English: Book Girl
Synonyms: Literature Girl, Gekijouban Bungaku Shoujo
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: May 1, 2010
1 hr. 40 min.
PG-13 - Teens 13 or older
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Score: 7.831 (scored by 10581 users)
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SynopsisThe protagonist of the story, Konoha Inoue, is a seemingly normal senior high 2nd year student. His high school life, other than a hinted incident 2 years ago, can be summed up as normal- if one can dismiss the secret fact that he used to be a female bestselling romance author. Due to that incident, however, he has now vowed never to write again.
This continued on until he was forced to join the literary club by the literary club president, the 3rd year female student Amano Touko, a beautiful girl who has a taste for eating literary works. Now he has been tasked with writing her snack every day after school.
(Source: To Say Nothing of the Dog)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Bungaku Shoujo
Prequel: Bungaku Shoujo: Kyou no Oyatsu - Hatsukoi, Bungaku Shoujo: Memoire
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We can't change the fact that we have moments when our feelings do get over our heads and we start to get paranoid about our failures, pasts, and regrets. It's part of growing up and there are even times when our life seemed to be at the edge and we seemed to be waiting for the right time to heal. Bungaku Shoujo takes up a light atmosphere to somewhere deep inside ourselves that we never want to -- our jealousy, depression and our horrible memories.
It's a very deceiving move to watch an anime/movie of a person eating a piece of paper from a book. That was actually what made me want to watch this anime.
"Why was she eating the pages of the book? It's somewhat trivial, isn't it?"
But then again, I just thought of this eating a piece of a page is just a symbol of her way getting to know, understand and feel the information and story of each page. But then, the eating of the page isn't really the story.
I don't seem to understand the point of recommending Hyouka to Bungaku Shoujo. It may seem to be a club that helps solving problems but there's more to that. The movie gives more of a drama-traumatic effect that is very inconsistent to the easy going anime, Hyouka. I would recommend Bungaku Shoujo being similar to any dramatic anime such as Myself;Yourself or other dramatic animes but with Hyouka -- not so much for me.
Bungaku Shoujo is not a light romance. It's an anime that depicts the realism of humans' fears -- haunted childhood memory, lack of ability, and the lack of faith.
It may seem to be a girl from the Literature Club eating a piece of paper and with a guy as a side-kick but that's not even a minor part of the "real" story. Bungaku Shoujo goes beyond the past of Inoue Konoha. The guy who seemed to be so ordinary -- actually had a childhood past that haunts him until he grows up. The story flows on the escapism of one's childhood comes haunting him again -- feeling the relinquish of his life. But this story shows that even in the verge of our depression, there is still hope and people who are willing to support us. What makes the story much more amusing is that the romantic scene felt just right for this dramatic movie. In summary, the story is about our "hidden emotional" feelings.
I love the pastel colors. It's a really great color combination. Since the beginning, the colors of the animation until the end the dark colored backdrop with shimmering stars were spectacular. That art was eye-popping beautiful.
The voice actors & actresses did a great job on dubbing the anime. You could feel the dramatic emotion behind the 2D animation. The OSTs, if you haven't heard -- go to Youtube, sounds like a lullaby or some charming instrumental songs. My favorite OST is Hontou no Saiwai. It's just pure heaven. If you are up on a mountain, listen to this and probably you'll even feel like you're flying.
Each character of Bungaku Shoujo exhibits a different personality. Touko Amano has the knowledge of a library being able to guide people in desperate need. It makes me even wonder if ever she's suffering and she just hides it behind her happy face. Inoue Konoha is a guy who looks like a person who feels burdened by the past. Miu Asakura, in the other hand, is a character that is suppressed by her own skills. The other characters in Bungaku Shoujo reflected on each of the characters and thus complimenting on the anime so well. The missing component of the movie would be the little information about the life of Touko Amano. I wanted to know more about her feelings and personality. I just hoped that the staff combined the 3 OVAs of "Bungaku Shoujo: Memoire" to the movie for the viewers to understand the characters' personality while watching the movie.
The movie, entitled as "Book Girl", shows us the story of the bright wonderful girl who creates such great imaginations and inspires people to know and understand their true feelings. The story goes beyond the "teaser" of the movie and that in itself is very surprising on how the story suddenly becomes an inspiration.
The movie holds a great lesson in life that people always seemed to mistaken. I learned that -- There's always someone who loves you and there'll always be someone who'll need you more than you need them.
The movie may look like too dramatic but then looking at ourselves and how we live day by day. Isn't that how we 'sometimes' feel? Feeling weak of how much a person can do so much more than you or a memory that just frightens you every time. This movie summarizes everything we've felt and to fit that within 1 hour and 40 minutes is amazing.
"I may be getting too cheesy in my review but then that's how I thought this anime was trying to picture and I just had so much feels with the movie." (but then again I think I may be going too far. hehehe) read more
When the teaser preview special for Bungaku Shoujo was released earlier this year I was a bit tepid in my enthusiasm for this project. It looked quite lovely and it featured several of my favorite seiyuu talents, so I made a point to give this a try when it finally became available. As someone without any knowledge of the original light novels, I found this film to be mostly directionless and confusing and in the end only a very average experience.
Bungaku Shoujo or Literature Girl is about a young girl, Touka Amano who eats books. Yes she literally eats books. She can’t eat normal food apparently. Of course it would have been really nice of the story to actually tell us WHY she eats books but unfortunately we have to divine that answer for ourselves. Perhaps I could have slit open a goat’s stomach or read the source materials in order to get the answer to that but honestly why should I have to? That’s the movie's job to provide me with those necessary answers. The only answer we are given is she’s a literature girl, as if that explains everything. And thus that is the main problem with the entire movie in general, it’s called Literature Girl but it’s really not even about her. Touka is basically a side character in her own movie.
Well the real story eventually reveals itself to be about a young writer, Konoha Inoue who after winning an important literary contest a couple years before and subsequently his novel became a national sensation. But do to a personal tragedy that followed this, he has vowed to never write again. Konoha lives as an ordinary high school student since his book was published under a pseudonym and he has remained anonymous. Rather far-fetched idea really as he has seemingly managed to keep this a secret from his family as well. Of course this completely ignores the fact that it is also incredibly unlikely that a middle school student is going to have the ability to write such a novel to begin with. But I digress.
The drama that unfolds does manage to be pretty compelling however. I did find myself engaged and interested in the story. While the major story arc is adequately resolved to many additional questions linger at the end. As mentioned before we learn really next to nothing about Touka herself. The only reason I think I understood it as much as I did was by additionally watching the preview OVA and the Memorie OVA. I would suggest anyone interested in this title to do the same to get the maximum amount of enjoyment from it. I am unclear as to whether this movie will get a follow up movie or perhaps even a TV/OVA series to further explain all of this but taking this film by itself as it currently stands, I would have to say as an adaptation it fails.
As mentioned the titular character, Touka is really left to be mostly a mystery. Personality wise I found her to be a likable character which a lot of potential if they had explored it. She felt like an odd mix-mash of Haruhi Suzumiya and Yuki Nagato. But other than being likable she really doesn’t make that much of an impression. The male lead Inoue is typical for the genre. A soft spoken, effeminate nice guy. Though I did feel he was presented very well and made for an interesting character. The struggles he has in dealing with his own personal demons I think were mostly realistic and understandable. With one exception, the rest of the supporting cast is mostly just background. The only ones who really even stood out to me at all were the ones voiced by actors I happen to like.
Above all the characters would be Miu Asakura, who is at the center of all of the stories drama. She is both the films chief antagonist and protagonist, particularly over the last half of the movie. Miu by far has the biggest impact on the film and really steals the show for herself. When you consider she’s voiced by Aya Hirano, I suppose it’s not surprising she would have the most impactful role. While Miu makes for an extremely convincing psychopath, some of the reasons behind her mental break didn’t exactly add up to what she eventually became. This being said, she is the brightest spot in the show character wise.
The acting is clearly the best part of Bungaku Shoujo. I thought Aya Hirano was exceptional as the psychotic Miu and I think it might be the best pure acting performance of her career. Many other well known seiyuu stars such as Nana Mizuki and Aki Toyasaki appear but unfortunately their characters are mostly unimportant to the film. Musically this film is just average. Neither the films background music nor ED song was really that moving, despite the latter being performed by eufonius.
Artistically the film is good. The backgrounds are quite stunning and color palette is soft and pleasant. The one thing that did strike me was just how similar so many of the characters looked however. It’s almost like most of them had exactly the same face, just with different hair and eye colors. While it’s not hard to distinguish them from each other at all I just found it a bit unsettling to look at.
Overall this movie only rates as average with me. Sure I did actually enjoy the movie quite a bit despite all its warts. However the large number of important questions about the overall story and title character really detracts from it as a whole. Until such time more of this information is presented to us in future works, then I suspect only fans of the original works would really get much out of this film.
Both story revolve around a schools literary club. The members work on building relationships with each other and the style for the characters is similar.
A literature club and a classics club work to solve mysteries. The hero and heroine of both stories have similar personalities.
both about a school club solving mysteries and similar main characters
The main characters are very similar in both amine. And they have familiar feeling.
both animes are talking about high school life .. heroes are in the same club , which is not popular for lots of people .. characters are almost tepical !
the main club of two stories are almost alike .. about literature and classics ..
I should also mention that art and atmosphere of both animes are identical !
The heroine from both show are in a literature club with similar personalities, and on top of that both show is about romance and solve Mysteries at school.....the art are similar as well
Both stories are about the activity in a school's literature club. Both of the clubs solve some kind of minor mysteries, some of them have happened several years ago. If Bungaku Shoujo was a TV series, I'm sure it would have been even more similar to Hyouka.
Some of the characters in those anime are very much alike.
1. The main heroines in those anime, Eru and Touko, are very similar, in looks, in their goals and character.
2. The protagonists, Hotarou and Konoha are both talented, but they don't realize it, talk about it or try to use their talents by their own initiative. They also look similar, and have the same role in the anime.
3. In addition, in both anime the creators were focused on the character design and unique behavior of recurring characters with very small roles in the story.
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Ending Theme"Harukana Hibi (遥かな日々)" by eufonius
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