Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill (Light Novel)

Alt title: Tondemo Skill de Isekai Hourou Meshi (Light Novel)

Vol: 14+
2016 - ?
4.08 out of 5 from 162 votes
Rank #2,207
Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill (Light Novel)

Mukouda Tsuyoshi was nothing special in modern Japan, so when he was summoned to a world of swordplay and sorcery, he thought he was ready for the adventure of a lifetime. Too bad the kingdom that summoned him only got him by mistake! Not only was he not one of the three summoned heroes, but his stats were laughable compared to theirs. On top of that, there's something really sketchy about this kingdom... "Ah, these people are the kind to try and use the Hero," he realized, and immediately left to make his own way in this other world. The only thing Mukouda can rely on is his unique skill: the "Online Supermarket," a skill that allows him to buy modern goods in a fantasy world. It's useless for combat, but if he plays his cards right, he could lead a comfortable life, maybe? At least, that's what Mukouda thinks, but it turns out modern food bought with this skill has some absurd effects! What happens when Mukouda introduces ridiculously tasty modern cooking to a fantasy world like this? He gets some ridiculous repeat customers begging for more...!

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If this was just a story about an isekai'd office worker who was accidentally caught up in a summoning, traveling around with his Fenrir/slime/dragon familiars and cooking, that's fine. But there's a lot of problems: The cooking descriptions get repetitive and boring, especially because Mukoda's familiars insist on eating meat all of the time, so that's all he ever really cooks, meat dishes (the same ones too, since he never learns new dishes, only cooks ones he already knows). Mukoda is always cowardly, despite him having the strongest familiars in the world and the blessings of several gods, including the god in charge of all gods. Other than that, Mukoda is also pathetic i.e. he laments all the time about not having a girlfriend, even though he never actually tries flirting with women. THE BIGGEST PROBLEM. And a problem common to so many isekais by Japanese authors set in medieval fantasy worlds, the slavery. Mukoda is from 21st century Earth. He knows slavery is wrong. Despite this, he never does anything about it. In fact, he buys his own slaves, for the most stupid reason i.e. to take care of his mansion while he's gone traveling. Not even to fight with him in battle, just to take care of his mansion. Mukoda spends money to support the slave industry. Why? He has no excuse. He's literally the strongest man in the world. His familiars are so strong, that every ruler in every kingdom has ordered their subjects not to bother him, lest his familiars destroy their kingdom. He can literally tell the rulers of every kingdom to ban slavery, and they could do nothing about it because he could destroy them. Mukoda has nothing to fear. With the blessings of all the gods, he can't be killed, can't be poisoned, he's immortal, etc. He literally has no reason whatsoever to not ban slavery. SLAVERY DOES NOT BENEFIT ANYONE EXCEPT THE SLAVE OWNERS, SLAVE SELLERS, AND THE RICH. The people who are slaves don't benefit. Even people who aren't slaves shouldn't accept the system because they are one wrong move away from being slaves. A bad harvest? Lost your money? Can't pay your debts? You become a slave. The only ones who benefit from slavery are those who own them, sell them, and the rich/upper class. These stupid rulers/nobility don't want to get rid of slavery, so Mukoda should force them to. But does he do that? No. In any other story, perhaps banning slavery would be difficult because it's a systemic issue that would require the dismantling of laws and regulations by those in power. But not in this story. Those in power can not threaten Mukoda whatsoever. He has food/water he can get anytime from his marketplace skill, he has strong familiars to defend him, he has the blessings of the gods so he can't die. He doesn't have friends in this world other than his familiars, no family, etc. No home he was raised in, no attachments to this world other than his familiars, etc. There is nothing and no one he can be threatened with. So again, it is baffling to me that Mukoda does absolutely nothing to ban slavery.  Why did the author include this at all? This could have just been a lighthearted story about a man traveling the world and cooking for his familiars. But the author decided to include slavery, even though it has no bearing on the story whatsoever. 

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