Manga Monday: The Girl, the Shovel, and the Evil Eye, Vol. 1

Series: The Girl, the Shovel, and the Evil Eye, Vol. 1
Author: Chouchouhassha
Artist: Kayatamaru
Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Released: September 28, 2021
Received: NetGalley


Tsuguto Sumihara is one of those people you would label nice but maybe a pushover. Unfortunately, Tsuguto’s demeanor directly resulted in his death, as he unwillingly gave up his bus seat, only for the following crash to kill him (and only him).

That should have been the end, but instead, Tsuguto woke up in a new world. It appears to be a mining camp buried beneath a tower of sorts. At least in this world, he was quick to make a friend – he will need all the help he can get!


The Girl, the Shovel, and the Evil Eye, Vol. 1 begins like many other Isekai/reincarnation stories – with a sad background followed almost immediately by death. That bit really shouldn’t be much of a surprise to anyone, though it did a good job of quickly setting the tone.

It also made the new world stand out in stark contrast, as it has nothing in common with Tsuguto’s old world. While it isn’t a video game world, it does have those vibes. If that’s something you enjoy, you should check this one out!
This series is perfect if you’re looking for an interesting but casual fantasy read. Oh! I should also mention that the story picks up the farther you get, so I bet the next volume will be even more interesting.


  • Isekai
  • Fantasy World
  • Team-Up

Trigger Warnings:

  • Character Death

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

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