Having died of sickness at the age of 39, Machio Hiraku is given the opportunity to go to another world. When asked what his wish is by God intending to give him strength, he requests to have a healthy body, offered a second wish, he chooses to live peacefully, a third wish to be able to know the local language, and for a final wish, to be able to be a farmer.
I think that I can say that I was betrayed by Isekai Nonbiri Nouka. Or rather, betrayed by what it promised me. After seeing the cover of the light novel, which I found very pretty, I decided to give a try to the manga. I was surprised to see that it was not at all as pretty as the original work.
The story is fairly classic: a middle-aged man is resuscitated as a young man in a fantasy world and must now live in this new universe. So, an isekai story. The title didn't lied. What makes it out of the ordinary is that the MC
has chosen to live a farmer's life instead of becoming a traditional adventurer. Instead of chasing monsters and completing quests, he preferred to opt for agriculture and construction.
Although it must have been done already, the concept seemed interesting. It changed from an ordinary isekai. But it soon became boring. There is a cruel lack of scenarios. A chapter is only the MC who builds something new in his village. It could still be interesting, but no: you don't see him building his thing. Each chapter is composed solely of his thoughts. The actions are only summarized and the dialogues are almost non-existent. A page is equal to a shitload of rectangles.
Because yes, if there is almost no dialogue, it's mainly because of the characters. First of all, the MC has no particularly transcendent personality, so do not expect much from him. Then, it's necessary to wait for the eighth chapter for him to interact with another human. It's far too long to introduce secondary characters, especially since he has been alone with his dogs during all previous chapters. After that, he is joined by several characters (obviously only females, let's not forget that it's an isekai). However, they don't bring anything to the story and their dialogues remain limited. Well, at least they're cute. And if at least the MC was interesting. But no, it remains the very archetype of the brown-haired MC without personality. I mean, fuck, I don't even remember his name.
The art style can't even raise the level. From the first pages, it can easily be seen that no efforts were made. The characters look stiff and have no apparent expression. The only ones that are pretty well drawn are the dogs. Who knows, maybe the artist is a furry after all. Also, whole pages can be found consisting only of landscape plans and the MC thoughts. In addition, the characters always talk about the progress made in their village and all their constructions. However, we never see them. When represented, it's always in the form of diagrams. With all the advancements they make and all the people they welcome, their village must be immense. But that, we'll never know.
Maybe I should to wait before being too harsh with this manga. Maybe it will get better. But it's already 20 chapters and nothing interesting has happened yet. It's way too long to install a proper story. It's not even a slice of life, it's just the perfect farmer's guide with some bad illustrations. If the story had not improved after the arrival of the first secondary character, I would have probably put a lower note.
For conclude; Whether you're a fan of the genre or not, pass this one. There are so many other manga about this subject, you will surely find a better one than this one.
You can call me crazy rating it high as 10, but its just how I feel about the manga so far. There's only 24 translated chapters. I don't have any complaints about low ratings this manga has received. Maybe people precieve differently. But I will explain to you how I felt about Isekai Nonbiri Nouka.
First of all, its a pretty chill manga its all laid out and you just read it. You can't really expect something grand from this manga. There isn't going to be an interesting plot building up, each chapters is a whole new story. You could call it rushed but like I
said before don't really expect anything to build up. Well apart the fact each chapter you have a new race joining his civilazation. Like busty elf girls-heh.
The art is actually well drawn, good body shapes heheh. This isn't a completely detailed manga but it has details that look appealing. I also think the design for the main character is fair, I think readers will like the design when they first see it.
Well our main character isn't a character with rich personality. He just a normal guy who just wants to farm and chill. He doesn't really have any ambtiion to make a harem or anything. Farming > Harem.
Apart from the fact he gets gangbanged by the female elfs.
I actually enjoyed this manga because it really brings out the calm feeling and makes you relaxed. It has plenty of nudity, well partial nudity lets call it- quite nice busty girls. Not that I am complaining or anything. I was just relaxing in my bed and reading so...
Overall, I think this manga is suited if you are a lazy and laid out person. You should only read this if you don't expect much from the manga. I think its quite a change to the Isekai meta, since most have a same story where you defeat the demon lord. While in Isekai Nonbiri you just farm and chill.
I noticed the chapters are getting shorter and less interesting. I think kinda lost its fun side. I won't change my ratings now, but at the moment i feel like I'd give this a 7. Since its lost its fun attribute.