This fantasy light novel series begins with a holy warrior summoned from an alternate world to defeat a demon lord. Ares, a priest ordered to support the holy warrior, is shocked at the sight of his party members: a mage who can only use fire spells, a sword fighter who just transfered schools, and the holy warrior himself who repeatedly the same rash actions over and over. Unconvinced that they will succeed, Ares conceals his skill levels and follows behind.
It's a quite good serie which manage to balance elements that are usualy kinda bad in other LN, with good characters, good interaction, and later some good comedy.
The story mainly follow a priest who is assign the mission of helping the summon hero to beat the demon lord but the hero turn out to be quite strange and expel I'm from the party, therefor he is force to help him from the shadow.
The story succed on a number of points which are usualy bad in a lot of LN:
- First the jerk hero, who at first appear like
your run of the mill bad hero who is a morron for no reasons. But here the serie give logical reasons for the hero actions and show that while he can take strange actions at time he is aware of the consequences they could bring and not just doing thing on a whim.
- Second the powerfull support MC: the serie does a good job at showing that he is powerfull while showing that he also has quite a number of weakness which could easily doom him. The author also doesn’t forget who the hero is , and while it mainly follow the priest, it didn't try to make him take the hero place. The MC is a support character and will eventualy be outperform by the hero.
- Third the video game world, unlike a number of LN where it's just is a video game world for no real reason, here that aspect quickly get a logical explaination.
The best part of the story is probably the characters, most of them are quite original and more importantly the important one (hero's party, priest's party) are all 2 dimensional characters. The MC being especialy good as a workalcolic sarcastic jerk and his interaction with his assistant (kind of the same personality) are really interesting. The serie also do a good job at devloping them, even of it's mainly the hero partt who change since they are the pne growing while the MC and his party are allready accomplished.
A part where the serie is lacking tho, is the story. It's not bad but not fantastic and while it will probably become better when the conflict with the demon really start, so far it has mostly been following the plan decide in vol1 without much change.
The art is good most of the time, not much fanservice so far, but well it's a novel who care about the pictures.
Ps: i usualy wouldn't do that, but: don't give too much importance to the first review, its main issue with the serie is in fact not an issue and is resolve and explain by the end of vol1.
Many summoned people that were just normal teenagers becomes arrogant and stops thinking clear when they are called "Hero" over and over. This is that kind of story.
Story: A Demon Lord is conquering the world, so a human country summons a Hero from another world to save their butts. Since this Japanese Hero does not know the world, they tasked a Priest to join the Hero's travels and keep him alive. But the Hero is extremely sexist and refuses to accept a disgusting man to be near him, thus creating a lot of childish drama along the way.
It's a fairly straight forward story
that you should already know. The difference being that the Hero is not the Protagonist now, instead we have a story told from a party members perspective.
Art: The art is bad. It looks amateur-ish and is not good at showing the finer details of the appearance. It might become better in the following volumes if the illustrator is simply learning as he goes on.
Characters: Hero: As many summoned Heroes, this Japanese Hero is a "normal jerk". He loves girls and hates guys. Wanting to get a harem(?), this almighty Hero specifically asked for female-only party members. He's arrogant and disrespectful, the very epitome of Japanese Summoned Heroes. Claiming he can do anything, even though he's actually really weak. He is a character that could grow and mature a lot. There is promise with these types, but he might simply be a jerk in his heart.
Priest: The Priest is the actual Main Character of this story. His job is taking care of the summoned Hero, and guide him through the process of leveling up and learning fighting strategies. While trying to make the Hero realize just how strong Demons are compared to humans. The story revolves around this person and his struggles of trying to make the idiotic hero into someone that can actually be called a "Hero".
Girls: Since the hero loves females, he is obsessed with having only women near him. Two girls sharing his bed from the very start. The loli Mage with tiny tits, that can only use fire magic. As well as the Swordmaster tomboy with huge tits, that is actually a "swordmaster" in name only. (I should point out, the breast comments are in fact in the books character description)
Overall, I like the fact that the story is told by someone from the fantasy world, rather than being told from the summoned Hero's perspective. But characters are more or less the typical mainstream. There being a harem from the first chapter, even though the hero is weak and arrogant, makes no sense. And the smart / strong Priest protagonist being hated because he's a man is simply unrealistic. It's not very funny, or serious, or even sexy. But at least it's good enough to give it a read if you have a lot of time to spend.
This story is not good for so many reasons. But if I were to say why I dropped this novel series after one volume, it's because the Hero is just so gender discriminating that my European mind can't help but scream in pain every time this Hero open his mouth. He literally asks a smart, strong and faithful priest to get the hell away from him, because the priest was a man and the Hero doesn't want any men around him.