The Savior’s Book Cafe Story In Another World by Kyouka Izumi (Writer), Oumiya (Story Adaptation), & Reiko Sakurada (Art) (SBC #1 / Isekai ni Kyuuseishu to shite Yobaremashita ga, Around 30 ni wa Muri na no de, hissori Book Café Hajimemashita)
Publisher: Seven Seas Entertainment
Release Date: December 21, 2021
Translator: Alexa Frank / Lettering: Jennifer Skarupa
Summary: In this charming tale, a woman gets transported to a fantasy world and pursues her own quest: opening a book cafe! When a god tells Tsukina that she is to be transported to another world to become its savior, Tsukina isn’t interested. As a bookish thirty-something, she has zero desire to go on some big adventure…so when she arrives in the strange new land, she decides to use her magical powers to create a cozy little book cafe instead. But when a fellow savior starts causing trouble, Tsukina might just have to play the hero, after all!
My Rating: ★★★★☆
My Thoughts: Savior’s Book Cafe is a cozy isekai manga following 30-year-old Tsukina who gets transported to a magical world, only instead of embarking on a grand adventure, she decides to open up a book cafe. With a budding romance and quiet, immersive story, this is a cozy bookish delight that any bookworm would enjoy!
I’ve always admired and longed for more slice-of-life / cozy fantasy books, this not only inspired a recent masterlist of recs on my adult fic blog, but it also motivated me to finally pick up Izumi’s manga which let’s be real is the literal ✨DREAM✨ of any booklover: reading all day in a magical world!
What set this apart from other similar sub-genres of manga right away was not only the age of the protagonist, but the way as an isekai story it subverted my expectations by letting Tsukina question and delve more into the guidelines of how she would be entering the kingdom of Othel not fighting monsters or going on epic quests, but how she could stay in the world comfortably running a quiet book cafe.
Now Tsukina is running her cafe with a delicious menu, plenty of books to read, reading areas for guests and all set up according to her tastes! Then, a stoic soldier captain named Il (whose an avid bookworm himself) just so happens to be her first customer…cue sweet romance! I mean they start out bonding over books, reading & sharing recommendations with each other — LITERALLY so SWEET (✿´‿`)
However as you delve further into the story and are familiar with isekai’s, there’s always a hero / savior who is chosen to protect the fantasy world, in this case, the “chosen one” isn’t exactly doing her job, so it’ll be interesting to see how Tsukina has to take on a role of hero while also running her business in future volumes.
As for the worldbuilding, the kingdom full of perpetual snow made for a wonderful backdrop to the coziness of the story. However, if there are any cons to the manga for me I’d say the worldbuilding felt quite sparse and while the magic (for Tsukina she gets a magical button where she can basically wish for anything) isn’t really delved into too much. I did enjoy how character-focused this volume was & what made for an interesting change to other isekai’s I’ve read before was seeing Il and his perspective to get a glimpse into the world.
I’m eager to see where the character arcs go because Tsukina & Il’s budding relationship was definitely what I needed right now, I could not stop smiling seeing the sweet, slow romance develop.
When you find yourself eager to read quiet, cozy fantasy story, you will not be disappointed with this manga! I will absolutely be picking up the future volumes, the concept was everything to me & was such a comforting read.
The Savior’s Book Cafe In Another World is a comfy, bookish delight with a bibliophile couple that are so sweet! A cozy, immersive manga debut that will leave you wanting to find (or perhaps) open up your own cozy book nook somewhere. An escapist, comforting read for fantasy lovers!