Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! started out as a light novel series written by FUNA and illustrated by Itsuki Akata. That light novel series has spawned two different adaptations: a manga and an anime.
I shall be focusing on the former, comparing and contrasting the manga to both the original light novel and the anime adaptation. The manga is being released in English by Seven Seas, who have also licensed the light novels.
This manga adaptation is drawn by Nekomint, and the first volume contains chapters one through six.
Be careful what you wish for…
When it comes to reincarnation, most people hope for a better life – except for recent high school graduate, Kurihara Misato. She wants an average life! Unfortunately for her, thanks to God’s… interesting interpretation of “average,” she is reborn as a young girl with incredible magical powers. Can she achieve the normal life she’s always longed for or will her not-so-average abilities betray her?
The manga almost takes a similar approach to the anime, and that is having the story start out with Mile enrolling at the Hunters’ Prep School, at least after an introductory chapter.
Whilst her meeting with Reina, Mavis and Pauline is shown in the manga, a few chapters are flashbacks to her time at Eckland Academy, when Mile was known as Adele von Ascham.
The second half of this volume focuses almost entirely on Adele’s time at Eckland Academy, detailing her first meeting with Marcela, Aureana and Monika and time at Eckland Academy.
That leads up to the event that resulted in Adele abandoning that name and running away to become a Hunter under the name of Mile.
In contrast to the anime, the manga is a little more faithful to the light novels. For a start, events at Eckland Academy have been adapted – something the anime has not done yet at the time of writing.
Putting that aside, though, everything involving the Hunters’ Prep School does feel closer to the anime version than the light novel. The flashback chapters mean that there hasn’t exactly been all that much happening, but we have the key event of Mile meeting Reina, Mavis and Pauline.
For me, Adele’s story had some things I wasn’t so keen on, and they have managed to make their way into the manga adaptation as well. It is to do with societal roles and what is expected of female nobles in particular. It just feels kind of constraining to read.
There seems to be a lot more freedom when it comes to hunters, which is definitely a strong part of why started to enjoy the light novels a lot more when Mile and company started setting out on various adventures to complete missions.
So once again, I’m not so keen on the Eckland Academy stuff. However, putting it in the first volume means that it can be done with quickly, and the focus can shift back to Mile being a hunter. There’s a lot of fun events in the light novel, and I look forward to seeing how the manga handles adapting them.