Jul 5, 2020
Imagine this. A medieval fantasy world, giving someone a digital camera. No reaction at all. But giving someone a fish, still fresh from the ocean, and everyone loses their minds. That's how this story is written. [PS: The English publisher is now defunct.]
Story: In this isekai story, the protagonist can teleport between our world and a medieval fantasy world. (why is isekai always medieval??). The protagonist uses knifes and guns to defend herself in this world. Her [electricity] comes from solar panels, which also powers her TV and game consoles. The thing is, no one cares about all this high tech stuff. BUT when she
serves fresh fish, everyone loses their minds. My point here is, this story is kind of weird. There's no consistency. Sure, the goal is to raise a huge amount of money, but seriously there's sooo many plot holes in what should be an egg-streamly simple story.
Fresh. Fish. That's what people react on. Digital cameras is nothing special, those solar panels on the roof or even the extremely suspiciously weird "canned food", no one cares about that. But fish? Not dried, but fresh!? WITCH!!! Get my point here? It's like, what the hell is going on? In the middle ages, even something like a modern potato peeler would be like a gift from god. And nobody cares.
Characters: Okay so the protagonist is a high-school graduate, but she looks like a 12 year old. She is mentally strong and can kill other humans without hesitation. (or so she says) Sure this character is a lot better than what we are used to. But unfortunately the story is too soft, so even though the main character is badass, we rarely see her actually using these cold-hearted sides of her. Instead it's a happy-go-lucky story most of the time.
Overall, for an isekai story, it's good. The idea of going to another world to make money for your retirement is an entertaining story. But the problem is that it's so boring when it's all about the same thing as hundreds other isekai novels.. "implementing modern technology in a medieval fantasy world". For example "crop rotation", when you grow only one type of grain, the soil goes bad, so you need to change what you grow. I've read about that in 20 different isekai novels. Our protagonist sold that information for a pretty penny.
Protagonists are usually very knowledgeable to an unnatural degree. But the thing is, Earth knowledge shouldn't be transferable to a fantasy world. So even if they have more knowledge than a college professor, it should mostly be useless.
"Sea water is not drinkable because it's salty" That's common sense, yes? But who can say that it's like that in a fantasy world??? Maybe the salt is heavy and simply falls to the bottom of the ocean, like sand, thus making the water drinkable. Maybe the buoyancy is different, who knows, it's a freaking fantasy world.
Come on now, are you not tired of "Fantasy Worlds" simply being a medieval world with magic? Try reading "Made in Abyss", now THAT is how you make a world interesting.
Reviewer’s Rating: 6
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