I Saved Too Many Girls and Caused the Apocalypse, Vol. 9

By Namekojirushi and Nao Watanuki. Released in Japan as “Ore ga Heroine o Tasukesugite Sekai ga Little Mokushiroku!?” by Hobby Japan. Released in North America digitally by J-Novel Club. Translated by Mana Z.

Eventually this series is simply going to have to run out of stereotypical heroines to stack on to Rekka’s pile. We’re down to two – well, one, really, but I have my suspicions about the other – in this book, and the cracks are starting to show – I’m OK with beloved childhood friend, but beloved childhood PET? Yes, turns out the cat was a cat yokai of some sort, and now She Is All Grown Up and everything. Of course, she still acts like a cat. Her story is probably the weakest in the book, actually, as this is essentially a book of four short stories with a wraparound, and so it gets resolved quickly and easily. Possibly realizing that, the author gives us a little more depth to both heroines from the 6th book, who R wasn’t quite sure were heroines or not last time. They may not have crises to resolve, but they do both seem to like Rekka. And then there’s R.

I have been crying out for more character depth and insight into R and her future, and it looks like I’m finally starting to get it. The other “girl” in this volume is an assassin from the future, and the moment we hear she’s named L we know she’s connected to R in some way. As it turns out, she’s the prototype for what R is, and it was originally her mission to save the world… but things took too long, and R had better specs, so she was used instead, and L was sent to live her own life and, well, get corrupted by the forces of evil. As frequently happens in this sort of story. I’m not entirely certain if we’re going to add L to the harem list, but the door is open for her return. That said, I found R more fascinating here. For the most part she remains her dry, emotionless snarky self, but dealing with L finally forces some actual anger and rage out of her, mostly because she can’t be like Rekka.

Much as this series tries to have Rekka be a parody of the clueless harem guy, and he absolutely is, when it comes to saving the girl he’s really, really good at it. R has watched him save the day time and again against all odds, and it’s very frustrating to R that she is ultimately unable to talk any sense into L or save her. Unfortunately, the drawback of my enjoying her plotline is that the rest of the book feels off-balance, as if the other three stories aren’t up to the task of the final one. There’s nothing wrong with them – everyone goes to the pool and tries to flirt with Rekka, to no avail; they hold a “summer camp” at the school in an effort to give Midori a bit more depth, which… works a bit, but she still suffers from not really having had much impact in her debut. So in th\e end this volume of Little Apocalypse is just OK, but the best part is at the end, so it will leave you happy when you finish it.

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