Cautious Hero: The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious (Kono Yūsha ga Ore Tsuē Kuse ni Shinchō Sugiru) is a 2019 television anime series based on the light novel of the same name written by Light Tuchihi. It was adapted by studio White Fox and directed by Masayuki Sakoi. Kadokawa Pictures published the series and was first broadcast in Japan on October 2019 as part of the Autumn season.
“Goddess Ristarte is tasked with summoning a hero to save her world, but the one she’s chosen, Seiya Ryuuguuin, is overly cautious and more obsessed with training than starting his quest. But whenever he does fight the monsters, you know he’ll be ready.”Plot Synopsis via Manga Entertainment, November 2020
There’s been many isekais at this point and I like a lot of them for different reasons. That being said, Cautious Hero is basically like the others in terms of humour and concept, though the idea of having an overly cautious and overpowered isekai main character with a tsundere-type goddess companion is pretty amusing. Granted this show won’t attract every type of audience so it’s a matter of whether or not you love these kinds of tropes.
Even though I know folks who dislike the series, I personally enjoyed watching Cautious Hero and picked up the light novels after the anime adaptation wrapped up the 12 episodes it provided. The series does get a bit serious at one point but the show overall is a comedy first and foremost.
Funimation acquired the English rights for the series and released it in a special limited edition box set as well as a standard edition. Manga Entertainment brought the series over with the same contents. Many titles from Manga’s Q4 line-up got pushed back tons and miraculously Cautious Hero was only delayed by one week with my copy arriving early so in a sense it technically only got delayed by a few days after its original release window.
Limited Edition Contents:
Funimation is rather inconsistent in their limited edition presentations. While the general core aspect is intact (a rigid box with an Amaray case), the rest depends on the amount of bonus features and items included. In the case for Cautious Hero, we have an interesting approach.
One of the most unique inclusions exclusive to this box set is the addition of Drama CDs. Now Funimation did this before with Full Metal Panic! Invisible Victory which had a terrible execution and that issue still occurs with this release also, but we do have a dubbed version to go alongside the Japanese version.
Unlike FMP IV which had its own Amaray case, the Drama CDs are included with the main series together in a single Amaray case. Funimation in the US usually don’t bother with slipcovers but they have started to include them more often – and Manga were going to include one either way. I should note that there’s no unique artwork with Cautious Hero.
Also included is an 80-page booklet which covers artwork, a manga section that was never translated before officially in English, and the English translation of the Drama CD. An lenticular art card and 3 filmstrip bookmarks are also included, though my package has two duplicated filmstrips lol.
- Rigid Box with amaray packaging and clean artwork
- Specification and BBFC description on amaray, slipcover & info sheet
- Drama CDs in English & Japanese audio (1 disc each)
- 80-page Booklet containing manga, Drama CD script, storyboard and character profiles
- Lenticular Art Card
- 3 Filmstrip Bookmarks
Distributor: Manga Entertainment
Released: 30th November 2020
Cautious Hero covers episodes 1 to 12 across two Blu-ray discs and two DVD discs. The encode and authoring were done by Funimation, but Manga included their logos at the beginning. Speaking of the discs the episode count is split evenly, so episodes 1-6 are on the first disc and 7-12 on the second disc for both formats.
The audio options available for the series include Japanese with English subtitles and the Funimation English dub. The white subtitles are locked during Blu-ray playback, and the regions are locked to B for Blu-ray and 2 for DVD.
The show during its broadcast had an incomplete opening sequence which got amended half-way through the episode run, and the good news is that the complete version is used for the earlier episodes on the Blu-ray version so that’s handy and consistent.
|Audio||English Dolby TrueHD 5.1|
Japanese Dolby TrueHD 2.0
|Video||1080p High Definition Native format|
16:9 aspect ratio
|Audio||English Dolby Digital 5.1|
Japanese Dolby Digital 2.0
|Video||Standard Definition in NTSC format|
16:9 aspect ratio
Blu-ray On-Disc Extra Features:
- Promo Videos
- Textless Opening Song “TIT FOR TAT”
- Textless Closing Song “be perfect,plz!”
DVD On-Disc Extra Features:
No extras across all discs
Cautious Hero: The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious is available to order through multiple retailers across the United Kingdom. You can order the limited edition Blu-ray & DVD set over on Amazon UK.