Didn’t I say to make my abilities average in the next life?! Episode 1: Isekai Becomes Self-Aware

If you want a fair and accurate review of this new series from someone who’s actually familiar with the source material, I refer you to TWWK’s. I am not much of a light novel reader, nor do I intend to be fair. Forth, Excelsior!

Didn’t I say to make my abilities average in the next life?! (and let me assure you that my copy and paste shortcuts are getting a workout to avoid making me type this encyclopedia of a title every time) is stretching my patience with light novel titles to its very generous limits. It reminds me of the kind of titles folks gave their books a couple centuries ago:

Argal; Or The Silver Devil, Being The Adventures Of An Evil Spirit, Comprising A Series Of Interesting Anecdotes, With Which The Demon Became Acquainted, During His Confinement In The Metalline Substance To Which He Was Condemned. Related By Himself.

I am not making that up. To be fair, such titles obviate the need for plot summaries, tables of contents, and indexes; so on the whole I guess they do save paper. Which saves trees. Which thwarts climate change. Yay, long titles!

Didn’t I say to make my abilities average in the next life?! is a very self-aware lampooning of the isekai genre. Our heroine, Mile, is very genre-savvy.

When we first meet her, she’s on a study-abroad program in Alternate Universe Rome, dreaming of gelato on what are clearly the Spanish Steps in the Piazza di Spagna.

Gelato is not Italian ice cream. Ice cream weeps in the gutters because it cannot be Gelato.

Real Rome sports the Mouth of Truth: a stone face of one of the Titans, which visitors traditionally put their hands into. The legend says that if you insert your hand and speak a falsehood, you’ll lose that hand. AU Rome replaces it with a dragon’s face:

Mile herself has some awesome life goals:

Hashtag Relatable!

Mile’s quest for average happiness promises above-average entertainment. I’m looking forward to walking the miles in her shoes.

Didn’t I say to make my abilities average in the next life?! is streaming on Crunchyroll.


Dr. Steve, aka NegativePrimes, was introduced to anime while working on his Ph.D. in literary studies, when the local anime club showed Naruto’s fight against Zabuza and Haku on an auditorium big screen. His favorite anime series include FMA: Brotherhood, Erased, Snow White with Red Hair, and Gate, and he also enjoys computer programming, gaming, and technology. Where he finds the time for these, after prayer, work, and raising several children, remains something of a mystery.

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