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 Shite Shimatta...)
GenreIsekai, reverse harem, romantic comedy
Novel series
Written bySatoru Yamaguchi
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō
Original runJuly 6, 2014March 23, 2015
Light novel
Written bySatoru Yamaguchi
Illustrated byNami Hidaka
Published byIchijinsha
English publisher
ImprintIchijinsha Bunko Iris
DemographicFemale
Original runAugust 20, 2015 – present
Volumes10 (List of volumes)
Manga
Illustrated byNami Hidaka
Published byIchijinsha
English publisher
MagazineMonthly Comic Zero Sum
DemographicShōjo
Original runAugust 28, 2017 – present
Volumes6 (List of volumes)
Manga
My Next Life as a Villainess Side Story: On the Verge of Doom
Written bySatoru Yamaguchi
Illustrated byNishi
Published byIchijinsha
English publisher
Seven Seas Entertainment
MagazineMonthly Comic Zero Sum
DemographicShōjo
Original runNovember 1, 2019 – present
Volumes2 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byKeisuke Inoue
Written byMegumi Shimizu
Music byNatsumi Tabuchi
Hanae Nakamura
Tatsuhiko Saiki
Miki Sakurai
Shu Kanematsu
StudioSilver Link
Licensed byCrunchyroll
Sentai Filmworks (home video)
Original networkTokyo MX, BS11, MBS, AT-X, J Tele
English network
Original run April 5, 2020 June 21, 2020
Episodes12 (List of episodes)
Anime television series
My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X
Directed byKeisuke Inoue
Written byMegumi Shimizu
Music byNatsumi Tabuchi
Hanae Nakamura
Tatsuhiko Saiki
Miki Sakurai
Shu Kanematsu
StudioSilver Link
Licensed by
Original networkJNN (MBS, TBS, BS-TBS), BS Asahi
Original run July 3, 2021 scheduled
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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (Japanese: 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…, Hepburn: Otome Gēmu no Hametsu Furagu Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shite Shimatta…, lit. "I Reincarnated into an Otome Game as a Villainess With Only Destruction Flags…"), also known as HameFura (はめふら) for short, 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. Ten volumes have been released as of February 2021. The light novel has been licensed in North America by J-Novel Club.

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 five tankōbon volumes and licensed in English by Seven Seas Entertainment.[1] A spin-off manga has been serialized since November 2019.[2] An anime television series adaptation by Silver Link aired from April to June 2020. A second season is set to premiere in July 2021.

Plot[edit]

Catarina Claes, the young daughter of a noble family, one day bumps her head and regains memories of her past life as an otaku. It is then that she realizes she has been reborn into the world of the otome game Fortune Lover, reincarnated as the game's villainess who, regardless of what route the player took in the original game, is doomed to be either exiled or killed. In order to avoid these routes that lead to doom, Catarina begins taking countermeasures. This, however, ends up having unexpected consequences on her relations with the other characters of the game's world.

Characters[edit]

Catarina Claes[a] (カタリナ・クラエス, Katarina Kuraesu, nicknamed "Bakarina" by fans[4])
Voiced by: Maaya Uchida[5] (Japanese); Jeannie Tirado[6] (English)
The main protagonist, a 17-year-old high school student/otaku who has been reincarnated as the villain character of the game Fortune Lover after she was hit by car while heading to school. Having extensive knowledge of Fortune Lover, including the fact that all the routes in the game lead to either her death or exile, she takes drastic measures to avoid such outcomes, such as trying to establish good relationships with her peers and taking up gardening as a profession should her exile come to pass. Her kind nature leads to many of the other characters falling in love with her, but she is generally oblivious to their affections. Despite attempting to learn magic, the only magic she can perform is creating bumps in the ground. In later volumes of the series, she gains a darkness attribute dog familiar she names Pochi, which allows her to become an employee at the Magic Ministry alongside Maria.[7] Catarina also learns that the character of Catarina Claes would have returned as a villain for the sequel game Fortune Lover II, in which Catarina would utilize dark magic in order to seek revenge against Maria for being banished. She discovers this by way of dreams and a piece of paper outlining the game's basic plot and love interests that was tucked into a book she received from Sophia.[8] She has been given the nickname of "Bakarina" by fans due to her obliviousness, using the Japanese word "baka" in place of the first few syllables in her name.[9]
Geordo Stuart (ジオルド・スティアート, Jiorudo Sutiāto)[b]
Voiced by: Shouta Aoi, Asami Seto (childhood)[10] (Japanese); Griffin Burns[6] (English)
A prince who became Catarina's fiancé after he inadvertently caused her to trip and injure herself, forcing him to take responsibility. In the game, Catarina uses this to her advantage to monopolize him for herself. In the good ending, he exiles Catarina and marries the protagonist, whilst the bad ending has him kill Catarina and abandoning the heroine due to guilt. Due to Catarina's continued efforts to better herself and avoid the bad endings, he now has developed genuine feelings for her and continuously tries to demonstrate his affection by confirming their engagement. However, it is overlooked by Catarina's dense persona, much to his chagrin.
Keith Claes (キース・クラエス, Kīsu Kuraesu)
Voiced by: Tetsuya Kakihara, Sora Amamiya (childhood)[10] (Japanese); Griffin Puatu[6] (English)
Catarina's adoptive brother and an earth magic prodigy. In the game, Catarina bullied him, causing him to grow up to become a womanizer. In the good ending, he has Catarina exiled and abandons his womanizing ways to be with the protagonist, whilst the bad ending has him kill his sister in a fit of rage before disappearing. To avoid these endings, Catarina goes out of her way to be a good sister to him, which does improve their relationship, but also saddles Keith with the thankless task of having to keep Catarina out of trouble, mostly to no avail. He also seems to be a foil to Geordo's attempts at getting closer to Catarina as he himself has feelings for her.
Alan Stuart (アラン・スティアート, Aran Sutiāto)
Voiced by: Tatsuhisa Suzuki, Mutsumi Tamura (childhood)[10] (Japanese); Bryce Papenbrook[6] (English)
Geordo's twin brother and Mary's fiancé. He was jealous of his more talented brother, which made him into an introvert. In the game, Catarina actually doesn't appear in his path, as Mary serves as the rival character instead. After Catarina becomes friends with Mary, he became angered by how she is constantly ignoring him in favor of her. This causes him to challenge Catarina to a series of competitions, which she handily wins. Over time, however, he and Catarina become friends and his relationship with his brother also becomes better. He is also a skilled pianist, and his recitals are not only sought after but he has a large fan club with many of the ladies of his peerage. While he has a crush on Catarina, he has yet to realize these feelings due to Mary's interference.
Nicol Ascart (ニコル・アスカルト, Nikoru Asukaruto)
Voiced by: Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, M.A.O (childhood)[10] (Japanese); Nicolas Roye[6] (English)
Geordo and Alan's childhood friend and Sophia's brother. He is considered handsome by all who see him, with a smile that can charm both males and females. Details regarding his story in the game are sparse, since Catarina never played his route. Not only this, but the main rival in his route is Sophia Ascart, his younger sister as he is quite overprotective of her. Despite this though, he seems to have developed a crush on Catarina after she got him to open up to her.
Mary Hunt (メアリ・ハント, Meari Hanto)
Voiced by: Miho Okasaki[11] (Japanese); Colleen O'Shaughnessey[6] (English)
Alan's fiancée and the rival character during his path in the game. Despite this though, she generally has better fates than Catarina, with her staying together with Alan in the bad ending and peacefully rescinding her fiancée status in the good one. While she and Catarina had no relationship in the game, she became good friends with the current Catarina after the latter praised her garden. However, in the game, she fell in love with Alan after he praised her garden; therefore, since Catarina praised it first, it now seems like she has developed romantic feelings for her instead. She constantly places doubt in Alan's feelings for Catarina as she does not want him to realize them due to the fact that she wants Catarina for herself.
Sophia Ascart (ソフィア・アスカルト, Sofia Asukaruto)
Voiced by: Inori Minase[11] (Japanese); Kira Buckland[6] (English)
Nicol's sister and the rival character during his path in the game, though details regarding her story are sparse; since Catarina never played that route. She was considered cursed due to her silver hair and red eyes, causing her to live a life of isolation until she met Catarina and opened up to her because of Catarina's genuine compliments and offer to be her friend. It is eventually revealed that she is actually the reincarnation of Catarina's best friend during her previous life, Atsuko Sasaki (佐々木 敦子, Sasaki Atsuko).
Maria Campbell (マリア・キャンベル, Maria Kyanberu)
Voiced by: Saori Hayami[11] (Japanese); Melissa Fahn[6] (English)
A girl who, in Fortune Lover, was the main protagonist and original bullying target for Catarina. Due to Catarina becoming much nicer and charismatic, Maria ironically ends up falling in love with her, which in turn gives Maria a route of her own. She possesses light magic that is rare for a commoner, which lead to her being alienated during her childhood. Along with Catarina, Maria later joins the Magic Ministry, which would be the setting for the sequel Fortune Lover II. This game would feature new love interests while also bringing back characters from the first game, particularly a banished Catarina as she seeks revenge.
Sirius Dieke (シリウス・ディーク, Shiriusu Dīku) / Raphael Walt (ラファエル・ウォルト, Rafaeru Woruto)
Voiced by: Toshiki Masuda[12] (Japanese); Chris Hackney[13] (English)
A second year student and the president of the student council, who played a side role in Fortune Lover. He possesses the fabled dark magic, and is the second villain in a secret route where if the main protagonist did not conquer him if one goes down that path, all the characters are killed leading to the ultimate bad ending.
Anne Shelley (アン・シェリー, An Sherī)
Voiced by: Azumi Waki[14] (Japanese); Cherami Leigh (English)
Catarina's personal maid. She keeps tabs on Catarina for her mother, which usually ends with Catarina getting a stern lecture afterwards. It is revealed that Anne is the illegitimate daughter of a noble, Baron Shelley, and one of his maids. Her father decided to keep Anne in his mansion, intended as a tool for a political marriage. However, when a fire broke out of the mansion when Anne was 15, killing her mother in the process, she was then expelled after being discovered to have incurred a small scar from her left arm. She would later become Catarina's personal maid upon entering the Claes mansion. A few years later, her father returned in another attempt to have her get married, but Catarina would later protest, wanting Anne to stay with her. The proposal would finally be off after being interrupted by Catarina's father, Duke Claes.
Geoffrey Stuart (ジェフリー・スティアート, Jefurī Sutiāto)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu[15]
Susanna Randall (スザンナ・ランドール, Suzanna Randōru)
Voiced by: Sumire Uesaka[15]
Ian Stuart (イアン・スティアート, Ian Sutiāto)
Voiced by: Yusuke Shirai[15]
Selena Burke (セリーナ・バーグ, Serīna Bāgu)
Voiced by: Yui Ogura[15]
Rufus Brode (ルーファス・ブロード, Rūfasu Burōdo)
Voiced by: Kohsuke Toriumi[16]

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 February 2021, ten volumes have been published. The light novel is licensed in North America by J-Novel Club.[17]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 August 20, 2015[18]978-4-7580-4753-1November 17, 2018 (e-book)[19]
May 5, 2020 (paperback)[20]
978-1-7183-6660-2
2 September 19, 2015[21]978-4-7580-4756-2February 8, 2019 (e-book)[22]
July 7, 2020 (paperback)[23]
978-1-7183-6661-9
3 February 20, 2016[24]978-4-7580-4800-2May 4, 2019 (e-book)[25]
September 1, 2020 (paperback)[26]
978-1-7183-6662-6
4 July 20, 2016[27]978-4-7580-4838-5August 6, 2019 (e-book)[28]
November 3, 2020 (paperback)[29]
978-1-7183-6663-3
5 May 20, 2017[30]978-4-7580-4950-4April 26, 2020 (e-book)[31]
January 5, 2021 (paperback)[32]
978-1-7183-6664-0
6 March 20, 2018[33]978-4-7580-9045-2June 28, 2020 (e-book)[34]
March 2, 2021 (paperback)[35]
978-1-7183-6665-7
7 October 20, 2018[36][37]978-4-7580-9113-8
978-4-7580-9114-5 (SE)
September 23, 2020 (e-book)[38]
May 4, 2021 (paperback)[39]
978-1-7183-6666-4
8 July 20, 2019[40]978-4-7580-9189-3November 28, 2020 (e-book)[41]
July 6, 2021 (paperback)[42]
978-1-7183-6667-1
9 April 20, 2020[43][44]978-4-7580-9261-6
978-4-7580-9262-3 (SE)
July 1, 2021 (e-book)[45]
February 1, 2022 (paperback)[46]
978-1-7183-6668-8
10 February 20, 2021[47]978-4-7580-9339-2

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, My Next Life as a Villainess Side Story: On the Verge of Doom!, began in November 2019.[48][2] 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.[2] Both manga series are licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment.[49]

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

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 March 24, 2018[50]978-4-7580-3338-1September 7, 2019[51]978-1-64275-329-5
2 October 25, 2018[52]978-4-7580-3394-7November 19, 2019[53]978-1-64275-730-9
3 April 25, 2019[54][55]978-4-7580-3429-6
978-4-75-803430-2 (SE)
April 7, 2020[56]978-1-64505-230-2
4 October 25, 2019[57]978-4-7580-3464-7October 13, 2020[58]978-1-64505-765-9
5 May 25, 2020[59][60]978-4-7580-3513-2
978-4-7580-3514-9 (SE)
April 13, 2021[61]978-1-64827-107-6
6 January 25, 2021[62]978-4-7580-3576-7November 23, 2021[63]978-1-64505-765-9

My Next Life as a Villainess Side Story: On the Verge of Doom volumes[edit]

No. Japanese release date Japanese ISBN
1 May 25, 2020[64]978-4-7580-3515-6
2 January 25, 2021[65]978-4-7580-3577-4

Anime[edit]

An anime adaptation of the light novel series was announced by Ichijinsha on October 19, 2018.[66] The anime was later announced to be a television series on July 18, 2019.[67] The series was animated by Silver Link and directed by Keisuke Inoue, with Megumi Shimizu handling series composition, and Miwa Oshima designing the characters. Natsumi Tabuchi, Hanae Nakamura, Tatsuhiko Saiki, Miki Sakurai, and Shu Kanematsu composed the music.[68] The series aired on Tokyo MX, BS11, MBS, AT-X, J Tele, and other channels from April 5 to June 21, 2020.[11] angela performed the series' opening theme song "Otome no Route wa Hitotsu Janai!" (乙女のルートはひとつじゃない!, "There's More Than Just One Route For a Maiden!"), while Shouta Aoi performed the series' ending theme song "Bad End".[10][69] Crunchyroll simulcast the series with subtitles, with an English dub streaming from May 16, 2020.[70] Muse Communication has licensed the series in Southeast Asian territories and released via Animax Asia.[71][72] A second season was announced, and is scheduled to air on July 3, 2021 on the Super Animeism programming block on MBS, TBS, and BS-TBS, as well as BS Asahi.[73] angela will perform the second season's opening theme song "Andante ni Koi o Shite!" (アンダンテに恋をして!, "Fall in Love at Andante!"), while Shouta Aoi will perform the second season's ending theme song "give me ♡ me."[16]

On May 18, 2021, it was announced Sentai Filmworks picked up the home video rights.[74]

No.Title [75][c]Original air date
1"I Recalled the Memories of My Past Life..."
Transcription: "Zense no Kioku o Omoidashite Shimatta…" (Japanese: 前世の記憶を思い出してしまった…)
April 5, 2020 (2020-04-05)
Catarina Claes, a young noble girl, one day bangs her head and recalls lost memories from her past life, in which she was an otaku who had been killed in a traffic accident after staying up all night to play an otome game known as Fortune Lover. After inadvertently entering an engagement with the young prince Geordo Stuart, Catarina realizes that she is in the world of Fortune Lover itself, reincarnated as the villainess who is doomed to either exile or death regardless of the routes the player take in the original game. As Catarina begins taking up magic and farming as countermeasures to avoid a "doom flag", she acts friendly towards her new adopted younger brother Keith to keep him from becoming lonely. Catarina tries to get Keith to teach her golem magic, but ends up getting herself injured, leading Keith to feel guilty, attempting to isolate himself in his room. However, Catarina goes as far as chopping down his bedroom door with an axe to reach him. Unfortunately for her, her mother finds out about the broken door and drags Catarina away to scold her with Keith looking on with a warm smile.
2"A Prince Challenged Me To a Fight..."
Transcription: "Ōji ni Shōbu o Idomarete Shimatta…" (Japanese: 王子に勝負を挑まれてしまった…)
April 12, 2020 (2020-04-12)
Catarina is invited to a tea party where she meets Mary Hunt, a shy young girl whom she asks for advice on growing her vegetables. As the two become friends, Catarina unintentionally uses a line from Fortune Lover that Mary's fiancé, Geordo's brother Alan, was originally supposed to say to her. This causes Mary to pay more attention to Catarina. The next day, Alan visits the Claes household and accuses Catarina of seducing Mary, challenging her to a tree climbing contest as chosen by Catarina. However, he loses every time as Catarina's previous otaku incarnation was an excellent tree climber. To change the tides, as well as wanting the matches to end so as not be found out by her mother, Catarina suggests a musical competition in which she is blown away when she hears Alan play the piano. Praising his skills, Alan becomes upset when Geordo makes a comment and runs off. As Alan feels inferior compared to Geordo, Catarina, noticing his talent with the piano, shows him that even Geordo has things he's bad at, and that Alan should be proud of his own individuality and strengths, causing Alan's heart to begin healing.
3"I Met a Beautiful Brother and Sister..."
Transcription: "Uruwashi no Bikei Kyōdai to Deatte Shimatta…" (Japanese: 麗しの美形兄妹と出会ってしまった…)
April 19, 2020 (2020-04-19)
At a tea party hosted by Geordo and Alan, Catarina comes to the aid of the beautiful Sophia Ascart, finding she has read one of her favorite romance novels. Thrilled to have found a companion to share her love for reading, Catarina quickly befriends the timid girl. Coming over to Catarina's house alongside her brother Nicol, another love interest from Fortune Lover, Sophia is delighted when Catarina compliments her appearance, which is often insulted by others, and asks to be her friend. Catarina then spends the day at Sophia's house, where she meets the siblings' parents and learns about some of Nicol's charms. Noticing Nicol's love for his family, something overlooked by others, Catarina delightfully praises it, causing Nicol to open up to her and genuinely smile for the first time. Seven years later, as Catarina turns 15 years old, she prepares to enter the magic academy, where the main story of Fortune Lover begins.
4"I Enrolled in the Magic Academy..."
Transcription: "Mahō Gakuen ni Nyūgaku Shite Shimatta…" (Japanese: 魔法学園に入学してしまった…)
April 26, 2020 (2020-04-26)
Upon enrolling at the magic academy, where Fortune Lover is set, Catarina becomes concerned about Maria Campbell, the main heroine of the game, who is allegedly already forming relationships with the boys. As Catarina spends time at the student council and gets to know Maria, she steps in to protect her from some bullies when Maria brings in sweets she had made herself. Catarina later realizes that in the original game, it was she who bullied Maria and Geordo who comes to Maria's rescue which is what begins their romance route. However, since Catarina inadvertently stole Geordo's event, it seems the route is taking a unique, unexpected turn.
5"I Visited the Heroine's Parents' House..."
Transcription: "Shujinkō no Jikka ni Ojama Shite Shimatta…" (Japanese: 主人公の実家にお邪魔してしまった…)
May 3, 2020 (2020-05-03)
While seeking to become closer with Maria, Catarina once again saves her from being bullied. As a result, she unintentionally steals a major romantic scene from Keith. While visiting a farm on her day off with Keith, Catarina decides to visit Maria's hometown, where she meets Maria's mother. Remembering how Maria experienced severe loneliness in her childhood due to false rumors about being a noble's illegitimate child, her mother is relieved to find that she has found a true friend in Catarina. Catarina's mother, on the other hand, is less than pleased to see Catarina after finding out she had secretly been running a farm at school and prepares to scold her, much to Catarina's dismay.
6"I Had Fun Over Summer Vacation..."
Transcription: "Natsuyasumi Da kara Tanoshiku Asonde Shimatta…" (Japanese: 夏休みだから楽しく遊んでしまった…)
May 10, 2020 (2020-05-10)
During summer vacation, Geordo plans to take Catarina with him to the lake for a date, but Catarina, misunderstanding the situation, ends up inviting everyone else along too. Later, Catarina goes shopping with Sophia and Nicol, where Catarina is taken aback by Nicol's sudden advance. Afterwards, Catarina joins Mary in attending a piano recital by Alan in which it is hinted that Alan has feelings towards Catarina which he is oblivious about due to Mary's interference. Catarina then tries to finish her summer homework before school resumes as she has left everything for the last day of vacation. As she falls asleep that night, she has memories of a friend she spoke to in her previous life.
7"I Entered a Dangerous Dungeon..."
Transcription: "Kiken na Danjon ni Haitte Shimatta…" (Japanese: 危険なダンジョンに入ってしまった…)
May 17, 2020 (2020-05-17)
Sophia has a dream about Atsuko Sasaki, Catarina's friend in the real world who became really good friends with Catarina and was very saddened by her sudden death, thus she made a wish that when it is her turn to die, she would like to live her next life again as Catarina's friend. Meanwhile, as part of their practical exams, everyone is tasked with entering a dangerous dungeon for a magic stone, with Catarina on a team with Geordo, Keith, and Sophia. During the chaos of one of the dungeon's traps, which Catarina sets off by accident, Catarina ends up falling down into a hidden passage, where she unknowingly finds the magic stone while harvesting mushrooms. Guided by Nicol's wind magic, Sophia comes to Catarina's rescue when she almost falls off a cliffside, upon which they are both saved by a mysterious whirlwind. As the rest of the group joins them, Maria notices a dark presence clinging to Catarina.
8"I Became Engulfed by Desire..."
Transcription: "Yokubō ni Mamirete Shimatta…" (Japanese: 欲望にまみれてしまった…)
May 24, 2020 (2020-05-24)
While studying in the library, Catarina and several others get sucked inside a magic book. Mary and Maria, who witness everything, try to figure out how to rescue everyone and find that the only way to free them is to let one of them fulfill their desires within the book world. Unfortunately, Mary is unable to let them play out their stories to the end since they all involve everyone hitting on Catarina. Realizing that none of the stories have involved Catarina's desire, the two let a scenario play out in which Catarina gets to eat as many sweets as she wants, a desire that proves too much for the book to contain, which frees everyone as a result. In the aftermath, Alan, whose story was the only one not read as a result of Mary not wanting him to realize his feelings, finds Catarina playing outside and joins her. They share an intimate moment as they sit atop a tree to look at the sunset, but it is cut short when Mary finds them and runs towards them to prevent anything from happening.
9"Things Got Crazy at a Slumber Party..."
Transcription: "Pajama Pāti de Moriagatte Shimatta…" (Japanese: パジャマパーティで盛り上がってしまった…)
May 31, 2020 (2020-05-31)
As Catarina and the girls hold a slumber party to celebrate passing their exams, her maid, Anne Shelley, notices everyone's feelings towards Catarina that Catarina herself is oblivious of. A flashback reveals how Anne, the daughter of baron and his maid, was scarred in a fire that took her mother's life and was deemed unfit for marriage by her father. Upon joining the Claes family, she originally tried to act as merely a tool until Catarina's personality changed following her accident, after which she learned to be herself thanks to Catarina's kindness. When Anne's father tried to marry her off, Catarina stood up to him and convinced him to call the marriage off and let Anne stay by her side. On another day, Geordo has high expectations upon receiving a fancy invitation from Catarina, only to discover she had invited everyone to help harvest her crops. Afterwards, Catarina is confronted by someone who claims she will expose her evil deeds.
10"The Moment of My Doom Arrived... Part 1"
Transcription: "Hametsu no Toki ga Otozurete Shimatta...Zenpen" (Japanese: 破滅の時が訪れてしまった…前編)
June 7, 2020 (2020-06-07)
Mimicking the judgment event from the game, Catarina is accused of bullying Maria, but Maria and the others vouch for her innocence. Although Catarina is relieved that she has evaded a major doom flag, Maria goes missing after investigating a dark aura coming off the instigators. Three days later, Geordo discovers that the list of "evidence" the instigators used against Catarina was not actually written by them, and that they themselves have no memory as to why they accused her. He suspects that they were being manipulated by dark magic, with Maria's ability to detect it leading to her capture. That night, Catarina has a dream where all of her friends die and is unable to sleep. Fatigued the next morning, she takes a rest at the infirmary. As she walks back to class, Catarina sits down on a bench and reminisces her first time meeting Maria. However, she is interrupted by Sirius Dieke, the student council president. Recalling what Atsuko said in her past life about a hidden character from the game who possessed dark magic, Catarina soon realizes that the true culprit is Sirius, who declares his hatred for Catarina and puts her into a slumber.
11"The Moment of My Doom Arrived... Part 2"
Transcription: "Hametsu no Toki ga Otozurete Shimatta...Kōhen" (Japanese: 破滅の時が訪れてしまった…後編)
June 14, 2020 (2020-06-14)
While remaining unconscious, Catarina's mind is trapped in a world resembling her previous life as an otaku. Realizing that she could die if she remains in an eternal sleep, everyone tries their best to find ways to wake up Catarina to no avail. As Geordo and the others lament on how they feel about Catarina, Sophia, who is revealed to be Atsuko's reincarnation, hears her voice and goes to Catarina's side so Atsuko can reach her inside the dream world and guide her back to the world she belongs to. Going off Atsuko's parting words, Catarina learns where Maria is located and goes with the others to rescue her and confront Sirius.
12"The Final Event Has Begun..."
Transcription: "Saishū Ibento ga Kite Shimatta..." (Japanese: 最終イベントが来てしまった…)
June 21, 2020 (2020-06-21)
Sirius, whose real name is revealed to be Raphael Walt, explains how Marchioness Dieke had a mage kill his mother to acquire dark magic in order to do a ritual to transfer the real Sirius' mind and memories into Raphael's body. She then murdered the mage to keep him quiet. Gaining dark magic alongside Sirius' memories while still retaining his own, Raphael swore vengeance. Reminded of his mother's kindness thanks to Catarina's help, Raphael learns that the true dark magic was the mage that possessed him following his death and finally manages to drive him out. Afterwards, Raphael leaves the school to atone for his sins while Marchioness Dieke is brought to justice. At the second year graduation party, the setting of the final event of the game where Maria is supposed to confess to one of the romance interests, Catarina finds herself greeted with what she believes to be a friendship ending, remaining oblivious that she is actually the focus of a reverse harem ending. With Raphael joining the Department of Magic and becoming another one of Catarina's admirers, Catarina looks forward to a life that goes beyond what is covered in Fortune Lover.

Video games[edit]

Bonus DVDs containing demo versions of Fortune Lover, the in-universe visual novel, were included in the limited editions of the anime's Blu-ray releases.[76] A free-to-play mobile game titled Katarina's Farm (カタリナ農園, Katarina Nōen) was released on July 31, 2020, with an online trial version being made available from June 19 to August 31, 2020.[77]

Merchandise[edit]

On September 27, 2020, Premium Bandai began selling book cushions which "feature art of Catarina and her four (main) suitors" from the series, which each cushion folding up like a book, "featuring the character's name on the outside."[78]

Reception[edit]

The light novel and manga have over 600,000 copies in print.[66]

LGBTQ[edit]

People described the series as focusing around Catarina Claes who amasses a polyamorous bisexual harem pining for her as she tries to avoid being a villain and becomes very thoughtful.[79] Reviewers pointed out three lesbian characters: Mary Hunt, Sophia Ascart, and Maria Campbell, all of whom have crushes on Catarina, as reviewer James Beckett of Anime News Network pointed out.[80][81][82]

In May 2020, seven of the 10 spots of a "weekly favourite couple poll" by Anime Trending[83][84] featured Catarina paired with most of the characters.[d] After the first season ended, with a "friendship ending," one reviewer calling it a "very definitive ending for Catarina and Her Polyamorous Bisexual Harem of Doom,"[82] and the series was later praised by Rebecca Silverman and Theron Martin of the Anime News Network for being well-done, and offers "a rewarding bisexual power fantasy" which Catarina is unaware of due to her dense nature.[85]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Written as "Katarina" in the English light novel and manga releases.[3]
  2. ^ Written as "Jeord" in the English light novel and manga releases.
  3. ^ All English titles are taken from Crunchyroll.
  4. ^ Specifically Maria and Catarina, Mary and Catarina, Sophia and Catarina, Keith and Catarina, Gerald and Catarina, Alan and Catarina, Nicole and Catarina.

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