Hey all, Sam here.
I’m posting a little bit later, because David decided to post a video game review earlier today, and I wanted to make sure that my regular series of Manga Monday reviews didn’t overshadow his contribution to the blog. Because I am very glad and very grateful that I have a husband who not only supports what I do with this, but also wants to join in on it, and even possibly do even more with it.
It is because of David that we have even been discussing doing videos on YouTube (and maybe TikTok and Instagram and such), as well as us podcasting a TTRPG campaign with our friends…which we might also end up creating a Patreon for. Honestly, I feel so incredibly lucky to have found someone who shares some of my interests and wants to do something more to highlight the things we love.
Apologies if this sounds a little mushy-gushy and sappy and romantic, but I guess it makes sense considering I’m talking about the second volume in a female-led isekai slice-of-life romance manga series. Let’s go ahead and jump into the review.
Sei was summoned to a world in desperate need of a hero: a Holy Saint who could purify all evil. Unfortunately, she didn’t quite make the grade as a Saint, but her talent for making potions has saved a lot of lives, not least of all that of a dashing, handsome knight-captain. Much to Sei’s surprise, the supposedly frigid Winter Knight proves quite warm, and now the two have suddenly found themselves out on a date! With skills like hers, it won’t be long before she’s exploring all kinds of new magical frontiers.
Rating: 5 stars
Sei is so adorable. How is it so endearing yet so frustrating that she continues to be an obsessive workaholic? I’m sorry, but if I got isekai’d and ended up in some fantastical world where I had magic, sure, I would help out and do some work and all that, but I would also want to learn about the world and explore and experience everything my new home has to offer.
This is especially true for someone ending up in Sei’s position. Because Prince Kyle declared the other girl who was summoned to be the true Saint, Sei has been ignored. What can’t be ignored is her skill with making healing potions, and with using healing magics.
And the romance is really starting to become evident here in the second volume, with the Winter Knight taking Sei out on a date. In the first volume it was clear that she had won the attention and respect of some of the male characters, but in this volume it is becoming more obvious that some of them are interested in her in a more-than-friends way.
It seems like this is setting the series up to sort of be a reverse-harem type of situation…and honestly, I’m okay with that. Of course, I also enjoy reading the traditional harem manga as well.
I’m hoping that as this series progresses, we get to see a little more of the world, and come to understand the magic and the world and the people and the political intrigue. Yes, I enjoy a good romance, but I feel like with this sort of fantasy isekai chosen one type of savior story I need more than just romance. I want to fully experience and embrace the world that Sei now finds herself in.
And hopefully we’ll get to see more as the series progresses. So far there are seven volumes out, and I have read six of them. I need to purchase Volume 7, but I’ve also purchased the first three volumes of the light novel, just to see if that has more information for me to soak up and enjoy. Oh, and there’s a spin-off that focuses on the other Saint who was summoned, but there’s only one volume there so far, so I won’t be reviewing it until there’s at least a couple more out.
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.