Story By: Riku Misora
Art By: Kotaro Yamada
Character Design By: Sacraneco
Translation: Caleb D. Cook
Lettering: Brandon Bovia
What They Say:
Conquering the Findolph domain was child’s play for the high school prodigies! Now on the path to all-out war with the empire, they embark upon their next feat, which is … starting their own religion?! To help save the people from the tyrannous empire, the prodigies aim to rapidly expand their sphere of influence by casting themselves as gods and angels while wielding their special skill sets for the common good. They’re ready to make history by winning over the hearts and minds of the people, one believer at a time!
Content (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
With the fall and capture of Marquis von Findolph and his domain, Tsukasa and his friends question as to how they can organize the people in preparation for a revolution against the Empire, when he comes up with a simplistic yet unconventional idea – create their own religion. Since most outside Elm Village do not know them no one will wish to follow nor join their cause against a corrupt government, even if they too have suffered under the harsh regime of greedy nobles and power hungry knights, but they may pay heed to celestial beings. By this reasoning if Prince Akatsuki can win them over with illusionary miracles and the ones who accompany him heal those in need, then the citizenry may be willing to listen as they attempt to create a democracy for the betterment of all not just commoners but the royals as well. And so with Aoi to serve as bodyguard and Keine to attend to the sick, all they need is a name for their doctrines … to which Tsukasa suggests The Seven Luminaries, named after the heroes whose existence was erased from history. Hopefully when someone hears their name, they may volunteer information due to the similarities and provide clues in turn to suggest a way back home.
But as his friends spread the word of their new teachings, Tsukasa and Masato snuck back into the now locked down city of Dormundt where nervous nobles discussed their futures after the defeat of Findolph. While most agreed they had nothing to fear since their foes were ordinary citizens and assumed soldiers and knights could take care of any disturbances, Mayor Heiseraat knew this was the wrong manner to approach this uprising. However he could not take any chances and retreated to his room to make preparations to flee, barely noticing the form of a maid cleaning up the bedchambers until it was too late. The woman revealed herself to be Tsukasa and boldly pointed a modern pistol as he threatened the man and told him to sit down, hereby telling his hostage he did not wish harm but instead wished to discuss the future of his city. Through this conversation the prodigy revealed his identity as one of God Akatsuki’s angels and told the man he did not want to kill him, only to listen and agree with his demands to serve their new religion in treating everyone equally … and if he did not and wanted to follow the path of the Empire, then they will be washed away in a path of blood. Seeing the reasoning behind this sound argument and supporting this new manner of fairness for all, the mayor immediately pledged Dormundt would gladly form an alliance with The Seven Luminaries. Now if only it would be this easy for the rest of their goals … but of course how hard could it be for geniuses from another world?
For a volume which starts off which such a delicate topic as creating a religion, it is certainly helpful for mangaka Yamada-sensei to distract readers with a full color harem bath scene – with full nudity since the basis of the story does not get any easier for writer Misora-sensei to broach upon as the prodigies try to create a magnanimous method to manipulate the populace. And while this technique is ingenious by using deception to distract people from realizing they are being controlled by normal humans, at the same time it is presumptuous to allow seven high schoolers to elevate themselves to such lofty ideals as supreme beings all with the notion to steer the citizenry in the right direction without the need to gain their long term conviction. Even if they are using this technique without malice or the need to gain anything aside from trust it still brings up the sensitive nature of this subject – being religion is sometimes thought of as a method to control people, as so eloquently these quotes outline:
“Religion is the opium of the people” – paraphrased from statements of German philosopher and economist Karl Marx
“Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet. Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.” – Napoleon Bonaparte
Although as I stated before since the prodigies do not create their doctrines as a method of control but rather a system to influence the common man so as to take their lives into their own hands there is no enmity, and yet the audaciousness of using this quick fix is unexpected and daring. You have to wonder if Tsukasa considered the aftermath of what will happen once they leave this world … plus the tendency of humans to use any advantage to control the weaker, especially the new technology Ringo introduces such as firearms in a land which still uses swords. However while we consider these deeper issues, it is still amusing to watch the characters help the people of Dormundt and the surrounding lands all as they adjust to their new roles and amusingly new costumes – calling themselves angels as Tsukasa is dressed as a maid and the girls are in risque bunny clothes which barely cover anything. And yet they still find a way to help the needy … all in their own peculiar ways.
High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World! manages to create a motivating story even as it introduces delicate issues, all with its own sense of humor of never taking itself seriously but still allowing their own high moral codes to guide them to help those in need. You cannot but smile as we see these people help the downtrodden and not caring what happens to themselves and yet they still manage to keep a bright attitude even in the grimmest of times. How can high schoolers have such developed principles may be a question sometimes but you still not feel proud when they display such upstanding principles even when they are not yet adults. This is what makes the title a pleasure to read even amidst all of the unusual circumstances, only proving you can never underestimate your youngest opponent.
Content Grade: A
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: A-
Text/Translation Grade: A-
Age Rating: Mature
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: April 30, 2019