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Manga Review: How Not to Summon a Demon Lord, Vol 2

Hey all, Dani here.

Happy Monday everyone. I’m feeling a lot better this day than I was at the same time last week. I have a reading plan in place for the week, as well as a blogging plan, so that’s nice. Hopefully I can get several posts mostly prepped, because that would be really helpful. We only have a couple more weeks before we go to Gen Con, and that is super exciting. Of course, I already have more bookish plans in place, so stay tuned for those posts, coming very soon.

Today’s post is another manga review. I wish I could say that I’m almost caught up with these, but when I tend to read 3 or 4 every time I decide to sit down and read manga, I end up with quite a backlog. I think I have something like 24 more of these on my to-do list. But hey, at least you know I’m not going to run out of posts for Mondays anytime soon.

Let’s get started.

How Not to Summon A Demon Lord Vol2

Book Details

Story by: Yukiya Murasaki

Art by: Naoto Fukuda

Character Designs by: Takahiro Tsurusaki

Summary

OVERPOWERED OVERLORD!

Ever since Takuma woke up in the world of his favorite fantasy MMO, he’s had to play the part of the big bad demon lord. Now, with busty Elf Shera and cute cat-girl Rem by his side, Takuma is ready to go on his very first quest! But when their quest turns out to be a trap, the trio might be in over their heads…

My Thoughts

Rating: 4 stars

I read this as part of Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon in April 2019.

So here’s the thing. I fully admit that when I picked this up, I hadn’t exactly realized that it was a harem manga. It just seemed like a slightly less serious version of Overlord, and I thought the artwork was cute and cool. But yeah, I’m definitely not the target audience for this series. And yet, even despite that, I am really enjoying it.

Shera and Rem are a little less bickering in this one, and more of the world and the magic system and politics are starting to unfold. The more characterization we get, the more I am starting to get invested in the whole story.

Also, it is quite amusing to follow Takuma’s interior freaking out at seeing busty ladies and having them pressed against him and all of that. He is definitely an incredibly socially awkward individual around the ladies, but outwardly he has to portray himself as this powerful and confident demon lord. This performance makes me think of some D&D games I’ve been in, when a person can act completely differently from their normal selves when they shift into character. It’s a fun transformation to witness.

I’m curious to see how the relationships will continue to develop, as well as just how many ladies will end up tangled up with Takuma as the story progresses.

Where to Buy

You can pick up your own copy of this volume from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local independent bookstore.

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