Book Review: “Campfire Cooking In Another World, Vol. 2” by Ren Eguchi

Cover of the manga "Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill, Vol. 2" by Ren Eguchi
Cover of the manga “Campfire Cooking in Another World with My Absurd Skill, Vol. 2” by Ren Eguchi

I’m back with another book review, and this time I’m reviewing “Campfire Cooking In Another World, Vol. 2” by Ren Eguchi! I read the first volume of the series and enjoyed it, so I figured that it was a good time to continue reading the series! Here’s a quick summary so we know what this volume is about:

“Having decided to flee from the kingdom that brought him to this otherworld, Mukohda and Fel continue their journey. Along the way, Mukohda quickly learns the ropes of having a familiar, and all the trouble that can entail.”

Character Development: 5 out of 5 stars

This volume saw Mukouda (also known as Mukhoda) learn more about his own abilities, but also develop his relationship with Fel, the Fenrir he formed a contract with in the first volume. It’s fun to see both of them bond with each other. Despite Fenrir technically being Mukouda’s familiar, Fenrir also acts as a mentor figure to Mukouda, helping him learn more about the magic system of the world and other aspects. It works well, since Mukouda is a complete newcomer to this world and has a lot of learning to do. Mukouda, in turn, shows Fel many dishes from the world he was from and shares a friendly bond with him.

I am curious to hear more about the baby slime that Mukouda picked up (somewhat by accident) at the end of this volume. But, I’m sure we’ll see more of the slime in the next volume, since it’s sticking around as a permanent companion like Fel.

Worldbuilding Development: 5 out of 5 stars

It was fun to see more of the worldbuilding evolve through Mukouda’s experiences as well as his learning from Fel and the other residents of this world. It’s hard to discuss this part further without giving away possibly major spoilers, but there is more depth given on how contracts with familiars work. The economic system of the world is also fleshed out a bit more, as well as other aspects.

I also enjoy the fact that Mukouda himself isn’t just relying on Fel to do all the hunting/combat work for him and that he’s trying to learn some magic, too. Not only does it give an opportunity to help flesh out the magic system, but it also gives Mukouda more agency with him more involved in the action.

Plot Development: 4 out of 5 stars

The story was fairly well-paced overall, save for it lagging a bit in the middle. Granted, it was because Mukouda had to figure out how to not get found out about having Fel (who’s a Fenrir, a legendary beast) as a familiar. This led to a lot of humorous moments between him and Fel, though I think it dragged on a bit too long at times.

Other than that, however, the rest of the story was fun to read. I’m interested to see if anyone else catches on to Mukouda having this legendary beast as his familiar, and what others might do about it. How will it impact Mukouda’s quest for a more peaceful life?

Overall, I’m rating this book 4.5 out of 5 stars!

This was a great follow-up to the first volume in the series, and I look forward to reading more!


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