Akuyaku Reijou no Naka no Hito


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Emi Kobayashi, an ordinary girl who loves Otome games, wakes up and finds herself as Remilia, the villainess of the Otome game app「The Star Maiden And The Knight of Salvation.」Emi scrambles to avert the destruction of the world and her own downfall!

… In spite of her efforts, the heroine「The Star Maiden,」who is also a reincarnated person, strike at her, and Emi was accused of trying to kill the Star Maiden in addition to breaking the engagement. Instead of Emi, who lost consciousness due to the shock,「Remilia」who was watching over her from inside, wakes up and takes revenge on the Star Maiden and her former fiancee prince who hurt the lovely「Emi.」

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The one within the villainess
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Mishi98 rated it
May 10, 2022
Status: --
Despite its flaws this was an overall pleasant read, the MC does take revenge and she herself is not a good person but she tries to do everything in a way that Emi would approve of so she ends up helping and saving a lot of people. The two biggest flaws in the book are that everything is written in a way that it feels like a story overview so a lot of details are glossed over and that while she does admittedly like the man she ends up marrying... more>> it feels like she's only marrying him for Emi's sake. Other then those points its interesting to see how the most brutal revenge is taken by the MC only doing kindness and living happily. <<less
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Luukia rated it
September 30, 2022
Status: Completed
I see other reviewer is saying the translation is pretty awkward and confusing. Now... I can't say anything about the translation quality but I can say without any doubt that this story is definitely a diamond mine.

The story is so well written and everything actually makes sense. What I lobe the most is that this story also talks about what happened to the soul of the ogVillainess and ogHeroine. The evil reincarnatorHeroine also got her well deserved punishment. It's not just a simple public humiliation and sent off to monstery.... more>> The ogVillainess also stays consistent through the whole story. I love how she's not the mary jane kind type who forgives everyone easily. OgVillainess cold, calculating and yet compassionate personality is what makes everything able to work this well.

Usually when I read villainess story I always get annoyed with the story but not this one. I actually feel very satisfied with the ending and the development. While yes the story is cliché as in the Heroine is a POS and the Villainess is being framed one sidedly, it is actually well written in a way that actually make you able to enjoy this generic plot. <<less
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xg2x rated it
January 31, 2023
Status: Completed
This didn't take a dark and edgy turn like I thought it would, which is a nice surprise. Rather, it's kinda heartwarming? Kinda.

The only thing I want to complain is the translation, which is basically half-heartedly edited MTL. Now, I read tons of MTL-ed stuff so I had no problem with it, but masking it as a proper translation then hiding it behind paywall is just low, man.
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August 21, 2022
Status: --
Really enjoyed the story but I don’t know if it was only machine translated because it was pretty hard to read. The flow of the translation is weird and awkward (?). Though, what irks me the most was the random use of “he/she”. It was confusing who they were talking about. Plenty of times, Remilia was referred to as a “he” so I had to go back and re-read the whole chapter since I thought they were talking about the demon king or some other guy. There’s also no clear... more>> line between Remilia’s pov and the third pov so you wouldn’t know if it was Remilia’s thoughts or just the narration. It’s still readable if you have some spare braincells to sacrifice. Enjoy. <<less
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Riand-Rizki rated it
July 20, 2022
Status: --
I came here after reading the manga, the story is nice and I love how the main character is doing what she need to save the world and take revenge on the maiden without ruining the reincarnator's image as a good person
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ButterToast rated it
May 18, 2023
Status: --
I came here after reading the manga which isn't completed yet. I was hoping to finish the rest of the story via the novel but this translation is so bad that I'm just gonna wait for the manga to finish. Its too bad because this story is actually very good but you can't tell because of this translation that seems to be just mtl that was maybe slightly edited. I'd recommend to everyone to read the manga instead.
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HJRDIS rated it
November 19, 2022
Status: c7.2
I don't know if the translation is just bad or if it's because it's 12 AM, but I feel like I'm having an aneurysm, or that I'll get one soon from reading it. Usually Travis Translations do good work, but this could definitely be better.

Anyway, other that that everything is amazing. The plot, characters (including the very hateful ones), are all written to highlight Remilia, our protagonist who is very much a cinnamon roll that looks like she could kill you.

The manga is well done so I suggest you read... more>> that first since it's still on going if the translated novel confuses you. <<less
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hypersniper159 rated it
October 31, 2022
Status: c12.2
I kinda wish this was written as a diary that showed MC’s growth and thoughts through the days and years, trying to understand herself and what see is. This is a heavily character dominated story so it makes sense also. Moo point.

the plot, is weak since it’s so character focused. Technically speaking, from a writing perspective, the characters and plot are constantly struggling against each other. ‘Story’ is the medium to describe both of them. And here there is a plot to struggle against, but the characters are so overbearing,... more>> the struggle is ignorable.

But the characters aren’t strong either- there is no wants and needs; struggle to develop in any way, shape, or form. There is some with MC, but it’s hardly worth noting.* However the characters causes and effects are really strong and that’s why the story is so dominate over the plot.

As for the world building, it’s totally ignored and only used to propel characters conflict with each other. I am not fond about this at all but I do love the story.

*I love it because we see everything from one perspective and how selfish and selfless the MC is at the same time. This duality is something that really makes me enjoy the story a ton. <<less
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October 8, 2022
Status: c16
heavy on the shoujo-ai subplot tag (if they didn't remove it 💔) I'm quite surprised this isn't about gl I mean look at mc's motivations

i read the manga first (there are only a few chapters out right now) and moved on to find the novel because of how intriguing it was. the translation listed here is also in its early days so I thought I should try an mtl of it... very unreadable so I will wait longer for more translated chapters
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October 27, 2022
Status: --
The novel and it's manga version are both excellent. The MC's connections to Emi, the girl who took over her body was both adorable yet somehow disturbing. The MC seemed to have a borderline obsession with Emi and the entire plot was her living in the way Emi would want or Emi would approve as if she wanted Emi to acknowledge her.

... more>>

It was close to the end of the series there was a point I pitied the ML quite a bit because Emi liked him yes but she believed more that she chose him because he was Emi's favorite. And she gets to a point she considers to cut her self in two bodies so Emi gets her own body or making a baby with the ML and use that baby's body as a source to transfer Emi's body. I don't know why I found it disturbing that she wanted to kill the soul of her newborn from a man she liked just because she so much wanted Emi in her life.

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chande rated it
April 24, 2023
Status: Completed
I must say that this story really had an interesting and refreshing plot. Too bad, the author didn't executed it well. The story felt more like a summary or a diary rather than a complete novel. Several scenes lacked so many details like: MC's adventure in the dungeon and her efforts to make her village prosperous. I wish I could see more of those scenes in the manhua version.

Unlike most of other otome game story where transmigrator became the MC, MC in this story was the original villainess, who actually... more>> had a dark heart but still tried so hard to become kind just so she could be like the transmigrator, Emi.


Emi briefly took over MC's body after her death in her original world. Surprisingly, MC's soul was still in her body so she was aware of Emi's existence who took over her body. She hated Emi at the beginning but because how kind Emi was, she didn't resent her anymore and even wished for her happiness until the fake heroine came to ruin it. The story began from when MC decided to take revenge for Emi after the prince and his entourages condemned her for the sake of the fake heroine.


I also love other characters who became MC's close confidants such as Angel (aka ML), Sofia, Klimt, etc. Unfortunately, the author didn't developed them well so they felt like a passerby for me.

Initially, I really want to give this story 5 stars just because of its originality but in the end, I couldn't ignore so many flaws of this novel.

  • Like I mentioned above, this story lacked so many details and also lacked of interaction between the characters.
  • There's too many different POV from where the story was told and some of them felt repetitive for me.
  • I didn't like how MC punished the fake heroine. I know that she hurted Emi badly but to go as far as making her served different men when she was in jail was a bit too much for me. Really a big no for rap* as a means of punishment.
  • The translation really could be better. Sometimes, it's really hard to read the translation but thankfully, it's still readable although I didn't enjoy it much due to its many errors.
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SyringaCrow rated it
April 24, 2023
Status: Completed
Akuyaku Reijou no Naka no Hito has both a main story told through the eyes of our original villainess, Remilia, and a collect of that exact same story told through either the lens of regret or of adornment.

Remilia and Eli are the two most fledged out characters which isn’t surprise in a story where the side stories equal to longer than the main story. ... more>>

Although overall my favourite character is the original heroine, she didn’t deserve this, especially after the life she had already led and I’m glad we got to see her be reborn (and be adored as the eldest of Remilia and most likely future Demon King?)



The romance feels forced and is mainly portrayed as one sided love from the Devil King’s perspective and Remilia’s acceptance based entire on Eli, like all of her decisions are. Would have much preferred if Remilia and Eli got together somehow, it could have easily worked with Lina (Pina’s reincarnate) ’s ‘Are you lesbian? Yuck... ’ line, and they both loved each other, even if it was a platonic/familial coupling.


Although I am glad that Emilia’s actions aren’t based on her having a heart of gold,

the fact Remilia now is just going through the motions in a fact like she has created based around Eli’s portrayal of herself feels like a BE more than a HE. At that rate I would have much preferred they deus ex machina Emi back to life in her original body (or new body) or have Remilia die and have them both reincarnate as sisters or childhood friends (and have the side stories be based on that).


Akuyaku Reijou no Naka no Hito isn’t a bad story, it has its worth, especially since it is the reason the manga was created which improves the overall pacing and generally makes up for the points I dislike with its fantastic artwork (and biblically accurate gods?). <<less
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astropia rated it
March 30, 2023
Status: Completed
The story itself is a fresh take on the isekai/villainess/otome tropes, but the execution leaves much to be desired. I personally recommend only the manga adaptation because it's faithful to the source material but fleshes out the world and minimizes its flaws. But if you adore the manga and can't wait for it to be finished, you'll probably be satisfied reading the conclusion in the novel too.

I like that the "villainess" is not misunderstood- she is a true villain reformed (?) by love, always aware of her own dark impulses... more>> but fighting against them for the greater good. She says on the surface that it's all for Emi, but I would like to think she grows a true sense of humanity. Remilia is definitely the best part of ARNKNH, and I don't mind the ambiguity in how her character arc wraps up.


I felt bad for Angel because it felt like Remilia never truly loved him. She is never moved by anyone but Emi. So her mindset in ch 36 was basically identical to ch 1. And she constantly uses a logical loophole to avoid lying to him, which gets tiring by the end.


I don't want to be too hard on the translation because I'm grateful for all their hard work, but it's not great. I would have been totally lost without reading the manga first. Awkward word choice and typos are no big deal to me, but it's to the extent that I sometimes couldn't figure out who was talking and/or who they were talking about. This is worst in the extra stories because most are told from other 1st person POVs (rather than Remilia) but it doesn't say who. So I'd read a few paragraphs until I got enough context clues for the POV, then have to reread from the beginning to understand what's going on.

The pacing is my other big complaint. There are more extra chapters than main (22 vs 14). I assume the intent was to add 1) character development and 2) fluff, both of which were almost nonexistent until then. That makes reading the main story very dry and the extras feel inconsequential. I would have much preferred them integrated into the story, but I guess the author didn't want to break Remilia's POV. As a result, basically every character other than Remilia is flat, only existing to serve their role in helping or hindering her.

Remilia is the heart of the story. As long as you're hooked by her from her first appearance, you'll probably enjoy it through to the end. <<less
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Torta_de_limao rated it
November 23, 2022
Status: c20 part2
I love the story!

The characters doesn't have any kind of development arc like western literature usually do, but I think it was a deliberate decision from the author. The characters are consistent and there isn't a lot of depth but that's manly because the story it's too short. Maybe if the author wanted, he/she could work her way on the plot and the world building, but unless you have a lot of time in hands and experience, that's a long term task that she problably wasn't interested.

The story achieves it's... more>> point well and I loved Emi and Remi. Their dinamic mimics the one comon on plural folk with heavy barriers, so to me it looks normal. <<less
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Schwarzberg rated it
September 5, 2023
Status: c19
I've got to this story after discovering manga. And it was a letdown... Story is good, cannot mark it less than 4, but really, as many people had said already, main story looks like a sketchy list of events, not a novel.

Pros: The story is good. Nice idea, good plot, side stories actually add a lot of flavour.

Cons: Oversimplified development, sketchy descriptions, looks like a draft of a good story. Also, MTL is lacking edition. Hard to read sometimes.

Sum: Good, but underdeveloped. Could have been so much better read.
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Suzuranao rated it
July 12, 2023
Status: Completed
The actual story is a bit short, and the extras are almost as long as the story itself but I don’t mind because I feel the story ran exactly for what it should have. Having the extras instead of somehow shoehorning them in the story was a welcome change.

The premise is refreshing, as the Villainess doesn’t exactly get a change of heart and is still “evil”, but her change of heart and demeanor comes from not wanting to make sad our transmigrator.

Translation is a bit wonky at times but serviceable,... more>> nice story, not very deep but satisfying especially if you like revenge plots and deep regret by the foolish characters. <<less
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omegadir rated it
June 28, 2023
Status: Completed
Its great story with interesting take on "reborn in another world as villainess". The main female lead steal all the show and delight to follow. Most of secondary character rather shallow because of rather short novel lenght but provide enough entertaiment to hate or like them. But this so called translation is just slightly edited google translate. I am serious, after tying my brain in knot with reading this "translation" I just gave up and decided to read raws with google translate and lol and behold its the same text.... more>> Don't know who "translated" this but they deserve to get their internet cut off for the rest of their life. If you want to read slightly (empathize on "slightly") more comprehensive translation use DeepL for raw. <<less
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kronos00 rated it
March 15, 2023
Status: c34
The only bad thing about this story-wise, is there's too little chapter that covers the main story.

It's good, a little side of revenge, but most of them is so heartwarming you'll want to ask for more. Manga illustration is also too good to pass on, so I'll definitely recommend those who read this review to check them out. They should licensed this one (someone already put suggestion in J-Novel forum, though).
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March 13, 2023
Status: c13
I'll give it 4 stars for the plot, since it's pretty refreshing to see (almost) double FL working for each other's sake, unlike many other plots of reincarnated/returned villainess making amend or just crushing everything altogether. The main FL - Remilia - after receiving the affection she so desired from others through Emi, did change subtly under the pretext of "Emi would do this". Many of her actions are indeed following Emi's will, however, not all of them are so (i.e giving more to the girl, delayed her departure to... more>> spend time with the children. Afterall, she herself enjoyed those actions). I also like the fact that she came to like own Emi-influenced self later in the end game more and decided to pursue happiness while finding a way to, obviously, bring Emi back into the world.

However, I have many complaints regarding the side characters building as well as many plot holes. They made the whole situation seems pretty dumb from time to time and believe me, it's hard to sit through the whole thing. So 4 stars are already my most generous evaluation <<less
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Asphyxia778 rated it
February 23, 2023
Status: ss 22
I came here from the manga which I highly recommend because the art style is amazing especially the design of the gods as true Eldricth style entities.

This is an interesting use of the Villainess trope especially because the true MC is not the reincarnator Emi but Remilia.

This is something so few stories have explored, the reactions of the original soul whose body the reincarnator/transmigrator inhabits.

... more>> I also like that Remilia is definitely a villain but due to Emi's genuine love and feelings she tries not to hurt Emi's feelings.

Overall a solid 3.7 stars (it's not perfect but due to exploring something unique I rate this higher) <<less
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