Story: Hiro Ainana
Art: Aya Megumu
Translation: Jocelyne Allen
What they say
After leaving Kainona, Satou and his companions resume their journey to bring Mia back to her hometown. Upon spotting a blank area on his map, Satou, overcome with curiosity, heads toward it on his own and finds himself in an unfamiliar forest. Little does he know that he’s entered a witch’s territory, and her apprentice is none too pleased with his intrusion!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
I feel like a lot of blurbs for manga have gotten lazy and never do an adequate job of describing what the actual premise of each volume is. Perhaps that is because each volume tends to not have a complete story. This is especially the case for manga adapted from light novels like Death March to the Parallel World Raphsody.
This volume of the manga takes part around the end of volume 2 and the beginning of volume 3 for the light novels. Mia the elf has just been rescued by Satou and they’re now continuing their journey. Satou has just bought several ratmen survivors, who had been protecting Mia before she was captured by Zen, and they seem to recognize Nana as one of the puppets under Zen’s control. Mia manages to quell them and they set off for the ash rat emirate. They do take a detour and stop by the burial grounds, and during this time Satou is given a memo on how to make pottery by the ratmen, but then it’s off to see Red Helmet, who gives Satou the Silent Bell of Bolenan.
They return to Kainona after dropping off the ratmen to sell their now useless cart and horses. During that time, Satou goes to visit a bar where he hears news of a witch… and then gets propositioned by the barmaid for a night of fun. I’m not sure how I feel about a protagonist sleeping with barmaids, though I get not being interested in the kids he’s traveling with. In either event, he returns to his companions, who seem to immediately know he’s been sleeping around. Mia and Arisa are particularly adept at scenting where he’s been despite him doing everything to avoid them knowing what he got up to. After being scolded, they leave the city but run into a familiar face—the man government official who tried to scam them in volume 2.
There’s an obvious bit of foreshadowing here. There’s not much point in having a recurring male character show up in a harem series if they aren’t going to have a role to play, and since this guy was a jerk the previous time they met, it is obvious that this man will be a villain. We don’t know exactly what he is doing yet. However, he shows up several times throughout this volume, and each time he appears to be acting suspicious. He’s buying up flasks from every store around. When Satou goes on to meet the witch, who we learn is brewing potions because of an agreement she has with the viscount, we learn the reason might have something to do with that—though we still aren’t clear since the twist for this plot isn’t revealed in this volume.
Aside from the foreshadowing of the villain for this arc, Satou also ends up helping save a young married couple when their cart is attacked by Rocket Wolves and a Hydra. He informs the guard about what happens, and the governor rewards him for the information by writing a letter of introduction that will allow him to stay at any inn—something he will need since beastmen aren’t well-liked even this far out. Racism towards beastmen is a particularly strong theme in this series, though so far it really hasn’t been explored in depth.
Death March to the Parallel World Raphsody volume 6 is a slow story that drags on quite a bit. Similar to its light novel counterpart, this series has Satou doing a lot of stuff. It even has the same sort of internal monologue that follows his story as he does things, essentially telling you what happens rather than showing you. It’s not bad by any means, but I can’t say this series is good either.
Content Grade: C
Art Grade: C+
Packaging Grade: B
Text/Translation Grade: B
Age Rating: 13+
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: January 22, 2019