Apr 10, 2022
If you got blue ball(s) while watching "My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! | 乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった…" (I'm going to abbreviate it to MNL for my review) this is THE anime for you. The uncensored version is the adult version of MNL - and frankly, all the things that MNL should've been.
If you haven't watched MNL, I'd still recommend it if you like:
A) Super handsome princes
B) Otome games
C) Equally good looking male and female leads
D) Hentai anime with realistic human proportions (seriously)
E) All of the above
The characters have excellent depth as hentai animes go, and I feel this story
is beautifully unique on two main points:
1) the protagonist actually plays along with the game storyline.
We see so many otome isekai protagonists doing everything they can to "reverse" "reduce" "prevent" their tragic fate, and get their happy endings (wish that happened irl). But this isn't the case here - our protagonist Diana accepts her fate sadly, and does her best to keep the story going according to plan... even if that means a bad ending for herself.
It's the best example of selfless love I've seen so far, and really worth a mention.
2) the prince triggers unique scenarios not in the game/preset storyline
Anyone who's played otome games know that it's sadly pretty standard. The male characters may be different, but the female lead is typically an ordinary person with a cookie cutter personality, sometimes even faceless in appearance. No matter what answer we choose, the endings are still fairly linear, there isn't actually a "bad ending," at least not in the ones available to the North American region (I wonder about this all the time; like there's probably way more in Japan... I need them all lol).
In this anime, the male lead likes "bad girls" more. It's a fantastic exploration that's different from traditional cultural values throughout East Asia. He sincerely reacts to his partner, and even starts his own scenes not featured in game. You feel like you're watching a real story, and not just a script.
The voice acting really fits with the story - no underage or whiny tones here. Every episode was a blessing to me - feels like God's gift to [wo]mankind on a visual and emotional level.
My only gripe is I wish that we had more episodes, another season, or even more anime inspired by this one. It's too short, and has the potential to be a full anime series with at least 3 seasons.
Definitely watch the uncensored version (aniwatcher or other streams) - you won't be disappointed. It's a masterpiece in my eyes.
What did you think of this review?