Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Vol 2 Review
Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Vol 2 is a light novel written by Ainana Hiro, and was originally published as a web-novel in March of 2013. It was officially published a year later by Fujimi Shobo, a brand company of Kadokawa Corporation. Yen On (Yen Press) picked up the English rights to the series in 2016, and has since published two of the nine existing volumes. The illustrations for this novel series are done by Shri.
Synopsis: Suzuki Ichirou, a 29-year-old programmer, was working overtime in a final effort to get his game completed by the deadline. After 30 hours without sleep, he finally passes out underneath his desk. When he wakes up, he finds himself in the desert of a fantasy RPG! Within the game, he’s a 15-year-old named Satou. At first he thinks it’s all a dream, but the experiences are just too real. Having now become an extremely high level, his goal is to see everything this new world has to offer. Before he can do so however, An undead king attacks and kidnaps him! Satou must defeat the undead king in order to make it back to his friends and start his journey.
Review: The second volume of course, picked up where the first left off. Satou was introduced to two new slaves, Lulu and Arisa, and he found out that Arisa was transported to this world from Japan just like him! According to her, she was transported to the Kovork Kingdom by a god, who also gave her special skills and information about the summoning. The chapter that Arisa spends explaining how various things work really helps with world-building and gives more depth to the setting. Death March, unlike a lot of other similar series’, really focuses on the MMORPG elements, which is a plus.
Not much happens during the next chapter, but we do learn that Zena joined the magic knights in order to avoid being forced into marriage. We then learn about an attack that was caused by a ratman leading giant ants into the cities territory. After fending off another giant ant attack, Satou comes across a stranger being attacked by shadows. The person turns out to be a ratman, who was protecting Mia, an elf princess from the Bolenan family. Their meeting is short-lived, as Mia is again attacked, but this time by the Undead King Zen. He uses his shadows to capture her, and Satou allows himself to be captured as well.
They are transported to an area known as the Cradle of Trazayuya. Satou clears this tower-like structure and finds the throne room where Mia is being held. It is here that he learns the sorcerer Zen was also brought here by God from Japan, and that he only turned into the Undead King because he was imprisoned while his wife was killed. Zens wish now was just for a hero to finally kill him. Having been entrusted with the legendary sword Gjallarhorn Satou deals him the final blow. He then escapes the collapsing tower, and in the process saves a group of girls; one of whom, named Nana, joins the group on their journey.
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Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Vol 2 continues to excel in the areas that the first volume did. The story treats itself as an RPG game, which is nice considering a lot of other similar series skip over these details. The only problem with the is the abundance of skills that Satou receives. A lot of these are much to convenient for the situation, and many of them never get used or mentioned again. While the story keeps in touch with its RPG nature, I feel it underestimates this in some areas. Satou also seems to be getting extremely used to the new world at this point, and it appears he doesn’t really care about getting home.
The character building is another thing I enjoy in this series. Arisa had her chapter at the beginning, and Lulu later has a part where she begins to overcome her fear of men. I would assume that the next volume will really give our new characters, Mia and Nana, their time to shine. The illustrations were again beautiful, and their placement was better than before. Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody Vol 2 continues to be an enjoyable read, and is now a series that I look forward to reading when new volumes release.
If you are interested, this book is available for purchase digitally from BookWalker Global.
You can read our review of the first volume here.
Additional Note: Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody has been announced to be getting an anime adaptation, although there is no release date as of yet. Read more here.