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  • Writer's pictureBriony Rose Smith

Oh no! I'm so nice I make everyone life better! Chaotic Pure.

Updated: Jul 7, 2023

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Feels like someone just scanned my brain and made the perfect series for me. Katarina isn't perfect but her bumbling butt gains her the love of men and women alike while she gets to live as a papered Nobel. What more do you want?!

Why did I start reading it?

After watching the anime, I was convinced this series was made for me because I was grinning all the way through. Of course, I had to try the light novel eventually!

What is it?

Katarina Claes, nobility, trips, falls, and bumps her head at the tender age of eight. As a result, she regains memories from her past life as a hopeless modern high school student and begins to match the names and places around her to an otome game she played in life and she's the Villain! She needs to use what knowledge she has to avoid the bad ends and hopefully be able to live past the end of the game!

What are the characters like?

Katarina has a colourful clast of Otome tropes surrounding her. The cold-hearted prince, the disgruntled bad boy, the playboy and the quiet alluring one. Them and even the other rival characters have their tropey characters smoothed out by Katarina's chaotic kindness, sometimes on purpose but mostly because that's just how she is.

What's the bad news?

The book can get a little repetitive. About halfway through the book we weirdly get a recap chapter. I'm not completely sure but this feels like a casualty of Light novels coming from web novels. In the chapter there was a time skip and it felt the need to recap everything we had just read about childhood events. in the anime it's fine due to weeklong breaks and in a web novels format it would have the same kind of break but as someone who ate this book in a few days it was kind of annoying.

And the good news?

Katrina's dumb chaotic energy is a fun ride to be on and you can easily see why she attracts so many characters to her. She's so single-minded that most of the time, even if her motives are self-preservation, most of the time she messes that up for the better. It's a comfortable read where you know things will work out for Katarina in the end, question is how it will work out for everyone else dealing with her.

Would you recommend?

Yes. If you enjoyed the anime and are looking for something silly and light-hearted, Bakarina's adventures are for you.

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