Eric's life was stricken with hardship, and after years of enduring the losses of those most precious to him, he finally dies on the battlefield. However, the end of his life was really a second beginning. He finds himself reborn at the very start of his life, with all his memories intact. Now, as the only one who knows the dark fate that awaits everyone he cares about, he must do what he can to become the strongest and save them all.
Balanced. If I was to summarize this manga in one word it would be balanced. The main character is strong and has knowledge, experience, and a second lifetime of training his body from childhood with a single goal in mind- to protect his precious ones. But. He's not overpowered. I don't want to spoil anything, but he can't just take on the entire world alone. So yes, the legendary 'power of friendship' does play a role, lol. This is such a 'I was looking for copper but I found gold' kind of manga. A strong female supporting character/sister figure. A storyline that gets you sucked up into it right away and wanting to know 'what next???' that won't let you put it down. No unnecessary 'fanservice' moments for no reason? Definitely an underrated treasure. Weaknesses: -a lot of characters seem to be purposefully obtuse about things like 'why is a child so desperate to become strong?' or 'how did he learn such graceful sword skills?' and it's skipped over. -the words 'power of friendship' are actually used and it's not a comedic moment, they're dead serious, it's kind of ridiculous-(tho maybe a strength based on preference) has a bit too many chapters of just pure fighting. Very Shuonen. (But then, so is the power of friendship, hmmmm....) Strengths:-plot avoids a lot of cliches -main character is reasonable and realistic for the setting and generally for a person who has been through the things he has -the art is lovely and nicely shaded-made me smile a lot
Why does Felix "loathe" the idea of people being motivated to protect others? It was at that point I realized feir villainy had passed into the realm of cartoonish absurdity and that there was no hope of fem being an interesting character. The tone and energy of that climactic fight with Felix was completely ruined by how heavy-handed they were about including the moral of the story in the dialogue. They might as well have had the characters shouting "This manga is about working together with your friends!" And that is what this manga is about. In addition to the expected goal of trying to protect feir loved ones, Erik also realizes that the fights go a lot smoother when they all work together (rather than being separated into Protectors and Protectees). Obviously though, this means that Erik isn't so overly powerful that fe can just win any fights completely on feir own. Fe does need help. And I appreciate that. Completely dominant characters are often less interesting. I am somewhat disappointed by how little strategic thinking there seems to be. Even though Erik is reliving feir life, fe doesn't actually seem to plan ahead a huge amount. Or I guess I should say that all of feir long-term planning seems to consist of training femself. The longterm trajectory of the story was set up as 1) fe will find all of the loved ones from feir previous life, 2) fe will prevent the events that had led to their deaths. However, after this first event (with Felix), it's now unclear whether any of the future events will even occur. So goal #2 is probably completely irrelevant now and instead fe will just meet up with the two remaining loved ones (Christ and Irene) and vaguely protect them from harm. Stories built around reliving events should always have clear upcoming events; they shouldn't just be "here's a new life with the same people." Many of the characters feel badly written. Selenia's primary character trait is that fe has powerful nagging. And I know that a lot of manga have included the idea of The Admonished Husband as a way to show how wives can have power in a relationship. But if the husband agrees that what fe was doing was wrong, then why is fe doing it? And if fe doesn't agree that what fe was doing was wrong, then why isn't fe defending feir actions? It's a stupid cliche probably based on the stupid joke of just saying "yes, dear" and not arguing. Also, unrelated, there's a scene where Dyan says "If you had been easily swayed...I would have punched you." It seems obstinacy is being confused for "being serious," as though changing your intentions after listening to other peoples' worries and opinions makes you less serious somehow. That dad is an asshole. The bodies can feel stiff and the monsters aren't awe-inspiring. It's okay artwork, but not amazing. [Reviewed at chapter 25]
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