That”s quite a mouthful to say. It didn”t even fit in title of this app huh. Boo Boo, as I have been calling this series in short, is a novel I never expected to love so much. It was pure whim I started on this novel. I have had a soft spot for novels written by Kazuma Kamachi, mostly due to how his writing seems to fit my taste. There is more than necessary world building with details that might just pass for info dumps on level of physics textbooks. But this novel was different to his usual style. We got a fantasy setting with game elements and a non human protagonist so innocent you would just want to give him a hug. But than you”d get so repulsed by his size, smell and just by him being an Orc that you”d never trust something innocent ever again. That”s right, the protagonist of this series is none other than a huge smelly innocent orc. Orcs have always been known to be mortal weakness and a natural enemy of female knights iykwim. But than you get bored of all those recurring plots so you decide to put them together as partners. Except this time the Orc is innocent and the female knight is a perv that is almost at the edge of commiting The Crime. This isn”t an 18+ novel by the way. Sorry to disappoint those with some weird expectations.
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Title: The Weakness of Beatrice the Level Cap Holy Swordswoman That Made Being the Strongest Even More Trouble – His Name? Boo Boo
Author: Kazuma Kamachi
Volumes: 7 volumes (completed)
Anime Possible? No!
Manga Possible? No!
A massive underground labyrinth awaits in an alternate world of swords and magic vs earth. With a game-like system much more familiar with spells and magic circles, Beatrice has managed her magic and risen to the position of “strongest”, but she still has her worries. “Bghohhh!! Bshrrrr…mumble mumble…” B-Boo Boo! Stop! Stooooooop!! I’ll…I’ll be crushed!? I-is my, ah, love being tested!?” Who is the legendary man named Boo Boo who, just by taking a nap, can overpower the Level Cap Holy Swordswoman?
The very first reason I liked this novel can be attributed to the meeting between Beatrice and Boo Boo after few years. Boo Boo as a kid was quite cute and Beatrice was so in love with him that she might have just kidnapped him if not for the rules of the two different world. Yet after few years Boo Boo grew up to be a huge smelly orc and Beatrice was left with her love shattered. Her trying to salvage the situation in any way possible was the most fun part to read. It wasn”t only Beatrice who felt betrayed though, even I felt it was regretful that Boo Boo was no longer a cute orc anymore. At first I wanted to the story to continue as it is with Kid Boo Boo. He was just too cute for his own good. I kinda understand why Beatrice wanted to take him home considering how much he looked like a stuffed toy. It was kind of a heart warming story with some bits of comedy, but with addition of Break News, the strongest monsters, this turned into an epic action series. Boo Boo taking on a Break News, the 1000 metre dragon, all by himself and the way he fought had me fall in love with him. And no longer felt bad about him growing up. I always thought the way an Orc would fight would be brutish and all about muscles. But here was a fight where he actually used his brain. In reality defeating a dragon alone which was 500 times bigger than you is quite an impossible task considering the difference in mass and inertia it”d have but Boo Boo using it in his favor showed how strong his battle instincts are. Mind you though Boo Boo isn”t a human so his behaviour too was more related to an animal rather than a human. He strictly followed laws of jungle but strangely it never felt like disconnected. He would only eat meat and Beatrice trying to make him vegetables was kinda hilarious. It was like a mother taking care of a kid except the kid this time was a 3 metre huge Iberian Orc.
The series is based on a simple concept of conflict between different world of swords and magic. It would have been enough if it was a simple Fantasy novel with Boo Boo alone making it a worthwhile read but the info dump at the beginning is enough to turn away most of the people from. Although it was all logical it”d have been better if it was shortened by half. To explain it simply, our world has come to a standstill with no further development in science. If you follow a certain line in developing a certain technology there will be a time it”ll reach a dead end. But there came a Sage that opened gates to different world with a limitless possibilities. The new world had too much information that it needed to be downgraded into game elements so that it can be used. Than came in adventurers that would enter the world and try to extract the information to bring back to original world. But passing through gate was impossible unless they had a device they called Shining Weapon and they can”t stay for more than 3-4 days in other world as it would kill them. This lead to a new age of a secret information war where each country tried to put their resources into adventurers. Like I said, a Fantasy setting would have been fun of its own but adding in a Sci-fi it does kinda get boring to read at some points. It”s not like I hate Sci-fi but adding it needlessly just doesn”t sit well with me. But I did enjoy the way the story progressed due to It. It wasn”t a simple Fantasy vs Science so there”s a unique thing about this novel. It was more of a using “fantasy to progress science” kind of thing. The best concept all the sci-fi info dump would be how it explained the fantasy system here. My best part would be how Tselika crossed the gate from Grounds” Nir to Earth. It could be easy to just say it was magic but putting it into words while explaining it”s mechanics kinda gave it a unique thrill to me. Like “so something like this can be done?”. This gives a better understanding of the world and I felt like I could separate out things possible and impossible in the novel.
Which leads to the biggest reason why I decided to continue with this novel. With the conflicts in real world they”re bound to be reflected in the other world, Grounds” Nir. The way information gathered isn”t by defeating Monsters but defeating Gimmicks that are created from a far advanced technology in Labyrinth. The human race no longer exist in Grounds” Nir. But that doesn”t stop from adventurers trying to use monsters for their sake. In a way volume 1 really showed the difference in values between residents of Grounds” Nir and Earth. Whether it be using Fairies as food for Dragon or killing an entire race of Iberian Orcs to remove the threat. Boo Boo being the final survivor of Iberian Orcs, a race known to be kindest and strongest of them all. The end of volume where Boo Boo fights Beatrice in order to stop her from killing the adventurers that slaughtered his village made me go “ah I want to see where these two will go from now on”. There fight needless to say was brilliantly well done. Beatrice being called a level cap was no joke. Although she can”t defeat a dragon, she can use her powers which are based on fire extremely well to the point where elemental weakness isn”t even a threat. She has mastered the use of flames to its very peak. And this was done through pure science to control the magic. Saying “she uses flames so well she can overpower any other element” is very easy, but author did well in explaining how it is done. Like how she could control lightning just by creating pressure difference through her flames. I felt like Beatrice was too much Overpowered but with how her enemies were more powerful than her kinda makes you feel sorry for all the mob characters working hard to level up. Boo Boo and her put their life on the line when they fought each other and it was only for the sake of other. I kninda love a friendship like that. I wanted to know how it was formed and where it”ll go from here on. And would Beatrice”s love transcend the world and species?
Well it was later revealed that Iberian Orcs can partner up with almost any species so the species barrier was no longer an obstruction. But that”s another douj- I mean story.
Over the span of 7 volumes there were tons of characters of which many had momentary relevance while others stuck till the end. I probably don”t remember all their names considering they were mob characters, but even they played part in progress of the story and towards the end. If we”re to go by character development there would be a huge list but the ones that received most of it would be Boo Boo, Beatrice, The Sage, Skull Wave or Omega, Tselika, Thousand Dragon, Abyss, Sky and some few others. Going about each of them would require a whole blog. So I”ll just mention a few pairs.
Beatrice and BooBoo were the biggest reason this novel was so enjoyable to me. They both are very lonely is what I always felt. Boo Boo not having any kin as his village was slaughtered while Beatrice being caged inside a house due to her importance to the nation. They both relied on each other in tough times and kept pushing each other forward. They have some of the best moments throughout the novels. They have fought each other, sacrificed themselves for other, cried and even fought the toughest opponents together. I was really glad I read the novel just for these two. Them coming to understand each other more clearly was a blissful experience. They both had insecurities but they still found courage to over cone them. The best moment was when Boo Boo made a request towards adventurers towards adventures. The amount of courage it took him cannot be quantified if you read through how he has lived his life.
Tselika and Omega might just be another version of Beatrice and Boo Boo. Omega was the leader of first human party that set things up in Grounds” Nir while Tselika was a succubus that fell in love with him. They both got married but Omega ended up losing his life due to ploy of other greedy humans. Their past was really sad leading to Tselika becoming a nun. But that incident had already warped her mind and she was hell bent on revenge which lead to her creating a miracle of passing through the gate into the human world which was seen to be an impossible task. Love can really be cruel. Omega was one the strongest of humans and still is. His lingering attachment might be the reason that part of his soul got stuck inside a skeleton and he was still crazy strong. It was kinda heart warming when Tselika fought Omega to stop his rampage after he was summoned back from hell.
Iroka, Misoka and Haruka. The three maid sisters tasked with taking care of Beatrice. At first glance they”re ordinary maid but they have been selected from a number talents in order to monitor Beatrice. While they don”t appear much and can”t enter Grounds” Nir, they have been a huge support to Beatrice and are even ready to lay their life on line. They were sent to monitor Beatrice but seeing the loneliness in Beatrice and yet how she tried to take care of them, they truly started serving her. Yet they never were able to become her friend. Watching these sisters bickering is quite fun with strict Oldest Sister, trouble making second sister and a clumsy third sister. They are pretty skilled when it comes to hacking and can put up a good fight with live ammunitions. Their relationship with their mistress go as far as being able to provide a harmonious support in battle without any words. The time when they were able to recreate Beatrice”s power from Grounds” Nir on Earth by pure science was one of the best moment in the novel.
Chosing a favorite fight in this novel is quite tough for me. There are too many to count so I decided to just combine 2 fights into it. For my first option would be the fight between Skull Wave and Beatrice party + Boo Boo. This was one of the toughest fight. Skull Wave is a monster born through a fragment of soul of Omega. He is quite friendly and kind. A skeleton wearing a cowboy hat and being dandy, I just couldn”t get enough of him. This might be the reason why he decided to confront Beatrice Party in order to stop from delving deeper into past so that they would not be hurt. Ultimately it lead to a conflict where Skull Wave almost annihilated them. In the end he was forced to retreat when they Beatrice party cornered him with help of fairies. The other would be Boo Boo vs Omega. This was the most epic fight tbh. Omega as a human was able to beat the shit out of Boo Boo pretty easily. Omega was a really tough foe who might have even defeated Hero if he fought her. His design is also pretty cool with a huge Battle Axe that he is able to weld at high speed. Ultimately his was defeated by Tselika his wife. I still get shivers way he went down with a smile. The dialogue at the end was just too good.
“I was never afraid of anything: trench warfare, poison gas weapons, tanks, fighters, or even the nuclear missiles of the Americans and the Soviets. No, even when I was caught in a plot and killed in this foreign world, I felt no shaking in the core of my body. But no matter what…I’m just no match for this wife of mine…”
There are a lot of emotional moments in the novel. I had a tough time deciding on wheteher to chose Abyss” betrayal or Sky”s scream. In the end I went with Sky”s scream of wanting to live in last volume. Sky was an AI created by Hero to create a environment for her revival. She had no feelings and was forced to work towards that goal. But something changed when she fought Boo Boo. For hundreds of years she was conscious while a task was forced onto her and she worked towards that one goal. But while fighting Boo Boo and receiving help from real world she broke through and found a will to live leading to a heartbreaking scream. It was like all of her being was forced into that scream. I couldn”t come to hate her even for what she had done. The reason I chose this scene over Abyss” betrayal was because I felt like the whole novel came together with that one scream. All the things that was to that final conclusion were somehow connected. Even the smallest of things since volume one.
I can”t judge whether a novel is good or bad since tend to be biased when it comes to something written by Kazuma Kamachi but moments like these make me not care for them. In the end this novel was a joy ride for me. Sure the info dump was boring sometimes as it didn”t play vital role all the time but the story progression makes up for it. Every chapter in each volume felt like a whole volume of its own since a new enemy was introduced almost each chapter. Quite a few volumes felt to be wholesome tbh. I read this novel one chapter at a time while taking my sweet time and between breaks. I have really come to love Boo Boo and I”ll really miss all the characters. The end of the novel was satisfying but I still wanted more. The way the author teased me at the end without giving a proper conclusion to the relationship between Beatrice and Boo Boo is really frustrating. It was also a torture when I had finished volume 6 which ended with death of Boo Boo and had to wait for next volume for a whole of 6 months. I”ll say it again this novel was a great joy ride for me and I still wanted it to continue. The ending I believe was a perfect one for this novel. I really loved the ending phrase. It summarised the whole novel in just two lines.