By the Grace of the Gods Non-JNC Bonus Short Stories
So I've discovered that there's a pile of bonus short story content coming out from different media sources that are licensed to other content publishers. I wasn't sure if this should go in the Light Novel Discussion forum since it's all about content that JNC doesn't have the rights to, or if it should go in the J-Novel Club Series forum since the main novel is a JNC license.
I'm listing these by source, where they fit into the novel and a brief description of the short story. If you'd like to read the stories in full, please purchase the listed product. Feel free to discuss these stories and how they tie back to the main novel.
By the Grace of the Gods - Season 1 - Limited Edition (Anime Blu-Ray)
The Duke's Request
Takes place immediately after Vol 1 Chapter 1: Episode 3 at the Duke's mansion.
Reinhart returns home and has a family meeting to discuss Ryoma's situation and ultimately plans a visit to his cave on their way to Gimul.
Before They Met
Takes place prior to Vol 1 Chapter 1: Episode 4 at Gimul.
A cave in at the northern mines in Gimul during an inspection on whether to close them down for good causes chaos. The three guilds of Gimul take charge to rescue 5 people trapped in the mine including a man named Fei.
Elia's Passion and Her Family's Support
Takes place after Vol 3 Chapter 2: Episode 29 slight after the laundromat opens at the inn the ducal family is staying at in Gimul.
Elia, inspired by Ryoma's endeavours and hard work wants to broaden her knowledge. This leads to a discussion on Tamers, taming magic and how summoners differ from tamers.
By the Grace of the Gods - Volume 1 - Manga
- Struggle for Survival
Takes place after Vol 1 Prologue 2 (this story contains an illustration)
Covers Ryoma's 2nd week through 6th month after reincarnating. Ryoma discovers that fighting in close combat against goblins is a bad idea when you only have one set of clothes. A wave of goblins starts to take over the forest and Ryoma executes an extermination of hundreds of goblins to keep his livelihood in the forest safe. There's a brief mention at the end about Ryoma's first slime Tabuchi transforming that kicks off his absorption into slime research, but that's a story for another day.
By the Grace of the Gods - Volume 2 - Manga
- The First Camp
Takes place after Vol 1 Chapter 1: Episode 10 (this story contains an illustration)
While camping out waiting for a landslide to be cleared away Ryoma and the Duke's family have a discussion about cleaner slimes, slime nourishment and slime evolution. Ryoma unveils a plan to help speed along Elia's slime's evolution using his secret weapon: Magic Recovery Medicine, Economy Size. Suddenly a popup hot bath, slime laundromat and slime toilet appear in the camp.
By the Grace of the Gods - Volume 3 - Manga
- While You Were Cleaning
Takes place after/during Vol 1 Chapter 1: Episode 18/19 (this story contains an illustration)
The Duke hits up Gimul's top administrative official and lays into him for corruption and allowing an epidemic disease to spawn in town. Meanwhile His Grace, the previous Duke does battle at the local baron's estate leaving flames of destruction in his wake. Elia and her mother prepare sandwiches for Ryoma.
By the Grace of the Gods - Volume 4 - Manga
- The Parlor of the Morgan Trading Company
Takes place during Vol 2 Chapter 2: Episode 7 (this story contains an illustration)
After demonstrating true alchemy to Serge, the topic of conversion moves on to what fake alchemy in the world is. The conversation shifts to the premise of alchemy and Ryoma starts a science demonstration of how pure oxygen can enhance a flame and how super-cooled water can freeze in an instant. Everyone present is... strained by the reasons behind why Ryoma developed these advanced magic techniques.
By the Grace of the Gods Manga volumes 5, 6 and 7 are slated to release in August 2022, November 2022 and February 2023 and will likely continue the trend of containing a bonus short story and illustration related to the part of the story the manga covers.
By the Grace of the Gods Anime Season 2 has been announced and I wouldn't be surprised if there's an English Limited Edition Blu-Ray set that contains additional bonus stories in the future.
So just wanted to say that with the exception of the Morgan Trading Company story, all of the short side stories out so far fit in nicely to the existing novel. They provide a nice supplement for anyone who's been collecting all of this. The trading company story is the only one so far that doesn't slot in nicely, and that's mostly because that particular episode ends with them leaving in the main novel, so unlike all the other stories where there's a clear cut gap in the main story where they slot in, this one tries to slot itself into the end of the chapter.
The bonus stories from the first two volumes of the manga are my favorites ones out so far, I'm hoping that we'll either get a side story or a main story that goes into more detail about slime Tabuchi's tale since it sounds like it greatly impacted Ryoma.