In the first our main character goes through something called character development (a word alien to most LN writers, they cant even grasp the concept). The school setting is idiotic to the point of being insulting (seriously, a school for mostly idols). The concept behind this particular school is beyond baffling (Idk what the author was smoking to come up with this setting). Such setting could be explained in a shoujo or slice of hell type of LN, but here it just seemed out of place. I understand that it was to contrast it with the MC, which the author made him look ugly and fat (at least for the first). Was he trying to convey that beauty inside type of sub moral? If he was he did a terrible job since our MC was not likeable at all. He was neutral at best. You could sympathize and understand at best, but he wasn't without fault in the matter. Although, it is perfectly understandable for him to act the way he did after thee death of his parents, but his friends truly cared about him and wanted to support him for most matters he faced. I don't know much about japanese culture and laws but did no one made him go see a shrink, or at least have someone taking care of him? But in the end all of that doesn't matter since his classmates are irredeemable assholes, and our protagonist ends in the wild and emotionally tortured to death. He then meets a gorilla that falls in love with him because she thinks that he is strong (kind of works here because she is a gorilla). Then he starts to fall in love, and proves his love by fighting a demon ghost skeleton (complicated and sounds ominous, he's a pretty good guy), while his common sense is being push over the edge. He defeats the guy gets the girl and everyone is happy. The story could have ended here for the most but sadly it doesn't. Everything in the later arcs is pure LN garbage.
After the first arc, the story embraces all the LN garages tropes shamelessly. It still has that kind of charming sense of humor, but the originality (ok, I'm using that word loosely here) of the first part. I knew that Saria (the gorilla girl) and the MC would become attractive in the future, that much was a given and also that the MC would become OP. I mean I knew that this series is typical LN by nature, so they would want to sell waifus and a cool or handsome MC later on. But ignoring character development of the MC for him to become and bland OP self-insert and push Saria in the background to introduce new waifus, was a bit of a shock (it wasn't, I knew it would happen eventually).
Shinka no Mi is the perfect example of LN shooting themselves in the foot, for the sake of a prolonged story that panders to otakus. It had the possibility to differentiate itself, but falls into the LN type of genre hell. It was never really praise-worthy type of writing or story telling, but it tried to differentiate from other LN and tell an amusing story. It also suffers from a bit of genre clash in the overall story, since it tries to be dark and comedic fantasy harem story. I could go further and talk about the lack of plot and the lack of information of the world/setting or lvl up system, but the first arc makes it perfectly clear that those things don't matter. Heck, the plot is pretty much what happened in the first arc. It was a if the author wanted all of it out of the way first, so that he could do something else. I didn't mind it too much since the story was trying to be a comedy before anything else, so I could excuse most things, but the dark undertone of the LN keeps reminding me that the story isn't pure comedy. So, it is kind of a mess.
Ok... are the butthurt fans gone?... ok ranting time. Damn is this sh*t stupid! We have someone picking a fight against gods and still has the time to f**king do some cooking, is this f-ing precure?!! Those gods are after your a*s and send enemies to get rid of you every other week and what does the guy do? Oh! I know, they'll cook some sushi or whatever japanese dish the author wanted to eat that day! Just who in all the 9 circles of hell picks up a book like this and then asks to read about poorly explained food recipes?!! But seriously here are the 3 options.
A. Try to create an elite force of monsters to be your meat shield.
B. Get stronger at a faster pace so that way you can take care of them, and focus on building a stronger nation with all your spare time.
Or C. half-a*s doing the 2 of the above and try to help in random weirdos in some weird random misadventures in hopes some of the people that are coming to kill you will hesitate to kill if you become a noble (what?? since when being rich and powerful has ever stopped anyone to try to take anyone out)... when the gods they serve are promising to give them anything they desire if they can get rid of you. Arrgh, this is so stupid, this Twilight levels of bad fiction!!!
1 word, priorities... biaatch. Da*n it, is this really the same guy that crawled away as a baby to survive and killed people for revenge and was almost ready to unleash hell in a town for the sake of revenge.?
Also, there are way, waaaaay too many characters trying to fight for relevancy in this da#n book!! Are there any, anyyyy major differences between Vigaro and Borkus? Can anyone truly tell them apart from just reading their lines? Probably can't, cuz they are the freaking same guy. Besides the later being a more completed and relevant character than the former. No wonder why they get along so well they are literally the same guy!!
Is there any real reason why there's a godda*n harem if nothing is mainly explored or the MC doesn't seem give a damn about who joins in?!!! People, that have committed atrocities are allowed in, people that he met a second prior are allowed in; in the future people that have 6 giant di*ks and have more tentacles cthulhu and probably like to mol*st babies will also probably be allowed in (even H*tlr would probably be allowed in... if he wore a skirt). No one seems to care there's no interaction besides: "oh I want a baby" or "look at me"some other nonsense. They are like those weird fan girls Gary Oak had in the beginning of Pokemon; and there's a reason why they got left out.. cuz its just freaking stupid. They all have basic characterization at best and or one trait at worst. At this point in time they just join because every story arc we have 1 0r 2 more baby gold-diggers that want to f a child.
And Oh boy why don't we talk about the giant sleeping elephant/goddess in the room; let's talk about Vida. To be fair Vida isn't a real character at least not yet, but she sure is a fat B sleeping on her a*s that is used as plot device all the time and painted as this force for good. When in fact she is perhaps the worst thing in the entire series. I could go on and talk how Vida is the biggest monster in this goddamn series (creating monsters that are incompatible with the denizens of this world, using the broken soul of the Demon Lord and her f-ing vassals to create a new weapon, ultimately dooming half of the continent when they can always f-off to another world, mating with demon gods that probably killed the other gods/monsters and million of inhabitants) but no... NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!.. enough of this nonsense there are far greater problems that I haven't mentioned.... cuz I don't care.
Other facts include how the MC has close to no personality and seems to lose more personality as time goes on, losing that spark (all that ambition is pretty much gone). Now replaced by cooking and f-ing gag about muscles. And his weird relationship with his cartoonlly evil uncle; that made his tragic backstory into comedy gold.
Also, tired to hear the overly convoluted exposition dump to justify why Rodcorde is so stupid and incompetent, or why Alda is pretty much the good guy and the story still portrays him as somewhat of a villain (The guy wants to take back the parts of the continents that were originally peaceful and not infested with monsters, wants to get rid of monsters that are pretty much designed to cause the extinction of mankind in different ways, and get rid of a possible future demon lord timebomb), or at least a stuck-up fool. (to be fair the guy is a twat and a sneaky a-hole.. hard to root for dat; he is also like 1 of those nerds u just want to beat up for almost no reason)
The story doesn't portray the MC as the good guy but it is hard to refute that when he acts as Vida's proxy, and every other guy in the Alda's camp is either a drone, maniac or shady a-hole or the 3 at the same time (looking at u high priest Gordon).
I could go on and on and on... but I'm tired there's only so much bullsh** a person can tolerate... not only that but the story is always defeating some evil a-hole and then try to give some half-as*ed back-story each time... at this point they are all the same guys. (I don't care about him fighting a rapist for 68th time or helping a damn Orc or goblin find some chicks. Conflicts should be grandiose about clashing morals or grandeur but noooo... those damn rapists and babies-eating written villains ain't gona write themselves)
Also they just keep repeating the same things every chapters to explain all the a*spuls sometimes they repeat the same explanation from a chapter or 2 prior. Magic is poorly defined and the author tries so hard to justify his own incompetence. Listen with magic there's only 2 ways to go about it, either go a la to aru magical index and explain everything or just don't.. don't explain sh*t.
How bad can a story really be? This is a question that all writers must face during the making of their craft (it's obvious that I have no idea where I wanted to with this nonsense). It's bad. Real bad.
I can only guess that this was written by a man-child (also definitely a deviant with anger issues), who has basic education (like middle school perhaps high school? if it is high school god plz help him). Really disappointing when you can feel that there is a lot of heart in the story, however I also play the guitar with a lot of heart and nobody is hiring me.
Might get better, might get worst. However, I got all I need to know from a few chapters. It isn't for adults or children but teens. Escapist teens that is. If you like that sort of stories well you might like it.
One thing that became sadly obvious is that halfway through the story, Rimuru and the author became the same person. The story would be twisted to suit Rimuru and the plot. The weak lvl of danger became almost non-existent, stupid power-ups started to become norm and characters became overall worst. Things just got worst. The things that made the characters and the story a decent read such as exploration, adventure or character development were just gone. The MC became passive, and became all-knowing for some reason.
Ultimately, the story became a fluffy (although all the people the MC kills would disagree), interesting (piece of trash) couple of misadventures designed to pander to fans instead of a decent story.