Based on the light novels by Tenichi, the manga adaptation of The Most Heretical Last Boss Queen: From Villainess to Savior by Bunko Matsuura is an exciting isekai adventure where the terrible villainess of a fantasy video game becomes a pure-hearted heroine hell bent on preventing tragedy. Not only does she wish to save herself, she wants to protect the other main characters from suffering, and she plans to use all her final boss powers to do it!
Pride Royal Ivy is an eight-year old terror of a princess who’s selfishness and nastiness has caused all her servants to fear her. Then, when she suddenly awakens to the powers that would grant her the right to be named next in line to inherit the throne, she also regains all her memories from her past life where she was an ordinary teenager who loved playing video games. In fact, her current life is identical to that of a character in one of her favorite games – a game where Pride is a despicable villainess who ruins her kingdom and mercilessly torments the heroine and her love interests!
Pride has no intention of following the games original script and behaving like a monster, especially since Pride ends up getting killed in the game. Instead, she’s going to take all of the awesome abilities Pride was destined to use for evil and use them to protect her kingdom and her family!
Just like in similar isekai manga properties – like My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom – our main character’s originally bratty personality is drastically altered when she acquires her memories from her previous life. Thanks to her new perspective and maturity gained from these memories, Pride becomes kind and considerate of those around her, working to use her influence to help people and circumvent any tragedies that she remembers form the game.
Everyone is stunned by the change, but assume that she has gained precognition powers, like her mother possesses, and that this power has granted her wisdom. No one is more shocked by the shift in Pride’s behaviour than Pride’s mother, the Queen. She’d foreseen Pride’s viscous rule and had chosen to hide Pride’s younger sister Tiara’s very existence from her. The Queen also spent very little time with Pride and instead focused on caring for Tiara, the daughter she’d decided was fit to succeed her.
An… interesting parenting choice, to put it mildly. One wonders if such A+ parenting was what had warped Pride’s personality in the first place. At the very least, it feels like it must have been a contributing factor. This questionable decision does serve to make Pride a more compelling character. While she appears to have been cartoonishly evil in the game, I still feel bad for how she’s been treated by her family. I mean, had the Queen never heard of a self-fulfilling prophecy before?!
Whatever her mother might have had planned, Pride has manifested special powers, and that makes her the rightful heir to the throne, secret sister or no secret sister. Luckily for the Queen, Tiara and all of the subjects of their kingdom, Pride has been changed and the frightening future that her mother foresaw has already been averted.
Instead of acting like a tyrant, Pride is kind to her sister, who is a sweet girl and the heroine of the original game. She also tries to help Stale, a boy who is adopted into her family to act as her stewart because of his useful magical abilities. Pride made this boy’s life a living hell in the game, but in this life Pride’s efforts to make him happy quickly earn her his undying devotion. Despite this, Pride never considers that anyone other than Tiara could truly heal his heart, since Stale was one of Tiara’s in-game love interests. This kind of negative thinking causes Pride to have a number of blind spots, despite being normally quite clever and perceptive. The depths of poor Stale’s adoration for her thus goes unnoticed.
Seeing Pride side-step the dark path her game-self walked and forge a new path using her knowledge of the future is a lot of fun. I generally enjoy these kinds of isekai manga precisely because I like seeing the main character use their knowledge to create a happier future for characters who had originally been destined to suffer. What I love about The Most Heretical Last Boss Queen in particular is that Pride is awesome! Since she isn’t just a villainess, but is also a final boss, Pride actually has a bunch of kick-ass powers that she can bust out when needed. Not only does she have knowledge of the future, she can also learn any skill after seeing it preformed once, including things like sword fighting and other combat skills. This might make her a bit over-powered, but it’s undeniably fun to watch a strong character let loose. This is the first ‘reborn as the villainess’ story I’ve read where the main character was actually powerful and I found it really exciting. I’m ready to see Pride get her hands dirty and do some fighting in future volumes!
While undeniable similar to a lot of the ‘reborn as the villainess’ isekai manga that have come before it, The Most Heretical Last Boss Queen’s impressive main character makes this manga stand out from the pack. She’s got smarts and power in spades, plus her kindness can win over just about anyone. I’m looking forward to seeing her save her kingdom, and hopefully discover that she has become someone worthy of love along the way.
Final Score: 8.5 out of 10
For more information on this manga, visit Seven Seas Entertainment’s website.
What did you think of this manga? Has anyone read the original light novels? Let me know in the comments.
Be sure to check out my reviews of some other wonderful isekai manga series featuring heroines who have been reborn as a villainess:
- I’m the Villainess, So I’m Taming the Final Boss (manga) Vol 1 Review
- I Was Reincarnated as the Villainess of an Otome Game but the Boys Love Me Anyway! Vol 1 Review
- The Dark History of the Reincarnated Villainess Vol 1 Review
- My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom (Manga) Vol 1 Review
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