High school student Mikoshiba Ryouma was summoned to a different world in the middle of a war. Sensing the malice from the one who summoned him (a summoner of the O'ltormea empire), he uses his martial arts to run away, killing important people of the empire during his escape. After the escape, he rescues two twin sisters from the hands of thieves. The sisters who can use magic, swear to serve him as subordinates. Thus, Ryouma begins his journey on the path of the supreme ruler.
If I were to describe Record of Wortenia War in one word, it would be ‘Pretentious’. The first few chapters were relatively interesting, which had raised my hopes, but about two volumes in, I was ready to give up. This LN has a whole host of problems, which I’ll try to go into below.
What started as a traditional isekai ended up being an utter mess, caused primarily by the incoherent storytelling and cardboard-cutout characters. The storytelling was all over the place, with the perspective and narration jumping here and there with no real rhyme or reason. Progression of time was also quite iffy, with
seemingly random time-skips, which were only referenced in hindsight, making you wonder when that even happened.
Another factor that starts turning up around volume 2 is politics, which is just hilarious. It appears as if the author just read a few novels which involved political intrigue and attempted to recreate that without any real understanding of the subject. The manoeuvring was completely two-dimensional, and all the seasoned politicians/nobles had the mindset of playground bullies or their targets.
Most of the story is just about making Ryouma look larger than life, and to have everyone fear and respect him. Each arc simply focuses on furthering this aspect, without actually advancing the plot in any way.
Eh, the artwork is decent, but the character art is rather wonky, especially the facial expressions and shapes. Not much else to say about it.
Record of Wortenia War only has one character as such – the protagonist, Mikoshiba Ryouma. All the other characters exist simply to validate his existence in one way or the other, usually by being afraid of him or being in awe of him. The character relations are either rushed or completely skipped – one moment, a pair of characters may be suspicious of each other, and they suddenly have full trust in each other just a few paragraphs later, with no explanation to speak of.
As for Ryouma himself, he is essentially the definition of a ‘perfect’ character. Amazingly fit and powerful, smarter than an aged tactician, compassionate when required, ruthless when necessary… All at the ripe old age of sixteen. Seriously, what? The character is just so outright broken that you can clearly see the author struggling to throw in some weaknesses, so that he’d be more ‘believable’. Well, I can say for a fact that he failed miserably. Ryouma is always the smartest person in whatever room he’s in, and usually the strongest as well (even if not directly). He comes up with all kinds of strategies and plans that are amazing and novel to the other characters, but mostly common sense to your average reader. There’s also the fact that everyone else involved is an absolute fool, even the ones that are introduced as shrewd or cunning.
Not particularly enjoyable. It was mildly interesting to begin with, but it quickly became predictable and dull. I gave up midway through volume 3 due to the reasons I’ve explained.
Record of Wortenia War is essentially at the same level as your average Chinese novel, and really isn’t worth your time. I’d pass on reading it if I were you.