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Eliza (Novel)  
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Description
From Omega Harem Translations:

Eliza Kaldia, who reincarnated as a noble girl villainess in a fantasy otome game, was stuck in a world that seemed far from her image of how noble girls should be living, as the fated events of the game were still far off while she remained a child. In the first place, it was suspect if she could even live to make it to the school setting of the game. Due to changes in the situation of the neighboring country which never appeared in the original game, the world became nothing like the flowery school life from the game. It was a world where even young girls had to take up weapons. How did it turn out this way…

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恶役转生但是为什么会变成这样
悪役転生だけどどうしてこうなった。
Akuyaku Tensei Dakedo Doushite Kou Natta. (Novel)
I Reincarnated as a Noble Girl Villainess But Why Did It Turn Out This Way? (Novel)

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Average: 7.6 / 10.0 (22 votes)
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A subtle psychological read   
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
by Mizura
October 18th, 2016, 9:38am
I'll disagree with the previous reviewer, as I find Eliza to be one of the most interesting protagonists I've read in light novels so far. However, it takes time for the character to be gradually revealed, and it takes time for the plot to be gradually developed, definitely not something you can tell from just reading a few chapters or just skimming the story.

This story is told in Eliza's first person POV, so at first glance, Eliza herself seems like a dry and detached person. But Eliza is actually an unreliable protagonist, and reading in-between the lines will reveal much more about her:
  • There is a large gap between her thoughts and her feelings. However, Eliza herself has become not-right in the head due to what she has done, thus fails to realize her own feelings. Actions (and physiological responses, and flashes of thoughts) are louder than words however, and Eliza is gradually shown to care deeply about her people and her army, desperately and insanely so, while at the same time completely ruthless towards those who would harm her people.
  • There is also a large gap between her intellectual and emotional age. Her past life made her smarter, but emotionally she is just a child: weak and longing for family and friends deep down, yet unable to recognize her own feelings after hiding her thoughts behind reason to cope with what she's done. In fact, her past life to her are mostly 'someone else's memories', and fade gradually as the Eliza of this world gradually form.
  • Finally, there is a large gap between what she perceives and what others think, as she will often use cause and effect to analyse others with suspicion, even when they are displaying genuine goodwill. Worse, she sometimes recognize their intentions, but is unable to accept them.


The fact that she is mostly ignorant of the about the above reveals much of the true state of her mind. To make things worse, her situation won't give a break: rather than a fluffy otome story, this story is heading entirely down a military path, and the protagonist has no choice but to struggle at the front-lines to protect her gains.

There is actually much to like about her: humble and extremely hard-working (not caring about being beat up or throwing up), caring deeply about those she is in charge of, harsher on herself than she is on anybody else. Even with her cold outwards attitude, she shows her concern through action: going easy on those she should be punishing, not minding her subordinates' overly familiar attitude, and later taking the initiative in battle if it means that fewer of her own troops would be killed.

The challenges she faces are numerous (but interesting) however: reforming a devastated land, integrating refugees, navigating the maze of aristocrats and increasingly, facing war directly, and she has to do so from a young age as a powerless child with no cheat, forced to rely on a competent but old guardian who's well above the national croaking age. The national situation is quite complicated and later various intertwined plotlines appear. I have no idea what gives the previous reviewer the impression that the author is making things up on the fly, because the author very early sets down national and geographical elements that continue to play big parts throughout the story (indeed the author actually has a whole bunch of worldbuilding blogs that haven't been translated).

Faced with duties and an unforgiving world, and haunted by memories of the past and what she's done, Eliza herself becomes increasingly... pragmatist. This is more surprising than it seems. Though she still cares more about restoring her lands than the battlefields, the latter is where she is increasingly pulled into, and she kills if she has to, tortures if it'll get results, makes use of her notoriety if it's useful.

In the end, this story is one that you have to read between the lines to get the full picture, but doing so reveals deep characterization and complex plots. Unlike what the genre suggests, it's actually more military-focused than otome-focused (and in the raws, this trend persists even when the school arc starts, so it doesn't suddenly veer into a typical otome story). It takes a while to get into it, but now it's one of my favourite stories.

... Last updated on October 18th, 2016, 9:40am
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A fantasy politics story with a hint of otome game reincarnation   
Rating: 4.0 / 10.0
by bobIV123
April 2nd, 2016, 4:00am
Update: This is one of those stories that just *assumes* that the reader cares about its characters and all the trivial details of its world, so unless you have a tremendous amount of patience or you care a lot about this story for some reason (maybe the author has you at gunpoint or something), I do not suggest reading it.

Another big problem this has is that most of what goes on is either fantasy politics or social interactions between the characters; the latter of which wouldn't be too bad on its own, but the characters are all pretty bland and forgettable in addition to the author doing nothing to make you care about them at all. The fantasy politics seem like it's just the author making stuff up as they go, which is unsurprising. It's really unfortunate, there are a few interesting things that happen, but there's just way more trivial, needless fluff and next to no payoff; I feel that if the author was more skilled, this really could have been a great story.


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Disclaimer: I'm 9 chapters in, so this is just my (kinda) first impression, the quality of this work may change later on.

All in all I'd say it's not great, but it's decent, maybe even good. The pacing's kinda slow, the characters are all pretty forgettable, but somewhat interesting things happen and I vaguely look forward to reading more. If you're bored and have nothing better to read, I'd recommend it.

I've read a few other otome game reincarnation novels and they more or less follow a formula: the MC realizes at some point that they had a past life, they realize that they're a character in an otome game (usually a villain), and they try to change events that happen in the game and their interactions with other characters. Typically, their past life personality and their memories of the game play a major role; this is not the case for this novel.

The MC does not have a very strong personality in either life. In her past life, even by her own description, she was a bland, uninteresting person with no particular hobbies, so that really doesn't impact her present life too much. Her past life personality basically just exists to make her a mature child with modern sensibilities. In her current life, she just kinda goes with the flow and tries to make the best of things, but she seems to be slowly cultivating herself, so maybe that will change later on. Another issue contributing to her bland personality is that she really doesn't have much of an objective, as she basically dodges (or perhaps I should say: "eliminates") her 'destruction flag' in the first chapter.

On the topic of her memories of the game, they don't really seem to play much of a role so far. The memories only cause her to poison her villainous family (this isn't a spoiler because it literally happens in the second paragraph), which do cause things to diverge from the game (presumably), but they don't play much of a role otherwise.

... Last updated on April 4th, 2016, 1:15am
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