When she turns ten years old, Adele von Ascham is hit with a horrible headache—and memories of her previous life as an eighteen-year-old Japanese girl named Kurihara Misato. That life changed abruptly, however, when Misato died trying to aid a little girl and met god. During that meeting, she made an odd request and asked for average abilities in her next life. But few things—especially wishes–ever go quite as planned.
Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne! has been published digitally in English as Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! by Seven Seas Entertainment since February 1, 2018.
As far as isekai light novels go, "Abilaverage" (the author's abbreviated title) has more unique traits than most. The main character is a girl, ...well, one is more than none, right?
I'm kidding. A lot of people seem to bash the isekai genre for its paucity of originality, but I don't really care about that; all that matters is that it's entertaining. Besides the all-girl main cast, though, there are a few characteristics I noticed in this one that make it a bit different from others. For one, the only thing driving the plot is the girl's desire to be average. There's no demon lord
or enemy forces to defeat, no half-elf to crown queen, no nation to rule, and she doesn't have any desire to return to earth. Some people might think that you can't have a plot without a goal, but let's be real here. How many of the events in re:zero have anything to do with the royal selection? Are the cast of konosuba even trying to defeat the demon lord? In Abilaverage, FUNA wrote a fun and entertaining story without needing to use any kind of end-game pretext to justify its existence. In my opinion, that's kinda impressive, actually.
Another quirky detail in this one is that it's technically more science-fiction than fantasy. The magic in this world has a pseudoscience explanation that actually has some pretty significant consequences. Adele/Mile doesn't just have some crazy high "affinity" for magic. I mean, her ability alone is definitely pretty strong, but her incredible power comes mostly from exclusive knowledge of the real reason why things work, while everyone else in the world is operating based on false assumptions. This means that the most important thing elevating her above everyone else is just her ability to keep a secret; if her knowledge gets out, everyone else would suddenly become pretty OP too. It really does make things more interesting.
While the story has some good things going for it, the greatest weaknesses I found were in the writing. The pacing is even worse than Shield Hero, and although I can't explain exactly why, the language just seems a bit amateurish. What really stood out was the dialogue. If you were to take r/thatHappened and condense it into a character, you'd get Adele/Mile. Some of the events, which actually include everyone standing up and clapping, are just so ludicrously contrived that the only proper response to reading them is an incredulous guffaw. I mean, it is a work of fiction, and the whole thing is unavoidably unrealistic by definition, but come on.
All in all, though, it's a very fun and lighthearted read, and if you're an isekai junkie like me then you definitely should give it a try. Mile/Adele really is a pretty entertaining main character. Just be ready for what happens whenever a guy says something she doesn't like.
If you like FUNA's other series (Saving 80000 gold in another world, I shall survive using potion), this one should suit your taste.
It's by no mean a great story, but it's the kind of funny light-hearted story, that one can easily get into and read in a few hours.
The story, following FUNA story pattern, is about a somewhat young girl who upon her death finds herself with great powers in another world, where she will "tried" to live a normal life and maybe spread her genes, all of that while being accompanied by a bunch of cute girls.
If it's sound familiar it's normal, first because
it's the summary for all 3 of FUNA's series but also because if you replace the young girl MC by a young boy, you get the summary of every generic isekai ever.
To start with the good point, what saves the series from being a walking cliché is FUNA writing and the comedy, both are really good and let the story steadily advance without letting the reader care too much about cliché. The characters are also quite good, as the story, they're not particularly deep, most of them even the main characters are rather one dimensional but for that kind of story it's usually not a problem, they're likable and we can quickly understand them which is what's really matter.
It's not a story that will make one reflect on interesting questions or worry about the character, keeping the reader under hight tension. It's very much a laid back funny story.
That said there are times where that aspect can go a little too far or appear a little too often, and that's where we switch to the minus.
- first way too much plot facility, to be clear whatever plan the MC comes up with, sound slightly clever will work 100% of the time, at least if it's not a plan to keep her power hidden those always fail. And while at first, it's fun, over time, it can be annoying when even borderline stupid plan which only appears clever works, same for how the MC says all the time that she wants to appear normal and yet will always do the opposite when she has the choice.
- the second problem, is a form of strange Manicheism where everybody who is good is perfectly good, bad people are either the worst person possible or will immediately and totally repent once they fail, and women are always good. Overall it makes a strange world where rape, murder, and slavery are widespread yet most people are absolutely good and in fact, in most fights, both sides are trying not to kill the other, which can become annoying at times.
But overall while they're annoying those problems are rather minor, so if you want a quick read and light-hearted story, try this one.
Also, the art is quite good, but who cares about that, it's a novel.
If I were to rank it compare to other FUNA's series, I think I would rank it slightly bellow 80000gold but above potion loli.
Once upon a time a girl was so blessed with beauty and brains, her grandparents from both sides fought to claim her skills for themselves. She had an unfortunate death, and her only wish for the next life was to live as a typical average girl. But God has a unique definition of average.
Story: The story is pretty slow but that doesn't mean it's boring. As long as you like slow-growing plots that focus heavily on the characters rather than the story. There is no actual goal to achieve, so it's all about traveling around and doing quests that seems interesting. And occasionally ending up
in a boss fight.
Art: "Cute and beautiful" would probably be the best way to explain the art. Yet it's not enough to describe just how perfectly it fits the story. While the art is high quality illustrations, the way it's drawn to match the silly immature characters is simply amazing. The backgrounds are usually a bit lazily done, but that is forgivable.
Characters: Adele, the average girl, is the protagonist and a strong young girl. She's very brave and determent to live according to her own rules. As well as being oblivious to how other people sees her. She tries to pretend to be as normal as possible, while failing spectacularly.
We have plenty of likable supporting characters, both boys and girls. But this is a story that really does focus on female characters, as the author is most skilled at creating likable girls while making it respectful and realistic. Do not expect a male to show up and steal the spotlight, Adele is cool enough to do that on her own.
Overall, this is a girl-power story with a lack of guys. Adele is overpowered and really cool. She might be cowardly or oblivious at times, but she should be enough to satisfy readers that like fantasy stories without expecting anything too serious.
+ Adele is a solid protagonist
+ Supporting Characters are mostly likable
+ Beautiful Illustrations
- Lack of Males could be off-putting
PS: I want to add that after several volumes there still is nothing actually happening in the story, the quests are becoming repetitive and boring. Time is also moving very slowly and there seems to be no progression at all. Which makes it seem like the author wants to keep it a loli story. (traveling between countries takes a lot of time if you only walk and ride a horse wagon) I rated the first volume a nine, now I barely wanna continue reading the series...