Film Friday- My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

Film Friday- My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!, also known as HameFura, is a Japanese light novel series written by Satoru Yamaguchi and illustrated by Nami Hidaka. It began serialization online in July 2014 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was acquired by Ichijinsha, who published the first light novel volume in August 2015 under their Ichijinsha Bunko Iris imprint. Nine volumes have been released as of April 2020. The light novel has been licensed in North America by J-Novel Club.

A manga adaptation with art by Hidaka has been serialized in Ichijinsha’s shōjo manga magazine Monthly Comic Zero Sum since August 2017. It has been collected in four tankōbon volumes and licensed in English by Seven Seas Entertainment. A spin-off manga began releasing during November 2019. An anime television series adaptation by Silver Link began airing in April 2020.

Anime

An anime adaptation of the light novel series was announced by Ichijinsha on October 19, 2018. The anime was later announced to be a television series on July 18, 2019. The series is animated by Silver Link and directed by Keisuke Inoue, with Megumi Shimizu handling series composition, and Miwa Oshima designing the characters. Natsumi Tabuchi, Hanae Nakamura, Tatsuhiko Saiki, Miki Sakurai, and Shu Kanematsu composed the music. It premiered on April 4, 2020 on MBS, Tokyo MX, BS11, J Tele, and other channels. angela performs the series’ opening theme song “Shōjo no Route wa Hitotsu Janai!”, while Shouta Aoi peforms the series’ ending theme song “Bad End.” Crunchyroll is streaming the series.

Characters

Catarina Claes

The main character, a 17-year-old otaku who has been reincarnated as the villain character of the game Fortune Lover. Having extensive knowledge of Fortune Lover, including the fact that all the routes in the game lead to either her death or exile, she takes drastic measures to avoid such outcomes, such as trying to establish good relationships with her peers and take up gardening as a profession should her exile come to pass.

Geordo Stuart

A prince who is Catarina’s fiancé during her childhood. In the game, he was blamed for Catarina getting the scar on her forehead and she locks him away. The good ending shows he exiles Catarina and marries the heroine, the bad ending has him kill Catarina and abandoning the heroine due to guilt of killing his fiancée. He is afraid of snakes, something Catarina capitalizes on in order to both protect herself and to boost Alan’s self-esteem.

Keith Claes

Catarina’s adoptive brother. A powerful magic user of earth magic. In the game, Catarina torments and ignores him which makes him a womanizer. In the good path, he has Catarina exiled and abandons his womanizing ways to be with the Heroine, the bad has him killing her in a fit of rage before disappearing forever. To avoid those endings, Catarina goes out of her way to be a good sister to him, which does improve their relationships but also saddles Keith with the thankless task of having to keep Catarina out of trouble, mostly to no avail.

Alan Stuart

Geordo’s brother and Mary’s fiancé. He was a sickly child and jealous of his twin brother which made him become an introvert. However, he is a very skilled musician on the piano and loves flowers. His path in the game is actually the only one that Catarina has no doom flag as Mary is the rival for the Heroine and both paths have happier endings. Catarina uses her knowledge of Fortune Lover to become friends with Mary, something that infuriates Alan, as he thinks Mary is ignoring him in favor of Catarina, and challenges Catarina to a series of competitions, which Catarina wins handily. As time passes, however, Catarina earns Alan’s respect and they become friends.

Nicol Ascart

Georgo and Alan’s childhood friend and Sophia’s brother. He is considered handsome by all who see him, with a smile that can charm both males and females. In his path in the game, Sophia is the rival for his affection, hinting a possible illicit romance path.

 

Mary Hunt

Alan’s fiancée who is skilled with gardening. However, when Catarina says a line in the game before Alan praising her garden, it appears to have a consequence that appears to have Mary falling for Catarina, giving the otome game a Yuri path.

 

Sophia Ascart

Nicol’s sister, who loves reading romance novels. She is considered cursed and unnatural due to her silver hair which Catarina comments flows and shines like silk in the light. It appears Sophia also develops an interest in Catarina as well.

Maria Campbell

A girl who, in Fortune Lover, was the main heroine and original bullying target for Catarina. Due to Catarina becoming much nicer and charismatic, Maria ironically ends up falling in love with her, which in turn gives Maria a route of her own.

 

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