Manga Monday: Even Given the Worthless “Appraiser” Class, I’m Actually the Strongest Vol. 1

Series: Even Given the Worthless “Appraiser” Class, I’m Actually the Strongest
Author/Artist: Morohoshi Fuji
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Released: October 26, 2021
Received: NetGalley

Adding my latest manga read to the list of novels with insanely long titles: Even Given the Worthless “Appraiser” Class, I’m Actually the Strongest Vol. 1. This quirky title and cover were enough to make me curious about the world – and the impossibly strong hero.

Ein was born into a world where everyone is divided into different classes and cannot be changed. He was born an appraiser, which is is one of the lowest rungs available. It is far below his dream of being a hero.

Yet it is because of his abilities, Ein finds himself in a unique opportunity to gain power. Well, his abilities and his compassion. These two traits have set him on a path for something more; the question is, what will he do with it?

Not only does this series seem to promise a humorous plot, but also a rags to hero sort of tale. So, naturally, I went into Even Given the Worthless “Appraiser” Class, I’m Actually the Strongest Vol. 1 with fairly high hopes.

Honestly, I almost feel like I should withhold commenting until I’ve read the second or possibly even third volume. It feels like most of Even Given the Worthless “Appraiser” Class, I’m Actually the Strongest Vol. 1 is focused on setting up the character, his story, and how he gained his power.

I can’t honestly say how the story will move forward from here. I’d like to think that Ein will become the hero he dreamed of. I can’t imagine he’ll do any worse than the two he was following around. But power can do weird things to people, so who knows?

I will say that there is a significant leap in power for Ein’s character. Since the volume spends almost the entire time setting this up, it isn’t exactly a sudden change. But it is significant. I honestly would have expected this sort of increase to happen throughout many volumes, so again, I’m not sure where it will lead from here.

All things said and done; I would say that Even Given the Worthless “Appraiser” Class, I’m Actually the Strongest Vol. 1 was an interesting and entertaining read. It wasn’t my favorite introduction to the series, but then again, some of my favorites took a while to grow on me.

Thanks to Kodansha Comics and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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