Some familiar faces are appearing before the Crimson Vow in the tenth volume of FUNA’s Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?! light novel series. Some are happy to see them again, others… not so much.
Dragons, Damsels and Lots of Distress!
Mavis’s solo side-quest is unexpectedly extended when she rescues a maiden from pursuers – only to learn that she’s a princess on the run, with a lot of very nasty individuals after her! Meanwhile, there’s trouble in the air as an old foe returns to face the Crimson Vow. Three old foes, in fact, all of them elder dragons! What does this blast from the past mean for the girls?
It is very much Mavis’s time to shine in this volume of Abilities Average, as it continues the story of her solo quest. Even after that, and her reunion with the Crimson Vow, she continues to get most of the focus throughout.
One moment in particular comes from the Crimson Vow’s battle against three elder dragons. It is an event that drastically alters the path that Mavis’ life is proceeding on, and one that shakes her fellow party members to their cores.
Many of the Crimson Vow’s past battles caused no trouble at all for the girls, and they cruised through them no problem at all. This time around, however, we are exposed to a Crimson Vow who find no choice but to put it all on the line, particularly after what happens to Mavis.
It’s rare to see Mile and the others challenged like that, but it does serve as a good reminder that Mile is not the most powerful being in the world.
Having the Crimson Vow become deadly serious does make for one of the most thrilling chapters in this volume, even if it does come at a great cost.
Those events are followed up with a reunion with the Roaring Mithrils, a now A-rank group of hunters who experienced the Crimson Vow’s abilities first-hand some time before. Then two parties take on a quest together, and once again, Mavis shines brightest here.
That comes as a surprise to everyone, most notably Mile.
Seems that any doubts Mavis had about her fellow party members becoming more powerful and leaving her behind are rapidly being dispelled. She’s definitely come on leaps and bounds compared to where she was before; partly thanks to her solo quest, and partly thanks to Mile.
Itsuki Akata’s illustrations continue to impress, too. As you might imagine, we get some really nice Mavis pictures. There’s also a delightful illustration of Pauline in her full glory, if you catch my drift (albeit with no explicit details).
All in all, I’d have to call this a fantastic volume of Didn’t I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!, especially for fans of Mavis. We get some really solid action throughout this one, and it’s nice to catch up with some familiar faces. Mavis’s growth is also something behold, too.