This article was contributed by AA.
“Give me 30 smoke screens, 50 medicinal herbs and the same numbers of antidotes.”
We’re sure this is what most RPG veterans think of when restocking from the shop in their on-going adventures. Needless to say, one might consider this as being overly cautious.
Then we have Seiya, the main protagonist of “Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious” (この勇者が俺TUEEEくせに慎重すぎる Kono Yūsha ga Ore Tsuē Kuse ni Shinchō Sugiru), who as the title implies is being way too cautious during his quest to defeat the demon lord alongside his Goddess companion, Ristarte.
One might think that Seiya is being overly cautious due to him being mediocre but in reality, he is your typical hardcore grinder who does the same quest over and over just to overpower a beginner’s level boss.
We start off the series with the Goddess of Healing, Rista (short for Ristarte), tasked to summon a Hero from another world (yes, this is an Isekai “異世界” genre) to save Gaeabrande/ Gairbrunde from the destruction of the Demon Lord.
After clearing through a list of heroes from her selection, she finally decides to summon Seiya who seemed to have much better stats on his own. Upon being summoned, Seiya is quick to be wary of his surroundings and begins to question everything, including Ristarte.
We soon realize Seiya has an overly-cautious nature, from overstocking items to absolutely destroying a Slime monster just to make sure it’s dead. It was after this encounter that Rista realized Seiya is more than what meets the eye as he is actually overpowered.
There was a point in the story when Seiya was so overpowered that he dismissed his party members initially, but later recruits them as “luggage carriers” just to give them purpose in contributing to his party. And so began the misadventures of Rista, Seiya, Mash, and Elulu, to save the world from the Demon Lord.
If you’re wondering why the animation seems rather familiar, that is because it is made by studio White Fox, the same studio that produced much-renowned anime series such as, Goblin Slayer, Re: Zero, Akame Ga Kill, Steins; Gate, etc.
The art style is fairly similar to the mentioned titles with an added sprinkle of cartoonish expressions from the characters, mostly shown from Rista. It’s worth highlighting although the colors used in this animation is fairly innocent, there are some scenes where Seiya overpowers his foes which makes the genre look more like a Shonen-styled anime.
The relationship between Seiya and Rista is what drives the comedy factor throughout the show. Their personalities and behavior feel like a complete mismatch and yet they complement each other’s weaknesses.
Seiya is someone who can be seen as cold and narcissistic upon meeting any new characters. However as the story develops, he slowly opens up to his party members while keeping his overly-cautious nature in check.
Rista, someone who is clumsy and seemingly naive, begins to be more wary of her surroundings after watching Seiya cautiously planned out every enemy encounter over time.
With the introduction of Mash and Elulu joining their party, and Rista introducing many other goddesses to help aid the party by providing “special training”, we continue to see the growth of these two characters as each adventure progresses.
The opening for this anime is composed by MYTH & ROID titled “TIT FOR TAT”, an eccentric rock track that really pumps your blood before the show begins. The ending on the other hand is orchestrated by Riko Azuna titled “Be Perfect, Plz”, a much more gentle and cute approach in contrast to the opening, almost something you would see in an idol anime series such as Love Live.
If you’re looking for the next anime that is similar to Konosuba featuring Aqua 2.0, this is a show you do not want to miss out on. With the Isekai genre booming throughout the anime industry, finding this gem in a dime a dozen is truly “god’s blessing on this wonderful world”. 😉