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High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World! Vol. #04 Manga Review

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The world may burn around them ... but the prodigies have a solution.

The world may burn around them … but the prodigies have a solution.

Creative Staff:
Story By: Riku Misora
Art By: Kotaro Yamada
Character Design: Sacraneco
Translation: Caleb D. Cook
Lettering: Brandon Bovia

What They Say:

After spreading the word of their religion and garnering support from the people, the high school prodigies prepare to head into war with the Empire at the close of winter. However, Duke Gustav throws a wrench – or rather, a spear – into their plans when he suddenly launches “Rage Soleil”! Barreling toward the Findolph Domain, the magical weapon’s furious flames threaten to burn the region to a crisp. Will Gustav have his way and exterminate those who stand against the Emperor? Not if the prodigies have anything to say about it!

Content (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):

It is another late night as Tsukasa and his new council are discussing the next threat they must face, with Findolph Domain under their control the person who stands to lose the most is also the most powerful – Gustav, the Fastidious Duke. Although his main armaments may be on the same level as those of his peers, the one which concerns the Seven Luminaries is something called warcraft magic, or more specifically a technique named Heavenly Fire. However thanks to Ringo’s information they now know it is something akin to a firebomb, but instead of exploding the effects burn everything on the ground. Thanks to this foreknowledge Tsukasa is confident they can handle the weapon due to Ringo’s preparations, but he has still created an emergency manual for all nobles to read in case the worse should happen and other steps must be taken. And yet as they discuss this probable dilemma, the person in question will not wait for winter to end before he launches an attack of his own to regain his lost honor and trust before the insulted Emperor and as such must retaliate if he is to save face for himself or before his leader and thus releases his devastating sorcery.

As this madman revels in his supreme punishment against those who have wronged him and his Emperor, Lyrule is suddenly awoken by an alarming voice with a frightening announcement: the Seven Heroes are in danger. However as the elven maiden rushes off to relay the message, Ringo is alerted by her assistant Kumausa of an object breaching Findolph airspace and calls Tsukasa, with the leader assuming the weapon can be nothing but the spell named Heavenly Fire and the point of impact will be the middle of Dormundt. With the assembled nobles now in a panic not much can be done to calm them since the defence batteries cannot destroy the spear, aside from having a negligible effect to deflecting the missile away from its target. Seeing little choice they chose to use the remaining salvos to steer the magic away from the city, but after the last malfunctions and the technological genius makes a few quick calculations she determines the new zone of destruction will be the aristocrats’ residential district – where Tsukasa and the council are now meeting. Once the horrifying technique collides with the ground, the true terror of its energy begins to spread as the people watch a flaming conflagration assembles itself into a fiery representation of the Fastidious Duke Gustav and proclaims he will punish any who dare to oppose the Emperor or his will with the warcraft magic he calls Rage Soleil.

In Summary:

Ever since this series began and the prodigies started to adjust to their new world, it appears writer Misora-sensei is breaking the mold of the standard isekai story by allowing the protagonists to introduce more foreign technology with each volume, all without worrying of contamination to the development of the society. While we may be able to ignore this common sense rule for the sake of the narrative, there is also the boldness of having convenient plot devices prepared ahead of time so there are no staggering moments to hold the story back as the Seven Luminaries continue forward with their plans for these lands. And yet with a person such as Tsukasa leading them who seems to be the ideal diplomat, the overuse of weaponry to get his point across is becoming prevalent especially when their forces must face violent foes; you would think he would be more apt to talk instead of negotiate via force, or it is just another chance for mangaka Yamada-sensei to add more explosions and killing by the latest weapons, such as ballistic batteries and rifled carbines? While this method does introduce more excitement to the rebellion, what is to keep these same materials from falling into the hands of the enemy? After all this a land of magic but none of the geniuses have attempted to find a way to use it for their own needs, always relying on overpowered killing machines to slaughter those who stand against them. Perhaps now that Lyrule has resolved to learn sorcery she will introduce these teens to the techniques, but for the time being all we have to look forward to in the next volume is more advances from the prodigies as they take the lead in freeing the people from the corruption of the emperor and his nobles.

When one thinks of a rebellion it would make sense for the people participate as much as possible, however in High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World! this concept seems foreign all in lieu of allowing the geniuses lead the way and resolve the volume’s problems as quickly as possible. As this series continues this predilection for overpowering situations with more advanced weaponry comes to the forefront before the book ends, never allowing the people who are supposed to be fighting to doing anything for themselves without aid for making it an easy win. I thought the Seven Luminaries were reputed to be saviors and guide them in the coup, not be at the forefront of each battle … but if the latter is the case, what will be the next futuristic technology introduced which will win another simplistic victory?

Content Grade: B+
Art Grade: A-
Packaging Grade: A-
Text/Translation Grade: A-

Age Rating: Mature
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: August 6th, 2019
MSRP: $13.00

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