Akuyaku Tensei Dakedo Doushite Kou Natta.

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Eliza Kaldia, who reincarnated as a noble girl villainess in a fantasy otome game, was stuck in a world that seemed far from her image of how noble girls should be living, as the fated events of the game were still far off while she remained a child. In the first place, it was suspected if she could even live to make it to the school setting of the game. Due to changes in the situation of the neighboring country which never appeared in the original game, the world became nothing like the flowery school life from the game. It was a world where even young girls had to take up weapons. How did it turn out this way…

I don’t have any cheat-like abilities. I can’t use magic. Though, my sense of ethics might have become a little twisted due to being reincarnated.

Akuyaku Tensei Dakedo Doushite Kou Natta. average rating 4.2/5 - 330 user ratings
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I Reincarnated as a Noble Girl Villainess But Why Did It Turn Out This Way?
悪役転生だけどどうしてこうなった。
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LadyLark1
New LadyLark1 rated it
July 1, 2017
Status: c187
I have two things. I would like to warn everybody about. Firstly, I am going to try and not spoil the story as much as possible, but I might not succeed. Secondly, Everything I say is just theory based on actual history and science, for why the author did, what they did. I hope I got across to everyone.

So firstly, we will start with history.

  1. Legally speaking, children at the age of 10. Were considered adults in some societies. So it is not odd, for are MC, to be running her territory at her age.
  2. Historically speaking, therapy did not exist. Which means of course, that the MC doesn't have anybody to help her issues. Making her mentally unstable.
Next up, science.

  1. So realistically speaking. Children do not have fully developed brains. Which means of course, that even though, the MC has an old soul in her. She has NOT. FULLY. DEVELOPED. yet. So of course she will act childishly at times in the story. Your brain won't fully develop, until your around 21 years of age.
  2. As mentioned in this review. There is no such thing as therapy. Which of course means that, the MC hasn't gotten help. Which means that she is both punishing herself when reminded, and also holding it in. So that she won't break down. Which of course isn't healthy and she dose mention. That she will break down eventually,  at one point in the story.
This of course, is all just theory on my part and there for, it is not actually proof as to why the author wrote this story the way they did. It can just be used as a way to explain why the characters act the way they do. Especially, the MC. I hope this has helped explain the way the characters acted in the story. As well as give warning to those who haven't read... more>> it yet. That this story might cross lines or press your buttons. <<less
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Mizura
Mizura rated it
September 25, 2016
Status: c77
This is not an otome story. This is a military story.

At 2 the MC poisons her whole family. (and yes, she did hesitate. 40 people died in the meantime). At 6 she gets caught up in her first battle.

Her guardian, well aware that her lands are in proximity to an increasingly belligerent country, makes her undergo harsh governance and military training, which she accepts without questioning because she's smart enough to realize the reality of her situation, and also because she feels that it is her responsibility to restore the... more>> domain that was devastated by her family.

The fact that she's a reincarnator? Irrelevant to her, mostly just 'someone else's memories'. The otome setting? Give it up, the MC is more on the path of becoming a cold-blooded military leader than a fluffy love interest.

The story details the MC's life year-by-year as she assist in restoring her devastated territory, faces increasing military aggressions, navigates the world of aristocrats (having taken over her father's title), and deals with conspiracies within the territory, all while hoping her guardian doesn't keel over of old age or overwork too early, as she's still a mostly powerless child.

Although good-intentioned, the MC is unfortunately also too smart and calculating for her own good, resulting in serious trust issues and an inability to accept goodwill and compassion when it's actually present, even though she thoroughly needs it. As a result, she becomes increasingly cold-blooded... hence the summary of the story.

The story starts slow and is hard to get into at first, but it's quite a poignant read. Be prepared to read it for what it actually is: a psychological/military story, or you'll be seriously disappointed when you don't find any fluffy otome romance nor easy achievements. <<less
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Nana (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚✧
Review as chapter 58

Even though there's a mention of MC being reincarnated into the world of otome game, don't be deceived! You won't find fluffy romance with this series, it's all dread and gloomy. Even when you though, ah she finally got the happiness an otome heroine's deserve, then bam it's gone. Or when you think that this scene is going to be developed into typical otome game story, you definitely wrong.
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AC253
AC253 rated it
June 17, 2016
Status: c121
Review as of ch. 121. Best recommended if you skim through this review if you haven't read that far.

There are three tags that will mislead you, and they are: otome game, reincarinated into a game world, and villainess noble girl. If you want to read something light-hearted and sweet, you will not find it here; try Tensei Oujo instead for a heart-warming but still plot-relative story. If this was turned into an anime or a manga, it would hardly qualify for shoujo or shounen. A dark fantasy with much dialogue... more>> and thoughtful conversations, it's slow paced but makes for a fantastic read if you want something plot heavy. Here's a heads up: the "school arc" still hasn't arrive 121 chapters in, which means there's still a great deal of the world/story left to explore.

DEATH FLAGS EVERYWHERE.

Death in the first chapter, death in the later chapters, probably more death in the future chapters. Someone who I thought would've been essential to the future of the plot died. This is far more focused on the internal political conflicts between the Northern and the Southern domains as well as the wars and relations with neighboring territories.

There are diseases rampant. Magic not being recklessly used? Wars actually happening? People being abused, treated as sex-slaves, and being cruel?

Oh. Can it be...this is actually something semi-realistically serious...?

There are NO miraculous changes. Eliza suffers and pushes through like a champ, throwing up and not complaining even when she's beaten into the dirt, and her memories from her past life are near useless. Everyone seems to be against her and she seems to have no true allies in the beginning. She's young and she's changing; for the better or for the worse. As this story is in her POV you will see more of her own opinions compared to an unbiased view, and yet this sets a much somber tone than the usual dense and happy-go-lucky mood I would've expected from the summary alone.

The characters are well rounded and are driven by their own individual motivations. They're not completely stupid or just mindless shells with a personality forced into them. Each has their own purpose and opinions. This is further proven by the contrasting personalities as each character's own circumstances affects their actions whether it'd be providing comfort or conflict.

All in all, if you can't stomach blood, doubt, tension, plot (actual plot, not b-plot) or if you want something more shoujo-like and sweet, this is probably not for you right now. If you are, then go right ahead and start reading. <<less
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SunsetChaos
SunsetChaos rated it
April 18, 2016
Status: c187
This story is serious and dark. This NOT a story of a happy and peaceful childhood with friends and family, harem, romance, etc. Nothing like Duke's Daughter either. I find this is much closer to something like Youjo Senki than Duke's Daughter. The only similarity with Duke's Daughter is territory building and management. Whereas DD starts out in Iris's teenage years, this is a story of Eliza's childhood, life, growth, responsibilities and decisions, her blood, sweat and tears, and all her pain, suffering, and despair.

It's unique and really different... more>> from what you'd expect from a normal otome reincarnation story. It starts out  reincarnating as a villain in an otome game. Except that's it, right away in the very beginning she diverges completely from the original story and her bad ending by killing off her entire family.

She's already going through all these huge and significant events before the otome game even start. Honestly, the fact that this is an otome game just seems so very insignificant. It's going to be so satisfying and interesting to watch her beat her way through whatever the original story throws her way. Can it even be called an otome game at this point? She's probably not even going to be interested in the love targets and will be focused on the events of the country and world, as well as her responsibilities as the lord and development of her territory. Rather than being a kind of character you'd expect from villain otome reincarnating, it's more like she's going to become a strong and intelligent commander/leader.

Act 1 only ends on chapter 69, and I quote from it:
Spoiler

"……Being born into an otome game's world, I had thought that it would be more fun. I reincarnated as a noble girl villainess, but why did it turn out this way?"

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School (and with it the otome game) doesn't start until about chapter 150, yet it's already been one hell of an emotional rollercoaster ride.

.....

Btw, off topic but I've been wondering, did a dragon and a wolf fuck each other in the past?
(sorry if that ruined your image of the story) <<less
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OfficePony
OfficePony rated it
October 19, 2016
Status: c10
This series is golden.

Grammar: 4.5/5
Story: 4.5/5
Writing: 4.5/5

Well, another series with nearly perfect scores around the board (FINALLY).

Grammar is exceptional with this series, the Translation group does an exceptional job of translating what must be a superb work based on what I have read thus far, with the occasional awkward wording/phrasing. The story is chilling and exciting, keeping you wondering how each little step forward seems to be the prelude to something dark looming on the horizon. The writing is exceptionally done, slow and methodical at times of relative... more>> peace with enough descriptions to flesh out the world that is unfolding around the MC.

A great read, and I'll be following this until it ends, the author/translator gives up, or the quality takes a dive off the cliff into the Abyss. <<less
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DuzaK
DuzaK rated it
May 18, 2017
Status: c89
This series had a promising beginning but sadly got worse fast thanks to inconsistent characters and jumpy story telling.

The good things first. It's not a game with stats and all the other boy things, it's about politics and a seemingly logical girl MC (gasp). The story is about the MC growing up in a political setting and dealing with the parents "inheritance" left behind and the consequences from it.

Sadly, that's all it's good about, now to the bad things.

First, the author has the habit of introducing friction at the end... more>> of a chapter and the next chapter is suddenly a step further ahead without any sort of connection to the previous apart for a short mention of said friction at the end of next chapter. We, as a reader, don't see much how the MC deals with said friction at that time and at best only get some monologue after some chapters relating to it.

Second, the main character gets showcased as a competent, logical and sometimes ruthless/kind person for the most part in this story. But as soon as "sins" and "reincarnation" pop up the author seems to think that it's a topic solely for whiny illogical woman and thus the MC turns into one. I don't know why the author though it would be ideal to suddenly transform the MC into a stereotype when actual important things pop up, but it just showcases that he/she didn't have a clue about the characterization for the MC. I'm not talking about her first experience in war, that's totally understandable apart form "ONE MONTH".

I dropped this shortly after chapter 87 because the following discourse takes place:

Spoiler

“……You’ve absorbed and synchronized fast. I can barely see her anymore. Has it accelerated?”

Faris suddenly muttered something under her breath.
“-Eh?”

It was so unexpected that I had no idea what she was talking about, but Faris ignored my reaction of surprise and continued as if she hadn’t muttered anything at all just now.

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And that's it, the MC never questions this or thinks and talks about this again in the next chapters. That's just sloppy storytelling and a slap to the face of the reader. I could barely stomach the earl's muttering in chapter 3 and the birthday ceremony that plainly shows the MC who she has to talk to to get and understanding of her situation. But nothing, absolutely nothing gets done on the MC's side to get that elephant in the room sorted out. Instead we get needless uncharacteristic drama and an illogical month long vegetative state to cater to the girl audience.

Sorry, but that's just not how you tell a story. Consistency is the first thing an author needs to think about to not get into a mess but this one clearly didn't know to not let the cat out of the sack before he wants the MC or anyone else to deal with it.

We know what's up, the MC knows what's up but the author doesn't want to let the MC do her thing and that's bad. Don't show to the MC if you didn't want to tell, author.

Off to the *CENSORED* List with this. <<less
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SilverBullet888
SilverBullet888 rated it
August 24, 2016
Status: c7
I'm not much of a fan of this novel so far. It's interesting how this is not the usual fluffy and cute, I-got-reincarnated-into-an-otome-game novel, but it was a bit dry. I don't have anything against dark and serious, but the plot jumps forward in leaps and bounds and doesn't really go in depth to the characters. Maybe because I'm only on chapter 7, but the mc doesn't feel very realistic. For someone who was previously living in a normal world (probably), it's not very believable that she can just straight... more>> up kill a bunch of people, even if they are evil, and have almost no reaction to it. She also shows very little emotion, or they are not portrayed very well. The writing makes me feel indifferent to what will happen next, so although the plot may be interesting, I have no desire to read further. <<less
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Just a Potato
Just a Potato rated it
July 28, 2016
Status: v1c76
What a great novel, one of my favourites. One in which the MC doesn't have cheats or a lot of knowledge (because the mcs always have knowledge in agriculture af, but why?) and she doesn't have it easy. I wish someone would pick the novel again.
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rdawv
rdawv rated it
March 23, 2016
Status: --
Review as of ch.45.

Some serious suspension of disbelief is required here. Not about the story’s initial premise: where the MC is someone who is reborn into as otome game’s villain. But about her decisiveness and ability to poison her entire immediate family at the age of 2, training with the sword and spear and actually going to war before the age of 10.

Putting that aside, this isn’t your usual “I’m in an otome game! I’m the villain? I’m going change the story anyway!” narrative. In fact, the only thing otome... more>> game-like about the story thus far is the initial premise. It is for the author to borrow the medieval-like setting to put the MC in, because right after the dramatic start we basically get a dark story about a kid who is too mature for her age taking her first steps in learning to run her own viscount-ship.

In fact, there is absolutely no reason for the game to be an otome game in the first place, because there is zero aspects of romance thus far (of course this might change in the future). Told from the first person’s perspective, we get to read about some of the MCs doubts and efforts to settle in her new life as the heir of a hated family.

And unlike some other stories where the MC would miraculously make wholesale changes without too much trouble (eg potato crops, economic reforms etc), the story is told slow enough to let us realize that the MC is not going to get an easy ride. Indeed, the MC slowly finds her memories of her previous world irrelevant to her current self and eroded as she grows up.

It is well written, an unexpectedly dark and gritty story about a girl growing up in a world that is wildly beyond her expectations from an otome game’s setting. Perhaps some questions about the MC’s adaptability in her strange new world, but still an engrossing read where it isn’t all fun and games for a reincarnated main lead.

Be warned though, it is a slow burn of a story: 40 chapters in and we only have the start of a war background. No signs of insidious plots, jealous rivals, greedy nobles and the like yet. <<less
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Melody
Melody rated it
October 3, 2016
Status: c77
It may not be a fluffy romance comedy harem otome game recarnation novel but don't be put off by it. It's dark, teary and emotional. The mc is filled with guilt because she killed her entire family at the age of two which derailed the whole otome game thing in the story. Each character is written realistically portraying the hidden side of the female mc. To sum up, I'm glad I found this novel and I can't wait to get to the ending of this great story
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Promethean
Promethean rated it
April 25, 2016
Status: --
It is a brilliant move by the author. The story as a whole greatly raises it above the other Otome stories. Why? Easy.

It is a military/politics/psychological thriller that is presented under the guise of an Otome game.

In fact, for the first 100 or so chapters of the story, the Otome part won't even come into play. It starts off building a serious story about an even more serious main character. The drama. The psychological distress. The despair. The guilt. The politics. It is a tragic drama in every way.

And oh... more>> my, does the Tragedy Tag match this series. It is completely tragic.

And the best of all? The realism of this series. Besides one point of suspension of disbelief, the rest of the series is the most realistic of the Otome reincarnation series. I won't get into too much detail about why it is so realistic in what would happen to a Japanese girl being reincarnated into a medieval western fantasy world (because I want to avoid spoilers). <<less
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Senethari
Senethari rated it
January 3, 2017
Status: c97
Slow updates, long chapters, well-translated, and well-written. It's not the traditional otome reincarnation story, and if you want romance or capture targets, then come back later. 97 chapters in, she's still only 7, embroiled in political and economic intrigue, grieving, and close to breaking. With that said, I love this story, and I keep forgetting it's a reincarnation or game setting. When I read, I'm just rooting for a girl trying so hard in a world that's so much darker than... more>> a child should ever have to see.. And I keep coming back for more every update. <<less
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earp
earp rated it
December 22, 2016
Status: c95
At first, I avoided this novel cause it looked very dark and might not be my type of story. And also, there was barely any updates then. So when start reading this, i can't help myself to continue reading until the very end. It's not fluffy or anything. I just find the plot and characters amazing for some reason. Eliza works hard to prove others that she can be a good lord. I love how some people around her recognize her as a good lord. And there's good translation.
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Tetsuki
Tetsuki rated it
January 19, 2016
Status: --
Started out really good.

But later on she just wants to atone for her former sins and just can’t get over it. That get’s really tiring after a while. The biggest problem is that she has no other desire. And if she doesn’t have any desire than to atone where is it interesting for the reader?
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Mothman
Mothman rated it
June 21, 2017
Status: c57
I'll begin with my most notable complaint, because that's how you make a splashy review.

The main character wakes up for no reason at all, hears a secret that had no reason to be spoken so loudly when the rest of the conversation was in whispers, sends away her moral support for a reason that she herself says doesn't make any sense, then refuses to go pick him up for no reason, then that character shows up at a place he had no reason to be, on a dragon he had... more>> no reason to have, with another character who had no reason to be with him.

At most one of those events should have occurred, and I would have been able to keep my suspension of disbelief. The fact that this ridiculously ham-fisted railroad of events culminates in the death of a man who can single-handedly slaughter twenty soldiers while holding onto a six (I actually do not know her age because it hasn't been said since I think around chapter 34 or so) year old child to a literal monkey even though neither character had a reason to jump off their dragon into a group of enemy soldiers.

But this doesn't mean I've forgotten about all the various events we don't know about until several chapters later where the author mentions that the event happened in past tense. Like firing the teacher/nanny, or when that noble gave her wine apparently, or hey that guns magic and monsters exist in this world, and a couple others I have forgotten.

And now I'm supposed to sit here and read through ten chapters through the perspective of a character who has never been shown in a positive light at any point in the series, who has no connection with the current events whatsoever? No thanks, I'm done. <<less
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duchessofFandom
duchessofFandom rated it
June 19, 2017
Status: c3
Quite bad. The author created a vague, unbelievable, annoying and boring story. If people say that it were somewhat good, don't be fooled. It isn't.

One, a two year old managed to poison her entire family, in what world can that possibly happen. Even if she was a highly trained assassin in her previous life, it still isn't plausible. Because she's a freaking baby, she's a freaking 2 year old baby. How, when, and where did she managed to get poison on her capable of killing her entire family? Two, just... more>> because it was decided that she was a villain in her new life, she had somewhat became a psychotic manipulator. Three, she conveniently managed to be surrounded by somewhat vaguely good and caring adults, who will not be creep out by her creepy sneaking and looking like a psychotic adult-like baby and conveniently manages to read her mind and did everything she wished without her needing to voice it out since she was only a two year old. Four, I didn't know if it was even socially and morally acceptable to throw a five year old in the forest all alone for her to procure food, which she could just get since she's a heiress, also she is the heiress. Five, since she's a heiress and a villain character it is only typical for her to go through all those length for no purpose at all other than to (I don't really know what she has in mind about her future, she doesn't really have a plan, she already knows she's in an otome game and all she wants to do is train to be tomboyish because it is what's convenient for the current setting as the author thinks).

If she wanted why not poison her potential rival and be done with it, no one would suspect her, she's a five year old being drilled to be a general with no real purpose cause she can just try and stop all potential harm that comes her way since she already knows the plot of the game and she's already a wonderful mastermind at such a young age and also the setting is just an otome game where she can just not mind the heroine, and thus no one will suspect her since she has no time to conspire the death of her future enemies. Thus ridding anything that hinders her future life. If we're going with that kind of setting I'd gladly read this shit, but no, boring shit about her training or her magical beasts and her growing army is what will welcome you. Vague descriptions of an emotionless, sociopath little girl and her vague and indecisive lifestyle is waiting for you. <<less
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Fantasy-Magician
Fantasy-Magician rated it
May 4, 2017
Status: c125
This story basically use the 'typical' reincarnated to otome girl background at first glance, but this is definitely NOT a fluffy romance. All of these cliche and overused elements are used just as catalysis to jump start the story, it's a vicious and realistic story of politics and military development. The MC also have no cheat power nor advantage of modern knowledge to help her developing her kingdom...

In short, all common Isekai story is nonexistent, and... if you're looking for otome romance all tags in this story while not wrong... more>> is very misleading because there's no love interest, no school yet and the story start with her killing her whole family at 2 and fighting war at 6.

In overall, I am very satisfied with this story that use typical isekai background but keeping the originality if not taking a completely different route. <<less
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enigmator
enigmator rated it
March 21, 2017
Status: --
I love how Eliza's actions and thoughts are always shaded by a layer self-loathing. Whether its her gradually fading memories of her past life, her initial act to kill her family, or just the simple asymmetry between her adult mind and her immature body. Instead of emphasizing the development of this game world through OP powers, modern-day Japan knowledge, gaming skills, etc., this is more psychological, particularly how Eliza comes to terms with her feelings of guilt and the memories of her past life. I'm really happy to have... more>> discovered this despite the long title turning me off initially.

In any case, the amount of thought that goes into the political undercurrents and schemes alongside their respective consequences really helps create the image of a living, breathing world beyond just Eliza's narrow perspective. This point, in particular, is shared by Common Sense of a Duke's Daughter, a similar title I would also recommend. <<less
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elhessan
elhessan rated it
December 8, 2016
Status: c94
Another reincarnation novel. Well, at least it was what is written in the tags, but it isn't. It's about a struggle of a (very) young Viscountess, her life, her responsibility, her burden, and her sins. The reincarnation part, although isn't for decoration, it's what makes the MC as she is now. She is much more mature than her age. But, if you expect sudden technology revolution brought miraculously by the MC, well don't read this novel, as so far, this isn't that kind of story.

What i love from this novel... more>> is how the the situation of nobility is depicted as clear as possible from the point of view of the MC. It may not the most detailed description, but it grows as the mc grows.

So far, there's no fluffy sweet romance for the MC, perhaps at the later she will find peace, but as i read so far, this is about her struggling to survie, to grow, to repent for the sins of her and her family.

Spoiler

she undergone harsh training since she was young, under those who hates her and her late family. She tried to atone for her father's sins as well as hers.

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As for those who likes novel because of the mc, well i say, she is not adorable, but super likeable. She isn't cute, or that bold, but she is what we call decent human being. <<less
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Framee
Framee rated it
April 28, 2016
Status: --
Quite dark.
Don't be fooled with 'reincarnated to otome game' tho, you wont find any fluffy stuff here.
MC is mentally adult but she is still a normal person that you can find anywhere, she's not enjoying blood, she doesn't have any cheat, just one normal adult.
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Spoiler

she poisoned and killed her whole family because they're killing and torturing people for fun, no joke, her retainer that she just trusted get killed... Author is quite S.

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The guilt and the anxiety of MC is described fully... Story of MC walked through path full of thorn might explain this WN faster. <<less
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