- Mangaka : Kaeruda, Ameko (Story), Miya, Kazutomo (Art)
- Publisher : J-Novel
- Genre : Adventure, Fantasy, Shoujo
- Published : February 2020
Onna Dakara, to Party wo Tsuihou sareta node Densetsu no Majo to Saikyou Tag wo Kumimashita(Sexiled: My Sexist Party Leader Kicked Me Out, So I Teamed Up With a Mythical Sorceress!) Introduction (No Spoilers)
Tanya Artemiciov was just kicked out of her party by non-other than her childhood friend no less. He said he was doing her a favor because being an adventurer was dangerous and women aren’t suited for it, regardless of how many times she’d saved the party’s ass. What was she to do? Go out to the desert and fire off arcane explosion spell after explosion spell to vent her frustration, of course. Tanya’s indiscriminate destruction of the wilderness just happened to free Laplace, a sorceress history has labeled notorious, from her 300-year-old prison. What should the two very powerful women do next? What else but team up and take down the patriarchy that imprisoned Laplace and got Tayna fired. Heaven help the men that get in the way of the hell these two women will unleash.
The adventure of Tanya and Laplace as they rebel against their male-dominated society starts when the two met after Tanya while venting her anger after being fired by her male party leader by blowing up a mountain, releases the imprisoned sorceress Laplace, who coincidently, was imprisoned by a male colleague inside that recently exploded mountain. The two have a sort of contest and in the end and decide to form a party with the goal of beating the *hit out of her former childhood friend and party leader Ryan. Laplace and Tanya during their quest to kick the crap out of Ryan, gradually reveal the ridiculousness of the gender discrimination in their society such as skimpy outfits for female mages do not help the body access more mana. The goal of the duo is to enter a tournament that will give the opportunity for Tanya’s overpowered self to make Ryan cry for his mother. Tanya’s overpowered abilities as a Magi-Knight combined with Laplaces sorcery let us know without a doubt that the establishment hasn’t got a chance and neither does Ryan.
1. Absolute Badassery
Tanya and Laplace are a party powerful enough to pound any opponent. We get a hint of Tanya’s power early on when she is releasing arcane spells one after another rearranging the landscape like a kaiju strolling through Akihabara. We also learn early on that Laplace’s ability to cast superpowerful spells without saying a word is unheard of in the present world. We get a good sense of their priorities and sense of justice when they hear about how the all-male board of the elite adventurer school handicaps female students scores so they don’t let too many girls in as a way of securing spots for less qualified boys. A late-night visit to the board along with a very sharp sword and magical encouragement is used to help the old men see the error of their ways. The scene was reminiscent of one of those times Batman appears in the bad guy’s hideout to scare them onto the straight and narrow by letting them know there’s nowhere they can hide and then disappears.
2. We All Know a Girl Like That
Tanya isn’t some just girl who acts like a lady at all times and then cooly pulls out her sword and dispatches her enemy as if its the most ladylike thing to do. Tanya is the girl that sits and watches hockey with you shouting and cursing at the TV during the game. She is the girl that sits with her friends at the bar and drinks a real beer, or has a real shot, and not once is like “Oh my … I think this is going to my head, tee-hee.” She the girl that excuses her self, tosses it up in the bathroom and comes back and orders another.
We all know Laplace too. The great sorceress is that girl who knows that she is beyond a doubt the hottest person in the room. She carries herself like she knows everything because she does. Laplace has charm and charisma just floating out her pores. She has been there, done that, and if you are lucky she’ll do it again with you, teaching you everything she’s learned in her well- traveled life. She’s also not interested in what others think. She is going to be true to herself no matter what even if that means making a few enemies.
1. If You Don’t Like to be Introspective
If you’ve ever said you don’t like reading things with a message this might not be for you. If you’ve ever wanted to say something like “stop ruining things you SJW’s” when a story addresses things like equal pay or equal rights this might not be for you. If you still believe that guys are heroes and girls are at most sidekicks or harem members this might not be for you. If you think characters like Asuna from Sword Art Online needed to be demoted to eye candy/damsel in distress in the Fairy Arc this might not be for you. If you don’t like strong women kicking ass this might not be for you.
We loved every moment of this light novel. The pace was fast. The characters were interesting and original. The plot was a great deconstruction of the fantasy hero arc genre. The theme got us to think about things like how bikini armor makes no sense and why are women always mages? We know there are only two novels in the series and (claps hands, bows twice) wish Kaeruda-sensei would write us another adventure involving these ground and ceiling breaking heroes.