Title: The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat Vol. 2 Manga
Release Date: March 22, 2022
Publisher: Yen Press
I typically distance myself from isekai manga with lengthy titles. Still, The World’s Finest Assassin Gets Reincarnated in Another World as an Aristocrat has enough depth that I can’t help but want to see where the series goes. In the manga adaptation of The World’s Finest Assassin Vol. 2, we see the fruits of Lugh’s hard work.
Where The World’s Finest Assassin Vol. 1 focused on Lugh understanding this fantasy world and learning about his family’s lineage, The World’s Finest Assassin Vol. 2 shows readers what he plans to do with that knowledge. First, a business deal has him taking on the role of the bastard son of a merchant with the task of building an empire through new products and trade. It turns out, like everything else, he’s excellent at this. Further, he’s growing a small following with the introduction of an orphan named Maha and his fake half-brother Beruid.
His ultimate goal is to make them worthy assassins and do his bidding. However, the story is really flimsy with Lugh’s morality. It’s shown that he’ll manipulate those closest to him to get them to do his bidding, but he’ll also go out of his way and devise a plan to save the ones he loves. This struggle is somewhat unwarranted, and I feel like the story doesn’t need to see him as chaotic neutral.
Still, I liked how the story handled Maha’s introduction as it slowed the pace down to explain how she found her way to Lugh. I enjoyed these moments as the narrative doesn’t mind detailing the world these characters live in. There’s an emphasis on family trees and royal blood that adds depth to the world and makes the political themes more prominent.
As you could have guessed, The World’s Finest Assassin Vol. 2 ends on a sort of a cliffhanger as Lugh is finally challenged with something he may not be able to handle. He’s not used to his plans failing, but he also knows how to work under pressure. Until this point in the story, I grew a little tired of his continued success because I didn’t really like him. I don’t even know if the story wants me to like him. Sure, he’s cool, but he isn’t a protagonist that I would deem likable, which could limit his fans.
The manga panels of The World’s Finest Assassin Vol. 2 are excellent. Surprisingly, some rather graphic scenes throughout these chapters add weight to the relationship of the characters. However, I’m kind of wary about how far the fan service would go when it comes to Lugh and his mom. There’s just one scene where she attempts to see his morning wood, which I found wasn’t really necessary.
The World’s Finest Assassin Vol. 2 is a beautiful set of chapters that keeps its pacing with the help of some series-defining relationships and interactions. This Volume is far better than Volume 1 as we get a better idea of this world and see Lugh come into his own. He’s not likable, and the morality of his character is off, but there’s enough here to warrant keeping up with the next volume.
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