REPORT: My Next Life as a Villainess X Takes Over Akihabara’s Atre

Our Japan Correspondent went to check out the pop-up shop and small exhibition ahead of the second season

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom!

 

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What would be the first thing Catarina Claes would do if she were back in our world — besides eat food of course? Head to Akihabara to see all the otaku things she missed out on while she was playing around inside Fortune Lover. In the lead-up to My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X, Akihabara’s Atre was taken over by the not-wannabe villain, and I was there to check it out!

 

Double Bakarina by the Electric Town Gate in Akihabara Station:

 

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X Atre exhibition

All event photos taken by author

 

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X Atre exhibition

 

The girls of the series greeting me by the door:
 

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X Atre exhibition

 

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X Atre exhibition

 

The My Next Life as a Villainess collaboration event at Atre was part small exhibition, part pop-up shop to celebrate the upcoming second season of the popular TV anime series, as well as Bakarina’s June 24 birthday. Held on the second floor, the event space was unmissable — just look at the cute chibi versions of all the characters!

 

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X Atre exhibition

 

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X Atre exhibition

 

Like the chibi characters, the event space was small but rich and full of Villainess fun. Nestled in the corner were reproductions of the original drawings from the manga and light novel, both illustrated by Nami Hidaka. You can even see the panels of Catarina’s other personalities coming out!

 

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X Atre exhibition

 

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X Atre exhibition

 

Next to the mini-exhibition was the star of the show, full recreations of the outfits worn by Catarina Claes and Geordo Stuart, complete with what I’d imagine to be the correct heights (though that’s not officially confirmed as far as I could find!) and matching wigs. I personally only measured a little taller than the 15-year old prince.

 

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X Atre exhibition

 

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X Atre exhibition

 

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X Atre exhibition

 

On the main Akihabara strip, the windows of Atre loosely recreated what looks like Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper but with the characters from My Next Life as a Villainess. The image is actually a key visual from the upcoming season, just that little more impressive on the side of a department store!

 

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X Atre exhibition

 

Catarina's reign over Atre Akihabara came to an end on June 25, closing up the My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X collaboration event.

 

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X Atre exhibition

 

My Next Life as a Villainess: All Routes Lead to Doom! X TV anime is scheduled to begin in Japan on July 2, 2021, and will appear in Crunchyroll's summer 2021 line-up.

 

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Daryl Harding is a Japan Correspondent for Crunchyroll News. He also runs a YouTube channel about Japan stuff called TheDoctorDazza, tweets at @DoctorDazza, and posts photos of his travels on Instagram

 

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