Hey all, Sam here.
Hello and Happy Monday. It’s been a pretty fun weekend, and now it’s back to the standard weekly schedule. Back to more cooking and cleaning and reading and writing and blogging and figuring out what this next stage of my life and my life with David will be. We’ve been together since April 2017, and it somehow feels both very long and very fast at the same time. I don’t know. Thinking on our whole relationship gets me sappy and emotional. Us finding each other was really like something from a romance story.
Anyway, it’s so nice to see how much we’ve been able to build up together. And one of the things that we both enjoy is reading manga and watching anime…which helps with blog series like this one, Manga Monday, where each post covers one volume of a manga. For now it’s just one post each week, but if I get too much of a backlog of reviews, then it might be increased to two posts each Monday. We’ll see.
With that said, I suppose we should jump into this week’s Manga Monday. It’s the start of a new to the blog series, but I’m really happy to talk about it, so let’s get started.
Unlimited Power and Infinite Mercy
Living the workaholic life in her mid-20s, Sei never expected she’d be summoned to another world, let alone obtain the power of a living Saint. And she especially didn’t expect to be totally ignored by the locals! While the kingdom desperately needs a hero, it turns out Sei was just the backup option. Left alone, she explores her newfound powers at the royal Research Institute, unraveling the mysteries of magic potions. As she helps the sick and the dying, her talents reveal themselves. Might Sei be the Saint this world needs after all?
Rating: 4 stars
Sure, this is a 4 star volume, not a 5 star volume…but let me just say that I find a lot of first volumes to rate a little lower. The first volume is sort of figuring itself out, laying out the characters in both design and personality and setting up the story and the world and the magic and the potential obstacles towards a dream or goal.
The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent is a female led isekai, which is a type of manga I’ve been craving a bit lately. It just seems with the male led isekai that they’re all pretty much the same story: guy from our world (usually a workaholic and/or a geek) gets iseakai’d, and then spends his time gathering what basically amounts to a harem of buxom ladies. Any other plot is off to the side and given a lot less of a focus, which is unfortunate because they could be great giving more equivalent focus to other aspects of the story as well.
I’ve read a few female led isekai, and yes, sure, a number of the male characters seem to fall for the main character, but the protagonist also does other stuff. In this particular series Sei was brought to another world by a Saint Summoning Ritual, but she wasn’t the only one. And when the prince declares the other girl summoned to be the Saint, Sei is left alone and pretty much ignored. Because she is a workaholic, she wants to find something to do so she can feel useful, and ends up working at the Research Institute, where she learns how to make a number of health potions…which reveals that she is actually more effective at it than others.
So we learn a bit about the world, mostly the country that Sei now lives in, and find out that there are dangers around, monsters that find their way into the forests and need to be taken care of. But most of this story doesn’t focus on Sei trying to gather a harem of men who fall in love with her. No, she is focused on learning more about her new home and how she can fit into it. Even a few volumes in, Sei doesn’t really seem to notice that a few of the fellas are interested in her. It’s cute.
They’ve also turned this series into an anime, and have 12 episodes out. I’ve only watched six episodes so far, but it’s cute and I’m enjoying it. I hope it does well enough to be given more episodes. The anime can be watched on Crunchyroll, both subbed and dubbed.
Well, that is all from me for today. Thank you so much for stopping by, and I’ll be back soon with more geeky content.