Illustrated by Sando and Misaki
Lizel finds himself in a strange place that feels very similar to his home. He immediately pawns his sword and sets about finding himself a local guide. He stumbles upon Gil, and adventures nicknamed “Single Stroke.” Lizel, an obvious noble by his stature and demeanor, decides he wants to become an adventurer too! He charms the attendant at the Adventurer's guild, provides critical insight to a team trying to solve a labyrinth, and takes on his first quests to level up.
Lizel is naturally good at everything and wins everyone over so easily that I’m wondering just what the conflict is going to be. It was very quickly brushed aside that Lizel was not in his home, and he decided to treat this whole thing as a vacation, yet had to seek employment immediately. There were quite a few narrative jumps and things that didn’t quite make sense. For instance, while adventuring, Lizel finds teddy bears in treasure chests and somehow knows his buyer thinks very highly of such an item. Not only is he right, but they become best-noblemen-buddies because of the care in wrapping Lizel did. Even in summary, this sounds strange.
This title is part of Tokyopop's LoveXLove line, focusing on all types of love. I was hoping to find some boys-love titles that would be appropriate my library collection, but I’m not sure this series is it because of the problems in story continuity, not because of the LGBTQ+ elements.
Sara's Rating: 6/10
Suitability Level: Grades 9-12
This review was made possible with a digital reader copy from the publisher through Net Galley.
Publication Date: August 25, 2020
ISBN: 9781427863331 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 6/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Fantasy, Isekai, LGBTQ+, TokyoPop
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