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When Lizel mysteriously finds himself in a city that bears odd similarities to his own but clearly isn’t, he quickly comes to terms with the unlikely truth: this is an entirely different world. Even so, laid-back Lizel isn’t the type to panic. He immediately sets out to learn more about this strange place, and to help him do so, hires a seasoned adventurer named Gil as his tour guide and protector. Until he’s able to find a way home, Lizel figures this is a perfect opportunity to explore a new way of life adventuring as part of a guild. After all, he’s sure he’ll go home eventually… might as well enjoy the otherworldly vacation for now!
Hello everyone and welcome to Gray’s Nook where I discuss and review manga, short stories, and novels! In today’s blog, I was graciously allowed a copy of “A Gentle Noble’s Vacation Recommendation” by MISAKI-MOMOCHI-SANDO from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I went into this novel with high hopes as the vibe from the cover and overall summary implanted the seed that this is going to be a wholesome yaoi manga.
I’m not new to the Isekai genre, but if you are, here’s a brief explanation of it: “Isekai (Japanese: 異世界, transl. “different world”) is an “accidental travel” genre of light novels, manga, anime, and video games that revolve around a normal person from Earth being transported to, reborn or otherwise trapped in a parallel universe or fantasy world. The protagonist is depicted as being already familiar with the parallel world, as it is often a fictional universe from a fictitious work published in the protagonist’s origin universe (see Storybook Series).” (Wikipedia)
In most cases of Isekai genre, the MC can assimilate pretty easily to the new world as there are only a few differences to the universe they were brought to versus their original. This type of genre has become widely popular among manga, anime, books, and games which makes this type of subject matter of “hot potatoes” for me.
The narrative follows Lizel, a noble from another world who has magically appeared in the capital of Parteda, which is between two hostile areas, Marcade and Kavannah. From my understanding and what our MC has elaborated to us is that he used to work for a king in his world. He was sitting in his room and suddenly found himself in the city of Parteda with just the clothes on his back and his sword. Taking this as an opportunity to possibly relax, Lizel decides that in order for him to assimilate to this new universe he needs someone to help guide him.
That’s where Gil comes in, Lizel took an interest in him immediately in the first few pages after this adventurer sought to give a warning to Lizel when he was about to enter a dark and dangerous alley. At first, Gil seemed hesitant to even bother with Lizel, since he’s dressed as a nobleman, but there was something intriguing enough for him to accept Lizel’s offer to hire him for a month to be a bodyguard/chaperone/guide/teacher in this new world. It doesn’t take long for the two to get into some interesting arguments of sorts, but overall the pair complement one another.
In honesty, the story is quite sluggish in progressing through the chapters as a lot of the introduction to the life in living in this new world is very similar to most JRPGs, like the Final Fantasy series and Kingdom Hearts. Much of the basis of the beginning has similar tropes to other Isekai books like ‘That Time I Got Reincarnated into a Slime,’ ‘Overlord,’ and ‘Re:Zero.’ I am a bit saddened that the characters, although they have strong personalities and left a good impression on me, the first volume to the series fell flat for me.
While I am depressed that this volume did not satisfy my hopes of the Isekai genre, I am looking forward to the second copy of the book and hoping that it will change my opinion of it.
As always, thanks for reading, and see you all on the fictional side~!