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The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious (Kono Yūsha ga Ore Tsuē Kuse ni Shinchō Sugiru / 慎重勇者~この勇者が俺TUEEEくせに慎重すぎる~) is a Light Novel series written by Light Tuchihi and illustrated by Saori Toyota. It began as a web novel in 2016 before it became a light novel series in 2017. The series received a manga adaptation in November 2018. Both the LN version and manga adaptation are licensed by Yen Press. An anime adaptation by White Fox premiered on October 2, 2019.

The gods are responsible for summoning people from Earth to save countless worlds imperiled by demons. Ristarte, a novice goddess of healing, is tasked with saving Gaeabrande, a world with an S-ranked salvation difficulty. She summons the strongest hero candidate she can find, Seiya Ryuguin, in the hopes that his talents can overcome even this impossibly dangerous challenge. However, Seiya has an incredibly cautious personality, and refuses to take action until he feels "perfectly prepared." Despite his quirks, his careful methods may be the key to overcoming the cunning and powerful enemies that await him.


The Hero is Overpowered but Overly Cautious uses the following tropes:

  • Affectionate Parody: Of the Isekai story-writing conventions:
    • As written in Take That!, Ristarte justifies her selection of a Japanese hero candidate because the Japanese are so used to these stories that they became a mainstream trend.
    • How Seiya is portrayed, and why Rista is the point-of-view protagonist character. In most Isekai stories, the overpowered main character is usually depicted as an average-looking, average-built guy mostly in their teens, a common recipe for self-insert protagonists. Here, Seiya is way more attractive and muscular than your average guy, and shows a degree of experience or realism by being paranoid in a new world. The summoners or gods in most Isekai are also depicted as powerful divine entities who have hidden motives in mind. Here, Rista is new to the summoning business, and she is the comical goddess, a naive, point-of-view character who grows by learning about the worldbuilding more than the summoned hero.
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  • Art Shift: The art style of some characters switches back and forth between their natural appearances and a cartoonish appearance to respectively distinguish the serious, dramatic scenes from the comedic ones. This is more evident with Rista who sports some exaggerated facial expressions whenever she's being poked fun at. This is averted for Seiya as he's always depicted with his stoic expressions and Bishōnen looks because he's always serious.
  • Bag of Spilling: Heroes can be summoned to save additional worlds, but their stats and memories are reset once they're returned home. Ishtar makes an slight exception for when Seiya in his third summoning by giving him back his memories, while still resetting his stats.
  • Blob Monster: Slimes are considered as the lowest-level monsters in Gaeabrande. Chaos Machina exploits one of the areas where they can be farmed since slimes are usually the first targets for beginner heroes.
  • Casting Gag: Seiya is a cautious, experienced hero who is quite adept in analyzing situations and dealing with enemies, Yuichiro Umehara has also voiced another protagonist warrior who fits this exact same criteria, particularly that one slayer of goblins.
  • Conspicuous CG: The miniature figure of herself that Rista gives to Seiya as a sort of service bell is rendered in CG in the anime. The ED for Episode 3 puts it front and center, making it more noticeable.
  • Crapsack World: Gaeabrande having an S-rank difficulty means it's so utterly screwed that even the weakest of the demon generals far surpasses the Final Boss of a D-rank world, and said general is Genre Savvy enough to keep tabs on low-level areas and take out any would-be-heroes before they get strong enough to be a threat. According to the Dragon Mother Leviae, the demons already conquered about 70% of the world and any humans unlucky enough to be in the conquered lands were eaten. Even experienced gods are wary of dealing with S-rank worlds.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Despite their strength, all the demon generals of Gaeabrande go to great lengths to prepare against the arrival of a hero, to the point where one of them monitored a town in a low-level area knowing that heroes are likely to be summoned there to level grind safely. In fact, even if any antagonist manages to outsmart Seiya, he will outsmart them even further on their next encounter if not on the first.
    • Seiya himself falls under this, as shown by his insistence on buying spare sets of armor, hoarding utility items, learning skills to cover multiple situations, and making accessories that allow him to use elements he cannot normally use.
  • Crystal Ball: Rista has one that allows her and Seiya to see the current situation of a town in Gaeabrande.
  • Deconstruction: Of some tropes and common story points in RPG video games and Isekai works:
    • Edona is a deconstruction of the First Town trope. Many see this town as one of the safest places in Gaeabrande, which is why Ishtar has Seiya and Rista teleport there to start their journey. Unfortunately, the demons know the gods are likely to choose an "easy" area as a starting location, leading to Chaos Machina ambushing Seiya in the town outskirts. Additionally, since most wouldn't expect high-level demons to visit the town, Edona is woefully unprepared to fend off even the weakest of the demon generals.
    • For the Trapped in Another World trope itself. Seiya's overly cautious and initially distrustful attitude is a reflection of how hard can it be to trust anyone if you are immediately transported in an unknown land, so it is just a natural self-defense mechanism of keeping your guard up at all times.
    • For the Level Cap trope. Once Seiya hit this point, he realized that he isn't getting stronger no matter how hard he trains in his usual way of Level Grinding. Which is why he had to compensate in learning other skills not related to a character's level.
  • Death Is Cheap: Gods and heroes have "astral souls," which are copies of their real "divine souls" used to control their bodies in worlds that need saving. This prevents their real souls from being destroyed if their bodies are killed. Gaeabrande's Demon Lord develops the Chain Destruction device, which can destroy the divine soul upon destroying the astral soul.
  • Enemy Scan: A common skill is Scan, which allows the user to read a target's status. However, they'll get the wrong readings if the target has a high Fake Out level.
  • Evolving Credits: The anime OP starts with the Four Heavenly Kings of the Demon Lord only in silhouette. Following each episode that debuts a Heavenly King, the silhouette for the one that appeared is replaced with an actual image of them.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: The title of the series is an example of this.
  • First Town: Edona is the first area visited by our protagonists on their way to Gaeabrande.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: The buzzer statue modeled after Rista also gets a nosebleed like her when she sees Seiya come out of the shower.
  • From Bad to Worse: After saving Edona, Jamie the fruit vendor gives Rista and Seiya some fruits as thanks, while the mayor offers to throw a banquet in their honor. However, Seiya rejects the offer. He then sweeps up Chaos Machina's charred remains in order to cast Hell's Fire. After overcasting the spell, Seiya accidentally burns the whole town using Maximum Inferno, in which Jamie gets caught in the blast. The last scene has the mayor begging Rista and Seiya to leave town.
  • God's Hands Are Tied: Gods are allowed to accompany their heroes, but they're not allowed to use their full power to aid the heroes. They could be stripped of their divinity if they break this rule, or assigned to an SS-ranked world without any of their powers, as shown when Rista is punished for using her full power on Gaeabrande.
  • Hidden Elf Village: The Dragon Village is the home of the dragonkin/dragonewts, and can only be accessed by a teleporter in the Dragons' Den due to the village being on a distant and phantasmal continent.
  • Interface Screw: There exists a passive ability called Fake Out, which makes the user's status unreadable to anyone lacking a high enough Scan level.
  • Powered by a Forsaken Child:
    • The holy sword, Igzasion, is supposed to be the only weapon capable of killing Geabrande's Demon Lord, but it can only be made through the sacrifice of Elulu, due to her being a dragonkin who absorbed energy from the human world.
    • Gaeabrande's Demon Lord developed Chain Destruction, a device that can kill the real souls of summoned heroes and gods. He harvested the negative emotions of countless priests that he tortured in order to make it. While the novels only mention this process, episode 6 of the anime shows the bodies of all the priests that were sacrificed.
  • Rank Inflation: All worlds that need to be saved are ranked by letters to denote the difficulty of the task. It's also possible for the difficulty rank to increase if the Demon Lord of that world successfully conquers it.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • This light novel might be an Affectionate Parody by taking a jab at the common plot points, characterizations and tropes of the Isekai stories, but there is one aspect of it that is quite realistic - Seiya being very paranoid and cautious of the strange, unfamiliar land that he is summoned into. Being skeptical of strangers is a natural reaction, and it takes a little while to build up trust with them, unlike how the overly optimistic protagonists of other Isekai stories are portrayed.
    • Choosing to escape from stronger enemies can indeed save lives, than risking an attempt to challenge them first. This even gets lampshaded by Chaos Machina as she is surprised that Seiya is aware of this.
    • When the main cast were busy in the Dragon Village, there was no one else powerful enough to defend the nearest human settlement. As such, it was left open for an ambush, and by the Cliffhanger on Episode 6, a Demon Lord did take advantage of this situation and murdered all of the knights.
  • Right for the Wrong Reasons: When told that among the group there is likely an undead that infiltrated, Seiya immediately pours holy water on the priest, revealing him to be the zombie. When Rista asks how he knew, he states it was because he was old and withered and assumed he would have become an undead sooner or later.
  • RPG-Mechanics Verse: All characters, including the gods, have their own numerical stats and specific abilities. This is deconstructed when Seiya hits the level cap and finds that no matter how hard he trains, he'll never be able to stand a chance against Gaeabrande's Demon Lord in a straight fight.
  • Running Gag: The fact that Jamie's fruit stand was burned down. The other villagers quickly noticed this, then the line gets repeated by Jamie and Rista. And when Rista blames Seiya for the act, he just forgot what happened, even though it was his fault.
  • Sarcastic Title: The title of the series is based on how the POV character, Rista, perceives the hero, Seiya, as being far more cautious than common sense would dictate. However, most of Seiya's worries and countermeasures turn out to be justified when the demons keep using increasingly ruthless and cunning tactics that would have killed a less prepared hero, making him sufficiently cautious rather than overly cautious.
  • Ship Tease: Aside from the fact that Rista has a crush on Seiya ever since she saw him, including her sexual imaginations with him, there are several other scenes that tease their relationship, such as the goddess landing right on top of him, thinking that she was going to receive a kiss.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The pose in which Seiya arrives at the realm of the gods is reminiscent to that of the time-travelling protagonist from The Terminator.
    • Rista's hand sign and motions when making portals also resembles the way Doctor Strange makes portals with the Sling Ring.
  • Summon Everyman Hero: The gods set up a system where they summon people from Earth, grant them fantasy abilities, and send them off to save worlds in danger of being conquered by demons. This is because they're limited in how much they can interfere in mortal affairs. In a twist on this, the story is told from the summoner's POV, not the hero.
  • Take That!:
    • Early on, Rista explains the reason why she had to summon a Japanese hero as her ally. It's because the Japanese are obsessed with parallel world stories that they may have already been familiar with the concept. This has some grounds in reality since the "Isekai" stories became a popular trend in many Japanese light novels, manga and anime since the 2010s. Heck, from the start, this series is well aware of the genre that it belongs to.
    • As Rista skims through the names of Japanese candidates, she gets increasingly confused over the similarly-sounding and reused names. This is a subtle jab at how most of the typical characters from multiple anime series have the invokedsame common Japanese names, much more so than the unique character names an author can give.
    • The author stated that Seiya is based on the type of gamer who will do everything they can to level up before actually starting the main missions, therefore they are usually way overpowered by the time they start.
  • Thinking Up Portals: The deities can make circular portals between worlds via hand gestures.
  • Title Drop: Done by Rista in her monologue once she saw Seiya defeat Chaos Machina.
  • Trapped in Another World:
    • While the Realm of the Gods serve as the central hub point, there are multiple worlds that each of the deities are tasked to save, and they can summon forth individuals from Earth. The Gods and Goddesses can also create portals for instantaneous world-hopping for them and their chosen heroes.
    • Downplayed with the summoned heroes from Earth since they aren't permanently "trapped" per se. They will return to Earth should they die in the parallel world.
  • Wall Pin of Love: Subverted: Seiya does this to Rista in their room, so as to get her attention and make a request. He then takes off his shirt. Due to Rista's comical nature, she mistakes this for a sexual, romantic moment when in reality, Seiya just wants to have some time to exercise.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The residents of the Dragon Village want to sacrifice Elulu to create the holy sword Igzasion, all to defeat Gaeabrande's Demon Lord. They'll go as far as to slip the party paralytic drugs to ensure that they can't interfere with the ritual. They also killed any of their citizens who opposed the sacrifice, including Elulu and Mash's families.
  • Year Inside, Hour Outside: The unified spirit world, the realm of the gods, is a place where time moves a hundred times slower than in the mortal realms. Seiya takes advantage of this by training in the gods' realm to level up faster than if he trained in Gaeabrande. However, Chaos Machina mentioned that the Demon Lord noticed that a hero was summoned a week ago in Gaeabrande, the same amount of time Seiya trained in the God Realm.

Alternative Title(s): Kono Yuusha Ga Ore Tueee Kuse Ni Shinchou Sugiru


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