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

Ascendance of a Bookworm

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Alternative Titles

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


Score: 8.031 (scored by 7769577,695 users)
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Ranked: #5032
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Popularity: #979
Members: 153,967
Favorites: 1,300
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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 Myne—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 Myne. She will prove that her will to read is unbreakable, and if there are no books around, she will make them herself!

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Opening Theme

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Dec 25, 2019
Stark700 (All reviews)
You’ve probably heard the phrase “knowledge is power”. One of the fundamental elements of power comes from books and even in our modern world today, that phrase remains as true as ever. Ascendance of a Bookworm attributes to a bookworm named “Myne” who is reincarnated into another world as she hopes to regain her ability to read.

With the amount of isekai anime coming out in recent years, it’s easy to paint this show as another clone. However, you should actually take a careful look into this anime and see it more of as a slice of life isekai. What does that mean? In some ways, read more
Dec 25, 2019
Goober-fish (All reviews)
To round off this year of abysmal drops in the bucket from the rusty spigot tapped into the vast ocean of low-effort isekai anime still waiting down the pipeline, “Ascendance of a Bookworm” hit me like a brief mouthful of ambrosia that I desperately desired.

There are only so many ways to frame an isekai anime nowadays, it’s like when Fox announces they’ve renewed The Simpsons for another 3 seasons and realizes, “Haven’t we already done everything?” In this regard, Bookworm isn’t exactly novel when you think about how it recontextualizes this tired concept. It’s not an original concept, but it’s one that recognizes the read more
Dec 26, 2019
RPWPA (All reviews)
Honzuki No Gekokujou is a phenomenal anime. It has great characters, drama, story and pacing that is so perfect it makes you want to watch it all in one go.

When I started watching the anime I felt like this would be a boring Isekai from the first 3 episodes but I'm glad to say this was very far from it. What I thought was going to be a disappointing anime turned to be one of the best if not the best alongside Iruma-kun. This anime also has some of the best character development I have seen in an anime.

The characters in the anime read more
Dec 25, 2019
KANLen09 (All reviews)
Isekai Bookworm: the Isekai we needed but didn't deserve, and furthermore, the most underrated and least watched Isekai of the season, that's at least getting a continuation in Spring 2020 for its 2nd cour...like how great is that! It's almost like in the slew of all-too-familiar Isekai LNs that purge the same formula as if that's the ONLY way to make it interesting, that Ascendance of a Bookworm FINALLY saw the change towards that formula to forge and become its very own thing.

*Spoilers be warned*

In the sense of realism, Isekai Bookworm retains the fantasy that the genre is all but known for, but with the read more

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