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

Ascendance of a Bookworm

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English: Ascendance of a Bookworm
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~


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
Genres: FantasyFantasy, Slice of LifeSlice of Life
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 8.011 (scored by 9599095,990 users)
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Ranked: #5402
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Popularity: #931
Members: 188,745
Favorites: 1,557

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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
Female protagonist desperate for knowledge has to learn life skills to survive in pseudo fantasy world 
report Recommended by K2xSER
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
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
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
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 Flowersaroma
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
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 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
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
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
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_
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
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
As with Myne, the protagonist, Kazuya, is an ordinary but knowledgeable person who likes reading. That is, up to the point where he get's suddenly summoned from a library as a hero to save a fantasy country — and world — in crisis. While he is expected to fight off a approaching horde of demons, though, instead of picking up a sword or using incredible magic, he instead uses his intellect and previous knowledge from our world to address political and economical issues within human countries in what is similar to our feudal age. Hopefully, this will leave humanity better prepare for what is to  read more 
report Recommended by dluiscosta
Both excel at character design. Both are slow paced. Both are isekai. 
report Recommended by jagi125
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
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
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
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
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
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
(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
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
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 Flowersaroma
You want a good LN adaption with a female protagonist? This is for you. 
report Recommended by ninryu
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
Myne and Aladdin are both blue-haired kids assisted by blonde boys. There is trade, commerce, and magic. 
report Recommended by chuunigyo