Allow me to introduce you to my new obsession!
Adapted from the light-novel series of the same name, by Yuka Tachibana, The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent is a delightful isekai manga by Fujiazuki, which tells the story of an office worker who is unexpectedly summoned to another world, where she finds herself gifted with magic powers and surrounded by attractive men. A pretty common setup, to be sure, but it’s one that’s well executed in this manga and I found the first two volumes of this series to be utterly charming.
Sei is shocked when she finds herself ripped away from her grueling life as an office drone and transported to the magical kingdom of Salutania. This fantastical land is plagued by a dangerous miasma, which causes monsters to appear and threatens the stability and peace of the world. A Saint is the only one who can purify the miasma and protect the land from its ravages, so the mages of Salutania have developed a spell for summoning a Saint, should the miasma grow too strong and one fail to be born in the kingdom. For some unknown reason, the spell summoned two people this time, Sei and another woman from her world. The crown prince takes one look at the lovely second young lady and decides that she must be the true Saint, immediately whisking her away to start her training and completely ignoring Sei.
This leaves Sei at loose ends. There’s, apparently, no way to return her to her own world, and nothing for her to do at the palace. But this blatant neglect gives Sei the opportunity to pursue her own interests, and she joins the Medical Flora Research Institute, where she’s able to make use of her interest in herbs and start to learn about potions and magic. That’s when she discovers that any potion she makes is 50% more effective than a regular potion. Could she be the destined Saint after all? And, if so, what does that mean for her peaceful new life?
The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent is a gently paced series that takes its time introducing information about the world of Salutania and its magic system – which seems to operate on video game logic, with power levels and different types of skill categories and magic affinities. Sei slowly explores her new home at her leisure. Which isn’t to say that nothing exciting happens, merely that the focus of the story is on Sei discovering new things, making friends, possibly finding love, and coming to terms with her abilities and what they mean for her new life.
There are different kinds of magical proficiencies in this world and Sei possesses an affinity for Holy magic, which makes her good at healing and support type spells. Also, her power level in the Holy Magic Attribute is set at infinity, making Sei an insanely over-powered heroine. Thankfully, since the focus of The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent is more on interpersonal dramas, Sei’s over-powered status doesn’t rob the story of its tension. Instead, it adds to it, as Sei is reluctant to mention her crazy power-level to any of her new friends, out of fear of what it could mean for her and her role in their society. But power like that isn’t something that Sei is going to be able to hide for long. I can’t wait to see what will become of the cozy little life Sei has built for herself at the research institute, once it becomes clear that she does have Saint-level abilities, after-all.
I found Sei to be a refreshing character. She’s a mature, fully-grown woman – as opposed to a naïve teenager – and she has knowledge and life experience that comes in handy, as she adjusts to her job at the research institute. She’s confident and industrious, throwing herself into whatever task she’s doing and always giving it her best effort. It doesn’t take her long to carve out a new life for herself, despite how different Salutania is from our world, and she seems determined to make the most of things. While Sei was initially pretty miffed about being snubbed upon her arrival in Salutania, she isn’t spiteful and doesn’t dwell on it too much or hold it against Aira, the other girl who was summoned at the same time as her and who is currently acting as Salutania’s Saint. I really like Sei and I was glad that she didn’t become bitter or petty over the whole incident, especially since she doesn’t seem too keen on assuming the mantle of Saint anyway.
Despite being well put-together young lady, Sei is a bit inexperienced in the romance department, which leads to some amusing scenes where she fails to notice that Albert Hawke, the hunky Knight Commander whose life she saved with one of her super-powered potions, is very interested in her.
The romance between Albert and Sei is seriously adorable! He’s clearly smitten with her from the moment they meet, but it takes Sei a while to catch on that he isn’t just being polite and is actually trying to court her – and even then, her friends basically have to spell it out for her. Albert is a true gentleman and he’s very sweet and chivalrous with Sei, who always gets embarrassed and shy when he’s being gallant or doting. It’s so cute, and I love it!
One thing that I’d like to see explored further in future volumes of the series, is what exactly is going on with the Aira. We hear whispers and rumors about her activities, and people make snide comments about her, so we know that things aren’t going great with her training and that she isn’t well liked, but we haven’t actually seen much of her, aside from a brief glimpse at the start of the story. I hope her experiences with living in this world are explored at some point. As it stands, I feel pretty bad for her. I mean, this poor girl has been snatched away from her friends and family and is being forced into a role with huge amounts of responsibility and scrutiny attached to it, and she’s had no say in any of it. And then the people of Salutania turn around and get mad that she apparently isn’t doing a good enough job at being their Saint? Seems like a pretty dick move, guys!
A relaxing and heart-warming read with a likeable lead and a sweet love-story, The Saints Magic Power is Omnipotent instantly stole my heart. A must read for shojo isekai fans, this series gets a hearty recommendation from me.
Final Score: 8.5 out of 10
For more information on this manga, visit Seven Seas Entertainment’s website.
What did you think of this manga? Are you watching the anime or reading the light-novels? Let me know in the comments! I’ve been watching the anime adaptation, which is also lovely and worth checking out.
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