Here it is: my most anticipated show of the autumn season of anime. Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! is a series of light novels written by FUNA, which also received a manga adaptation. Now, it has an anime adaptation, and I’ll be reviewing the episodes each week to compare and contrast them with the light novels.
This first episode of Abilities Average presents us with anime-original content, as our protagonist Mile arrives in the kingdom of Tils. She quite simply wants to lead an ordinary life after being reincarnated into a fantasy world, but she has a habit of sticking out like a sore thumb – as readers of the light novels know, and watchers of the anime will come to find out.
The innkeeper’s daughter, Lenny, gets to make something of an earlier appearance. She’s a fun character, though she doesn’t really get a chance to show that in this episode. Assuming the adaptation goes on to being more faithful, she will have her chance to shine in the future.
Much of this first episode is spent on introducing Mile’s future companions, and the first one she bumps into is handsome lady knight Mavis. Not that Mile realises she is female at first, though.
The second lass she encounters is the tsundere mage Reina, who calls herself Crimson Reina. This encounter also provides pretty strong evidence that Mile was an otaku in her previous life. Expect Mile to learn on the fourth wall a fair bit throughout Abilities Average.
The third encounter is with Pauline. This episode presents her defining traits as her big breasts and healing magic. There is more to Pauline than that, but we’ll just have to wait to actually see that.
In the light novels, the nanomachines that power magic do not have a tangible form – not even for Mile. Mile is able to communicate with them, and get them to carry out certain tasks for her, but that is about it. Here, in the anime, the nanomachines are represented by Nano, who looks like something straight out of a magical girl anime.
I get the sneaking suspicion that Nano is a lot more marketable than something that cannot be seen…
This episode has a plot that focuses on Mile and her future companions investigating the disappearance of children in Tils, which also results in Mavis, Reina and Pauline showing a little bit of what they are capable of.
Everything is stopped to let us know that Mile does indeed possess average abilities; she is right in the middle between the weakest and strongest creatures in the world. That puts her at roughly 6,800 times more powerful than a normal human.
This episode may mostly be anime original content, but I strongly suspect that viewers will now have a very good idea of what to expect from Mile now.
This was an all right start to the Abilities Average anime adaptation. A decent introduction for our main cast of characters, but I suspect things will start picking up more over the course of the next couple of episodes.
For me, I really started getting into the light novels once the Crimson Vow started going on adventures, so that is what I am most looking forward to seeing adapted. But, hey, everything’s got to start somewhere, even if it does skip the first part of Mile’s story – back when she was known as Adele von Ascham.
Presumably next episode will focus on Mile’s time at the Hunters’ Prep School. There is some fun stuff in store.