The fifth volume of Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! sees Mile reunited with some very familiar faces – some faces who aren’t keen to exactly let her go now that she has returned to them.
This volume kicks off with a side story, which is then followed by chapters thirty-nine through to forty-one of the story. Another side story follows that, before the plot continues proper with chapters forty-two through to forty-five. Finally, this volume ends with a bonus story.
Reunions and Rivalries!
Mile left Marcela, Aureana and Monika behind when she fled Eckland Academy, but when a job takes the Crimson Vow back into the Kingdom of Brandel, she can’t pass up the chance to see her old friends. But the Wonder Trio aren’t ready to let Mile go again now that they have her back! It’s tug of war time, and Mile’s in the middle! Will she be forced to choose one set of friends over the other?
The Crimson Vow have temporarily left behind the Kingdom of Tils in this volume of Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!, and set out on an adventure after their little encounter in the previous volume.
Unbeknownst to Mile, at least at first, their adventure takes them right into the Kingdom of Brandel, where the Crimson Vow and the Wonder Trio cross paths – for the first time.
I get the distinct impression it may not be the last time, though.
The Wonder Trio – Marcela, Aureana, and Monika – very much want Mile – or rather, Adele, as they know her – to return. The Crimson Vow have sworn devout loyalty to each other, and they’re not about to give up Mile. At least not without a fight.
With Reina getting jealous when a tearful Mile clings to Marcela, it all feels like its gone a bit yuri harem. Most notably, a rivalry springs up between Reina and Marcela.
The Crimson Vow meeting the Wonder Trio is only one part of this volume of Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilties Average in the Next Life?!, though. The Crimson Vow are on a journey, and we experience that along with them.
One stop has them resolving an issue between two inns in a relatively small town. They reach a resolution, but it is one that sees the Crimson Vow very eager to get moving on.
The next inn the end up staying at has a young cat girl named Faleel working there – and it is pretty much instant love when Mile first lays eyes upon her. Not that I blame Mile; Faleel is adorable. Mile’s infatuation also happens to stem from her being an otaku in her previous life.
On that subject, there have been a fair few anime references and the like throughout the entire Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! light novel series. A particularly notable one from this volume is Saiyans being mentioned by name. Of course, Mile’s companions never have any idea what she is going on about when she brings them up.
This volume ends with a brand new encounter for the Crimson Vow; though whether the people they’ve encountered are enemies or not remains to be seen. Going to have to wait until volume six for the answer to that one.
After the Wonder Trio’s encounter with the Crimson Vow, I feel a bit more receptive towards them. As far as the groups go though, I still prefer The Crimson Vow, but I feel the girls from Eckland Academy have more going for them compared to the first volume.
They entertain the idea of adventuring alongside Mile; I certainly wouldn’t mind to see that come to be, but I am also perfectly content with the Crimson Vow just being Mile, Mavis, Reina and Pauline.
The humour in Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! continues to be enjoyable, too. As I read through this fifth volume, there were plenty of moments that genuinely had me laughing out loud.
I would have to say that Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! has become more compelling with its more recent volumes. I’ve enjoyed reading the Crimson Vow’s adventures a lot more, particular with this volume and the previous one. Not quite my favourite light novel series, but still one I’ve found to be particularly enjoyable.