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SereneNight
I will say that this will be my first review, because it's my favourite of all the light novels I've read up-to-date (Duke's Daughter, Fiance's Observation Record, By A Slight Mistake).

This is going to be a very long paragraph so~

If you're looking for novels that involve:
1. Damsel In Distress
2. Nonsensical FeMC
3. All targets ends up becoming love interests
4. Cheat - Knows everything that will happen for every single route
5. FeMC with a very bright outlook in life
Please, by all means, do turn around, because... more>> this novel is not about that at all.

First and foremost, Erica is actually a lady that is very intelligent and more than capable enough to protect herself, she based it all from the knowledge of her current life and very limited knowledge from the past life. It is to the point that she eventually saved herself and the targets and also those that are directly involved in the respective cases as well. And during boss fights, she eventually tried her best to help the respective target or fend off the boss if the target is unable to.

*Heavy Spoilers*

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For first main arc, had she not made preparations in advance and figure things out she and the first target will be dead by then without accomplishing anything, (and also midst of it due to that that they avoided certain deaths as well) she's just that intelligent. For the continuous main arc, she even protected the defenseless targets for a short while and fending the boss of the arc all by herself, along with a helpful friend that knows of her circumstances well (saying this advance, the friend knows about it because Erica judged that she will need their help in the future arcs, so no point hiding it from them as they are, in fact, more OP than the targets themselves). As for 3rd main arc.... She literally just handled the situation all by herself with only support from the targets. So the guy that said that she's a Damsel in Distress should really re-read the whole thing. And not to mention she went to put an end to some dangerous situations all by herself too (with the secret friends she made along the way of course).... without anyone knowing, saving the target that provides the stuff she needed. I said till this point but don't misunderstand, the targets are aslo powerful and useful in their own way: up to current arc, 3 of the targets are geniuses in their own league, so it's kinda hard to compare among themselves, not to mention someone like Erica who is someone that is reincarnated.

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As for the second point, although Erica is reckless in making decisions, it is not without reasons too. And as reckless, I don't mean it like one-sidedly deciding what is for the best for the other party and plunge herself into needless situations. Most of the time she made those decisions are because she is unable to tell others her circumstances. Her deicions, by far, are really logical, even if not for the circumstances that obstructs her from doing so.

Spoiler

As I said earlier, she made those deicisions are either she HAS to do so, or that she can't really tell others about it. The example for the first one would be that moment when she is unable to tell others about what happened in the first arc mainly due to
1. She did not expect that in the first place, as she thought she had avoided that from happening in the first place.
2. How the heck can one tell others about the trouble they are in when they themselves are trapped in a space where they are unable to go to others?!
3. Are you telling someone to just stop in their steps of pursuing someone who is about to break down and inform others about the fact first? If you do that, I think that person will be doomed.
4........ Telling others that you sneaked out and explain things that are not supposed to be explained cuz it is related to it all. Yeah, why don't you do that.

As for the latter it would be her circumstances of being a reincarnated being, she chose to tell the friends that she made along the way rather than the powerful targets are because she don't want them to be worried about her; facts about her death flags and if that happened, she won't be able to completely crush the death flag. Why the friends? Well, why not, when they are considered OP, and also the fact that their very being are to be hidden from the knowledge of the public. Of course with that said, she did not completely disclose the information as well; she just kept part of it hidden and fabricated it.

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Thirdly, the sentence itself says it all.

Spoiler

Sorry to disappoint you, but up till the current arc of having 3 targets, not all of them fall for her. One of them just decided to continue become their friends with no romantic feelings involved, at the same time a relationship of benefactor and beneficiary; which to me is really refreshing to be honest. Because in novels such as this, usually the targets ends up being in the harem of the FeMC. So having a pure friendship and at the same time trusted 'business' partner is something that is very new to me.

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Fourth, it's not that Erica has completely no cheat. Hey, being reincarnated in and of itself is already a cheat. What I meant by cheat here is the fact that she DOES NOT KNOW all the scenarios of the game. So yup, she's not well-aware of the stuffs that will happen after the ones she knows of.

Spoiler

She stated herself that she is actually very insecure of the scenarios that happens that are out of her knowledge - not as in how her actions will change the scenarios and be unknown to her; the fact that she decided to completely crush the flag into nothingness already imply that she is not worried about the changes to the future, but rather it is actually the fact that she has not cleared the game, not even half of 7 routes. As simple as that.

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A FeMC that is liked and loved by all due to how bright and optimistic they are, Ahh~ what a good life, how lucky it is to have a 2nd chance in life~
This is non-existent here.

Spoiler

All that Erica did are to ensure so that the people around won't be dragged into the incident whereby she is supposed to be the victim of it. Yes, she actually placed herself second and put others first. And not to mention, due to what happened in her past life, she's not all that bright about her new life at all. It's to the point the people around her keep telling about how they are unable to figure out what she is thinking at all and how she occassionally showed complicated expressions, despite being 8 years old.

I'm not sure if the word trauma fits the frame, because for Erica, she don't really get close with any people till the incidents happening and by chance she just got close to them. And also, she also don't want to be that involved in romantic relationship as well due to the past, to which it becomes light comedic relief in some occassions.

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Erica although is able to one-sidedly avoid the death flags, she evetually chose to compeltely crush it to the point of no salvation for the flags, just for the resaon that she don't want others to get hurt in her place. For someone with her past life experience, the reason is also somehow explained as to why she did all those, even with her life at stake. Do mind that she's not trying to be a Saint.

This novel in fact increased my knowledge in regards to the fantasy theme and some folklores, myths etc by a whole lot (like how Mondaiji increases my knowledge in regards to lores, myths, folklores and so forth).

All in all, this novel is mainly focused on the genre of Fantasy, Magic, Action and Adventure, Romance and Comedy are very subtle. It explains all the working of the world and equipments properly so as to not leave you out of the loop and be confused at the end of it all. For me it is a serious and kind of dark novel, so don't expect it to be all bright, funny, nonsensical and all.

Each and every main arc are interconnected with each other; it can be that A is connected to C and connected back to B, ensuring each arc that they are connected to each other and not ending it just like that. The pattern of the targets appearing are like that as well. They are the 2nd MC of their arc and will be in some way involved with other arcs, whether by mention or appearing or helping out. They are not lacking in appearance at all so you won't forget them as easily (Unless they are not intorduced yet, that is). It occassionally also showed how a small action from Erica in the beginning eventually changed the direction of the plot drastically at the end of it all. <<less
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