Manga Review: The Faraway Paladin

Details: Currently ongoing. Also known as Saihate no Paladin, 最果てのパラディン and a bunch of combinations of the words Faraway and Paladin.

Score: 6/10

The Faraway Paladin is a fantasy-isekai story that starts off slow, gets a bit better, but simply falls into being another average genre story.

A Japanese person is reborn into a fantasy world as a baby raised by an undead mummy, a skeleton and a ghost. Surprisingly, they are all and exemplary family and raise the person lovingly. As our protagonist gets older, he begins to learn the truth about his unconventional family and the world outside his home.

The biggest flaw with this book is how wordy it is. It feels like the author wanted to write a light novel, but settled on an overly narrated comic. This isn’t that much fun to read simply because comics are meant as a visual medium. If you need verbal exposition to tell your story, your not telling a great story. There is way too much text here and I quickly lost interest many times.

Even still, I powered through and what I found was a fairly average fantasy story. I like the genre, so I enjoyed the story. The story isn’t anything special, but it does improve.

A big crux of the story is the mystery behind the nature of this world and the protagonists undead family. I first thought this might be a comedy, but it wasn’t that. This a mostly serious fantasy story.

The art is pretty good.

Overall, this was okay. It’s not a great story and I can see people getting bored and quitting in the first couple of chapters.

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