Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! Everyday Misadventures!, Volume 1

Book Info

Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! Everyday Misadventures!, Volume 1
  • Format: manga
  • Story: FUNA and Itsuki Akata
  • Art: Yuki Moritaka
  • Translator: Diana Taylor
  • Adaptation: Julia Kinsman
  • Letterer: Simone Harrison
  • Publisher: Seven Seas

Review

The title for the original light novel series Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! obviously wasn’t unwieldy enough, as here is its spinoff manga, subtitled Everyday Misadventures!

In format, the book is mostly a fairly standard 4-koma in both content and panel design (though there are times it breaks out into a more traditional panel format too).

Where the original novels focus on the bigger events in the adventuring party’s lives, we get to see here a number of fun, smaller adventures. These range from finding a lost cat, to selling vases, to fishing. Each chapter is a standalone story; there’s no overarching story going through the volume, nor are there any firm ties to specific events from the novels. (Unlike, say, the Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid spinoffs.)

The book assumes the reader is already familiar with the characters; it doesn’t make any effort to introduce them, and to a certain extent they’re reduced to well-known quirks readers would be familiar with. Some of these work well, like Pauline’s love of money; others, not so much. (Namely, the heavy play given to Mile’s interest in beast girls comes across as creepy, if you’re not already familiar with her and know she’s a more well-rounded character.)

Summary

If you’re not already reading the Abilities Average novels, start there instead. But for fans of the novels, Everyday Misadventures is a fun set of side stories. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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