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.
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: Adele is an average 10 year old girl, not wanted by her father or stepmother, and so she is sent away to a boarding school. Her future is at best to be a mistress for some fallen noble, or maybe even sold of to someone worse. Adele thus decides to disappear
as soon as she graduates, and create her own future. How will this young girl ever survive on her own!?
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
If you like FUNA's other serie (Saving 80000 gold in an other 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 easly get into and read in a few hours.
The story, following FUNA story pattern, is about a somewhat young girl who upon her death find herself with great powers in an other world, where she will "tried" to live a normal live and maybe spreed her genes, all of that while being accompined by a bunch of cute girl.
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 remplace the young girl MC by a young boy, you get the summary of every generic isekai ever.
To start with the good point, what save the serie from being a walking cliché is FUNA writing and the comedy, both are really good and let the story steedly advance without letting the reader care too much about cliché. The characters are also quite good, like the story they're not particulary deep, most of them even the main characters are rather one dimensional but for that kind of story it's usualy not a problem, they're likeable and we can quickly understand them which is what's really matter.
It's not a story that will make one reflect on interesting question or worry about the character, keeping the reader under hight tension. It's very much a laid back funny story.
That said there time were that aspect can go a little too far or appear a little to often, and that where we switch to the minus.
- first way too much plot facility, to be clear whatever plan the MC come 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 allway fail. And while at first it's fun, over time, it can be annoying when even borderline stupid plan which only appear clever works, same how the MC say all the time that she want to appear normal and yet will allway do the opposite when she has the choice.
- the second problem, is a form of strange manicheisme where everybody who is good is perfectly good, bad people are either the worst person possible or will immediatly and totaly repent once they fail, and women are allway good. Overall it make a strange world where rape, murder and slavery are widespread yet most people are absolutly good and in fact in most fight both side are trying not to kill the other, which can become annoying at time.
But overall while they're annoying those problem 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 care about that, it's a novel.
If I where to rank it compare to other FUNA's serie, i think i would rank it slightly bellow 80000gold but above potion loli.
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.