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‘Cautious Hero…’ after one episode (review)

The full title of this anime is Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious. I watched the first episode and found myself struggling to keep focused on what I was watching. 

The first episode failed to keep me invested, but I’m not sure why. Perhaps I could blame Ristarte. She is the goddess that summons the cautious hero to her realm to help stop the destruction of another earth. 

Most of her moments in this episode involved her losing self-control, and self-confidence when it involved her hero, Seiya Ryuguin. She finds him attractive and that causes her to act like Mineta from My Hero Academia, drooling over Seiya in certain moments. 

You can tell by her interaction with Ariadoa, her friend and senior goddess, that she is regularly hyperactive because Ariadoa mentions that she is the “same as always” during her brief appearance in the first episode.  

The title of this anime directly concerns Seiya Ryuguin. In this opening episode, Ristarte feels like Seiya is overly cautious for no reason. But if you think about it, he has every right to hesitate. 

Ristarte summoned him to a different realm and told him he has to save the world from destruction. Wouldn’t you hesitate if that happened to you? His reaction is more relatable than hers. It is funny how he analyzes everything, but it’s for good reason. Ristarte is goofy, unconvincing, and crushing over him. Those are all reasons to pause. 

I won’t hold the lack of this episode’s action against it since it is establishing the main characters. As this anime progresses, I hope that Ristarte is less dizzy and more helpful for Seiya. That way her maturity will help him trust her more. I’m assuming they will fall in love at some point and love will help him conquer the looming threat. Just a hunch.

Episodes for Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious are released every week on Hulu.

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