TappyToon Summary: “17 years after her own reincarnation, Adelaide hears that a dimensional traveler has suddenly arrived at the imperial palace. Just the jolt of excitement my boring life needed, she thought! Attending the debutant ball to meet this new Susanne, Adelaide ends up making a deal with the handsome duke Felix: become his “fake” fiancee so he can keep the gold-digging Susanne away from him! As Felix warms to his companion, can Adelaide win this battle for his heart? Based on the hit novel.”
One of the things I loved about Empress of Another World starting out was how the main character, while smart, was still actively learning about the world around her and improving upon her strategies. As the series progressed, strategies became less known to the audience as they were happening of being brought up and were sort of explained as “we’re so clever, here’s how” after the plan was already completed, but that start of the series, were we see each strategy as it is being built up, is what grabbed me.
Adelaide reminds me of that because, like in Empress of Another World, the title character is actively learning and thinking up strategies that the audience gets to see progress with the stories. When new roadblocks appear, the title character is quick-witted and overcomes them, which we get to see her thinking about before and during the action.
There are other points to note about the series too like our main character was reincarnated here but someone she knew before her reincarnation simply appeared, essentially showing two isekai stories in one–Adelaide’s reincarnation and Susanne’s travel-to-another-world.
Personally, though, I love the way the story makes use of gender expectations and societal pressure as plot elements. You have two men, the Duke and the Crown Prince, who know that Susanne is a scheming gold-digger but can’t get rid of her because of societal pressures, so they bring in a woman who can use the same social pressures that are often played as limits to one’s gender as a tool instead.
One thing I love to look at in this work is the art, which is, despite the picture i choose above, is generally very boldly colored. Example:
The artist uses thick black lines while outlining the characters and pieces of the background, they also you bright, bold, and solid colors when coloring which makes the characters stand out against the often used dull or pale backgrounds. I haven’t found much of a double meaning for this yet, but even if there isn’t one it doesn’t change how pleasing the art is to look at.
In conclusion, I say that this is a 10/10, would recommend! You can read it on TappyToons: Adelaide