With an anime currently airing, The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady is making a name for itself as it wins the hearts of viewers with protagonist Anisphia’s antics. So what better time than now to return to the source material and find out what Volume 2 has in store for the cast?
As we reunite with Anisphia and Euphyllia, we learn that after defeating the dragon at the end of Volume 1, Anisphia has been cursed. Of course, she’s not going to let that stop her from pursuing her “Magicology” and her dreams of using magic, so she turns to best friend Tilty Claret to help her figure out how to channel the curse into something useful.
Tilty, just like Euphyllia, has been through a lot. Her family disowned her because she couldn’t control her magic and caused a lot of problems as a child, but Anisphia realised this was due to her magic being too powerful and causing her pain to use. Eventually, Anisphia helped her bring it under control and now she helps out with Anisphia’s research as a way of paying back all the support she was given back then.
Naturally, Tilty is just as much a troublemaker as Anisphia and tends to let her ideas run away with her. They’re a bad influence on one another and both Euphyllia and Anisphia’s maid Illia wish they’d be a bit more restrained when it comes to their eccentric experiments but, as we’ve seen in Volume 1, there’s no stopping Anisphia when her mind is set on something.
Despite the fact we spend significant time with Tilty in this book, the real meat of the story lies not with the dragon’s curse but instead in an extension of Volume 1’s storyline about Euphyllia’s ex-fiancé Algard and the woman he dumped her for: Lainie. Having been unable to get to the bottom of the allegations against Euphyllia that claimed she was bullying Lainie, the king decides to call Lainie in for an audience with him, his wife and Anisphia. Although his daughter is a troublemaker, she does have a good sense of when something isn’t right and he knows her input will be valuable (despite any headaches she may cause him).
It doesn’t take long for Anisphia to realise something isn’t right with Lainie and after she takes her aside to investigate, she discovers why her brother Algard has been acting so out of sorts. It should be something easily resolved with time, but unfortunately, there’s plenty of trouble brewing in the background and Anisphia may not have the time she requires to resolve matters peacefully…
Author Piero Karasu states in the afterword to this book that it acts as the conclusion to the first arc. There are still some questions left over, but I can certainly agree that this brings the biggest story beats to an end and looks to move into something different for Volume 3. Piero has once again written a book that balances moving the story along while also giving all of the relevant cast plenty of attention, which is no small feat while keeping the page count contained to 200~ pages.
While Euphyllia takes a bit more of a backseat role for the majority of this book, her fears and concerns about the future that we followed in Volume 1 are still present and developed here. Meeting Tilty makes her uneasy (and jealous) as she realises she doesn’t have to be the one who works as Anisphia’s assistant. Is she even needed at all? What I like about this is that Euphyllia is showing signs of deciding on her future, she’s not simply wallowing in self-pity and that makes her storyline all the more likeable. I want her to find happiness and I’m confident the author will be able to bring it all together even if it’s going to take a little while longer.
The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady Volume 2 comes to the West thanks to Yen Press and continues to be translated by Haydn Trowell. The translation reads well with no issues of note. Volume 3 of the series is already available with #4 set to release in April. As previously mentioned, there is also an anime adaptation airing currently, which is proving to be a wonderful watch so please do check that out if you’re enjoying the light novels.
Overall, The Magical Revolution of the Reincarnated Princess and the Genius Young Lady continues to prove itself an entertaining read. With new additions to the cast and following up on the storyline from Volume 1, there’s a lot to keep readers on the hook here. If nothing else, you’ll enjoy seeing what crazy things Anisphia is getting herself embroiled in.