When the Villainess is in Love - Reviews

Alt title: Angnyeoga Saranghal Ttae

When the Villainess is in Love
YukinaZero's avatar
Nov 13, 2020

Pros: The art is breathtaking, even if the author's fashion scene is questionable. (Seriously pay attention to some of the dresses MC wears they passed elaborate and went straight to ridiculous a long time ago) Some of the humor also really hits well. I actually also found the Prince to be surprisingly enjoyable. I thought he'd just be irritating at first but as someone with younger siblings watching him thaw under her guidance was an unexpected point of pleasure.

Cons: The MC is a Mary Sue that basically just has to breath to charm everyone. The male NPCs are all egar little puppies waiting at her beck and call (like dude get a life, better yet a job) I couldn't tell you what the plot is even after reading 41 chapters. The romance between Litia and Dan was sweet but a bit rushed and inconsistent with the girl's earlier views on relationships. Whatever, I'm just grateful it's not a harem, I'll take what I can get. In summary aside from the art this manhwa doesn't really have much else to offer. Still this story has its own charms and, it's something I'd recommend if your bored.

2/10 story
9/10 art
5/10 characters
6.3/10 overall
Shriimp's avatar
Aug 28, 2021

It was quite funny and interesting in the beginning until she just toys with the second leads ,while they were deadly serious and worried about her illness.She goes around making “FRIENDS" until the male lead appears and she just tosses others aside. I mean you won't even see them anymore. The plot have completely gone downhill and beyond the surface and I don't think its going to get any better. Past 40 chapters , its just shit happening and nothing else

5/10 story
9/10 art
6/10 characters
6/10 overall
MinRei's avatar
Oct 13, 2020

The art is good but the execution of the story not so much. We have the mc constantly reminding us about how crazy the ml is and some times I feel like the tone of the story is a bit light (partnered with the color). Considering that she is trapped with a body that is in the way of said prince's succession to the throne, she should worry that he might still come for her throat even if she cut ties with the empirial family cuz he's described to be that dude who will eliminate everything that is close to things that he thinks belongs to him.

But one thing that this story did well was making me feel genuinly sad for someone, and it's not the mc, it's the og princess. Everyone can be hit by a meteor and die especially the emperor, I don't like whatever he is trying to pull just to make sure he doesn't reget anything, HE. 

I could go in to more detail about that- here's why. The princess has an incurable illness since the mc now possess the body she can overcome this once her soul and the og princess body fully becomes one because the soul is the one affected with this. So uppon assessing the situation the mc decides she has to get away from the prince, to do that she asks to renounce her claim to the throne, and upon learning her illness the emperor decides to decline her request despite introspecting and agreeing that the mc might be better off to go away from something she deems as a painful place (the palace). Why? becaue he doesn't want to have regrets, about letting his daughter leave the palace with just the memory of being abandoned. 

I'm like- I get you had your thing as the emperor (will actually be explained by his pov) but the girl literally just have a few years to live (if she was the og princess that is), so why lock her down when she clearly asks for freedom for what remains of her life span. A mere one year in the palace won't erase her painful memories, and the emperor himself said that it was hard for him to open up to his daughter, so why? 

Just let the girl live in peace, don't waste more of her limited time. 

4/10 story
9/10 art
5/10 characters
6/10 overall
IrisWhite143's avatar
Dec 21, 2020

This Manhwa is AMAZING. One of my favorites, I have reread it so many times. Sometimes I forget that she's faking it and get a little emotional... 

This is also called "When the Villainess Loves"

10/10 story
10/10 art
10/10 characters
10/10 overall
AnnCathrin's avatar
Jun 12, 2021

...meh. This manwha just wasn't for me. Interesting premise taken into a weird direction with poor execution; I dropped it after the 11th chapter.

Since it had "Evil Girl" in the title, I was expecting... I don't know what I was expecting. Villainous behavior, maybe. The FL navigating a difficult palace life, or life with a terminal illness, or cunning and plans and intrigues, or at the very least, a modicum of intelligence.

Instead of ANY of that, we get an oblivious flowerpot blindly fangirling over the MLs and throwing "I really like you" around like candy, accidentally creating a reverse harem build upon misconceptions and misunderstandings.

The first few chapters were promising, I'll give it that, and the OG princess seemed really awesome... But the FL the story followed was just an empty airhead. The "I know how to cure [the illness]" from the summary ended up being a solution the OG princess put in place, with no effort whatsoever being required of the FL. Even the painful, incurable, terminal illness ended up not truly affecting her... Sure, she'll cough up blood every three days, but that's it. She doesn't experience the pain that usually comes with the illness (again, thanks to the OG princess).

All in all, a very disappointing story. The art is good, although not the best I've ever seen, and the characters are interesting (from what I've seen). Truthfully, I'd rather read about the OG princess than our FL. This story just feels... empty. Unfinished. Like it could've been something great and ended up being everything people criticize in reverse harems.

Would I recommend this? Eh. Probably not, no. But if you're looking for a light-hearted reverse harem build upon misconceptions, this might be for you. Maybe.

3/10 story
7/10 art
7/10 characters
5/10 overall