The books of the other world depend on the bean counter It’s off to a slow start, but it knows it, and that makes all the difference. I guess that also means that this is a pretty close adaptation of the Source light novels, as the comment about the slow start comes from the original novel’s author, who promises that the second manga volume will be a little faster. This definitely holds true, and it also means that this is a series that makes an effort to establish its premise and protagonist, and even if the plot doesn’t progress, it’s still a good take on Isekai and the fact that that sometimes it’s too good at what you do can turn around and bite you.
It’s also a bit like a bit darker, BL version of The magical power of the saint is omnipotent. Kondou, the protagonist, is an overworked Japanese accountant. He’s proud of what he does, but he’s also aware that he’s working himself to death and that something has to change if he wants to get healthy. One night, on his way home from work, he hears a girl scream; When he finds her, she is halfway into a magic circle. When Kondou tries to help her escape, he eventually gets drawn in too, and suddenly he’s the extra baggage a fantasy kingdom didn’t anticipate when summoning a holy maiden. They’re pretty decent, really – Kondou is offered enough support that he could just hang out and not work for the rest of his life. But he can’t bear that thought, so he asks for a job in the palace’s accounting department, and that’s where things get tricky.
Kondou is overly motivated and good at his job, and that affects him in an environment where everyone else has a healthy work-life balance and is more interested in keeping the Knights happy than balancing the budget. His problems include the fact that he has no magic tolerance, leading to him overdosing on “herbal tonics” (basically energy potions) and then finding himself in bed with the stoic knight captain whose gaze he’s caught (not in a good one at first Possibility). But it also puts him on the street with Yua, the girl he was trying to save, because she doesn’t want to think analytically about the situation she was put in and took in the Kool-Aid about how much the kingdom needs her – and if you can judge her books, she should definitely question that. His strong work ethic could also lead him to be taken advantage of by the sly PM, which is set to become the biggest conflict Kondou faces in the future.
However, with volume two, the focus has shifted to the relationship between Kondou and Knight Captain Aresh Indolark. Aresh, having saved Kondou, now feels both honor-bound (having had sex with him) and personally invested in the other man’s health, and much to Kondou’s confusion and dismay, he sets out to find out exactly what the cause is his problems. Since Aresh is not the sort of person that others typically say no to, Kondou is dragged to the doctor for tests and then forced to eat healthy, well-balanced meals with as few “magicules,” an airborne form of magic particles, as possible. against which he has no resistance. Kondou goes along with it all with moderate disfavor; When it comes to work, he’s stuck in the thinking of modern Japan, and he doesn’t see himself as the problem, but everyone else who leaves work on time and takes their lunch break. Aresh doesn’t even try to understand his perspective at first, but by the end of the second volume he sees that while Kondou is too enthusiastic about the work, he may not have invested enough in the finer points of his work. The implication is that they both need to learn from each other what the best balance for a good life is, and that’s a lesson Aresh is investing a lot more in than Kondou at the moment.
Neither is he quite aware of the fact that he is falling in love with the other man. Kondous is too angry (in a gentle way he really doesn’t seem capable of) about his changed circumstances and the fact that no one understands his work ethic to think of romance; He mostly seems to dismiss sex as something that had to happen to save his life from magical poisoning. (The justification is the usual injection of bodily fluids to generate antibodies. Trite, but effective in this case.) He also accepts that Aresh needs to kiss him from time to time for the same reason; Aresh, on the other hand, begins to invest more in Kondou’s treatment and well-being. When Yua tries to heal Kondou, Aresh reacts quickly and almost violently; although he justifies it with the fact that Kondou probably can’t handle anyone else’s magic/magic in his frail state, the way he phrases it and his body language scream that he doesn’t want anyone else to touch his man . Similarly, when someone accuses Kondou of stalking Yua back into her world (for following her screams), Kondou brushes it off by saying he’s not interested in dating someone younger, Aresh (who is twenty-two to Kondous thirty) is horrified and immediately begins to question the statement. If he hasn’t figured it out yet, he’s definitely on the verge of doing so.
Despite a slower first volume The books of the other world depend on the bean counter is a solid, compelling story. While it’s not entirely fair to call it a slightly more racy version of The magical power of the saint is omnipotent, it definitely has moments where it feels like it and when you combine that with some really attractive art it has a winner’s vibe. If you are looking for more adult Isekai or BL Isekai, this isn’t a series you want to skip.