Ascendance of a Bookworm / Honzuki no Gekokujou
Review by: John Fragglepuss Evans
Genre: Slice of Life, Fantasy, Isekai, Fish-Out-Of-Water, Book Drought
First Aired: Fall 2019, 14 episodes
Summary: Motosu Urano loves books more than anything in the world. Life is good for Motosu as she is surrounded by books as a college student. To top it off, she just received her Librarian certification and is looking to land her dream job. Unfortunately for Motosu, her life comes to a crushing end when an earthquake causes her to be buried under a pile of her own books. Her dying wish to be reincarnated comes true in an unusual way when she wakes up as a young girl named Main in a different world. This new reality has a low literacy and a surprisingly scarce availability for everything she loves. Books are only for the wealthy and paper is impossible to find. If Main wants to read again, she’s has to come up with new ways to do so. Otherwise she will live out her days without another book to love.
Ascendance of a Bookworm uses the Isekai genre as a simple way to enter a Medieval world with a single fish-out-of-water character. That being said, it is nice to have the new character use the knowledge of their former life to their advantage and the benefit of the new world. Main uses a mix of her know-how from her former life and the tools in her current state to better the world. I love the world-building in this series better than some of the other Isekai anime out there. Characters are good, animation is bright and vibrant, and the ending song/animation is spellbinding. It’s a chill series to watch when you have some spare time and you are stuck in your house for one reason or another.
You might enjoy this if: You are a bookworm with a hankering to know what life would be like without libraries, paper, and literacy. This series is a crash course in learning about paper.
You might not like it if: You want a Medieval-style world with action and adventure. This world draws inspiration from the old times but solely focused on culture, trade, and merchant-esque hijinks.
Note to the Viewer: There is a lot of Bookworm media to consume. There are several manga volumes, light novels, the anime series, a second season of the anime coming soon, and two OVAs.
Ascendance of a Bookworm Official Trailer
Ascendance of a Bookworm Opening – Mashiro by Sumire Morohoshi