- Mangaka : Akiharu, Toka
- Publisher : Yen Press
- Genre : Comedy, Fantasy, Isekai, Romance
- Published : January 2021 - Ongoing
During middle school, Konoha Satou wrote a story of her dream where she will be reincarnated as the main heroine and surround herself with hot men. Ten years later, she was in the middle of a call with her mother as she walks across the road, only to get hit by Truck-kun. That is the point where she wakes up in a new reality. She is now part of her own story, except that she is the despicable villainess—Konoha’s little sister, Iana. Now she needs to remember all the details she had written during her middle school to avoid the death flags. There is also a bonus 50-page manga that entails the battle between exorcists and a necromancer.
There is nothing wrong with writing a fictional story of your dream and dream of reborn into your fantasy world as the main character. Instead of taking the main heroine’s role, you reincarnated as her little sister, Iana. Well, you are not reincarnated but more like replacing Iana’s mind and soul through the convenience of the plot. The plot has a good balance of seriousness and comedy. The designs and background are everywhere, in a good way. The characters are created in such a way that readers would experience life with an ideal person.
1. The Sense of Responsibility
It is safe to say that most individuals dream of experiencing their ideal world and meeting the characters of your creation in person. You can’t help but feel the rise of maternal instinct that you should be there to watch over and protect their safety and wellbeing. Most importantly, making sure Konoha Magnolia and Ginoford Dandelion, the main hero in her story, have a happy ending.
But that is not all, you are the villainess, and you will meet your end if Konoha Magnolia dies. That is fine and all as long as you remember the details of the story you wrote and not mess up your attempt to save her, right? Nothing to worry about it as you have a handsome-looking butler, Sol Nemophyra, who has experience as an assassin…
Konoha Satou’s original intention of this world is to have herself reborn as the main heroine, Kohona Magnolia, and have a harem of attractive men. So far, two leading male characters stood by the heroine and the villainess, and both have personalities, which most readers can agree that they have almost everything that makes them almost perfect. But who would say no to hot anime boys?
The character designs reminded us of Pandora Hearts and Alice in Wonderland. The manga started strong, and the mangaka maintained that consistency throughout this volume. Many things are drawn in the background, and the clothes they wear reminded us not to take these details for granted and a fun way to understand their culture. These subtle details also serve to help the world-building and, you may not realize it, but their surnames and kingdoms are named after flowers.
4. Bonus Story
We find it surprising that there is another title within this volume after The Dark History of the Villainess. The story is about how a necromancer and exorcists’ views clash. Both sides have good intentions and the drawback and issues they carry, so it is difficult to decide which course of action would have been better for specific cases, which is a good thing if they are difficult.
1. Too Much Can Be Overkill Sometimes
Don’t get us wrong. The art style and designs the mangaka provided did much justice for us to experience the fantasy world and the comedy they offered. There a few scenes where it can be challenging to identify the characters’ actions and requires us to look at the previous and next scenes for context. Other than that, this manga is not meant for readers to speed reading the entire volume and focus on the story alone. No! Reading this manga is like walking through the art museum of anime illustrations to appreciate every fine detail.
The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess carries a nostalgia of Alice in the Wonderland-style in the isekai genre. The character and background designs are gorgeous and the number of moe services they have in store. The volume includes another story about exorcists and a necromancer which is a plus. There are minor odd scenes that can be confusing to understand and requires the context of both previous and future scenes. Overall, this manga has an exciting world of isekai with Alice in the Wonderland theme and the position of the villainess to ensure the safety of other main characters with the memories of her past life as the original creator. If you read this manga, which characters are your favorite? Leave them down in the comments below!