Ascendance of a Bookworm

Ascendance of a Bookworm, known in Japan as Honzuki no Gekokujō: Shisho ni Naru Tame niwa Shudan o Erandeiraremasen (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~, Ascendence of a Bookworm: I'll Stop at Nothing to Become a Librarian) is a Japanese fantasy light novel series written by Miya Kazuki and illustrated by Yū Shiina. It was serialized online between September 2013 and March 2017 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was later acquired by TO Books, who have published 22 volumes since January 2015.

Ascendance of a Bookworm
Ascendance of a Bookworm light novel volume 1 cover.jpg
First light novel volume cover
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~
(Honzuki no Gekokujō: Shisho ni Naru Tame niwa Shudan o Erandeiraremasen)
GenreFantasy
Novel series
Written byMiya Kazuki
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō
Original runSeptember 2013March 2017
Light novel
Written byMiya Kazuki
Illustrated byYū Shiina
Published byTO Books
English publisher
ImprintTO Bunko
DemographicMale
Original runJanuary 2015 – present
Volumes23 (List of volumes)
Manga
Part 1
Illustrated bySuzuka
Published byTO Books
English publisher
ImprintCorona Comics
MagazineComic Corona
DemographicSeinen
Original runOctober 2015July 2018
Volumes7 (List of volumes)
Manga
Part 2
Illustrated bySuzuka
Published byTO Books
ImprintCorona Comics
MagazineComic Corona
DemographicSeinen
Original runSeptember 24, 2018 – present
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
Manga
Part 3
Illustrated byRyo Namino
Published byTO Books
ImprintCorona Comics
MagazineComic Corona
DemographicSeinen
Original runApril 30, 2018 – present
Volumes3 (List of volumes)
Anime television series
Directed byMitsuru Hongo
Written byMariko Kunisawa
Music byMichiru
StudioAjia-do Animation Works
Original networkABC, Tokyo MX, Wowow, BS Fuji
Original run October 3, 2019 – present
Episodes26 + 2 OVA (List of episodes)
Wikipe-tan face.svg Anime and manga portal

A manga adaptation of the first part with art by Suzuka was serialized online via Niconico Seiga website between October 2015 and July 2018. It was collected in seven tankōbon volumes by TO Books. Both the light novel and manga are published in English by J-Novel Club.[1] An anime television series adaptation by Ajia-do Animation Works premiered from October 3, 2019 to June 21, 2020. A two part OVA episode released on March 10, 2020. A third season has been announced.[2]

PlotEdit

The story follows Motosu Urano, a book-loving post-secondary student and soon-to-be librarian who ends up crushed to death beneath a pile of books during an earthquake. With her dying breath, she wishes to be reincarnated in a world where she can read books forever. Urano awakens in the body of a weak, five-year-old girl named Myne in a world where books are scarce and only available to elites. Myne, retaining her memories from her previous life, decides to create and print her own books so that she can read again.

CharactersEdit

Myne (マイン, Main) / Urano Motosu (本須 麗乃, Motosu Urano)
Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi[3] (Japanese); Reba Buhr[4] (English)
The titular bookworm, Urano was on the cusp of being a librarian when she was ironically crushed to death under a pile of books during an earthquake, and reincarnated as a sickly five-year-old girl named Myne, but in a world where books are only for extremely rich nobles. Her frailty is due to a rare disease known as the "Devouring", which consists of high fevers that spark whenever the host is stressed or depressed. Now, Myne has to put her book-knowledge to the test in order to become a librarian in her new world.
Ferdinand (フェルディナンド, Ferudinando)
Voiced by: Show Hayami[3] (Japanese); Armen Taylor[5] (English)
The High Priest in the city of Ehrenfest.
Tuuli (トゥーリ, Tūri)
Voiced by: Megumi Nakajima[6] (Japanese); Lisa Reimold[5] (English)
Myne's elder sister by one year who follows her mother's craft in becoming a seamstress.
Effa (エーファ, Ēfa)
Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa[6] (Japanese); Kirsten Day[5] (English)
Myne and Tuuli's mother who is a seamstress by trade and works at a dye factory.
Gunther (ギュンター, Gyuntā)
Voiced by: Tsuyoshi Koyama[6] (Japanese); Kaiji Tang[5] (English)
Myne and Tuuli's father who works as a soldier and a guard for the city of Ehrenfest.
Lutz (ルッツ, Rutsu)
Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura[6] (Japanese); Jeannie Tirado[7] (English)
Myne's childhood best friend who helps her in her business to make paper and create books. He initially wanted to be a traveling merchant, but after being dissuaded by Otto, he decides to work with Myne and be the muscle to her brain. He is the first to suspect that Myne is not who she used to be, and has been in fact taken over by someone else.
Otto (オットー, Ottō)
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino[8] (Japanese); Joe Zieja[7] (English)
A former traveling merchant and now soldier and military accountant of Ehrenfest. He teaches Myne how to read and write the language of the new world.
Benno (ベンノ)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu[8] (Japanese); Xander Mobus[7] (English)
A city merchant who takes Myne and Lutz under his wing and help them grow their bookmaking business. After realizing the potential Myne and Lutz have at their craft, he is insistent on training them to be merchants and argues against others who want the pair for themselves.
Mark (マルク, Maruku)
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno[8] (Japanese); Brian Anderson[9] (English)
An assistant at Benno's store who helps Myne and Lutz on their journey.
Gustav (グスタフ, Gusutafu)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka[8] (Japanese); Brook Chalmers[10] (English)
The head of the Merchant Guild in Ehrenfest and Benno's senior. He agrees to allow Lutz and Myne to become temporarily registered merchants after seeing the products the duo are able to create.
Freida (フリーダ, Furīda)
Voiced by: Aya Uchida[8] (Japanese); Kayli Mills[11] (English)
Gustav's granddaughter who wants to buy one of Myne's hairpins to wear at her baptism. Like Myne, she has the incurable illness known as the "Devouring".
Gil (ギル, Giru)
Voiced by: Yūko Sanpei[12] (Japanese); Laura Stahl[7] (English)
A young grey-robed boy who is placed as Myne's retainer. He is pompous, brash, and believes himself superior to Myne, even though he is beneath her in the temple hierarchy. He eventually comes around and serves Myne faithfully after she shows him kindness and compassion.
Fran (フラン, Furan)
Voiced by: Shō Karino[12] (Japanese); Chris Hackney[7] (English)
A grey-robed young man who is placed as Myne's retainer. He is quiet, follows the rules, and is highly devoted to the temple. He is the first retainer to earn Myne's trust, and becomes her right-hand man.
Delia (デリア, Deria)
Voiced by: Chiyo Tomaru[12] (Japanese); Lizzie Freeman[7] (English)
A young grey-robed girl who is placed as Myne's retainer. She is out to annoy and frustrate Myne on the High Bishop's orders, hoping she will grow up to be his concubine if she's successful. After Myne threatens to send her back to the orphanage, she changes her ways and serves Myne faithfully, but still retains her snarky attitude.

MediaEdit

Light novelsEdit

It was originally published by Miya Kazuki as a free-to-read web novel on Shōsetsuka ni Narō in 2013 until it was acquired by TO Books which published the first volume in print in their TO Bunko imprint with illustrations by Yū Shiina in January 2015. As of June 2020, the series will have accumulated over 23 volumes and divided into five parts.

No.TitleJapanese releaseEnglish release
1Part 1: Daughter of a Soldier Vol.1
Dai Ichi-bu Heishi no musume Ichi (第一部 兵士の娘I)
January 25, 2015[13]
ISBN 978-4-86472-342-8
May 20, 2019[14]
ISBN 978-1-7183-5600-9
  • Prologue
  • 1. A New Life
  • 2. Exploring My Home
  • 3. Exploring the City
  • 4. Books: Unobtainable
  • 5. Lifestyle Overhaul
  • 6. Neighborhood Boys
  • 7. Paper: Unobtainable
  • 8. Learning to Respect Egyptian Culture
  • 9. Winter Preparations
  • 10. Stone Slate Get!
  • 11. Beaten by Ancient Egyptians
  • 12. The Sweet Taste of Winter
  • 13. Helping out Otto
  • 14. Tuuli's Hair Ornament
  • 15. Bring Me to the Forest
  • 16. Long Live Mesopotamian Culture
  • 17. Clay Tablets Wont Work
  • 18. Tuuli's Baptism
  • 19. I Love You, Yellow River Culture
  • 20. I Want Ink
  • 21. Intense Battle with Food
  • 22. Mokkan and a Mysterious Fever
  • 23. The Road to a Meeting
  • 24. Meeting with the Merchant
  • Epilogue
  • Extra Story: A Day Without Myne
  • Extra Story: Unchanging Daily Life
2Part 1: Daughter of a Soldier Vol.2
Dai Ichi-bu Heishi no musume Ni (第一部 兵士の娘II)
February 25, 2015[15]
ISBN 978-4-86472-347-3
July 9, 2019[16]
ISBN 978-1-7183-5601-6
  • Prologue
  • 1. The Road to Washii
  • 2. Invitation to the Otto Residence
  • 3. Summons from Benno
  • 4. Contract Magic
  • 5. Lutz's Most Important Job
  • 6. Ordering Tools and Materials
  • 7. Starting to Make Paper
  • 8. Painful Mistakes
  • 9. Lutz's Myne
  • 10. Completed Paper
  • 11. The Merchants' Guild
  • 12. The Guildmaster and the Hair Ornament
  • 13. The Guildmaster's Granddaughter
  • 14. Freida's Hair Ornament
  • 15. Delivering the Hair Ornaments
  • 16. Winter Handiwork
  • 17. Lutz's Training Curriculum
  • 18. Why It Failed and How to Fix It
  • 19. A Trombe Appears
  • 20. We Went Ahead and Made Some
  • 21. Myne Collapses
  • Epilogue
  • Corrina's Married Life
  • Gossiping by the Well
3Part 1: Daughter of a Soldier Vol.3
Dai Ichi-bu Heishi no musume San (第一部 兵士の娘III)
June 25, 2015[17]
ISBN 978-4-86472-397-8
September 3, 2019[18]
ISBN 978-1-7183-5602-3
  • Prologue
  • 1. Discussing the Devouring with Freida
  • 2. Making Cake with Freida
  • 3. Taking a Bath with Freida
  • 4. Freida's Baptism
  • 5. Winter Begins
  • 6. Completion of my Outfit and Hairpin
  • 7. Lutz's Tutor
  • 8. Otto's Counseling Room
  • 9. Family Meeting
  • 10. Report to Lutz
  • 11. Back to Paper-Making
  • 12. Vested Interests
  • 13. Result of the Meeting with the Vested Interests
  • 14. Tools and Selecting a Workshop
  • 15. Preparing for Lutz's Apprenticeship
  • 16. Contract with Freida
  • 17. To The Baptism Ceremony
  • 18. A Quiet Commotion
  • 19. Gated Paradise
  • 20. Rejection and Persuasion
  • 21. Benno's Lecture
  • 22. Contract Magic and Registering the Workshop
  • 23. Strategy Meeting and the Temple
  • 24. Confrontation
  • Epilogue
  • Tuuli — Visiting Corinna
  • Leise — Confectionary Recipe
  • Benno — Pound Cake Sampling
  • Mark — The Master and I
  • The Life of an Apprentice Merchant
  • The Roots of the Guildmaster's Worries
4Part 2: Apprentice Shrine Maiden Vol.1
Dai Ni-bu Shinden no miko minarai Ichi (第二部 神殿の巫女見習いI)
September 25, 2015[19]
ISBN 978-4-86472-424-1
November 10, 2019[20]
ISBN 978-1-7183-5603-0
  • Prologue
  • 1. Attendants and the Fealty Ceremony
  • 2. A Shrine Maiden's Job
  • 3. Not Like the other Blue Robes
  • 4. Benno's Meeting with the High Priest
  • 5. The Meeting Begins
  • 6. Buying Secondhand Clothes
  • 7. The Animosity of Lutz and Gil
  • 8. What They Deserve
  • 9. First Time Outside
  • 10. Training the Chefs
  • 11. Delia's Job
  • 12. The Reality of the Orphanage
  • 13. Discussion With the High Priest and My Resolve
  • 14. Secret Talk with the High Priest
  • 15. Cleaning Up the Orphanage
  • 16. Ideas for New Products
  • 17. Diptychs and Cards
  • 18. Preparing for the Star Festival
  • 19. The Star Festival
  • 20. After the Festival
  • 21. Lutz's Path Through Life
  • 22. Lutz Running Away From Home
  • 23. The High Priest Letter of Invitation
  • 24. Family Meeting at the Temple
  • Epilogue
  • A Place Still Far From Here
  • An Attendant's Self-Awareness
5Part 2: Apprentice Shrine Maiden Vol.2
Dai Ni-bu Shinden no miko minarai Ni (第二部 神殿の巫女見習いII)
December 25, 2015[21]
ISBN 978-4-86472-447-0
January 20, 2020[22]
ISBN 978-1-7183-5604-7
  • Prologue
  • 1. One Wilma, Please
  • 2. Rosina and Harspiels
  • 3. An Attendant’s Job
  • 4. The Italian Restaurant’s Interior Decoration
  • 5. How to Run a Restaurant
  • 6. The Significance of Going Outside
  • 7. Preparing to Make Ink
  • 8. Black Oil Paint
  • 9. Making Picture Books with Woodblock Printing
  • 10. Black-and-White Picture Books
  • 11. Preparing for the Children’s Bible
  • 12. Binding Children’s Bibles
  • 13. Missing the Harvest Festival
  • 14. The Myne Decimal System
  • 15. A Book for Benno and First Fitting
  • 16. Cinderella and a Book for the High Priest
  • 17. A Discussion About Winter Preparations
  • 18. Off to Buy Winter Clothes
  • 19. Butchering and Absence
  • 20. The End of Winter Preparations
  • 21. Summons from the Knight’s Order
  • 22. Trombe Extermination
  • 23. Rescue and Reprimand
  • 24. The Healing Ritual
  • Epilogue
  • The Attendant of an Apprentice Blue Shrine Maiden
  • Apprentice Chef in the Temple
6Part 2: Apprentice Shrine Maiden Vol.3
Dai Ni-bu Shinden no miko minarai San (第二部 神殿の巫女見習いIII)
March 25, 2016[23]
ISBN 978-4-86472-473-9
April 20, 2020[24]
ISBN 978-1-7183-5605-4
  • Prologue
  • 1. Printing Guild
  • 2. Johann's Task
  • 3. The Ink Guild and the Beginning of Winter
  • 4. Winter Hibernation and Handiwork
  • 5. Meeting of the Minds
  • 6. Punishment for the Knight's Order and My Future
  • 7. Daily Winter Life
  • 8. The Dedication Ritual
  • 9. Rosina's Coming of Age Ceremony
  • 10. Rumtopf and Shoes
  • 11. Completion of the Metal Letter Types
  • 12. Temple Stay Extended
  • 13. Preparing for the Spring Prayer
  • 14. Spring Prayer
  • 15. An After-Meal Invitation
  • 16. Ambush
  • 17. The Wild and Uncontrollable Blue Priest
  • 18. Visit to the Orphanage and Workshop
  • 19. Talking with the High Priest and Returning Home
  • 20. A New Member of the Family
  • Epilogue
  • Lunchtime in the Temple
  • The Title of "Gutenberg"
7Part 2: Apprentice Shrine Maiden Vol.4
Dai Ni-bu Shinden no miko minarai Yon (第二部 神殿の巫女見習いIV)
June 10, 2016[25]
ISBN 978-4-86472-492-0
June 23, 2020[26]
ISBN 978-1-7183-4612-3
  • Prologue
  • 1. Caring for Kamil
  • 2. The Abandoned Child
  • 3. What to Do About Dirk
  • 4. The Ink Guild and Succession
  • 5. Researching Color-Making
  • 6. Challenging Wax Stencils
  • 7. Delia's Progress
  • 8. Both Sides of the Story
  • 9. The Two Who Left
  • 10. The Shadow Falls
  • 11. Noble from Another Duchy
  • 12. The Black Charm
  • 13. The Source of Strife
  • 14. The New Me
  • 15. Ripped Apart
  • Epilogue
  • Freida — A Vist to the Noble's Quarter
  • Sylvester — Cleaning up the Mess
  • Arno — Fran and I
  • Benno — Maybe Lessen the Workload
  • Fran — To Serve as the High Bishop's Attendant
  • Effa — Facing the Future
  • Josef — Beruf Certification
  • Leon — Sylvester Undercover
8Part 3: Adopted Daughter of an Archduke Vol.1
Dai San-bu Ryōshu no yōjo Ichi (第三部 領主の養女I)
September 10, 2016[27]
ISBN 978-4-86472-521-7
August 12, 2020[28]
ISBN 978-1-7183-4614-7
9Part 3: Adopted Daughter of an Archduke Vol.2
Dai San-bu Ryōshu no yōjo Ni (第三部 領主の養女II)
December 10, 2016[29]
ISBN 978-4-86472-540-8
10Part 3: Adopted Daughter of an Archduke Vol.3
Dai San-bu Ryōshu no yōjo San (第三部 領主の養女III)
March 10, 2017[30]
ISBN 978-4-86472-562-0
11Part 3: Adopted Daughter of an Archduke Vol.4
Dai San-bu Ryōshu no yōjo Yon (第三部 領主の養女IV)
June 10, 2017[31]
ISBN 978-4-86472-586-6
12Part 3: Adopted Daughter of an Archduke Vol.5
Dai San-bu Ryōshu no yōjo Go (第三部 領主の養女V)
September 09, 2017[32]
ISBN 978-4-86472-600-9
13Part 4: Self-Proclaimed Member of the Royal Academy Library Committee Vol.1
Dai Yon-bu Kizoku-in no jishō tosho iin Ichi (第四部 貴族院の自称図書委員I)
December 09, 2017[33]
ISBN 978-4-86472-634-4
14Part 4: Self-Proclaimed Member of the Royal Academy Library Committee Vol.2
Dai Yon-bu Kizoku-in no jishō tosho iin Ni (第四部 貴族院の自称図書委員II)
March 10, 2018[34]
ISBN 978-4-86472-669-6
15Part 4: Self-Proclaimed Member of the Royal Academy Library Committee Vol.3
Dai Yon-bu Kizoku-in no jishō tosho iin San (第四部 貴族院の自称図書委員III)
June 09, 2018[35]
ISBN 978-4-86472-686-3
16Part 4: Self-Proclaimed Member of the Royal Academy Library Committee Vol.4
Dai Yon-bu Kizoku-in no jishō tosho iin Yon (第四部 貴族院の自称図書委員IV)
September 10, 2018[36]
ISBN 978-4-86472-724-2
17Part 4: Self-Proclaimed Member of the Royal Academy Library Committee Vol.5
Dai Yon-bu Kizoku-in no jishō tosho iin Go (第四部 貴族院の自称図書委員V)
December 10, 2018[37]
ISBN 978-4-86472-764-8
18Part 4: Self-Proclaimed Member of the Royal Academy Library Committee Vol.6
Dai Yon-bu Kizoku-in no jishō tosho iin Roku (第四部 貴族院の自称図書委員VI)
March 09, 2019[38]
ISBN 978-4-86472-788-4
19Part 4: Self-Proclaimed Member of the Royal Academy Library Committee Vol.7
Dai Yon-bu Kizoku-in no jishō tosho iin Nana (第四部 貴族院の自称図書委員VII)
June 10, 2019[39]
ISBN 978-4-86472-814-0
20Part 4: Self-Proclaimed Member of the Royal Academy Library Committee Vol.8
Dai Yon-bu Kizoku-in no jishō tosho iin Hachi (第四部 貴族院の自称図書委員VIII)
September 10, 2019[40]
ISBN 978-4-86472-828-7
21Part 4: Self-Proclaimed Member of the Royal Academy Library Committee Vol.9
Dai Yon-bu Kizoku-in no jishō tosho iin Kyuu (第四部 貴族院の自称図書委員IX)
December 10, 2019[41]
ISBN 978-4-86472-855-3
22Part 5: Incarnation of the Goddess Vol.1
Dai Go-bu Megami no keshin Ichi (第五部 女神の化身I)
March 10, 2020[42]
ISBN 978-4-86472-923-9
23Part 5: Incarnation of the Goddess Vol.2
Dai Go-bu Megami no keshin Ni (第五部 女神の化身Ⅱ)
June 10, 2020[43]
ISBN 978-4-86699-001-9
24Part 5: Incarnation of the Goddess Vol.3
Dai Go-bu Megami no keshin San (第五部 女神の化身III)
September 9, 2020[44]
ISBN 978-4-86699-038-5

MangaEdit

A manga adaptation was published by TO Books and follows similar format as the novels. Part 1, subtitled If there aren't any books, I'll just have to make some! (本がないなら作ればいい!, Hon ga nainara tsukureba ī!), was illustrated by Suzuka, serialized in Comic Corona from October 2015 to July 2018, and was compiled into a total of seven volumes. Suzuka continued to illustrate Part 2 subtitled Become a Shrine Maiden for Books! (本のためなら巫女になる!, Hon no tamenara miko ni naru!) which began serialization in Comic Corona on September 24, 2018 and currently has a total of three volumes. Part 3 subtitled Spread the Book on your Territory! (領地に本を広げよう!, Ryōchi ni hon o hirogeyou!) is illustrated by Ryo Namino and began serialization in Comic Corona despite Part 1 still being ongoing at the time. Part 3 currently has three volumes.

Part 1
No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 June 25, 2016[45]ISBN 978-4-86472-495-1June 18, 2019[46]ISBN 978-1-7183-3800-5
  • 1. A New Life
  • 2. Books: Unobtainable
  • 3. Lifestyle Overhaul
  • 4. Learning to Respect Egyptian Culture
  • 5. Winter Preparations
  • Extra: Myne's Gotten Weird
2 July 10, 2016[47]ISBN 978-4-86472-499-9December 3, 2019[48]ISBN 978-1-7183-3802-9
  • 6. Pig Killing Day
  • 7. The Sweet Taste of Winter
  • 8. Helping Out Otto
  • 9. Bring Me to the Forest
  • 10. Finally the Forest
  • Extra: Lutz and the Parue Tree
3 November 10, 2016[49]ISBN 978-4-86472-533-0March 25, 2020[50]ISBN 978-1-7183-3804-3
  • 11. I Love You, Yellow River Culture
  • 12. The Mysterious Heat and the Meeting
  • 12.5. Result of the Meeting
  • 13. Road to Washi
  • 14. Summons From Benno
  • Extra: Improving the Food Situation
  • Story: The Baptism Ceremony and the Hairpin
4 February 25, 2017[51]ISBN 978-4-86472-554-5May 13, 2020[52]ISBN 978-1-7183-3806-7
  • 15. Lutz's Most Important Job
  • 16. Beginning to Make Paper
  • 17. Lutz's Myne
  • 18. The Merchant's Guild
  • 19. Temporary Registration and a Business Discussion
  • Extra: Coins and the Value of Things
  • Story: Zeg the Apprentice Craftsman
5 August 1, 2017[53]ISBN 978-4-86472-602-3August 12, 2020[54]ISBN 978-1-71833-808-1
  • 20. The Guildmaster's Granddaughter
  • 21. Freida's Hairpins
  • 22. Improving Rinsham
  • 23. A Trombe Appears
  • 24. Nearing Winter
  • Extra: The Power of Money
  • Story: Hairpins and the Meeting of Store
6 February 24, 2018[55]ISBN 978-4-86472-664-1
7 August 1, 2018[56]ISBN 978-4-86472-720-4
Part 2
No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 April 25, 2019[57]ISBN 978-4-86472-801-0
2 October 5, 2019[58]ISBN 978-4-86472-853-9
3 April 1, 2020[59]ISBN 978-4-86472-941-3
4 October 1, 2020[60]ISBN 978-4-86699-056-9
Part 3
No.Japanese release dateJapanese ISBNEnglish release dateEnglish ISBN
1 February 1, 2019[61]ISBN 978-4-86472-784-6
2 December 14, 2019[62]ISBN 978-4-86472-881-2
3 June 15, 2020[63]ISBN 978-4-86699-003-3

AnimeEdit

An anime television series adaptation was announced on March 7, 2019. The series is animated by Ajia-do Animation Works and directed by Mitsuru Hongo, with Mariko Kunisawa handling series composition, Yoshiaki Yanagida and Toshihisa Kaiya designing the characters, and Michiru composing the series' music.[3] The first part ran for 14 episodes,[64] which aired from October 3 to December 26, 2019 on ABC, Tokyo MX, Wowow, and BS Fuji.[6][a] Sumire Morohoshi performed the series' opening theme song "Mashiro" (真っ白), while Megumi Nakajima performed the series' ending theme song "Kamikazari no Tenshi" (髪飾りの天使).[6][65] The second part, which is listed for 12 episodes aired from April 5 to June 21, 2020.[66][67] Sumire Morohoshi is also performing the second part's opening theme song "Tsumujikaze" (旋風) (Commotion).[68] The OVA episode numbered 14.5 consisting of two parts called "Eustachius's Incognito Operation Downtown" and "Visiting Missus Corinna" aired on March 9, 2020.[69][70] The production of a third season was announced on July 12, 2020.[71][72] Crunchyroll is streaming the series.[73]

OtherEdit

Four fan books were published by TO Books and released on March 10, 2017; December 9, 2017; November 10, 2018; and January 10, 2020 respectively. TO Books has also published four Drama CDs and which were released on September 9, 2017; June 9, 2018; June 10, 2019; December 10, 2019 respectively.[74][75][76][77]

ReceptionEdit

The light novel series has over 1 million copies in print.[3] The series ranked fifth in 2017 and first in 2018 and 2019 in Takarajimasha's annual light novel guide book Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!, in the tankōbon category.[78][79]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Wowow listed the show at 24:30 on October 2, which is 12:30 AM on October 3, 2019.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "J-Novel Club Licenses Ascendance of a Bookworm Novels". Anime News Network. March 17, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
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