I recently started watching the anime titled “Cautious Hero: The Hero Is Overpowered but Overly Cautious”. However, while his deadpan reactions and seemingly overly cautious nature that brings about many laughs as it works together with the overly impulsive and “enthusiastic” goddess, I do feel that many of his thought processes are not too far-fetched.
Let’s take a look at the first few episodes…
First, he gets summoned into the divine realm by the goddess Ristarte. While this is nothing out-of-the-ordinary for us anime viewers, let’s think of this realistically speaking…
If we were suddenly thrown into that situation out of the blue without any warning and suddenly instructed to save the world, would you not think of it as some sort of prank? To believe the words of an absolute stranger while you are in a confused state due to the sudden change in environment (or perhaps universe is a more fitting term?) is something protagonists from other anime do simply because well… they either get the idea from anime, manga and light novels or accept it because well, they know they died or are immediately faced with a new world before them. In the case of the cautious hero, he is summoned within a bare room and has yet to be plunged head-first in this world that he is supposedly meant to save.
Isn’t that suspicious?
Long story short, who trusts strangers right away? I’m pretty sure most of us were told when we were children to stay away from strangers.
Following that, after proving herself to indeed be a goddess and making it clear that he has a world to save, is it not only natural to want to be well-prepared so that he does not die the moment he steps into a new world? Having a safe haven where he can train to his heart’s content at zero risk is clearly an opportunity that you would not want to waste.
Since I’m lazy to go really in-depth and am likely not competent enough to do so, I just want to wrap up by saying that the “overly” cautious hero is not really overly cautious. All his thought processes are simply about minimising risks while maximising results.
Murphy’s law states that “things will go wrong in any given situation, if you give them a chance,” which is exactly why the cautious hero takes into consideration everything that could possibly go wrong and comes up with counter-measures. I know there are times when he seems stupid wanting to buy lots of spare armour, potions and especially killing what is already long dead, however, these are all precautions that need to be taken when setting foot in a completely unknown world filled with monsters. The violent world where you have to fight to survive is likely vastly different from the peaceful Japan that Seiya probably came from. In the end, monsters are unknown in the normal world and seen as fictional monsters, how much can you really trust the system that reads out their statistics? What if the monsters are using “fake-out” or shape-shifted into a weak looking slime? You never know what would have happened if he did not do what he did. It may seem like he is being overly cautious, but we never get to see what would have happened if he did not do what he did.
In the end, watching a few episodes of this show made me realise how much of an “overthinker” the main character is. While most of us drown in our own thoughts and are prone to overthinking, most of us do nothing about our thoughts and simply let them hinder us. What if we could, like Seiya, not simply treat our overthinking as a negative part that we just have to deal with, but rather treat our overthinking as a weapon. Imagine whatever it is you think could possibly go wrong and use the energy you would usually use to beat yourself up over it to instead, think of ways to go around the problem or come up with solution for them instead.
Is there really such a thing as overthinking? I may have made a post about this before, I can’t quite remember… but watching a cautious hero really made me think about it again. This reminds me of a quote by Nagisa Shiota from Assassination Classroom, “Examined from another angle, your faults and weaknesses can be weapons.”
It really is true, isn’t it? You fear failure and tend to “overthink”. You think about all the ways things could possibly go wrong and dread having to deal with it. However, if you keep thinking and making the possible disastrous routes your life could take more specific, you can also come up with more specific solutions to make sure you don’t end up taking any route that leads to a bad end.
In the end, isn’t it something like letting yourself peak into every door life has to offer before choosing the right one?
Do you guys tend to overthink things? Or do you live life while thinking less and just going with the flow? I, myself, used to think too much and due to the stress of it all, ended up being more carefree and tried to think less of everything. In the end, it felt more like escapism on my part though. Whenever somethings serious arises that I have to attend to, I end up back to my usual self and keep myself thinking of how I can mess up. As a result, I always end up more and more scared of actually doing it. Responsibility scares me so much because I do not trust myself enough to do a good job and always end up running away. However, I hope that this anime, while it’s main selling point is probably meant to be comedy, will inspire me to use my thoughts of failure as a simulation of what could go wrong and use it to evaluate myself and determine what I could do to make sure it does not happen instead of simply another route to depression.
Also, I should probably tell you guys that I’ve stopped all activity on social media platforms aside from Twitter (@LuKeiSnOtNoTDed). I talk a lot of rubbish on there and can be really random so it’s up to you guys whether or not you want to follow me there.