Urano Motosu loves books and has an endless desire to read literature, no matter the subject. She almost fulfills her dream job of becoming a librarian before her life is ended in an accident. As she draws her last breath, she wishes to be able to read more books in her next life.
As if fate was listening to her prayer, she wakes up reincarnated as Maine—a frail five-year-old girl living in a medieval era. What immediately comes to her mind is her passion. She tries to find something to read, only to become frustrated by the lack of books at her disposal.
Without the printing press, books have to be written and copied by hand, making them very expensive; as such, only a few nobles can afford them—but this won't stop Maine. She will prove that her will to read is unbreakable, and if there are no books around, she will make them herself!
So far it has been a slow but somewhat interesting show. Main is just an adult trapped in a childs body. She has a goal and that is to start writing books. She was a literature geek back in her old life. Main loves books but since teleporting she lost all her books. Only roalty own books and she lives in a poor family. That does not stop her, she continues to search a way to create paper or anything to write on. She picks up calculating and writing super easily. Mains body is fragile and weaker than avarage. That makes her life a hard.
For example walking maybe 100 meters is already a hard task. She is very talented with her hands. Her family consists of her Mom, Dad and a sister named Turi. There are also other kids we see often, a kid named lutz has a crush on Main. The story is only about wanting to write books so it is not anything special. The more we watch the more we learn about the characters and the world. I would recommend this anime, it is wholesome and cute.
This isn't your average isekai show. Actually I couldn't understand why is this show an isekai? It could be "A random bookworm reincarnated into medieval Europe" and that wouldn't change anything except the hair colors (of course this opinion is valid for only the first 4 episodes, it can be chance in the next episodes).
It has a slow pacing story but still fun to watch. I really liked to watch the stages of Maine's passing. It's not has a special side but it was relaxing to watch.
If you're looking for a show to take away your tiredness at work or school you must definitely watch
this show. But in the otherwise, this show is pretty average.
This is currently my favorite isekai anime as of making this review.
I understand having favorite and isekai next to each other is in itself like a cardinal sin in the anime community. But hear me out, it’s unlike every other brain numbing action fantasy isekai. It’s not when Kirito— sorry, some dumb, brokenly strong character gets bitches and slays any monster without real consequences. Ascendance of a Bookworm gets what so many other isekai get wrong.
Ascendance of a Bookworm is a isekai, but that’s not really what sells the show for me. It’s the slice of life that makes me adore Maine the
MC, and the world she is in. Maine comes from another world (You see where this is going) and dreams of being a librarian. When she is reincarnated in this new world she is not some action hero or a comedy/parody isekai. She is a sickly poor girl in an uneducated household. She is also insanely physically weak. Not able to even walk down the stairs to leave her house, let alone walk down the street to save her life. Right off the bat one can tell that this isekai at the very least is going to try another approach and a different approach on the isekai genre.
Another huge aspect of Ascendance of a Bookworm is that her one true goal in life is to just read a book. I mean one could probably find that out from the title but it presents that this anime is about the simple struggles in life. It’s relatable in a sense that not everyone gets to have a normal life. Not everyone gets the same starting place and gets the so called short end of the stick. It’s a freaking isekai that doesn’t start in the kings palace and is given everything because they are the hero that will slay the evil of the nation.
Have I told you how wholesome this anime is? Like damn, this makes me wanna just restart my life and focus on the simple problems. Maine is a determined, strong mined, main character. Watching her make progress and also fail is very enjoyable. Since Maine is in a poor, uneducated household she has more hurdles than most. Books in the time period she is in is only made for the wealthy. Paper cost a small fortune too. Maine doesn’t even know how to write in their language.
Adolescence of a Bookworm is also kinda educational. In a time where normal conveniences have not been not been invented Maine makes due and learns about this world just like the viewer. As Maine progresses in the anime she brings in innovations from modern times that really come in handy. One learns about the inequality of the times and how even taking a shower was not even an option.
The originality of this anime makes me smile. As this anime gets more episodes I cannot wait to see what Maines next step forward will be. Is this the perfect isekai? No, not at all. But what Ascendance of a Bookworm does right is how changing what can be done with the genre of isekai can make what seems like a dead genre into one with innovation. This is the perfect anime to watch after being on the seasonal grind and have watched your 100th isekai anime. The art is appealing to the eye and is more stylized than most generic isekai. The music is minimalistic but also cinematic at times and does it’s purpose. It’s best to try to not focus on the isekai troupes or character troupes in this anime otherwise I’ll just get under your skin and bother you. Otherwise it’s so much fun watching!
I recommend Adolescence of a Bookworm to everyone no matter how much experience you with anime. But I especially recommend this anime to anyone who is on the seasonal grind and needs an anime to relax to.
Instead of going to school to get a degree in Librarian science, just watch this.
Bookworm is not a bad anime. But it's also not a good anime. Reason being? Nothing really happens plot wise. Honestly, I'm 4 episodes in and I am still not really sure what the overall plot is meant to be? A girl gets isekai'd to a world with no books and for the first 4 episodes at least, it seems her goal is to create books and mass produce them for the world to enjoy. Ok, fair enough, pretty original concept(the book thing, not isekai),
but there have got to be some stakes or some type of conflict, whether internal or external in order to make a series have meaning. This series has nothing of the sort. It seems to be day in and day out fluff, which is ok, I like fluff, for example Senko San or Dice club, but at least those series/manga resonate with me and I find a connection, I have really been unable to connect with this series at all. I do really enjoy how cute Main is, the art is nice, the OP is nice and it's a watchable series, but it is about as mediocre as mediocre can be.
I do plan to check out the LN's as part of my birthday gifts so when I start those I'll be able to compare if things have been cut or rearranged, but as of right now, this is basically this season's "If it's for my daughter". I will continue to watch as I have never dropped an anime in my life.
Overall, 6/10, give it a watch if you want to be a librarian.