As you can see from the title of this post, I have been reading the second volume of FUNA’s Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! light novel series. The first volume was a bit of a mixed bag for me, but ultimately it won me over and convinced me to stick with it.
Now, let’s see how the second volume shapes up.
A Hunter’s Life Awaits!
The newly graduated Crimson Vow are out in the world and determined to prove themselves. Mile, Reina, Pauline, and Mavis look for work as C-rank hunters, but when an exciting yet dangerous job comes along, the girls cannot resist! Can Mile see herself and her friends through this new challenge – while still keeping her remarkable abilities hidden?
This second volume of Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! begins by focusing on Adele’s friends from Eckland Academy, who find themselves in direct contact with Princess Morena as she searches for the missing Adele.
It is only for a single chapter, but I do find myself warming to the characters after not particularly enjoying the Eckland Academy stuff from in the first volume.
Adele is a name that Mile has left behind, at least for now, as she goes by Mile now and is a member of a party called Crimson Vow. Beside the first chapter, this volume focuses on Crimson Vow taking a couple of jobs as hunters.
The first sees them hunting monsters that are a bit stronger than the typical fare that they had been hunting before. The second job they take is an escort mission, where their opponents are not monsters, but humans.
During the escort mission, Reina reveals her past to the other three members of Crimson Vow, which explains why she was so eager to take on a such a job. Crimson Vow also get their first taste of real combat against humans. Their foes are bandits, though it’s not quite as simple as all that.
Then again, a battle against a group that includes Mile in its number is also not a simple matter, as their foes quickly discover.
Unlike the first volume of Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!, I actually enjoyed reading this one all the way through. There wasn’t any getting bogged down with class or nobles or stuff like that, just a group of hunters doing their jobs. Doing their jobs remarkably well, which might not be the ideal situation for Mile who doesn’t want to stand out.
Seeing everyone’s reactions to Mile’s impressive abilities gives plenty of amusing moments – a notable one being the guild’s submaster discovering just how many rock lizards Crimson Vow were able to bring back from their mission.
There are also a couple of hints dropped about things to come in the future. Mavis and Pauline receive letters from their respective families that they decide to just ignore. It also seems that Mavis has caught the attention of a princess. I’m not expecting too much to come from that, though.
Since this volume is mostly about the exploits of Crimson Vow, I found myself wholly invested whilst reading through the whole thing. I’ll admit to harbouring doubts during the earlier parts of the first volume, but I had no such reservations with this second volume.
It’s not going to threaten I’ve Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level as my current favourite light novel series, but I still find it to be a decently enjoyable read.