The World of Summoning

Alt title: Shoukan Suru Sekai

Vol: 3; Ch: 15
2022 - 2023
3.908 out of 5 from 15 votes
Rank #7,113
The World of Summoning

When creatures, items, and even space itself can be summoned from other worlds, no one should want for anything…right? Tokoyo, a boy who was abandoned to live with the Summoned in the Fantasy District aims to become a summoner to help all his Summoned friends. When he arrives in Tokyo to attend the Summoning Academy, he’s told he’ll never make it by the first summoner he meets! Tokoyo realizes he has a lot left to learn…and finds a new dream: to become the bridge between humanity and the Summoned!

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I've enjoyed this manga so far. I enjoy the idea of clashing common sense, and I like how the main appeal of this manga seems to be a bit more heady and related to interpersonal shit rather than just the fighting and superpower stuff. And the mystery of what's going to happen once Tokoyo gets "released" has definitely been a very strong hook. I will say that the plot device of sending the students out on monster-hunting assignments has been used perhaps a tad too much in a short span of time, but it's still fine enough. It could just be that because the word "worldview" is being used, it primes me to interpret things a bit differently, but I felt like this story could be intended to act as an allegory of sorts paralleling the tension that can occur when cultural traditions clash with new ideals or understandings of how things should work. Tokoyo could be likened to a progressive who doesn't see any issues with adapting the cultural traditions in order to allow for the introduction of new things. And many of the other characters show a range of perspectives--from a vehement (and almost bigoted) rejection of new things to a curiosity about about new things, but without any interest in disrupting the status quo. And, perhaps most notably, the fact that other-worldly things can eventually become part of the "real world" once enough people accept their presence is kind of a parallel to how cultural norms and morals and whatnot will shift once enough people accept a shift. Obviously, the parallels aren't perfect, since I have no idea how the cult people would work within this allegorical interpretation, but it is weird that the word "worldview" is used the way it is within this manga. [Reviewed at chapter 10]

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