Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! is getting an anime adaptation, which starts in October 2019 – that’s at least one autumn season anime I’ll be adding to my watch list, then.
But it is the sixth volume of the light novel series that I shall be focusing on here, which I have mixed thoughts about – mostly positive, but there is some stuff that I’m not too keen on.
This volume contains chapters forty-six through to fifty-six of the story, as well as a side story and a bonus story.
Taking a break from investigating the Elder Dragons’ mysterious activities, the party decides to spend some rare time apart. But when Pauline, Mavis, and Reina go hunting on their own, they quickly discover just how much they rely on Mile! Will Mile’s absence be their undoing – or can the trio pull through on their own?
That synopsis suggests that the Crimson Vow spending some time apart is the main focus of this volume of Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!, but it is really not. There’s three chapters that focuses on the Crimson Vow’s time apart; for the rest, they are very much together.
Of those three chapters, two focus on Mile going solo for a few days – the things she gets up to are pretty funny. As for the other three; well, they learn just how hard is to be hunters when you don’t have someone like Mile by your side.
It is business as usual for the Crimson Vow: fighting foes that no ordinary humans could hope to surpass, sticking their noses into other people’s business and solving problems for them – that kind of thing.
The Crimson Vow doing their usual thing is just as fun as ever; the aforementioned foes they have to fight has them come up with some rather amusing methods for claiming victory. Though their actions do lead to something of an annoyance a little later on.
There is more history of the world being uncovered in this volume as well, thanks to some ancient ruins which Mile is able to thoroughly explore thanks to her “average” abilities.
This offers some intrigue, and continues the plot that started with the appearance of the Elder Dragons a little while ago.
One thing that I’m not so keen on in this volume of Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average (or just Abilities Average for short) is the whole “females have to settle down and get married”. That philosophy really seems at odds with Crimson Vow’s freedom as hunters, but apparently that will eventually come to an end, too.
If I’m recalling correctly, none of the characters have ever really expressed a desire to get married – besides, they’ve more or less sworn that they’d be together forever as the Crimson Vow.
A character introduced in this volume, named Leatoria, would have been a good opportunity to explore this. Being the daughter of a noble, it is expected of her to marry a man at some stage in her life – however, seeing the Crimson Vow at work, she is inspired to become a hunter.
That goes nowhere, with Leatoria turned down and then never spoken of again – at least for the remainder of this volume. Maybe she’ll return in a future volume, perhaps making a name for herself as a hunter.
The Crimson Vow in the present are great, and reading about them carrying out their duties as hunters is a lot of fun – particularly as they totally outclass almost every opponent they come across, and there is definitely a sadistic streak among them.
It’s the Crimson Vow’s future that I’m not so keen on. Whenever it comes up, it almost always invariably involves marriage.
The thing is, I could not imagine any member of the Crimson Vow settling down. I feel like they’d be too attached to the life they lead with Mile at the centre of it all, and wouldn’t want to give it up.
When it comes down to it, though, we are experiencing the Crimson Vow’s journey at present, and it has been a fun one so far, and continues to be so.
With the whole marriage thing, FUNA either keeps bringing it up because either that is how the hunting careers of the Crimson Vow will end, or the Crimson Vow will defy what is expected of women in that world. I’m hoping for the latter, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we ended up with the former. After all, it is FUNA’s story to write. Or I could be entirely wrong on both counts, whatever.
There is a lot to enjoy in volume 6 of Abilities Average, and that is the stuff with the Crimson Vow just being the Crimson Vow. Mavis gets some particularly noteworthy scenes in this volume. Whilst Mile, Reina and Pauline all may outclass Mavis in terms of magic, some special training with Mile results in Mavis closing the gap a little.
At the moment, I don’t particularly care what comes next for the Crimson Vow after they stop being the Crimson Vow. For now, though, as long as they continue their lives as hunters, I am enjoying reading their adventures.
Finally, I will briefly mention that the bonus story in this volume focuses on Misato Kurihara; that is who Mile was before she was reincarnated in the other world. I only say that as a reminder of who she is, considering it is her appearing on the front cover of this volume.