Iris, a lover of otome games, dies in a tragic traffic accident one night after work. The next moment, she opens her eyes to a very different situation. She finds herself on her knees in a church, where she quickly realizes that she has become Iris Lana Armelia, the main antagonist of the otome game she played just hours before her death. Now, the final scene at the end of the game is playing out before her eyes: Edward Tom Tasmeria—the second prince of the kingdom and Iris' fiancé—publically annuls their engagement and condemns Iris over her rude remarks to Yuuri Noir, with whom Edward is in a relationship.
Possessing memories of both her current life as a duke's daughter and her life in Japan, Iris knows what will happen next. After she returns home, her father tries to banish her to a church, where she will live out the rest of her days as a nun. However, Iris refuses to accept her fate, and she convinces her father to make her the acting lord of Armelia. Armed with the knowledge and skills from her previous life, Iris now sets out to bring prosperity to her land and its people.
Finally, a beautifully drawn manga featuring a strong but feminine MC who makes the story exciting without the elements of the doki-doki romance, magic potions or dragons. This is a story of a young woman thrown away by her fiancé, expelled from high society, learns from her mistakes, and makes the determination to stand on her own two feet, without yearning for a Mr Right to come along.
This is a story of Iris, who uses her knowledge from her past life to make her life succesful, as she no longer has the prospect of getting married.
The manga though, confuses the reader a bit by
going quickly over the reincarnation part. The novel makes this a bit more clear.
Now what I'm going to say now isn't a spoiler, rather a way to clear up the confusion of those who've read it and make the description of the story more understandable: Iris isn't transported to a life in an otome game - rather, the moment the manga introduces her in her current life is the moment she remembers everything from her past life. A past life in which she had played the otome game that had revealed her downfall in her current life. That's the beginning of the story. Once you understand this, you'll also understand why it's not important to linger on the reincarnation part.
True, the writer could've dwelled on the "why am I reincarnated into this life and why do I suddenly remember everything at this critical moment?" But then I suppose the author would've to come up with a magic-circle-like explanation. Again, this isn't a magical story - this is about a girl making her own life work by using her brains, by working hard and by being focused on her goal, not on love.
The only lucky elements the writer has thrown in is her memory of her past life and her beautiful personality, which altogether makes the story great.
The story in the manga is slow-paced compared to the novel, however, this is necessary in mangas with political and business elements. The excitement that arise from facing obstacles in these areas are, personally better that in Saiunkoku Monogatari. It makes the reader look forward to how Iris will accomplish things.
As it is slow-paced it is still at a part where Iris is reaping success without too much ado. This creates an opportunity to get to know the main cast of the story. Also, this "beginning"-part of the story highlights the message the writer wants to bring over: Success is the result of using your brains, having the right priorities and hard work. Especially hard work.
The characters gets more well-rounded as the story progresses. I love the variety of characters, the good, the evil,... Also, the cast expands as the story progresses. I'm particularly thankful that the author does not limit the cast to only a handful to whom the readers could get attached to. But then again, I'm probably speaking as a novel-reader.
By the way, I love, love, looooove the strong element of loyalty in this story. Not in a romantic way, but in a friendship way. Albeit it's mostly master-servant relationships. Still, it's beautifully portrayed.
Iris Lana Armelia is a refreshing change from the stereotypes of female MCs in manga. She smart and emotionally strong, but not obnoxious. Compassionate and caring, but not dense. Feminine, but not whiny and in constant need for someone to hold her. Wealthy, but willing to work hard. All of this may make it seem she does things a bit too good, but hey, for a change, I don't mind following the story of such an emotionally superwoman. This is a capable female MC, and I love it! Yes, she is adored by many characters and rightly so! I find this way better than the typical moe MCs who are adored for being cute, looking cute and acting cute.
In short, I love this manga. The strong elements of being independent and loyalty and a beautiful well-rounded cast is making this a great read, both in manga and in the novel.
I hope they'll make an anime of this, too.
It is incredibly surprising how much this manga has impressed me so far.
The idea of stories starting with a character being magically wooshed away into another world is not new. Many great stories have started with this trope. But the recent boom in these kind of stories in the manga medium, what I call "The Modern Isekai Boom", has left many people exhausted because of the tired, unoriginal and generic plot elements used in them.
In an onslaught of similar sounding stories, those that are indeed original and interesting enough to be recognized, always have a chance of standing out. Koushaku Reijou no Tashinami, known otherwise
as Accomplishments of the Duke’s Daughter, is one such gem.
While it starts with the same old trope of dying and ending up in a game world, that too as the villain of the game, many elements in this particular manga are noticeably different from what one would expect. From her very first appearance, the protagonist, Iris, charms us with a sharp persona and a witty intellect – a combination born when her original self got mixed with her self from Japan – which is the makings of a strong lead character. From then on, we follow her as she is tasked to act as the Lord of her father’s fiefdom named Armelia, which is an enjoyable journey, even though it sounds like a rather uninteresting topic to deal with.
That said, there are some minor details in storytelling that certainly caught my attention. Throughout the story, moments of exposition tell us current and past events which help build a better foundation for the story to take place. However, they often stand out as noticeable moments which might draw the reader out from a flow while reading certain sections. It’s not the worst way of doing things, but it is avoidable in certain ways and kind of emphasizes that fact that this manga is indeed an adaptation of a novel and adapting a text heavy media to a visual media is surprisingly not an easy task. But a shortcoming like that can be easily ignored in wake of the well-constructed story that maintains a steady pace as it moves forward.
There are some noticeable shortcomings when it comes to writing the characters as well, especially the fact that the writers have made it abundantly clear which side is supposed to be the good side and which side is supposed to be despised by the readers. But there’s a certain charm to all of them which makes for interesting interactions and development, and since character interaction is the main means of progressing the story itself, it makes for an interesting story overall.
Despite the shortcomings, the story grips the readers’ attention quite well, leading us through and interesting and entertaining journey of personal growth, politics and reform throughout the fiefdom of Armelia and beyond, using knowledge of both worlds. The art-style suits the medium well and helps portray the fascinating story as it unfolds.
An isekai manga with a strong female lead, well written characters, a well-constructed story and a generic but decent art-style, Koushaku Reijou no Tashinami is one of those hidden gems that certainly stands out from the rest in its field. Will definitely recommend.
There isn't any reviews for this manga so why not I try reviewing this one?
Do you hate reverse harems that always have the main heroine being all weak, dull,"I need hot guys to save me because I can't do lil shit at anything", delicate, useless, stupid, no personality and annoying but prefer a strong independent woman who takes responsibility, beautiful, awesome and elegant?Then this manga is for you! But the most interesting thing is that the main heroine is actually the strong willed rival.
A woman from Japan was reincarnated into a character from the otome game she daily plays during her free time. She's
not the main girl of the game but rather she is the rival also known as Iris. So now she has to try to prevent herself from being imprisoned into the church due to her father and if she manages, she has to make sure to preserve the name of her family. That's the story so far in the manga. Its actually unique
The art fits very well with the setting of the manga. The art doesn't feel to girly or boyish but decent to a Josei genre manga.
My problem about the characters is that the main heroine handles situations too well.....TOO WELL. Just imagine, being reincarnated into a character of a game you love - wouldn't it be appalling at least? She shrugs it off so easily and just instantly accept she's in another world. The heroine never really thought of why she's here at all. Character development is slow in my opinion while the pacing of the story is just okay. The rest of it are okay.....
I originally read the first couple chapters ( I think like maybe around 5) I think I ended up dropping it from lack of boredom at the time and me being in the wrong mood to read it.
I originally don't like Female romances. The Male romance leads usually always end up being obnoxious and annoying. They're either completely dislikable or a complete pansy. Thankfully this actually has a nice Male romance lead with the 1st Prince.
The MC I like. She is nice, Realistic ( Mostly) and is much smarter then what you'd find most MC's are.
I kind of dislike how the MC mostly
forgets about her past life or that she is in the world of a game. Besides the odd mention of her fate was gonna be that of becoming a Nun. It's kind of weird.
Even though she is a bit obnoxious. I do hope that Yuuri ( I think) Doesn't end up with a bad ending. I do kind of like her and she is just so naive I'd like to see more of Yuuri's mother. I think that'd be interesting.
I like the family of the MC also. The mother is my favorite family member with the grandfather being my second. It's honestly interesting and nice seeing a carrying mother that is really badass.
I can defiantly see this as an anime and hope we get one. It's an interesting story either way.