"I was reincarnated as a noble young lady, but by the time my memories returned, I was already heading towards the bad ending. I broke off my engagement, and I am currently on the route where I am confined in a church. Where is my bright and colorful future now?"
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.....
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.