- Mangaka : Tachibana, Yuka (Story) and Syuri, Yasuyuki (Art)
- Publisher : Seven Seas Entertainment
- Genre : Fantasy, Romance, Shoujo, Isekai
- Published : November 2020 - Ongoing
Seijo no Maryoku wa Bannou desu (The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent) Introduction
Sei Takanashi, a 20-year old office worker, has been summoned to another world through a summoning ritual done by the mages. There she has met with a group of mages and a prince, but… everyone prefers the second girl over Sei as instead of one “Saint,” there are now two. This situation created a new problem: which one of them is the Saint? Despite being left out by the group who summoned her, she is fine with this. She decided to move out of the palace to set up shop making potions and cosmetics with her newfound magic. The venture goes well and this might not be a bad life for her as long as her supposed Sainthood doesn’t disrupt her new life.
All right! We have been summoned to another world to slay us some monsters and—wait… excuse me, mage. Why is everyone looking at the person next to me? What? We’ve been summoned through a Saint Summoning Ritual and there’s two of us and I’m not the Saint? Not only that, you can’t send me back as well?!
Welcome to Salutania! A kingdom where we basically live in a similar setting as Attack of Titans as outside the kingdom lies a miasma that works like steroids for monsters that seek to destroy humanity. It is now up to the Saints(?) to help the military, mostly the husbandos and the hot men, to fend off against the monsters and the miasma and save the world in the process. Sounds good? But we don’t know which one of you ladies is the Saint as the head magus is currently in a coma because of this summoning, so we’re just going to take the side character and see her as the Saint because she is young, so good luck.
The story conveys the experience of our protagonist, Sei, monthly basis and how she feels and proceeds with her life in a new world to do things she finds fascinating and relaxing at the same time. Before we forget, the artwork in this light novel is amazing and more details will be provided in later.
1. Passion and Interests Brings Results
Real talk. If you’re been summoned to a new world, we are sure that most of your readers will think of this as an opportunity to start a new life for good and enjoy it to the fullest. Back to the review, Sei is from Japan and she is familiar with video games and how the system works. So, it is natural for her to be interested in magic and herbs based on her hobbies back in Japan.
Fortunately, the kingdom’s officials knew bringing a second person from the Saint Summoning Ritual was their fault to begin with, so they let her choose a path of her own but only within the kingdom to avoid any trouble from the outside for the sake of her protection.
Sei didn’t have the time to spend on leisures because of work in Japan. That, in itself, is the foundation of her to change her mindset, only a little, to have a better work-life balance to improve her performance as a Researcher at the Research Institute of Medicinal Flora. That is where she noticed her passive ability as a potential Saint that anything she produced, in terms of potions and cosmetics, has a 50% bonus effect even if she followed the same original recipe without any extra steps or shortcuts. It wasn’t just her interest toward herbalism and producing skincare products, she was a workaholic nature that tends to overproduce her products and running their resources to a red zone. Be sure to check your stock!
2. First-hand Experience in Love
The husbandos in this light novel are… let’s just say hot. There are a lot of husbandos from this series and each has a nobility background but different roles they partake for the royal palace and the military. Some are strong, smart, strict, and easy-going. It is a good read for people who wanted to understand and experience interacting with people with different backgrounds and personalities by putting ourselves in Sei’s position, who has zero experience in romance back in her days.
This may not be the case, but sometimes people think of themselves as not worthy of dating someone because of their inferior looks and personalities. Since Sei is recovering from her overwork life and slowly recovering to a more natural look, which attracts a lot of high profile male characters. Be yourself.
Sei has a feeling that she is the Saint the kingdom is searching for because of her infinite level of Holy Magic and her fast leveling of Pharmaceutical, cooking, enchantments, and healing magic. She just got into a normal life of doing what she is interested in and doesn’t want to have trouble coming at her because of the potential fact that she is a Saint. That is why she tries to keep her abilities a secret for now. However, there are some situations where her feelings for the people she met during her work weigh more than her secrets. You will understand why she takes such actions and supports her decisions.
4. Character Designs
The environment of Salutania is more of a fantasy European setting, but the characters’ ensembles have both European and Chinese authenticity. You can feel the diversity the designer has place into them with love and care and the culture the clothing exhibits. Sei’s Researcher ensemble, by far, the best design in this series and we love it.
Seijo no Maryoku wa Bannou desu (The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent) is a story of Sei’s life as a potential Saint in another world, filled with work as a Researcher and Producer of Potions, skin-care products, enchantments, and saving lives! The character designs were amazing, and you could feel the history and culture behind them. Most importantly, understanding how someone who has no experience in romance feels whenever they got themselves in such a situation. This light novel made us developed a sense of responsibility for humanity and it is nice to read about how there are a lot of good people in this world that you will meet along with the story.
If you’re interested in an isekai where you will be in a position of a Saint, helping those in need while exploring the wonders of the world in one place with the power of a library, give this series a try and let us know down in the comments below!