Ascendance of a Bookworm

Alt title: Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen

TV (14 eps)
2019
Fall 2019
4.184 out of 5 from 8,937 votes
Rank #336

Avid bookworm and college student Motosu Urano ends up dying in an unforeseen accident. This came right after the news that she would finally be able to work as a librarian like she had always dreamed of. When she regained consciousness, she was reborn as Myne, the daughter of a poor soldier. She was in the town of Ehrenfest, which had a harsh class system. But as long as she had books, she didn't really need anything else. However, books were scarce and belonged only to the nobles. But that doesn't stop her, so she makes a decision... "If there aren't any books, I'll just create some."

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A World Without Books

Episode 1

A World Without Books

Life Improvements and Slates

Episode 2

Life Improvements and Slates

The Events of Winter

Episode 3

The Events of Winter

Forests and Clay Tablets

Episode 4

Forests and Clay Tablets

Baptisms and Strange Fevers

Episode 5

Baptisms and Strange Fevers

Meeting

Episode 6

Meeting

Seeds of Suspicion

Episode 7

Seeds of Suspicion

Lutz's Main

Episode 8

Lutz's Main

The Guild Master's Granddaughter

Episode 9

The Guild Master's Granddaughter

To the Second Winter

Episode 10

To the Second Winter

Life-or-Death Choices and Family Meetings

Episode 11

Life-or-Death Choices and Family Meetings

Baptisms and Divine Paradises

Episode 12

Baptisms and Divine Paradises

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WolfgangHype
4

I'm writing this after watching 8 episodes. Not sure if I'll continue. This show is very tonally weird to me. When I watch it I feel a tension in the background that keeps it from feeling chill or relaxing as others have described it. Maybe that's because I'm not familiar with the source material but I'll try to explain. The college girl stuffed into a kid body variety of isekai is just a really weird take on the genre for me. This show at least tries to address the fact that she just wakes up in another person's body, but acknowleding it just adds to the clashing tones. This is exacerbated by the fact that she has the super-obsession with books that drives her to behave in a way that really should tip people off. Honestly, I found the obsession angle more compelling in the LN about being reincarnated as a vending machine. Between her character constantly doing things to raise suspicion, the fact that she took over this kid's body, and the new body's mysterious illness there's a thread of tension that just clashes with the attempts at being cute or silly. The world itself also lends itself to a more subdued tone- her new family is fairly poor and the world seems to be trying to go for a realistic medieval setting. We see hints at magic in the beginning but beyond weird plants we don't really see anything magical for a while. I think this along with the tension I mentioned before makes it more jarring with the chibi Main shows up to start giving exposition or explain what she's thinking in an upbeat way. I also don't know what to think about the characters as I keep expecting them to figure out something is weird with Main and I don't know how they will react. Every thoughtful expression at Main's antics just winds that spring tighter. Looking at other people talk about this it seems like I should be expecting something heartwarming, but watching it myself it just feels like there's these underlying themes that have been lying around and I'm not sure if there's going to any payoff. It's like walking barefoot on a carpet, but you know some pins have been dropped in it and you don't know where they are.

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