With her baptism ceremony complete, Myne begins work in the temple as an apprentice shrine maiden. Awaiting within is what she always wanted: a room full of books! But her new life isn't quite the dream she was hoping for; she's surrounded by nobles who scorn her commoner origins, and even her own servants are causing her trouble. On top of that, she has to constantly battle the weakness of her own body. But with her love for books burning in her heart, she gives her all to her new apprentice duties.
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Ascendance of a Bookworm was hailed as one of the best isekai ever made. Something which the fanboys say for every isekai there is, therefore this statement means nothing. What matters is the execution, which for this show was supposed to be how it’s not a power fantasy about a male loser getting reincarnated into a videogame where he is overpowered and forms a harem while fighting the demon lord with his broken superpowers. This show is better because the protagonist is a girl, there are no videogames, no harem, no demon lord, and no superpowers. It’s a simple coming of age, about a simple girl, in a simple medieval setting. Or so it was at first, because that is no longer true by the end of the second season. But first things first. Every story need to give the viewer reasons for keeping up with it, and this one offered a down to earth isekai. It had a heroine who was struggling to achieve small victories in an almost mundane setting with not much to struggle towards. On top of that she is not exceptionally powerful just because she got isekaied, since she has a very frail body that can kill her if she works hard or if an incurable disease kicks in. Plus she can’t even openly say she is from a different world, because the church is going to execute her as a witch. Plus, because the setting is medieval it lacks even the most basic luxuries and services we take for granted in our contemporary society. They still have slavery and public executions and women wish to be sex toys for men. Thus everything she does is seemingly harder than what it would be in our world and thus every little victory she achieves comes off as rewarding despite being mundane as hell for the rest of us. Or so it was at first, because that is no longer true by the end of the second season.Anyways, since we need a plot so that the show won’t be a slice of nothing happens, the heroine sets forth to read books. Something a bookworm like her finds to be super important, although it isn’t, but we need her to have an obsession over something, so we can also have an objective. Otherwise there will be no plot. Thus we spend the first few episodes in her trying to find books to read only to find out books are very expensive and very rare and there are no public libraries because the setting is medieval. Thus she sets forth to… print her own books (wut?). Because the most logical thing you can do when you can’t read books, is to print your own books, so you can read… your own books (wut?). If this sounds like a really stupid leap in logic, get used to it because it’s going to keep happening every few episodes and by the end of the second season the objective will have moved and changed so many times and the initial premise will not matter in the least. In fact it won’t even make any sense. Why did the heroine spend all those episodes in trying to print books when she could simply join the church that was full of books? It’s basically a plot hole that renders most of the first season completely pointless.This is the main problem with the show. It keeps changing the objective every few episodes and becomes more and more distant from what it was in the beginning. Although it is normal and expected to have changes happening in a coming of age story, in this case the changes betray the premise and gradually change the show to a more mundane fantasy adventure. The sickly typical girl that makes you so happy to see her achieve small victories becomes a super awesome teacher and super awesome inventor and super awesome merchant and super awesome cleric, while everyone around her are constantly amazed with all the stuff she can do. And boy does she enjoy the attention by constantly smiling smugly. How is this not empowerment fantasy, just like any other isekai? And it doesn’t stop there. Her sickly body that could kill her with simple daily activities ends up having a dark superpower hiding inside her, which makes her far stronger than most people. There goes that appeal, she’s another shonen protagonist with a demonic power inside her. Oh, and that part about not being able to reveal she is from another world because she will be executed? It got revealed eventually, a priest tried to punish her, she used her awesome superpowers for force-chocking the guy ala Darth Vader and then she got forgiven because her super important knowledge of our world will make her kingdom very powerful. What happened to the whole fear of dark magic they all had all this time and how is this not empowerment fantasy, just like any other isekai?You think it stops there? In the first episodes there was no magic for making things easier. The setting was almost magic-free. By the end of the second season there are huge magical trees and flying lions and knights that use magic to protect the world from evil. Which means there is demon lord out there and they want to use the heroine for helping them in defeating him. The show became just another isekai.Therefore Ascendance of a Bookworm is not a good show, it’s another generic empowerment fantasy that took its time before revealing its true colors as another light novel piece of trash and betraying any good thoughts you had about it.
Like somebody else said, this isn't like part 1 so some of the things in it are going to throw you off. I was very intrigued by the concept of a girl who tries to become a best selling author in a world where books are a rarity so to see that get taken away was very disappointing. They replaced that with a plot about how she begins working at a church while dealing with traumatized orphans and an abusive leader. This makes for a mean-spirited tone and a bunch more depressing themes. The first one was dark in the sense that it was about a girl fighting a deadly disease but this one makes part 1 seem like a Disney movie in comparison. Part 2 was just drama after drama after drama. You got bullying, you got slaves, you got child abuse, you got orphans, you got corrupt leadership and it was all too forgettable and bland to watch. By episode 3, the kids who work for Myne end up growing out of their brattiness but it doesn't make up for the fact that this orphan story was completely unnecessary since it's based on the fact that they solely recruit orphans to work as grey-robed. Why do they need orphans specificall-? You know what, I don't care. This whole story is just so forgettable and I really can't say any more since I dropped this after episode 3. People keep complaining to me that "Oh, it's because it's a different world like that tv show". JUST BECAUSE IT'S A DIFFERENT WORLD doesn't mean that you need to have every single thing that could ever exist in ideas or real life IN that world. Because I know for a fact that stories can be good without trying to shoehorn in a bunch of melodrama shit and things that the story could've done without. I really have nothing good to say about this other than the technical elements like the animation and the voices. This story was just all-around awful, the worst story I've seen in a long time. I wish I could give this a huge flat ass 0 if I could. And there's almost no new characters to care about besides a few of the old ones (and there weren't too many characters to care about in part 1 to begin with) and Fran. The first one, while not great wasn't too bad. So far, 2020 has been a very weird yet disappointing year in terms of movies and shows.
Update, the last episode just came out and I'm going to say this gets better after the halfway mark. As time goes on, it gets more and more better. However, what I mentioned below still holds up true. The only reason I changed my score from a 7.5 to this is the story itself has gotten better. Also, it ended with me wanting more now. ----- So real quick, for those of you who seen season/part 1. This isn't like part 1. Part 1 they focused heavily on how books/paper is made. In this one, they simply aren't. They are getting more in the church interworkings. I wouldn't watch this without seeing part 1, but if you loved how she was brining tech to this new world. Well... ya... don't watch this one I guess. It hasn't clearly shown how or anything like that. But you can tell this is lining up for her most likely taking over the church or maybe removing their power. And because this hasn't moved forward by all that much, while it seems like she has if I was to describe everything that has happen. I have to say this isn't as good as part 1 in my opinion. Like she has joined the church and in the same place as nobles. But none of the nobles have any respect for her, and only deal with her because she could kill them. She has gained an orphanage as the director, but almost everything has to be approved and she gets blame if anything goes wrong. She has gotten "slaves", but until the story forced them to they didn't have any respect for her. So a 1 step forward and then 1 step back. It appears she is moving forward, but she isn't if you really think about it. At least to a worth while degree. And what I'm thinking is maybe all these things might add up into something at the end. Kinda like a ton of dimes is a million dollars. But outside of my speculation that I mention above I can't be sure. And even if we used that speculation, her age kinda gets in the way. IDK maybe my rating is a bit low since compared to most others this season and past seasons this is still good. But to me it seems just not as good, and a complete change. It would've been nice if they kept up with the theme of the 2 starting a book store. But maybe they can do that later. However, joining the church seems like a lifetime thing. So IDK if it is possible now. Again, the only reason why anyone puts up with her is she can kill them. And since the church and nobles hate her but need her magic. How long until you think they will find a way to deal with her with getting what they want? She already has several spies that follow her every day
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