Outaishihi ni Nante Naritakunai!! (I Don’t Want to Become Crown Princess!!) is a title of Japanese light novel fantasy, romance and European Renaissance setting. The story emphasis point of view between characters so reader was invited to explore character thought and action rather than story progress.
The main story is around life of Duke’s daughter named Lidiana von Vivouare (18) [Lidia] and her future husband, crown prince, Frederic van de la Wilhelm (21) [Freed]. Lidia’s point of view tells how many trouble she has to experienced ever since she engage to Freed and declared as crown princess and future queen of the kingdom. Meanwhile, Freed’s point of view focus on how much effort he doing in order to capture, flirt and monopolize Lidia as fiance and future marriage partner after he fall in love to her in first sight. Quite charming introduction.
Outaishihi ni Nante Naritakunai!! is write by Tsukigami Saki while Illustration done by Tsutamori En. This was first novel wrote by Tsukigami Saki and quite successful to elevate her name among japanese light novel writer either in Japan and overseas based on some fans and anime reviewer.
Lidia trouble start when her father, Duke and prime minister of the Kingdom, discuss his plan to courtship his daughter to crown prince due his nobility position and his long friendship with the King. She doesn’t like nobility etiquette and heavy responsibility of royal family.
In addition, she strongly oppose polygamy system inside royal family where prince and king have several concubines whether the Consort objected or ignore it. In further story, she becomes first King Consort who introduce one-to-one relationship in royal family in Kingdom history.
Meanwhile, Freed story begin as he boring his casual life and pent up by relationship his associate who use woman or daughter from their family to approach him and do favor to him as he is the Crown prince of the Kingdom.
He casually accept his father, the King, marriage arrangement for him with his close friend daughter, the prime minister’s daughter. He think it as royal obligation and don’t care much about his future partner. Later, he admit regret his idiotic lifestyle all this time and should put more effort to find his destined one.
Freed first encounter with Lidia is at masquerade ball where they don’t know each other yet. Quite romantic. The masquerade ball is event held by lower rank nobility to find potential partner or marriage arrangement for nobles without disclose their identities or rank.
They met, had pleasant chat, flirt each other, retire into private room and had intimate night. On same time, Lidia and Freed have hidden agenda which unknown by each of them. Lidia want to lose her virginity in order to avoid married arrangement with crown prince, while Freed tempted and later fall in love at first sight to mysterious Phantom Princess who in fact Lidia, his fiance.
Lidia disappearance on next morning only result Freed determination to find who she is, capture her, force her to marry him, monopolize her until she subdue to him and fall in love. Lucky Freed remove her masquerade mask while she sleep so he know her face.
Fortunately, Freed’s luck is high as he able to find his mysterious woman and love one in short time although it through some wreck of effort and close call due he spotted her portrait painting at place where he not expected she is Princess Lidiana von Vivouare, daughter of the prime minister, his fiance. He almost annul the arrange married due his ignorance.
As result, Freed quickly paid visit to Lidia’s home, formalize marriage arrangement and block every Lidia’s scheme to avoid becomes his princess. It much annoy Lidia as she resist every Freed attempt to force her become his wife although she finally submit herself to him in later story.
Those description is summary of main plot of Outaishihi ni Nante Naritakunai!!. Reader see many Lidia’s experiences as crown princess and Freed’s fiance. She must endure and solve problems as one prominent figure in the Kingdom next to the current King and Consort, as crown princess.
She has to dealt lower nobility jealousy, particularly noble woman, who want to approach Freed as potential concubine. On other hand, she has to deal with Freed’s friends and foreign prince who interest to her while in current visit to kingdom. Much to increase her burden and get reader sympathy.
Reader is invite to explore fictional royalty life in European Renaissance time where nobility play huge role in society. How a crown prince and princess have to deal with current nobility and their intrigues in light version.
Outaishihi ni Nante Naritakunai!! (I Don’t Want to Become Crown Princess!!) is like different coin face of Koshaku Reijo no Tashinami (The Duke Daughter’s Achievement) novel created by Reia.
In Koshaku Reijo no Tashinami reader saw dark side of nobility struggle for power where main character has to solve it in simultaneous in order to survive and reclaimed position in nobility. The story line is complex and full intrigue between characters. It also introduce confectionery business and entrepreneur system for reader enjoyment. Ideal for reader who looking for heavy story line or plot.
Meanwhile, Outaishihi ni Nante Naritakunai!! has straight toward plot where topic or problem is solve one by one as story progress. The background story describe gray side of nobility life with minor struggle and light intrigue. Suitable for reader who want light reading and romance story.
However, there some potential in Outaishihi ni Nante Naritakunai!! which should develop by writer for better and enrich plot line. Such as, main plot should focus around Freed’s effort for searching Lidia should describe longer so reader can see how far his effort to find her and enjoyment when he finally find and capture her. Similar to Cinderella story.
In addition, Outaishihi ni Nante Naritakunai!! story is slower due it’s writing style use point of view method as result reader always have to read each main character point of view before plot continue. It isn’t suitable for impatient reader who like skip story.
Outaishihi ni Nante Naritakunai!! also has some smut description so it not suitable for minor reader. The novel has been categorize as R18+ in Japan too. It suitable for mature reader who don’t mind smut plot in between story.
Nevertheless, Outaishihi ni Nante Naritakunai!! is good novel for reader who want focus to romance and nobility story without complex intrigue. Reader who like Koshaku Reijo no Tashinami (The Duke Daughter’s Achievement) novel should read Outaishihi ni Nante Naritakunai!! (I Don’t Want to Become Crown Princess!!) novel too.
Lastly, Outaishihi ni Nante Naritakunai!! has already reached it’s fifth volume as this review being write so there a lot of expectation for better plot in the future.
This wonderful novel is being translate by two translation groups named Red Lantern Archives and Jessichi Notebook.