Avoid the BAD END! That's the goal of the villainess in this plot-twisting story! She has been reborn into the world of an otome game as the villainess, Irene. Using her memories of her former life, she recognizes flags indicating she's en-route to the bad end, so she makes a plan to conquer the last boss (the evil king Claude), make him her lover, and see if she can open up a new route!
So, in the first three chapters, I felt that this was a perfect manga. It completely captured my interest and had a fun twist on the already-classic scenario of someone entering the world of an otome game as the "villainess daughter" and working to avoid the Bad End. I found Aileen and Claude to be an adorable couple. She's so awkward and yet straightforward, while he's so obvious with his emotions (because he subconsciously affects the weather) and yet is also unsure of what he's experiencing. And seeing Keith snicker at their cute interactions just reflects how I feel inside and adds extra enjoyment to it. Belzebuth has some funny moments because of his simplistic loyalty. And Almond is cute. The rest of the characters aren't worth mentioning. But from chapter four onward, the relationship has lost the freshness and dynamics which made it mega-adorable. Claude starts expressing feelings of wanting to tease Aileen (which I don't find appealing) and feelings of jealousy toward her ex-fiance Cedric. We also start seeing some more administrative and managerial plotlines, with Aileen leading a drive to have the humans and demons coexist. And I didn't get into this manga to see her running a business or bringing innovations to this world, so these chapters don't excite me. And then the final few chapters of the manga end with Aileen having to fight against the possibilities of the plotlines from the original otome game coming to fruition. There are three such conflicts she must overcome. The first one (ch. 7-8), I don't really care for too much. It brought up some unresolved questions about the nature of free will within this world, and just seemed like a sloppy way of creating romantic tension. The second one (ch. 9-10) is more interesting, or at least the background story involving Keith is. The actual resolution of the problem isn't anything to write home about, and mainly just seems to serve to lead into the third conflict (ch. 11-12), which was anticlimactic. Throughout the story, it had built up tension and suspense involving the threat of Claude "awakening" into his dragon form, but then all that tension just fizzled out. To be clear: I don't like the ending, I'm largely okay with the midparts, and I absolutely adore the beginning. The strength of the first few chapters, and the residual happiness they bring me, is almost entirely the reason why this is rated so highly.
This is an amazing manga. The plot is perfect. This is my ideal fantasy. It's hilarious, I can't get enough of it. The characters are the best. The ML is so cute and wholesome and I love his reactions to the FL. And the FL is just the best, she's smart, brave, and her futile attempts to seduce the demon lord (ML) is so friggin funny. A highly recommended manga with a lighthearted, yet serious read. There's so much more emotion in the story and I love that. I love that I became so absorbed in it and it's such a shame that it ended with only a few chapters. See ya.
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