Why We Need Mile
Episode 10 of Didn’t I Say To Make my Abilities Average in the Next Life gives us a brief flashback of Mile/Adele’s time at the academy prior to leaving to become a Hunter. It is interesting how little the anime has focused on this part of Mile’s reincarnation and at the same time fairly smart give when reading the light novels the story got far more interesting after she joined the hunter school. Still, it was welcome to get a brief glimpse of this life even if it led to an episode that felt essentially like filler as the other three members of the Crimson Vow try to throw a surprise 200 Day Anniversary for Mile.
Despite the silliness of the episode, it does lead fairly handily into the next one where Mile expresses concern that her party members might be leaning a little too heavily on her extraordinary abilities. As a result, the three resolve not to rely on her so much and take on a challenging quest to find a missing investigation team. It sets up a situation where you know Mile is going to need to step up and because this is the penultimate episode, even Mile ends up seemingly biting off more than she can chew.
Not that you can take the situation overly seriously. The light and frothy tone of the series so far as well as Mile’s OP abilities make it pretty hard to really expect that any danger will actually befall these characters that they can’t get out of in a probably ridiculous manner.
The anime continues to be pretty fun and I’m looking forward to the final episode of the season. It will be interesting to see if they resolve this situation the same way as in the books, or if because of all the other changes they’ve made whether we’ll get something totally unexpected. Either way I’m expecting something fun and brightly coloured with just a little bit of absurdity thrown in and I don’t think I’ll be overly disappointed.
Fingers crossed the final episode continues the trend of light entertainment that Average in the Next Life has delivered up until now.
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Images from: Watashi, Nouryoku wa Heikinchi de tte Itta yo ne! Dir. M Oota. Project No. 9. 2019