Ascendance of a Bookworm

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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 byYō Shiina
Published byTO Books
English publisher
DemographicMale
ImprintTO Bunko
Original runJanuary 2015 – present
Volumes22
Manga
Part 1
Illustrated bySuzuka
Published byTO Books
English publisher
DemographicSeinen
ImprintCorona Comics
MagazineComic Corona
Original runOctober 2015July 2018
Volumes7
Manga
Part 2
Illustrated bySuzuka
Published byTO Books
DemographicSeinen
ImprintCorona Comics
MagazineComic Corona
Original runSeptember 24, 2018 – present
Volumes2
Manga
Part 3
Illustrated byRyo Namino
Published byTO Books
DemographicSeinen
ImprintCorona Comics
MagazineComic Corona
Original runApril 30, 2018 – present
Volumes1
Anime television series
Directed byMitsuru Hongo
Written byMariko Kunisawa
Music byMichiru
StudioAjia-do Animation Works
Original networkWowow, Tokyo MX, BS Fuji
Original run October 2, 2019 – present
Episodes14 (List of episodes)
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Ascendance of a Bookworm (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) is a Japanese fantasy light novel series written by Miya Kazuki and illustrated by Yō 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 twenty volumes since January 2015.

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 on October 2, 2019.

Synopsis[edit]

Urano, a young Japanese soon-to-be librarian, dies in an earthquake. She is reincarnated in another world as a young girl named Myne, but learns that books are scarce and only provided to prestigious elites. Myne (retaining her memories from her previous life) decides to create and print her own books so that she can read again.

Characters[edit]

Myne (マイン, Main)
Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi[2]
Ferdinand (フェルディナンド, Ferudinando)
Voiced by: Show Hayami[2]
Tuuli (トゥーリ, Tūri)
Voiced by: Megumi Nakajima[3]
Effa (エーファ, Ēfa)
Voiced by: Fumiko Orikasa[3]
Gunther (ギュンター, Gyuntā)
Voiced by: Tsuyoshi Koyama[3]
Lutz (ルッツ, Rutsu)
Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura[3]
Benno (ベンノ)
Voiced by: Takehito Koyasu[4]
Otto (オットー, Ottō)
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino[4]
Mark (マルク, Maruku)
Voiced by: Tomoaki Maeno[4]
Freida (フリーダ, Furīda)
Voiced by: Aya Uchida[4]
Gustav (グスタフ, Gusutafu)
Voiced by: Hiroshi Naka[4]

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

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 Yō Shiina in January 2015.

No.TitleJapanese releaseEnglish release
1Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 1 Volume 1January 25, 2015[5]
ISBN 978-486472-342-8
May 20, 2019[6]
ISBN 978-171835-600-9
2Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 1 Volume 2February 25, 2015[7]
ISBN 978-4-86472-347-3
July 9, 2019[8]
ISBN 978-171835-601-6
3Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 1 Volume 3June 25, 2015[9]
ISBN 978-486472-397-8
September 3, 2019[10]
ISBN 978-171835-602-3
4Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 2 Volume 1September 25, 2015[11]
ISBN 978-486472-424-1
November 10, 2019[12]
ISBN 978-171835-603-0
5Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 2 Volume 2December 25, 2015[13]
ISBN 978-486472-447-0
January 20, 2020[14]
ISBN 978-171835-604-7
6Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 2 Volume 3March 25, 2016[15]
ISBN 978-486472-473-9
7Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 2 Volume 4June 10, 2016[16]
ISBN 978-486472-492-0
8Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 3 Volume 1September 10, 2016[17]
ISBN 978-486472-521-7
9Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 3 Volume 2December 10, 2016[18]
ISBN 978-486472-540-8
10Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 3 Volume 3March 10, 2017[19]
ISBN 978-486472-562-0
11Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 3 Volume 4June 10, 2017[20]
ISBN 978-486472-586-6
12Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 3 Volume 5September 09, 2017[21]
ISBN 978-486472-600-9
13Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 4 Volume 1December 09, 2017[22]
ISBN 978-4-86472-634-4
14Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 4 Volume 2March 10, 2018[23]
ISBN 978-4-86472-669-6
15Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 4 Volume 3June 09, 2018[24]
ISBN 978-4-86472-686-3
16Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 4 Volume 4September 10, 2018[25]
ISBN 978-4-86472-724-2
17Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 4 Volume 5December 10, 2018[26]
ISBN 978-4-86472-764-8
18Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 4 Volume 6March 09, 2019[27]
ISBN 978-4-86472-788-4
19Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 4 Volume 7June 10, 2019[28]
ISBN 978-4-86472-814-0
20Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 4 Volume 8September 10, 2019[29]
ISBN 978-4-86472-828-7
21Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 4 Volume 9December 10, 2019[30]
ISBN 978-4-86472-855-3

Manga[edit]

Anime[edit]

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.[2] It premiered on October 2, 2019 on Wowow, Tokyo MX, and BS Fuji.[3] Sumire Morohoshi performed the series' opening theme song "Masshiro" (真っ白), while Megumi Nakajima performed the series' ending theme song "Kamikazari no Tenshi" (髪飾りの天使).[3][31] The series will run for 14 episodes.[32] Crunchyroll is streaming the series.[33]

No.Title [34][a]Original air date
1"A World Without Books"
Transcription: "Hon no nai sekai" (Japanese: 本のない世界)
October 2, 2019 (2019-10-02)
2"Life Improvements and Slates"
Transcription: "Seikatsu kaizen to Sekiban" (Japanese: 生活改善と石板)
October 9, 2019 (2019-10-09)
3"The Events of Winter"
Transcription: "Fuyu no Dekigoto" (Japanese: 冬のできごと)
October 16, 2019 (2019-10-16)
4"Forests and Clay Tablets"
Transcription: "Hajimete no Mori to Nendo ban" (Japanese: 初めての森と粘土板)
October 23, 2019 (2019-10-23)
5"Baptisms and Strange Fevers"
Transcription: "Senreishiki to Fushigina Netsu" (Japanese: 洗礼式と不思議な熱)
October 30, 2019 (2019-10-30)
6"Meeting"
Transcription: "Kaigo" (Japanese: 会合)
November 7, 2019 (2019-11-07)
7"Seeds of Suspicion"
Transcription: "Fushin-kan no Mebae" (Japanese: 不信感の芽生え)
November 14, 2019 (2019-11-14)

Reception[edit]

The light novel series has over 1 million copies in print.[2] 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.[35][36]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ All English episode titles taken from Crunchyroll.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "J-Novel Club Licenses Ascendance of a Bookworm Novels". Anime News Network. March 17, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Ascendance of a Bookworm Fantasy Novel Gets TV Anime". Anime News Network. March 7, 2019. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Ascendance of a Bookworm Anime Reveals More Cast, Staff, October Premiere". Anime News Network. June 6, 2019. Retrieved June 6, 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Ascendance of a Bookworm Anime Reveals Ad, Visuals, More Cast". Anime News Network. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.
  5. ^ "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~第一部「兵士の娘1」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
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  9. ^ "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~第一部「兵士の娘3」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  10. ^ "Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 1 Volume 3". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "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~第二部「神殿の巫女見習い1」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  12. ^ "Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 2 Volume 1". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  13. ^ "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~第二部「神殿の巫女見習い2」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  14. ^ "Ascendance of a Bookworm: Part 2 Volume 2". Amazon.com. Retrieved November 12, 2019.
  15. ^ "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~第二部「神殿の巫女見習い3」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  16. ^ "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~第二部「神殿の巫女見習い4」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  17. ^ "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~第三部「領主の養女1」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  18. ^ "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~第三部「領主の養女2」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  19. ^ "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~第三部「領主の養女3」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  20. ^ "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~第三部「領主の養女4」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  21. ^ "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~第三部「領主の養女5」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  22. ^ "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~第四部「貴族院の自称図書委員1」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  23. ^ "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~第四部「貴族院の自称図書委員2」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  24. ^ "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~第四部「貴族院の自称図書委員3」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  25. ^ "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~第四部「貴族院の自称図書委員4」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  26. ^ "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~第四部「貴族院の自称図書委員5」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  27. ^ "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~第四部「貴族院の自称図書委員6」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  28. ^ "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~第四部「貴族院の自称図書委員7」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  29. ^ "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~第四部「貴族院の自称図書委員8」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  30. ^ "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~第四部「貴族院の自称図書委員9」". TOBOOKS.shop-pro.jp. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  31. ^ "Sumire Morohoshi Performs Opening Theme for Ascendance of a Bookworm TV Anime". Anime News Network. May 31, 2019. Retrieved May 31, 2019.
  32. ^ "Ascendance of a Bookworm Anime Reveals 14-Episode Length, October 2 Debut". Anime News Network. August 1, 2019. Retrieved August 1, 2019.
  33. ^ "Crunchyroll to Stream High School Prodigies Have It Easy Even in Another World, Ascendance of a Bookworm Anime". Anime News Network. August 14, 2019. Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  34. ^ "ストーリー" (in Japanese). Retrieved October 2, 2019.
  35. ^ "Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! Reveals 2018 Series Ranking". Anime News Network. November 24, 2017. Retrieved March 8, 2019.
  36. ^ "Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! Reveals 2019 Series Ranking". Anime News Network. November 23, 2018. Retrieved March 8, 2019.

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