I'm a librarian who loves anime, manga, and reading a wide variety of genres.
From the author's afterword:
"It's a webnovel, so I've been casually packing it full of all the things I love and want to write about without a care in the world for how long it ends up. I've been writing for over a year and it's still not done.
But despite that, I was very pushy when it came to this published version. I wouldn't let them abridge 'Part 1: A Soldier's Daughter' into a single volume for instance, and I requested that not only the cute girls but the older guys that are slowly introduced over the course of the story get cool drawings as well."
Somewhere out there is an editor who still curses this author's stubbornness at not allowing this first part of the story to be condensed (Part 1 is three books long, about 1000 pages total, I think). The pacing would certainly have been better.
Well, I don't regret owning the next couple parts, even if I find myself wishing this were the more tightly written book it could have been. At some point I want to watch the anime, but I haven't decided yet whether I want to do that before or after reading all three of the Part 1 books.