Skeleton Knight in Another World

Alt title: Gaikotsu Kishi-sama, Tadaima Isekai e Odekake-chuu

Vol: 12+; Ch: 61+
2017 - ?
3.88 out of 5 from 1,975 votes
Rank #8,277
Skeleton Knight in Another World

One day, a gamer played video games until he fell asleep…and when he woke up, he found himself in the game world–as a skeleton! Equipped with the powerful weapons and armor of his avatar but stuck with its frightening skeletal appearance, Arc has to find a place for himself in this new, fantastical land. All his hopes for a quiet life are dashed when he crosses paths with a beautiful elven warrior, setting him on a journey full of conflict and adventure.

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This manga likes the idea of conspiracies--of everything fitting together in one big narrative, one big plot. The problem is that it doesn't actually feel like everything fits cohesively together. It feels like patchwork. For example, the first few chapters have Arc go on some adventures. And later it's revealed that those seemingly unrelated problems fe solved were actually related all along! Or another example: when the slave-trading conspiracy is just dropped and replaced with a warmongering conspiracy, tied together because some nobles are involved with both conspiracies. But honestly, it was probably a good idea to move on from the slave-trading conspiracy, since that was going downhill (chapters 13 and 14 were rushed and uninteresting and made me lose interest in the manga altogether for the next several chapters). Another problem with all this desire for schemes and plots is that I have a difficult time keeping track of which countries are which and what their relation to other countries is, as well as what rank and position certain nobles have. The most important one seems to be Yuriana, who's the princess of Roden and involved with a battle for succession with feir brothers. Fe also heads the negotiation with the elves. Other than that, it just matters that there are signs of war brewing between various countries and the church may be involved as well. As for Arc, fe woke up in this world as feir video game avatar, along with all the skills and equipment fe had painstakingly gained in the video game. But now it's real and fe's super strong. Fe also can't take off feir knightly armor because fe had chosen feir avatar to be a skeleton (and that would scare people). First, fe meets Ponta--a cute little fox-like spirit animal. And when fe meets others like Danka, Arian, and Chiyome, they trust fem because a spirit animal trusts fem. Ponta basically acts as this world's version of a credit score--telling strangers at a glance that Arc is trustworthy. For the most part, I like Arian and the bit of romance happening between fem and Arc. As for the art, I adore the rounded edges to the narration boxes. The curves just soothe me and make me feel at ease. Other than that, I guess the characters are drawn pretty well and it's also good at having action happening in both the foreground and the background (like with Ponta or whatever), so it doesn't feel stiff. [Reviewed at chapter 30]

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