Title: By the Grace of the Gods #1
Format: Light Novel
Ryoma was an overworked salaryman who received an offer to be sent to another world after his unexpected death. With the support and blessing of three of the new world’s gods, he sets out to live a retirement-styled life in the woods, where his daily life consists of gathering food and researching slimes. Then an unexpected encounter with a group of people sets him on the path to rejoin the world at large.
This is a more slow-paced, slice-of-life novel, but I love it precisely because it follows the sort of man who thinks nothing of spending years by himself simply because he’s interested in what he’s doing and it never occurs to him to actually go out and do something else. He’s not exactly smart (although he’s not stupid), and his dedication to following his own interests leads him down a lot of paths ordinary people find hard to understand.
I’m also fond of his warm relationship with the various gods of his new world. They need him simply for the transfer itself, but they’re kind to him, and he appreciates that and responds to it. Ryoma also continues his relationship with them as well as he’s able once he’s given his new life, which starts gradually drawing the interest of even more of this world’s gods.
This is echoed in the kindness of the family that ends up more-or-less adopting him. Their relationship is full of misunderstandings of Ryoma being this horribly abused child (which, technically, may not entirely be wrong, but it certainly isn’t what they’re thinking), but their response to this is to support him in every way they’re able.
So if you’re in the mood for a comfy novel with a harmlessly obsessive protagonist, this is a great read. I rate this book Recommended.