On the first day of high school, Yuuki Kousuke was killed while trying to help someone. However, that was not the end of his story. The old man he helped happened to be a god. As thanks, he lets Kousuke reincarnate into another world. He was overjoyed to live the life of those overpowered protagonists seen in his favorite isekai stories, however, when he came to, he found himself at the very same spot he died. This is the story of a protagonist living a peaceful life in the modern era with the cheat ability given to him by a god... not. The cat he ended up saving turned out to be a god too.
First thing to know: not mistagged- it’s definitely not isekai, despite the title. I know it says as much in the summary, but I thought maybe it meant that the second god he saved actually would pull through and isekai him but no dice. He nearly gets isekai’d then wakes up in the morgue instead with his promised cheats, and stuff happens, and it turns out his original world is actually not as mundane as he thought all along! It’s really just… funny, I guess. If you don’t find it funny, you’re probably not going to enjoy it at all. It’s kind of mediocre. The references and parody moments make me huff air through my nose, but that's about it. Very... Meh.
The first chapter is flailing about, possibly trying to introduce too many things at once. In fact, throughout this series, the settings feel kinda weak--like the author is just parodying various fantasy tropes rather than trying to build feir own world. The basic idea though is that there are various people in our world who secretly have magic powers, and Kosuke has become able to use these types of powers more adeptly and more casually than anyone else. Fe's all like "Whoopsie-daisy, I just created another super powerful ally out of magic" or like "Oh, did I accidentally defeat your strongest fighter?" The first storyline (ch. 2-16) is about the users of onmyoji jutsu and introduces the idea of the five clans who each hold powers related to one of the five elements. The second storyline (ch. 17-present) is about an oppressive organization of people with special abilities, with these abilities being limited to one per person. There are a lot of magic duels, and Kosuke is able to learn and recreate new techniques basically just by seeing them once (which is stupidly convenient...). Other than the fact that these fights have basically no tension to them, the biggest problem with the set-up of this manga is the way that it makes essentially everyone Kosuke encounters somehow related to the secret magic side of humanity. It gives the impression (presumably, the false impression) that the magic side of humanity is all-consuming, that it's central to everything within society. Where are the muggles and what do they think of all this magic going on in the streets around them? The artwork is inconsistent and often awkwardly proportioned. The character personalities and designs are uninspired and uninterested. It's shitty, but at the same time I have a hard time putting it down...probably because each chapter is relatively short, so they're easy to consume. It's also got some humorous elements to it, which helps. [Reviewed at chapter 30]
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