My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
My Next Life as a Villainess, All Routes Lead to Doom! light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
First light novel volume cover
乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった…
(Otome Gēmu no Hametsu Furagu Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta...)
GenreReverse harem, romantic comedy[1]
Novel series
Written bySatoru Yamaguchi
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō
Original run2014 – present
Light novel
Written bySatoru Yamaguchi
Illustrated byNami Hidaka
Published byIchijinsha
English publisher
DemographicFemale
ImprintIchijinsha Bunko Iris
Original runAugust 2015 – present
Volumes8
Manga
Illustrated byNami Hidaka
Published byIchijinsha
English publisher
DemographicShōjo
MagazineMonthly Comic Zero Sum
Original runAugust 2017 – present
Volumes4
Manga
Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shite shimatta... Zettai Zetsumei! Hametsu Sunzen Hen![2]
Written bySatoru Yamaguchi
Illustrated byNishi
Published byIchijinsha
DemographicShōjo
MagazineMonthly Comic Zero Sum
Original runNovember 2019[3] – present
Anime television series
Directed byKeisuke Inoue
Written byMegumi Shimizu
StudioSilver Link
Original networkMBS, Tokyo MX, BS11, J Tele
Original run April 4, 2020 scheduled
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった…, Otome Gēmu no Hametsu Furagu Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta..., lit. I Reincarnated into an Otome Game as a Villainess With Only Destruction Flags...) is a Japanese light novel series written by Satoru Yamaguchi and illustrated by Nami Hidaka. It began serialization online in July 2014 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was acquired by Ichijinsha, who published the first light novel volume in August 2015 under their Ichijinsha Bunko Iris imprint. Seven volumes have been released as of October 2018.

A manga adaptation with art by Hidaka has been serialized in Ichijinsha's shōjo manga magazine Monthly Comic Zero Sum since August 2017. It has been collected in four tankōbon volumes. The light novel has been licensed in North America by J-Novel Club,[1] and the manga has been licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment.[4] A spin-off manga entitled Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shite shimatta... Zettai Zetsumei! Hametsu Sunzen Hen! (乙女ゲームの破滅フラグ スピンオフ…絶体絶命!破滅寸前編, lit. I Reincarnated into an Otome Game as a Villainess With Only Destruction Flags... In a Dire Situation!? Verge of Destruction Arc) began its release during November 2019.[3] An anime television series adaptation by Silver Link is scheduled to premiere in April 2020.

Plot[edit]

The series follows a young woman who was reincarnated into the body of Katarina Claes, the villainess of an otome game, Fortune Lover, that she was playing just before she died. Her past memories are recovered after she was accidentally hit on the head with a rock while she was harassing Prince Gerald, as her prior self was infatuated with him. With the memories comes the realization that the heroine's ending would result in either her exile or death, depending on whether she received the good or bad ending, as the villainess would repeatedly try to interfere with any romance attempts - particularly as the game's Katarina has forced an engagement upon Gerald. After attempts to avoid becoming engaged to Gerald fail, Katarina resolves to try to avoid the bad endings by thinking up ways to escape death as well as taking up gardening as a potential occupation if she is exiled. She also decides to try befriending or resolving issues concerning other characters that would result in her receiving a bad ending, such as repeatedly telling Gerald that he is free to end the engagement at any time.

Katarina's attempts, however, bear unintended results. Rather than simply avoiding bad endings, her friendly and easygoing personality instead cause all of the game's captureable targets to fall in love with her, of which she is blissfully unaware. Her actions also result in Katarina befriending the game's true heroine, Maria, who comes to see her as one of her truest and most loved friends. While this does result in her avoiding punishment from Gerald and the others, Katarina discovers that the game's hidden capture target, the student body president, is still a major threat. An attempt is made to banish her from the academy that she and the others attend and Katarina ultimately succumbs to a dark magic attack that leaves her comatose. Eventually Katarina regains her consciousness and manages to overcome the dark magic surrounding the president. She discovers that he did not truly want to hurt her and was only attacking her due to the influence of the dark magic and an sacrificial ritual that left him possessed by an evil magician. The first two volumes end with Katarina still largely unaware of the romantic feelings for her, but relieved that she has managed to avoid the game's doom endings. Future volumes focus on her continuing adventures with the others, as well as attempts by her admirers to make Katarina aware of their feelings for her.

Characters[edit]

Katarina Claes (カタリナ・クラエス)
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida[5]
Gerald Stuart (ジオルド)
Voiced by: Shouta Aoi, Asami Setō (childhood)[6]
Keith Claes (キース・クラエス)
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara, Sora Amamiya (childhood)[6]
Alan Stuart (アラン)
Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Mutsumi Tamura (childhood)[6]
Nicole Ascart (ニコル)
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, M.A.O (childhood)[6]

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

The first light novel volume was published by Ichijinsha under their Ichijinsha Bunko Iris imprint on August 20, 2015. As of July 2019, eight volumes have been published.

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 August 20, 2015[7]ISBN 978-4-7580-4753-1November 17, 2018 (e-book)[8]
2 September 19, 2015[9]ISBN 978-4-7580-4756-2February 8, 2019 (e-book)[10]
3 February 20, 2016[11]ISBN 978-4-7580-4800-2May 4, 2019 (e-book)[12]
4 July 20, 2016[13]ISBN 978-4-7580-4838-5August 6, 2019 (e-book)[14]
5 May 20, 2017[15]ISBN 978-4-7580-4950-4
6 March 20, 2018[16]ISBN 978-4-7580-9045-2
7 October 20, 2018[17]ISBN 978-4-7580-9113-8
8 July 20, 2019[18]ISBN 978-4-7580-9189-3

Manga[edit]

There have been two manga series associated with the light novel. The first, My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom, was first published in Japan during August 2017 and adapts the light novel series into manga format. The second, Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shite shimatta... Zettai Zetsumei! Hametsu Sunzen Hen, released its first issue in November 2019. This manga focuses on the question of what would happen if Katarina were to recover her memories when she was fifteen as opposed to during her childhood, leaving her without the friends and relationships that she garnered as a result of early planning against her bad ends.[3]

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom volumes[edit]

No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 March 24, 2018[19]ISBN 978-4-7580-3338-1September 7, 2019[20]ISBN 978-1-642753-29-5
2 October 25, 2018[21]ISBN 978-4-7580-3394-7November 19, 2019[20]ISBN 978-1-642757-30-9
3 April 25, 2019[22]ISBN 978-4-7580-3429-6April 7, 2020[20]ISBN 978-1-64505-230-2
4 October 25, 2019[23]ISBN 978-4-7580-3464-7October 13, 2020[24]ISBN 978-1-645057-65-9

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation of the light novel series was announced by Ichijinsha on October 19, 2018.[25] The anime was later announced to be a television series on July 18, 2019.[26] The series is animated by Silver Link and directed by Keisuke Inoue, with Megumi Shimizu handling series composition, and Miwa Oshima designing the characters. It is set to premiere in April 2020 on MBS, Tokyo MX, BS11, J Tele, and other channels.[5] angela will perform the series' opening theme song "Shōjo no Route wa Hitotsu Janai!" (乙女のルートはひとつじゃない!), while Shouta Aoi will perform the series' ending theme song "Bad End."[6][27]

Reception[edit]

The light novel and manga have over 600,000 copies in print.[25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  26. ^ "My Next Life as a Villainess Anime Premieres on TV in 2020". Anime News Network. July 18, 2019. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  27. ^ "angela Perform My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Anime's Opening Song". Anime News Network. December 31, 2019. Retrieved December 31, 2019.