I Told You to Turn Me Into a Pampered Pooch, Not Fenrir!
Translation: Jennifer O’Donnell
What They Say:
After being worked quite literally to death, corporate slave Routa Okami’s dying wish is to be reborn as the well-loved pet of a rich family. When a compassionate goddess actually grants his wish, Routa commits himself to the lazy, carefree, all-you-can-nap lifestyle of a pampered pup-complete with a beautiful owner and all the delicious food he can eat! But as Routa grows…and grows…and grows…he realizes something is terribly wrong. With his enormous body, razor-sharp teeth, and fierce visage, it’s painfully obvious that he was reincarnated not as a dog but as a giant wolf. And not just any wolf-the legendary wolf king Fenrir!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):
I know what you’re probably thinking…another light novel about someone being reborn in another world!? Been there, done that. I understand those feelings completely. There’s just so many out there right now that they all start feeling the same. However, I was pleased to find out that this light novel takes a slightly different and comedic take on the genre.
Our protagonist Routa has had a rough life. Sadly, it never gets any better as he literally dies on the job because of overworking. His dying wish is to be reborn as an adorable puppy with a beautiful, loving master that will spoil him rotten. That doesn’t sound too bad if I do say so myself. And you know what? He’s actually granted his wish! Well, kinda. There’s always a catch, isn’t there? Now reborn in another world, Routa is a cute little puppy like he wished for…or so he thought. As he starts growing a bit older, he notices that he’s way bigger than a normal dog should be and that he doesn’t look adorable at all! In fact, he looks like a ferocious wolf…which turns out that’s exactly what he is. And not just any wolf but the legendary Fenrir, King of the Fen Wolves and the strongest creature in this world. This isn’t exactly what Routa had hoped for. On the plus side, he does at least have a lovely master that cares about him very much and enjoys spoiling him. Her family is also very, very rich. Not all bad, yeah?
Routa never asked to be overpowered. He just wanted to be a normal dog and spend his days lazing around, eating delicious food, and getting all the head pats. King of the Fen Wolves? No thank you! This is Routa’s second chance at life and he’ll be damned if it ends up like his previous one. Most of the story is dominated by Routa doing everything he can to make everyone believe that he’s just a normal dog in order to secure his cushy life. The funniest example of this, in my opinion, is how Routa desperately fights off the urge to growl all the time. He forces himself to woof, woof like a dog instead. He also perfects an ultimate technique – rolling on his back with his belly exposed, tongue sticking out and whining adorably (to the best of his ability). It’s actually quite the effective move. Whatever it takes, he’ll do it!
Nevertheless, there are those that would stand in Routa’s way of enjoying a simple life. There’s Zenobia, a knight that’s a freeloader at the mansion. She doesn’t believe for a second that Routa is a dog and tries to expose him all the time. Naturally, Routa is not a fan of this and he certainly doesn’t appreciate the fact that she tries to kill him on numerous occasions! Luckily for him, all of Zenobia’s assassination attempts end up in failure and with her running away crying. Poor girl. Then there’s Garo and the pack of Fen Wolves that she leads. They recognize Routa as their king but he’s having none of that. Sure, they help him out every now and then but he has to put in the effort to keep them in check. Effort requires too much work and he just wants to be lazy. Lastly, there’s the mysterious forest witch Hecate and her cat familiar. The sultry witch likes to tease Routa and he can’t help but fall for her provocations. She also likes to eat Routa’s delicious food which is a great sin in his eyes. After all, eating all the tasty food he wants is one of the things he looks forward to most in this life! Hecate’s cat familiar also likes to steal Routa’s food sometimes.
As mentioned previously, Routa does have an owner, Mary, that loves him dearly. Heck, she even thinks that Routa is the most adorable dog in the world! Can’t ask for a better mistress than that. Throughout the novel, you can tell that Routa really cares about Mary too. While he just wants to live the laid-back life, he would do absolutely anything for her…even fight a dragon! Yup, Routa fights a dragon. At one point Mary becomes very sick and Routa wants to help her recover quickly. Following Hecate’s advice, he needs to gather a rare ingredient that is only found in a cave inhabited by a dragon. It was never his intention to fight the dragon but mistakes were made. Zenobia, who accompanied him because she also cares for Mary, angered the dragon and thus he was forced to fight. Why must people make his life difficult!? Of course, Routa defeats the dragon since he’s the strongest beast in this world and secures the ingredient. He brings it back to the mansion and the next day, Mary’s better than ever!
Now that everything is back to normal, Routa can finally enjoy the simple life again…right? Nope. Remember that dragon he just defeated? Well, she transforms into a mouse and decides to live on Routa’s back. Why? Because she’s in love with him it seems. Oh boy, things just got a lot more complicated for our protagonist. Also, she’s another one that likes to eat his food. Leave the poor guy’s food alone already! It’s clear that living a laid-back life as a normal dog is going to be a challenge in and of itself. Good luck Routa!
This was a fun read. I probably enjoyed it way more than I should have. The comedy was good and I was greatly amused by all the shenanigans our canine protagonist had to endure. His determination is worthy of admiration. One gripe that I had with the story is that there were a few times where things felt out of place. Also, I felt that the characters weren’t fleshed out enough. I wanted to see some backstories. Hopefully, we’ll get more character development in the second volume. Looking forward to reading it!
Content Grade: B
Art Grade: B
Packaging Grade: B+
Text/Translation Grade: B+
Age Rating: 13 and up
Released By: Yen Press
Release Date: February 19, 2019
MSRP: $14.00 (US), $18.50 (CAN)