Miss Bernard said.

Alt title: Bernard Jou Iwaku.

TV (12 eps x 3 min)
2016
Fall 2016
2.831 out of 5 from 732 votes
Rank #16,871

"Miss Bernard" herself, Machida Sawako, and her book-loving friends live their literary days in the library. This gag series glorifying famous literature is filled with love for books of all sorts, as well as the kinds of things that all readers experience!

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First Volume: "Miss Bernard Said"

Episode 1

First Volume: "Miss Bernard Said"

The Library

Episode 2

The Library

Murakami Haruki and SF and Stuff

Episode 3

Murakami Haruki and SF and Stuff

Japan's Three Greatest Mystery Novels

Episode 5

Japan's Three Greatest Mystery Novels

Shelter from the Rain

Episode 6

Shelter from the Rain

Used Bookstores

Episode 7

Used Bookstores

Fermat's Last Theorem

Episode 8

Fermat's Last Theorem

Bus Stop

Episode 9

Bus Stop

A Day Without Machida Sawako

Episode 10

A Day Without Machida Sawako

Exchanging Letters

Episode 11

Exchanging Letters

Solo Journey

Episode 12

Solo Journey

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Reviews

krofire
8

Creators in Pack’s 2016 gag-anime features a cast of just four school kids who sit in a library and talk about books. This doesn’t really do it justice. The twelve three-minute episodes go by at a million miles-an-hour and it is a real struggle to keep up with the topic let alone the delivery of the numerous gags. Principal characters are Shiori Kanbayashi and Sawako Machida – two girls, one of whom loves books and has an intimate knowledge of them. The other (Sawako) likes the idea of books but takes them a lot less seriously and rarely actually finishes any book she reads. This brings the two into conflict which is the main source of the fun. The other two characters are a boy Endou and another girl, who became the Librarian because she has a crush on Endou – Sumika Hasegawa. The rapid-fire humour is sometimes really hard to follow as there is a lot of information about real books jammed onto the screen. Anyone following on subtitles is going to struggle to take it all in. Every kind of book is mentioned – and a LOT of books are covered. Books are mentioned from every possible genre – many classics – many famous (plus a few less famous books of a more trivial nature). If you love books you too will no doubt find something you love flash across the screen. The girls argue about authors and their books whilst on screen short bios of the authors appears. The data flow is densely packed and the girls talk really-really-quickly. This is certainly a highly original show for book-lovers everywhere. The girls’ arguments may well be pretty irreverent (our favourite is how Sawako misinterprets Jared Diamond’s “Guns, Germs and Steel” as a new version of “Rock, Paper, Scissors”) but there is an intellectual level operating here. If you have any idea who half these authors are then you will be well read and you will enjoy this. If books aren’t your thing then it may well leave you pretty cold as you simply might not enjoy any of the jokes. What is super-lovely about the whole things is that there is an over-riding plot element that slowly becomes clear. Although Shiori and Sawako argue about books they grow closer and closer through the season until they end up as close friends. Books can do that to you. Great books lend themselves to great talking points. Find someone to talk to books about and you may have made a friend for life. Such an enjoyable little anime with a certain little magic all of its own. Manic as hell but all the better for it.

Inu230
4.5

This anime attempts to inspire more reading, though it pushes sci-fi down your throat most of the titles mentioned are or should be on people’s to [must] read list. If it takes a 3 min anime to galvanize more literary pursuits, so be it. The book versus movie debate [full out war for some] is a recurring topic. The background text has been translated for English readers/watchers and while pretty much everyone will have to hit the pause button repeatedly, not having to wonder what the characters are talking about or doing one’s own research is a plus. There are anime’s out there that neglect to provide this information, for being one of the few that goes that extra step this deserves a watch for that alone. That being said the characters aren’t all that appealing aside from their book recommendations. Number one issue with this anime: Sawako Machida. This “character” should’ve been banned from the library. If all you’re going to do is make a ruckus in a quiet place those around you should shut you up instead of letting you keep running your ignorant mouth. The point of having a short-cut taking, loudmouth, obsessed with pictures is to show their growth, yet there is no character development: she’s as irritating in the twelfth ep as she was in the first. This anime’s mission may have been to connect with people who are not meant to read and show them how to bluff literary accomplishments. Perhaps a more respectful way to look at is that this short anime is for ADD and ADHD people who have trouble reading lengthy material and thus Sawako acts as a median providing short-cuts for those with short attention spans.

DGFischer
7.8

I'm having a tough time figuring out Princess Arianna in Bibliophile Princess.  Someone so well-read and clueless in the same person.  One friend drew my attention to Sawako Machida of Miss Bernard Said (Bernard Jou Iwaku); not well-read at all, but highly articulate in expressing her literary ideas so in line with any version of Cliff Notes. As a former teacher, I knew the clues of those offering a book report which demonstrated the person not having read much of the book at all.  In some twisted way, this makes Sawako an endearing character.  It also gave me the reason to ditch the book report for in-class reading of select books with days for personal sharing of chapters.  Fakers could be detected and encouraged (in no uncertain terms) to concentrate on the next core chapter.  Sharers only made the lesson pure and pristine enjoyment of literature. Miss Bernard Said has a cast of four, of whom two are pivotal.  The faker Sawako, the sharer Shidori Kanbayashi.  Shidori is so into legitimate reading that she offers elaborate rants lectures (usually lasting 15 minutes ... with apologies for going on so long).  And if lectures will not work, bludgeonings make for fine gag moments.  Shidori will not put up with Sawako's laziness in her reading approach (the notes on the back of book, the movie adaptation, speculation on what to expect after reading the first chapter ...).  Also part of this tight literary group is Endou (listless boy) and Sumika (bespectacled librarian aide girl), whose influence on Sawako is limited.  They fade away by episode ten. The strength of Miss Bernard Said is the synopses of chosen literature, typically dystopian sci-fiction which is Shidori's favorite genre.  This is prime 'pause button' time as famous authors (and some less so) are paraded for their contributions to the literary experience. The animation is standard, with the voice actors mastering rapid speech explanations crammed into three minute bits.  This means one must read the subbing as fast as one can.  Slow speaking Endou contrasts almost clumsily with dynamic Sawako and Shidori.  The lilting voice of Sumika makes one wary of librarians in general. Creators in Pack seem to focus on the short episode.  Danchigai is the only other series produced by this company which I viewed.  Both were short and less than memorable, though as premises, they had much going for them.  Still Miss Bernard Said is a good trigger of those memories of those wily students of mine who once tried to pull a fast one in expounding on a book they hardly cracked.  Still, the point in the series is the forming of a friendship of the two girls who have contrary opinions of reading books.  One might find some satisfaction in that.

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