Reincarnated Princess Wishes To Avoid Death

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“Why is this happening…?”

Mia Luna Tearmoon, the princess of the great power Tearmoon, muttered in front of the guillotine.

The face of the crowds surrounding her were without exception—faces filled with hatred.

In the hands of the people’s revolution, which failed to withstand heavy taxes, Mia had to be executed on the guillotine.

But the next time she woke up, she was sleeping on a bed.

Back to eight years ago, when she was still a child …

For a moment, was it just a dream? She was reassured that it was, but she had a blood-stained diary on her bedside.

Mia’s endless screams echoed in the luxurious princess room.

This is a redo story.

She wasn’t vicious, but she couldn’t catch the pain or hungry of others ….. when she realized it, it was all too late. She reincarnated back to the past her and ran west to east, based on her blood-stained diary and her own memories.

To save the future of the sinking empire?

For the many soldiers killed by civil war?

To save the people from famine?

No, her purpose is only one.

“Everything is to avoid the guillotine’s fate!”

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Tearmoon Empire Story
Tearmoon Empire Story - The Reincarnation Reversal Story of the Princess, Starting from the Guillotine
Tearmoon Teikoku Monogatari: Dantoudai kara Hajimaru, Hime no Tensei Gyakuten Story
ティアムーン帝国物語 ~断頭台から始まる、姫の転生逆転ストーリー
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Inurondo
New Inurondo rated it
August 12, 2022
Status: c143.1
The main character has the ‘happy go lucky’ personality of I Don’t Like Pain, So I’ll Max Out Defense and the misunderstanding power Overlord. If that sounds nice, you’ll probably like this.


I’d give this one a 7/10 as of chapter 143.1.

The main character here is nice but not very smart. That said, her casual actions cause such amazing results everyone thinks she is a genius. Pretty much ‘innocent child stumbles into victory’. Not to say she’s actually lazy, but she’s easily distracted and even her accidents help her out.... more>> Picture a kid trying to run errands, getting distracted by the cat, and accidentally learning of a shortcut to the store as a result of following the cat.

The supporting cast are all highly competent people. They never stop working and are always supportive (in the current timeline). Some of the allied cast members,
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the ones who primarily championed the execution mentioned in the synopsis

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, are self righteous and frustrating for me though. I just always hate the kind that think their view is guaranteed to be right.

The plot didn’t feel like anything new, but it was decently done. <<less
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Gary L Thompson
New Gary L Thompson rated it
August 9, 2022
Status: c164 (though i've read machine translation
This reminds me strongly of Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, another favorite of mine. However, quite unlike Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, the story of the Tearmoon Empire is not an isekai, but a time-paradox tale in an alternate-world European history setting. For example, one of Princess Mia's key concerns in preventing her from mounting the steps of the guillotine again is to forestall a famine that was a key factor in firing up the revolution. In very many isekais (and even a mere fantasy like Maoyuu Maou Yuusha), the locals are... more>> regaled to the wonders of the potato, particularly steamed and topped with mayonnaise or butter (though the protagonist of Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear does say she likes potatoes steamed, in practice she only uses them for french fries, potato chips, and ingredients on pizza). However, Princess Mia doesn't consider or probably not even know about potatoes, because she doesn't have the cheat of the Bear or other isekaied characters of knowledge of another previous world. (To tell the truth, if Mia is supposed to be the espy of the historical Queen Antoinette of France, potatoes didn't work out for her in real life either. The Little Ice Age that set in around 1300 meant a permanent cycle of famines in Europe, because cereal grains were vulnerable to early and late frosts. Well, after Columbus discovered America, didn't Europe find potatoes, that people could raise families on potatoes and nothing else, if supplemented with dairy and occasional greens, and potatoes would be far less vulnerable to frosts, plus they wouldn't be trampled down by invading armies in the violent social upheavals caused by the famine-inducing cold climate? Yes, by the close of the 18th Century Europe was well aware of all of this on potatoes--except France, so the cycle of famines continued there. Heaven knows, it wasn't for the lack of royal effort, the French king tried and tried to get the stubborn farmers to try growing potatoes, but the peasants resisted any change, so the famines continued, and the French royal family ended up losing their heads--literally--because of the issue.) Mia doesn't even have that cheat of knowledge from another world--except
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she does know that her opponents in the revolution came up with their own cold-resistant wheat, and Mia will now work and scheme any means to ensure she gets her hands on it. Although Mia's yearning to have a book buddy eventually led to Chloe Forkroad, and eventually her father's merchant company's shipping routes, falling into Mia's lap as a means to ensure food imports even in famine, and the upcoming declaration Mia will make as a direct consequence of this election's outcome, will also have great impact (with Folkroad's help) on the upcoming famine.

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But as I compare this novel to Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear, there's one massive difference between the two novels. I suspect Kumanano exaggerates when he (or she) says the direction of her story is often unplanned and lack of talent showing in the results (I personally think the author deserves much better credit than that because Chekov's Gun goes off far too often--Kumanano even openly admits that with one plot development!--for the story to be written as carelessly as everyone assumes). But yes, the theme of character development and a most unlikely choice by Providence to save the realm is nowhere nearly well crafted as here. As one reviewer of J.R.R. Tolkien's work commented on "Lord of the Rings" evidencing that the author clearly has his story under control--such is also the case here. Reincarnated Princess Wishes to Avoid Death repeatedly shows through foreshadowing and shifting of timelines that the author definitely knows how to do worldbuilding and characters, and has a definite destination in mind.

Walter vi Britannia:

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All the people around her seem to take it as a given that those two are an item with their open flirting and whatnot so I fail to see how this can turn into a harem. If the other prince, Sion, ends up also gunning for her I might drop a star from my ratings. I like its dumb and silly romance without any drama. And I like its focus on other things most of all. If it suddenly becomes a full on romance novel instead of the romance being just a sub-plot...I just think its not something I'd want to read after reading all this fun stuff. But anyway, even Sion knows that these two are together as do probably the rest of their countries so I seriously doubt there is gonna appear a love rival.

Well, to tell the truth... the other prince, Sion, does end up also gunning for her as a love rival. But...

Well, the outcome of that turns out to be bittersweet. When Sion proposes to her, Mia actually has a melancholy pang for a moment when she realizes, yes, had circumstances turned out differently, she and Sion probably could have been happy together. However, I think you'll find this novel can be very good at times even when the characters are not acting dumb and silly. As this subplot advances, I think it becomes evident that the ordering of circumstances as to totally erase and reverse Mia and Sion becoming victims of each other as part of a general catastrophic destruction of an entire continent, was also intended to ultimately keep them apart--but not for the purpose of depriving them, but to withhold the good because something far better was in store for both of them.

And Mia's "best friend" will have a very key role in all of this. If you're wondering about the sarcastic quotes--well, there comes a day when that description will no longer be ironic; and when the Selfish Princess decides to work a little mischief with some annoying nobles, when Mia's "Pancake Speech" has greater impact than anyone would have believed in saving the whole continent, and an intended assassination attempt by the Snakes in Sunkland ultimately backfires; then the character reversal of Mia's friend will have her playing a role that will heavily impact the futures of both Mia and Sion, and on Sunkland and Tearmoon as well. Sorry, even under spoiler banner, I'm not giving away any more than that.

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losernoodle: Mia is no genius or saint, but she is also not a villain whether it is in the past or present. If there is one sin of Mia's, it is her selfishness. Everything she does is for herself (avoiding her death), but along the way Mia also becomes a better person. The comedy from this novel comes from the misunderstandings that ensue. Mia's acts of selfishness are misunderstood by others as acts of genius or kindness.

Well, yes, on the surface level that is the case, and a lot of comedy comes from it. Yet there's other novels/manga/anime that has the same, and they don't seem to draw the love from readership that this one does. If it's no more than nice cut silly slice of life, why would that be?

Frankly, I think it's because a lot of readers see themselves in Princess Mia. If being selfish is a besetting sin of Mia's--just how many people could say they're not the same? If Mia is clueless about the world outside the palace and the rising forces which will eventually destroy her, just how many people in real life truly have insight into themselves and other people, and the direction that their world is taking?

However, in Mia's case, the constant habit of her misunderstanding others and they misunderstanding her in turn, could that the very thing I think the readers themselves are misunderstanding? Is there being a Wisdom of the Empire really nothing but a total delusion? Are the acts people are seeing not really acts of kindness or genius at all? Frankly, I think there really is a Wisdom of the Empire which is defeating the First Emperor and the Snakes with real kindness and thwarting them with real genius. The real misunderstanding people make is thinking that Princess Mia is the source of this.

I believe that Princess Mia truly grasped what happened when she suddenly found herself not 20 years old or at the guillotine missing a head, but back in her bedroom 8 years before: "At first, I was confused, but I soon understand. God in all His Greatness has made me the Chosen One. I am definitely convinced that I have been given a mission. That is the great mission of saving the Empire. As the Chosen Saviour, in order to save all those countless peoples and soldiers, I began to think." Yes, it's clearly the words of a silly spoiled clueless girl--yet those words have to be true because humanly nothing else would explain Mia's bloody diary and memories of events yet to transpire again. The question is why? Why would God choose someone like that for this mission, when even Ludwig's mesmerization at initially believing the princess was seemingly showing senseless behavior, only to be shocked into reverence and awe at what he took for a goddess of wisdom, could still only conclude that no one would take Mia seriously because of her youth? Why Mia, of all people? Why does her decisions always turn out to be "lucky", having insight into many angles which Mia herself often never considers and can only be realized from retrospect?

I believe part in the answer lies in a quality of Mia which has historically lifted heavily flawed and undistinguished young individuals into eventual greatness--Mia always learned from her mistakes. In retrospect, it seems Mia's stunned "why?" at wondering what led to her climbing those steps to the guillotine before vast mob hurling hatred and abuse at her ultimately could be answered by the thought that unlike her condemners, Providence had permitted these things to happen to Mia not to punish her, but discipline her in order to turn that intended by the Snakes for evil into ultimate good. If Mia had not gone through her experiences, she would have not known the true value of her cook, of Anne and Ludwig, or of her royal guard. If she had not experienced murderous mobs or the deprivation of three years in a dungeon, the crown prince of Remno and New Moon district would not have lost their power to intimidate Mia. If Mia doesn't want to be a villain, it's because she experienced what it was like to lose the deference she took for granted, what it was like to be defamed and constantly abused and tormented--so Mia not only doesn't want that to happen again, she doesn't want to do the same to anyone else. She wouldn't have known the threat to the empire from the blind arrogance of the nobility, the crazy contempt for agriculture, the danger of alienating neighbors which could cut off food and trade through ports, the upcoming disasters (financial collapse, plague, famine, a border mess that would earn the fatal emnity of foes within and without the empire, etc.), and more. Mia wouldn't have known that making and maintaining contacts could be a matter of life or death.

But there's even a more crucial quality of Mia which can be easily missed. The princess talks constantly of giving people second chances, because she was never given a second chance (on her initial timeline, that is). But when divine miracle gives her a second chance, Mia makes the most of it because she always backs her words with action. Even on the previous timeline, Ludwig noticed it: "still foolish and unreliable... but she was trying." After forgetting the name of a school classmate caused a diplomatic disaster, Ludwig noticed the princess was always making an effort to memorize her classmates' names. He noticed that despite constantly complaining about Ludwig, Mia always listened to his advice. Despite her being cowardly, Mia was no coward, she remained in the empire and still tried to rebuild her country. Ludwig eventually came to the conclusion that Princess Mia seemed "to be a decent person to some extent."

But in the new timeline, when Ludwig's mentor later asks a probing question of why he serves Mia, Ludwig gets a deeper revelation when he dreams of Mia in the previous timeline. He comes to the realization, "That person who was in that dream was unmistakably his master, Mia Luna Tearmoon... Although they were completely different on the surface, their core was the same..." As Mia struggled over the issue in the previous timeline of saving a strawberry for herself from a hypothetical cake, which in her heart she could never could have had to herself when she knew the starving state of the village, in the very same way in the current timeline (when Ludwig, Anne and her personal guard shirked back from entering a shantytown), it was Mia who ran forward to a collapsed dirty child to take care of it. Nobody thought the Pancake Declaration was anything but a trite hardly stirring piece of oratory, because it wasn't--but it impacted a whole continent because Mia walked the walk rather than talk the talk.

At the conclusion of the initial timeline, Ludwig bitterly ruminates that Sion seemingly was a worthier master to serve in every way over that "s*upid princess", yet...

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“Do the right thing when you can” is the quality of a good ruler. If one has money at their disposal, how many people can use it for the right thing? Sion Sol Sunkland is definitely such a person who can use the money for the right thing. It is a testament to Sion’s virtue... and also to his luck and fortune.

"There are times when the right thing simply could not be done. When the world backs one into a corner to the point that they are between a rock and a hard place. Even when one wishes to give food to the starving people, there might be no food to give. The desire to rule with integrity and enrich the people could be thwarted by the lack of resources or ability.

"This was the story of his mistress – a princess who struggled against her fate in the worst of times. When all the world seemed hellbent on bringing about her ruin, she gave her best effort no matter how desperate everything seemed...

"... Effort and endeavour did not excuse the result. The cold truth was that many people died due to the incompetence of the royal family and the tyranny of the corrupt nobles. The wrath and pain of the bereaved family cannot be healed by any words.

"But still... in spite of it all, he felt a deep sorrow at the fact that everything she had done – all her hard work and earnest efforts – would be in vain, never to be recognized...

"... Please, I hope that this foolish princess's hard work will be rewarded, even if just a little..."

I think Someone took that hope as a prayer, and granted it. And in the process, began a new timeline in which many people whom Princess Mia crossed paths with who had seemingly lost hope and were bound helplessly in futile existences, heading toward miserable deaths and heading into eternity weighed down by guilt and regrets--but they also end up being given second chances. And I think at its heart, the story of Tearmoon Empire is the story of a saving of an empire, but the redemption of individuals, and I think that's what resounds so deeply with readers.

And it may take a lifetime, but I think Princess Mia is being nudged bit by bit toward an eternity where finally the wisdom and kindness of Mia is no longer a delusion, but reality. You know...I've long had a sneaking suspicion that the sarcastic snarky narrator is giving hints on the alternative timelines and on the future is none other than... Empress Mia herself! With the perspective of looking back in old age, I think she wants to set the record straight, and while I don't know what the final chapter in this saga will be--I'd be very surprised if the final concluding thoughts of the narration don't prove to be very interesting indeed... <<less
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losernoodle
losernoodle rated it
April 15, 2020
Status: v2 part13
This review is coming from someone who has read the LIGHT NOVEL licensed translations from J-Novel Club. Since this series is getting the webnovel translated as well, I decided to throw my two cents onto here since I see nobody else has yet. I don't plan on reading both versions of the story, so keep in mind that the light novel and webnovel may differ slightly. In this novel, the main character Mia has gone back in time in order to reverse her fate of dying from the guillotine. Mia... more>> is no genius or saint, but she is also not a villain whether it is in the past or present. If there is one sin of Mia's, it is her selfishness. Everything she does is for herself (avoiding her death), but along the way Mia also becomes a better person. The comedy from this novel comes from the misunderstandings that ensue. Mia's acts of selfishness are misunderstood by others as acts of genius or kindness. The art (from the light novel) is high quality as well and fits the tone of the novel. After reviewing the most recent translated webnovel chapter, I can tell you that the translations aren't perfect. Some of the sentences are confusing and the grammar is a bit off. It is however better than google translate as it is still somewhat understandable. If you have $7 to throw around, I recommend buying the first light novel volume since it comes with good art, high quality translations, and the story is a lot further along than its webnovel and manga counterparts. For those who cannot afford this, the webnovel translations or even the manga is a good alternative. <<less
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Promethean
Promethean rated it
April 21, 2020
Status: v2 part4
All aboard the misunderstanding trains.

Hey, have you ever wondered what Overlord would be like if Ainz was instead not OP, not undead, and was a little girl instead?

This is what you get. Man oh man do you get a lot of "Sasuga... Ainz-sama" moments for Mia, the main character, and it's just as fun to read.

And guess what? There's character growth. No not the terrible ones where a Character suddenly changes simply by turning Japanese, nor does it feels forced, I mean, yeah she is forced, but that's because of... more>> the circumstances. She doesn't have a past life. In fact, this is a second play through.

This is especially good for those who love the combo of misunderstandings and gradual and believable character character growth, development and the like with a hint of grand plots. Why is it so good? Because even after going back, her core personality still remains the same. Yeah, no one changes immediately, it takes time, and this does it well. She slowly grows as a person, with each chapter making little small steps.

I recommend this 100%. <<less
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duderus
duderus
July 30, 2020
Status: Completed
This series is hilarious. It's kinda like Overlord's Ainz and Bakarina's Catarina.
A misunderstood and hilarious little girl who happens to be a Princess of an Empire.
The Great Sage of the Tearmoon Empire. I don't need to say more.
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Walter vi Britannia
Walter vi Britannia rated it
August 18, 2020
Status: v2
I wonder why it has the reverse harem tag? So far I've read the first two volumes and it has more or less been decided who is going to be the ML. ... more>>
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Hell, at the end of volume 2 she finds a magic book about the future that details how she'd end up marrying him and having 8 kids and her biggest concern seemed to be if she could handle giving birth to so many.

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All the people around her seem to take it as a given that those two are an item with their open flirting and whatnot so I fail to see how this can turn into a harem.

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If the other prince, Sion, ends up also gunning for her I might drop a star from my ratings. I like its dumb and silly romance without any drama. And I like its focus on other things most of all. If it suddenly becomes a full on romance novel instead of the romance being just a sub-plot...I just think its not something I'd want to read after reading all this fun stuff. But anyway, even Sion knows that these two are together as do probably the rest of their countries so I seriously doubt there is gonna appear a love rival.

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Amithvishal
Amithvishal rated it
August 18, 2020
Status: v2
To put it simply, the story is all about a selfish princess who was executed by guillotine aftr the revolutionary had successfully triumphed over the monarchy, and once again given a second chance to wrestle with her fate. The story well written from different perspectives. Its well though-out. Our MC Mia might have done something purely based on her instincts to save her neck, but every action will have consequences. At the end these consequences would turn out to be favorable for everyone. This gap is hilarious in a way.... more>> Just give it a try, and experience it yourself.

The novel is officially being trnaslated by J-novel club. You could also purchase it from amazon, kobo, nook, etc. If you don't feel like spending, *cough* you could also download EPUB from *cough* sites. For me the money I spent, I really enjoyed first 2 volumes. But I dont know how other volumes would trun out. <<less
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ssj4maiko
ssj4maiko rated it
July 5, 2022
Status: ln v8
Great reading.

As some may have already understood, this is one of those Misunderstanding trainwrecks that somehow work out. However, in that regard, this is one of the best there is. Specially when compared to Bakarina, who overused the same point so damn much that it got boring, and Overlord, where MC is mostly wimping so the vassals do most of the advancement without his knowledge.

But worst of all in these two examples is that there is basically no character development, simply put, they start in a state, and they remain... more>> like that, with only the other characters changing their behaviors to adapt to MC.

In here, Mia is the protagonist, and the damn train breaking all common sense, and sure, she has similar wimping behavior, but she learn great lessons, she is constantly learning (as much as she can pay attention to, and at least, that's not zero), and she actually pushes her sweets fueled brain to work to some extent, and avoid bad decisions, or at least, connecting dots. So as much as a whimper, she is also not unaware of the problems, and actively tries to fix them by herself, resulting in the butterfly effect that leaves other speechless.

If anything, you start wondering how the heck will she solve something, and what sort of logic will she reach to think that she can solve that, like her "experienced survival skills" (she hid in a forest for 1 night, got hungry, left the forest, got captured in a village), or her newfound "mushroom expertise" (considering her previous experience, she learned that mushrooms can be eaten, she studied how to eat them, this way, in case things go bad again, she won't be hungry [and with that, not captured]. Sure, there may be some poisonous ones, but a [self-proclaimed] master won't make such mistakes).

Yes, Mia is an egocentric lovable fool, unlike the coward ones, Mia believes seriously she can do things others would disagree, but she also knows of her own limitations, and is more than happy to shift blame onto others.

Yet, this is the hilarious story of how such creature became known as the Great Sage of the Empire.

It's hard to compare it with other stories, since I have not read any similar one, and that's how good it is.

The first arc seems to have been the base of the story, so kinda like how the first 2 volumes of Bakarina can be good, I worried that the remaining would end up being samey samey like that one. It's a good thing that, yes, it gets better.

This however is not a romance story, although there are 2 boys aiming for the princess, a competition per se doesn't exist, why? Because she knows the future, so she knows who she gets paired with. Of course, she does change the future quite a lot, however, do not expect reverse harem clichés here, as I said, this is not a romance story.

But although it plays around a bit in conveniences, I do like how politics are played and executed here, to a point that I'm surprised on how you can use the messages the author is clearly expressing to the current times, specially, city folk, like those who think that food comes not from farming, but from the supermarket (Yeah, there are people like that).

And since this is not isekai, there are almost no japanese culture stuff here, so it's easy to recommend even to readers not used to Japanese Novels.

There is quite a bit of food related stuff though, since Mia is a (self-proclaimed) Food Connoisseur [And the narration constantly mocks her for that], but although you can see relationships to real word food, they all get different words due to how the fruits and vegetables are named different. So it's a bit easier on those not interested in food-related stories. <<less
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Deand_10 rated it
February 14, 2022
Status: v6
Woah-

It is typical for me to finish a book that I just bought in the store itself, that is just how fast I read.

However, unlike the sad feeling that I have once I speedrun a book (As of currently, Vol 7 is expected to release on March 28, 2022 on Play Book), I instead have this feeling of gentle fulfilment.

It really saddened me that I have to pay a handful of money to continue reading this franchise (My country has a lower-valued currency, but in American dollar terms it is... more>> pretty cheap). However, do I regret it? Absolutely not!

Let me tell you, I can feel my eyes burn as they begged me to stop reading on my phone, but did I ignore the pleas of the hurt and continue my way to read it until 2 AM, you betcha~

It hooks, and it hooks me hard. There is just something about it that feels very memorable, and it is simplicity and originality. Not original as a whole in a sense, but original in worldbuilding and how the world flows. I could remember most of the characters names as they all served a purpose, not just some paper cut out that is tasked to glorify the MC. The characters all have their troubles, strengths, beliefs, trauma and concerns. Moreover, the author conveyed it in such a natural and non-burdening way. Sure, I got confused here and there, but between you and me, this is leaps and bound better than those heavy novels that have far too complicated situations that are further complexed by the writing.

I love heavy novels, mind you. However, there is just something done right about not overcomplicating things. The politics in this world all have their reason, and that reason just happens to be a simple yet jaw-dropping one. If anyone wanted to warm up themselves into the more serious and makes your brain spin kind of novels, I would probably recommend this book.

Why you may ask? This is because the MC is also s*upid when it comes to civil affairs, thus the situation will be explained in due time, either by other characters, the scene unfolding or by the narrator. Furthermore, the wittiness and pettiness from the MC manage to balance the dreadful tone that commonly accompanies 'dark brooding' scenes

*ahem*

I am personally an active anti-yandere/overly obsessed male lead and this one is strictly personal preference. Then let me tell you, never once have I ever gotten that feeling of the need to throw up regarding the love interest in the novel. I swear, romanticizing toxic relationships is the unfortunate norm of today. When I found that the ML was a human being with a desire to improve himself for the better of others, I was shookth.

Not to mention the friendship that was valued through the series, I couldn't say for the earlier chapters however as their friendship began to flourish midway through the novel. The diversity and issues that are closely related to the real world, the zero hesitance to acknowledge such biases and prejudice in the Kingdom, and even * (。•̀ᴗ-) ✧ wink wink*

Overall, this is a good read and thus in fear of spoiling it, I'm ending my review here.

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Lol, you thought I was going to say more due to the elaboration I made huh?
Sucks for you cus that is the only thing I can elaborate on, for further info please read other reviews, for mine may be biased.

This is strictly my personal opinion, and if doesn't resonate with you then I am sorry. <<less
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Arha
Arha rated it
February 2, 2022
Status: c75
One thing I enjoy about the story is that despite the narrator constantly mocking Mia, she doesn't seem to have ever been an actually bad person. She's a bit s*upid and cowardly, but she's also compassionate and entirely capable of recognizing her own faults and when she's in the wrong. She's even a genuinely hard worker and most of her issues with pride are about entirely petty and comical things rather than anything that truly matters.
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bronzer44333
bronzer44333 rated it
March 2, 2021
Status: v4
I read the LN version. First thing here, FL in other words Princess Mia, return back from age 20 to age 10. There are no Japanese culture like, eat rice, create curry or inventing some kind techniques or technology. Not nothing like that at all.

It just about her trying to run from being killed/hurt by her people. Mind it, Mia only have one policy that is"Me First", her selfishness. And along the way the policy slowly to "to not disappointed her follower". In simple sentence, to be a better monarch.... more>> Tho the selfishness is still there.

For the future type that some of comment said. It actually not set to stone. Hell It just a variety/beach of the future that can happen if only she work towards it. As of vol 3 and 4. A new future different from vol 2 end had begin, as Mia will know what happen to empire in the future after the famine.

Trust me, read the story. The author give very good understand of what happen if you neglect toward your future. <<less
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Sarael
Sarael rated it
November 17, 2021
Status: v06
Tearmoon Empire is a medieval fantasy story focused on a certain princess who is trying to avoid a grisly fate while leading the continent to a brighter future (inadvertently, most of the time). The story leans more on comedy, but it has a dash of drama, politics and character development.
The worldbuilding is really well done and most of the characters are likeable. The hijinks and comedy in it is pretty good, especially when the narrator starts slinging on certain characters like Ludwig and Mia. Misunderstandings between characters can get... more>> pretty hilarious, but it usually ends up with desirable/positive outcomes.
If you enjoy a story with an MC that's not a complete goody-two-shoes and a bit on the lighter, non-edgy side, you'll probably like this one. <<less
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yamibae
yamibae rated it
September 18, 2021
Status: v6
Absolutely one of the better stories I've read, Mia at first seems everything like the standard MC winning through what is basically plot armour but there is a certain method to the madness and she herself is interesting as a character. Further still, the author has incorporated the side characters into different timelines and histories to give depth to otherwise side-characters
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Has rated it
March 2, 2022
Status: c94
It's so fun <3 Mia is just trying very hard to survive and everyone is in awe of her big brain energy, 100/10 super recommend. Come take a look at the Mia the Wisdom Cult, where all followers are pros in gaslighting and deceiving themselves! Ok now in all seriousness tho, it's really good.
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Kim Nara
Kim Nara rated it
April 7, 2022
Status: --
An addictive and amusing story, you just need to endure passed the first translator and you'll be able to enjoy the story.

A tale about a simple minded but lucky FL and a bunch of her very talented (and delusional) ally.
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BakaBlue
BakaBlue rated it
January 14, 2022
Status: --
One of the more interesting parts of the story is the Mia was always the same. Although her methods change to match her goals, she is still the exact same non-malicious and well-meaning person before and after the time leap without deep character development.

Saddled with a position that didn't fit her, with no way for her to control it, and when she didn't do a good enough job they killed her. That preskip Mia would still have made the same decisions the current one would have if she had the... more>> benefit of hindsight. She doesn't learn to to be a more good person, she was already a moral person. <<less
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just a weeby bookworm
Tearmoon is like a delicious hare stew, every ingredient is appetizing in its own right but the synergy between them is what elevates the meal, the same applies to this novel, I have seen every individual element of what it does before and I've seen stories that look similar to it on the surface, however the polished of its ingredient and the way it combines them is what sets tearmoon apart from its peers, in the following review I'll analyze each ingredient individually so I can explain why every factor... more>> works so well:

let's start by talking about a very underrated part of the series, the world-building, although easy to take it for granted, it really spices up the series and helps give the light novel its own unique identity, from simple things like citizens from Tearmon using moon way more own its popular idioms or the fact that the book is pretty grounded with no magic or superhuman moves (the closest thing there is to magic in Tearmoon is a made-up vegetable cake, a tasty fictitious spice and a special pretty wood that is rainbow colored), its setting resembles actual medieval Europe way more than the worlds of "swords and magic" commonly seen in light novels with medieval settings, having a more realistic setting not only differentiates the series but also fits this french revolution expired story way more, but still, even if Tearmoon is not a fantasy story its geography is still fictional and needs to be properly flashed out considering the book deals with it's politics quite often (even if it's for comedic effect), thankfully it also does that well, for example, there is a harmful structural stereotype in the kingdom against farmers, so they make sure to give a historic explanation for it and how it's harming the kingdom. yeah everything I said so far is pretty simple and not groundbreaking by any means but it still elevates the series even if just a bit, in conclusion, the world-building in Tearmoon is just good enough to serve as a backdrop for its political comedy and spicy up the series it gets a solid but not great 7/10

I am also happy to inform you that the presentation of this plate is also quite good, the art is adorable and super detailed, illustrations from the novel always impress me, they get an 9/10

the recipe of this stew is also interesting, although the plot isn't the main focus of tearmoon, it is still good, the arcs are very diverse, cycling between; adventure, school life, and regional politics depending on the arc, which not only helps to keep the jokes fresh (since tearmoon is primarily a comedy book and the main objective of the plot is to serve as a good backdrop for the hilarious jokes) but changing genres from time to time makes the relatively simple plot more engaging since one arc might be a more laid back school life while the other can very well be a shipwrecked adventure, overall the plot of tearmoon is a solid 7/10

when you take a sip of this stew you might think it tastes a bit funny, and you would be right because (contrary to this joke) TEARMOON IS HILARIOUS, ahem, bad jokes aside tearmoon's jokes are genuinely technically competent, with unique setups and unexpected punch lines, not only that but the sacartic narator of the series really sets the comedy apart from other books, even if he can be a little unreliable in the extent of how much he dowplays some charcters in order to make a sassy joke he is still riotous, "but what type of comedy is tearmoon" you might be asking, well, if you asked most tearmoon fans to define its comedy I bet most of them would say that it is a comedy focused on extreme misunderstanding (like gamers, Handa-kun, or school rumble) and honestly they would be totally right, however I would like to expend a bit more on that, tearmoon isn't just jokes about misunderstandings but also jokes focused on humorizing the banal, from just boring politics to familiar tropes in media, tearmoon cames up with extreme misunderstanding for everything it touches, that ability to humorizing the ban*l is present in many great works (from the Japanese kaguya-sama to the American Gumbal) and since tearmoon is a master at that, and never fails to make me die from laughter, I have no qualms about giving tearmoon's comedy a 10/10

err, let's talk about erm... the hares in this hare stew? (the metaphor really fell apart uh... well whatever) most characters start out pretty superficial, but they have incredible hilarious chemistry with each other so they are still likable from the start, and thankfully as the series goes own more and more characters get flashed out, except for Mia, Mia is great from the start and only gets better as the story goes on, she is the funniest character in the series so most jokes involve her in some way (which honestly isn't a bad thing) and she is a genuinely complex character that also gets a great character arc which gradually develops in a very natural way, she slowly improves as a person while still not completely getting rid of her flaws, she stays selfish, but her selfishness stop being harmful and just turns cute, describing it might come out weird but I guarantee you'll also be rooting for Mia and shouting "Sasuga Mia-sama" as you see the girl try her best, tl;dr she is a gremlin but she is OUR gremlin, Mia the protagonist gets a 10/10 but the characters in general get a 7/10

in conclusion, tearmoon is an amazing dish, I highly recommend both the manga and the novel, the novel gets an easy ten and the manga is on the same level, (but I would give the manga just a nine since it has yet to conclude adapting even the first volume and has only 14 chapters so far, it will eventually get a ten after it adapts more material) anyways, tearmon is my favorite book series, for the reason I already listed it gets a 10/10 <<less
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Neji_Hyuga_II rated it
April 21, 2021
Status: v4
DISCLAIMER: This review is for the light novel version of Tearmoon Empire that is officially licensed by J-Novel Club; I have no plans of reading the web novel version.

Hoo, boy, where do I start? While this series definitely isn't the #1 light novel series of all-time or the #1 best-written light novel series, I still rate it extremely highly. Never before have I read a shojo-based story as engaging as this one (with the exception of I've Been Killing Slimes for 300 Years and Maxed Out My Level as I... more>> am extremely biased towards it; I consider it to be the ultimate masterpiece of an isekai with a female protagonist).

The story begins with the Tearmoon Empire's Imperial Princess, Mia Luna Tearmoon, being executed in the most well-known medieval style (at least, in my opinion), the guillotine. As she feels the cold steel rend her head from her body, she looks back to the life she led that led her up to this point, realizing that she had made all the wrong choices on the map of life. Mia was only allowed one personal possession: a battered diary. This diary fell down to the ground at the same time as her head and as blood continued to escape from the newly born stump, the diary's pages began staining crimson as blood soaked into its fibers. However, Mia wakes up, her head still attached to her body... and when she looked in the mirror, she had de-aged! She had awoken to herself in the past, her twelve-year-old body looking back at her. Realizing that she had gone back in time, Mia begins her journey to fix the problems that afflicted her country that inevitably led to its immolating downfall.

What I particularly love about how this author makes use of the time-travel trope is that they always make collusions to the past timeline, the timeline where the "Selfish Princess" brought about her own ruin (later on, the author also makes collusions to a [possible] future timeline in which Mia successfully saves her empire from collapse). Mia's decisions are now influenced by knowledge she had gained from the new timeline as well as the experiences of her own shattered life in the past timeline.

For example, her first major decision concerned the head chef of the imperial house (his name is revealed in a bonus short story in Volume 4, Musta Waggman) in which two years in the future, she would fire him out of rage for serving her the vegetable she hated the most, ambermoon tomatoes. Having learned from it, she inquires of the chef and praises him for his talent as she compares the taste of the ones he had cooked for her with the ones from her painful memory. She gladly accepts his deference and his conviction to constantly look after her health, knowing now that deference should not be taken for granted as she received not even a shred of concern during the three years of her imprisonment.

However, there was but one person that did not fail to show the Selfish Princess mercy even when no one else did: her most trusted and loyal maid, Anne. In the previous timeline, Anne had stayed by Mia's side all the way to the end and this deeply touched Mia. Now that she was given a chance to restart, Mia takes the opportunity to repay the loyalty Anne gave her, making sure to never let go. Aside from Anne, there was also a man that remained loyal to Mia until the end; he was named Ludwig and he was Mia's closest civil servant. While she was at odds with the man on multiple occasions, Mia swallowed her discomfort and asked Ludwig for help; Ludwig would then spearhead the operations that Mia implemented in order to save the empire (although she did so with less-than-pure intentions... the guillotine hurt like hell and Mia simply did not want to go through that again).

The plot of the story aside, I find myself equally awed by the author's writing style. They make sure to keep the narration as consistent and as witty as possible even going so far as breaking the fourth wall (multiple times) in order to remind the readers that while Mia is now known as the "Great Sage of the Empire", at her heart, she is simply a small girl afraid of pain. The narration also informs us of the relationships she has with certain characters in the story and one of the most important relations are the ones she has with her "archenemies", that is, the ones that led her to her death.

In the previous timeline, two persons, a young man along with a young girl, were directly involved in the execution of the Selfish Princess. One of them was Tiona Rudolvon, known as the "Saint of the Empire", and she, the daughter of a poor noble (known as an "Outland Count" or "Outcount", for short), instigated a rebellion against the imperial lineage because of their tyranny. Helping her was Sion Sol Sunkland, the esteemed Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Sunkland, who offered his assistance to Tiona because he could not agree with the tyranny of the empire. Mia encounters her archenemies upon attending Saint-Noel Academy and through a series of events, befriends them. Knowing that one wrong move will potentially set off a series of events that will lead her back to the guillotine, Mia makes sure she handles them with care so as to not step on any landmines.

While it doesn't take the forefront (which is pretty rare, considering that this series is shojo), the romance in this series is exceedingly well-written. There are, in fact, multiple bachelors that admire Mia in some way or form, however, only one of them holds true affection for the princess. This boy is named Abel Remno, the Second Prince of the Kingdom of Remno; in the previous timeline, he was nothing more than a playboy prince that was assassinated early. However, after meeting Mia, he changed drastically, morphing from a meek and unmotivated prince to a man who strives to be the best. Mia loves Abel back and she (quite hilariously) tries to make sure that she remains the top in their relationship, citing that "she's older as she had twenty years of life prior to this new one".

What I find exceedingly intriguing is the relationship, or should I say, rivalry, between Prince Abel and Prince Sion. They share similar character traits in the sense that both work hard in order to surpass the other in the hopes of being recognized by Mia. For example, during the swordsmanship tournament, Prince Abel and Prince Sion faced off against each other in the finals; Prince Abel, knowing that he stands no chance against Prince Sion who was a genius at the blade, resolves on using the one technique he has honed all throughout his life, the same technique that allowed him to defeat his older brother for the first time. While their duel was postponed due to inclement weather, they nevertheless sparked a lasting friendship.

To summarize, Tearmoon Empire is a one-of-a-kind light novel. While it does reuse quite a number of tropes, it does not fail to deliver a uniqueness that can only be given by this author. The overarching plot does not fall short in keeping me invested and the special traits that the characters have further enhance the depth of the story. I will look forward to reading more of this series and I will follow the trials and tribulations of the Great Sage of the Empire with great interest. <<less
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Shio
Shio
January 10, 2022
Status: v1c43
It's great.

The summary made me imagine all kind of cliche from shoujo isekai story, and there were clichés. It just the cliche are still at the level where it's entertaining.

It's simply a cute story that's great to read. It didn't try to be something it's not by adding convulted story line or drama. It's just a nice, silly slice of life
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k4noe
k4noe rated it
February 25, 2021
Status: vol.2
Well to tell you the truth, this LN is mostly average, nothing new. Its Bout princess who dies in revolution and come back to past time before the revolution happen. Overall its like overlord but in fluffy version one. But that is all, no new thing. To me this LN end with Volume 2, why? Because its the best ending, live happily ever after altho its premature one.

I don't like how the writer always spoil the future by saying "in the future she will.. Bla bla bla" like how realist... more>> hero build a kingdom LN, I always asking my self, is the author idiot by doing that? Its like giving an ending before it happen, for ex: "In the future those chick will become great artist", its like saying, whatever happen in the middle current timeline and future time line is not important at all, because the future are already set in stone, no matter what happen to those chick in the middle timeline, she will become artist in the future (thrash the process). Where is the fun in reading that kind of accurate prediction ? Damn this kind of writing style need to be stopped for the reader and author sake too. In my case its turn off my mood quickly and stop the reading instantly those LN, make my mood gone to zero in a second. <<less
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