"O, Hero!" With that cliched line, Kazuya Souma found himself summoned to another world and his adventure--did not begin. After he presents his plan to strengthen the country economically and militarily, the king cedes the throne to him and Souma finds himself saddled with ruling the nation! What's more, he's betrothed to the king's daughter now...?! In order to get the country back on its feet, Souma calls the wise, the talented, and the gifted to his side. Five people gather before the newly crowned Souma. Just what are the many talents and abilities they possess...?! What path will his outlook as a realist take Souma and the people of his country down?
Source: J-Novel Club
The appeal of this manga is twofold: 1) Nationwide crisis management, and 2) Building a country's infrastructure from the ground up. If it's not obvious, this manga is focused on government policy, economic stability, and international relations. When Souma Kazuya is summoned to this world from the "real" world, it is on the brink of disaster. There is an ongoing war against demons and even though the country of Elveniden isn't directly involved in this conflict, they are still expected to provide support to the countries on the front lines. As such, their economy has been strained and they are in the midst of a food crisis. The first hook of the manga is Kazuya being given the kingship of the country after impressing the current king. While this is a somewhat silly premise, it's forgivable since, well, it's a manga. It is obviously a plot device used to put Kazuya in a position where he can have the power and authority necessary for the rest of his actions to take place. The manga doesn't make the mistake of simply giving him the kingship and then moving on though. Throughout the story, the rushed nature of the transfer of power is brought up and even leads to events in the main plotline. Many people even assume Kazuya usurped the throne and coerced the king to act like it was his choice. The manga is able to seamlessly transition between a variety of topics and moods. You can have essentially a cooking show in one chapter and a rescue operation in another and they both fit well into the overall story. The author is able to weave these subplots into the overarching story without them feeling like side stories or attempts at lightening the mood. Even when Kazuya goes on a date with Licia, the author uses the outing as a way to explain several of the policies Kazuya has implemented as well as having the disguised couple overhear Halbert Magna complaining about the new king and further showing the tension within the nobility to the new situation. The characters have good and generally unique designs. There are a couple incidents of character motivations being badly explained and just being taken for granted because certain motivations are necessary for the plot to move forward. Or there's the example of Kazuya. He seems oddly knowledgeable about a plethora of subjects, including accounting, forestry, agriculture, city planning, military strategy, sewage treatment, construction, and rescue operations. Whenever the plot needs Kazuya to have expert knowledge about something, he has it. The art is good and seems to match the tone of the manga pretty well. If I'm nitpicking, I've noticed times when the eyes are off-center or when the facial proportions change from panel to panel. Also, and this is just personal taste, I find the absurdly large breasts on all of the female characters who are supposed to be "attractive" to, well, not be attractive. Juna Doma is the best example. She's literally said to be the most beautiful woman in the country, but her udders make it impossible for me to see her that way. Overall, though, I love this manga and I look forward to every chapter. [Reviewed at chapter 16]
Kazuya will never forget a piece of advice of his grandmother: a man needs to make a family and never fail to protect it no matter what. He gets summoned into a new world, remembering the words of his grandmother. When Kazuya reaches his new reality, he discovers that it is composed of the grand continent Landia, as well as of many other islands of various sizes. In this peculiar world, besides humans also live: beastfolk, elves, dwarves, half-dragons, and various other species; there are many nations to find: some co-exist with each other, some, however, discriminate against other people. However, about ten years ago, a demon world appeared out of nowhere, a multitude of monsters spilled forth and reportedly drove the countries of the north into chaos. All the nations had decided to fight against the demon invasion together, however, they suffered a repulse; more than a half of the whole continent now belongs to the demons. Kazuya will now have to learn about the new world, he is summoned to and resolve the crisis. Genjitsu Shugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki starts quite slow and might be quite boring for you to keep reading. However, it has something to offer to the readers. Take for example the fact that Kazuya is summoned in a new world, where he is regarded as a hero. What is interesting about it is the fact that Kazuya does not have the power to singlehandedly defeat the demons and instead of it, he becomes the king of one of the nations that suffers the invasion of the demons. Anyways, to be perfectly honest with you, Kazuya becomes the king of a country that has so many problems to be resolved that it is nothing but a miracle, it has not been invaded yet. And so, Kazuya will need to carry out reforms, conduct negotiations and do everything a king is supposed to do to win the war against the demons. As I have mentioned it already, this manga has a very slow start; it takes some time for Kazuya to show some development. Yet, after some time, he becomes a more interesting character, he understands that if his decisions are wrong, people will die; he realizes that being a king means dedicating everything to the people; this is where this will start to be interesting. All in all, if you are looking for an isekai that is actually unique, this might be a great read. However, if you want to see an overpowered hero that saves the day no matter what, I would not recommend you to read it.
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