate the slime. All the ruckus he causes ends up attracting one of the Four Heavenly Kings who serve the Demon Lord himself; rather than face her, Seiya cuts and runs, leaving Lista to chase after him.

Seiya isn’t much more than the manifestation of the show’s title, but thankfully, he doesn’t really have to be much more than that. Listarte provides more than enough character for the both of them, thanks in no small part to veteran seiyu Toyosaki Aki putting on a veritable voice-acting clinic. She has as many voices as he has contingencies.

Add in the dynamic of an overpowered hero so dang cautious he’s his own greatest liability, and you have an isekai comedy that actually has something new to say. I’m in!

Author: magicalchurlsukui

Preston Yamazuka is a staff writer for RABUJOI.

3 thoughts on “Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious – 01 (First Impressions) – Not Entirely Disagreeable”

  1. My take on it: A self-aware isekai featuring a goddess who brings a young man to another world because he has the natural maxed stats to fight an S-ranked demon lord sounds fine on paper. Playing it from the Goddess’ point of view is actually a twist, and makes the human OP character an enigma. The art style and render quality is quality and expressive too. Unfortunately, the try-hard humor doesn’t land for me at all and the concept is one notes. Without it’s render quality, it would be entirely forgettable. 7-8’ish.

    1. The source LN author mentions in their afterwords that Seiya is modeled on the class of RPG players who take the max-out grinding approach to gameplay (ie. those who max out their stats as much as possible before doing game quests).

      As for personalities and POV, it appears to parody webnovel isekai story-writing conventions; where the summoned hero MC is usually described as an average-looking and average-built nice guy (the better for reader self-insert) and the summoning goddess as the enigmatic divine entity who may have a longer game in mind.

      1. sure and I get that. The result still feels one-note. If not for the goddess’ expressive responses and general graphic quality, the nature of the show… prevents much from happening. ‘It’s funny because it’s not funny and not exciting’ semi-4th wall breaking humor doesn’t appeal to me.

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