I am not sure how to feel about the romance in this book. I think it's supposed to be "slow burn", but the MMC comes across as very uninterested, and FMC is overly interested. It makes for a somewhat conflicting narrative of how they feel about the relationship. I think he's attracted to her, but he also doesn't get very affectionate with her. Granted they are at work a lot and I think he just tries to keep his private life out of work. I honestly was hoping for another somewhat *spicy* manga. This is, so far, not very romantic or spicy. They don't currently have a lot of chemistry. I hope things heat up a little soon. This is a very short manga series, and so far they've only kissed twice.
I have really been enjoying the Alchemy school arc. I like that Chise is talking and interacting with more people. I like the change of setting, I love all the new characters that have been introduced. I am very engaged with the mystery of who is stealing magical energy, and I want to know why and what for. I thought the college arc would be silly, but it's been my favorite so far. I can't wait to read the next volume.
This was a delightful read. For those who don't know this book is based on some skits the author did last year about an older Fantasy Herione. There are a lot of meta jokes about the heroine not being a "16-year-old Waife". The book does a lot of breaking the fourth wall in the storytelling. It's a book within a book kind of story. The skits aren't required to read this book but they do add to the fun as there are some callbacks to them.
The book also adds a lot more to the story and a more fleshed-out world. The ending is a little open-ended. But if this is all we get it has a satisfying ending.
The thing I loved the most about this book was the setting and the concept. Beyond that, I am left with mixed feelings.
As a lover of mythology, I felt that this book had too many "creatures" from mythology. There's a lot of overlap when it comes to underwater mythology that this felt over-saturated, and a little redundant at times. Every culture that is/was seafaring, has "mermaids" but not every culture calls them mermaids.
There are three POVs, and I had a really hard time staying invested in the characters. None of them were particularly likable. The dialogue also felt, for lack of a better word, young. This book is marketed as Adult Fantasy, but it felt like YA. It felt and read like it was targeted at 14-year-olds. Not a bad thing on its own, but if a book is labeled as Adult, I want to read like it's aimed at Adults.
I was, unfortunately, pretty bored the whole time I was reading this. It felt like a chore to read, and that makes me kind of sad because I mentioned, I love mythology, and the premise is why I wanted to read this. But with an underdeveloped world, and characters I couldn't stay invested in, this book fell flat for me. This book has promise, and I think there is a market for it. It just didn't work for me.
I liked this volume a little more than the first. I got to know the characters a little better. The banter is *chef's kiss*. Nanase and Tendo are pretty great together. A new doctor shows up, and Tendo seems to be jealous, but I'm not sure. Maybe this new doctor is bad news. He's just a little too charming not to be. Nanase dealt with a death at the hospital that affected her more than she thought it would. But Tendo was there to encourage her in his own way. The cliffhanger has me nervous for the next volume.
I found this very cute. Nanase (Sakura), and Kairi (Tendo) are both somewhat of a mess. I like Sakura's resilience, she's clearly smart enough to make it through medical school, I'm not sure how old she's supposed to be early 20s I suppose, she's just a little silly. Her infatuation with a doctor she met briefly was a defining factor in her career choices. Tendo, makes me think of House (from mid-2000's TV show House MD) if he was younger and hot. He's kind of an asshole but knows how to do his job. His character is still somewhat of a mystery compared to Sakura's, since the story is from her POV.
Not gonna lie, I forgot who Seth was and how he knows Chise, I had to look it up. That aside, I really enjoyed this volume. Chise remains a great character, and it was really funny watching everybody call her out when she finally realized how much she makes people worry. It's about time she started keeping herself in mind.
Chise is still reckless, but her heart is in the right place. I am very invested in this arc. The "Hogwarts" arc as I've heard it lovingly called is really interesting and I am curious to find out if the rest of the students and staff who don't know about Elias will ever find out and what their reactions will be.
- I read this volume to the previous one, so I'm only remembering this as I write the review for this volume but I do hope that Stella tells Chise about Asheneye soon, before something terrible happens (again).