Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles

Alt title: Seirei Gensouki

Vol: 10+; Ch: 51+
2017 - ?
3.806 out of 5 from 755 votes
Rank #12,051
Seirei Gensouki: Spirit Chronicles

Meet Rio: a callous orphaned boy living in the slums. At only 7-years-old, he realizes he’s actually the reincarnation of Haruto Amakawa, a Japanese university student with a tragic past. While still reeling from this shocking epiphany, Rio also comes to learn that he possesses extremely potent magical abilities and uses his new powers to solve the kidnapping case of a little girl. His good deed is acknowledged, and he’s rewarded by being enrolled into… a prestigious academy for noble children...?

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Oh boy, is this one a mess. Firstly, I want to address the art: it does not fit the tone of the story it's trying to convey. It's childish and it's impossible to tell these characters even aged! There's a 5 year time skip and they all still have very rounded faces despite being in their late teens. Why are they all so stick thin despite being in their teens? Also why does a malnourished child have abs?  Story: It's bad. It's really, really bad. It's trying to be political but it's impossible to take anyone seriously with how incompetent these people are. They really think a 12 year old from the slums took a hostage? There were literally dead bodies strewn about the house and you place the blame on a malnourished child? Don't get me wrong, I can understand having a suspicion that the kid may be involved, but to solely put it all on him is bonkers. Characters: They all suck. Bland, one note personalities and they're written for fodder, but as far as I got, that wasn't the case. Shocked they lived through being attacked by monsters given their lack of competence. Additional notes: Why is this creepy middle aged guy having a literal 12 year old teach kids that are her age? So what if she's a prodigy? She would not have the mental maturity to handle that kind of stuff. Being academic smart doesn't suddenly make you mature. Also, why does no one believe the second princess? She's the one who was in the situation, but others act like she's delusional or something. It's a bad series. Don't read it, unless that's your thing.

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