[Review] I’m Quitting Heroing

I’m going to keep this review on the shorter side since I already spoke recently about my appreciation for this show amidst a slew of recent similar series; however, I did want to give an update with my final thoughts. While my positive reactions from before still stand true, the overall impression is forgettable. I’m Quitting Heroing did well enough to entertain me this past spring, but I don’t see myself remembering details into future seasons largely due to its unremarkable graphics and flat characterizations.

I originally included “simple premise” as a reason for dimissing the longevity of this anime, but on reconsideration that isn’t actually a downside. Too many works do exactly the opposite; they attempt to add in so much complexity that you’re left with countless loose ends and little resolution. Some of my favorite narratives are clear in their layout with easily identifiable goals that are met by the end of the season (Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit). The fact that I’m Quitting Heroing does exactly that isn’t a weakness by any means. Instead, we get our twist in the roles our characters take in what would typically be a black and white categorization of hero and villain. In this case, the villains are not only endearing, but also relatable. The hero is shown as understandably terrifying in his power–not just monstrous to his enemies but to his allies as well.

Another area that surprised me was Leo’s backstory, which isn’t revealed in full until near the end. The reasoning for his unnatural strength is unveiled along with a path towards peace for humans and demons alike. This neat wrap of the overarching conflict results in an ending that is satisfying, despite the likelihood of more strife. Nothing worthwhile is ever easy, and sacrificing Leo for his power source would have been exactly that. The demons very well might have peacefully returned and revitalized their home separate from humans, but the emotional cost probably would have plagued them for the rest of their lives and possibly given fuel to any humans looking for another war.

Despite the forgettable art and one-dimensional characters, I’m Quitting Heroing was always a joy to watch week to week and that’s often all I look for in entertainment. The memorable works stand out even more for their infrequency. While I may not remember the names or events of this anime several seasons later, there will always remain a lingering likability that makes the show an easy one to recommend for anyone seeking a quick, but enjoyable, fantasy.

Rating: 0 dango


*Rating system:

  • 0 dango – average and forgettable.
  • 1 dango – very good in its category.
  • 2 dango – excellent show that is worth a try.
  • 3 dango – exceptional show one must watch.
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2 thoughts on “[Review] I’m Quitting Heroing

  1. I enjoyed this show quite a bit. I liked that they made the whole season an arc for Leo, giving that information about him as they went along, rather than just all in that expository episode at the end. The last two episodes did suffer from being too talky, since they felt like they had to wrap everything up and give too much perspective, but overall it worked. I also thought the voice performances were very good, well cast and well performed.

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    • They definitely did a good job with staggering Leo’s backstory across the entire season despite the bit of info cramming at the end. Talking about the voice acting, I didn’t actually notice outside of Lily! I remember when I first heard her voice how piercing it sounded, but her voice grew on me much like her character did the more we spent time together.

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