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Modern solutions for a medieval age.
Out of the blue, Iris Lana Armelia suddenly awakens to the memories of her previous life as a Japanese accountant who distracted herself from her lack of love and family by playing otome games. And Iris? She was the villainous rival of an otome game who interfered with the relationship of the young baroness Yuuri and prince Edward. A little too late, it turns out, because she's already in the middle of the downfall scene, cast aside by her own cheating fiancee and brother in front of a large group of nobles. Quickly gathering her wits about her, she courts the sympathy of the surrounding crowd by expressing her shock at the prince's adultery and retreats with as much dignity and grace as possible.
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She then travels to see her father, the prime minister Duke Armelia. While at first he is inclined to send her to a monastery for the rest of her life, her quick appraisal of the situation that brought her here and her clear intelligence changes his mind. Instead, he “punishes” her by sending her into “exile” in the family manor in Armelia. It'd be a shame to put her abilities to waste, though, wouldn't it? While she's there she can act as the fief lord.

While she's there, she can put her old life's abilities to good use. Tax reform. Luxury items. Social programs. Anything it takes to bring power and prestige to house Armelia. But even as she establishes a new company, Yuuri and Edward's group don't seem inclined to just let her retire and keep to herself.


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Koushaku Reijou no Tashinami includes examples of:

  • The Ace: Iris is beautiful, intelligent, an excellent manager and a keen eyed businesswoman.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The manga adds a fair number of small scenes to help progress the character relationships a little more obviously. For example, Berne telling Yuuri that she was a waste of his time wasn't in the LN but was added to show him coming to his senses. Dean finding an error that even Iris missed in the documents also shows that he's the only person she's ever met that can stand as an equal to her and her drunken confession that she can't open up to or trust people was only underlying subtext for most of the story.
  • Anchored Ship: The only serious ship in the series is Dean and Iris, but progress is very slow because of issues on both their parts.
    • Dean doesn't want a relationship with Iris despite loving her because she'll make his judgment worse if he's always thinking about her. He also thinks that what's most beautiful about her is her passion and hard work, which he feels she couldn't express if she was married and had to worry about family issues.
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    • Iris realizes how she feels later than Dean does, but quietly bottles up her feelings and buries them deep down due to the trauma Edward inflicted on her.
    • Then Berne associates himself very strongly with Alfred's camp, which means it's politically near impossible for Iris to do the same and maintain the house's independence.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: Ed and Berne. Berne grows out of it, Ed… not so much.
  • Arranged Marriage: Iris fell in love with Edward when they were children because he was nice to her and worked to get her father to arrange a marriage between them. He wasn't really into her, though, and ended up ditching her for Yuuri. Looking back, she realizes that he never gave her an engagement present, never went on a date with her, nothing. In the present, other people consider Edward a fool for breaking off the engagement for love.
  • Bastard Bastard: Yuuri, the bastard daughter of a low ranking noble, is strongly implied to be intentionally destabilizing the kingdom.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Except for Earl Monroe all of the games nobles and royals range from cute to gorgeous, including some of the older characters. It's lampshaded when Iris comments she is sorrounded by hot people so often she barely notices beauty anymore.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Most of Iris’ staff are so devoted to her because she saved them from a life of poverty.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Iris' mother is a kind and intelligent woman who will nonetheless politically destroy anyone who opposes her family or hurts her children.
  • Big, Screwed-Up Family: The Royal Family is a mess. There's a sucession crisis, the current Queen killed the previous one and is trying to kill her stepchildren, the older prince is a Broken Bird with trust issues after losing his mother and him and his sister being failed by their dad, the younger prince is a Royal Brat disliked by his half siblings and the King is too weak willed to do anything about any of this. And this was before Edward got engaged to a girl who is a moron at best and a Gold Digger at worst with increasing hints suggesting she is a spy.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Iris' mother does not trust Yuuri because she can't read her and considers her an idle flatterer. When we finally see her, it's clear that she's encouraging the nobility to be dangerously wasteful.
  • Black Sheep: While he would if anything consider himself the opposite, Berne is initially alienated from his family after turning on his sister at a moment of great crisis to side with what is at best some shallow and foolish girl who is becoming increasingly dangerous to the country. She didn't even love him. Later, he sees how much his family and sister in particular do for the country and realizes Yuuri was never worth his time, cutting ties with her.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Iris was not an accomplished student, which helped fuel Berne's ego. However, this was mostly due to a lack of effort or interest, which is in large part due to her infatuation with Edward. Once she's kicked out of school she quickly makes a name for herself.
  • Broken Ace: Iris is an excellent administrator, adept politician and incredibly wealthy businesswoman by the time she's eighteen, but only because she works herself to the bone to distract herself from her sorrows.
  • Broken Bird: Iris doesn't fully open up to anyone because she's still deeply hurt by Edward's betrayal. She also throws herself into her work without rest as what is strongly implied to be a distraction from her heartbreak.
  • Cain and Abel
    • Iris is hard working, dedicated and responsible while Berne is wasteful, hot tempered and arrogant. However, Berne comes to his senses upon realizing that his academy days don't matter in the real world at all. His group's "policies" are also only for self satisfaction: They don't care about the people like Iris does.
    • Alfred is a bit shady, but he's intelligent, creative, honest and working for the people. Edward is increasingly unstable, petty and vengeful. Unlike Berne, Edward never comes to his senses before attempting a coup.
  • Cast Full of Pretty Boys: While none of them are portrayed as suitors, Iris is constantly surrounded by hot young guys like Dida and Dean.
  • Celibate Hero: Well, Heroine: Early on, it's indicated that having her engagement broken off and being at least publicly shamed in high society has cut off Iris' chances of marriage. However, after becoming independently wealthy, gorgeous and having a ducal house to back her up this becomes very downplayed with several nobles wishing their family was of high enough status to be able to court her. However, Iris herself is still too emotionally scarred and pursues work singlemindedly. Her friend getting stuck in an arranged marriage (which is eventually called off thanks to Iris) makes her feel forced into accepting a proposal from a foreign prince, even though she'd surely be miserable with him. The only person who could change her mind is Alfred, but political issues get in the way.
  • Character Development: After comparing Yuuri and his sister, Berne realizes what a foolish waste the former is and eventually distances himself from her to become more responsible.
  • The Church: The religious authority in Tasmenia is the Church of Daryl. It's very similar to Catholicism, except that priests are allowed to have families and the Pope Position is hereditary. The latter has changed after the current Pope and other higher ranking priests were charged with stealing funds from the church.
    • Corrupt Church: Because the Church of Daryl doesn't answer to any authority, there's a lot of unchecked corruption in it. The Daryl faith's pope and cardinals, over time, have become little more than corrupt nobles, though they technically lack titles. Their attempts to bring down Iris trying to cover up one of their transactions involving a church in her territory backfires horribly in their face when their corruption is exposed, bringing the church down into chaos and setting off a reformation.
  • Cool Old Lady: The queen dowager Arya is a talented and intelligent woman who is thrilled to see her grandson getting along well with Iris.
  • The Corrupter: Yuuri is turning the people around her into short tempered, wasteful idiots. While it's easy to dismiss it as mere stupidity, it's implied that she's doing it on purpose.
  • Cute Bookworm: Rehme, one of Iris' servants, is brought along with her when she heads back to the family fiefdom because of her great knowledge. She's a rather cute girl, in a nerdy sort of way.
  • Deliberate Values Dissonance: The social hierarchy is rigidly recognized and enforced, even by Iris. Marrying for love among the nobility is also considered as something rather foolish, though it's recognized that getting in the way of a Perfectly Arranged Marriage is a terrible idea. When Yuuri and Edward begin going against these norms they bring shame on themselves even if what they're saying sounds reasonable from a modern perspective if you don't pay too much attention to the context. However, in context, it's pretty clear that Edward is only saying this out of self-interest rather than any genuinely altruistic motivations and his hypocrisy becomes obvious as soon as he runs out of good arguments and falls back on being the prince.
  • Easily Forgiven
    • When Berne first apologizes to Iris for turning on her to stand with Yuuri, she easily and casually accepts it. However, he doesn't stop there and makes a long, heartfelt apology and she admits that while she'll accept his apology, she hasn't really forgiven him yet.
    • Subverted with Van. She eventually begins working with him and her servants think this means forgiveness, but she's just using him as a tool and not a particularly trustworthy one at that. After all, he doesn't seem to have learned a thing or even apologized like Berne. And true enough, he turns out to be treacherous, but since she's been keeping an eye on him the whole time the plan fails miserably and he gets sentenced to death for treason.
  • Et Tu, Brute?: Divan turning on Yuuri and abandoning her to her fate is the last straw for her sanity because she just can't accept that the one person she truly trusted turned on her.
  • Face of a Thug: Duke Armelia has a sharp villain's face and mannerisms, but he's actually a caring father and honorable politician.
  • Face Palm: When Berne new from his Heel Realization hears Edward and Yuuri discuss inviting the head to Azuta to the castle, he can be seen in the background covering his face with his hand. It's clear that he's realizing that as stupid as they are for not realizing Iris is the head of Azuta that he's just as bad for having to be told himself.
  • Family Versus Career: Played with. There's a running theme of the inability of some characters to balance work and relationships, but the story indicates that you should probably try for both. If you can't, career is considered the better choice because love blinds you and can destroy you.
  • Faux Action Girl: The Royal Guards are the only military group that allow women in its ranks, but according to Mellice the female knights are this trope, for they are not expected to really fight.
  • Feminist Fantasy: The protagonist lives in a patriarchal society but after her father acknowledges her talent she becomes an excellent (albeit temporal) fief lord. Later on Letitia tells Alfred that a system where half of the population is ignored is an unfair system. In the same conversation, Bern asks for his sister to become the permanent heir to their family instead of marrying to a foreigner prince, arguing that if she was a man there's no way the kingdom wouldn't cling to her talent.
  • Fiery Redhead: Edward was always a little quick tempered, but Yuuri's presence has made him increasingly unstable.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: After Edward breaking off his engagement to her, Iris draws a line in how much she's willing to open up to other people, which she becomes consciously aware of when she starts falling for Dean. She's actually at least as hurt by Berne siding with Yuuri and it takes him some doing to get her to admit how hurt she was because she trusts him so little.
  • Giving Radio to the Romans: Downplayed. Iris doesn't know enough about modern technology to pass anything useful along there, but she does know how to make some simple luxury items like chocolate and the basics behind silk and cosmetics, none of which are available in Armelia or the kingdom as a whole. Coupled with modern financial, educational, accounting and administrative policies, she quickly causes an economic boom in her fief. She has to give up on some of her ideas such as a sales tax, though, because there just isn't a good way to implement them this far ahead of when they'd normally be developed.
  • Good Feels Good: Iris enriches her fief because she enjoys bringing prosperity to her people. Edward's group believes they're doing this, but their almsgiving is merely a token gesture that doesn't really help anyone. It merely improves their reputation and lets them feel better about themselves.
  • Good Is Not Soft: Iris is a genuine altruist who feels joy when improving the lives of everyone around her and just wants to be left in peace, but she will destroy those who threaten her, her family, her fief or her people. To her surprise, she doesn't even feel bad about sentencing Van to death, despite him having been an acquaintance of hers.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: Iris' business grows in part because of increasing the practically and beauty of the nobility's dresses. Her introduction of silk in particular is wildly popular.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Yuuri hates Iris far more than the latter ever disliked her, especially in the present where Iris wonders what she ever saw in Edward to begin with. Yuuri can't stand her having been born to such privilege and always keeping her perfect aristocratic calm.
  • Heel–Face Turn
    • Berne quickly cuts ties with Edward's group when he realizes what effect they've been having on him. He gives a sincere, lengthy apology to Iris which she accepts, though she says she hasn't actually forgiven him yet.
    • Dorsen is next, but is more resistant because the idea that he may have socially destroyed a really kind and talented young woman for terrible reasons horrifies him. He gets there eventually but recognizes that Iris is under no obligation to even receive his apology let alone accept it, so he merely goes on a journey of self improvement to learn to control his temper better.
  • Heel Realization
    • When Berne sees how hardworking and accomplished Iris is and how idle and foolish his friends and Yuuri are, he recognizes how stupid he's been for the past two years and instantly starts passing information about Edward's movements to his family. He later also recognizes what a dick he was to his sister and apologizes not just for causing social turmoil by turning against his family, but for hurting her so thoughtlessly.
    • Unlike Berne, even after Dorsen realizes he was a jerk to Iris he struggles to avoid admitting that he was actually the bad guy. Like maybe he overreacted and caused her some problems, but she was still the bad guy, right? So if he apologizes, everything will be fine and he can get back to his life. However, the emptiness of such a gesture is pointed out to him by others when Iris refuses to see him, so he gets desperate and travels to her fief, only to get more indicators that she's actually a really good person and he screwed up badly.
  • Heir Club for Men
    • Iris is put in charging of managing the ducal fiefdom and does such a fantastic job that her family is seriously considering just skipping Berne for succession entirely. He was first in line despite being her younger brother, but her sheer talent and effort compared to his wasting his time really shows the difference between them. However, in the end despite being significantly more capable than him it's indicated that she'll be ultimately sidelined, most likely due to her gender.
    • Played straight with Arya. Her older brother the crown prince died before succeeding the throne, putting her first in line. However, a female monarch was unprecedented, so she quickly made to marry a duke who became the king rather than a prince consort. That being said, she was still probably the more powerful of the two and keeps herself involved in the state of affairs.
  • Heroic Neutral: Iris has no real intention of getting in Edward's way and her family is very firmly neutral. However, Edward (and implicitly Yuuri) consider her an enemy and keep trying to bring her down. When she retaliates and neutralizes the threat, she goes back to minding her own business governing her territory.
    • The Duchy of Almeria is the same at large. Like Iris, her family and their vassals have remained studiously neutral in the succession battle. At least until Edward's faction does its level best to antagonise them by constantly attacking Iris, usually through threats towards their Duchy. This makes the entire duchy resent Edward's faction.
  • The High Queen: The Dowager Queen is this to a T, as apparently was the late Queen Shallya.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard
    • The Daryl church's attempts to excommunicate Iris on behalf of Edward's faction backfires splendidly resulting in the impeachment and imprisonment of the pope for embezzlement and selling of church property because Iris is able to secure the evidence and testimony of these backdoor dealings, dividing the organization and preparing it to serve as her ally in the future as a friendly and more ethical priest starts gaining power as a result.
    • Following that, Van attempts to weasel into Iris' good graces so he can betray her so that Yuuri will hang out with him again. Yes, really. However, Iris saw this totally obvious move coming, prepared accordingly and executed him afterward for treason.
  • Honey Trap: Yuuri entered the academy and seduced four of the most powerful young men in the country. They all consider her pure and perfect and wonderful, completely missing that there's something a little... off... about her. Outside observers consider this particularly alarming because nobles should have been raised to resist people doing exactly this and yet she's grown in power nonetheless. Berne and after a long while Dorsan wise up. Edward and Van...not so much.
  • Humble Pie: Berne's character type is the talented but overconfident nobleman. When seeing that his sister's efforts put him to shame he reexamines his life and realizes he's just a wasteful young teenager. It's made even worse by how stunningly ignorant he is about his own family's operations: He didn't even know that his sister was managing the fiefdom, the Azura conglomerate and the local bank system. Which she invented.
  • Hypocrite: Edward talks big about the need to tear down the abuse of status and unequal social status, but is always the first to fall back on his authority as a prince to try to win arguments or get his way.
  • Idle Rich: Edward, the second prince, has a faction full of old money families that just indulge themselves rather than work on actual governance. Berne is shocked to come home to see his sister being an extraordinary manager that's far more competent than himself.
  • Improbable Age: Iris becomes the fief lord proxy at age sixteen and starts up a corporation within months of that, becoming one of the most important people in the country within two years. She gets this far mostly because she has a lenient but extremely influential family name to back her claims, an education and work experience far beyond her apparent age and works herself half to death on all her various projects. Even so, it's rather unlikely that someone her age could become so influential so fast.
  • Informed Attribute: Iris is said to be a little chubby at the start of the story, which is part of why Berne doesn't recognize her the next time they meet. But it absolutely does not show.
  • The Ingenue: Deconstructed. Setting aside Yuuri's implied manipulations for a moment, the very qualities that make her appealing to Berne and Edward make her totally unsuitable to be a queen. Berne compares her to a dream once he's wised up: She's relaxing and fulfilling, but also basically devoid of any substance. Her bubbly personality is considered a liability as she commits one faux pas after another and brings out the worst in her otherwise admirable suitors.
  • Instant Expert: Iris is running the largest corporation in the country before she'd be considered a legal adult in Japan. She lampshades that a young girl shouldn't be expected to be as successful as her, but there are some justifications. One, she's running a new business model based on other successful businesses that just haven't been developed in Tasmeria yet. Two, she's extremely well connected. Three, she sells products that don't have any direct competition, giving her at least brief monopolies.
  • Insult Backfire: Berne tells Yuuri that she's like a dream, which she takes as a compliment until he clarifies that he means she needs to live in actual reality for a change.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: Berne stays at Yuuri's side even after she becomes engaged to the prince because he wants to watch over her. However, after gaining some perspective, he realizes that she was never worth his time in the first place.
  • Jerkass Realization
    • After seeing how hard his sister and family are working and how wasteful and useless his friends are in actually aiding the kingdom, Berne realizes that he should never have turned against the Armelia house to side with the second prince, beginning to work as something like a mole for them afterward by continuing to move with Edward but secretly passing information to his family. He later owns up to his mistake in siding with them in the first place and apologizes to Iris for turning on her when she needed him most. She accepts the apology, but says she can't forgive him yet.
    • Dorsen is the second to recognize his mistake, finally realizing that he basically ruined the life of a girl who had a completely legitimate grievance with absolutely no substantial evidence that she did anything to begin with, never having spoken to her and seeing that at the very least she's a talented woman able to command the complete loyalty of some of the finest soldiers Dorsen has ever seen. He's slower to admit to himself that she might well have been in the right the whole time and is actually a good person.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Iris' father seems like a scheming politician who only spares her banishment because of her newfound understanding of her value as a noblewoman, but afterward when discussing things with his wife it's revealed that she wasn't actually right. Instead, he just wants to give her a chance to make something of herself now that she seems more intelligent than he thought. Before, he just wanted to keep her safe and keep his family out of the situation altogether.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Divan knows when to cut loose people who can't do him good anymore which includes Yuuri herself once Edward's coup fails.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Mostly for servants and lower class characters. The nobles wear different outfits regularly unless they wear uniform.
  • Locked Away in a Monastery: Iris is almost banished to a monastery at the start of the story for transgressions against the prince and his new girlfriend, but she manages to get out of it by way of a rather cold political analysis of the situation and manages to end up as the temporary fief lord to her family instead.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Iris brought Tanya into the family manor because she was isolated and wanted someone to talk to.
  • Love Epiphany: After growing ship tease and desire to trust Dean but being unable to open up, Iris finally realizes she loves him... and promptly decides to never act on her feelings and bury them deep away.
  • Love Is a Weakness: The story considers love to be something that will surely make you happy, at least in the short term, but is also likely to leave you unbalanced and cause poor decision making. Iris did poorly in school and failed to notice how dangerous Yuuri was, causing her expulsion. Edward goes from a well meaning prince to someone edging ever closer to The Caligula. The king was so brokenhearted by the queen's death that he just gave up on life. Dean refuses to pursue Iris in part because he thinks what he loves most about her would be hurt by tying her down but also in part because she causes him to soften up when he feels he needs to be harsh.
  • Love Makes You Stupid
    • Iris' love for Edward blinded her to how much he had changed and caused her to fall into a really obvious trap set by other nobles who made her take the fall for their bullying.
    • Edward is head over heels for Yuuri, which is causing him to make dangerously shortsighted policy changes as he yearns to please her. Berne was having the same problem until he realized how complicated the actual task of governance is and how much effort it truly requires compared to the shallow life he's been living. Van is probably one of the worse offenders next to Edward as he goes as far to (unsuccessfully) commit treason against Iris in hopes of gaining back Yuri's favor, which only leads him to being executed.
  • Love Ruins the Realm: Apparently a hobby of the Tasmerian royal family.
    • The king married a woman who was quite low in the peerage. This caused quite a lot of problems for him and weakened royal authority for quite some time. The queen bears him two children before her untimely death
    • Then the king remarries, choosing his favourite concubine. Who had just assassinated the Queen. This means his children by the queen had to hide out in the Queen Dowager's palace until they came of age. This sets up a succession battle in the future between the children of the previous queen and the current queen.
    • Twil inserts a Honey Trap into the Royal palace but she abandons her mission due to love. One generation later, her daughter seduces the Second Prince and his entourage (the future Duke of Armelia, the future Pope and the future Knight Commander) leading them to disastrous policies that would have spelt the end of Tasmeria. As it stands it weakens the country terribly.
    • Prince Edward openly scorns his fiancee from a ducal house for a girl born from a baron's family. It is the problem with his father all over again.
    • By choosing a vacuous fiancee of low birth instead of an eminently capable woman from high nobility, Edward made his quest to become king much, much harder than it really needs to be since it makes everyone question his judgement.
  • Mama Bear: Mellice makes clear that she has Iris' back regarding her situation with Ed. She even says that if Berne (who supported Ed's humiliation of Iris) wasn't her son, she would destroy him.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Yuuri is really not that important, at least on an international politics scale. No, the one behind her is the mysterious Divan, an agent of the hostile power on the northern border.
  • The Matchmaker: Leticia and Tanya both support Iris and Dean marrying and “subtly” set them up on a date together.
  • Necessary Weasel: The isekai reincarnation plot is very common, especially when it comes to josei series and becoming the otome villain. However, once the story establishes that this is the main character, it's forgotten about 99% of the time because the unnamed accountant completely identifies as Iris and doesn't even have her old self's values. The only thing she really brings with her are some accounting abilities, knowledge of modern social programs and the memory of things like chocolate and hair conditioner.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Dean falls for Iris not because she's beautiful, but in part because she's utterly brilliant with her innovative business and social policies.
  • Ninja Maid: Tanya isn't just Iris' personal attendant, but also a guard with some serious assassination skills.
  • No Doubt the Years Have Changed Me: Pulled accidentally. Berne spends several minutes arguing loudly with his mother while his sister sits next to her. His mother dismisses him rather contemptuously by comparing him to his sister, so he bursts out that he wants to see her immediately. She's shocked to realize that he apparently doesn't even remember what his sister looks like. As she begins showing him what she actually does in the fief he mumbles that she used to be fatter, which she ignores.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: In the manga, Yuuri is clearly drawn in a different style than the other characters. While most of the cast is drawn in the more serious josei style, Yuuri is drawn in the shoujo style. This causes her to look subtly off because she doesn't blend in with everyone else and ends up looking creepy and artificial.
  • Not so Fast, Bucko!: After Edward's faction is finally defeated, the story starts gearing up for a war arc focusing on the hostile northern neighbor Towair.
  • Paper Tiger: After the massive flooding causes crippling damage to the country's infrastructure and agriculture, Edward's faction begins extorting Armelia for relief funds. When she finally gets sick of putting up with them, they make it clear they intend to declare war on her. However, by this point, despite seeming to be the more powerful prince and having the queen's backing, they have no military power left while Iris' extended family controls two of the three most powerful military forces in the country. The third belongs to crown prince Alfred, meaning Edward has no military strength at all.
  • Past-Life Memories: Iris regains her past life’s memories right in time to avoid her bad ending. She is the same person, though the memories give her useful knowledge and a new perspective.
  • Persona Non Grata: Berne comes very close at the beginning of the story. After turning on his sister he is only barely tolerated at home. All the servants hate him and want him gone while his mother makes it clear that she considered publicly disowning him.
  • Professional Butt-Kisser: Yuuri makes a name for herself and gets into high society by being skilled at flattery. Not only do men grow attached to her, but they also tend to become incredibly arrogant and full of themselves.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: The otome game that the Accountant was reborn as Iris into ran on this. It was regarded as a just and good thing that Iris was punished for bullying Yuuri because Yuuri is the protagonist. Reality Ensues when it is no longer a game; Yuuri had just poached the Second Prince from his fiancee. As such Iris not only had a right to be wrathful but it would have justifiably broken any nascent alliance between House Armelia and the Second Prince's faction. Up to that point with Berne in his retinue and Iris as his fiancee, such backing was nearly assured in the long term.
  • The Proud Elite: In a story so focused in nobility it was to be expected.
  • The Purge: After Alfred assumes the throne he eliminates the allies of his former rival, executing some and exiling others to monasteries or throwing them into prisons.
  • Quantity vs. Quality: The Prince Edward faction and the Prince Alfred faction respectively.
    • Prince Edward's faction is very large, encompassing a slim majority of Tasmeria's nobles. However they tend to be corrupt old money families or nobles seeking a weak and pliable ruler to manipulate.
    • Prince Alfred's faction is about half that size but include many self-made men who were ennobled due to merit and various powerful families who have long held the levers of power through monopolization of key positions in the king's Ministries. To whit the Minister of Finance is a strong supporter of Alfred.
  • Reality Ensues: The series is pretty much all about how otome game logic would destroy a kingdom, or at least seems to like going out of its way to point it out.
    • The king had one wife who died some time ago after producing an heir as well as a concubine who produced a second potential heir. He loved his wife more, but since her family had lower standing it created some political turmoil. This was not addressed in the game, but in the world Iris now finds herself in it's left a very precarious situation.
    • Yuuri, the game's heroine, is basically engaged to the prince of the kingdom. However, she's a very low level noble, which causes some political issues even among Edward's own family.
    • The high lifestyle that Edward's circle lives in is detrimental to the well-being of the country, which is already in much more dire straits than it appears. His gifts to Yuuri are also expensive and wasteful, leading to frustration among the nobility that actually cares about the country rather than lining their own pockets.
    • In the game, Iris was banished to a monastery after harassing the heroine. In real life, her family's status is so much higher that the incident would have been quashed entirely if not for a couple inconvenient factors and still isn't a big deal politically speaking. While she does almost get sent to the church, this turns out to have been for entirely unrelated reasons from the start: Her father just wanted her sheltered away from dangerous politics that she seemingly couldn't handle.
    • Right at the beginning of the story, Edward tries to force an apology from Iris. Not only is he the one that really needs to apologize for cheating on his fiancee, the idea of a duke's family publicly apologizing to a baron's would be politically disastrous and have consequences far beyond either of their families.
    • After Edward casts Iris aside, most people consider Iris to be the more sympathetic party after her fiance first cheated and then abandoned her. While this is a blow against Iris, she recovers splendidly thanks to her efforts and people begin to consider Edward foolish for turning against her in the first place: She's beautiful, talented, wealthy, has the highest non royal station in the country and is on good terms with the queen dowager.
    • Edward's choice of Yuuri over Iris makes his ascension to the throne significantly more difficult not only due to her apparent stupidity, not only because of her low status and not only because of her questionable relative worth compared to Iris, but also because it drives a massive wedge between his faction and the prime minister, who up to this point had wanted nothing to do with the upcoming succession crisis.
    • The bulk of Edward's supporters for the throne are totally aware that he would make a poor king. They support him because he is extremely easy to manipulate towards their own interests.
    • Near the end, Edward tries to assume the throne after the death of the king and massive flooding. He tries to milk the Armelia duchy for disaster relief because he hadn't prepared for it like they had and threatens war when they reach their limits of assistance. However, it's an empty threat because of the three most powerful military powers in the kingdom, the Armelia family controls one, the allied Anderson family commands and mostly makes up the second and the third is loyal to the royal family who, funny story, have Alfred as their head because he's still the crown prince, no matter how loudly Edward says he's king now.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica
    • Invoked. Iris is almost forced to become a nun at the start of the story, but her clever presentation of the situation that got her in trouble and explanation for why it's not really a big problem anyway impresses her pragmatic father. To punish her, he sends her into 'confinement' at their ducal fief where oh yeah he can't really keep an eye on her to make sure she's being chastised and, you know, it'd be kind of a waste to have her do nothing, so why not make her acting fief lord?
    • After Edward's unsuccessful coup attempt, many of his allies are executed and their heirs sent to monasteries and other forms of social exclusion.
  • Redemption Rejection: Iris has absolutely no reason to accept Van's offer an alliance given that she has a good reason to have a grudge against him and what he offers doesn't really do anything for her fief. However, she decides to give him a chance after all, though her reaction makes it clear that she's just giving him enough rope to hang himself with and doesn't trust him in the slightest. Sure enough, he turns out to be The Mole, so Iris easily foils his plan and has him executed for treason. After all, he's no longer anything approaching nobility and conspired the downfall of the lady ruling the realm he had willingly entered and joined.
  • Reincarnation: Iris is the reincarnation of a japanese accountant. To make things more complicated, her new life is a dating sim she played in her previous one.
  • Rejected Apology
    • When Bern apologizes to Iris, she doesn't really respond much at first. He presses her on it to make her aware of his sincerity and she eventually accepts it, but says she can't forgive him yet.
    • When Dorsen starts to realize what he truly did to Iris, he starts making plans to give a halfhearted apology so he can feel better without admitting he was wrong. Before he can even get to her (and be rejected) her guards refuse to let him near her. When they do finally speak, before even apologizing he recognizes that she won't accept an apology and he doesn't really have the right to give one, so he leaves peacefully and goes on a journey of self improvement so that he can actually live up to his ideals and never do something like that again.
  • Sarcastic Devotee: According to the manga, Dida is intentionally rude to Iris not because he's less loyal or loves her less than the rest, but to balance them out.
  • The Scapegoat: The details are unclear, but it's indicated that what Iris did to Yuuri was very small in scope and involved at worst spreading rumors. However, the other nobles that were actually harassing Yuuri had made her something of a figurehead for the group, so she finds herself taking the fall for them. Being manipulated so easily is actually more the real reason her father almost sent her to the church rather than being expelled because it showed she couldn't hold herself up politically.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Dorsen knows he lacks the right to even apologize to Iris, but has come to see Edward and Yuuri for what they are, at least in respect to how badly they influence his own behavior. So he simply cuts ties with them and leaves to work on self improvement so that he can feel worthy of the knighthood he is resigning.
  • Shipper on Deck: Arya keeps trying to push Iris and her grandson together.
  • Ship Tease: Dean is not only constantly giving shipping material with Iris, he's one of the few people she can open up to at all and the only male her age with any explicit romantic interest in her. It's even noted that as the prince of the kingdom he's likely the only person she could marry that would go unquestioned despite her former engagement.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Mellice is exactly what one would expect of an aristocratic lady. She also won't hesitate to destroy verbally and socially anyone who crosses her or mess with her family.
  • Silver Fox: Gazelle is still super fit and tough and has numerous fangirls at a ball thrown for the kingdom's founding anniversary.
  • Skilled, but Naïve: Iris is brilliant and has an aristocrat's upbringing and knowledge of society, but she's not really good with political schemers due to a lack of actual experience. When she toughens up and gets more savvy her servants find her a little scary. She also ends up doing too well at one point and attracting unwanted political attention.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Averted. It's noted that it's unusual for female aristocrats to be working at all, let alone how hard Iris does. However, no one ever indicates that she should stop. At most, people get worried about her health considering how little she sleeps or relaxes.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The Duchy of Almeria is large, powerful, rich and strategically positioned. The Duke of Almeria is the Prime Minister, the Duchess is the daughter of the kingdom's greatest general (who is effectively head of the army) and Iris (the de facto feudal lord) runs one of the largest companies in the kingdom which makes the Ducal House independent of tax revenue. In a Succession Crisis, they could easily be kingmakers. Edward's faction constantly attacks them, despite their neutral stance, because of his personal antipathy for Iris. Little wonder that they are eventually driven to the opposing camp.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Played with. After the Katabelia family resigns as the head of the royal knight order a new leader is appointed by the queen. While his only appearance is largely inoffensive due to brevity, he comes across as incompetent and somewhat entitled. The knights refused to accept him as a result resulting in them essentially defecting to Alfred's faction.
    • Tried by Prince Edward who simply declares himself the new monarch upon the king's death. Not only is this in contravention of the kingdom's laws but it also sets up a confrontation with a noble whose fief has been supplying 40% of the entire kingdom's food supply. When Edward fails to answer the noble's queries with anything more than "I'm king now, you do as I say", he threatens the noble with the army if the noble does not fall in line. The noble who supplies 40% of the kingdom with food. Even if the king had enough provisions and money to move the army without that noble's support, the fighting would most likely ruin the harvest dooming the kingdom to mass starvation.
  • Uncanny Valley Girl: Yuuri disturbs people like Iris' mother who don't fall for her flattery because they realize they can't read her at all. The manga, in keeping with this, makes her subtly off by drawing her in a more shoujo style with big sparkly eyes than the manga's normal josei style.
  • Unintentionally Sympathetic: In-Universe, there's no indication that the world of the game was anywhere near as complex as the story is in reality, indicating that the player was supposed to be pleased when Iris was imprisoned in a monastery. However, the protagonist before becoming her thought 'Wait, isn't that kind of excessive? She's just a kid who said some mean stuff in high school because her fiancee cheated on her and then publicly humiliated her.' When the protagonist becomes Iris and the world is shown to be real, the expulsion scene and the consequences have some notable differences. Most obviously is that most of the onlookers are sympathetic to her when she's driven out.
  • Unwitting Pawn
    • Berne, Dorsen, Van and Edward are all being manipulated by Yuuri as she leads them on, though her single POV chapter does imply that she genuinely loves Edward at least a little. Berne realizes that she and Edward are bad influences on him and draws away while Dorsen slowly starts to dwell on how his feelings for Yuuri made him treat a girl that he simply assumed was a villain but, oops, she's actually a really good person and had every right to be angry with Yuuri.
    • Yuuri is implied to be one herself. Iris and her allies speculate she's just one more pawn of the Towair government and not a particularly valuable one at that. Her single POV chapter strongly implies that she genuinely loves Edward even though she's intentionally manipulating him and wasn't comfortable with abandoning Van.
  • Upper-Class Twit: After seeing how angry his household is at him and how accomplished his sister is, when Berne goes back to school he's increasingly horrified at how stupid all his friends are. For instance, Edward considers inviting the head of the Azura conglomerate to the castle, completely unaware that she's his snubbed ex fiance. This level of ignorance is bad enough, but made worse by the fact that he at least knows that the company headquarters are in the Armelia fiefdom, meaning anyone important there surely hates him and his fiancee.
  • Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Edward used to be a nice kid, but he's grown so foolish and arrogant that Iris can't help feeling contemptuous of who he is now and the drivel he spews.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When the plan to bring down the Armelia house fails by using Van and Dorsen to try associating them with organized crime, Yuuri starts slipping and dropping her mask around certain people, including Iris. Dida and Lyle rejecting her offers to join them hits especially hard given their talent and her personal interest in Lyle, who she feels is similar to herself. She loses it completely when Alfred seizes the throne not long after and she's abandoned by Divan.
  • What Does She See in Him?
    • Played with. After Iris is cast out but before she's even gone so far as to actually leave the academy, she wonders to herself how she could have loved someone as vitriolic and selfish as Edward. The more time passes, the more it baffles and possibly even shames her.
    • When people look from Yuuri to Iris and back they're baffled at how Edward could have let someone as amazing as Iris get away. She's at least as attractive as Yuuri, smarter, richer, more popular and has a better pedigree. Yuuri doesn't really offer much of anything except being cute and a flatterer and while she isn't as dumb as she looks, she definitely looks quite dim.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Awesome?: The most impressive things Iris has to offer the world are chocolate and double entry accounting. People are damn near drooling at both.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Yuuri's suitors seem to go through these one by one.
    • Iris' family makes it clear they are pissed with her brother Berne after he sided with some random baron's foolish daughter and a wastrel prince over his own hardworking and kind sister. After several years of him failing to see how much he hurt her he finally realizes what a dick he was and slowly starts being accepted back into the family.
    • Dorsen gets several because the first one doesn't stick.
      • One of the first things to happen in the story is Iris chastising Dorsen for pinning her to the floor after her 'attacks' against Yuuri. Iris is no more than a slightly out of shape young noblewoman while he's something like a knight in training and, furthermore, Iris has offered no threat of physical violence to Yuuri at all. He shrugs this off but a brief twitch shows that he knows she has a point.
      • When he gets home, his father blows up at him for his dishonorable conduct in raising his hand against a woman. Again, he kind of brushes this off, but is now getting kind of confused. His father's anger makes him feel resentful though so it doesn't have that much effect
      • Finally, his mother gently takes him aside and explains that after the prince cheated on her, her anger at Yuuri was not unjustified. Dorsen also had no evidence that Iris had done anything at all, but went and ruined her life and condemned her to a loveless life of pure work: She would find it almost impossible to marry after being publicly shamed like that. Thinking of all that, Dorsen can't help but remember that Iris was in tears as she left and he's finally forced to accept that he did not handle that situation well at all.
  • When Old People Attack: When some land sharks try to attack Iris, her maid and her grandfather, the latter sends the former two to get help. When the guards come back, her grandfather has crushed all the assailants single handed.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Dorsen's family is horrified and saddened by the fact that he was willing to use physical force against a girl, especially when it becomes clear that he had no actual proof she'd done anything wrong.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: All hair colors appear with some regularity, so no one's hair looks particularly out of place no matter the color. Iris even comes up with a blue hair dye that she uses as a disguise because blue hair just isn't noteworthy. It wasn't like that in Japan, but it's the rule here.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He doesn't die, but when the pope is removed as the head of the Daryl religion, the next time his son Van speaks to Yuuri he just gets a 'Who are you again?' response. He has no idea how to process this and ends up moving to Iris' side because he has nowhere else to go. However, it's also implied that Yuuri was genuinely uncomfortable with doing this as she asked her handler afterward if it was really necessary to cut him loose so blatantly. Later, after Edward's failed coup and the imprisonment of him and Yuuri, Divan cuts HER loose to take the fall in a jail cell, implying he'd left her to die.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Unlike the game where Edward choosing Yuuri over his fiancee Iris is considered a good thing, in reality this is viewed as blatant infidelity. Even as Iris is publicly shamed and cast out of noble society, most people are much more sympathetic to her than Yuuri, who received only light bullying.

Alternative Title(s): Koushaku Reijou No Tashinami

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