Alternative title(s): Otome Gēmu no Hametsu Furagu Shika Nai Akuyaku Reijō ni Tensei Shiteshimatta…, HameFura
Light Novel Adaptation by Silver Link
Streaming on Crunchyroll
After a nasty fall, spoiled child Katarina Claes suddenly remembers her past life: she was a teenage otaku and the world she lives in resembles “Fortune Lover”, a visual novel game she played before she died. To make matters worse, she realizes she has been reincarnated as the game’s antagonist that meets a terrible end in every route. Can her extensive knowledge of the game help change her fate or will it only make things worse?
Jel’s verdict: Going Somewhere
I am enjoying the recent resurgence in isekai anime with female leads. Kind of interesting how most of them are fun shows starring kind, reasonable people in contrast to the popular male dominated power fantasy type isekai that often features sexual assault and slavery… ANYWAY, this series seems to fit right in with other recent surprises like Ascendance of Bookworm and BOFURI, both of which would fit that description.
What makes this show particularly unique is the format. I think they are going to split time between Katarina as a child as she is trying to reverse her fate and then as a teenager as she’s dealing with the consequences of her actions. We don’t see that in the first episode, but I feel like that is the direction they are heading. Even if they just stay with Katarina as a child, it’s still a different perspective than what we would usually get with this kind of premise. It’s more like a time travel story than an isekai plot.
I think my biggest issue with this first episode is that it wasn’t funny enough. It’s clearly meant to be a comedy, and while it was silly and charming and even a little heartwarming toward the end, the humor was kind of flat and predictable. That said, even if it didn’t make me laugh it did make me smile. That’s enough to deserve another episode or two.
Iro’s verdict: What’s the opposite of revenge porn? Kindness porn?
This is firmly in that time-travel-adjace isekai subgenre of “I’ve reincarnated and I’m trying to avert a bad future with my foreknowledge” (honestly a plot device I have a soft spot for) and all told it seems mostly harmless. To my understanding, there’s a fair amount of girl-aimed isekai that doesn’t make it westward and the “you’re in an otome game as the villain but become the heroine” is pretty bog standard, but I’ll still take it over the usual teenage boy faff. Rather than being some unstoppable, cheat-skill-wielding badass taking revenge upon their former enemies, Katarina seems to decide the best way to avoid her doom is to be very nice and encouraging to everyone she meets. I figure The Joke is going to end up being that all of the boys fall in love with her instead of the “real” main character, so I guess time will tell if the show falls face-first into the tropes it’s meant to be parodying.