Volume 6 of Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town ended Lloyd’s time as a bellboy, as it finished up the luxury hotel arc. Now back at the academy for Volume 7, our cast face a new problem…
Rumours have begun to spread about a powerful monster that has made a home for itself in a new dungeon and the city decides to send the academy students in to investigate. After all, with Lloyd among the students, there’s no way they’re going to struggle against anything they find in there. In fact, the biggest hurdle for Lloyd to overcome may not be the inhabitants of the dungeon, but rather the second-year students of the academy…
Head of the second-year students is Micona, who’s highly suspicious of Lloyd and all the crazy achievements he’s managed since joining the academy. Plus he joined midway through the school year, so Micona is convinced there’s something fishy about his identity. So to prove her theory once and for all, Micona challenges the first-year group to a race to see who can clear the dungeon first and of course, she’ll be doing everything she can to ensure that she steals the glory from Lloyd whatever happens.
Naturally, in true Dungeon Boonies fashion, what no one realises is that this dungeon thought safe for students to conquer is actually an ‘Advanced’ tier, meaning only the most powerful adventurers should take it on and that there is a significant risk to anyone else. Although when you have Lloud on your side, I suppose that’s less of a concern than you’d think.
Much like previous volumes of this series, Volume 7 delivers some great comedic moments as well as striking action scenes. This storyline is more generic than the previous arc, but it’s still fun to watch Lloyd and Micona’s group compete with each other while clearing the dungeon. And in the background, unbeknownst to our protagonist, some nefarious individuals are starting to make a move with plans they’ve been working on since Volume 1.
However, much like many of the shonen titles being put out by Square Enix Manga, there’s a feeling that we’ve seen everything this one has to offer. No bad thing if you’re enjoying its brand of action and humour of course, but if you’re on the fence about it I don’t see anything changing significantly in the volumes to come.
The series is fairly set in its structure of Lloyd fighting powerful enemies while underestimating his abilities. Meanwhile, the rest of the cast continues to be as exasperated as we readers about how clueless our protagonist proves to be. Again, not a negative if you’re onboard with this but certainly likely to wear thin for anyone else now we’re seven books in of the eleven+ available in Japan.
As previously mentioned, Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town Volume 7 comes to the West thanks to Square Enix Manga and continues to be translated by Andrew Cunningham. Volume 8 of the series is scheduled for release in April with #9 following in July and #10 in October.
Overall, Suppose a Kid From the Last Dungeon Boonies Moved to a Starter Town Volume 7 begins a new arc which is entertaining but will feel very familiar to fans of shonen series like this. Existing fans will have a good time, but anyone hoping for something different will likely be disappointed as it doubles down on the tropes we’ve seen in previous storylines.
A free preview can be read on the Square Enix website here.