With the community quarantine in my area, there seems to be no excuse to not get back into the anime grind. The first thing that caught my eye for this year’s spring season was the anime series My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! or HameFura for short. Categorized into the romantic comedy genre with the interesting premise of isekai-ng the main character into her favorite otome game as the villainess is definitely something that would raise eyebrows.
HameFura is an anime adaptation of a light novel series written by Satoru Yamaguchi, produced by animation studio Silver Link which made familiar titles like Baka no Test, Non Non Biyori, and Ao-chan Can’t Study! – all of which fall within the comedy genre we all love in anime.
The whole show revolves around our main female character, Katarina Claes, who realizes that she had been reborn into her favorite otome game as its villainess after hitting her head with a rock as a result of an unfortunate stumble. Remembering that her fate could lead to exile or be put to death, she schemes plans to try and avoid these red flags. However, all of these acts lead to some surprising and hilarious changes to her relationships with the characters in the game.
I’ll be honest – I love a good rom-com that tries to reinvent the genre’s tropes and HameFura definitely checks out all the guilty pleasures I have for this sort of show: outrageous events that get me laughing hard, reasonable story logic, and a lovable main female lead. Katarina reminds me so much of other famous best girls within the community like KonoSuba‘s female cast, LoveLab‘s Natsuo, and Demi-chan‘s Hikari. The grandiose scheming personality with plans taking a turn for hilarities is a prominent trope within HameFura’s plot.
One other thing I can’t help but point out in this show is its wholesome nature as Katarina tries to develop good relations between game characters that might contribute to her eventual doom in the canon flow of events she remembers while playing the otome game. This motivation from Katarina to save her own skin by building friendly and close-knit relationships with the characters in order to minimize red flags is something I enjoy a lot in this show apart from the rom-com.
Although it’s only been one episode during the writing of this article, I can’t help but really stay hooked on HameFura‘s rom-com quirkiness combining the scheming to fail trope and possibly a reverse harem developing throughout the plot considering its supposed to be an otome game world. I can go on and ramble about how much I love this show’s comedy but we’d be seeing a longer article here.
If you’re a fan of rom-com to give you a good time throughout isolation this month, then you should definitely be paying attention to My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!
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