The otome game reincarnation anime My Next Life As A Villainess: All Routes Lead To Doom! will be continued in a film next year. The announcement came at the tail end of the “Spring Catarina Festival” fan event held on April 3, 2022. Production is already under way, with a release window set in 2023. [Thanks, ANN!]
Based on the light novel series by Satoru Yamaguchi and Nami Hidaka, My Next Life As A Villainess got an anime adaptation that first aired in 2020. A second season followed in 2021.
The series focuses on Catarina Claes, a noble daughter from a magical kingdom. After a head injury, Catarina recalls her past life. She was once a Japanese teenager obsessed with otome games. In fact, the world she was reincarnated into happens to be her favorite otome game. Unfortunately, the in-game version of Catarina Claes happened to be nasty villain character. She who died or went into exile in every possible story route. To avoid her doom, Catarina pledges to live her life as best as she can, upending the plot-ordained relationships and otome game tropes along the way.
A teaser trailer for the My Next Life As A Villainess anime’s film appeared on the official website. It begins with a short recap of Catalina’s adventures, narrated by her inner voices. The action pauses on an image of Catalina. However it is one with a more openly villainous expression, in sharp contrast with the much nicer Catalina seen in the series so far. The screen changes to say that the “Doom Flags” aren’t gone yet, promising more to come in the film.
The My Life As A Villainess anime is available to stream on Crunchyroll and other services. The film will debut in 2023. A game based on the series was released for the Nintendo Switch in Japan on December 23, 2021.