I’m in Love with the Villainess, Vol. 1

Inori, Aonoshimo, and Hagata, trans. from the Japanese by Joshua Hardy. Seven Seas, $12.99 trade paper (180p) ISBN 978-1-64827-800-6
The manga adaptation of Inori’s light novel hits its mark in this goofy yet intriguing volume. Chronically overworked salarywoman Rei awakens to find herself reborn in the fantasy world of Revolution, her favorite dating simulation video game, as its protagonist. But rather than try to romance any of Revolution’s intended male suitors, Rei throws herself upon her favorite character: Claire, a cruel aristocratic bully and the game’s de facto villain. Much of the ensuing action follows an expected trajectory as Claire’s attempts to torment Rei meet only with relentless doe-eyed adoration, rendered with tongue-in-cheek visual humor and plenty of sight gags by Aonoshimo. But there’s more at stake than just a one-sided crush, as Rei slowly teases out her knowledge of political subterfuge and events still to come in the game’s timeline while insinuating herself deeper into Claire’s life. Thoroughly entertaining, this first volume will be well received by fans of the original series while remaining inviting the uninitiated. (July.)
Reviewed on : 05/06/2021
Release date: 07/27/2021
Genre: Comics
Paperback - 180 pages - 978-1-64827-945-4
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