I shall be taking a look at the continued adventures of Mile and her party, the Crimson Vow, with the fourth entry of the Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! light novel series.
This fourth volume contains chapters twenty-seven through to thirty-eight, as well as one side story and one bonus story.
Going the Extra Mile!
When the Crimson Vow’s newest job brings them up against not just a horde of beastmen but an elder dragon, Mile is forced to fight for her life in earnest, in what will become her greatest struggle yet! Can she dig deep and tap the combined power of her three selves to protect her friends?
Unlike previous volumes of Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!, this volume focuses entirely on the Crimson Vow – well at least for the main story. They take on a guild request to go and investigate some ruins, which ends up leading them to clashing with some beastmen.
Some of the tactics used by the Crimson Vow – Mile in particular – to overcome the beastmen are actually pretty funny, though they do leave you feeling rather sympathetic for them.
There is one line in particular that sticks with me, because it just sums up Mile’s personality in a way that amuses me a great deal.
“Because it was there.”
I’m not going to give any context for said line, though.
Following the encounter with beastmen, things take a turn as an elder dragon emerges. For the first time in four volumes, Mile faces an opponent that is capable of actually putting her in danger.
Mile is hesitant about fighting such a foe at first, but Reina, Mavis and Pauline have no such qualms. Things don’t particularly go well, though Mavis does get a particularly noteworthy moment.
When Mile does eventually join the fight, the problem only becomes bigger. Mile responds to the situation in pretty typical Mile fashion.
Also introduced in this volume is new character Dr. Clairia, who seems awfully taken with Mile. Much like many other people who have witnessed Mile using her (totally average, not at all incredible) power, she wants to learn more about it.
This volume also drops some hints about the history of the world, thanks to the aforementioned ruins. It is something that very much catches Mile’s interest, and will most likely be further explored in future volumes.
The side story in this volume focuses on Marcela, who is invited to attend the second Prince of Brandel’s birthday. One part refers to Mile, even though at that point in time Marcela would have only known her as Adele. I thought it might have been a translation error or something, but reading on and the text later corrects itself mid-sentence. It’s a little odd.
I am still really enjoying reading the Crimson Vow’s adventures, and everything with both the beastmen and the elder dragon is just a real delight to experience. Mile, Reina, Mavis and Pauline are fun cast of characters, and the various exploits that they get up to are just fun.