Lloyd is the weakest boy of his village. He can’t fish, he can’t gather wood, and can’t beat any monster, unlike the rest of the village. Except, that village is near an end game dungeon and they are descendant of heroes.
Finally, something new which I wasn’t disappointed with. Since the beginning of the year, I have read my fair share of rather mediocre LN ( and the real reason is lots of gaming explaining why my review rate is so low w). I was familiar with the manga, so I had good expectations, and they were exceeded.
Lloyd is 15 years old boy who is clueless about life outside of his village. He is a very naive kind boy. While he believes to be weak, that is by the standard of end game. For the rest of the world, he is out of the chart. He also sees the world with his village standard, which are humorously out of of touch with common sense.
As he is the weakest, and haven’t seen the rest of the world, his dream is to become a soldier to become stronger. He traveled to Azami and crashed at Marie’s place, a witch, disciple of his village chief Alka.
From there on, the story is about him trying to become a soldier, while Marie is strugglinh to handle him and her her all powerful and trickster master. Lloyd will do incredible feats as Azami is under threat, but it’s nothing more than kicking a rock by the side of the road for him.
If you haven’t realised yet, this is a comedy, and a very successful one. It starts with plenty of creative misunderstanding from every characters. All characters are high in colours, so they live in their own bubbles. Marie might be the one with the most common sense, but that’s all. Alka the chief is a loli granny obsessed with Lloyd, Selen, a cursed girl, bordering yandere with Lloyd, Riho, a mercenary, want to use Lloyd for her love of money.
Now, usually when there are misunderstanding, there is often some manzai dynamic. Strangely enough, it’s subdued, and this is a welcome approach in my books. The humor really stern from Lloyd out of this world actions which he just views as normal. The chain of events is also absurd, all based on more misunderstanding, and also when they realise they made one. The title is really a good representation of the story. A lot of plot points probably emerged from “supposition” scenario from the author, taking elements which are opposite and try to mix creatively. It’s just a wild ride.
Just by itself, it’s fun, but the narrator add his own snarky comments, serving as punchlines. And the narration does merit mentions. At the third person, the narrator is often there to add informations in between parenthesis to explain what Lloyd is actually referring to. Vivid comparisons are also made, and I couldn’t help but totally envision the expression of a character when it was compared to when you drain a plate of yakisoba of its excess sauce and everything actually fall in the sink. This is totally on point that I could imagine the distress of the character, and also wished it never happened to me. The horror…
Illustrations are fitting, in that it captures all the character personalities. Lloyd really looks like the clueless kind boy that he is. The others are as crazy as they are depicted in writing.
At the beginning of the year, I had read “You call that service” by the author of “Max level witch”. I had good expectation since I like their first LN, but I was disappointed by the humour. It relied on the same blood gimmick for its humour punchline, and randomly inserted manzai which fell flat. As there are other LN which failed to amuse me, I was starting to lose faith. Our Boonie boy hopefully managed to restore it. This is a playful LN, with fun characters, absurd plotline and a narrator who gives live to the reading, all in good nature. The gimmick can be branched creatively and provide diversity, without making the characters unlikable ( I’m looking at you cautious hero ). Humour tend to be hit or miss for me, but this time, it’s a hit!
I have read a bit of the manga, and while it’s faithful, it doesn’t have the full narrator which adds another layer of laugh. Instead, it delivers high beat comedy which is harder to deliver in the LN, and of course, Marie’s expression as her common sense is crumbling.
Author: Toshi Satou
Illustrator: Nao Watanuki Website