Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki | Episode 1 and 2 Review

I cannot remember the last anime I watched produced by J.C.Staff, so I was actually pretty excited going into the first episode of Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki. However, although I was excited, I went into the first episode with low expectations because of the following genres: ActionFantasyHaremMagicMilitaryRomance. Once again, another anime where we have the ‘harem’ tag. Sometimes I wish that there was less anime that carried the tag because it probably would have changed the feel of any anime for the better.

I will admit Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki has been really interesting. Having an ordinary person become ‘King’ in a fantasy world, where they use real-world knowledge, through finance etc., to help rebuild a country in shambles. While to the people of the fantasy world, the tactics employed may be crazy and unthinkable, to that ordinary person who became ‘king,’ every move they make is common sense. I’ll be honest, everything Kazuya mentions in the first episode made sense to me even though it may not make sense to Liscia. In a way, the first episode reminded me a lot of No Game No Life. When Sora and Shiro went about reforming the country logically, even though it made little to no sense for everyone else.

It’s crazy how natural everything feels. Listening and watching Kazuya speak on food shortages, agricultural reform, supply and demand, hyperinflation, finance, accounting, and poverty. To many, this may seem like an overload of information, but to me, as someone who went to school for finance and accounting is right up my alley. This is what interests and entertains me. To see something like this play out in a fantasy world in an anime is something I’ve never seen before, and therefore I’ve been really entertained.

Both episodes one and two were very dialogue-heavy, yes. That is something I will always dislike, however, how it’s used to spread awareness of the country’s economic struggles. Outlining things that could be done to improve the state while highlighting various issues that go along with it. Makes everything Kazuya has said up until this point something easy and digestible for everyone.

Despite being only two episodes in, I think Kazuya has become one of my favourite male characters. I never thought that having an average person running a country in a fantasy world while employing real-world actions and tactics would’ve been something I enjoyed. When the former king has so much confidence in you that he gives you his throne and betroths you to his daughter, it must mean that Kazuya will be one outstanding individual. Also, I would like to briefly mention I like Liscia. You can tell she lacking in general knowledge of the country her father once ruled. Having Kazuya there, I think, will help develop this character into someone I think I’ll come to like by the end of the episode.

Overall, episodes one and two were great episodes. 8/10, A.