The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady, Vol. 5

By Piero Karasu and Yuri Kisaragi. Released in Japan as “Tensei Oujo to Tensai Reijou no Mahou Kakumei” by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Haydn Trowell.

The last three volumes of MagiRevo have all had that feeling of “this is the final volume of the series” without it actually being true. It felt as if the author was not sure if it would be a success or not – very common in this medium. This is the first book where I believe that they wrote it knowing that the books were going to be going on longer, as it’s very transitional. There’s looking towards the future, as Anis and Euphie’s road trip is to survey the kingdom and look for new resources, plus they also end up learning of a number of new nations/races/possible enemies. At the same time, the entire book is also about coming to terms with everything that has happened in the previous four. Euphie’s on the throne, but this has not magically settled everyone’s hearts. Particularly Anis, who runs into Euphie’s brother at a ball and ends up projecting her own brother on top of him.

Anis is out of sorts, having essentially been told “try not to be too innovative for a bit, we need everyone to get used to the chaos you’ve already created”. But she can’t exactly turn that part of herself off. So Euphie plans to have the two of them tour the Eastern part of the kingdom, inspecting the damage caused by the previous monster stampedes and also trying to find new areas that they can harvest spirit energy. Of course, as Anis notes, this is a chance to go on a Love Love Honeymoon with her beloved – well, a honeymoon that involves two maids, two aides and a guard – and the guard is Navre, one of the men who was tied up in Lainie’s plotline in the first book. Then, to top things off, Anis had not really been listening when all of this was explained to her (because honeymoon fantasizing), and missed that they are, in fact, going to see her brother as well.

If I were to sum up this book, it would be “not bad, but not as good as the other books”. Part of the problem is Anis, who is still dealing with a pile of repressed guilt about what happened with Algard. (She is also, frankly, still not used to the fact that she is absolutely not the top in this relationship, and Euphie’s frank desires leave her a bit twitchy.) The heart to heart she has with her brother near the end was much needed, if only as I want her to move on from this as quickly as possible. There’s also a new character introduced who isn’t too bad, but seems designed to tick several “isekai cliche” boxes at once, so I was rolling my eyes at her arrival. On the bright side, Anis and Euphie get to have an awesome fight that I’m sure will look terrific if it ever gets animated in a theoretical Series 2.

So yeah. Mezza mezza. Still, we now have the promise of beastmen, and more vampires, and a bunch of other potential new plots. I just hope Anis will be back to being a fun ball of chaos next time around.

The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady, Vol. 4

By Piero Karasu and Yuri Kisaragi. Released in Japan as “Tensei Oujo to Tensai Reijou no Mahou Kakumei” by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Haydn Trowell.

Since my review of the third volume, we have had the anime version of this series, which covered the first three books. In my opinion, it was a fantastic success, and the way that it adapted the books, changing and cutting things to the anime’s benefit, was a definite highlight. That said, there were some people who bemoaned a lot of the world building and discussion of magical technicalities getting cut from the anime. If that was you, good news! The books are still here, and they are still being very nerdy. This volume digs deep into the heart of magic vs. magicology, and why the latter is terrifying a number of the nobles remaining at everyone’s least favorite ministry. Can you change the prejudices and thoughts of an entire country by letting go of the past, or does the past need to be embraced as well? And, most importantly, why are all the books written like they sell for $200 on Amazon from Paletia University Press?

Anis and Euphie are now a couple, although it would appear their intimacy in bed is limited to Euphie taking Anis’ magical energy rather than taking Anis. Moreover, Anis now has two new assistants, since Euphie’s additional responsibilities mean she can’t be Anis’ assistant anymore. Halphys and Garkie… erm, Gark help Anis to think about what about magicology would help win over the nobles, who already have magic to do what she’s doing with kettles and the like? There’s also the problem of Lainie. Now that the dust has settled and she has a prominent position in Anis’ household, she’s getting marriage offers she does not want. And, of course, there’s the succession, as Anis’ father decides that now is the time to step down from the throne and let the next ruler take over. Who will be Queen? (I mean, we know who’ll be Queen, but let’s pretend we don’t.)

I had to laugh at the appearance of Tilty in this book. She’s there for about five pages, tells everyone they’re idiots, is absolutely infuriated, and storms off, having started the process of solving the problem. Unfortunately, the problem with Lainie is her crippling self-hatred, as the idea that anyone might actually be in love with her and not just influenced by her vampire powers causes her to have a complete meltdown. It was also nice to see Ilia actually screw up, and show that the relationship she and Anis have is very beneficial to them but can also be detrimental in regards to others. As for Anis and the Ministry of the Arcane, I also enjoyed how that played out. The remaining nobles know what the winning side is, they just want to ensure that they still have a place somewhere on it. You don’t want to help with your own downsizing.

I had a ball reading this book, and think those who enjoyed the anime will as well. It also wraps up nicely as a finale to the series… but don’t worry, there’s more coming.

The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady, Vol. 3

By Piero Karasu and Yuri Kisaragi. Released in Japan as “Tensei Oujo to Tensai Reijou no Mahou Kakumei” by Fujimi Fantasia Bunko. Released in North America by Yen On. Translated by Haydn Trowell.

In my review of the 2nd volume I mentioned that it wrapped up the first arc in the series, to which I can only say: oops. That said, I am absolutely not complaining. This may not be the final book in the series (there’s at least two more out in Japan), but it’s definitely The Payoff. Following directly on from events in the last book, it has tons of conflict, but it’s all character-based and 100% understandable. It gets into worries about isekai/reincarnation journeys that I always love to see in those books, and also delves into the past of this kingdom and why trying to change it in the future is something that’s going to be very hard and yet absolutely necessary. Basically, this book is everything you wanted to see in this series wrapped up. Anisphia has come a long way from the Chaos Gremlin of the first book. (Not to worry, the anime starts next week, and from what I’ve seen, they’re hammering on that aspect.)

After the events of the last book, Algard has been sent off into exile, meaning that there’s only one really obvious candidate in line for the throne: Anisphia. She proceeds to put on a brave face, buckle down, and accept her fate in a way that devastates everyone around her, because they all know her far too well. This includes Euphyllia, who knows her better than anyone and refuses to accept Anisphia giving up her happiness and becoming a shell of her former self. To that end, she goes searching for a way to bypass Anisphia and find another heir to the throne… and finds there is another way, but it would involve a ton of sacrifice of her own. With both Anisphia and Euphyllia playing a weird game of chicken in trying to sacrifice their own love and joy for the sake of each other, who’s going to blink first?

As I mentioned above, my favorite part of the book was the look at Anisphia’s interiority, particularly something that she’s been half in denial about this entire time. She may have abdicated early in her life, but being a Princess is a very important part of her, and a reason that she’s constantly working herself to death. She also finally confesses to Euphyllia that she’s a reincarnation, and talks about her life back in her other world… as well as what that means to her current self. We’ve seen reincarnation isekai (particularly “villainess” titles) have our reincarnated heroine “overwrite” the original personality when they regain their memories, but here we see Anisphia’s horror at the very idea of doing that. And there’s also the fact that she was reincarnated as a royal that needs to use magic to rule but one who can’t use magic. That unfairness drives her, and also nearly breaks her. Spoiler: there’s a lot of crying in this.

But there’s kissing as well, and I was amused at the book dancing around the fact that the obvious solution is joint rule, but that would involve the country acknowledging their relationship, and I don’t think we’re quite there yet. That said, this was the best in the series by far. I don’t know if I want to see it adapted in the anime – if it is, the anime will have been quite rushed – but it’s a must-read for yuri fans.