Jun 15, 2020
Isekai Tensei Soudouki is a light novel that I find rather hard to praise. The basic concept of the LN is a rather clichéd one, with two people being reincarnated into one body in a fantasy world, with the original personality of that body intact. While the premise was nothing new, it could have set itself apart from the rabble by way of execution, but it failed in that aspect. The ‘three souls in one body’ idea was used in a rather inconsistent manner, and essentially only came up whenever it was convenient (or whenever the author wanted to go on a rant about the
Warring States period).
The story here felt like the author was just jumping from one thought to the next, without properly substantiating on any of them before diving headfirst into the next idea. More often than not, the author ends up glossing over things that actually needs explanations, and going into far too much detail about things that don’t really affect the grand scheme of things. This leads to rushed story arcs and more importantly, rushed ‘character development’.
You often get characters that can essentially be summed up in one word or a short phrase, and they hardly ever even grow beyond that. The story eventually just started to feel like excuses thrown by the author to build the protagonist’s harem, while at the same time raising the protagonist’s fame to ridiculous levels.
As for the enjoyment aspect, I’m a bit torn. I dropped the first volume a couple of times, and stopped for a few months when I finished it. When I saw that it had 6 volumes translated, I just lowered my expectations a lot and went in. I found most of it to be trite, but I will admit that I saw some improvement in volumes 5 and 6.
Just a side note – the translations are alright, but it could definitely do with some proofreading/editing. Not going to complain, since it was translated for free, but just writing this as a warning for those of you who find such translations difficult to read.
On the whole, this Light Novel wasn’t really anything great, and could be skipped without missing out on much. For far better stories with a similar premise, check out ‘Falling in Love with the Villainess’ and ‘Sevens’.
Story - 4
Art - 6
Character - 2
Enjoyment - 4
Overall - 4
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