Okamura Hiiro is introverted and loves books. To him, books are his raison d'etre. His story starts with usual gimmick of summoning of heroes. Five people summoned, but one of them is just an outsider dragged in accidentally, that person is Hiiro. The four others are his classmates, but it's not like they are friends. Unlike him, they are riajuus. Hiiro decided not to help the country, his reason? "I don't believe you. I'm not friends with them. It's not my business, and I'm an ordinary person who cares for my own life, so bye," and he sets for his own journey. Little does others know, that this ordinary person, Hiiro, actually hides a power which could change the world!
I've read the first 26 chapters and my conclusion is as follows: This is a mediocre shonen action adventure fantasy story. Might just be the definition of an overall 5/10.
Let's start with the best part, the main character. Thanks to his cool demeanor and very pragmatic worldview he is a notch better than his peers, even though he is nothing really special. At least the story spends some time fleshing out his character. Initially his arrogant attitude and constant childish bickering with Arnold (one of his companions) were rather aggravating, but this issue seems to be coming up less as the story goes on, which
might just be the signs of character development. The same however can't be said for his companions, who are really a run of the mill bunch, not necessarily bad, but not good either.
Even though the manga has a half decent cast, there is just no chemistry between them. There is Arnold and Muir's father-daughter relationship, which is fine, there is the Mc and Arnold's constant bickering, which is just annoying, Wi's blunt affection for the Mc, which is just obvious fanservice, Muir's strive for self-betterment and her envy and embarrassment over Wi's bluntness is mostly kept to herself, and there is Arnold's pervertedness, which is just being played to make the same joke over and over again, and I basically listed all the character dynamics. Although which of these are dynamics and which are simple gimmicks, is up for debate. There is just no meaningful character interaction or banter between them. And I personally wouldn't mind some more small talk, if it's entertaining or gives to the characters, even a little.
The biggest problem with the manga is the story. Namely that it is just rather boring, well not exactly boring, it is that nothing of real significance happens, just basic fantasy stuff. To put it simply it's just not a particularly exciting read. Not to mention that when things actually happen, it is mostly delivered in a very convenient, contrived manner. And just when the story starts to get better the plot pulls out the secret (synonymous with asspull) powerup card. I wasn't bothered much with its presentation, rather with the fact that the manga managed to trip on another genre trapping. Whenever the story shows any signs of promise a convenient plot point happens, or someone says something out of character, just to revert back to normal within a couple of sentences, and this really holds the whole thing back. It's also worth a mention that the manga has some fanservice, not too much to turn down those who don't like it, but enough to entertain those who do. That seems to be the thing, the manga just really hits the middle of the road with whatever it does.
While I would be lying if I said the manga didn't get any better during its runtime, whether that's actually worth the wait however, is up for debate. Since I can't say that it was completely unenjoyable, and since this is the beginning of the story I am willing to give it some slack. However, I advise caution with it, or at the very least adjusted expectations.
If you are looking for a manga in which the main character is sent into another world you might enjoy this one.
The main character while not unique, is different from your average easy going main characters. He is very smart; anti social and arrogant, he doesn't want to help others if he doesn't gets compensation for it. However he always finds some sort of benefit for ending up saving the ones really in need.
This manga seems to have many nicely implemented manga references such as Log Horizon (when the MC face is all dark but you can clearly see his glasses), Shokugeki no Souma
(foodgasms) and probably more in the following chapters.
As of now there are only 8 translated chapters and thus it is way to soon to even start judging the story. The MC ventures alone in a RPG like fantasy world and while he only wants to be alone he soon finds himself surrounded by people that took a liking to him.
Very good quality and enjoyable to the eye. It's not original but that's not always a bad thing.
So far none of the introduced characters is unique, if you had read many mangas you will relate all of them to other manga characters. However their development is existent and at a fine pace.
As I said above there are only 8 translated chapters yet so don't take this number seriously.
I've been enjoying this manga probably way more than I should because it fits what I was looking for. The not usual main character personality gives this otherwise a boring manga a nice twist.
Again it's too soon to evaluate this manga properly. While so far it's far from being a masterpiece, it's also far from being a bad manga. If you read this review then you probably should give this manga a try.
PS: This is my first review so apologies for any mistakes and for my bad english. I just felt the urge to review it because the only other review (made by Ugoki) shouldn't be considered a review in the first place. I honestly doubt he read more than the first 2 chapters (probably just the first one) because everything he said is complete BS. I will update this review as more translated chapters are released.