Behold the True Villainess - Reviews

Alt title: Agnyeoneun Amuna Hana

Behold the True Villainess
PZcolo's avatar
Jul 5, 2022

It had a good start, nothing exceptional since it's an over-used trope, but the MC was interesting, headstrong, decisive, knew when to act and when to pull back, it was looking good. Unfortunately, as the story progressed she had become an inconsistent character, for some reason she stopped being assertive when needed, this coinciding with the re-appearance of the second lead, she was still bullheaded but all in her head, how fortuitous and thus all kind of annoying crap started to happen.
And that was it for me, after the first 40ch or so it had stopped being an enjoyable read I kept reading because I liked the start but after that happened I can already imagine all the BS, misunderstandings and forced crap that would follow. Enough is enough, there are too many similar stories to read this. (Expand for spoilers)
Other than that, the art is very good, pace is okish, dialogues are meh and the other chars are mostly ok, ML and her aunt are decent (thou he'll be a simp for sure) the rest not very interesting nor developed. Oh, and the humor was hit and miss for me, but it wasn't bad when it was not being disruptive to the narrative.
Started a 7 ended a 3 by the point I dropped it.

Let me give you an example ***SPOILER ch60*** (is there a way to hide spoilers? if someone knows please tell me, otherwise, please add this basic function)

She has spent since the start of the story a lot of effort to cut her engagement with the annoying PoS of a duke, yet when he reappears she has multiple chances to say plainly to his face that she doesn't like him, yet she doesn't, instead she plays coy, then the a**hole declares in front of everyone she's his fiance, again, she doesn't say she has already cut that relationship, continuing with this now beautiful trend, she travels with him (and her aunt, at least) to the capital and has no better idea to stay in the Duke's mansion... yeah... but that's not nearly enough right? She gets drunk with the douche, somehow ends in his room, in his bed and... she chokes him, yep, AT LAST, right? nop, for some reason the butler has the notion that interrupting a private night of his master with his "fiance" was a good idea so he very conveniently knocks on the door because of some noise or some BS (as if some noise would be strange). So, what does the incredible MC, that has been trying to break the engagement do? she fakes having had had sex with the Duke... Oh, brillant, what a great idea, I can't think of any way it could backfire...

3/10 story
8/10 art
3/10 characters
3/10 overall
Aielmi19's avatar
Aug 30, 2021

reviewed at Chp 30

Personally, I found this story to be a breathe a fresh air. the plot has the typical isekai overtones but takes a unique twist in a way I havent seen other stories do. The FL pushes on and her circumstances change throughout the story- the change of scenery is really refreshing and I appreciate that she continually reassessed her situation and developed new goals to push the plot instead of just sitting still.

The FL is also refreshing as a character. She is thoughtful but not so consumed by her thoughts, she is funny but also strong and independent. I also enjoy her interactions with the ML and how she still pushes forward and they separate when it make sense for the story. Their interactions are sweet and show the develop of genuine interest and friendship. 

If you like humor and a strong female lead, with twinge of romance and a moving plot, then just give it a chance. It only gets better as it goes. 

?/10 story
?/10 art
?/10 characters
9.5/10 overall
machiabeeli's avatar
Jul 21, 2021

Premise is somewhat ridiculous but the humor carries this manga through. Female lead is the standard otome isekai villainess who shuns her role of saintess in the novel, by becoming a rogue commoner who'll take over her family's line of succession. She has a couple of cheat skills which is just par for the course, since she's portrayed to be a strong and 'rebellious' female lead. 

I wouldn't have rated this as high as I did if it wasn't for the refreshing art style and comedy. The artist exaggerates emotions and inserts humorous anecdotes in between key scenes that normally wouldn't be as notable. 

With their romance, you can clearly see the path that the manga will take. The male lead has yet to shine in the spotlight, which I think is on purpose because they want to juxtapose the personality of the female lead from him. 

I would actually read more of this if there's any updates, surprisingly. 

5/10 story
5/10 art
5/10 characters
5/10 overall
MinRei's avatar
Feb 13, 2021

Chapter 4 just felt dumb to me that I got discouraged from reading this any further. The story is the typical girl got isekaid and won't conform to the lifestyle the previous owner of body has.

4/10 story
6/10 art
4/10 characters
4.6/10 overall
nathandouglasdavis's avatar
Apr 13, 2021

They do some pretty fun stuff with the facial expressions. Meme-looks, chibi-forms, cartoonish mouths. Though not all of the warpage looks good. Nivea is cute and has very kissable lips. Fe has red hair, with a translucent lock covering feir right eye. I like the outfit they have fem wear while traveling with Kyle, very pragmatic and tomboyish, and the action scenes with fem look pretty cool. Fe is an expert with a bow (because of feir past life) and is learning how to use a dagger as well. Kyle is the heartthrob of the story, a knight who's secretly more important than fe appears. I like the way that fe is quiet and a bit distrustful, but also seems to have a kind core. Half the story so far has taken place in the initial city, the other half traveling in the woods. Its entertainment value largely stems from Nivea's brash and unfeminine mannerisms. Kyle is dealing with some political maneuvers that involve Nivea's ex-fiance, and I'm sure that at some point Nivea will be drawn into that drama more directly. The immediate next plotline seems like it will involve Nivea bringing feir fist down on feir evil stepmother and perhaps reforming some stuff in the familial territory as well (though that second aspect is more just me guessing based on how similar types of stories have gone). It's pretty entertaining and I've largely enjoyed the read so far.

[Reviewed at chapter 18]

7/10 story
7/10 art
7/10 characters
7/10 overall