It was just another day in Ark Earth Online for Danblf. Well, it should have been, however, something seemed different. He could use all his senses. Had they put in an update? Unlikely. Also, why was he a girl?
She Professed Herself Pupil of the Wise Man (Volume 1) – The Nine Wise Men
Danblf was the greatest summoner in Ark Earth Online, a VRMMORPG. He had cemented himself a position as one of the Nine Wide Men that watched over the kingdom of Alcait. However, he had a nap in the game after playing all night and when he woke up, everything was different. The NPCs were more lifelike. He could smell, touch, and taste. This was getting quite strange. Then, when he saw his reflection in a knight’s polished armour, he couldn’t believe what he was seeing. He was a her!
Then, he remembered setting up a cute girl avatar. That was just for fun, but somehow he must have set it as his main appearance. Now, he found himself in a world just like the game with all his skills and abilities, but he couldn’t say he was Danblf if he looked like this. No, think about his reputation! He decided to tell the knights that he was Mira, apprentice to Danblf. They believed her since they had no reason not to and took her back to the kingdom.
Mira met up with the king, Solomon, also a former player who had been in the game for the last thirty years. He was excited to see that Danblf had returned just as they were about to come out of a period of peace. Now, all nine of the Wide Men were here, however, seven of them remained unaccounted for. The only other was Luminara who always played as a girl in the game anyhow, despite not being one in real life. Now, Mira had to learn the new developments in this world and find the remaining Wise men!
What did you think?
So, this was interesting. I enjoyed the story even though there felt like a lot of well-worn tropes were present. Danblf changing to a girl was probably the least used trope and that’s been done a few times recently… Anyhow, this one has the potential to be a nice story, although it is dragging its heels over what to tell us. There were a lot of explanations, including numerous info dumps.
When I compare this to the last manga I reviewed, The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent it really didn’t do enough to be considered in the same ballpark in terms of how interesting it was or even how well the story was told. It’s a shame because this one promises to have more action as we’ve already seen Mira getting to play with a demon crystal. The fight was good, although a little frantic, making it harder to work out exactly what was going on.
Of course, I will be continuing this series too as it’s an isekai and I have high hopes for where it might go. I also want to see if the reason that they find themselves in this version of the game is worthwhile. I’m already getting a feeling that this could end up similar to In the Land of Leadale, which is a worrying comparison.