Post by Dorothy J Heydt Post by Quadibloc Post by James Nicoll
I'm in Love with the Villainess, volume 1 By Inori
I wasn't expecting that!
I thought that only heterosexual males were so sex-obsessed as to
let a pretty face lead them to overlook little things like their intended
More than any character in any form of fiction, Rei reminds me of
Pepe Le Pew.
Let's put in perspective. Lady Claire initiates their first contact by
say "How dare a commoner sit beside me! Learn your place." Rei reacts
by telling Claire she loves Claire and inviting her to bully Rei all she
On their second encounter Claire walks up behind Rei and knocks her down
with a shove followed by a sneering apology. She reacts by saying "THat
was wonderful! Despite being surrounded by lackeys you don't hesitate
to get your hands dirty. Your bullying is in a class by itself! I love
Claire reacts by going ahead of Rei and her friend and then waiting to
trip Rei. Rei reacts with more masochistic glee.
Claire switches strategies by stealing Rei's textbook, so Rei chooses to
interpret that as an offer to share Claire's textbook.
Claire tries to mock Rei for not having a phys-ed partner. Rei
interprets that as an offer to be her partner.
She dumps a glass of ice water on Rei. Rei reacts by hugging Claire
saying "please warm me up" and getting Claire's clothes also wet.
Claire put a flower in a vase on Rei's desk and Rei reacts by pressing
the flower as a keepsake. This, oddly is the worst thing Claire did,
because in Japan putting a flower in a vase on a student's desk is
something that Japanese high school students do when one of their
Rei is not Pepe Le Pew because Claire is no innocent cat who had a
mishap with with a pail of pain. They eventually reach a point where
Rei is initiating contacts with Claire but that's after a couple of
weeks of Claire initiating encounters in attempts at petty cruelty even
though she has plenty of opportunity to figure out that she's messing
with crazy. Rei is more like Bugs Bunny in "of course you know this
means war" mode than Pepe Le Pew.
For the audience the appeal there is in seeing a "high school" bully get
foiled again again and the bullying victim triumph over the victimizer.