What is Otome Isekai?
Otome Isekai is a genre in which a (usually) female protagonist is reborn into a otome game, novel, manga, etc.
(basically any piece of media) as the villain or side character. This is usually in a historical-fantasy setting and
will probably lead to romance. The protagonist must use their wits or whatever to avoid doom.
There's other variants of protag goals. Such as creating a happy ending for the main leads or trying
to live a peaceful life. There's also the possiblity that rather than being reincarnated or transmigrated, it's
a time reversal situation instead. With those stories the protag goals tends to lean more towards revenge. The last type of
OI are the ones where the mc is reincarnated or transgressed into the child of a cold, scary,
The family OI's are basically about the mc and father trying to foster a better relationship.
For more info I'd suggest the Otome Isekai subreddit.
This genre almost feels like a guilty pleasure of mine. I got hooked in after watching Hamefura, and now I
can't escape. There's some really good stories in this genre, but to be completely honest most of it falls into
trashy historical romance (half the time I want to murder the male lead). I still love it anyway.
I'll be sorting my reccomendations by the type of mc, since that usually effects the tone
of the story. Also I drop most of these stories half way (because my attention span is horrible) so I don't
think I can speak for how these stories end (which is fine since most of these are still ongoing). Also also
this won't be an extensive list because a lot of these stories blend together and I can't remember half
the stuff I read.
Real Villainess MC (manipulative, cold, etc.)
- The Way To Protect The Female Lead's Older Brother ('Roxana' in official translations)
- Your Throne
- Kill The Villainess
- Untouchable Lady (hasn't yet done anything morally gray(haven't read the light novel) but
has a very emotionless personality)
- My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! (aka Hamefura & Bakarina)
- Fiance's Observation Log of the Self-proclaimed Villainess
- Tearmoon Empire Story
- The Villainess Wants to Marry A Commoner (this one got dropped ._. but I'd still read the chapters that are out)
- Miss-Not-So Sidekick (not as much as a dumbass as the others in this category)
Strong MC (physically or mentally)
- The Villain Discovered My Identity
- This Girl Is A Little Wild (the pain I feel knowing this won't get a second season)
- The Reason Why Raeliana Ended up at the Duke's Mansion
- Death Is The Only Ending For the Villainess
- Let's Hide My Younger Brother First (warning! yandere)
- Stepmother's Marchen
- Beware Of The Vilainess (only read the first season which was really good but I heard the story got worse
as it progresses)
- May I Please Ask You Just One Last Thing?
- I Failed to Abandon the Villain (warning! yandere)
- Golden Haired Elmentalist
Yuri (sorry this list is so sparse I'd check the subreddit for the yuri masterlist)
- I Favor The Villainess
- The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady
- Akuyaku Reijou Desu Ga Hiroin Ni Kouryaku Sarete Masu Wa (Anthology)
- Kenkyo, Kenjitsu o Motto ni Ikite Orimasu (lovable dumbass mc. note- author has been MIA for years)
- Deathbound Duke's Daughter And Seven Noblemen (the world building is sooo good, romance takes a backseat)
- I Reincarnated as a Noble Girl Villainess But Why Did It Turn Out This Way? (don't let the title fool you this one is heavily war and political intrigue focused)
- You've Got The Wrong House, Villain (super hot :3, emotionless mc)
- Since When Were You The Villain? (not many translated chapters out yet, but has a very genre-savvy mc)
- Gomen ne, Onii-sama (tragedy)
- My Fiance is in Love with My Little Sister (tragedy)
- The Noble Girl Who Finds a Nerdy and Plain Guy Moe Thinks That the Arrogant Prince is in the Way
- Villainess Husband, The One You're Obssessed With is Over There (100% do not want her to get with the evil,tyrant,murderer ml but their dynamic is really enjoyable to read.)
- Resetting Lady (twisted personality)
- Winter Rabbit in Wonderland (twisted personality. not sure if I need to trigger warning stuff, but tw:gore)