Story By: Riku Misora
Art By: Kotaro Yamada
Character Design By: Sacraneco
Translation: Caleb D. Cook
Lettering: Brandon Bovia
What They Say:
After starting an economic revolution in the city of Dormundt, the high school prodigies are up to their eyeballs in money and resources. Having also managed to save Li’l Roo from a life of slavery, they take a well-deserved rest. Their break is cut short, however, when “Silver Knight” Inzaghi decides to attack Elm Village, pillage its newfound wealth, and abduct poor Lyrule as a concubine for the feudal lord. All hope seems lost when the best options are to either sacrifice Lyrule’s freedom or put the villagers in jeopardy. But if anyone can find a solution, it’s the prodigies – they have the power to shake the foundations of any world!
Content (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With things in the village going as smoothly as expected due to technological leaps from Ringo’s genius, Tsukasa makes his leisurely rounds and tries to intercept any problems before they occur. And thanks to Masato’s savvy mercantile expertise the people have also secured sufficient supplies for the long coming winter, plus an excess in funds which he uses to solve Li’l Roo’s frightening problem when her former owners try to reclaim their runaway slave. However it is not until Shinobu finishes her secret mission does this comfortable leader learn the true problems they must face: while magic does exist in this world its influence is severely restricted by the kingdom, additionally any new information about the Seven Heroes which coincidentally seemed to point to their involvement in the world has been erased from the record when the religious group who worshipped them were purged by a past dynasty. And yet the news becomes ever worse when the spy informs her friend she cannot conduct any further investigations outside the area since travel is restricted within Findolph domain via a pass, and such paperwork does not seem plausible for now due to the corrupt lord ruling over the land keeping within his tight grip.
It is this pitiful feudal lord named Marquis Edwart von Findolph who now sees Elm Village as a threat to his rule, the same perverted man who has a twisted law of allowing the daughters of his citizens to be his before their wedding night. However while he thinks every idea is of his own creation, it is actually “Silver Knight” Inzaghi who is manipulating his master by insinuating the people of the town are accumulating wealth all as a means to inciting revolt. Therefore when most of the people are deep in the woods for a hunting party, this cowardly soldier and his men assault the hamlet and begin to set it ablaze as punishment for treason against the crown. Seeing no way to fight against such an overwhelming number the remnants quickly surrender, but before things can get worse smoke from the fires alerts the hunters to the panic and they swiftly return. But as Tsukasa organizes the citizens to extinguish the flames and rescue their companions, it does not take long before he notices someone important is missing … in the midst of the chaos the sterling leader kidnapped Lyrule as a prize for his employer to take at his leisure. Can these seven prodigies save their friend before it is too late or will someone have to be a sacrifice to secure a future for all?
After the initial setup in the prior volume it was delightful to see the seven prodigies come into their own in this foreign land, but at the same time it seemed a little to easy as they adapted their advanced knowledge to take advantage of the situation. While writer Misora-sensei tries to keep temptation in check of becoming too much of an influence to this more primitive society, there are times when the author introduces things which are obviously out of place in order to make the plot move forward simply without complications. But at the same time it is these leaps in technology which makes the story relatable to readers, watching in amazement how we take for granted simple things like electric lighting and hot baths, and yet seem like magic to the villagers as their heroes brush them off as commonplace. At the same time it is this new outlook at the ordinary which makes the story such a pleasure to unfold, watching Yamada-sensei’s delightful images bring joy, determination and courage to each panel to allow us to witness what should be a complicated journey with ease and audacity.
However as comical moments and frustrations easily wash over us in the first act, it is the cruelty and gall of the nobility of this second volume which takes the series in a different and bold direction. We always knew the more civilized geniuses would take exception to the unjust treatment of the people, even after being shown how unfairly the villagers were treated until Masato leveled the playing field with his mercantile cunning, thereby expanding upon this lopsided rule within this story to allow us to look to more from the future. But at the same time they have crossed a line of not interfering with the current government and thus drawing more attention to Elm Village, which most certainly will result in events which may explode in their faces due to this simple step. However it also solidifies their responsibility of protecting new friends at the cost of freedom since they will no longer be able to exist within the world without notice, and while it may make for more exciting stories it will also result in problems which even they may not be able to solve.
High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World! is evolving from a lighthearted story into one which allows us to take a good look upon the cruelty of the world and consider if you had the chance to change something, would you do it? To see these prodigies make good use of their skills is refreshing, watching them help others who are disadvantaged without hesitation makes us believe in justice for everyone, beating back the darkness all while knowing they may have to pay for the penalties later, and yet it still does not stop their crusade. However as new villains are introduced to the title, you have to wonder how much more excitement can be shown until the future seems uncertain for all.
Content Grade: A-
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: A-
Text/Translation Grade: A-
Age Rating: Mature
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: January 29, 2019