Manga Review: I Was Kicked out of the Hero’s Party Because I Wasn’t a True Companion so I Decided to Have a Slow Life at the Frontier

Details: The series is currently ongoing. Also known as 真の仲間じゃないと勇者のパーティーを追い出されたので、辺境でスローライフすることにしました

Score: 6.9/10

A common spin off of the isekai genre is instead of focusing on the hero, we focus on a side companion. Even further, instead of an action oriented story, our protagonist picks something mundane like opening a shop or running a town. This manga goes along those lines, though there is quite a bit of action.

The story takes place in a fantasy world of monsters and magic and is governed by the rules of a role playing game. In this world, people are born with jobs which govern their entire lives. One such job is the “hero” and being born the hero means you have to form a party and defeat the demon king. Our protagonist is part of the heroes party. His job is a “guide,” which means that he is proficient in just about everything, but cannot become an expert in any area. Because of this limit on his ability and that the other members of the heroes party are experts in their respective fields, he quits the hero’s party and decides to live a quiet life running a shop in a small town.

There are a few points to this comic that entertained me. First is watching the protagonist trying to live a quiet life in a town. He tries to get along with the townsfolk while maintaining his secret that he used to be part of the hero’s party. This generally means that he is usually powerful enough to handle most situations, but must go about it secretly.

It’s also fun to watch him try to run a business in this fictional world. A lot of world building is involved here as you learn about the nuances of local fauna and wild life and how the economy in this fictional world works.

The second biggest point of entertainment is the romance between him and his fellow shopkeeper. It’s cute.

The third biggest point of entertainment is one that has not been all that developed yet is how the hero’s party is falling apart without him. While our protagonist was part of the party, he took care of all the logistical an support tasks. With him gone, the party seemingly cannot survive. The hero is also seemingly losing her mind and becoming more psychotic. They haven’t gone too far with this plot point yet but I’m curious how things will turn out.

The art is fine.

Overall, this was an entertaining series. It’s not a must read series, but it’s more than enough for an isekai junky like myself.

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