Dying sucks. Luckily for Masaharu Oka and Oka Sanai Sadatoshi, they get second chances at life by reincarnating in another world. Sort of. They don’t get to move about as they please, because their souls are wedged together into a boy known as Bard, who retains his autonomy. However, their habitation influences Bard so that he ushers in new inventions and discoveries to his medieval home.
The Lack of Goal:
Bard wants to make oodles and oodles of money, but that’s the extent of his goal. There’s no ultimate objective he’s saving up for, and his days are spent coming up with new products, selling them, and coming up with new ones. It makes the early chapters seem like a pointless waste of time as you wonder what Bard’s doing and what for.
The Power Levels:
The bulk of the story is Bard’s entrepreneurial endeavors, but interspersed is a fair bit of action, with each combatant on a different power level. A powerful protagonist is nothing new, but it’s good fun seeing him go up against opponents of various skills right off the bat rather than fight progressively stronger dudes and dudettes every arc. We’re also given word that his mom’s an absolute slayer on the battlefield, which is funnily expressed by a mercenary who knows that if he comes face-to-face to her, then that’d be the end of his pretty-boy face.
The Forgotten Premise:
The unique premise of this series is that Bard has an extra two souls inhabiting his body, but it’s mostly used to hook the reader, and once they’re reeled in, it drops it by the wayside. The influence of the souls could very well be chalked up to Bard’s personal quirks, and it isn’t until the end that the volume exclaims, “Oh, snap! Forgot all about the two blokes inside him!” The moment that follows is badass, but the writing could’ve erased the reveal of the two extra souls and made it a plot twist at a later point in the series.
Meanders about for its first half, and it isn’t until the latter half, when there’s some semblance of a goal, though short-term, that it becomes more enjoyable. Masaharu having a “database of a mind” is awfully convenient to have for a series about using his world’s knowledge to enrich himself in the new one, so chapters might’ve been more fulfilling had they taken the time to tell his story, as well as his new samurai buddy, and taking time to express things generally would’ve established a solider foundation. It’s not bad overall, but it needs to take care of itself.