Tanya Artemiciov is a talented Mage-class adventurer who just got kicked out of her party by a sexist scumbag. So what’s a girl to do? Go to the wasteland and blow stuff up of course! One small problem though: she inadvertently frees a mythical Sorceress named Laplace who was sealed away for the past 300 years… Surprise! Turns out this so-called “wicked” Sorceress is actually pretty cool. Laplace wants to start a party of her own, Tanya wants revenge, and the solution is obvious: team up. It’s time to kick ass, kiss girls, and dismantle the patriarchy!
Warnings: Depictions of sexism
Sexiled: My Sexist Party Leader Kicked Me Out, So I Teamed Up With a Mythical Sorceress! is a light novel series following the adventures of a jilted mage in a fantasy dungeon crawler RPG setting. It’s heavily tongue and cheek, and is more or less a vent-fantasy as the main characters encounter and deal with various sexist attitudes in the people and society around them, and work to deal out some revenge and social change. If you don’t like “preachy” stories this might not be the one for you as it is pretty blatant and in your face, but it’s a really fun little jaunt if you, too, would like to kick ass, kiss girls, and dismantle the patriarchy.
The story is very simple. Tanya’s ex best friend is a sexist pig who kicked her out of their adventuring party because she’s a girl. And Tanya wants to enter a tournament in order to get some revenge. She’s ridiculously powerful, but has been keeping herself back for years because her male party mates didn’t want her to do so much, so she is only now discovering with Laplace’s help just how powerful she really is. This is a female “what if female characters got to be as OP as male characters” power fantasy so please don’t read this if you’re gonna whine about “Mary Sues”… Every female character is kick ass and amazing and that’s honestly kind of a breath of fresh air. But to be strictly accurate, there’s not much special about the story aside from it’s “fuck sexism” theme so, just don’t go into this looking for groundbreaking and complex plot. It can read a lot like the author is simply venting about every sexist injustice she’s faced and projecting onto a character that’s actually getting to do something about it. Personally, I found that very fun.
There are some really cute illustrations in a very lovely cartoony style that I would love to see come to life in an animated adaptation as well; they have a lot of character and are full of expression.
I actually really loved each character in this, and found the cast incredibly charming. Tanya is a little ball of anger and totally looses her cool on the battlefield, drinks and swears like a sailor, and is in general the least ladylike lady you could ask for and I absolutely adored following her. Laplace meanwhile I sort of envisioned as Tahani from The Good Place; elegant, rich, a little out of touch, a little accidentally snobby, but sweet and kind and loyal to her friends. Even the side characters, like the low level receptionist-healer to the young girl studying her ass off to get into the magic academy, everyone is incredibly likable (as well as being incredibly badass) and I really enjoyed having such a range of characters. That said, there is a bit of “not like the other girls” syndrome going on that I appreciated a little less; there’s some slut-shaming concerning a competitor character that hangs off of the evil ex and puts on a bimbo act, and I found that a little less refreshing.
There’s really not a lot of worldbuilding going on here that we haven’t already seen done before. It’s a typical RPG setting with a very meta structure: Characters are aware of things like stats and level numbers as well as having an actual in-world adventuring class system in place. It’s pretty tongue and cheek about the whole thing though. It’s much more parody than straight fantasy, but minus the sexism themes it’s a kind of parody that has been done many times before, so I can’t say it’s anything unique. It is interesting seeing typical sexist attitudes that we know and “love” from the real world transplanted into the fantasy genre setting however, like parties that don’t split their pay evenly and instead give out money based on class, with healers getting the smallest share while at the same time touting the healing class as the “womanly” class. Pay gap is a bitch! Or the mage university that doctors the exam results of female applicants so that less women get in. In fact, that was the real world scandal that inspired the book in the first place, according to the author. I certainly liked the jab at non functional skimpy armor.
The books biggest crime is in missing it’s opportunity for more sexiness or romantic development. There are several kissing scenes, as apparently getting up close and personal is how Laplace can transfer mana to Tanya, which is a fantastic (if not especially new) concept. Unfortunately their relationship has thus far not gone any farther than simply kissing, which is a crying shame. There’s so much the book could have done with the transfer of mana via intimate touching, not to mention Tanya’s growing feelings for Laplace and Laplace’s obvious crush on Tanya. I would have loved to see some actual smut content in this book, especially given how much harder to come by good f/f content is, but as it was I had to settle for shy kisses. I’m not sure the age range the book is targeting as it’s main audience, either, so there is that.
The first volume of this series is altogether a pretty solid start to what could end up being a very fun (and hopefully steamier as it goes on…) anti-sexism vendetta series. I will probably keep reading it as it comes out, and look forward to what else the author can do with this premise. It could easily get old, but if the author is creative enough and can keep it fresh with new ideas and aspects as the volumes continue, it should be worth following. I would love to see an anime adaptation someday.
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