I’m Not a Villainess!! Just Because I Can Control Darkness Doesn’t Mean I’m a Bad Person! (LN)

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Sakura was murdered by her family.

The place she was born in again was exactly the same place she read about in her favorite novel.

That is, Leycia, a kingdom that coexists with spirits.

The person she was born as was Claudia, a member of the Letsya duke family that commanded the kingdom’s army for generations; and also hated by everyone for the divine protection she received from the dark spirits’ king.

Because of that, Claudia was feared by her surroundings from a very young age and her family had a hard time bringing her up.

In the novel, Claudia was forced to marry into another kingdom in order to bind a peace treaty. But when Leycia opposed to the pact in the last moment, Claudia was taken as a hostage and murdered in the enemy kingdom.

Could Sakura who still hold memories of her past life avoid the sorrowful fate of Claudia?

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Watashi wa akuyaku reijō nanka janai ~tsu! ! Yami tsukaidakara tte kanarazushimo akuyakuda to omou na yo
私は悪役令嬢なんかじゃないっ!!闇使いだからって必ずしも悪役だと思うなよ
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I’m Not a Villainess!! Just Because I Can Control Darkness Doesn’t Mean I’m a Bad Person! (WN) (Web Novel)
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Review
33 Reviews


jackodawacko
jackodawacko
Apr 14, 2020
Status: c12 part2
Started off with potential. I was personally moved at first to find out that a JAPANESE author was writing a story about a girl of color striving to overcome racial scrutiny and decided to give it a read. Then, cruel reality hit me like Truck-kun hitting a shitty bland Isekai MC when I reached a certain chapter (9 or 10 I think, don't know, I was too angry to think straight after what I read) where the MC receives the "Blessing" of the Light spirit and her skin becomes... more>> lighter to the point that there's no longer any trace of her former self. Suddenly, everyone one that was avoiding her like a goddamn plague (including her worthless mother) became interested in her. Even going so far as stating lines like "You're now 20% more beautiful now" and other ignorant sh*t like that. The author of this novel is a f*cking as*hole who deserves to be &#^$%* in the @#% with a red hot poker.

Sooooooooooooooooooo, bottom line:

If you're a racist dickbag with little to no compassion for your fellow man, you'll enjoy this.

If you're not what was stated above and are actually a human being, don't waste you're time.

Kudos to the translator tho, he's doing a wonderful job.

(Update) Today, the Japanese Staff on Alphapolis (the ones responsible for making the manga/comic for this novel) have, as of Chapter 12, redone and edited her image to make her skin dark again after the initial release was met with backlash from JAPANESE readers! Just goes to show how out-of-touch the novel's author is with modern society and morality. <<less
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Fluffums
Fluffums
Feb 28, 2019
Status: c6
Most of the characters are too dumb to live. I also don't get how a fairy tale from before recorded history (no proof it ever happened) would make a mother hate and fear her own daughter from birth. At least not to that extreme.

There's not much fluff; the author seems to prefer focusing on how hated and feared the protagonist is to the point of making almost everyone act like they have IQs below 50.

I'm not sure what the author's trying to accomplish here but I predict (not having read... more>> past chapter 6) that it will continue with 2/3 people hating or fearing her for no reason and acting like dumb jerks, and 1/3 people coming to her defense, mostly by pointing out she's a duke's daughter. And then at the last chapter people will suddenly realize that she's actually a human being, not a monster, and she'll live happily ever after with the male lead and will never suffer discrimination again.

At least if the discrimination had some variation, or if ANYONE was smarter about it. There are plenty of ways to bully someone without directly attacking them in public. There are also plenty of ways to discriminate without telling her to her face they hate her.

2 stars because the translation's good and the basic premise is decent, if poorly executed. <<less
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Rizkid
Rizkid
Nov 13, 2018
Status: c2 part1
Its a novel about a girl who try to be above discrimination and the usual avoiding bad route. The story premise is interesting, but there's still no fluff yet typical of otome reincarnation genre. The translation is good, so don't hesitate to read it.
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Kalliope
Kalliope
Dec 07, 2019
Status: c11 part2
I'm so frustrated at how this novel is turning out to be. I loved the premise of having a dark-skinned MC and her changing her destiny and overcoming society's prejudice. For a while, everything's been good: she made wonderful friends, gained some support from the people around her, and ... more>>
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even sent that b*tchy heroine to the hell she came from.

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But everything changed when the fire nation attacked. But everything went downhill after the war like SERIOUSLY
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when the Light Spirit King changed her skin color, I had to scream. WAS THAT REALLY NECESSARY??? WTF CHANGE IT BACK!!! And what's worse is when people began treating her differently just because her skin color changed. Her mother, who couldn't care less about her and even accused her of harming his son, suddenly wants to make amends? And everyone suddenly wants to be her friend? There was even someone who praised her dark hair and eyes. Omfg just say you're racist and go.

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What I'm saying is, it would've been a lot better if the story stuck to its original premise. It would've been A LOT MORE SATISFYING if the MC proved people wrong by staying just the way she is. With the way things are now, I understand why she herself is feeling hurt, angry and disgusted at how everything turned out. Damn, if she chooses to destroy the world now I would even cheer for her. Those people are nasty.

With that said, I'm still continuing this because of Gerald and Levy.
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Also to find out what that little sh*t Ronald is up to.

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foxane
foxane
Jul 21, 2019
Status: c10
Honestly I was hyped by this novel from the very first chapter. I got atteched to the characters and I totally Claudia with the prince Levy and I really want to read more.

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They didn't have to "fixe" her skin colour. Claudia worked hard in order not to be hated by people and she had succed in it so why the need to do that!! Plus how is the blessing of the Light Spirit Queen able to turn Claudia's skin "back to normal" when she has the protection of the Dark Spirit King which should be more powerful?!

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I just hope the auther won't end the story like this <<less
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cheetzaaa
cheetzaaa
Jun 01, 2019
Status: c9
Actually this LN is quite short (16 chapters), and 9 out of 16 chapters are about MC is hated/feared by other people or her parents. With only 7 remaining chapters, I think you all know what will happen after this, fast and confused.

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After chapter 9 the story turn into awkward... Sadly victory from war not effect much for MC except knights' opinion. At celebration party, the original protagonist try to insult MC lead to the knights and mc's friends go aganist her. So the original protagonist order the light spirit king to kill everyone, but turn out, the light spirit king abandon the protagonist and blessing MC instead, and that make mc's skintone turn to white... After that everyone's opinion about MC are all changed!!! It's kinda like other people's opinion around MC are just base on skin color more than her merit, even her mother (at least, it's a comfort to know that MC is not forgiving type). After that MC turn into popular woman, so ML confess to her and they start dating (everything until now happen in just 2-3 chapters). And remaining chapters (time skip) are about finding a spy that try to assassinate MC, and small ending at the end of last chapter...

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I think this LN is quite good if you just read it for fun, but if you getting serious it will turn into a mess. Don't expect realistic plot, don't expect that MC will turn to dark side and then burn baby burn (lol, cuase I am and end up disappointing). <<less
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YoriMei
YoriMei
Oct 26, 2019
Status: c13 part1
While I wanted to rate this short story a 4 in the beginning, the story sadly just keeps degrading as the plot continues. First off, the translations are great and the story was alright as a short story at the start. The parent's are perfectly written as tr*sh, I personally wanted to climb into this story and brawl the mother. And later on:

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Claudia turns pale instead of the dark skin she was born with from the blessing and everyone is much more accepting of her. Her reaction? Literally "What a pain. I don't want people doing a 180 degree turn and swarm to me." Complete with telling her mother and father to (mildly) eat sh*t once they try to cozy up to her. However I do wish she treated them even worse, I hated them so much...

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that said, why not 4 stars? Well, the plots cliche and the antagonist, Amelia is absolutely idiotic. She literally runs around, calling people "a mob character", saying it's a story, that "I'm a saint", etc. who in the world older than 7 goes around blabbing and basically saying "I can see the future"?! She's paper thin and basically built to just make Claudia look good.

The story also glosses over the MC's whitewash moment which I didn't mind originally because I expected an extreme furious MC to lash out at how now that her skin lightened she was accepted without a hitch. Unfortunately, there was only a minor lackluster complaint and then focused on her romance. Since it was a short story, I do understand that plots have to move at the speed of light, but unfortunately the beginning took too much and rendered the second half to be pretty rushed and lacking. <<less
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expensivepeanuts
expensivepea
Apr 27, 2020
Status: c12
The characters are mind-bogging s*upid. Even giving it 1-star feels insulting to other 1-star novels. In a short period of time, the author slaps you in the face with lots of characters which eventually make it difficult to remember all of them (most of them are hardly relevant anyway). It's really ridiculous how the supporting characters and the antagonist act. I was left thinking "these people are too s*upid to function in everyday life how are they not dead yet?"

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Her mother literally became catatonic after giving birth to the MC because GASP she has the dark spirit king's blessing and also her skin color is dark and that shocked her half dead. Really, how come the wind blessed people don't have green skin since the author wants to go by this light/dark skin logic? Also the reason the people fear the blessed of the dark spirit king is because of their history, where there used to be a hero blessed by the dark who selflessly helped build their kingdom eventually turned against them after being treated horribly by the people around him out of fear. Despite knowing this piece of history the people refuse to learn anything and continue to publicly ostracise the dark king's people. Logic is clearly in short supply within this kingdom. They keep talking how frightening the dark blessed are and yet they keep bullying these people. Imagine crying that you're deathly scared of wasps while you're humping its nest.

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Maybe this novel is secretly satire and the author is sitting somewhere in Japan snickering to themselves. Anyway there's not a lot of chapters translated so if you have some extra time and you're feeling down because you think your writing is sh*tty then read this. You'll realise maybe you're not so bad at writing after all. <<less
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Caszca
Caszca
Jul 18, 2020
Status: c12 part2
The premise is just so seriously racist that the whole story leaves a bad after taste. Dark skin/dark hair means evil and ugly?

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And later on she gets "blessed" and gets a lighter skin color and suddenly all is A-ok? I know asian countries have insane beauty standards, but that is so blatantly racist I don't even know anymore.

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I like her individually, though as typical for the genre, she is utterly dumb when it comes to social clues, though in this case, it does fit the story. With her family background it's actually normal for a child to grow up with internalised issues. Le sigh

Somewhat interesting and not the worst villainess novel IF you can swallow the blatant racism issue with the skin color. I tried, but in the end it overshadowed all my enjoyment, because it's not just an underlying issue, it's mentioned every other paragraph, just in case you forgot how ugly the dark skin is supposed to be. F*** this, I regret finding this, partially because it isn't the worst and you so desperately want to be able to just have fun with it, but in the end I couldn't. I just angered myself half to death. <<less
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KuroInfinity
KuroInfinity
Jul 11, 2019
Status: --
I love a tragic heroine~ I'm crying here...

This story is SO good, would definitely recommend. 5/5

My only gripe is that that the 'next chapter' and 'previous chapter' buttons aren't really made well, so it might be better to keep the NU page open.
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Lilhalleyjoseph
Lilhalleyjos
Jun 14, 2020
Status: c12 part2
There's a lot that can be said about this novel, and I do mean A LOT. For one there's some kind of racist/ discrimination against the female solely based off of the fact that she can control darkness. Although I did enjoy reading so far I just don't feel comfortable with the fact that the people around her discriminated her because of her "black" features and ... more>>
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I also find it really offensive how the lord of light or whatever it was turned her "black" skin light. If we're going base off of the cover art you can see her skin isn't black but indeed tanish. The fact that people are trying to treat her better because her skin is no longer "black" irritates me. Because as a black person I can just wake up and have my skin magically become lighter! Even if it's fiction it's still offensive <<less
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ghendout
ghendout
Mar 22, 2019
Status: c7 part2
Quite interesting premise and also quite refreshing from other Isekai action genre, I feel like that since I'm not overly familiar with otome game/genre in general

The story is about MC who reincarnated into a game world which she played before, she know her demise and overall story, and try to avoid it at all cost.
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kawaii12345
kawaii12345
Feb 26, 2020
Status: c12
This one did a fine job of manipulation. 5 Stars and well deserved The only failings I can point it out, are the following. It's too short even though it does manage to fit quite a bit in a small package there's more that would have been really nice to have. It's a little on the simplistic side but who wants Finnegans Wake the web novel ? The characters are a little too good. But man they were good. It was truly nice to see a main character with a... more>> purpose and a goal who didn't continuously get in her own way and do everything imaginable to stop themselves from achieving it.

Definitely well worth the read. <<less
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jRmor
jRmor
Sep 01, 2019
Status: c10
This novel is too hyped up by other reviewers, that I feel bad for ranking this a 2 star only...

Translation is good quality and the story is a nice concept but reading further is.....

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The war scene was a disappointment and I had hoped that she kept her dark skin since it was what made me read it in the first place.

Also, the s*upidity of the heroine 'nuff said.

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Honestly, it became boring too boring to read and the only thing that kept me going was the presence of the Dark Spirit King. (He's hot~) And though the MC is likeable, there's not much else to expect.

This was too shallow for me. If the author would have got in depth of the MC being tragically misunderstood and had more details about the side characters and what not, then it would have been a great read.

If this continues I would still read it--it seems that there is a plot coming soon based on the side characters, but here's to hoping that it will be more serious than this light fluffy thing it's airing now. <<less
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hmod
hmod
Jul 16, 2019
Status: v1c7
Other reviews are really overhyping this novel waaaaay too much ! Like Yeah the start was good and all but after some chapters it becomes unbearable to read the MC doesn't have any backbone to defend herself even tho apparently she has the All-So-Powerful Dark spirit king with her that can destroy the world also the backstory and the reason why people avoid and fear her is utter bs even for medieval times.
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hopper18
hopper18
Aug 18, 2019
Status: c10
Another novel where the intelligence of everyone opposing the MC is dropped to negative infinity. Amelia, especially, is definitely too-dumb-to-live. I suppose this was meant to show the greatness of the MC, but it only made me cringe.
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Raven Frostwing
Raven Frostw
Feb 22, 2021
Status: v1c16
Now this is a novel that I wouldn't read unless I am bored, there are so many things about this novel which have been failed spectacularly. Particularly how the main character is mainly portrayed from the beginning to the end, unlike many other villainesses that I have seen ever since I stepped into the otome type light novels she is sort of weak as a character and that makes me want to compare her to Lv 99 villainous daughter's Yumiela who is in a similar situation and ends up doing... more>> her own thing. I'll explain in the spoilers.

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Now this novel fails in executing what Lv 99 Villainous Daughter succeeds the premise is that she is shunned and hated by everyone because of her skin color and hair color, to which if I were to be accurate in some part of that world such people would exist. However unlike actually trying to make herself stronger she ends up just relying on Gerald and her reverse harem and friends way before the heroine had a chance with them. This is what pisses me off we never really get a sense of depth for the heroine, not one bit. Its like oh yeah this fangirl ended up inside of the heroine's body and she is just expecting everything to happen as according to the novel, but she could clearly see that something is different as would any reincarnator inside of any otome game that certain events happened and she might not have the easy route as she always thought she had. This is something I regard as thoughtless writing when you are creating two reincarnators inside of a game setup both of them should have as equal amount of awareness of what the hell is going on just like Katahane no Riku despite it having its own failures and one of the MC being more aware of things, neither of them should be blind in their views because this is the way the video game is supposed to run I didn't like the way she was handled as a character its as if the true heroine and villainess had just switched places and boom the end. It didn't sit right with me about how the author handled each of his characters from a realistic otome deviation standpoint of view its almost ridiculous and making the main character seem to have it "easy" near the end. You see I would want to see the heroine's POV as well know and understand where she's coming from, what she had been doing before she reincarnated. We were given nothing of the sort it was just "There are two reincarnators one good, the other bad. End of story" and the reactions she gave despite being a reincarnator made it more worse to even sympathize with her thus meeting her end and being rejected by her contracted spirit, who I presume didn't guide her and slowly watched her ruin herself because they were two different souls to begin. I would rewrite the entire novel up to the point where the heroine pops up and gets opposed instead of realizing what the situation was and reacting calmly to it tbh I really do think if you read this novel like you would read a fairy tale you wouldn't be too wrong because its just as thoughtless as a fairy tale. That's my review of this dismal novel and I would likely never touch it again because of aforementioned reasons.

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Rubie31
Rubie31
Oct 31, 2020
Status: c13
I do think this is a decent story to read. It is written and translated well and the pace is okay.

My problem with the story is not the "rejected child" or her skin tone thing; it's the characters themselves. The characters are all very typical archetypes and nothing more. They don't really have depth and the setting isn't gripping enough to make up for it. This honestly feels like a self insert fanfiction made to make the author feel better about themselves.

The quick pace of the story is probably the... more>> reason for a higher rating. Because I will read it just because I have the time.

And I had initially hoped this story would be interesting. It's rare for a Japanese story to actually bring up prejudice over skin tone. Not in the "race"sense but that Japan has a stigma over tanned skin. It either means your a delinquent or your from the hot southern islands (meaning your from the country side). Both are things that make it hard to get a nice office job in Japan. But the novel has the worst approach and then
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they even have her blessed to have lighter skin. And this just makes her into another fair skinned Japanese girl because her hair and eye color stay the same.

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I can confidently say that I would never re read this. <<less
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cutynight
cutynight
May 28, 2020
Status: c12 part2
I came to read this after a break between chapters of the manga and I can’t say I was disappointed. Im very interested in the progression of the plot, knowing that there are only a few chapters left. Im happy that claudia seems to be getting what she’s due ... more>>
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although the “fixing” of her skin tone makes me mad, it’s japan so I honestly dont know what I expected if she was gonna get a happy aristocratic princess ending

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and I hope it continues like this because there’s still room to fail but so far I enjoy it. It simple isekai romance drama but the MC and supporting cast are good characters with justification for their actions so I enjoy it and quite like the main cast. Claudia’s little support system especially. <<less
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moevora
moevora
Apr 21, 2020
Status: c12
I can't stand it anymore, the romance development feels forced, so corny..

The pace of story rushed too much, one-dimensional character, sometimes weird change of POV appears which didnt matter much..

Yep, everyone looks so s*upid, well maybe because this aimed for shoujo so no mind plot blogging involved.. No fluffy either, even if there's after the latest ch I read, I'll only feel corny and disgust after the early development.. Also agree that blessing which change the skin shouldn't appear..

Point plus for translator

Score 2/5
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