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My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! Episode #06 Anime Review

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The fight for Catarina's affection intensifies!
© Ichijinsha / Monthly Comic Zero Sum / Silver Link

“I Had Fun Over Summer Vacation…”

What They Say:
Wealthy heiress Catarina Claes is hit in the head with a rock and recovers the memories of her past life. It turns out the world she lives in is the world of the game Fortune Lover, an otome game she was obsessed with in her past life… but she’s been cast as the villain character who tries to foil the protagonist’s romances! The best ending the game has for Catarina is exile, and the worst, death! She’ll have to find a way to avoid triggering the flags of doom, and make her own happy future! The misunderstanding-based screwball love comedy now begins!

The Review:
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Do you know what time it is? It’s time for Catarina’s glamorous summer vacation! There’s going to be many parts to this summer vacation so let’s start with part one. Catarina meets up with her the old gardener, Tom, outside in her garden. He gives her his newest toy snake creation! Ah, so that’s where she’s been getting those things! What’s she planning to do with it? Practice throwing it, of course! By the way, she’s a pro at it now. Geordo doesn’t stand a chance! Anne watches Catarina practice throwing the toy snake in bewilderment.

Anne meets with Catarina’s mother a bit later. She thanks her for looking after her daughter at school. She also mentions that she’s changed a lot ever since she took that bump to the head. Catarina went from being a spoiled brat to a troublemaker. I mean, she’s not wrong but that’s not a bad thing! Despite that fact, Anne remarks that a lot of things have changed for the better. The head maid and the gardener never opened up to anyone but they seem to have so much fun around Catarina. That also includes Anne herself. And you know what? It includes Catarina’s mother, too! She and her husband can speak honestly with each other now because of Catarina. She tries to praise her daughter some more but keeps getting interrupted by loud yelling. Who could it be? Yup, it’s Catarina. Her mom goes outside and tells her to shut up, haha.

Part two of Catarina’s glamorous summer vacation involves eating delicious watermelon under a tree. The grass is so soft that Catarina decides to take a quick nap. Keith reminisces about playing under this tree when they were younger. He also remembers a particular incident when he had a scary dream and Catarina woke him up. She promised that she’d be there for him any time he has one! That’s adorable. Ever since that day, he hasn’t had a nightmare. Keith looks at Catarina sleeping and inches closer to her face. Oh my, is he trying to steal a kiss!? That’s quite bold of you, Keith! I thought you were a good boy! But before anything can happen, Catarina wakes up and demands to eat some agar jelly noodles. Better luck next time, Keith!

Part three of Catarina’s glamorous summer vacation takes us to a lake. It’s been hot lately and Geordo invites Catarina to the lake so they can cool off a bit. The plan was for them to go alone but Keith manages to chase down their carriage, haha. It wasn’t a short run either! Keith is determined to not let her be alone with Geordo. I’m sure Geordo doesn’t appreciate that. On the other hand, Catarina finds it adorable that Keith chased them down. She thinks that he’s lonely because they left him behind! Classic Bakarina. When they arrive at the lake, everyone else is also there. Sorry, Geordo. You won’t be having alone time with Catarina any time soon! Speaking of Catarina, she spots some boats and wants to take a ride on one. They’re small though so they only can only fit two people. Naturally, everyone begins arguing over who will get to ride with Catarina. Geordo reminds them that he’s the one engaged to her. At least for now. During all of this arguing, Alan challenges Catarina to a race. Just look old times! And the lucky person that gets to share a boat with Catarina is…Mary! As for the race, she totally kicks Alan’s butt. Mary is so impressed that she leaps into her arms and causes the boat to tip over. Mary is pretty aggressive, isn’t she? I respect that. She knows what she wants and goes for it. Afterward, they have a picnic. Everyone is treated to Maria’s delicious sweets. A bird snatches a cookie in Catarina’s hands and flies away. Hilariously, she chases it down because she refuses to let it have that cookie, haha.

Part four of Catarina’s glamorous summer vacation is shopping with Sophia. Gosh, all Catarina has done this summer vacation is play around. Time for a meeting! Shouldn’t they be formulating a plan to avoid their doom? Probably. But you know what? All the Catarinas in her mind are feeling lazy. Well, except for Glasses. But she eventually caves into the devilish charm of the Count! Speaking of devilish charm, Nicol joins Catarina and Sophia on their shopping trip. Before they even reach the bookstore, the girls buy an assortment of different items. They sure do love shopping! They’re having a blast. They finally make it to the bookstore and Sophia lets her inner fujoshi out. That’s cool and all but they came here for the latest book in the Devilish Count series. After they finish shopping, Sophia remarks that she feels like they’ve shopped list this before. I’m starting to think that she could indeed be Catarina’s friend from her previous life. Or maybe the show is trying to throw us off!? I just don’t know! What I do know though is that Sophia is a great wingman. She’s rooting for her brother and gives them the opportunity to be alone. Nicol gets all up in Catarina’s face and tells her that he wishes that this happiness will last forever! That line knocks her out! She definitely wasn’t prepared for that. Darn that devilish charm!

Catarina’s glamorous summer still isn’t over! Part five is Alan’s piano performance. As expected, he plays beautifully. Everyone loved his performance, especially the ladies. Catarina approaches him and exclaims that she loved his new song. Alan announces that it’s entitled “For You, My Dearest One.” Oh, so he wrote the song with the person he loves in mind? Alan starts blushing. It’s not love exactly! Who is Alan kidding? It’s totally love. We know he who loves. Heck, so does Mary! She shoos him away and looks visibly upset. Catarina notices this and thinks that she most really love Alan. But we all know there’s only one person for her – Bakarina. Mary reveals that she’s been trying all these years to keep Alan from noticing his true feelings. She’ll have to sow doubt into him again. She doesn’t want any more competition! Dang Mary, you scary. I respect her though. Again, she knows what she wants and she goes for it. A little bit later, Catarina randomly asks the Student Council prez if he likes anyone. He says he doesn’t but he’s not fooling me. No one can escape the gravitational pull of Bakarina!

Catarina’s summer vacation is almost over! Well, it was fun while it lasted. It’s a shame this sixth and final part isn’t going to be fun at all. She forgot to do her homework over the summer. Oops. She’s lucky Keith is here to help her! Catarina is no stranger to doing all of her homework the day before it’s due. She did that all the time in her previous life. She falls asleep and remembers her friend Acchan. Ah, such a nostalgic dream. Catarina wakes up the next morning and realizes she still didn’t finish her homework, haha.

In Summary:
The fight for Catarina’s affection intensifies! Everyone seems to be getting bolder. Keith almost stole a kiss. Geordo keeps trying to have alone time with her. Sophia is playing wingman for her brother. Alan is writing songs about her. And then you have Mary. She’s not hiding her feelings at all. She’s also very aggressive. She knows what she wants and she just goes for it. I respect that. Everyone loves Catarina, even the Student Council president! He won’t admit it but we know he totally does. Once you’re sucked into the black hole known as Bakarina, there’s no escape. This was another fun episode. The summer vacation shenanigans were hilarious. Remember folks, don’t wait until the last day of summer vacation to do all of your homework. Don’t be a Bakarina! That being said, she remembered her friend Acchan again at the end of the episode. I feel like the show is going to reveal that she’s been reincarnated into Fortune Lover as well. My money is on Sophia. It’s got to be her, right? Or maybe that’s what the show wants me to believe and it’s actually someone else! We’ll find out, someday.

Grade: A-

Streamed By: Crunchyroll, VRV

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