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REVIEW: Death March to the Parallel World Rhapsody, Vol. 1 by Hiro Ainana

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Suzuki is a video game programmer in the midst of a death march-crunch time when coders live on caffeine and pull twenty-hour days. He just needs a little nap…but then he has a dream. A dream where he’s in another world, with RPG powers right out of his game. A dream where he calls down a great disaster. A dream that, suspiciously, just won’t end…

This manga caught my eye just from the title alone. At first, I thought this was going to be a music-based manga because of the word “Rhapsody” in the title, but oh was I wrong. This manga turned out to be a story more interesting than my initial thoughts.

The whole gaming aspect of this story reminded me of Sword Art Online where the main character in the story is a video game programmer and the main character in SAO was a hacker. I really enjoyed the way the story presented this as dream sequences and the sequences being just like an RPG video game.

When Suzuki in this story first enters in his dream he runs into an army of lizard soldiers that happened to be nearby, during combat, he summoned a meteor shower to take out the army so he could get away and find shelter. On the way to finding shelter, Suzuki saw an army of humans fighting a wyvern and when the wyvern was defeated by the humans they took him back to their town.

Those are just a couple of examples from the story. Without going into any more spoilers I will say that this book really held my interest with the gaming and fantasy themes. The monsters include everything from dragons, to goblins, to wyverns, you name it, it’s there.

I would recommend this book to anyone who is into fantasy themed manga. Even if you’re a gamer you will feel right at home in this book. The art style was also very well done, it really helped keep me engaged in the story.



I am just a 20 something trying to figure out how to survive in this crazy world. I want to share my love of reading with everyone! I want to introduce people to some underrated or unknown authors. I also blog about other media I consume such as TV, Movies, Podcasts, and Video Games.

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