Common Sense of a Duke’s Daughter

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When a young woman is killed in a traffic accident on her way home from work at a tax bureau, she suddenly finds herself transported to the world of the otome game she was playing the night before – but instead of the heroine, she’s been reincarnated as the bad guy! Using her knowledge of the game, “Iris” manages to avert personal disaster and decides to rebuild her life with her modern-day economic know-how. This is one mean girl who isn’t going to let her perceived reputation stop her from being a heroine!

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Koushaku Reijou no Tashinami
เกมรักศักดิ์ศรีบุตรีดยุก
公爵令嬢の嗜み
公爵千金的爱好
公爵家千金大小姐的爱好
Related Series
The Manual of a Duke’s Daughter (Spin-Off)
Common Sense of a Warrior (Prequel)
Common Sense of a Duke’s Daughter (LN) (Light Novel)
Recommendations
Release that Witch (16)
Genjitsushugi Yuusha no Oukoku Saikenki (10)
Tensei Oujo wa Kyou mo Hata o Tatakioru (9)
I Reincarnated as a Noble Girl Villainess But Why Did It Turn Out This Way? (WN) (8)
Haunted Duke’s Daughter (7)
Okoborehime to Entaku no Kishi (5)
Recommendation Lists
  1. [09] Kingdom building or territory development
  2. All Stars
  3. Reading
  4. In Game story line
  5. Sugar Deprivation? Then this is what you need

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spchntrt
New spchntrt rated it
June 5, 2020
Status: --
I like it, until she became too OP. I get it that she's smart, but to know a lot of random things out of nowhere, feels forced to me. Was she really such a knowledgeable person in her past life? Did she have a lot of random hobbies of making things? I don't know. There was no explanation at all. The only thing we know about her past is that she was a tax officer. That's it. Even though let's say in her previous life, she somehow got across books... more>> that mentioning about how to make make up, shampoo, perfume, produce cocoa etc, it still needs months and months of experimenting to finally got a proper result, and a couple months more to make it qualified enough to be distributed commercially. Yet, she can do it all by herself and succeeded instantly. No trial and error process at all. Her success was given easily. She's also somehow capable to handle managing bank, company and school simultaneously, plus being acting fiefdom duke at the same time. Wow, what a super girl!

at least (another) Iris in Lady with a Smartphone novel has a more trustworthy skill and ability storyline, because we know she can create make up and stuffs, thanks to her smartphone and google. It was more believable than this novel's Iris.

and don't even mention about the overpraise. Gah, , , tasteless.

i guess this story is truly the author's own fantasy. <<less
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Phiex
New Phiex
May 21, 2020
Status: c160
The first half chapters are enjoyable, but then it turns boring. I'm struggling to find any motivation to continue this novel till the end. The reasons for this are :

- Those runabouts explanation or plots. I feel like it wastes a lot of time to read those sentence by sentence just so that the author can impose it as knowledgable or wise or smart characters. Author just complicates the sentences with lots of useless words and bores the reader to sleep (it happens to me many time).

- There's a lot... more>> of rhetorical questions and unnecesary dialogues thrown out in those character's conversations which lead to the first issue. Oh.. And those questions like "why can't you, why can't I, who am I, who are you, what am I, what are you etc etc". Those self-realization scenes are too many in every chapters.

- Predictable plots cause of how OP the MC is (you read other reviews for infos). Well, all people who stayed beside MC are all OP characters. And those who against MC are all weak, scums, s*upid, greedy etc etc, so they must bow down to the Queen MC.

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that Dersen/Dernse arc (or whatever his name is) is lackluster, weak and cringy. I don't get why the author seems hellbent to make him idiot but righteous character. He's too s*upid that he can't think by himself after so many people told him how and what MC is. Then decided to pursue and ask MC herself. And in the end, he just went out to be a wanderer cause he thinks he's not true knight. Author makes him an idiot failure character to boot just so author can raise the MC to high pedetsal, smh. Don't ask me about that Van character, I don't understand him either he's just there in background doing something bad that we don't know and get punished by MC cause MC is all know!!! shrug

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dorkfall
dorkfall rated it
May 8, 2016
Status: --
A very good read to change your pace from Chant Orbs, gun enthusiasts, slime MCs, kumo chans and hitogami...

1. It starts out slightly slow but skips the obligatory hoopla's of being a kid again.
2. Characters beside the MC are kinda hard to tell apart.. (don't know if I'm the only one)
3. Being better than being bitter after a breakup
4. Sadly... no magic users but still a great read nonetheless
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viper764
viper764 rated it
April 20, 2016
Status: --
The premise of the story is very misleading.

The essential idea is that the main character is from Japan, and reincarnates into the body of a villainess from an Otome game she played. Except she “merges” with that villainess, and it happens at the moment where the villainess gets a bad end. Great premise.

The problem? The villainess wasn’t really evil.

Everything she does is petty stuff that is justified later. The entire “redemption” promise is completely discarded. Rather, it’s the good guys who are apparently s*upid and bad. Everyone that opposes the... more>> MC is shortsighted, ignorant, or dumb. Everyone that supports her is brilliant and capable. She always succeeds in everything she does.

Characters are flat and one-dimensional. Most exist purely to admire and brag about how brilliant the MC is. Because of this, the story is predictable.

Overall, the writing is decent. I can see why people would like it. But a ton of wasted potential. <<less
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Sherrynity
Sherrynity rated it
June 3, 2016
Status: --
**reading the synopsis**
>tag: reincarnated
"Meh, another reincarnation story?" O.o

**tried to read it because I was bored**
**got hooked**
**keep checking Japtem everyday for the newest release**

"Where's the next chapter, oh Cat-sama...." 😞
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MC was a woman who works with tax in her previous life. She regain her previous life's memories right when she was almost publicly humiliated. With quick thinking she was barely able to slipped out from such predicament. Now after being 'exiled' from the noble society, she decided to use her previous life's knowledge to create a better place for the people in her dukedom.

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It's a slice of life story, about a woman who's more noble than those shitty nobles in her country. <<less
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duchessofFandom
duchessofFandom rated it
June 19, 2017
Status: c74
I think this is a fair read. I really love reincarnation novels and I like the fact that the MC isn't s*upid or dense BUT there is just one problem, the MC is too smart, too knowledgeable. How the hell does she know how to make chocolates from cocoa beans, even I had to research it after reading this not only that how the hell did she manage to create different flavors, is she a chocolatier perhaps in the previous life? Nope, she was an office lady, she knows... more>> so much it's just too unbelievable. She also knows so much about banking, how to make a bank, accounting, bookkeeping, oh and she's a designer too, a seamstress, shoe maker and patissier? Wait there's more, a chemist cause how the hell can she make beauty products, I can understand her using eggs or coconut oil for her hair but making a conditioner let alone other sort of beauty products? And let's not forget a perfume maker.. Or perhaps she was a DIY enthusiasts, yeah right. I just don't understand how she knows so much, as far as I know, on her previous life she spent a whole night playing an otome game.

The plot was good the first chapter I liked how she pointed out the damage the others had done to her but that was it, what the f. The only redeemable point for me was how that knight boy who was violent to her at the first chapter realized how s*upid they were. And that was it. <<less
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nEoQuIcKsiLvEr
nEoQuIcKsiLvEr rated it
April 27, 2016
Status: c43
One of the best reincarnation Oujo-sama stories I’ve read yet. As the MC doesn’t have a clue about the future as the ending already happened when she gets there. She’s the "rival villainess girl" and gets her “bad end, " yet she’s still trying to prevent any further negative consequences. She doesn’t get the “prince” and her rival "the main girl of the game" can be all lovely dovey with him. She doesn’t care, It’s all about her rising up and building a brand empire. With memories of her past... more>> and current life, she navigates through politics and business. There’s no action in that sense but there’s a lot of glorious drama. It’s a very good and quick read. There are hints of a romance but that is put on the back burner.

It’s funny how we see the other side of how the main girl of shoujo manga’s are usually air-headed, s*upid and not to their own benefit but detriment. They wouldn’t survive in the real world. It also shows how providing care for "everyone" leads to extravagant futility. That the prince was actually a wasteful moron as well. This includes everyone in the "main girls" harem, who having some positive qualities and look beautiful are inept to the real world, blind to reality.

So far so good. <<less
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VanAlex
VanAlex rated it
May 7, 2016
Status: --
Like most of the typical novel “Reincarnation, World Transfer and “Overpowered Protagonist” is applied here, the Exceptional Things are “Political schemes, Economic development and Business Management”

The novel is using frame-up technique, but one of the problems in this novel is the slow pacing execution, It’s not really bad but it’s one of those problems that affects the character development. The story is not really complex, nor simple, but to call it unique is an exaggerated remark, this one in the category of ‘exceptional’. The novel does not rely on... more>> the typical tropes of Shoujo themes nor relies on the Adventure themes, most of the time the novel focuses on Business management and Territorial development, it’s not really bad but it makes the novel very ‘predictable’. There’s only few complex things which was mentioned in the novel and almost are very simple, well the as I’ve stated, the story is slow and it’s affecting the development. The Individual elements are so slow, it’s more on foreshadowing the schemes, planning rather than results. The ‘genres’ does not shine very well, the ‘tags' (shorten version of Business Affairs [just look in the information of the novel] are shining so much that most of the chapters are all about the ‘tags’. So the problem here is the Execution, since the novel is quite intelligent but it’s not very intelligent as it seems to be. Well as for the redeeming factor, it’s Intelligent, most of the time is all about the intelligent dialogue and planning, it’s logical, the Business was logical, it’s realistic, like the Improvement of the Fief. The characters here are very predictable, only few are well rounded and some are still mysterious. Though that might be the case, at least the characters are developing in a very slow way and at least they are not typical as the other novels. The Protagonist is a very intelligent character, but at least she’s not the Perfect Character as it seems to be, but she’s not flawed either too, the only problem to her is that she’s not good at Romance that have lead to trust issues. The supporting characters are flat or not well rounded, but not so much to consider them as plot devices or stepping stone, just bad execution and lack of written developments about them, the only redeeming supporting character is the Queen Dowager, the Mother of the protagonist and the Prince. The antagonist are still your typical s*upid characters, except for Yuri who seems to have a mysterious background. So only few are memorable and most are forgettable, well the main problem here is the execution.

Well I’ve mentioned so much Flaws, but I’ve enjoyed it, I’ve never regretted reading this novel, it’s not mindless like most of the novels out there, nor it’s full of unpredictable intelligent writing, it’s really one of those novel that I enjoy despite of flaws, and those flaws are forgivable. This novel is not dreadful, trying hard, nor s*upid, it’s a novel that is aware of itself, the whole series focuses on the responsibility of the protagonist. Well the most enjoyable thing here is the process of transferring the knowledge by using that knowledge to improve the livelihood of the people, where responsibility, discipline, and goal setting shines.

Overall if you like to an exceptional world transfer reincarnation overpowered intelligent protagonist, then this is one of the best pick along with “A Realist’s Kingdom Reform Chronicles” before reading Genuine Intelligent Econmic Focus Novels like “Ookami to Koushinryou” and “Maoyuu Maou Yuusha” <<less
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Skoonting
Skoonting rated it
September 1, 2016
Status: --
MC experiences no adversity whatsoever. You would think that maybe as the "villain" character in the game she may have many enemies and few friends, but no. She's loved by everyone and has plenty of attractive, talented loyal allies right from the get-go. In addition to that, the land she is given to manage is described as the second-most prosperous in the kingdom. The only thing that isn't going perfect for our beautiful, intelligent, ultra-rich noble-lady MC is the income inequality of the lower-class, but we're never given a real... more>> example that makes us give two shits about it anyway, so I see no reason why I should be invested in this story at all? I guess the translation is good though, not like it matters. Entire thing is a wasted potential. <<less
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hawlol
hawlol rated it
July 20, 2018
Status: c150
Started well, became boring and stale at later chapters.

It seems like the author is milking the plot as much as he can with fillers. He set up all these nice scenarios about politics, wars and intrigue, but doesn't seem inclined to follow through with any.

Prepare yourself for dozens of chapters with lots of talks about how the character is feeling, inner monologues or random POVs that adds nothing to the plot.

About Translators: AsianHobbyist divided each chapter into 3 parts and had slow releases. Djurasico made a lot of releases but... more>> it's bad MTL. Meaning, both are far from good and make things worse for a novel that was already going sour with its plot.

Tried to give this a second chance, got even more frustrated.

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macaroon
macaroon rated it
September 22, 2019
Status: --
The story had a lot of potential, but... the author completely missed those opportunities and just went straight in making Iris, aka the villainess, as a mary sue.

Her petty behaviours are excused, and apparently it's not entirely her fault because apparently everyone else is conspiring against her, so she's actually the victim!

Also not much is known about Yuri, aka the protagonist, but the point of the story is, anyone that is with her are unreasonable and dumb and it's never been explained why, unlike other isekai plots. Are they entranced... more>> by some sort of magic spell? Maybe they're forced to follow the game plot? It just seems like anyone that oppose Iris are bad, unreasonable people... because they just are. Maybe this will be explained later. But still, 5 volumes later and no explanation? Yikes.

Iris was never a villain either, apparently, even before gaining her memories from the previous life. She's a saviour! A goddess! And an angel that saved a lot of poor, miserable people from their poor, miserable life... also, they later turn out to be super talented in whatever they're doing and they wanna dedicate their life only to Iris. Even the maid is capable of assassinating people just for Iris' sake. Sounds ridiculous, right? Like one character, I can get, but no, literally everyone that surrounds her are like that.

From that aspect, the author seems like they wanna live their own fantasy of being put in a pedestal, being admired and being surrounded by loyal people that'll die for their sake.

Solution? Just get a dog.

Or dogs, in their case lol.

The point is, the surrounding characters around her are only there to show how "uwu noble!! queen!!" and how amazing she is. Which personally, just seems really shallow... Well, I personally get it, but the story's purpose is so confusing, is it meant to be an odd fantasy like reader inserts? Or a realistic, heavy story?

Another thing, how is she even capable of making all these various products? Turning cocoa beans into chocolate? Establishing a bank? Making conditioner and perfume? I've seen a lot of business oriented isekai do these, starting from perfume to cafes... but at least they stick to one subject, and they make sense: previously their jobs are relating to their knowledge (making medicine = because they were a nurse or herbalist, etc)

But Iris, who was a mere office lady who handles accounting, gains all these knowledge... for no apparent reason. Sure, maybe she leave the job to someone who's a professional. But no, she created... the conditioner herself... How does one even know about converting cocoa beans to chocolate anyway? Unless they google it or they were a chocolatier.

Even the over exaggeration to how her hair sparkles and becomes so smooth from the conditioner and how every girl paid attention to that. I mean come on, would that really happen?

See the thing is, it wouldn't even be a problem, right? It's a mere fiction, so it doesn't have to be realistic. But the author itself is so obsessed with wanting to make it realistic by trying to implement all these problems of reality (poverty, corruption, etc)

But either way, whatever problem arrises, our goddess Iris here is capable of fixing it!

Even Yuri itself (the antagonist, at this point) has been deemed as "a girl from a dream" by Bern (Iris' brother) as in... that's a bad thing. Because the real world is tough and scary. Yet, this story contradicts with the whole mary sue trope. So, sure, fair point... I guess?

But man... the way they explain the issues or the lore, is just so overly complicated that it bores me to death reading it. But, again, either way, whatever problem arrises, our goddess Iris here is capable of fixing it!

Anyway, if you wanna put Yuri as this annoying, clingy protagonist then go ahead and do that. Bad characterization sure but at least we could understand her purpose. She's been painted to be a doormat character but apparently not really... if so, give us more clues!! Her role is so unnecessarily confusing.

Author wants to tackle all these personal fantasies that it just seems messy. If you wanna do it, at least do it well. I won't judge on the intentions, but only on the excecution.

Also, Iris' flaw which is 'working too hard' and 'not being able to rely on others...' don't even seem like a flaw at all. It's just there to make her look good, the same thing goes for all of the side characters.

Iris is too capable.

//sigh

And here I am, feeling excited to find a strong female lead that isn't s*upid or dense like Bakarina, just to find a similar version of her, except she's too smart. Out of all isekai stories I have read, I've only found two that I really like... that's saying something.

For Bakarina's story, as much as it annoys me at least it's meant to be taken lightly. This one, however, is meant to be taken seriously. Just seems like a crappy wattpad story except it's from Japan. At least the author bothered to write all the (unnecessary) details, some of them are just straight up mumbo jumbo though, but hey, kudos for you, I guess.

Okay, another thing, how does she even know how to make croissant??

You know what I'll stop here. <<less
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BaramII
BaramII rated it
September 4, 2017
Status: --
The story, is great, well should be great. But unfortunately, it isn't written well. So Unfortunately, it's a horrible 2. Not a 1, since the story setting is pretty interesting. As to why I ranked it that way.

There are too many missing links. A single paragraph can skip a few days, a single chapter difference can be months apart.

It's a diary where the author writes what the MC did for Day 13 and then the next chapter it's day 97.

... more>> Exaggeration? No.

in chapter 11, the MC planned to create a business by selling a certain product, mind you from chapter 1 to 10, there's no mention of said product, so at that chapter, you have no idea where the heck it came from, anyways, the plan was suppose to take 3 months.
In chapter 12, The chapter title is Conglomerate Established. That means between chapter 11 and 12, you have a missing link of how that happened, what did the commoners, the nobles think of a business suddenly rising. What happened in that 3 months. And that Business was concluded without you knowing anything, and on that chapter 12, it took 6 paragraph to end it and start a new topic.

Basically, you have no idea, much like the product mentioned in chapter 11, you have no idea, how, when or what.

The story itself? It's nice. But the way it was written, was horrible.
There are stories out there with too much details, but this story does not much detail to the point it killed the characters.

Do I recommend it? For the novel, It's a big NO,
My ranking might be horribly low for this novel, but there is a manga out there. The manga created what this novel lacked, atmosphere and life to the characters, The author for the manga also added in bits and pieces to fill up the missing days that the author of the novel somehow just skipped thinking the reader can just guess what happened.
For the Manga for this Novel, I sort of recommend, mainly because the chapter updates are so slow

A year and a half for the Manga and only 13 chapter are translated to English, don't know how many are raws. So be warned, don't get hooked. <<less
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RiiRu
RiiRu rated it
August 28, 2018
Status: v0c125
I started to read the manga before I picked up this novel because I couldn't wait to see what happens next. It turned out to be a good idea. I was surprised that this isn't much more popular!

This is by far the most interesting reincarnation novel, were the MC remembers her past life, and how used to play the very game she has now reincarnated into as the main bad guy, that I have read.

The MC gives off at first the typical overused reincarnation trope, but as the story goes... more>> on her character grows, showing how strong she really is, and how after all that happens around her, she still stands tall and proud. As we get to know her and those around her better, we come to understand why she acts the way she does. I would also like to add that I really like the way we get to see some of the things from other characters POV, it gives more in to the story.
Not to forget, all those minor characters are very interesting too! MC's mother, and Queen Grandmother so far are my favorite.

The translation of this novel is very good, even if there are so many different groups whom have translated different chapters of this novel. It is very easy to read, and I like how some of the translators have written more information about facts (and their own thoughts about the chapter).

EDIT: the current translation is really bad and hard to read. I would suggest getting a good editor, or just dropping the series and giving it to someone else to translate. <<less
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girlycookies
girlycookies rated it
April 24, 2016
Status: --
Although it’s different from other otome stories, as a reincarnation story, the MC displays cliche traits generally found in many other reincarnation novels (generally male leads). She’s very much like a “Mary Sue”: an idealized perfect character who’s so young and beautiful but can yet solve any problem with unworldly abilities. Lacking in seemingly any character flaws, if not endearing, the story revolves around her achievements at a fast pace. I agree this story itself is unique because it focuses on business and politics. This brings to light the practicalities... more>> of her accomplishments and, of course, her efforts are done with good reason. So there’s no doubt the MC is very intelligent, and it creates for an interesting turn of events now that the story line is no longer follows the format of the otome game. Naturally, she’s a favorable character.

But like a Mary Sue, she doesn’t face too many problems that could obstruct her, and so her large accomplishments happen easily. The development of other characters is also rather shallow in that they either love her or are against her. And those who are against are always wrong and deplorable. So all-in-all, it has under-developed characters but the story is okay. <<less
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srrrahim
srrrahim rated it
August 26, 2017
Status: --
One of my fav reincarnated FL

  • She is not like Bakarania, our s*upidly cute harem queen
  • She is not like Reika-sama, our cute and imperfect empress
  • She is not like Rose-sama, our loli princess and her weird harem
She is our Lady Iris, A duke daughter that has common sense and quick witted. I love her at the first ch. I really want to call her oneesama. She is so cool when dealing with the breaking engagement event on ch 1.

For me, reading this really bring a refreshing feeling because Lady Iris is already... more>> meeting a dead end on the very first chapter. So, this is a story beyond the game that she played. <<less
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YoriMei
YoriMei rated it
May 22, 2018
Status: c112
its pretty good, the characterization is pretty solid, the characters aren't bad and her mother is quite interesting. Writing wise, it's very detail packed. It does edge into "all loving saint like shoujo protagonist" territory a few times and she doesn't face a lot of "real" opposition. As an accountant in the past life, it does help her with her governing duties but her product line is a little too over top. Chocolate, beauty products, conditioner, dresses, the list goes on. It's not impossible to recreate but don't you have... more>> to have the knowledge on how to do create these products first? Her companions are also a little too godly: top tier swordsmen, skilled assassin-intel gatherer maid, grandmaster chefs, salesmen, etc etc. The weapons that the MC have are a little too OP to be truly believable. Overall, it's a pretty good read. It wasn't earth shatteringly lovely, nor did I leave my reading session with an overwhelming hatred for the characters; but it was still an enjoyable time. <<less
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iyok
iyok rated it
June 29, 2016
Status: v1c14
Boring stuffs; not because of the content, but because of the writing style. It dragged on and on. If you have a conversation, you started with greeting and pleasantries, then proceed to talk about the thing you want to talk about. Almost. Every. Dang. Time. It's rather tiring to read. I really don't want to read "hello-how-are-you-how-was-your-day-oh-by-the-way-your-house-is-on-fire" every chapter, every conversation. Did I mention conversations are boring? And that the story itself was so slow and full of filler scenes? For example ther's this one time the MC went into... more>> a restaurant, it went like this:

MC and her grandpa went in. Someone greeted her. They went to sit. "Welcome. What will be your order"

"I'll take xxx"

"Then I'll take xxx"

Waiter went away and came back "Here is your order~"

I mean, seriously? Do I need to know all these info? It always goes on like this. <<less
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Nume
Nume rated it
April 18, 2016
Status: --
Don’t let appearences fool you. This is not you usual otome game reincarnation story. No, this story is a giant “f*%# you” to the cliches of otome games reincarnation stories and otome games in general. The MC is the “villain”, but is kind, intelligent and caring, the “heroine” have dubious morals, and the “romantic interests” are giant self-centered fools. The whole “downfall of the villain” is a giant injustice. The message of the author is very clear: otome games stories are usually s*upid when confronted with reality.

Instead of a usual... more>> pink bubble story type, the author delivers us a story about public service, management and politics that makes you think that you are reading Game of Thrones if Tyrion was the MC. It is one of the best stories in this site and I cannot recomend it enough. <<less
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zethetet
zethetet rated it
April 28, 2020
Status: c75
For those of you picking off from the manga, chapter 51 in the manga is about chapter 75 in the novel.

I really enjoy this story in comparison to other isekai novels. There are some common tropes, such as the MC being overpowered and generally having a wide range of knowledge that wouldn't be common for their previous world's profession, but the story telling in my opinion makes up for it. Iris does face adversities and have her own personal struggles, instead of being a generic OP MC who uses their... more>> powers to beat the situation themselves, Iris tend to overcome them with the aid of those around her. She does have a lot of strengths, just as she has weaknesses. I think it's wrong of people to expect a MC that isn't overpowered to some degree, otherwise it wouldn't be fit to call it a story if not for the character being a better version of ourselves at some point in time.

Iris does grow throughout the story, and although some of her knowledge can be considered extreme, it isn't beyond what someone who dabbled in a few hobbies would have. Everyone complains about the chocolate making and her management of the fief as something the common person wouldn't know, but Japan often teaches financing and government dealings at a high school level so it would make sense for her to at least know double book keeping and base the educational and bank structure on that of Japan's. As far as chocolate... come on you guys, it would take maybe 5 minutes of googling to understand the process and as long as you look at it conceptually you would be able to figure it out. I prefer Iris to the so called human MC's where they are written with such normalcy that renders them almost too human, prone to failure left and right where there would be countless training arcs just to overcome one problem. It's fine for long novels, but it makes perfect sense to me for a MC to have both strengths and weaknesses. Her strengths are definitely her smarts and cool headed personality, however Iris has difficulty trusting her own emotions and other people and she has a habit of overworking herself. I'm not saying she's a perfect MC, I just don't understand why so many people are complaining about her knowledge just because they don't know it themselves, she went to college in her previous life so it makes sense to some degree that she has a better grasp of Japan's government structure. The finance stuff speaks for itself as I believe she was an office worker and they work with it daily.

I love how it focuses on her management of her fief rather then revenge. The ML also isn't tr*shy which is kinda surprising and personally seeing the novel kinda poke fun at the "saintess" trope really made me glad. I was getting tired of reading all these novels where realistically the kingdom would collapse with their idealistic policies. The whole "I just want to help the people" and then going on to buy countless dresses and only give idealistic speeches got on my nerve.

TLDR: Iris isn't a perfect MC but she is someone who grows throughout the novel and isn't as overpowered as everyone else is making her out to be. Good story telling, although it's a romance so don't expect it to be a perfect rendition of medieval nobility and governmental dealings. <<less
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Gin_Hindew
Gin_Hindew rated it
July 14, 2019
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A must read if only for variety's sake

I advocate to read all kinds of genres to broaden one's horizons, at least one work in every case and this is the one that works as an example of it's genre

The MC is supposed to be a villainess who has to put her life back together after her plot to harass an innocent girl of lower standing is revealed and she is publicly disgraced, but in reality the MC ends up being the innocent girl being harassed by an evil bit*h... more>> of higher standing

You know a story is a power fantasy when the development is the exact opposite of what it claims it to be just to give the MC the higher moral ground and this story gives us plenty of examples of that, we have plenty of times where is explicitly said that everyone on the MC's side is smart and generous while everyone opposing her is s*upid and selfish and it only escalates until it puts the whole country at risk

The weirdest part is how she is supposed to have a retinue of extremely capable, extremely loyal and extremely skilled followers but called no one of them for aid when she was harassing the "innocent" girl who was threatening her engagement, now, after she had her engagement broken and moved on with her life
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she finally starts investigating her and finding her very dirty, very spooky skeletons, you know, the stuff that would have been priceless info when the MC was harassing her

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For the trained reader its obvious that the MC only had her engagement broken so

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she could trade up from the second prince to the first prince, I mean, we cant have our female MC settle for anything less than the future king, amirite?

its also very amusing how the story pretends its a mystery when introducing the prince as a regular underling... an extremely intelligent, extremely handsome and extremely strong underling with a mysterious past, yeah, thats why I called him totally-not-first-prince the second he showed up

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And I must add my favorite cringy part of the story:

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The MC is legally cornered and gives a speech of how she has to be strong because even if she is weak that doesn't mean a prince on a white horse will come to her rescue... AND SHE IS TELLING THIS TO THE PRINCE THAT CAME TO DELIVER THE LAST PIECE NEEDED FOR HER RESCUE... did he arrive on a black horse? or maybe by carriage?

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To me this is one of those "so bad its good" stories and an excellent female power fantasy, kinda like the equivalent of Against The Gods <<less
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caszandra6
caszandra6 rated it
May 23, 2016
Status: --
Interesting plot, more on government and economy which is uncommon for me, I like iris, the fact that she is selfless and goal oriented protagonist makes the story even more interesting. She reminds me of shuurei from saiunkoku monogatari
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WindaTiti
WindaTiti rated it
September 23, 2018
Status: c202
Oh my gawd, , this novel is really exciting XD, thankyou for your translation, I'm waiting for the next chapter XD.

But, suggestions from me are: please give tags to who is the speechs belong to... it really confused me, makes me wonder who conversates with who.... sometimes I lost, but still I can guess.

Then, the other suggestion is, , please give the an arrow to next chapter so we can directly continue to the next chapter...

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