How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Light Novel)

Alt title: Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki (Light Novel)

Vol: 15+
2016 - ?
4.419 out of 5 from 302 votes
Rank #1,536
How a Realist Hero Rebuilt the Kingdom (Light Novel)

"O, Hero!" With that cliched line, Kazuya Souma found himself summoned to another world and his adventure--did not begin. After he presents his plan to strengthen the country economically and militarily, the king cedes the throne to him and Souma finds himself saddled with ruling the nation! What's more, he's betrothed to the king's daughter now...?! In order to get the country back on its feet, Souma calls the wise, the talented, and the gifted to his side. Five people gather before the newly crowned Souma. Just what are the many talents and abilities they possess...?! What path will his outlook as a realist take Souma and the people of his country down?

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I have really enjoyed this light novel series but I will be the first to admit, it's not for everyone. As a Military History major, I like the way the character uses his knowledge of history to gain the ability to make great changes to a Middle Ages vintage magic kingdom. The art is nice but is very limited with maybe only 1 picture per chapter. The story is great but may not appeal to a broader audience demanding action, sex and violence. It has most of that but is strictly rationed. I like it because I like history and it plays greatly into the "What if...?" kind of history that historians like to discuss over beers but never in academic circles. The characters are good and could be better if the writer wasn't so obviously constrained by a word count (probably necessary for the concept of a "light novel"). My biggest complaint about the series is the historical references used by the writer for his protagonist to draw on in lieu of experience. These references are exceedingly Japan-centric, maybe add in China. Okay, that is clearly who the writer is and his historical knowledge is clearly much more vast regarding Japan. However, he could easily appeal to a wider audience if he could expand his historical base to include perhaps Julius Ceasar, Shaka Zulu, Alexander the Great, King David, Sitting Bull, Napoleon Bonaparte, Horatio Nelson and George S. Patton, Jr. Few of his Japanese references are well understood outside of the Far East except by students of the Far East. I also don't care for the fact this novel series is openly a harem series but the writer flat out refuses to have any kind of physical relationship until maybe book 5 with any of his fiances. He exlplains it in a realistic manner in that he is afraid of infant mortality until he can upgrade the health care system. Okay, that explains refraining from sex but the lack of kissing or any other physical relationship when he paints a clear picture of an emotional relationship really seems not just odd and out of place but downright opposite to the stated mood. The lack of physical intimacy makes it feel like the writer has never had it and doesn't know how to write it, fearing that secret will be exposed if he actually tries. I really like the story series but I am concerned I might be in a minority.

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