Together with his talented aides, the “Realist Hero” Kazuya Souma continues his quest of reinvigorating the Elfrieden Kingdom through administrative reform. Having successfully conquered Van—the capital city of the Principality of Amidonia—Kazuya now faces the envoy from Gran Chaos Empire, who wishes to impose punishment for breaching the ban on war established by the Mankind Declaration Treaty. Despite the dire situation, Kazuya sees a path to avoid unnecessary conflict whilst gaining new allies. With his plan being seemingly perfect, the only barrier to success is gaining approval from the envoy.
Alright, alright. There is no secret, I haven’t been a fan of Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Part 2 since it started airing and unfortunately, this feeling has lingered even until the final episode (episode thirteen). Now looking back, I cannot help but feel unsatisfied with how the anime turned out. Allow me to share my thoughts.`
As the title suggests, this anime was a continuation of the first part of Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki, which aired in 2021. That was the first negative for me. I don’t mind having ‘part 2’s to anime so long as the anime getting a ‘part 2’ is worth giving one. For example, I thought the anime 86 was worthy of getting a part two, even if we ultimately had to wait several months for it to be completed. Another example would be Attack on Titan, but as we know, there hasn’t been an anime that comes close to that monster of a series. There was nothing about Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki (Part One) that I thought justified a ‘part 2’.
Furthermore, if you were to compare to kingdom building anime in Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu and Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Part 2, Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu is the far better kingdom building anime because there was more than just chatter. Something Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Part 2 has in excess and that was the biggest negative for me.
While I understand that part of it is to provide the viewer with a more detailed view on the behind the scenes of running a country. While there maybe an appeal for that, I’m also sure that you can make it somewhat entertaining. The problem with Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Part 2 was that they didn’t make this part entertaining at all, if anything it was very much a snoozefest.
If you want episode after episode of characters chatting with very minimal being shown or being followed up on, then Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Part 2 is the anime for you. I think what rubbed me the wrong way the most was that during the first couple of episodes, the location of these conversations happened in only two locations. In the Van Throne room, or in a meeting room of sorts where everyone is gathered around a table. It also didn’t help that while every character under the sun was at these two locations, only two spoke at any given time and it was always the same two. Souma and whoever the other person was, in the case of the first few episodes it was for the most part Jeanne Euphoria.
Most of the episodes played out in a similar fashion, where Souma goes around solving the various problems that run rampant in Elfrieden. Similar to this anime’s counterpart, both Wein and Souma are effectively “Bob the builder” (an old TV show, where bob goes around fixing things because he’s able to). However, I think the biggest difference between the two character is that Wein is a lot more entertaining because he’s very flamboyant while Souma feels a lot more restrained. If we were to compare both anime, I guess you can say they reflect the personalities of their male protagonist. Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Part 2 is a lot more conventional while Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu is a lot more out there. Oh and one has a lot more action and there isn’t much conversation, while the other is the complete opposite.
Overall, I’d say that Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Part 2 isn’t an anime that I’ve enjoyed, there were many things I disliked about the show. From how it went about its episodes, all the chatter, no relationship building between characters and the lack thereof action. There were many things that didn’t work in favour of the anime and that is what led to its downfall for me. If you’re thinking about watching this anime, I would suggest against it. I’d rather you watch, Tensai Ouji no Akaji Kokka Saisei Jutsu instead.