I just want to clarify before I begin this review that I didn’t hate this book. Granted, it wasn’t my favorite, but it wasn’t necessarily bad either. My main issue was it was just a little too boring for me. When I read the summary of the book I expected a little more mystery and intrigue, and instead a lot of the times it was like being in the mind of a teenage girl who just discovered boys. Before I get too far into my review, let me just explain the basis of this manga.
The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent follows Sei, a young twenty something woman that gets transported to another world during a Saint ceremony. A Saint is considered to be a legendary hero that appears once every era when the population of monsters becomes too great. Unfortunately for the kingdom of Salutania, a Saint hasn’t appeared since the recent monster overrun. Instead of figuring out how to defeat the monsters themselves, they decide to do a Saint summoning ritual that brings Sei and another girl to Salutania. Because there is only supposed to be one Saint, Sei is pushed to the side and the other girl is believed to be the correct Saint. With no purpose or way to get back to her own world, Sei discovers the Royal Research Institute that is dedicated to making potions for people of the kingdom. Sei immediately takes a liking to creating potions and decides to join the institute as a full time employee and quickly becomes a powerful potion maker.
The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent sounds like an exciting self-discovery story, but unfortunately it failed in that aspect. Sure, Sei does get a job she enjoys compared to her office job she had in Japan, but any change she has is more in her appearance than personal growth. Every other page would have something about Sei commenting on her appearance or someone else telling her she was so beautiful. Speaking of appearances, everytime a new character would be introduced Sei’s internal monologue would be about how physically attractive she thought they were. I understand explaining someone's appearance when reading a novel where the reader has to build their perception of the character through the use of descriptors, but in a manga where I can see the characters, determine with my own eyes as to what they look like, I don’t need “He was so beautiful” everytime a new character is introduced. A simple “Everyone is so attractive here” would have sufficed. I can easily tell that none of the characters look like ogres, so I don’t need to hear about how Sei is attractive to absolutely everyone she meets.
Another thing that I was kind of disappointed about was that nothing really happens. Sei learns how to make potions and then becomes really good at it. We don’t see anything really in between, such as her learning how to make different ones, having difficulties creating a certain potion or what each one does. I would have enjoyed some charts similar to what Heterogenia Linguistico had when referencing objects in different chapters. There were also parts of the book that had potential to be some exciting scenes, but they ended too quickly resulting in a build up that just flatlined. I would have really liked to have seen some of the monsters that the Saint was supposed to defeat or more effects of Sei’s powerful potions. We also don’t get to learn anything else about the supposed real Saint. There are some comments in passing about her progress, but we don’t really hear much else. From what we do learn, it sounds more like Sei is becoming more successful in magic than the other girl, which doesn’t seem like it makes a lot of sense, yet it is never explored further.
While I didn’t mind how the story was written, I just didn’t feel overly satisfied when I finished it. I’m hoping when volume two is released, it will explore the different aspects that I would have liked to have seen more of. Until then I may consider reading the light novel of the same name and hope I get more of an in depth look into the story.
Living the workaholic life in her mid-20s, Sei never expected she’d be summoned to another world, let alone obtain the power of a living Saint. And she especially didn’t expect to be totally ignored by the locals! While the kingdom desperately needs a hero, it turns out Sei was just the backup option. Left alone, she explores her newfound powers at the royal Research Institute, unraveling the mysteries of magic potions. As she helps the sick and the dying, her talents reveal themselves. Might Sei be the Saint this world needs after all?"Add to CartLearn More