Enthusiasts of villainess-themed series have reason to celebrate! A new addition to the isekai anime genre is on the horizon, and it brings with it a refreshing twist. While 2023 has seen its fair share of noteworthy isekai releases, “I’m in Love with the Villainess” stands out as the one I’m most eagerly anticipating on the small screen.
For those unacquainted with this subgenre, villainess narratives typically feature a protagonist who finds themselves transported into a romance game, commonly known as an otome game. Within this game’s world, the character often assumes the role of the game’s antagonist and must navigate through various challenges. As we’re well aware, whether in games, films, or television shows, villains don’t traditionally end up with happy conclusions.
However, “I’m in Love with the Villainess” charts a different course. Oochashi Rei, the central character, reincarnates as the game’s heroine. Yet, instead of following the game’s pre-set script by choosing from three designated love interests, Rei’s heart veers toward the story’s antagonist. Winning the affection of a villain is bound to be a complex endeavor, requiring our protagonist to employ every resource at her disposal. This premise promises an engaging narrative, making it a must-watch for fans.
The release date for “I’m in Love with the Villainess” has been set for Monday, Oct. 2. Initially, the anime will be broadcast on Japanese networks like Tokyo MX and Nippon TV, in line with the usual practice for anime releases.
For international viewers, Crunchyroll, a reliable streaming platform, has secured the license to broadcast the anime outside of Japan. This exciting series is confirmed to be a part of Crunchyroll’s Fall 2023 lineup. While it may not be accessible worldwide, viewers based in regions including Europe, Africa, Oceania, CIS, as well as North, Central, and South America will have no trouble streaming it.
If “I’m in Love with the Villainess” lives up to the promise of its trailers, we’re certainly in for a delightful treat. Furthermore, what better reason to delve into the isekai anime genre? This holds true, of course, for those who haven’t yet taken the plunge.