Having just recently finished reading through the third volume of FUNA’s Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! light novel series, I shall now be sharing my thoughts on it. The Crimson Vow continue their lives as hunters, with Mavis and Pauline getting most of the focus this time around.
Bound at the Soul
The Crimson Vow have fought fearsome bandits and monsters, but when the past catches up with Mavis and Pauline, they must confront something that swords and spells can’t easily defeat. With the most dangerous job they have ever taken looming on the horizon, the very future of the party is at stake!
In the previous volume, Reina got the spotlight shone upon her. Here, it is the turn of Mavis and Pauline, as they can no longer put off meeting up with their families. The part of the plot revolving around their respective families is somewhat intertwined, so those particular events play out at almost the same time.
These events do have the potential of seeing both Mavis and Pauline return home. Mavis doesn’t want that, though, so Mile comes up with a very Mile-like solution. As for Pauline’s situation, that one is more of her own choice.
Assuming the worst, the other three members of the Crimson Vow briefly consider having Lenny – the innkeeper’s daughter where Crimson Vow stay in the capital – joining then. Whilst they ultimately decide not to go ahead with it, I think Lenny would make a pretty good fit for the party.
She’s a fairly fun character, being young but surprisingly mature in a couple of ways.
After all that stuff with Mavis and Pauline’s families, the Crimson Vow decide that they want to take on a more interesting request from the guild. They end up with something that sounds like it could have come straight from a Monster Hunter game, though their methods for carrying out the quest are very unusual.
Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! has had plenty of funny moments so far, but the events of chapter 26 might just top them all. The Crimson Vow have to hunt a fearsome monster, but said monster can feel fear when its opponents start doing things that shouldn’t be possible.
Just like with the second light novel, one chapter focuses on the Wonder Trio of Eckland Academy – Adele’s friends before she went MIA. In order to try and track down Adele, they’ve worked out the path she is most likely to take, and followed the same one themselves. If you ask me, that’s definitely setting them up for a reunion at some point.
It’s not just the Wonder Trio who are seeking out Adele. Princess Morena is keen to find her as well, though it seems she only wants her to marry one of her brothers so they would be family. I think she could be a bit more ambitious than that, though.
Not that it really matters when it comes down to it, considering Mile abandoned her life as Adele.
There are also a few side stories, with one in particular suggesting that FUNA isn’t averse to having at least a tiny bit of yuri. Also, in the main story, Mavis seems to earn herself a lot of female fans as well, so yeah. It’s a nice little treat if nothing else.
Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! continues to be a fun read. The first volume was something of a rocky start. Now Crimson Vow have got into the stride of being hunters, I’ve really enjoyed reading the adventures Mile and her companions embark upon.
Sure, they do meet some rather dubious characters on the way, but the central cast of the Crimson Vow are a really fun bunch to read about.