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Young Katerina Claes is the epitome of the spoiled noble brat that you love to hate. Then she hits her head and recovers memories of her past life as an otaku playing the otome game Fortune Lover where Katerina Claes is the villainess who always ends up exiled or killed.

Oops.

Better undertake some damage control to avoid that[1].

As isekai set ups go, Villainess[2] is certainly amusing, and certainly much more of a challenge for the protagonist than the show I’ll be discussing next.

The problem for Katerina is that, to quote Hamlet, “There’s a divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will”. In other words, the game world has its own logic that will not be denied.

This, for me, is where Villainess will succeed or fail in the end. The first episode is a mix of some positive outcomes balanced by others that can only be the logic of the game world imposing itself on what Katerina is doing.

I won’t mind it, in fact I’ll probably enjoy it a lot, if Katerina has to earn her victories. So long as she does get to earn them, and not have them simply nullified by the game world. That will be a delicate balancing act for this show.

In the meantime I found the opening episode to be quite funny, especially the rapid transition from “spoiled noble brat” to “hard working, will do anything to not die”. Overall I think this is worth a look, and I’ll stick with it for a few episodes yet.

[1] I did like the shout out to Pixar’s Inside Out with the conference of Katerinas inside her head plotting on how to get out of being the villainess.

[2] I typed out the full title in the blog title. Once is enough. Per Wikipedia the original title is: Otome Gēmu no Hametsu Furagu Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta, which literally translates as I Reincarnated into an Otome Game as a Villainess With Only Destruction Flags.