So, Volume 7 is something of a transition point in the series. On one hand, it’s wrapping up some sub-plots that started as far back as Volume 4. On the other hand, it also establishes a bunch of new world-building and characters for future volumes. And while that sounds like it could be cramped, FUSE actually makes it all work very well. The book feels balanced even with so much stuff going on.
Hinata returning is great because she’s a good character and it’s been a while. Plus seeing her reaction when she realizes Rimuru not only survived their fight but is now stronger, by a lot, is fantastic. Granted, it really helps that he won the superpower lottery and very rarely has to actually struggle for his accomplishments. Still though, great to see her still capable of being the badass we saw in her debut.
As far as the other characters…well, even if this review was 4x longer I still couldn’t address them all. This seems to be a fairly regular problem in light novel series; the casts get huge. I have no idea how many named characters there are by this point, but each book can really only do something meaningful with a handful of them. Rimuru is obviously a given as the MC, but aside from that, you might as well draw straws to see who any given book is going to focus on.
But at its core, this series continues to be fun. It’s no great work of literature (I find it comparable to an average western Young Adult series), but it’s fun. If you’ve ever played a video game and turned on God Mode, you should get it. Cause that’s basically what Rimuru is doing.
And honestly, him being overpowered in fights and looking for non-violent solutions to problems is part of the draw. There’s a surprising level of politics and it’s refreshing to see characters solving problems by means other than punching them. The next book seems pretty light-hearted too and I look forward to it.