Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen

Ascendance of a Bookworm

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Japanese: 本好きの下剋上 ~司書になるためには手段を選んでいられません~
English: Ascendance of a Bookworm
German: Ascendance of a Bookworm
Spanish: Ascendance of a Bookworm
French: Ascendance of a Bookworm
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Type: TV
Episodes: 14
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 3, 2019 to Dec 26, 2019
Premiered: Fall 2019
Broadcast: Thursdays at 00:30 (JST)
Licensors: Crunchyroll
Studios: Ajia-Do
Source: Light novel
Genre: FantasyFantasy
Themes: IsekaiIsekai, ReincarnationReincarnation
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.011 (scored by 135159135,159 users)
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Ranked: #5702
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Popularity: #810
Members: 257,382
Favorites: 2,385

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The main character is removed from modern world and tries to bring civilization and modern goods to a world that doesn't know those. 
report Recommended by abystoma2
Main protagonist from a josei category with a specific interests they are passionate about (books/otome games), get isekai'd into a child's body. They use their intellect and planning to get through the events in this new live like they want to (with varying results) with a clear goal in their life (read books/not trigger bad end). Both heroines tend to space out and not be entirely avare of the social situations around them. 
report Recommended by abystoma2
Main protagonist dies and reincarnates into a fantasy world. While Mushoku Tensei has swords and magic, Honzuki no Gekokujou is filled with classism and the main protagonist's kink for books. Both protagonist remembers their previous life whether it is vividly or fragmentedly and has huge character developments as they influence those around them. 
report Recommended by Aleron
Both are slow-paced, chill and dialogue-heavy anime and visits the same topics such as economics. If you're a fan of the economics and mercantile talks in Spice and Wolf, you will like this side of Bookworm Isekai. 
report Recommended by picture2x
Both titles feature adult protagonists in seemingly small and “weak” characters, prone to discrimination and underestimation. However, they have used their charisma and knowledge of the real world to improve their situation in the new world, gaining admirers and recognition but attracting danger at the same time. The stories are wholesome and share an almost too “friendly” approach in style, using prominent themes of trust, friendship and family. Ascendance of A Bookworm is more female-friendly as opposed to “Slime” since the latter features a harem (not over the top), big-busted women, and more action. Nevertheless, the attention to world-building and pacing are similarly well done. 
report Recommended by blue_bee29
Both MCs are Reborn into another world with knowledge from the future. Both improve standard of living and have to deal with nobles and religious people who want them gone. Neither are about fighting, but rather about knowledge. 
report Recommended by Ryoda-
Both of these are isekai with the MC being female. Both MC use their intellect to solve their problems instead of just brute forcing their way through with their overpowered abilities. A sidenote from the above, Seijo has recently started to use magic a bunch more this time around so this similarity might begin to disappear 
report Recommended by TimeHelix
Female protagonist desperate for knowledge has to learn life skills to survive in pseudo fantasy world 
report Recommended by K2xSER
These two share the common thread of an adult being put in a child's body and introducing amazing technology to their new typical anime fantasy world. Honzuki is a great, great tale for people who like worldbuilding and a realistic approach to it. Main crafts things from modern times and uses or sells them, which requires her to price them (often far, far more expensive than she thinks) and not get cheated out of it all at many points of the process. She carefully examines her options, is a good diplomat and often ends up having her way despite moments of walking a pretty  read more 
report Recommended by yskad
The moods in these shows are quite similar, as well as the protagonists. Both are about a girl trying to make her way in a world that doesn't seem to want her to succeed. Arte is about, well, making art. Bookworm is about, well, making books. At least, that's what they are about at first. Both develop into much more than that, and are great commentaries on societal expectations and limitations. If you want a story about characters going up against challenging odds to create what they are passionate about, these are both great for that. I would argue that Bookworm has a bit more  read more 
report Recommended by Xaeveax
Somali and Myne are cute, young protagonists that came from tragic backgrounds and try to live their lives to the fullest despite their setbacks and pending tragedy. Somali is one of the few humans remaining in a world overun by humanoid monsters that have hunted and persecuted humans to the brink of extinction. Myne is a dedicated bookworm that was transported to a world without books after she was killed in her real world. She vows to achieve her dream of living in a world full of books while battling an incurable condition that is literally devouring her. If you like cute, young protagonists giving  read more 
report Recommended by Kong38
Similar insofar as: both MC are taken into a new fantasy world both have a passion (books / mechas) both develop their passion into a way of life They have a very different dynamic though - Knight's & Magic is very much a mecha fighting anime with a nerd in the middle. It's fun thought and I liked both hence this recommendation :P 
report Recommended by Kcpr
A little girl in a foreign environment labors to fulfill her passion and improve her living conditions with an almost single-minded fervor. Where Maoujou de Oyasumi frames the struggles through a comedic lens, Honzuki no Gekokujou belongs amongst the more serious isekai. 
report Recommended by EmiliAv3
Both series feature non-combatant type Isekai protagonists who use their vast knowledge of the real world to selflessly aid their respective kingdoms and make the world of swords and sorcery more civilized and practical. Similar premises and executions.  
report Recommended by Unkn0wnfear
Similarities - Both MCs reincarnated into a fantasy world - Both MCs have knowledge of their past life - Both MCs have overpowered abilities (OPMC) - Both MCs attend an academy Differences - MC in Honzuki is a female vs MC in Strongest Sage is male - MC in Honzuki shows her talent by creating things VS Strongest Sage MC shows his talent by demonstrating his knowledge 
report Recommended by ST63LTH
Both female protagonists love knowledge, are smart, and have a good heart. They use their skills and passions to improve their lives. The shows have similar atmospheres where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful worlds. Both have great characters and world-building, and are well-written.  
report Recommended by Floral_aroma
Both anime revolve around nihonjins reincarnated as little girls with innate magical powers, and detail their rise to fame and power. Both have leadership as one of their themes. However the atmosphere is completely different. One show is near-iyashikei wholesomeness with a little drama mixed in, the other is a brutal, inhumane masterpiece. 
report Recommended by carl49785
SSY and Ascendance of a Bookworm Both female protagonist in each series are intelligent and have a strong passion and interest of their own. They work hard towards their goal in mind and overall gave me similar kind of feeling. If you want to watch something a little bit more lighthearted than "shinsekai yori", 
report Recommended by Zonecommander26
A story in which the young female carries everything on her shoulders, but that is no issue, for these characters are still quite loveable regardless. Gosick and Bookworm follow a rather intelligent young girl who spends time doing what they can best, solving mystery cases and reading. Myne has a journey to overcome in order to read that goal in comparison to Victorique who simply has to wait for the word in order to work her magic. Both are pretty good series if you are looking for an anime with an intelligent young one work everything into place. They both also have a dude to work  read more 
report Recommended by NextUniverse
Similarities - Both MCs are reincarnated from the modern world to ancient - Both MCs are knowledgeable/nerdy - Both MCs use technology from their past life in the ancient world (iPad/Perfume/Cola/Plant paper/Picture books) - Both MCs died/reincarnated at a young age (18, 20s) - Both MCs have popular businesses and sell products from the modern world Differences - Wan Jie MC is the smartest person in the universe - Wan Jie MC reincarnates into god VS. Honzuki MC reincarnates into commoner human - Wan Jie MC is a male VS. Honzuki MC is a female - Wan Jie is a CGI Chinese Donghua VS. Honzuki is a 2D Japanese Anime - Wan Jie MC has  read more 
report Recommended by ST63LTH
Similarities - Both MCs are reincarnated/isekaid into a new world - Both MCs come from a modern world into an ancient/primitve one - Both series have a magic/qi systems in their world - Both MCs use modern methods form their old world in the primitive world - Both MCs are skillful at strategy and politics - Both MCs hide their past life Differences - MC in Yuan Long is a male solider VS. MC in Honzuki is female bookworm - Yuan Long is in Ancient China VS. Honzuki is in Ancient Europe - Yuan Long has a cultivation system VS. Honzuki has magical items and magic users - Yuan Long is a Chinese CGI  read more 
report Recommended by ST63LTH
Unexpected upbringing. Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms and Ascendance of a Bookworm both follow protagonists who end up in a family they truly do not belong with. However, as time goes forth, these protagonists end up finding their way into a place in the family. Promised Flower has Maquia raise Ariel despite being an Iorph for the human child. Bookworm has intellect Urano Motosu become Myne, in a time during the past trying to live with all the differences from her old life. Both are interesting anime with Bookworm coming across as worldbuilding. Promised Flower being a great coming of age drama. 
report Recommended by NextUniverse
Books. Both Miss Bernard said. and Ascendance of a Bookworm follows book lovers. Ascendance of a Bookworm is more of using books as a source of knowledge. Miss Bernard said. is the love for the literature of books. Both are good s.o.l anime with Bookworm adding touches of fantasy compared to Miss Bernard's comedy. 
report Recommended by NextUniverse
An anomaly child. Ascendance of a Bookworm and Wolf Children both follow anomalies in their relative world and how they stand out from the rest, which causes these characters to learn about the restrictions these worlds have upon them. Bookworm’s Urano Motosu is made to become Myne in which effectively made her a child prodigy from the future, her restrictive boundaries are the inability to live as she once did. Wolf Children’s Ame and Yuki are literal wolf children who have to learn to stay in bounds of how normal humans act like. Both are good supernatural anime where Bookworm is a journey from nothing to what  read more 
report Recommended by NextUniverse
Similarities - Both MCs are reincarnated into a new world - Both MCs reincarnate into a commoner family - Both MCs hide their past life - Both MCs are good at strategy and creating products to sell from their past life - Both MCs teach their friends and families methods from their past life Differences - MC in Soul Land is a male VS. MC in Honzuki is a female - MC in Soul Land is obsessed with hidden weapons VS. MC in Honzuki is obsessed with books and literature - MC in Soul Land joins academies and makes his own sect VS. MC in Honzuki is a freelancer that contracts  read more 
report Recommended by ST63LTH
Similarities - Both MCs are reincarnated into a new world - Both MCs come from a modern world into a ancient/primitive one - Both MCs have magic/qi systems in their worlds - Both MCs use modern methods in their new ancient world (poetry VS. fashion & lifestyle products) - Both MCs are skillful in economics/strategy - Both MCs hide their past life Differences - Wo Qi has a male MC VS. Honzuki has a female MC - Wo Qi is a cultivation series VS. Honzuki is a fantasy/magic series - Wo Qi MC is a masochist VS. Honzuki MC is a bookworm - Wo Qi MC is reincarnated in a noble family VS. Honzuki MC  read more 
report Recommended by ST63LTH
A woman dies and gets isekai'ed into the body of a girl in a fantasy world, and has to depend on her wits and skills from her past life to make a life for herself. In Ascendance of a Bookworm, she happens to be an aspiring librarian with a passion for books and a knack for sales, whereas in Meng Qi Shi Shen, she's an award winning young chef. In Ascendance, the setting is a medieval European style fantasy with magic, while in Shi Shen, the setting is ancient China. In either setting, life is difficult, either born into a frail body to a poor plebeian  read more 
report Recommended by Khashishi
Both cute fantasy shows about a girl who loves to read, and also contain a character who cleverly uses their brains to help out the kingdom. Mushikaburi-hime is a bit more fluffy, whereas Ascendance of a Bookworm has more comedy and teaches you about how books are made, but if you liked one I'm sure you'd like the other.  
report Recommended by R3verie
Both feature an MC who gets transported into a fantasy world. Using their knowledge from their previous world to aid them in achieving their goal. They also introduce ideology/technology that is unheard of in the foreign world. 
report Recommended by TheRockzSG
This is totally mushoku tensie level of world-building, but the stakes are a bit more relaxed. a very interesting dynamic between the characters exists.ART is also on a similar level . 
report Recommended by SpRayquaza11
Both excel at character design. Both are slow paced. Both are isekai. 
report Recommended by jagi125
Similarities - Both MCs are social outcasts in their previous lives - Both MCs gain an unfair advantage in their new life - Both MCs create things when they get stuck - Both MCs are reincarnated in their new world Differences - fruits of evolution MC is male VS honzuki MC is female - fruits of evolution has a harem VS honzuki doesn't acknowledge harem connections - fruits of evolution MC invents new spells VS honzuki MC creates inventions from the previous world  
report Recommended by ST63LTH
I believe that they are both similar because 1) the setting is on a fantasy world even though Majo no Tabitabi is not an isekai. 2) both MCs are very knowledgable and they both love books 3) We can see that they both a loving family. Lastly, it premieres in Muse Asia. Both Mcs are set to their Goals and they are not giving up. The source materials of these shows are highly rated tankobons. 
report Recommended by Xayahnatix1
Similarities - Both MCs are isekai/reincarnated in a new world - Both MCs used modern methods from their old world in this new world - Both MCs are commoners in their new world - Both series worlds are ancient/primitive times (Ancient China, Ancient Europe) - Both MCs are skillful in economics and politics (compared to people in their world) - Both series have magic users, magic items and mana systems - Both MCs hide their past life Differences - Wo Shi has a male MC VS. Honzuki has female MC - Wo Shi is a chinese CGI donghua VS. Honzuki is a Japanese 2D Anime - Honzuki MC is a bookworm VS. Wo Shi MC  read more 
report Recommended by ST63LTH
A less than ordinary adult gets ISEKAI into a poor family as a child with all memory intact and discovers magic. 
report Recommended by Bio0137
-Both feature protagonists thrust into a world in which they must use their specialized skills from Earth (survival tactics vs book/craft knowledge) to survive -Both feature somewhat younger child characters as the protagonist -Both are a little slower paced but give a lot of detail and attention to their respective fantasy worlds -Both are a little hampered by lower production values, but make up for it in their writing -Both protagonists have blue hair (almost entirely inconsequential but a little funny nontheless)  
report Recommended by TheMidnightWolf
They're both similar in their wholesomeness. Both main characters are immensely kind and gather their recurring circle of friends as the series go on. Both Myne and Chise suffer from essentially the same condition. 
report Recommended by Makkurayami
(ENG)Both fun isekais that avoided being generic and had very well developed characters and plot./ (PT-BR)Ambos isekais divertidos que evitavam ser genéricos e tinham personagens e enredo muito bem desenvolvidos.  
report Recommended by Romitti
While the stories themselves are quite different, there's something calming that these two shows share. Something about the mood that just feels similar. Whether you are looking for a relaxing cafe or a fascinating quest to do a seemingly simple task, both of these are good picks if you want something that will keep you smiling. 
report Recommended by Xaeveax
Both of these have fantastic settings, lovable characters, and great attention to detail when it comes to both character writing and world building. Super cozy and relaxing most of the time, but can sometimes get pretty tense. Especially Natsume Yuujinchou, which becomes borderline horror at times. Very good soundtracks and sound design in both. They also both feature very good fantasy elements, which make up the core forces that drive the narrative forward.  
report Recommended by Xaeveax
The animes are about older people who become embodied into younger children with the memories of their adulthood, so if you enjoyed the aspect of Fujinuma being a child with an adult mind, then you'd enjoy bookworm even more. 
report Recommended by CoffeeBean
You want a good LN adaption with a female protagonist? This is for you. 
report Recommended by ninryu
While lots of the story material in these series are different, the mood often overlaps. They are both about characters discovering the world, and do so in great detail. Kino is all about seeing many locations, whereas bookworm focuses on just one. The main characters are well-written, believable, and generally very enjoyable to follow in both. As one would hope from shows that focus so much on the world, the world-building in both is top-notch. 
report Recommended by Xaeveax
Much like Yang's obsession with history books, Myne is similarly obsessed with reading in general, and that drives them to accomplish many other things. 
report Recommended by YuriSpacePirate
The main characters of both shows (Latina and Myne) are young, cute girls who are out of place in the setting of the story. While Latina's personality is sweeter and quieter than Myne's with her tendency to leap before looking and her occasional pouting, they share a determination for their goals. The shows are set in Middle Ages inspired, pseudo-European worlds with magic, and both girls have protective family and friend characters around them. There are some similarly-themed tensions (don't want to give any spoilers), and overall these are light viewing experiences w/ some heartfelt moments and comedy. 
report Recommended by ivymint
Both feature female protagonists and are light-hearted in nature. They both revolve around magic users and can be slow burns if you are looking for something in the Isekai genre that doesn't try to be too "cool." 
report Recommended by SaintJames012
A person who is obsessed with books is reincarnated into a position in which getting access to books is nearly impossible. That problem is quickly resolved in Inu to Hasami, but keeps being the main goal for the series in Honzuki no Gekokujou. 
report Recommended by Kiwii_121
Both shows start off with the main characters suddenly appearing in a new, unknown world. Initially, one of their main goals is to find a library, either to be around books or to find information about themselves. 
report Recommended by Kiwii_121
Myne and Aladdin are both blue-haired kids assisted by blonde boys. There is trade, commerce, and magic. 
report Recommended by chuunigyo
Each entertain with drama and comedy relief, while also surrounding its story's respective characters and plot points among microeconomic concepts, game theory, innovation, or entrepreneurship, in a pre-Renaissance European-type setting. Dialogue-heavy and rich in commentary about human psychology, the two anime offer a lot of substance in terms of character interaction, and will please those who muster the patience for slow-burning (but ultimately rewarding) productions. If you enjoyed the intellectualism of Spice and Wolf, then you'll be in good company when watching Ascendance of a Bookworm.  
report Recommended by FluffyFlareon
Kumoko and Myne are very similar as characters. They both have literal physical challenges and disadvantages to overcome, and use optimism, strategy, and willpower to adapt to and thrive in their new situations. Myne is sick with a serious illness, Kumoko is now a spider. Both characters are passionate and fun to watch with strong character-motivations. These anime are also both fantasy Isekai where Kumoko and Myne have magic. Honzuki no Gekokujou is goes more for realism where as Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? takes the video-game approach many ieskai do. The tones of the anime are very different, but both are well-written. 
report Recommended by Floral_aroma
The main characters channel their passion and energy into making books - although while Honzuki is about books in general, Fune wo Amu is about dictionaries specifically. The slow pace draws viewers into the story, and amid the slow process of book-making, the protagonists build interesting relationships with those around them. 
report Recommended by Neko-Hoshishima
Both anime have mcs who came from another world and have the ideas and skills too advanced for that world and are capable of and want to change that world, But honzuki no gekokujou doesn't have any fighting in it compared to choyoyu. 
report Recommended by _vilkagars_