Eight-year-old Katarina Claes is the only daughter of a duke, living her life peacefully and without incident until she hits her head on a rock... and then remembers that she is not actually the duke's daughter. She used to be an otaku who died on her way to school after spending the previous night playing Fortune Lover, her favorite otome game. After noticing that her current surroundings seem oddly familiar, she is shocked to discover that she has been reincarnated into the world of Fortune Lover as the villainess. The villainess in the game usually winds up dead or exiled, so Katarina decides to use her knowledge of the game and its routes to avoid any bad situations. But is it even possible for the villainess to reach a good ending? [Written by MAL Rewrite]
Hamefura, I Reincarnated into an Otome Game as a Villainess With Only Destruction Flags…, Destruction Flag Otome..
Fun is a subjective term. While it can mean a variety of things, it is generally agreed upon that describing something as fun is a positive thing. With that said, My Next Life as a Villainess is the definition of fun.
The story is anothing isekai type story, but with a genuinely interesting twist. Katarina gets reïncarnated in a Otome game where she becomes the villain. She played this Otome game a ton in her previous life and she knows that with every ending in the game she is either killed or exiled. So in this isekai world she does everything in her power to change the world and the characters as to not die. I know Otome game isekai aren’t a new thing in manga and light novels, but in terms of anime this series is really refresthing for Isekai and its concept made me really invested in the story early on.
The characters are damn fun too. The main character Katarina is the Obvious crown jewel and the anime knows that. She is an eccentric girl who constantly is worried about her future and also has a big heart. She is also pretty dense, but as to why I won’t spoile for now. The other characters only highligh how good of a character Katarina is (and they even have some interesting background stories too).
This is the kind of anime that while watching I just can’t stop smiling. Katarina’s way to prevent getting killed/exiled is to become friends with everyone. While every introduction basically boils down to (“Hi I am depressed and ugly” “No you are not” “Okay” [+1 “friend”]), it never gets old due to the background stories the other characters have.
My Next Life as a Villainess is the most fun I have had this season so far. A refreshing take on the isekai genre with delightful characters and can’t-stop-smiling moments makes for an anime I can’t recommend enough.