- Format: light novel
- Author: Yuu Tanaka
- Illustrator: Llo
- Translator: Michael Rachmat
- Adaptation: Cae Hawksmoor
- Publisher: Seven Seas
I think this volume of Reincarnated as a Sword might feature the least amount of curry eating to date. Instead, Fran spends her time… teaching newbies how to fight?
The focus of this volume is the trip to the Beastman Nation. Before taking off, Fran helps the local guild master school some overconfident young adventurers. Afterwards, she signs onboard a ship heading for the Beastman Nation, serving as a guard against pirate attacks if needed.
She’s not the only adventurer who will be on board for the trip – there’s a handful of other parties, including the group of overconfident adventurers from earlier. They make an smart request – they ask Fran to help instruct them so they can be better adventurers. This isn’t something Teacher pushes on her – she wants to do it.
Unfortunately, we don’t get to see much of the teaching sessions. But the fact that Fran is becoming a teacher of her own, of her own volition, is interesting to see. I hope we see more of this in future volumes.
Instead of focusing on the teaching sessions, we’re treated to a naval conflict with the former king of the pirate nation of Seedrun. There’s nothing new here for people who have been reading Reincarnated as a Sword all along – it’s the same process we’ve seen in prior books, with Teacher and Fran unable to defeat the new foe until they level up their power again. And engaging in a spot of unnecessary torture along the way.
In the end, Fran arrives at the Beastman Nation, finally putting her in place to pursue the business promised at the end of volume 6.
Nothing particularly new here. A bit of character development, though I would have liked to see more. But mostly just moving the plot along to set things up for the next volume. ⭐⭐⭐