The How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Season 2 anime TV series will continue the story of Kazuya Souma, Liscia Alfrieden, and friends. But when will Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Season 2 come out?
Thankfully, anime fans didn’t have to wait too long for new episodes. On September 25, 2021, it was confirmed that the How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Part 2 release date is set for January 8, 2022, the Winter 2022 anime season. Part 2 had 13 episodes in total.
That means Realist Hero Part 2 is a split-cour anime series, which is when a single season takes a broadcasting break before resuming.
The anime TV series is being produced by animation studio J.C. Staff, known for the original Sorcerous Stabber Orphen anime, the KonoSuba movie, Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, A Certain Scientific Railgun, and One Punch Man Season 2 (and, hopefully, One Punch Man Season 3).
Netflix’s The Way of the Househusband Season 2 is already in production. They’ve also scheduled the DanMachi Season 4 release date for 2022. A new KonoSuba anime project was announced in 2021 (could it be KonoSuba Season 3?).
The main staff and studio that is making How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Season 2 hasn’t been announced yet.
For the first season, the GenKoku anime project was helmed by director Takashi Watanabe (Slayers, Boogiepop Phantom). Writers Gou Zappa (Ahiru no Sora, Beatless, Moriarty the Patriot) and Hiroshi Oonogi (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) wrote the scripts.
Artist Mai Ootsuka (Non Non Biyori) was the character designer. Composer Akiyuki Tateyama (Kemono Friends, Laid-Back Camp) wrote the music.
The How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Season 2 OP (opening) and ED (ending) theme song music hasn’t been announced yet.
For the first season, the How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom OP “Hello Horizon” was performed by Japanese voice actress Inori Minase (voice of Liscia). The ED “Kazanear” was performed by Aimi.
The Realist Hero Part 2 OP “Real-Eyes” was performed by Inori Minase, while the ED “Lights” was performed by Aimi. The Part 2 OP remained the same.
The first part’s finale, How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 13, was released on September 26, 2021. The finale for Realist Hero Part 2 Episode 13 was released in March 2022.
- Updated September 25, 2021: How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Part 2 confirmed.
- Updated August 3, 2021: Added How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom English dub info.
This article provides everything that is known about How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Season 2 (Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Season 2) and all related news. As such, this article will be updated over time with news and rumors. Meanwhile, let’s delve down into what is known for certain.
FUNimation’s How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom English dub release date
In Summer 2021, the first season of the anime TV series was streaming on Crunchyroll, FUNimation, and Hulu with English subtitles. The FUNimation Simuldub schedule initially listed the show merely as a Simulcast, but then a dubbed version was announced in late July 2021.
Here is the How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom dub cast:
- Alejandro Saab as Souma
- Anairis Quinones as Liscia
- Keith Silverstein as Albert
- Ernesto Jason Liebrecht as Castor
- Cory Phillips as Chief Priest
- Anastasia Munoz as Elisha
- Marti Etheridge as Excel
- Marcus Stimac as Georg
- Michelle Rojas as Jeanne
- Dawn M. Bennett as Maria
- Ivan Jasso as Marx
- Chris Guerrero as Narrator
- Jad Saxton as Roroa
- Neil Kaplan as Sebastian
- Mark Stoddard as Souma’s Grandfather
- Brook Chalmers as Tolman
FUNimation’s How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom English dub release date was July 31, 2021.
Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Season 2 release date predictions
As of the last update, Studio J.C. Staff or any company related to the production of the anime has not officially confirmed the How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Season 2 release date. Nor has the production of a GenKoku sequel been announced.
Once the news is officially confirmed, this article will be updated with the relevant information.
In the meantime, it’s possible to speculate about when, or if, the Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki Season 2 premiere date will occur in the future.
The reviews of the anime have been mostly positive, although light novel readers do criticize how the books were condensed. Speaking of which, there is also plenty of source material for making anime sequels.
The fact that the anime’s first season was given two cours is enough to have hope for the future. We’ll just have to wait and see if it becomes popular enough in 2022 for a continuation to be renewed by the anime production committee.
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom manga/light novels compared to the anime
The story for the anime is based on the Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki light novel series by writer Dojyomaru and illustrator Fuyuyuki. It’s also known by the English title Re:CONSTRUCTION – The Elfrieden Kingdom Tales of Realistic Brave.
Like many isekai adventures, the story began as a Realist Hero web novel in 2014. It was first self-published on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō website, only to be deleted in 2016 and resumed on PIXIV.
The web novel has not ended yet. It’s divided up into three major story sagas. Part 1: Realist Hero’s Kingdom Reconstruction Chronicle was 105 chapters. Part 2: A Realist Hero’s Great Nation Construction Chronicle ended in November 2020 with 140 chapters. Part 3: A Realist Hero’s Empire Building Chronicle introduced a three-year time skip and is still ongoing.
Starting in 2016, it began being adapted as a light novel series by Overlap Bunko. It’s already up to Realist Hero Volume 15 as of June 2021.
The official English translation of the light novels is being published in two separate ways. J-Novel Club began digitally publishing the English Realist Hero books in 2017, while Seven Seas Entertainment has been releasing the physical print book volumes. The digital version was up to Volume 14 as of October 25, 2021, while the physical Volume 13 is coming out on December 28, 2021.
Creator Dojyomaru teamed up with artist Satoshi Ueda to start serializing the Realist Hero manga series in July 2017. In Japanese, it’s up to Volume 7, with over 35 chapters as of June 2021. By October 6, 2021, the English translation of the manga was up to Volume 7 digitally.
The opening episode of the anime was extremely promising to light novel and manga fans since it foreshadowed future events by introducing certain characters very early.
For example, the anime teased characters like Roroa Amidonia and her butler early on even though she doesn’t debut in the manga until Chapter 11 or become important to the story until light novel Volume 2. The anime also briefly showed The Three Dukes and the Euphoria sisters.
The difficult part with adapting this story is that the books dive down into complex topics at length. Due to the limited runtime of the TV format, the anime is forced to simplify dialogue to the point that sometimes the character’s actions and motivations are changed.
For example, it was fairly odd when dark elf Aisha Udgard immediately vowed loyalty to Kazuya Souma after being publicly lectured in response to a question about basic forestry. It could almost be considered condescending “isekai-splaining” from a Japanese city dweller to a native inhabitant since Souma’s grand solution was only tree thinning, which is Agroforestry 101 going back hundreds of years on Earth, never mind a fantasy world.
While, yes, the dark elves didn’t know about tree thinning in the books and manga, Aisha’s main complaint in the books was that humans were trespassing into the forests to forage, not that the trees were getting sparse. The books were still more nuanced, with Souma coming to logical conclusions about the forest’s state and thus the dark elve’s problems based on their initial conversation. Souma both posed a potential problem and derived a solution without even being directly asked, which was why Aisha was so quick to drop to her knees.
To be fair, the books expounded at great length on illegal wood gathering and the causes of food shortages to the point that it was almost too much. Still, the manga’s explanation was fairly concise and kept the character motivations intact, so that’s why it’s odd that the anime didn’t follow suit.
The light novels also almost over-explained why a glutton like Poncho Panacotta would be useful for his gastronomic knowledge, whereas, in Episode 3, the anime assumed audiences would be smart enough to figure it out on their own without being spoonfed the answer. Then Episode 4 used the “show, not tell” of good storytelling by showing how Souma was combatting the food shortages using Poncho’s knowledge.
When Souma bowed to the people in apology for the ruler’s actions, the manga went a step further by having Souma explain in detail to the citizens what caused the food shortages and why the kingdom’s leaders were to blame. Cutting this bit was understandable since the anime already showed Souma explaining the problem to Liscia, but the skipped scene also established Souma’s commitment to transparency and accountability as a ruler, which was something this world had never seen before.
The anime also skipped how Souma boosted the mystic wolf tribe’s economy since they were refugees. Once he learned the tribe created his beloved soy sauce and bean sauce, he granted them a limited monopoly by putting a 5-year ban on anyone selling the products.
Another notable difference in Episode 4 was the discussion surrounding the revelation by mystic wolf girl Tomoe Inui that demon monsters were sentient beings with their own unique language. In the anime, Souma pointed out that some kingdoms in humanity may be tempted to make an alliance with the demons, but in the books, Souma immediately noticed a greater issue that the anime glossed over.
“10 years ago, humanity went on a crusade and attacked the demon realm to annihilate the barbarous and slightly intelligent monsters,” Souma mused in the manga. “But if the demons can be communicated with… then without knowing it, humans started a huge war with the demons.”
A secondary issue was how the act of hiding this world-altering revelation could be construed as a betrayal of humanity. So, it’s quickly decided that they’ll keep the demon’s intelligence a secret yet slowly disseminate the information out over time in stages.
Episode 5 introduced fan-favorite power duo Halbert “Hal” Magna and Kaede Foxia. Episode 6 had the lap pillow scene.
Thankfully, Episode 7 did not spoil the plot twist revolving around the secret revelation concerning Duke Georg Carmine’s true motives. The books similarly did not reveal what was said behind closed doors by Glaive Magna until much later in order to create suspense.
Otherwise, Episode 7 focused on Volume 1: Chapter and the construction of the Venetinova project. In the light novel, Kazuya deduced the true meaning of the elder Urup’s fables on the spot. He astonished the man by saying the story was meant to convey an ancient warning of earthquakes and the resulting tsunamis.
In the light novel, Kazuya told the old man and other elders to keep telling an altered version of the story so people would more clearly understand the danger in the future. Further, Kazuya did not move the site of Venetinova. Instead, he altered the construction plans to minimize future danger.
Episode 8 skimmed over the rescue of the Dark Elf village. Kaede’s earth magic allowed them to travel faster and even Tomoe contributed to the rescue efforts. The conflict with Aisha’s uncle and the rescue of his daughter was only briefly touched on.
One aspect that Episode 9 didn’t make clear is why Liscia cutting off her hair is such a big deal. Duke Carmine was like a second father to her and that’s why at the beginning she rushed home from Carmine’s castle to confront the “usurper” Souma. Liscia was basically throwing down the gauntlet and showing that she was willing to go to war against her beloved “Uncle” on Souma’s behalf.
When conflicts begin the anime fails to mention how magic works in this world. The physical size of an object determines how much it can be enhanced with magic, so a large spear is a more devastating projectile weapon in comparison to an arrow or even a bullet.
Episode 11 was where the condensing really started to become too much. The anime just casually states that the Amidonia retreat resulted in their forces being halved. The raw brutality of the Golda ambush was only hinted at rather than depicted. Songstress Juna Doma was suddenly revealed to be a ninja despite the only prior hint about that hidden side of Juna being when she hid a concealed knife behind her back when Hal confronted Souma back at the cafe.
The reveal of the Duke Carmine plot twist was handled well except that it changed one detail. Originally, Liscia knew about the plan and tried to figure out a different way forward that didn’t require Carmine to sacrifice himself for the good of the country.
Starting with Episode 12, the anime began to have the feel of an extended preview of the light novels and manga series considering how much was skipped. The climactic battle was heavily abridged, never mind the subjugation of the forces still in the city. Despite the focus on the Project Lorelei concert, even the fan-favorite tomboy catgirl singer was skipped.
The reaction of the populace and the female Amidonian general story arc was limited to only her singing. The reason Souma had the female general sing the Amidonian national anthem was due to the movie The Sound of Music. He remembered how the Captain singing Edelweiss to the Nazis at the end proved that the character was loyal to Austria and not Germany, which he hoped would help win the Amidonian populace over.
With the subjugation of the Principality of Amidonia accomplished, Souma must deal with a host of issues, including honorable traitors and negotiations with the empire. It’s all about international diplomacy this time around. Souma is wielding pragmatism in politics, but he’s not above delving into Machiavellianism for the love of his people.
The light novels literally have a chapter almost dedicated to Machiavelli’s concept in The Prince of equivocation and authorial duplicity of the ruling class. But the anime skimmed over that except in regards to Souma’s feelings about the weight of decisions such as a King needing to order executions.
While the anime version did skip some important character-building scenes near the ending, the anime did not condense the overall story too much since the writers tried to focus on the types of details that set this particular isekai adventure apart from the pack. For example, the side stories about the adventurers working with Souma’s magically animated mascot were skipped by the manga, but not the anime.
Many isekai anime have a tendency to reduce 3 to 5 light novels to only 12 episodes, whereas the Realist Hero anime was only up to Volume 1: Chapter 2 by the end of Episode 3.
Arguably, even the Realist Hero manga feels more fast-paced than the anime since the introduction of the kingdom’s talented individuals took place in manga Chapter 4. Already one-third through the anime’s first season, Episode 4 only adapted manga Chapters 5 and 6.
This good pacing was maintained until Episode 9, which finished the Volume 1 epilogue and then adapted several chapters. Unfortunately, from there the pacing only drastically increased with each new episode, with Episode 10 adapting Volume 2: Chapters 4 to 6, Episode 11 adapting Volume 2: Chapters 6 to 8, and Episode 12 finishing Volume 2: Chapter 9/Epilogue and also adapting Volume 3: Chapters 2 (partial), 4, 6, and 8.
Part 1, or Episode 13, ended by adapting the previously skipped parts of Volume 3: Chapters 1, 2 (remainder), 3, 5, and Intermission 1. Part 2, or Realist Hero Episode 14, will likely pick up by finishing the remainder of Volume 3.
Considering that the anime had only barely scratched the surface of the book series, it’s a decent stopping point for Part 1 since the Elfriedien civil war offers a climactic battle. The resulting aftermath resolves the conflict but still leaves certain points hanging.
Still, considering how respectful to the source material the anime’s writers were at first, it would have been better if Episode 13 had finished by ending with The One Week War (Three Dukes War) arc in Volume 2. Then the second cour could have handled the aftermath and the Van War, which the original author considers to be the end of the introductory story arc.
All in all, it’s predicted that the finale, How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Episode 13, will find a stopping point corresponding to either Volume 4 or 5.
The good news is that is plenty of source material for making Realist Hero Season 2. Better yet, English-only readers who want to read ahead of the anime can jump straight to the next light novel.
The bad news for manga readers is that the ending of Episode 11 and thus Volume 2 corresponded to manga Volume 6: Chapter 27. As of Volume 8: Chapter 39, the manga wasn’t quite done adapting Volume 3, which means manga readers will need to wait to read ahead of the anime.
Realist Hero Part 2 anime spoilers (plot summary/synopsis)
Note: This news story was initially published before Realist Hero Episode 14 was streaming in January 2022. The spoilers assume that Realist Hero Part 2 will begin adapting light novel Volume 4.
The last time audiences watched the anime, Souma had begun the post-war cleanup process with his next move, Project Lorelei, an entertainment program that used the Jewel Voice Broadcast. In short, Souma turned songstress Juna Doma into a Japanese idol.
It was originally only thought that this program would amuse the people of the Kingdom, but it is being broadcast in occupied Amidonia, too. Then, when Souma took some time off to rest in the capital city of Amidonia, Van, with Juna and Tomoe, he encounters Jeanne Euphoria, a soldier, emissary, and the younger sister of the Empress of the Gran Chaos Empire.
It turns out that Amidonia needs Souma’s help since they’re facing the dual threat of civil war and the impending invasion by other countries. Amidonia now needs the Elfrieden Kingdom’s strength in order to fight back.
Souma agreed to the annexation and summons those who play an important role in the defense of Amidonia to the capital city for an awards ceremony. But the Princess of Amidonia, Roroa, is hiding in with the mountain of gifts they give him?!
“Souma… Do ya want me? Or don’t ya?”
Out of all this conflict a new nation is born, the Kingdom of Friedonia. Souma becomes its new king and begins working toward the enlightenment of its people with educational programs.
During a visit to Lagoon City, Souma meets with the former Duke Excel, who is now Supreme Commander of the National Defense Force. It turns out Souma is working on a top secret weapons project and when Castor, the former General of the Air Force, first sees it he is struck dumb at the sight.
Obviously, the harem antics will also come to the forefront as more and more women become betrothed to the young ruler. There’s even a “Bridal Course” for all of his many fiancees…
Unfortunately, anime fans will need to wait until the How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom Part 2 release date to watch what happens next. Stay tuned!