I’d Rather Have a Cat Than a Harem! Reincarnated into the World of an Otome Game as a Cat Loving Villainess, Vol. 2

By Kosuzu Kobato and Hinano Chano. Released in Japan as “Sonna Koto yori, Neko ga Kaitai ~ Otome Game no Sekai ni Tensei Shimashita ~” on the Shousetsuka ni Narou website. Released in North America by Cross Infinite World. Translated by Jenny Murphy.

This second and final volume in the series is mostly sweet, romantic, and nice to read, but it has a slight problem. There’s almost no conflict at all. Indeed, the main conflict is similar to the early volumes of Bibliophile Princess, in that we have to convince our heroine that she really is famous and awesome, whereas she sees herself as sort of a random schlub. But yeah, no one is kidnapped or threatened with exile. In fact, the fact that this is NOT going to run along otome game rails is part of the plot, as Amy has to accept that, in fact, bad stuff ISN’T going to happen and she can actually settle down and be happy. Well, once she gets past the fighting tournament, where her wannabe fiancee is fighting. Oh yes, and finally meeting the heroine. Who’s Maria Campbell, so much so that they had to think of a reason to change her name.

After a brief diversion where we set up Couple #3 in this series which, despite Amy’s misgivings, has virtually no “harem” aspects to it, we get to the main plot of the series, which is… erm… well, following Amy around. She manages to help with a sick foal, she helps at the fighting tournament when people are injured, and she occasionally deals with a few of the remaining nobles who believe that they can sneer at her. (This goes very badly for them later on.) She also hears from her brother, who is finally heading home from his fighting monsters job, and is bringing a new friend!… and a new reincarnation, as Yasmine (real name: Maria… no, really) turns out to have also come from Japan. In fact… Yasmine is the heroine of Amy’s otome game! Does this mean she’s on the route to doom?

As indicated above, no. The heroine is sweet as pie, in denial about her feelings for Amy’s brother, and also gives out an interesting tidbit – to her, this world is based on an RPG game she and Amy’s brother played back in Japan. She’s never even heard of Amy’s otome game. This is what allows Amy to finally settle down and admit that she’s not going to end up in a Villainess book. As for her relationship with Edward, most of the conflict there is to get Amy, a girl who has never been in love either here OR in Japan, to understand what these feelings are. Once she does, things move pretty fast, even though her father has to at least pretend to be a difficult dad. (It’s been a lifelong dream of his, you see.) Tsundere girl gets far less to do here, but ends up with her foreign prince. Amy’s best friend ends up marrying Edward’s best friend, once he is able to get through to her. Everything’s fine.

This is a good book, and I’m glad I read the series, but “turns out I was fine” is the summary. If you enjoy actual conflict, you may want to look elsewhere.

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