Illustrated by Hiroyuki Aigamo
Akira has retreated back to the labyrinth his class went to in volume one, determined to gain maximum levels in as much as he can. He’s been in the labyrinth a month before he finds Amelia trapped inside a slime monster. She’s an elven warrior who has come to the labyrinth for the same reason, and the two decide to team up to defeat the most challenging monsters at the end of the labyrinth. Back in the castle, Kyosuke, another classmate whose class is samurai, wakes to find himself in the princess’s chamber, having just cut through six black crystals. He has no idea what he’s doing or what the crystals are until the next day when hero Tsukasa announces he’s going off to fight the demon king. The rest of the class ridicules him, all except six classmates, Kyosuke among them.
I’m really liking the RPG elements as a storytelling device. Akira is forced to train and grind in order to achieve the skills he needs, and he has to go through some difficult fights in order to strengthen his physical abilities without his magic. I kept waiting for Amelia to betray Akira like everyone else has so far, but it didn’t happen in this book. Now we have seven more of Akira's classmates who are no longer under the spell of the princess, but who's to say she doesn't put them back under her influence? Hopefully, her spells have a distance limitation and she can't do anything to them once they leave the castle. It'll be interesting to see their adventure paralleled with Akira and Amelia's.
Sara's Rating: 9/10
Suitability Level: Grades 8-12
Reviews of previous volumes in this series: vol 1
Tags: Rating: 9/10, Suitability: Middle School, Suitability: High School, Manga, Fantasy, Isekai, School Age, Action Adventure
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