Cross stitch pattern of the logo for the Light Novel I’m in Love with the Villainess. Download the PDF here: Im In Love With The Villainess Pattern
Grid Size:98W x 42H
Design Area:6.86″ x 2.86″ (96 x 40 stitches)
My Patron, NinjaGoemon, found a sunken cargo ship with a bunch of containers filled with all different kinds of stuffed animals. When she brought them back to the ghost town, everyone was excited to have something so simple and comforting back in their lives, even though most of the ghosts still couldn’t feel them.
It used to be that isekai was generally a feminine thing. A lot of the big in-another-world stories had female protagonists, Alice in Wonderland, Wizard of Oz, Inuyasha, Magic Knights Rayearth. They were all stories that had wide appeal but were made with girls in mind. I’m assuming that it’s because girls were seen as weaker and you could play up the strangeness or scariness of your fantasy world if the protagonist was in over her head.
But nowadays, most isekai shows have male protagonists and the basic structure of the shows has changed from focusing on the strange new world to focusing entirely on how cool the main character is.
That’s why I’m so excited about all these new properties coming out with female leads, Ascendance of a Bookworm, I’m in Love with the Villainess, Owl House, So I’m a Spider So What, Amphibia, and I know that Sleepy Princess isn’t an isekai, but it has all the same hallmarks. I’m excited to see how these shows pan out and how their success will shape the isekai landscape going forward. Maybe we’ll even see more shows like That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime where the main character is clearly gender nonconforming in some way.