The Faraway Paladin

Alt title: Saihate no Paladin

TV (12 eps)
2021 - 2022
Fall 2021
3.782 out of 5 from 6,161 votes
Rank #2,123

In the ruined city of the dead far from human civilization lives a single human child named Will. He is raised by three undead: Blood the heroic skeleton warrior, Mary the ladylike mummy priestess, and Gus the crotchety ghost wizard. The three of them teach the boy what they know and pour their love into him. One day, the boy begins to wonder, "Who am I?" Will uncovers the mysteries of the undead hidden in this faraway land. He learns of the love and mercy of good gods, as well as the paranoia and madness of evil gods. And once he learns it all, the boy embarks on the path to becoming a Paladin.

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The Boy from the City of the Dead

Episode 1

The Boy from the City of the Dead

The Wandering Sage

Episode 2

The Wandering Sage

Payday

Episode 3

Payday

The Goddess of the Divine Torch

Episode 4

The Goddess of the Divine Torch

The Helmet of Will

Episode 5

The Helmet of Will

Archer of Beast Woods

Episode 6

Archer of Beast Woods

Traumatic Memory

Episode 7

Traumatic Memory

Songs of Heroism

Episode 8

Songs of Heroism

Whitesails

Episode 9

Whitesails

Renowned Glory

Episode 10

Renowned Glory

Valley of Despair

Episode 11

Valley of Despair

The Faraway Paladin

Episode 12

The Faraway Paladin

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matrixen
8

I really wasn't expecting Faraway Paladin to be as good as it was. I went in expecting just your average isekai, but left with great expectations for a second season, which will develop the story further. This season was more of a "getting you acquainted with the leading characters/the fantasy world/how it works" type thing. Characters Very pleasantly surprised with this one! Finally, an isekai protagonist with great development! (it's just rare for isekai protagonists to have such good dev. if you take isekai anime as a whole) I loved how Will wasn't just some isekai mc that gained his abilities out of nowhere (or had some 'chosen one' bs), whatever he gained, he did so with nothing but his own hard work. I won't spoil too much about how he developed, but the show follows him from him as a child through his maturity into young adulthood / "teenagehood" so the way he matures and develops can be seen throughout this time especially. Will is a very likable main character, as is the leading secondary character, he developed amazingly as well in only 12 episodes. I also love how righteous and commendable the mc is, he actually has a good and respectable reason to fight/do what he does. GOD WHY CAN'T WE HAVE MORE NON-TRASHY MALE ISEKAI/FANTASY/SHOUNEN PROTAGONISTS LIKE HIM? Story Though the story is a bit slow-moving at times, for the most part it sucks your attention in and makes you feel like a 20 something minute episode was actually 5 minutes because it made you so invested in what was occurring. I definitely wish there was more action, though, would love it if the show had more of that. Points for less fanservice (there is like one fanservicy moment in the show and it doesn't take away from the plot) I like how this show is more serious in that regard, I have no issue with fanservice alone but sadly adding much of it into a show often makes the show seem less serious and takes away from it. I know everyone is different, I just personally enjoy more serious shows most of the time. Sound The OP / ED songs didn't pop out to me as much but they still sounded great, I enjoyed listening to them. I usually don't skip the OP song as long as it sounds good and Faraway Paladin's music passed the vibe check. The action sounds/special effect sounds and voice actors sounded great as well, no annoying voices. Animation As expected of an anime released in 2022, the animation is splendid. I really love the look of modern animes, especially the ones being released more recently. The animation just keeps getting better and better (well, 2D animation, cause most 3D Japanese anime unfortunately suck for now). All in all, I highly recommend this for those who love fantasy animes, isekai, shounen, and protagonists that are well developed and don't pull shit out of their ass. - Xen

ThatAnimeSnob
4

ISEKAI… NOT The Faraway Paladin is one of those shows that don’t know what they want to be. It’s supposed to be an isekai, although that doesn’t play any part in the plot besides making a few vague references to our world. In essence the author threw it in there because isekai sell more than clear-cut fantasy stories. Oh, and also because it’s a cheap explanation for why the protagonist is overpowered. It’s not because he trained hard all his life, it’s because he’s an otaku loser from our world. PACING? WHAT IS THAT? The pacing is also messed up, since there is close to nothing going on in terms of action in the early episodes. Instead of that you get prolonged infodumps in an area that is empty of life and with nothing to look at in general. Then, out of nowhere, the protagonist can defeat gods with not much training. Supposed this was done for giving the viewer the time to get to like the main characters before the action adventure portion of the story begins, but it was done in a very dull way. There is nothing special about the protagonist you haven’t seen in a myriad other shows, the support cast of monsters won’t follow him when he leaves so you getting to like them amounts to nothing, and when the action part begins you are eye-rolling with how out of left-field it is. OLYMPIC GAMES TONE JUMP Even the tone of the plot is wrong, as it starts like a grim slice of life and then abruptly becomes a light-hearted action adventure. It’s not the first show that has sudden tone jumps, but the amount of things happening in each episode is too small and unimportant to excuse their duration, and the jump to a different genre altogether is way too sudden. He just pledges to a deity and gets a power up that lets him beat the demon lord. Most viewers gave up on the show because of it, and were instead watching Mushoku Tensei, a different isekai that did the exact same things ten times better. BEING PATIENT FOR GETTING A GENERIC FANTASY SHOW But even if, for whatever reason, some people didn’t jump ship to Mushoku Tensei and kept on with the show after the boring slice of life part was over, all they got was a generic fantasy show where, as I said, the isekai part doesn’t matter and it’s just a bland overpowered guy going around, easily defeating all the enemies, and getting constantly rewarded from the local population. I mean, why wouldn’t he? The very first enemy he defeated was the strongest monster in the world, and he did it with no battle experience. What can possibly pose a challenge after that, or be a worthy enough reward? THIS AIN’T DEMON SLAYER But even if someone is pleased with all that nonsense, the anime just doesn’t look so good. The production values are subpar, the CGI is awful, the colors are flat, and the character designs are bland. In the post-Demon Slayer era that means nobody will remember it after a couple of weeks. Thus, as a whole, The Faraway Paladin did nothing right. All its chances to be remembered for something it did better than any of its contemporaries were squandered early on, and what was left in the second half was a by the numbers fantasy adventure.

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