Akuyaku Reijou Level 99: Watashi wa Ura-Boss desu ga Maou dewa Arimasen

Villainess Level 99: I May Be the Hidden Boss but I'm Not the Demon Lord

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Japanese: 悪役令嬢レベル99 ~私は裏ボスですが魔王ではありません~
English: Villainess Level 99: I May Be the Hidden Boss but I'm Not the Demon Lord
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 9, 2024 to Mar 26, 2024
Premiered: Winter 2024
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 23:30 (JST)
Producers: AT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11, Kadokawa
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Jumondo
Genre: FantasyFantasy
Themes: IsekaiIsekai, ReincarnationReincarnation, SchoolSchool
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.131 (scored by 6832168,321 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #35812
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #1682
Members: 134,570
Favorites: 682

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The beginning of Light Magic and the Hero, an otome RPG, unfolds fairly normally: the heroine, Alicia Ehnleit, meets her three love interests one after another and then inevitably comes face-to-face with the villainess. Yumiella Dolkness may be of noble descent, but her dark hair and rare dark-type magic—both associated with the Demon Lord—spark fear in anyone who sees her. When she is five years old, Yumiella regains memories of her previous life in modern Japan, also realizing that her fate is to become the hidden boss that appears after Alicia and her suitors defeat the Demon Lord.

Yumiella refuses to live as the game dictates and, as she prefers the game's fantasy elements over its romance, she decides to cultivate her magical skills and level up in secret. However, everything falls apart on the day of the Royal Academy's entrance ceremony. Yumiella's powers are measured at level 99—something thought impossible even for the royal knights, let alone a 15-year-old girl. With the royal family requesting her help, and everyone else insisting that she prove her strength, Yumiella realizes that her dream of a quiet life is no longer an option.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kawada, Shinji


Ono, Daisuke


Furukawa, Makoto

Monford, Jessica

Inagaki, Konomi


Yamashita, Seiichirou


Higashi, Mao
Iizuka, Aya


Opening Theme

Apple Music
Amazon Music
Youtube Music
1: "Ray of Light" by Hanatan (花たん) (eps 1)
2: "LOVE or HATE?" by Mayu Maeshima (前島麻由) (eps 2-12)

Ending Theme

1: "LOVE or HATE?" by Mayu Maeshima (前島麻由) (eps 1,12)
2: "Suki ga Levechi (好きがレベチ)" by Eleanora Hillrose (CV: Rina Hidaka), Yumiella Dolkness (CV: Fairouz Ai) (eps 2-11)

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Jun 11, 2024
I don't get MAL ratings for the isekai genre. Terrible shows where the author exhausts their premise by episode 4, thereafter devolving into a loop of the main character beating up weak enemies over and over, can be found in the 8s, while here sits Akuyaku 99 in the low 7s. Sad world. Maybe I watch isekai for different reasons than most people?

What's good about Akuyaku 99 is its telling of a complete story arc. Very rare, unfortunately. The protagonist, Yumiella, meaningfully moves the plot of the video game she's reborn into, and in a way besides "the named characters join her harem" or "the ...
Apr 17, 2024
Mixed Feelings
Despite the relatively strong opening episode, Akuyaku Reijou Level 99 fundamentally fails in every meaningful way besides humor. The MC's relatively unique personality (at least for a villainess series) excepted, absolutely nothing about this show stands out or differentiates it from the utterly exhausted story beats and tropes of the genre. Characters are dull, boilerplate, and inconsistent to the point of nonsensicality; the plot is so cliché and unimaginative that you can probably predict half of the story from the title alone; and the animation is aggressively terrible with CGI so abysmally ugly that I genuinely had to double-check that this was a 2024 release. ...
Apr 2, 2024
Long paragraph incoming (sorry, not sorry):

One of the worst letdowns that I had in a while, which made me surprised how fast I could switch from kinda liking the vibe of the anime and the story, to instantly realise that this was trash, the worst kind. I like some good thrash, but not when they are thrashing the source material's story in such an obvious way that even if I didn't read the source material or know anything about it, I understood instantly that something is wrong. It was pretty good the first half of the season, basic story, not that deep, pretty chill, kinda ...

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