Book Review: I Was Reincarnated as the Villainess in an Otome Game but the Boys Love Me Anyway!, Volume 1

I Was Reincarnated as the Villainess in an Otome Game but the Boys Love Me Anyway!
Volume 1

Author: ATAKA, Sou Inaida (Contributor), Hachipisu Wan
Publisher: TOKYOPOP (April 20, 2021)
Paperback, 184 pages
Comics & Graphic Novels, Manga
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Summary

Fated to die as the villainess of an otome game, Mystia sets out to change her own unhappy ending!

Mystia Aren is the daughter of a noble family, and she just started high school. She’s surrounded by a group of adoring classmates and her charming fiancé. Everything seems perfect.

Except that this world is actually a dating sim called Kyun-Love, and Mystia knows she’s been reincarnated into the role of the main character’s evil rival! Mystia is determined to do everything she can to avoid her fate, but it’s not as easy as it sounds. Especially when all the boys keep falling in love with her!

Review

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

This is such a cute isekai manga! The first chapter is a bit confusing while the story is established, but once it’s set up it’s very interesting. It starts out with Mystia Aren, the daughter of a noble family, at the opening ceremony on her first day of high school in an otome game setting world, then the rest of the volume goes back to when the main character first wakes up as 10 year old Mystia after dying saving someone on our real world.

She’s played this dating sim before, and Mystia is actually the evil rival of the main character – who had a very bad ending! So Mystia is determined to change the course of the game and set herself – and everyone else – up for a better outcome in 5 years time when the game’s high school setting rolls around.

It’s hard to reconcile the bold and selfless Mystia with the villainous deeds attributed to the game Mystia, and the Mystia in the storyline seems to be an amalgamation of the isekai heroine’s personality and the personality of the character whose body/memories she woke up with. It’s a really intriguing dynamic and I can’t wait to read more!

A digital ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for review. All opinions are unbiased and my own.

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