Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!


  • Premium Member

    @piisfun ahhh my bad, I thought everyone was talking about the latest physical since I saw someone mention the late March release date, which is when I think I got mine. Whoops!! Now I have those to look out for haha


  • Member

    @trashboat With Seven Seas, physical LN's always come out on Tuesdays. Early digital versions always release on Thursday.


  • Premium Member

    @piisfun I think though this one you were talking about is a few months away for the physical release, right? I need to check my preorders but I feel like this was in my summer list. I just got the latest physical one a few weeks ago but I think like you mentioned it is not caught up to digital


  • Member

    @trashboat The last two were really close, but yes.

    Because they do Early digital, the Digital version for most of their books are released about 3 to 6 months before the print copy.

    The same applies to the few J-Novel print editions.

    Vol. 9 come out in print July 7th.

    If only FUNA's third series wasn't in the hands of Sol press...


  • Premium Member

    @piisfun seriously I'm so sad that company has those rights I don't even bother getting it cause I feel like I'll never get an ending


  • Member

    @trashboat They are what J-Novel could have become if they had overextended when they were just getting started.

    Basically, among other mistakes, they don't have the resources to keep up with the workload.

    Anyway... what did you think of volume 8?


  • Premium Member

    @piisfun oh man I agree completely. And I would be totally fine giving them more benefit of the doubt if they could get their communication and update cadence in order, but they're awful at that. Their monthly blog gets updated like 3x a year and release dates pass for things with no info on delays or updates. So disappointing.

    On a happier note, I loved vol 8. I burned through it too fast though and have Mile withdrawal. The struggle is real! The mobile cafe and all the jokes in that part killed me 😁 which one has been your fav?


  • Member

    @trashboat I don't really have a favorite... though I did love the scene of them capturing the bandits in volume 7. And the whole war.

    The best part of the war, though, was how the noble houses and retainers reacted to the king's declaration. Fastest mobilization ever. If the empire ever invades again, they will probably be giving the Ascham Viscounty a wide berth.


  • Premium Member

    @piisfun definitely! I also loved the mistaken identity with the lead soldier from Ascham and the price regarding Mile.

    The other big thing for me this volume was I finally figured out what her penname was based on. I thought she was just going for a cool sounding name and never realized she had merged all three of her names into one. I thought it was super clever !!


  • Member

    A quote from the latest volume (no spoilers)

    The truth was that Mile had mistaken the black-and-white morality of her didactic tales for an actual life lesson. She was mistaken about many things, such as the fact that “not seeing the forest for the trees” wasn’t referring to some kind of invisible wood, or that “too many captains will steer the ship up a mountain” didn’t mean that the impossible became possible with enough people in charge.


  • Premium Member

    @piisfun thanks for the reminder... I hadn't pre-ordered v10, so it didn't arrive with all the other things that came out this past week!


  • Member

    @piisfun said in Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!:

    She was mistaken about many things, such as the fact that “not seeing the forest for the trees” wasn’t referring to some kind of invisible wood, or that “too many captains will steer the ship up a mountain” didn’t mean that the impossible became possible with enough people in charge.

    This is such a delicious Passage. I should probably get around picking this series back up this series back up, I had read through volume I think 4 when I had gotten sidetracked by other other series I was reading.


  • Premium Member

    @piisfun this was a fun volume, and a nice long one too. (I'm not sure of the page count, but a lot happens.)

    Mile remains my favorite of the three FUNA heroines, in part because of the great supporting cast especially the rest of the Crimson Vow.

    It's a shame the anime dumbed down the story and stripped away most of the clever "normal girl" humor. As a commercial for the novels it didn't do a great job.


  • Premium Member

    FUNA fans might also enjoy Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear -- the first three volumes are short but bear-y cute. She's just an ordinary, average, normal girl ... fighting monsters in a bear onesie.


  • Premium Member

    yea Kuma is great brought the first 3 volumes also it has an anime coming soon


  • Premium Member

    Yup. I'm a big fan of "didn't I say..." - I came via the anime but now love the LNs. The "potions" manga primed me to start the LNs for it soon as well. I love the humor and references throughout them.


  • Premium Member

    This series is definitely one of my favourites, and is one of the few series I'm collecting in print. I'm not as much of a fan of FUNA's other two series, though I've still enjoyed reading them (at least, what's released so far). In any case, I thought I'd share a bit of trivia about the author (from a couple of interviews), as I found him interesting in his own right.

    Unlike a lot of isekai authors, he's actually somewhat elderly, and started writing because he was bored after retiring.

    He used to read all the monthly shoujo manga magazines, citing authors like Hagio Moto, Takemiya Keiko and Nakayama Seika as part of his "bible" of works.

    He'd wanted to be a science fiction writer since he was in elementary school, and that's why his works aren't strictly fantasy, but rather have science fiction elements (not Gods, but super technological higher life forms; not magic, but scientific stuff like scattered nanomachines; not magical tools, but remnants of prehistoric civilizations).

    His other dream in elementary school, besides becoming a science fiction author, was becoming the captain of an interstellar spacecraft, though that dream could only ever reach as far as becoming an aircraft captain, ending up halfway through without ever leaving the atmosphere.

    Apparently, Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear was what provided the final push for him to get started writing his own novels.

    When the publication of a book is a approaching, he works on a 48 hour cycle, getting up at 4pm, sitting down to write at 10pm, and then writing and working for 33 hours, going to bed at 7am the next day over. (Or so he says)

    He writes characters with the idea that they're people with a will of their own, who aren't all-powerful, but make mistakes and do stupid things. He strictly adheres to the principle that he won't write anything that might make one say "that character would never do that!"

    When he started writing, he never thought about setting up a character or their personality. Basically, he just called out "Hey! I'm going to write a novel like this, but who wants to play the lead role~!", and got a "Me! I'll do it! I'm going to do it!" in response from a pretty much fully formed personality.

    Unlike "Abilities Average" and "Potions" (which were thought up over the course of days, and were influenced by other web novels he'd read), "Saving 80,000 Gold" was a novel he'd been thinking about writing for years. He has mixed feelings about the fact that "Potions" is selling better.

    When he had just finished "Potions", and was five days away from finishing "Saving 80,000 Gold", he decided he'd be bored with nothing to write, so he spent those five days coming up with and writing the first chapter of "Abilities Average", which he published on the same day "80,000 Gold" ended.

    When meeting with everyone in the production studio for the "Abilities Average" anime, he told them "novels and anime have different characteristics as a medium, so you can feel free to alter the original work without worrying about it." The only thing he wanted them to adhere to was that the characters wouldn't say or do anything that didn't fit their character. He's very happy with the finished product.

    His three bedroom apartment has two rooms packed with books and comics, and the bedroom and living room are "half-packed" with books.

    (To find the interviews, just google "FUNAのインタビュー" or something along those lines.)


  • Premium Member

    @WaterDweller Thanks for sharing that. Very interesting. I love the part about packed with books, etc. I can neither confirm nor deny that may be some I'm very familiar with. ;-)



  • @WaterDweller I'm not sure why, but I was convinced FUNA's a woman. This is surprising, although it does explain the endless jokes about Mile's chest size which I wouldn't normally expect from a female author.


  • Premium Member

    @WaterDweller said in Didn't I Say to Make My Abilities Average in the Next Life?!:

    Apparently, Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear was what provided the final push for him to get started writing his own novels.

    Huh, I'd guessed it was the other way around. Thanks for writing a summary of the interview.

    I'd wondered all along whether he was male or female since his MCs and supporting characters are female and he did a better job of writing women than many other LN authors.


Log in to reply