My Isekai Life: I Gained a Second Character Class and Became the Strongest Sage in the World! Volume 4 Review
Having left the starting town of Phastan behind, protagonist Yuji has arrived in Kilia where there are quests aplenty for him to test his skills. In Volume 3 we saw Yuji partner up with a group of adventurers tasked with tracking a rock dragon. Still, it wasn’t long before the situation changed drastically and our hero found himself facing off against a legendary dragon!
Volume 4 opens with Yuji battling the Mythic Dragon and finding himself in quite a dilemma due to his most potent spell doing no damage and simply bouncing off! Now all Yuji can do is depend on his slime companions and a mysterious dagger gifted to him by Father Steyl but if his strongest magic isn’t working, is this blade enough to defeat this powerful enemy?
After the fight with the dragon, Yuji gets a request from Ms Dryad to harvest some mushrooms from the scene of the fight since all of the magic being thrown around has made them perfect ingredients to make potions with. In exchange for Yuji’s help picking ingredients, she even agrees to let him keep a couple for himself which will come in handy, seeing as they restore a lot of MP!
Then, toward the end of the volume, Yuji decides to depart from Phastan and head for Ricardo, a town known for its great cuisine. Unfortunately, the area is going through a sudden cold snap and with firewood being in short supply, none of the residents is willing to offer Yuji much in the way of food and board. But for a Sage with so many capable slimes by his side, perhaps there is some way for our hero to resolve the issues Ricardo faces.
Here in Volume 4, it’s clear that My Isekai Life has settled into a comfortable pattern of having Yuji travel around solving problems and fighting off powerful foes. Much like author Shinkoshoto’s other series from Square Enix Manga The Strongest Sage with the Weakest Crest, this series delivers what it says on the tin and has little interest in diverting from that. Of course, that’s not a bad thing if you’ve enjoyed the series so far, but if you’re hoping for something more from it soon that doesn’t seem to be on the cards.
The other thing to keep in mind is that the series also doesn’t seem keen to give Yuji any human companions. Those he met in Volume 3 he’s parted ways with as of this volume, continuing with just the slimes and proudwolf as his side. The slimes are a selling point of the series, of course, so I doubt we’d want to see them take a backseat to humans but it would be nice to see Yuji make more connections. Will the characters he met in Phastan show up again in the future, for example? I hope so, but at the same time, I’m unconvinced right now.
I think the main takeaway from these four books is that My Isekai Life is fun, but nothing spectacular. The action scenes are good (notably in this release when Yuji faces off against the dragon), the slimes add a lot of comedic value given their varied personalities and what story there is can be interesting. Sometimes this is all you want from the isekai genre.
As previously mentioned, My Isekai Life Volume 4 comes to the West thanks to Square Enix Manga where it has been translated by David Evelyn with lettering by Brandon Bovia. The book opens with a colour page and there is also a short story written by author Shinkoshoto. Volume 5 is already available with #6 following in April and bimonthly releases scheduled thereafter. In Japan, the series is up to Volume 19 and still going, so there will be plenty more of this one to enjoy in the months and years to come.
Overall, My Isekai Life Volume 4 offers another entertaining read provided you’ve been enjoying the series so far. It’s clear it has no desire to change things up anytime soon, which isn’t a bad thing depending on what you’re looking for from it.
A free preview can be found on the Square Enix Manga website here.