The Matchmaking Baby Princess

Alt title: Jungmaejaeng-i Aga Hwangnyeonim

Ch: 111
2021 - 2023
3.479 out of 5 from 314 votes
Rank #28,204
The Matchmaking Baby Princess

Young baby Amelia moves into the palace of her tyrant uncle, Tessa Illuminas, for her aunt Lucinda’s sake. As part of her new life, Amelia must now deal with conspiracies and court intrigue on top of trying to be a matchmaker of love for her aunt. Can the baby princess overcome all of this and have a happy ending?

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Yet another isekai manhwa where the FL reincarnates into the body of a toddler who is destined to become empress. That one-liner is practically the standard for this sub-genre so an author has to create something that makes a manhwa stand out from its peers. Unfortunately, Matchmaking Baby Princess is very very limited in its execution and introduces a host of characters that merely serve as a backdrop to its FL. Without the FLs continuous commentary and antics in the world, all the other characters would look like washed out, generic extras more suited for a crowd scene inserted once every 30 chapters. The plot is non-existent and she has little to no reason to be there except to cause chaos and get people to fall in love with her aunt, who's adamant to stay unmarried until her death. The art style plays a big part in why I couldn't get into this manga. I feel like the artist's experience is in cover art, with overly detailed scenes and angelic faces, cell-shaded hair and a familiarity with the human anatomy. You could see it in some frames, making an appearance and it kinda jolts me out of the experience. Idk it's just not my cup of tea and as hard as I tried, I couldn't get over that at all. I feel like the only saving grace of this manhwa is its humor which is...different from what I'm accustomed to. I think it's best experienced if you read it yourself, to check if the humor aligns with what makes you laugh. Didn't make me laugh at all so you already know I dropped this faster than Taylor Swift drops albums.


What is the purpose of this manhwa? In what way is it trying to entertain us? The purported purpose is to have Eryl do some matchmaking--primarily to set feir aunt Lucinda up with a nice, non-emperor person. But the matchmaking is so dull and weakly portrayed that it entirely fails as a narrative hook. The biggest problem with it is that most/all of the near-romance scenes occur without any intervention on Eryl's part, without any agency on Eryl's part. Like, fe just watched from the sidelines as Alec or others did things which they would've done anyway. There are a few chapters (ch. 16, 22) that briefly tease at Eryl finally actually getting around to doing some matchmaking, but then they almost immediately drop that subplot without actually getting into it. It's frustrating. The true purpose of the manhwa, the aspect that is supposed to hook the readers, is seeing people fawning over this young infant (or young child, after the time skip). In other words, it's a standard dotey-dotey comic with all of the shallowness and lack of direction that occurs all too frequently in that genre. The main reason why this "adorability" aspect doesn't work for me is that Eryl's mental state feels too immature and stupid for how old fe is supposed to be mentally. Fe gets excited about childish things like chocolate or sitting on someone's shoulders or sucking on a pacifier. And then, like a child, fe lacks in patience and gets fussy if things don't go feir way. Fe throws tantrums and shit. Sure, fe likes admiring hot guys and thinks things through more than an actual child would be able to, but that honestly just makes feir childishness stand out all the more and feel that much more unacceptable. Every once in a while, maybe once per chapter, there are some panels set apart from the others, with flowers framing them and with much more detail to them. The artwork for those panels is pretty nice, but the art in the rest of the panels is a lot less impressive. The characters can feel stiff and simplistic. There are also a lot of ugly facial contortions (used for humorous effect) that sometimes don't land qute right. Though honestly, the attempts at humor in general often feel too meta or something and don't land very well for me. [Reviewed at chapter 24]

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