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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cutynight
New cutynight rated it
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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Rizkid
Rizkid rated it
November 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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Fluffums
Fluffums rated it
February 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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foxane
foxane rated it
July 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 rated it
June 1, 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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jackodawacko
jackodawacko rated it
April 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. <<less
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Kalliope
Kalliope rated it
December 7, 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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Sigh. <<less
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YoriMei
YoriMei rated it
October 26, 2019
Status: c11 part2
While I wanted to rate this short story a 5, I had to rein it in and land this into a solid 4. First off, the translations are great and the story is quite good, as a short story. Claudia is pretty likeable, and the plot is quite solid. I think the characters besides the antagonist are all pretty well written for a 16 chapter story. 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 5 stars? Well, the plots a little 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. That said, there seems to be a deeper plot that has yet to unveil, but please give this story a shot. Be warned though, plot moves at the speed of light because everything has to start and wrap up in 16 chapters <<less
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KuroInfinity
KuroInfinity rated it
July 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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ghendout
ghendout rated it
March 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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expensivepeanuts
expensivepeanuts rated it
April 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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jRmor
jRmor rated it
September 1, 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 rated it
July 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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kawaii12345
kawaii12345 rated it
February 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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hopper18
hopper18 rated it
August 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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moevora
moevora rated it
April 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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Arha
Arha rated it
February 25, 2020
Status: c12
The plot is basically THE stock villainess isekai story with almost nothing to set it apart, which means it should really merit a three star 'Yeah whatever' rating. I decided I'd be nice and give it a bonus star because of Claudia however. No, not in that she's cute or entertaining or whatever but because I can read a lot of personality from her. She seems to be obviously suffering from depression and it really affects her POV sections. I always enjoy the perspective of a character who is emotionally... more>> or psychologically abnormal and can drag you into how they see the world and make you understand why they do what they do.

Unfortunately, the story then loses that bonus star for completely breaking the theme of the story. I don't care that the heroine character is shallow and, uh, mentally subnormal since she was just an obvious plot device, but if the actual point of the story is that someone's abilities and appearance don't define who they are then don't change who and what they are to make them fit in better. This should be obvious. I have no idea what the author was thinking.

On a side note, there are a lot of disturbing implications surrounding Gerald that really put the original novel Claudia in a different light if you stop and think about things. Sure, Gerald is always nice to her and protects her, but he's also constantly urging her to commit mass murder and is a mass murderer himself who almost destroyed the world. I think it's fair to judge him based on that, you know? And doesn't that mean that the original novel Claudia was also holding back this madman and only vented out in mild, petty ways rather than the devastation this demon was always urging her to start? <<less
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Eve 1266
Eve 1266 rated it
December 3, 2019
Status: c11 part2
Well it is a nice novel. In my opinion and I didn't want to reddit at first cuz I thought it was one of those clich novels but but I do like it give it full stars~~☆... more>>
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I hate the mom so much I want to slap her! How can she do this to her daughter just because she has brown skin and black hair and eyes she should love her that's motherly love apparently her's is close to non-existent 😒 she should have lashed at her not the father buttt I see some romantic feelings flying in the air with the first Prince I'm waiting for an update~~~~ so I can see fluff hopefully

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haruhi91
haruhi91 rated it
October 24, 2019
Status: c13
2 stars in appreciation for the translation's efforts.

The novel starts well and interesting but it soon shows its failings. The MC is likeable, she has suffered in her previous life for lack of parental love and even in her new life she inspires fear and hate from everyone because she is protected by the Dark Spirit. (Let's just ignore how much people hate her just because she exists). In spite of everything she tries to live ignoring other people's rude comments and at the same time establishing friendly relationships with... more>> people who could help her overcome her bad ending. So far, so good.

Then, you realize how everything and everyone, apart from the MC, is childish and sometimes illogical. Her "enemy" acts like a 5-old child, she speaks without thinking and even her thinking is so over the lines that it hurts to read. For example:

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She is called Amelia, is protected by the the Light spirit and is also a reincarnated person, the first time she meets a girl who in the novel is her friend, she says to her: "Why are you defending Claudia, you are my best friend!". Obviously the supposed friend is like "She is crazy" but Amelia is completely oblivious to her surroundings. In more than one occasion, she literally screams out of nowhere how Claudia is a bad person, everyone should hate her while she is a saint that everyone should love.

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I don't understand why the author chose to have this s*upid character as a rival, but I guess it probably would have cost too much effort. Another problem is the shortness of the novel, things are rushed over and oversimplified: the war mentioned in the description is so important that gets resolved in half chapter.

To conclude, read if you are 10 years old or are extremely bored <<less
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Emeilia
Emeilia rated it
July 16, 2019
Status: --
This book is just read-for-fun type of book. Dont expect much but honestly the way her parents treat her made me sad and since I like angst story this is my instant cup of tea. I can actually say this story almost sum up usual plot in most villainess noble girl novel. Like first everyone hate MC then she did good thing then she finally made some friend, the real heroine got angry and gone crazy while doing some s*upid moves bla bla bla the MC got the happy ending... more>> and real heroine got punished or something 🙌🙌🙌 the end.

Its cliche to say the least but the detail about mc's parent relationship with her is what interest me the most (cant wait to see her mom's reaction). Sadly, altho she supposed to have the greatest power on her side, she doesnt actually act as op as I hope. I still wait for the next chapters and wish she get what she deserve after holding back during those whole painful years. <<less
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Shiro Ni Kuro
Shiro Ni Kuro rated it
November 15, 2019
Status: --
I like the story but I really hate the mother

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for just caring once she got the light spirit king protection and how she outburst at her father when she should have done that to the mother and how every one just started wanting her on their good side and how the girl who had the light spirit king just started saying she was the saint and was important

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Personally the only people I like are Her Brother, Butler, The prince's and the other people who got along with her without the light spirit king protection

Every one else can go f themselves and I also don't like how she can just forgive them like that it still gets me mad especially her Mother

That is all my ranting before I have to shut up <<less
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