My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X Mid-Season Impressions – Bakarina is Back!

Spring 2020’s surprise hit Otome Game no Hametsu Flag shika Nai Akuyaku Reijou ni Tensei shiteshimatta (My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!) tells the story of a ditsy otaku who reincarnates as the villain in her favorite otome game, Fortune Lover, and does everything in her power to avoid the bad endings her character Catarina is doomed to face. In the process, she accidentally makes every single character (male and female) fall in love with her offbeat charms! Now our favorite spacey hero and her equal opportunity harem are back for a second season of wholesome isekai antics, so let’s see what they’re getting up to this time!

Life After Fortune Lover

Since avoiding Fortune Lover’s doom flags was what drove the plot forward in the last season, we were a bit worried that this season would lack the high stakes and internal strategizing that were so entertaining before. Luckily for us, though, Catarina’s life is still fraught with danger... and now she has no reference point to draw from! She has no way of knowing which characters are planning on double-crossing her, which decisions will lead to a bad ending, or even how to navigate the school play without messing up her lines (leading to a hilarious scene that will live in our brains rent-free for the rest of the season). She has to rely more on her friends, who still adorably fall all over her at every opportunity, and her own heart to survive this time. We have to say, we like this change of pace!

More Opportunities for Romance?

Catarina is nothing if not a Disaster Bisexual™ so, naturally, any and all new friends must be inducted into the ever-growing Bakarina harem. So far, we have the princes Ian and Jeffrey Stuart (who are competing for the throne with Geordo and Alan), anxious but warm-hearted noble Selena Berg, disguise artist/bishoujo queen Susanna Randall, and mysterious butler “Rufus” (who may or may not have Catarina’s best interests at heart). We’re particularly rooting for Selena this time since she seems to be crushing harder on Catarina than her actual fiancé Ian.

The returning characters aren’t just slacking off in the background, though. Alan and Mary have teamed up to protect their mutual love interest, Geordo and Keith continue to act cutely possessive of Catarina, Nicol admires her from afar, and Maria and Sophia are still the gold standard for pure sweetness. Can everyone just be in one big polyamorous relationship so Catarina doesn’t have to choose?


Final Thoughts

The overall production is just as nice as last time, with enthusiastic voice acting and music to match every situation. We’re confident that the anime is in good hands, so we’re excited to see what curveballs My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X will throw at us this time!

What did you think of our overview? Have you been enjoying the second season of My Next Life as a Villainess so far? Let us know in the comments, and thanks so much for reading!

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Author: Mary Lee Sauder

After the hard-hitting East Coast lifestyle hit me a bit too hard, I started pursuing my passion as a writer in my cozy home state of Ohio. Aside from that, I spend my time cooking, cosplaying, collecting anime merch, and being an improv comedy actor. I also love sneaking alliterations and stupid puns into my writing, so be on the lookout for them! 😉

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