Once known as Gideon, knight and elder brother of the divinely appointed Hero Ruti, the man using the alias Red is now living as a lowly D-rank adventurer out in the distant, rural frontier, far from the war against the Demon Lord that’s consuming the continent. Ares the mage (a strikingly Hamaan-esque character with the same combination of real power, buffoonish pride, overweening ambition, and consummate foolishness) browbeat Gideon/Red into leaving the Hero’s party, convincing the knight he was just dead weight holding back his sister. You see, Red’s Divine Blessing essentially made him one of those crutch characters you sometimes see in RPGs, the kind who starts notably stronger than any of your other characters, but has terrible stat/skill growth rates and is eventually far surpassed by the other characters. However, while Red might look weak compared the folks in the Hero’s party who have totally OP Blessings, he outclasses pretty much everyone out in the boonies, and he’s a kindhearted, humble man who goes out of his way to help others without desiring honor or fame. Red eventually achieves his goal of becoming an apothecary. Meanwhile, an elite adventurer known as Rit hears the news… #foreshadowing
No big deal, he says casually, as the whole town goes into a tizzy over this monster
I’m happy to see this anime. It’s based on a lovely non-isekai fantasy light novel that explores questions about strength, free will, individual worth, identity, family, etc., while also being sweet and fun. I’m quite content with the opening episode of the adaptation. It was a bit lacking in terms of fodder for hilarious screencaps, but that’s probably not a legitimate criticism. LOL. This episode focused mostly on introducing Red; I imagine one will need to tune in for the next episode to learn more about Rit, who basically got a cameo this time but is actually the other lead character. I recommend you check out Banished from the Hero’s Party.
Banished from the Hero’s Party, I Decided to Live a Quiet Life in the Countryside is streaming on Funimation.