I shall now be turning my attention to a light novel that has been available digitally for quite a while now. I held off, as I wanted to get it physically, and now that the physical version of Sexiled: My Sexist Party Leader Kicked Me Out, So I Teamed Up With a Mythical Sorceress!, I shall be sharing my thoughts on Ameko Kaeruda’s light novel.
J-Novel Club licensed the light novel for an English release, and as already mentioned, it is available both digitally and in print.
Tanya Artemiciov is a talented Mage-class adventurer who just got kicked out of her party by a sexist scumbag. So what’s a girl to do? Go to the wasteland and blow stuff up of course! One small problem though: she inadvertently frees a mythical Sorceress named Laplace who was sealed away for the past 300 years…
Surprise! Turns out this so-called “wicked” Sorceress is actually pretty cool. Laplace wants to start a party of her own, Tanya wants revenge, and the solution is obvious: team up. It’s time to kick ass, kiss girls, and dismantle the patriarchy!
This first volume of Sexiled is quite simply about Tanya trying to get revenge against the leader of her former party, with a little help from the Sorceress Laplace. A tournament is the perfect opportunity to do just that, though Tanya and Laplace do have to come up with something to ensure that their party is a low enough rank to qualify for it in the first place.
They also help some young ladies with lofty aspirations along the way, in a world where women are looked down upon just because of their gender.
Whilst Tanya and Laplace’s efforts are certainly commendable, I’d not exactly call Tanya an ideal role model. Most other light novels I have read tend to be pretty mild when it comes to swearing, but Tanya is incredibly foul-mouthed. She drops so many f-bombs over the course of the story.
Considering what she has to go through, can’t help but feel that is entirely justified though. It does leave me wondering how Tanya’s dialogue was written in the original Japanese; I imagine she used some pretty coarse language when she got angry.
Our other main character, Laplace, isn’t without flaws, either. She thinks pretty highly of herself. Honestly, though, Tanya’s foul mouth and Laplace’s arrogance are aspects of the characters that are actually quite enjoyable.
I also enjoy the relationship between the two. Tanya learns pretty quickly what makes Laplace tick, so things get pretty amusing when Tanya wants to call in a favour.
The two may kiss (with Laplace initiating generally), but I wouldn’t exactly call them lovers. At least, not yet. There are definitely hints about their feelings for each other, but I guess Tanya’s too focused on her revenge to concern herself with that for the time being.
Besides Tanya and Laplace, there are also a handful of other characters introduced throughout the story. Of course, there’s the leader of Tanya’s former party – he’s exactly as you’d expect. The phrase “male chauvinist pig” springs to mind.
Fortunately, most other characters introduced are far more likeable, although there is one girl who does need to be shown the light, as it were. So perhaps not quite a positive first impression for said character, but it does get better. Besides, the way she behaves initially can be attributed to the role women are expected to play in this story’s society.
Sexiled: My Sexist Party Lady Kicked Me Out, So I Teamed Up With a Mythical Sorceress! is a really enjoyable read from cover to cover. I suspect some readers may find it empowering, too. A lot of it is build up to Tanya getting her revenge, and the pay off is definitely worth it.
Also worth mentioning: this is fantasy genre story that is not isekai. No reincarnating in other worlds here. Makes a nice change of pace.
It would be remiss of me to not mention Kazutomo Miya’s illustrations, since this is a light novel. They’re all good, and there isn’t much else for me to say on the matter.
Anyone craving a story about strong female characters would do well to seek out Sexiled: My Sexist Party Leader Kicked Me Out, So I Teamed Up With a Mythical Sorceress!.