Llyod Belladonna is the weakest person in his village, which is surprising considering his village is full of descendants from legendary heroes. He is not much of a “warrior”, nor is he good at any physical task. It is often joked, not only by other villagers, but also by Lloyd himself, that he would make a perfect housewife. Which is why it surprised everyone (and why they tried to talk him out of it) when he announced he was going to leave the village and head to the city to become a military officer. Shortly after beginning his adventure, Lloyd comes across Marie, the Witch of the East Side. On the request of his chief, Marie’s old master Alka, Marie took him in and gave him a place to stay while she watched over him during his time training for the military entrance exams.
During this time, we also meet other applicants to the city’s military–Riho, a mercenary who was conned into applying to the military for a clean slate, and Selen, the Cursed Belt Princess, a nobleman’s daughter who is ‘disfigured’ until she meets someone who has the power to remove the curse. Thankfully, she runs into Lloyd as she enters the city, and after he saves her from a ‘bug’ (a huge monster) the belt mysteriously falls off, freeing her from a lifetime of suffering.
Lloyd, Selen, and Riho meet briefly during their entrance exams. This kindling of friendship seems to be broken when they find out that Llyod is not admitted to the military. The two, along with a senior officer, create a plot to get him admitted, and through many twists and turns, we find out that there is more to the goings on in the city than meets the eye. There is also a secret identity to the Witch of the East Side.To top it all off, Lloyd is about as powerful of a wizard and warrior as possible (plus a super big ladies’ man with four girls eventually pining over him), even if he is completely oblivious to it all.
Sadly, I cannot get any more detailed than that for fear of giving away some of the juicy plot twists. Overall, this novel is the perfect read for anyone wanting something with a little bit of action, a fair amount of unreturned romance, and a large amount of comedy. I admire the way Toshio Satou gave the characters life through their dialogue; although at times it did get slightly difficult to spot the difference between true dialogue, inner thought dialogue, and narrator interjection. The story is told in an omniscient point of view, meaning we get to see everything [and I do mean everything] that the characters are doing and saying. Because of this, it also makes the reading confusing when there is more than two characters interacting at a time, or when events happen simultaneously. The action, tempered with lighthearted jokes, teasing between the characters, and Lloyd’s apparent innocence (maybe even ignorance?) about not only his true powers but also life and women, makes this read entirely entertaining.
Lloyd is a novice adventurer who's dream is to discover "true strength" in the capital he's always admired, despite growing up with neighbors who always considered him weak. The story starts with him departing from his hometown, which just so happens to be located right next to...one of the most dangerous dungeons in the world?! Lloyd may think of himself as powerless, but when he goes to the city that serves as the starter town for adventurers, the difference between him and everyone else couldn't be starker!Add to CartLearn More