Illustrated by Gonbe Shinkawa
One day, when out adventuring with a friend, Lecan and his companion spy a black hole inside a dungeon. These black holes have been known to transport adventurers to difficult dungeon levels where they must defeat that level's greatest monster in order to return. Sometimes, adventurers come back fairly quickly, while others don't come back at all. Lecan decides to try his luck at this black hole, and he's actually transported into another world! Almost immediately, Lecan saves a noble family from a fierce beast, and he's taken in by them to be employed as their daughter's personal guard. This gives him a chance to learn the language and customs of this world, but his senses tell him that something far bigger and far more powerful lurks in the woods beyond their home.
This first volume of this story is incredible mediocre. There’s not a whole lot of excitement, and the “cliffhanger” ending only makes promises that the next volume might be more entertaining. This story blends the elements of dungeon/RPG crawlers with an isekai story, but the storyline doesn't really offer much to set it apart from the rest of the genre. Shinkawa's illustrations are very dark and gritty at times, which sets the tone and makes it stand out a bit from the others in its genre. Sheinbishop spends a lot of time developing the fighting system and the world Lecan finds himself in, so we don't get really enough about the characters themselves. Readers might enjoy the violence and the fighting, but unless volume two picks up a bunch in the storyline department, there might not be much to keep readers going.
Sara's Rating: 6/10
Suitability Level: Grades 10-12
Publisher: Yen Press
Publication Date: May 24, 2022
ISBN: 9781975334871 (Paperback)
Tags: Rating: 6/10, Suitability: High School, Manga, Fantasy, Dungeon, Isekai, Yen Press
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