Can Someone Please Explain This Situation

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The poor aristocrat Viola suddenly received an unexpected marriage proposal from the prestigious noble household of Duke Physalis. An average noble daughter and the handsome duke. She had been confused, thinking that nothing made sense, but the duke had his own personal reasons. A political marriage with ulterior motives, both having their own circumstances. Will this path lead to happiness or sorrow?

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Dareka Kono Joukyou wo Setsumei Shite Kudasai!
Someone Please Explain This Situation! The Antics of Duke Physalis
誰かこの状況を説明してください!
誰かこの状況を説明してください~フィサリス公爵家のあれこれ~
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Date Group Release
07/02/19 Ash Translations c45
04/25/19 Ash Translations c44
04/25/19 Ash Translations c43
04/03/19 Ash Translations c42
01/02/19 Ash Translations c41
01/02/19 Ash Translations c40
01/02/19 Ash Translations c39
01/02/19 Ash Translations c38
01/02/19 Ash Translations c37
12/13/18 Ash Translations c36
12/08/18 Ash Translations c35
12/03/18 Ash Translations c34
11/29/18 Ash Translations c33
11/28/18 Ash Translations c32
10/06/18 Ash Translations c31
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Kalmaegi
Kalmaegi rated it
February 1, 2017
Status: c134
I'd gladly recommend Dareka for those who wants to do some light reading or a temporary break from your usual fare. The characters from the servants to the heroine Viola are all entertaining and hilarious as they go from their day to day life at the mansion. Vi-chan's inner thoughts especially when accompanied with a star are comedy gold. Regarding her husband:

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Danna-sama doesn't have much of an active role in the early chapters apart from mentions and his regular visits to the main mansion to check up on Viola. But after his mistress leaves out of her own accord, he starts getting his life together and take interest on his duties as a Duke. All thanks to Viola turning on the once empty and cold mansion into a home worth coming back to.

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To borrow our clever Vi-chan's words... he is Extremely High Spec, but also Extremely Disappointing. Take it as you will.

There's separate stories for the sidestories that delve deeper on each reoccurring character as well as their background so even if you finished the main story itself, you have the option of reading those. <<less
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SovietWeeb
SovietWeeb rated it
October 4, 2018
Status: c30
I'm not even kidding when I say this. But I can't remember a single time where I was this baffled by how little reason there is for the two characters to be romantically involved.

The Duke is not a nice guy, At first, he seemed like he was. But then it's revealed that this is just a fake marriage to get other people off his back and while he has his Fake wife living by herself, He will be in a separate building with some other girl. The Duke is just... more>> not fun and as soon as he is tired of the Misstress he immediately goes to chasing the MC. I honestly feel bad for the Misstress. We have no real reason to be rooting for this parring. We've barely even seen the Duke tell out of the blue he decides to eat dinner with his fake wife. Then he tries being so concerned for the MC when I just can't help but feel it's fake. It's also kind of annoying how the story portrays the Misstress as the Evil one when she has every right to be upset.

I feel the romance is so unneeded and is what really ruined the story in the end. The structure of the story is also kind of weird. The pacing tends to be all over. We sometimes get these interesting moments but the story goes through them too fast and then we get an entire chapter talking about the MC and dresses. The first two or so chapters I was actually really intrigued.

It can also be annoying how the MC turns situations way more complicated then they need to be. The Duke mentions that she can do whatever while. So I am not entirely sure why the MC is freaking out cause the Duke might see her doing manual labor. Even at the start of the story, he didn't care for the MC. So I doubt he'd even really care.

It's just weird. A potentially fun story ruined by multiple factors. <<less
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Novelupdatesaccount1
Novelupdatesaccount1 rated it
June 28, 2018
Status: c18
I was worried upon reading the other review (by chekanalia), but don't think this really counts as the overly humble Japanese pushover trope. Yes the MC is a bit too humble and does treat her servants as people/equals rather than as actual servants - but the MC's actions have a degree of selfishness and self-determination to them which all to many Japanese MC's lack. To elaborate

    1. She is not a pushover, and in fact forces the servants to let her do what she wants
    1. Everything she has been doing... more>> so far is purely for her own fun - even if it could make the servants uncomfortable
        1. e.g: eating with the servants was not because of humility but because she was bored
        1. Same with housework and cleaning
The best way to describe it is the MC has the soul of a handyman.

My major concern is the ML right now, and I'd honestly prefer it if he just stayed with his mistress and haven't really seen either of them do anything wrong yet. <<less
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chekanalia
chekanalia rated it
June 27, 2018
Status: c10
Yet another JP "Humble noble"MC. I am such a holy mother, I will eat with the servants and clean this giant mansion together with them; I will eat like a peasant since I am oh so humble. This is supposed to be our MC who is now a duchess but was also born a noble... sheesh! I would understand if it was one of those white lotus transmigrated Japanese chicks (whose IQ's are in the double digits and even the smart ones are smart only in comparison to rocks) who... more>> try to change an entire way of doing things not because its wrong but it suits them that way. She knew what she was getting into; he told her from the beginning, she was meant to save face/ keep his reputation but wtf is she doing?! Dropped this like the turd it is! The 3 stars is for the translator but this story is sh*te! <<less
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errantknight
errantknight rated it
April 30, 2019
Status: c44
Note: for some reason, my formatting keeps getting stripped out of this review. If it returns to being a wall of text again, my apologies.

I'm baffled by the harshness of many of the reviews to be honest. Yes, the marriage was a business relationship at the beginning, one that allowed the Duke to continue his previous illicit relationship and saved her family from ruinous debt, but he's completely upfront with it, and never treats the MC with disrespect. He also learns to be better and ... more>>
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makes a public mea culpa when his feelings change.

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In a veritable sea of rapey male leads who humiliate their wives in arranged marriages that exist on this site, I'm truly surprised that THIS is the novel that people object to when the previously mentioned novels seem to get high reviews. Even before his feelings change, he's unfailingly polite, and after they do, he doesn't force himself on her, but gives her all the space she requires while hoping to change her opinion of him and their marriage.

Some people seem to find the MC irritating, but I find her quite likable, although slow to change her opinion of her own positive qualities. To be fair, it makes perfect sense. While noble, she grew up in poverty, has never really socialized, and has never been admired for her appearance. Insecurities can be deep-seated, and it would be unrealistic for her to suddenly be self-confident. She sees herself as the servant she once worked as, and therefore entirely forgettable to nobility. This is balanced by her complete confidence in the tasks she feels comfortable with, and the servants' slow and understated transformation of their mistress into a noble lady, if not a lady of leisure. The Duke's change is also suitably gradual and therefore more believable than a sudden infatuation.

The interactions with the servants are delightful and while we are only just starting to get acquainted with the Duke in a real way by chapter 44, he's showing an engaging personality when he lets down his guard and begins to grow out of his initial flaws, which were a combination of rebellion against societal expectations and the innate selfishness of a rich and spoiled young man. Personally, I think character growth is a good thing, and at his worst, he was never vile and emotionally sadistic like a huge number of male lead characters. Both the MC and the ML start with personality problems and are growing from their with the help of the much more emotionally well balanced staff. The main issue with this novel is a certain awkwardness of translation. While the meaning is always clear, the translators seem reluctant to change sentence structure and wording to something that works better in English than a more literal translation, which can lead to some peculiar sentences. Even so, the book is entertaining and never makes me want to throw my computer across the room because of rage inducing lack of consent or annoyingly manufactured angst that would be inappropriate for such a level-headed and undemanding heroine. <<less
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sharon.nayoung
sharon.nayoung rated it
February 20, 2019
Status: c34
i don't want to read this anymore.... so tired of it already. had the potential to be a cute story but turned out to be kind of awful.

honestly my only problem is with the so called "male lead"... I honest to god thought that the butler was going to turn out to be the ML but I was very wrong. I don't know where it became cute to play games with womens' feelings. his initial plan to have a mistress and a trophy wife was pretty awful, and scummy of... more>> him to do.
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then he abandons his mistress with some meaningless reason and wants to pursue the FL despite having no legitimate reason to? she made your house comfortable? does that mean it's okay to abandon a woman you've been sheltering and sacrificed your reputation for? I honestly felt bad for the "mistress" and liked her a lot -- she didn't do anything wrong in this story in my eyes. she wanted to say hello to the new wife and was turned away several times by the butler. why can't FL just come out and speak to her? FL is willing to pose as a fake wife but can't even muster up the sacks to exchange a couple of words with the mistress? then the mistress was abandoned like a used tissue by the master of the house because he got bored of her (literally no other reason than that is given.....) and then framed as an awful person because she turned down men who wanted to dance with her after she got tired. since when was it a bad thing to say no to someone? she was forced to leave the household without any compensation after being financially supported by this man who she thought was her soulmate for a long time. does he expect her to just find someplace to hire her after the life he promised to give her? he's just awful. he has no remorse or sympathy for others and thinks that he deserves the FL's love.

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the ML is just awful. he's controlling, manipulative, lecherous, and just an all around fickle guy who really shouldn't be trusted in a relationship. the wishy washy FL has problems of her own, but the ML was just... so bland.... uninteresting..... unlikeable..... despicable.... has no personality besides being handsome. literally every single character in the story including the mob character maids had more personality than he did. don't read this unless you plan on becoming very confused and frustrated. <<less
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Narutolvr
Narutolvr
February 19, 2019
Status: c70
You know, I really don't mind the setup of this story; poor noble marries a man because she needs money, rich silkpants noble marries a woman to keep his underground mistress hidden. I quite enjoyed it when they were living separate lives only connected by their give and take. And the MC's quips about him being a disappointment also make me laugh. But I absolutely can't stand the fact that ... more>>
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the duke turned around and started chasing the MC once she made his house more homey. Was he looking for a mom? The way he falls in "love" with her is just odd, not slow but it just didn't make sense. First, he liked that she made his house nice to live in (like a mom or a really good maid), then all of a sudden he's jealous about other men seeing her. Where the hell does that come from? What right do you have to proclaim these feelings when 10 chapters ago, you were insulting her for seeing your beloved mistress?

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It seems silly to put the MC and ML together because, from the start, the ML was portrayed as a guy who wasn't worth it and doesn't change as fast as his feelings do. Honestly, I would love if both of them stayed friends and the MC got with someone else. <<less
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joyfan
joyfan rated it
February 14, 2019
Status: c35
I can’t continue to read this.. Although the MC is kinda amazing with her happy go lucky attitude.. The male lead is just a trash who whines and blame other.. He also does everything based on his whims to my disgust. What a pathetic creature.
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citygal8
citygal8
October 31, 2018
Status: c31
Dunno what’s with all the hate - MC is super likeable, reasonable, and down-to-earth. She’s accustomed to living as a poor noble, with minimal servants, so how is it surprising that she finds comfort in doing what’s familiar (chores/housework/manual labour) ?

Took a star off for the ML. What a turd. Stick to the agreement or eff off! Stresses out everyone because he’s a selfish brat. Ugh.
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PringleStorian
PringleStorian rated it
July 10, 2018
Status: c48
The character

  1. MC: The MC in this is decent, not great but decent enough, and while her back story have been established, it isn't THAT clear and frankly, dissapointing
  2. ML: The ML in this story is the most disappointing aspect of this LN, his behavior is inconsistent and his reaction is rather lacking,
The plot: The plot of this story is your typical lower rank people married higher rank person for [Reason], and it's honestly a boring story if not for the joke made (granted the Author made the MC like a... more>> japanese person rather than a medieval person) and the great translation by the Translator <<less
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