A New Anime to Cheer (and Confuse) You: My Next Life as a Villainess
It’s that time of the week again! Time to talk about what we’ve (or rather, I’ve) been binging. My weekly binge this time around is a newer anime called My Next Life as a Villainess. It is every bit as hilarious and insane as it sounds, but more on that later.
What has everybody else been watching lately? One of the bright sides about being trapped at home so much is that we’re all finally getting a chance to watch through a serious backlog of shows. Or rather, I’m trying to turn that into something positive worth focusing on.
Back to the show, the full title for the series is actually: My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Yep, you read that one right! How can you resist a series with that title? That being said, it’s actually based on a manga series. I read the first volume a while ago, so I felt confident and comfortable just diving right into the anime.
All Routes Lead to Doom
My Next Life as a Villainess follows Catarina Claes, a young noblewoman who had everything she wanted. Now, that wouldn’t have been all that exciting of a story. Thankfully, Catarina took a fairly good bump on the head, causing her to remember her past life.
Yep, you read that right as well. If that wasn’t enough to throw the poor girl for a loop, her memories quickly revealed that she is living the life of an otome game, and as the villain, no less. Hence why she is so determined to avoid all of the paths that could result in her doom.
Unfortunately, most if not all, of the paths result with Catarina’s death at worst, and her exile at best. Thankfully, her world seems more adaptable than an actual video game, so she’s going to bend the rules and the world in order to spare her life.
What ensues is a whole lot of chaos, and more than a fair share of harem anime, as everybody seems to fall in love with Catarina, a woman who’s really only trying to survive at this point.
Worth Diving Into?
So, is My Next Life as a Villainess worth diving into? Absolutely, especially if you’re into harem anime, or simply looking for something a bit offbeat and hilarious. This anime fits both, and thus you can imagine just how entertaining it is.
As I mentioned above, I only read the first volume before diving in, but it was pretty faithful to that introductory volume. I always love it when that happens, though obviously I’ve been surprised by everything that followed.
It’s been highly entertaining to see Catarina blast through this world of hers. She’s charming characters left and right, all the while being completely oblivious to her impact on them all. It’s actually quite endearing.
Likewise, though, I can’t help but feel this certain sense of dread around certain characters. Perhaps it’s just a bias, knowing that they’re a villain in the game. But perhaps not. This is probably something that readers of the manga already know, but I’m very much looking forward to finding out for myself.
I’m so happy I took the time to watch My Next Life as a Villainess. It’s both cute and hilarious, which, frankly, is exactly what I needed right now. It’s a perfect distraction, and admittedly many of the potential relationships are fairly cute (though, as with any fan of the series, I have my personal favorites).
While I binged the whole series up to now in one go, I can assure you that I will be watching the rest of the series as it airs. I’m simply not letting this one slip through my fingers.