Title: Lonely Attack on the Different World (LN)
Japanese Title: Hitoribocchi no Isekai Kouryaku
Author: Shoji Goji
English Publisher: Seven Seas
[Disclaimer: This review is based entirely on my personal opinions and does not contain any sort of bias towards the novel, its origin and the author in general. You are welcome to agree or disagree. And, you can also comment your own opinions in the comment section.]
Reading Status: Volume 2
Now, how should I start this…I can’t even begin to express how eerily similar some aspects of the protagonist and my personality are.
Although not exactly the same, we have a lot of similarities in many places. He is a loner by choice, drowning himself in the world of books. He tends to stay away from noisy activities (and girls), and does his own things in a levelheaded way. Above all, he enjoys his own company.
He is a true loner Hachiman Hikigaya (from OreGairu) could only wish he could become.
Alright, enough about me and the protagonist. Let us talk about the novel itself.
If seen from a superficial perspective this novel is just another Isekai novel with some minor twists, but underneath it is a battle between divine power and the power of human potential. It basically argues that human potential has the power to surpass even the gods. This, along with the consistent level headed personality of the protagonist, is what makes the novel stand out from others of its genre.
At the very beginning of the novel, we get a feel of the protagonist’s observant personality. He does not suffer from an Eighth Grade Syndrome, nor is he a diehard otaku. He doesn’t really hate anyone. He’s just a loner, trying to survive to the best of his abilities, while enjoying his own solitude.
The protagonist has an almost cynical view of the society and its inhabitants. He finds them troublesome and harbingers of trouble. So he wants to stay away from them as much as possible. In his endeavor to achieve that goal, he creates a psychological barrier around himself. A good example would be his inability to remember his classmates’ names. He just generalizes the people around him in certain categories depending on their personality traits and calls them as such.
Due to this barrier, he seems disconnected from his other classmates even when he has to stay with them due to certain circumstances. Even if he helps them, he does so that they can leave him alone a little faster.
The other characters are also quite interesting. At first, we get to know them from the protagonist’s perspective, which doesn’t really paint them in a good light, as he basically thinks of them as walking mountains of trouble. But, as the story progresses, we come to know their real selves and our initial impression of them slowly starts to change.
Not much can be said about the world as of Volume 2. But, it seems like a pretty generic world with all the elements of a fantasy isekai.
Oh yes…there’s a 15+ tag for the WN version and it evolves to 18+ later in the plot. So that’s another reason for me to like it.
The only downside I can find is that sometimes the author thinks it would be funny to start a slapstick comedy session with random strangers the protagonist met for the first time. The author thinks that it’s funny, but it’s really not. I myself find it quite annoying. I will reduct one point for that.