The Reincarnated Princess Spends Another Day Skipping Story Routes, Vol. 3

By Bisu and Yukiko. Released in Japan as “Tensei Oujo wa Kyou mo Hata o Tatakioru” by Arian Rose. Released in North America by J-Novel Club. Translated by Tom Harris.

We’ve seen a lot of reincarnated as a villainess stories in the last few years, and one thing has become pretty clear: it’s much easier to be reincarnated as a duke’s daughter than as a princess. First of all, it’s easier in that there aren’t major political consequences in the game when said villainess is eventually shamed and exiled/killed. But secondly, there’s far more freedom to actually do things, such as not marry the future evil dude, or not go to the academy of bullying, etc. You can’t do this if you’re a reincarnated princess. Going anywhere means permission and a retinue. And sometimes you really do have to marry the dude to unite the kingdoms. This is why Rosemary is finding it a lot harder than she expected to prove her worth to the King. George goes off to look for the plague cure without her. She can disguise herself and sneak away, but even then she can’t take her crush because he is the Knight Captain of the Guard. Things are hard.

Thwarted in her attempts to go with George and Michael (who’s been avoiding her) to search for the medicine that can help them, she decides to disguise herself and board a ship to get where she needs to go. That said, first she has to figure out why there’s a sudden illness among the sailors that’s attributed to ghosts – if you guessed “here’s where she cures scurvy”, you’ve read your light novels before. Then she has to deal with the fact that she can’t take Leonhart with her, it has to be Klaus… who remains a pain in the ass and just a bit creepy. Speaking of which, she also meets Michael’s sister Bianca, who was a main character in Michael’s route and is the one where readers are upset there isn’t a yuri option. Sadly, she too really likes Rosemary more than is appropriate. And then they board the ship and things really get bad…

Fist of all, the book’s main flaw remains in place, which is not just all the characters seemingly obsessed with a 13-year-old girl, but the fact that Rosemary knows it’s creepy and so points it out to us as often as possible. I suppose it’s meta commentary, but you know, why not just have them not be creepers? The easy scurvy cure also made me roll my eyes a bit. That said, the second half of the book, once we actually board the ship, was excellent, showing Rosemary really suffering and panicking quite a few times, but always digging deep down into reserves of courage and managing to help save the day. Klaus also gets some much needed character development, as multiple people have told him that “just kill the enemy” is not a good way to protect his charge, but it’s only here when battling pirates that it manages to sink in, and he’s rewarded for that by almost losing his life.

And of course the book ends with a cliffhanger, where we find that letting the royal family 3wander around in disguise looking for the plot sometimes results in them finding it, and sometimes results in them being forcibly brought to it. Despite its flaws, this is good “villainess” stuff.

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