Somehow, while I’ve been diving back into reading manga after my stint of using novels as escapism from a bad boss (I’ll talk about that another time), I’ve only now come across the genre of otome-game isekai! It’s a very oddly specific genre but is so much fun to read.
There may be some spoiler-related things in this post just because of how the genre goes. If you’re not into spoilers, skip this post. I’ve hidden it under the Read More if you’re on the main site. 🙂
Personal note: I know we haven’t had any updates for quite some time! There’s been a lot of changes at home so we haven’t had a lot of time to devote to the site. Hopefully next year will be better! Stay tuned!
The basis for the genre is this: a girl/woman is reincarnated into an otome (dating sim aimed at girls) game she’s really into or has played… as the villain or heroine’s rival. This makes for an interesting turn-about because these folks realize and remember that they’ve been reborn in another world at some point during their new life as a villainess, and usually remember what happened in the game. This includes the paths for romance and flags for different events in the game. Remember, these are dating sims. 🙂
At this point, there tends to be a divide on what happens when they come to realize that they’re reborn and they attempt to avoid the bad-end as the villain by (1) actively working against story and character plot points or (2) utilizing their isekai skills/knowledge from the past in the new world in their favor. It can be one or the other or both, which helps to make the manga in the genre not always feel totally copy/paste. Though there are some totally similar manga, there’s enough of a difference to enjoy reading multiple manga at once.
Two additional sub-genres that I’ve seen in otome-game isekai is either that (a) the heroine of the game was ALSO reincarnated in that world and knows (but don’t always know the villainess was as well) or (b) there are other reincarnated characters.
Here’s a list of some interesting ones that I’ve been reading:
- I’m a Villainous Daughter, so I’m going to keep the Last Boss
- I Reincarnated into an Otome Game as a Villainess With Only Destruction Flags… In a Dire Situation!? Verge of Destruction Arc
- I Reincarnated into an Otome Game as a Villainess With Only Destruction Flags…
- Survive as the hero’s wife (webtoon)
- I Reincarnated as a White Pig Noble’s Daughter from a Shoujo Manga (very similar so including it anyways)
- The Villainess Is Adored by the Crown Prince of the Neighboring
- Lady Rose Wants To Be A Commoner Kingdom
- The Daughter of the Albert House Wishes for Ruin
An additional spin is that the characters are yandere/dangerous/dark or have a bad history that makes them who they were in the game. Some of these include:
- Yandere Otome Game
- I Am Troubled That My Fiancé Is a Villain
- The Reincarnated Princess Strikes Down Flags Today as Well
A unique manga is a different spin on the villainess otome-game isekai — two characters are able to interact with the otome-game world! This one is also just as fun to read: Endo and Kobayashi’s Live Commentary on the Villainess.
I haven’t seen this genre really come out in the U.S. yet, but you can find scanlations online. If you happen to find any of these manga in-store, support the author and buy it!
Do you have a manga that you like and want to share? Let me know below!