Ascendance of a Bookworm

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Ascendance of a Bookworm
First light novel volume cover, featuring Myne
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 ni wa Shudan o Erandeiraremasen)
GenreFantasy, isekai
Novel series
Written byMiya Kazuki
Published byShōsetsuka ni Narō
Original runSeptember 23, 2013March 12, 2017
Light novel
Written byMiya Kazuki
Illustrated byYou Shiina
Published byTO Books
English publisher
ImprintTO Bunko
DemographicMale
Original runJanuary 25, 2015December 9, 2023
Volumes33
Manga
Part 1
Illustrated bySuzuka
Published byTO Books
English publisher
  • NA: J-Novel Club
ImprintCorona Comics
MagazineComic Corona
DemographicShōjo
Original runOctober 30, 2015July 2, 2018
Volumes7
Manga
Part 2
Illustrated bySuzuka
Published byTO Books
English publisher
  • NA: J-Novel Club
ImprintCorona Comics
MagazineComic Corona
DemographicShōjo
Original runSeptember 24, 2018 – present
Volumes10
Manga
Part 3
Illustrated byRyo Namino
Published byTO Books
English publisher
  • NA: J-Novel Club
ImprintCorona Comics
MagazineComic Corona
DemographicShōjo
Original runApril 30, 2018 – present
Volumes7
Anime television series
Directed byMitsuru Hongo
Written byMariko Kunisawa
Music byMichiru
Studio
Licensed byCrunchyroll (master license/streaming)
Sentai Filmworks (home video; S1–2 only)
Original networkABC, Tokyo MX, Wowow, BS Fuji, AT-X
Original run October 3, 2019 – present
Episodes36 + 2 OVA (List of episodes)
Manga
Part 4
Illustrated byHikaru Katsuki
Published byTO Books
ImprintCorona Comics
MagazineComic Corona
DemographicShōjo
Original runDecember 24, 2020 – present
Volumes7
icon Anime and manga portal

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~, Hepburn: Honzuki no Gekokujō: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan o Erandeiraremasen, lit. "Ascendance of a Bookworm: I'll Stop at Nothing to Become a Librarian") is a Japanese light novel series written by Miya Kazuki and illustrated by You Shiina. It was serialized online from September 2013 to March 2017 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was later acquired by TO Books, who has published thirty-three volumes since January 2015.

A manga adaptation of the first part with art by Suzuka was serialized online via Niconico Seiga website from October 2015 to 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. An anime television series adaptation produced by Ajia-do Animation Works aired the first part from October to December 2019, and the second part aired from April to June 2020. A two-part OVA episode released in March 2020. A third season aired from April to June 2022. A fourth season produced by Wit Studio has been announced.

Plot[edit]

The story follows Urano Motosu, a book-loving post-secondary college student and soon-to-be librarian who ends up crushed to death beneath a pile of books at her house 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.

Characters[edit]

Myne (マイン, Main) / Urano Motosu (本須 麗乃, Motosu Urano)
Voiced by: Yuka Iguchi[1] (Japanese); Reba Buhr[2] (English)
The titular bookworm, Urano (a college student) was on the cusp of being a librarian when she was crushed to death under a pile of books during an earthquake. She 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 which flares up 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[1] (Japanese); Armen Taylor[3] (English)
The High Priest in the city of Ehrenfest.
Tuuli (トゥーリ, Tūri)
Voiced by: Megumi Nakajima[4] (Japanese); Lisa Reimold[3] (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[4] (Japanese); Kirsten Day[3] (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[4] (Japanese); Kaiji Tang[3] (English)
Myne and Tuuli's father who works as a soldier and a guard for the city of Ehrenfest.
Lutz (ルッツ, Ruttsu)
Voiced by: Mutsumi Tamura[4] (Japanese); Jeannie Tirado[5] (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 Myne is not who she used to be, and in fact taken over by someone else.
Otto (オットー, Ottō)
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino[6] (Japanese); Joe Zieja[5] (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[6] (Japanese); Xander Mobus[5] (English)
A city merchant who takes Myne and Lutz under his wing and helps 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[6] (Japanese); Brian Anderson[7] (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[6] (Japanese); Brook Chalmers[8] (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[6] (Japanese); Kayli Mills[9] (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[10] (Japanese); Laura Stahl[5] (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[10] (Japanese); Chris Hackney[5] (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[10] (Japanese); Lizzie Freeman[5] (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.
Ralph (ラルフ, Rarufu)
Voiced by: Hitomi Nabatame[10] (Japanese); Danielle McRae[5] (English)
He is the third of four brothers, and the older brother of Lutz.
Sylvester (ジルヴェスター, Jiruvesutā)
Voiced by: Kazuhiko Inoue[11]

Media[edit]

Light novels[edit]

Ascendance of a Bookworm 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 You Shiina in January 2015. As of December 2023, the series will have accumulated over 33 volumes, divided into five parts. The light novel is published in English by J-Novel Club.[12] In May 2019, J-Novel Club released the first official English translation of Part 1 volume 1.[13]

Volume list[edit]

No. Title Original release date English release date
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[14]
978-4-86472-342-8
May 20, 2019 (Digital)[13]
September 3, 2019 (Physical)[15]
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[16]
978-4-86472-347-3
July 09, 2019 (Digital)[17]
November 5, 2019 (Physical)[18]
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[19]
978-4-86472-397-8
September 03, 2019 (Digital)[20]
January 7, 2020 (Physical)[21]
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[22]
978-4-86472-424-1
November 10, 2019 (Digital)[23]
April 7, 2020 (Physical)[24]
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[25]
978-4-86472-447-0
January 20, 2020 (Digital)[26]
June 2, 2020 (Physical)[27]
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[28]
978-4-86472-473-9
April 20, 2020 (Digital)[29]
October 6, 2020 (Physical)[30]
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[31]
978-4-86472-492-0
June 23, 2020 (Digital)[32]
February 2, 2021 (Physical)[33]
978-1-7183-5606-1
  • 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 Visit 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[34]
978-4-86472-521-7
August 12, 2020 (Digital)[35]
April 6, 2021 (Physical)[36]
978-1-7183-5607-8
  • Prologue
  • 1. Examination Results and the Noble's Quarter
  • 2. Preparing for the Baptism Ceremony
  • 3. A Noble's Baptism Ceremony
  • 4. Adoption
  • 5. Inauguration Ceremony
  • 6. Reunited at Last
  • 7. How to Make Fluffy Bread
  • 8. Starbind Ceremony in the Lower City
  • 9. The Archduke's Castle
  • 10. Starbind Ceremony in the Noble's Quarter
  • 11. The Archduke and the Italian Restaurant
  • 12. Making a Monastery
  • 13. How to Gather Donations
  • 14. My First Magic Training Regimen
  • 15. Working Toward Wax Stencils
  • 16. An Illustration of Ferdinand
  • 17. Johann and Zack
  • 18. Elvira and Lamprecht Attack
  • 19. Finishing My Highbeast and the Wax Stencils
  • 20. The Harspiel Concert
  • Epilogue
  • Being My Little Sister's Knight
  • One Stressed-Out Chef
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[37]
978-4-86472-540-8
October 19, 2020 (Digital)[38]
August 17, 2021 (Physical)[39]
978-1-7183-5608-5
  • Prologue
  • 1. Discussing the Harvest Festival
  • 2. Hasse's Monastery
  • 3. The New Orphans
  • 4. The Orphan's Treatment and Investigating the City
  • 5. The Monastery's Barrier
  • 6. A New Task and Winter Preparations
  • 7. Opening the Italian Restaurant
  • 8. Disucssing How to Improve Hasse
  • 9. Switching Places
  • 10. Preparing for the Harvest Festival
  • 11. Hasse's Contract
  • 12. Starting Merchant Activities
  • 13. Hasse's Harvest Festival
  • 14. The Harvest Festival
  • 15. The Night of Schutzaria
  • 16. Aftermath
  • 17. My Winter Preparations
  • Epilogue
  • Wilfried's Day as the High Bishop
  • Hasse's Orphans
  • Justus's Grand Lower City Infiltration
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[40]
978-4-86472-562-0
January 4, 2021 (Digital)[41]
December 7, 2021 (Physical)[42]
978-1-7183-5609-2
  • Prologue
  • 1. Ingo and Improving the Printing Press
  • 2. The Gathering of the Gutenbergs
  • 3. The Start of Winter Socializing
  • 4. The Baptism Ceremony and Our Winter Debut
  • 5. A Class for Kids
  • 6. A Tea Party
  • 7. The Dedication Ritual (Take Two)
  • 8. Gathering the Winter Ingredient
  • 9. Fighting the Schnesturm
  • 10. To the End of Winter
  • 11. Selling the Materials
  • 12. Angelica and the Coming of Spring
  • 13. Upcoming Spring Prayer
  • 14. Hasse's Punishment
  • 15. The Door of Judgement
  • 16. The Execution
  • 17. The Spring Ingredient and Discussing Spring Prayer
  • 18. The Goddesses' Bath
  • 19. The Night of Flutrane
  • 20. The End of Spring Prayer
  • Epilogue
  • Winter Debut and the Playroom
  • The High Bishop's Exclusive Business
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[43]
978-4-86472-586-6
March 8, 2021 (Digital)[44]
March 15, 2022 (Physical)[45]
978-1-71835-610-8
  • Prologue
  • 1. A New Dress
  • 2. The New Printing Press's Trial Run
  • 3. Benno's Request
  • 4. Staying Home during the Archduke Conference
  • 5. Payment and Unveiling the Dress
  • 6. Angelica's Manablade
  • 7. Let's Print More Stuff
  • 8. Meeting with the Plantin Company
  • 9. The Archducal Couple Returns
  • 10. The Dress's Debut and Ferdinand's Return
  • 11. Lunch Meeting and Business Day
  • 12. Heading to Illgner
  • 13. Illgner's Brigitte
  • 14. Mount Lohenberg
  • 15. The Riesefalke Egg
  • 16. Hand Pumps
  • 17. Georgine's Visit
  • 18. Dirk's Mana and Submission Contract
  • 19. Georgine Departs
  • Epilogue
  • Tea Party
  • Damuel's Proposal
  • Staying in Illgner
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 9, 2017[46]
978-4-86472-600-9
May 6, 2021 (Digital)[47]
May 24, 2022 (Physical)[48]
978-1-71834-622-2
  • Prologue
  • 1. The New Orphans and Operation Grimm
  • 2. Hasse and the Gray Priests
  • 3. Ruelle Gathering (Take Two)
  • 4. Damuel's Growth
  • 5. Conditions for Compressing Mana
  • 6. Illgner's Harvest Festival
  • 7. My First-Ever Little Sister
  • 8. Wilfried's Actions
  • 9. Wilfried's Punishment
  • 10. The Jureve and Mana Compression
  • 11. Charlotte's Baptism Ceremony
  • 12. Kidnapped Daughter
  • 13. Rescue
  • 14. And So, the Future
  • Epilogue
  • Grandfather on the Day of the Baptism
  • In Place of My Older Sister
  • Two Marriages
  • No Rest for Us
  • Meanwhile at the Temple
  • The Laynoble Guard Knight
  • One Handful of a Chef
13Part 4: Founder of the Royal Academy's So-Called 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 9, 2017[49]
978-4-86472-634-4
June 30, 2021 (Digital)[50]
July 19, 2022 (Physical)[51]
978-1-71834-624-6
  • Prologue
  • 1. Just Call Me Urashima Taro
  • 2. Moving to the Castle
  • 3. Dinnertime
  • 4. Cramming and Preparations
  • 5. The Gifting Ceremony
  • 6. The Winter Playroom and Our Departure
  • 7. My Retainers and Entering the Dormitory
  • 8. The Better Grades Committee
  • 9. The Advancement Ceremony and Fellowship Gatherings
  • 10. Royalty and Nobles from Other Duchies
  • 11. Math, Theology, and Controlling Mana
  • 12. History, Geography, and Music
  • 13. Mana Compression and Creating a Highbeast
  • 14. The Fourth Step of Mana Compression
  • 15. Registering at the Library
  • 16. Schwartz and Weiss
  • 17. Court Etiquette and Hirschur's Visit
  • 18. Schtappe Acquisition
  • 19. My First Earthday
  • 20. Dedication Whirl
  • 21. Passing Highbeast Creation
  • 22. Schtappe Fundamentals
  • Epilogue
  • A Productive Earthday
  • Myne Awakes
14Part 4: Founder of the Royal Academy's So-Called 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[52]
978-4-86472-669-6
September 1, 2021 (Digital)[53]
September 6, 2022 (Physical)[54]
978-1-71834-626-0
  • Prologue
  • 1. Meeting for the Tea Party
  • 2. Onward to the Library
  • 3. I Want to Found the Library Committee
  • 4. Preparing a Tea Party for Solange
  • 5. My First Tea Party at the Royal Academy
  • 6. Tea Party with the Music Professors
  • 7. Measuring Schwartz and Weiss
  • 8. The Battle for Schwartz and Weiss
  • 9. Treasure-Stealing Ditter
  • 10. The Prince's Summons
  • 11. Rihyarda's Wrath
  • 12. Traugott's Thoughts
  • 13. A Tea Party with Eglantine
  • 14. Reporting to the Prince
  • 15. An Order to Return to Ehrenfest
  • 16. Interrogation
  • 17. Returning to the Temple
  • 18. Ferdinand and Hirschur's Gifts
  • 19. The Summoned Merchants
  • Epilogue
  • Honest Courting
  • Life without One's Lady
15Part 4: Founder of the Royal Academy's So-Called 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 9, 2018[55]
978-4-86472-686-3
October 27, 2021 (Digital)[56]
November 1, 2022 (Physical)[57]
978-1-71834-628-4
  • Prologue
  • 1. The Dedication Ritual and Returning to the Castle
  • 2. Mother and Printing in Haldenzel
  • 3. Winter Socializing
  • 4. The End of Winter and the Summoned Merchants
  • 5. A Place to Call Home
  • 6. The Meeting with Giebe Haldenzel
  • 7. Returning to the Royal Academy
  • 8. A Week of Socializing
  • 9. Justus and Preparing for the Interduchy Tournament
  • 10. Meeting with the Prince
  • 11. The Tea Party for All Duchies
  • 12. Interduchy Tournament
  • 13. Angelica’s Graduation Ceremony
  • 14. Year One: Complete
  • 15. Buying Information and the Mana Compression Lecture
  • 16. Philine’s Family Circumstances
  • 17. Taking Konrad to the Temple
  • 18. The Book Fair and the Follow-Up Meeting
  • 19. A Promise
  • 20. Ferdinand and I
  • Epilogue
  • The Passage of Time and a New Promise
  • The Blessing at the Graduation Ceremony
16Part 4: Founder of the Royal Academy's So-Called 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[58]
978-4-86472-724-2
December 22, 2021 (Digital)[59]
January 17, 2023 (Physical)[60]
978-1-71834-630-7
  • Prologue
  • 1. The Feast Celebrating Spring
  • 2. Meeting the Scholars
  • 3. Life in the Temple
  • 4. Schwartz's and Weiss’s Outfits
  • 5. Magic Ink
  • 6. Request for the Gilberta Company
  • 7. Another Gathering of the Gutenbergs
  • 8. Disappearing Ink and Returning to the Castle
  • 9. The Archduke Conference Approaches
  • 10. Spring Prayer in the Central District
  • 11. Haldenzel’s Craftspeople
  • 12. Haldenzel’s Spring Prayer
  • 13. Entwickeln
  • 14. Left at Home
  • 15. Report on the Archduke Conference
  • 16. A More Private Meeting
  • Epilogue
  • The Miracle of Haldenzel
  • Preventing Destructive Reconstruction
17Part 4: Founder of the Royal Academy's So-Called 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[61]
978-4-86472-764-8
February 16, 2022 (Digital)[62]
March 14, 2023 (Physical)[63]
978-1-71834-632-1
  • Prologue
  • 1. Apprentices and the Temple
  • 2. A Discussion with the Lower City
  • 3. Going to the Italian Restaurant
  • 4. Evolved Cooking
  • 5. Visiting Groschel and the Starbind Ceremony
  • 6. My Brother Lamprecht’s Wedding
  • 7. The Wedding on the Border
  • 8. Pre-Meeting for the Dyeing Competition
  • 9. The Dyeing Competition
  • 10. Post-Competition and the Harvest Festival
  • 11. Groschel and the Harvest Festival
  • 12. Groschel Nobles and the Printing Industry
  • 13. The Library Plan and Completed Outfits
  • 14. The Start of Winter Socializing (Second Year)
  • 15. Leaving for the Royal Academy
  • 16. Fealty and the Dormitory
  • 17. Hirschur’s Visit and the Advancement Ceremony
  • 18. The Second-Year Fellowship Gathering
  • Epilogue
  • Staying Home at the Castle
  • Reaching a Crossroads
  • The Road to Exclusive Business
18Part 4: Founder of the Royal Academy's So-Called 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 9, 2019[64]
978-4-86472-788-4
April 20, 2022 (Digital)[65]
May 16, 2023 (Physical)[66]
978-1-71834-634-5
  • Prologue
  • 1. The Beginning of Classes
  • 2. Library Committee Member Get!
  • 3. Registering for the Library and Supplying Mana
  • 4. Schtappe Transformation
  • 5. Strengthening the Weapon
  • 6. Everyone Passing on the First Day
  • 7. Brewing and Recovery Potions
  • 8. Roderick's Wish
  • 9. Dedication Whirling and Ordonnanz Brewing
  • 10. The Music Tea Party and the End of Classes
  • 11. I Want to Do Library Committee Work
  • 12. Professor Hirschur's Laboratory
  • 13. Professor Hirschur's Disciple
  • 14. Changing Schwartz and Weiss
  • 15. Gathering Feystones
  • 16. Hunting a Ternisbefallen
  • 17. Healing and Reinforcements
  • 18. A Tea Party of Bookworms
  • 19. Going Home
  • Epilogue
  • Unshakeable Resolve
  • Investigating the Former Werkestock Dormitory
19Part 4: Founder of the Royal Academy's So-Called 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[67]
978-4-86472-814-0
June 15, 2022 (Digital)[68]
July 11, 2023 (Physical)[69]
978-1-71834-636-9
  • Prologue
  • 1. Post-Return Discussion
  • 2. Dinner and a Tea Party
  • 3. Sylvester's Order
  • 4. Investigating the Bible
  • 5. Winter Life in the Temple
  • 6. This and That in the Castle
  • 7. The Ternisbefallen Inquiry
  • 8. The Bible Inspection Meeting
  • 9. Planning for the Tea Party
  • 10. The Tea Party with Drewanchel
  • 11. Roderick's Name-Swearing
  • 12. Interduchy Tournament (Second Year)
  • 13. The Ditter Match
  • 14. Ditter at the Interduchy Tournament
  • 15. Hartmut's Marriage Partner
  • 16. Unforeseen Consequences
  • 17. The Graduation Ceremony
  • 18. The Library and Going Home
  • Epilogue
  • Speaking at the Gazebo
  • Rendezvous at the Gazebo
20Part 4: Founder of the Royal Academy's So-Called 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[70]
978-4-86472-828-7
August 10, 2022 (Digital)[71]
September 12, 2023 (Physical)[72]
978-1-71834-638-3
  • Prologue
  • 1. The Return and a Dinner Meeting
  • 2. The Winter Playroom and Judithe's Younger Brother
  • 3. Discussion with the Plantin Company
  • 4. Melchior's Baptism
  • 5. Ahrensbach's Fish Cuisine
  • 6. Returning to the Temple and the Meeting with the Gutenbergs
  • 7. Dissecting Fish
  • 8. Spring Prayer and Leaving for Leisegang
  • 9. Giebe Leisegang
  • 10. Visiting Great-Grandfather
  • 11. Sitting Out the Archduke Conference
  • 12. Report on the Archduke Conference (Second Year)
  • 13. A More Private Meeting (Second Year)
  • 14. Decisions
  • 15. Successors
  • 16. Another Discussion and Making Rejuvenation Potions
  • 17. Hartmut's First Ceremony and Another Jureve
  • 18. Visitors and Counterstrategies
  • 19. The Welcoming Feast
  • 20. Ferdinand’s Estate
  • Epilogue
  • Clearing Regrets from Ten Years Ago
  • Ten Years of Change
21Part 4: Founder of the Royal Academy's So-Called 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[73]
978-4-86472-855-3
October 5, 2022 (Digital)[74]
November 14, 2023 (Physical)[75]
978-1-71834-640-6
  • Prologue
  • 1. Rewarding Hartmut's Hard Work
  • 2. The Harvest Festival and a Meeting
  • 3. The Farewell Dinner
  • 4. Farewell Gifts
  • 5. A Stolen Book
  • 6. Commoner Testimonies
  • 7. Rescue
  • 8. Evidence
  • 9. New Perspectives
  • 10. Viscount Dahldolf's Estate
  • 11. Finding the Book
  • 12. A Change of Plans
  • 13. Preparing to Leave
  • 14. Separation
  • Epilogue
  • Irreplaceable
  • Starting Life in Ahrensbach
  • The Start of a Busy Winter
  • Out of Time
  • The New Children
  • Winter Resolution
  • My Son's Departure
  • Memories and Farewells
22Part 5: Avatar of a Goddess Vol.1
Dai Go-bu Megami no Keshin Ichi (第五部 女神の化身I)
March 10, 2020[76]
978-4-86472-923-9
November 30, 2022 (Digital)[77]
January 9, 2024 (Physical)[78]
978-1-71834-642-0
  • Prologue
  • 1. The Children of the Former Veronica Faction
  • 2. The Fellowship Gatherings (Third Year)
  • 3. Passing Classes
  • 4. The New Librarian
  • 5. Practical: Divine Protections of the Gods
  • 6. Music and Everyone's Rituals
  • 7. Discussing Divine Protections with Hirschur
  • 8. Beginning the Archduke Candidate Course
  • 9. Dedication Whirling (Third Year)
  • 10. Hirschur's Meeting with the Aub
  • 11. Researching Rituals and an Update on the Purge
  • 12. Finishing the Archduke Candidate Lessons
  • 13. Passing Professor Gundolf's Classes
  • 14. Gretia's Circumstances and Gathering Ingredients
  • 15. Professor Fraularm's Class
  • 16. Hirschur's Personal Librarian
  • 17. A Request from Royalty
  • 18. Tea Party for Bookworms
  • 19. Tea Party with Dunkelfelger
  • 20. Replies
  • Epilogue
  • Fantasy versus Reality
  • Finding Purpose and the Guardians of Knowledge
23Part 5: Avatar of a Goddess Vol.2
Dai Go-bu Megami no Keshin Ni (第五部 女神の化身II)
June 10, 2020[79]
978-4-86699-001-9
January 26, 2023 (Digital)[80]
March 11, 2024 (Physical)[81]
978-1-71834-644-4
  • Prologue
  • 1. The Royal Family and the Library
  • 2. Dunkelfelger's Ritual
  • 3. Talking and Tallying
  • 4. Frustrating Tea Parties
  • 5. Doing a Little Scheming
  • 6. Preparing for the Ritual
  • 7. The Royal Academy's Dedication Ritual
  • 8. Using the Rest of The Mana
  • 9. Tea Parties and Negotiations
  • 10. Confrontation
  • 11. Preparing for Ditter
  • 12. Bride-Taking Ditter
  • 13. Intruders
  • Epilogue
  • The Saint's Ritual
  • Someone Worthy of Caution
  • Headache-Inducing Reports (Third Year)
24Part 5: Avatar of a Goddess Vol.3
Dai Go-bu Megami no Keshin San (第五部 女神の化身III)
September 10, 2020[82]
978-4-86699-038-5
April 5, 2023 (Digital)[83]
May 13, 2024 (Physical)
  • Prologue
  • 1. Awakening and Reports
  • 2. Preparing for the Interduchy Tournament
  • 3. Raimund's Research and Hirschur's Warning
  • 4. The Interduchy Tournament (Third Year)
  • 5. Socializing with Dunkelfelger
  • 6. Socializing with Ahrensbach
  • 7. Socializing with Royalty
  • 8. Socializing with Other Duchies
  • 9. Socializing with Frenbeltag
  • 10. Ditter and Dunkelfelger's Demonstration
  • 11. My First Awards Ceremony
  • 12. Dinner with Ferdinand
  • 13. Farewells and the Coming-of-Age Ceremony
  • 14. Detlinde's Dedication Whirl
  • 15. A Discussion with Eglantine
  • 16. Lending Books and a Place for One's Heart
  • Epilogue
  • Resolve at the Interduchy Tournament
  • My Daughter's Perspective and Resolve
  • Suspicions and Gewinnen
25Part 5: Avatar of a Goddess Vol.4
Dai Go-bu Megami no Keshin Yon (第五部 女神の化身IV)
December 10, 2020[84]
978-4-86699-089-7
May 31, 2023 (Digital)[85]
July 8, 2024 (Physical)
  • Prologue
  • 1. Returning Home and Everyone's Situation
  • 2. Lamprecht and Nikolaus
  • 3. Archducal Family Meeting
  • 4. Melchior and Preparing for the Temple
  • 5. The Will of the Leisegangs
  • 6. Speaking with the Aub
  • 7. Brunhilde's Suggestion
  • 8. Changing Surroundings and the Feast Celebrating Spring
  • 9. Touring the Temple
  • 10. Preparing the Ritual
  • 11. Reobtaining Divine Protections
  • 12. Clarissa's Invasion
  • 13. She Arrived Immediately
  • 14. Melchior and Spring Prayer
  • 15. The Disciples of the Gutenbergs
  • 16. Kirnberger's Country Gate
  • Epilogue
  • Reflection and Envy
  • Defense of the West Gate
26Part 5: Avatar of a Goddess Vol.5
Dai Go-bu Megami no Keshin Go (第五部 女神の化身V)
April 10, 2021[86]
978-4-86699-133-7
July 26, 2023 (Digital)[87]
  • Prologue
  • 1. Apprentice Blues and the Orphanage Children
  • 2. Divine Protections All Around
  • 3. The Archduke Conference's Starbinding
  • 4. Work in the Underground Archive
  • 5. Zent Candidates
  • 6. The Locations of the Shrines
  • 7. Consultation
  • 8. Circling the Shrines
  • 9. Deeper into the Underground Archive
  • 10. Letters and a Discussion
  • 11. The Merchant Saint
  • 12. Conditions for Being Adopted
  • 13. Secured Conditions
  • 14. The Archduke Conference's Dedication Ritual
  • Epilogue
  • An Unwanted Marriage
  • Schlaftraum's Flowers
27Part 5: Avatar of a Goddess Vol.6
Dai Go-bu Megami no Keshin Roku (第五部 女神の化身VI)
August 10, 2021[88]
978-4-86699-241-9
September 20, 2023 (Digital)[89]
  • Prologue
  • 1. Report on the Archduke Conference (Third Year)
  • 2. The Canceled Engagement and a Choice for the Future
  • 3. My Retainers' Choices
  • 4. At Karstedt's Estate
  • 5. Mother and Daughter
  • 6. Magic Tools for Children
  • 7. Preparing Fey Paper
  • 8. Making Maximal-Quality Samples
  • 9. The Spring Coming-of-Age Ceremony and Sylvester's Departure
  • 10. Kids' Tea Party
  • 11. The Leisegang Elders
  • 12. Sylvester Returns
  • 13. Letters from Ferdinand
  • 14. The Trombe Hunt and the Starbind Ceremony
  • 15. Tuuli's Coming-of-Age Ceremony
  • 16. Interviews with the Aub
  • 17. The Harvest Festival and the Gutenbergs' Choices
  • Epilogue
  • The Lanzenave Envoys
  • My Hopes and Their Problems
  • Inquiry into the Commotion
28Part 5: Avatar of a Goddess Vol.7
Dai Go-bu Megami no Keshin Nana (第五部 女神の化身VII)
December 10, 2021[90]
978-4-86699-380-5
November 15, 2023 (Digital)[91]
  • Prologue
  • 1. Dirk's and Bertram's Baptisms
  • 2. The Winter Playroom and Another New Term
  • 3. The Fellowship Gatherings (Fourth Year)
  • 4. The First Week of Classes
  • 5. The Royal Academy's Dedication Rituals
  • 6. Meeting Gramps
  • 7. The Book of Mestionora
  • 8. I'm Back
  • 9. The Foundational Magic
  • 10. The Bible's Key
  • 11. Anxiety and the Measuring
  • 12. How to Protect Them
  • 13. Preparing for War
  • 14. Kamil's Baptism
  • 15. Defense Meeting
  • 16. Danger Beheld
  • 17. Temptation
  • 18. Faster than Steifebrise
  • Epilogue
  • Rozemyne's Disappearance and Return
  • The Royal Academy without My Sister
  • Their Hopes and Dreams
29Part 5: Avatar of a Goddess Vol.8
Dai Go-bu Megami no Keshin Hachi (第五部 女神の化身VIII)
April 9, 2022[92]
978-4-86699-413-0
January 10, 2024 (Digital)[93]
  • Prologue
  • 1. Uniting
  • 2. Their Information and Name Stones
  • 3. Teleporting
  • 4. To Battle
  • 5. Ahrensbach’s Temple
  • 6. Ahrensbach’s Foundation and Replenishment Hall
  • 7. Rescue
  • 8. My Geduldh
  • 9. The Zent and the Grutrissheit
  • 10. The New Aub
  • 11. The Aub’s Protection
  • 12. Lanzenave’s Ships
  • 13. Summoning Winter
  • 14. Choices
  • 15. Playground
  • 16. Rumors and a Departure
  • 17. Bindewald
  • 18. Black Weapons and Chalices
  • Epilogue
  • The Defense of Ehrenfest (First Half)
  • Follow Your Heart
30Part 5: Avatar of a Goddess Vol.9
Dai Go-bu Megami no Keshin Kyuu (第五部 女神の化身IX)
August 10, 2022[94]
978-4-86699-520-5
March 20, 2024 (Digital)[95]
  • Prologue
  • 1. Gerlach’s Front Line
  • 2. Confronting Grausam
  • 3. Victory and Return
  • 4. Everyone’s Tales of Heroism
  • 5. Celebratory Feast
  • 6. A Sleepless Night
  • 7. Late-Night Tea Party
  • 8. Fitting
  • 9. Following My Heart
  • 10. Lunch Meeting
  • 11. The Temple and Melchior’s Report
  • 12. The West Gate and Groundwork
  • 13. To Ahrensbach
  • 14. Making the Bible
  • 15. Dunkelfelger’s Request
  • 16. Dunkelfelger’s Response
  • 17. Prayers and the Departure
  • Epilogue
  • The Defense of Ehrenfest (Second Half)
31Part 5: Avatar of a Goddess Vol.10
Dai Go-bu Megami no Keshin Jyuu (第五部 女神の化身X)
December 10, 2022[96]
978-4-86699-718-6
May 15, 2024 (Digital)[97]
32Part 5: Avatar of a Goddess Vol.11
Dai Go-bu Megami no Keshin Jyuu-ichi (第五部 女神の化身XI)
May 10, 2023[98]
978-4-86699-836-7
33Part 5: Avatar of a Goddess Vol.12
Dai Go-bu Megami no Keshin Jyuu-ni (第五部 女神の化身XII)
December 9, 2023[99]
978-4-86794-022-8

Manga[edit]

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 I'll even join the temple to read 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 ten volumes. Part 3 subtitled Let's spread books through the duchy! (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 seven volumes. Part 4 is illustrated by Hikaru Katsuki and began serialization on December 24, 2020 also in Comic Corona and currently has a total of seven volumes. The manga adaptation is also published in English by J-Novel Club.[12]

Part 1[edit]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 June 25, 2016[100]978-4-86472-495-1June 18, 2019[101]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[102]978-4-86472-499-9December 3, 2019[103]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[104]978-4-86472-533-0March 25, 2020[105]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[106]978-4-86472-554-5May 13, 2020[107]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[108]978-4-86472-602-3August 12, 2020[109]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 Stores
6 February 24, 2018[110]978-4-86472-664-1February 10, 2021[111]978-1-71833-810-4
  • 25. Freida and Myne
  • 26. The Beginning of Winter
  • 27. Family Meeting
  • 28. Resuming Paper-Making
  • 29. Vested Interests
  • Extra: Some Time in the Woods
  • Story: A Long-Awaited Reunion
7 August 1, 2018[112]978-4-86472-720-4May 12, 2021[113]978-1-71833-812-8
  • 30. Freida's Contract and the Baptism Ceremony
  • 31. God-Given Paradise
  • 32. Becoming an Apprentice Shrine Maiden
  • 33. Confrontation
  • 33.5. Negotiations in the High Priest's Chamber
  • Extra: The Pound Cake Taste-Test Event
  • Story: As the Gilberta Company's Successor

Part 2[edit]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 April 25, 2019[114]978-4-86472-801-0July 7, 2021[115]978-1-71833-814-2
  • 1. Apprentice Shrine Maiden in the Temple
  • 2. Meeting in the Temple
  • 3. Why I Collapsed
  • 4. What They Deserve
  • Extra: How to Handle the Myne Workshop
  • Story: Fran and the Commoner Apprentice Blue Shrine Maiden
2 October 5, 2019[116]978-4-86472-853-9September 1, 2021[117]978-1-71833-816-6
  • 5. Gil's Job
  • 6. Everyone Has a Job to Do
  • 7. My Third Attendant
  • 8. The Reality of the Orphanage
  • 9. A Secret Talk with the High Priest
  • Extra: Sister Myne and Me
  • Story: The Other Side of the Orphanage Incident
3 April 1, 2020[118]978-4-86472-941-3November 10, 2021[119]978-1-71837-259-7
  • 10. The Great Orphanage Cleanup
  • 11. The Orphanage Director's Visit
  • 12. Growing Problems
  • 13. Diptychs and Karuta
  • 14. Preparing for the Star Festival
  • 15. The Star Festival
  • Extra: Ordering Ceremonial Robes
  • Story: Gathering Taues
4 October 1, 2020[120]978-4-86699-056-9March 16, 2022[121]978-1-71833-820-3
  • 16. Lutz's Path
  • 17. Running Away from Home
  • 18. Family Meeting at the Temple
  • 19. One Wilma, Please
  • 20. Gifts and an Education
  • Extra: My Son's Growth
  • Story: This Thing Called Family
5 April 15, 2021[122]978-4-86699-203-7May 4, 2022[123]978-1-71833-822-7
  • 21. My New Attendants
  • 22. Attendants of an Apprentice Blue Shrine Maiden
  • 22.5. Christine's Former Attendants
  • 23. Preparing to Make Ink
  • 24. Making Ink
  • 25. Challenging Woodblock Printing
  • Extra: Problems with the Italian Restaurant
  • Story: Preparing for the Baby
6 October 15, 2021[124]978-4-86699-346-1August 17, 2022[125]978-1-71833-824-1
  • 26. Suspicions and a New Connection
  • 27. Preparing Stencils
  • 28. Binding a Picture-Book Bible for Children
  • 29. After Completing the Picture Book
  • 30. The Myne Decimal System
  • 31. Starting Winter Prep
  • Extra: The Story of Cinderella
  • Story: Books and Karuta
7 April 15, 2022[126]978-4-86699-416-1February 6, 2023[127]978-1-71833-826-5
  • 32. Buying Winter Clothes
  • 33. Winter Preparations and the Knight's Order
  • 34. Trombe Extermination
  • 35. During the Trombe Hunt
  • 36. Rescue and Reprimand
  • Extra: Mental Image
  • Story: My First Trombe Hunt
8 December 1, 2022[128]978-4-86699-689-9January 24, 2024[129]978-1-71833-827-2
9 June 1, 2023[130]978-4-86699-855-8
10 December 15, 2023[131]978-4-86794-029-7

Part 3[edit]

No. Original release date Original ISBN English release date English ISBN
1 February 1, 2019[132]978-4-86472-784-6June 7, 2023[133]978-1-71833-801-2
2 December 14, 2019[134]978-4-86472-881-2October 11, 2023[135]978-1-71833-803-6
3 June 15, 2020[136]978-4-86699-003-3
4 May 15, 2021[137]978-4-86699-220-4
5 March 15, 2022[138]978-4-86699-415-4
6 February 15, 2023[139]978-4-86699-768-1
7 September 15, 2023[140]978-4-86699-946-3

Part 4[edit]

No. Release date ISBN
1 March 15, 2021[141]978-4-86699-132-0
2 July 15, 2021[142]978-4-86699-249-5
3 November 25, 2021[143]978-4-86699-350-8
4 May 14, 2022[144]978-4-86699-512-0
5 November 15, 2022[145]978-4-86699-690-5
6 May 15, 2023[146]978-4-86699-847-3
7 November 15, 2023[147]978-4-86794-001-3

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.[1]

The first part ran for 14 episodes,[148] which aired from October 3 to December 26, 2019, on ABC, Tokyo MX, Wowow, and BS Fuji,[4][a] and covers Part 1: Daughter of a Soldier of the light novel. 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).[4][149] A two-part OVA series (numbered collectively as episode 14.5, both airing on March 9, 2020) consisted of two parts titled "Eustachius's Incognito Operation Downtown" and "Visiting Missus Corinna".[150][151]

The second part ran for 12 episodes, which aired from April 5 to June 21, 2020, and covers Volumes 1 and 2 of Part 2: Apprentice Shrine Maiden of the light novel.[152][153] Sumire Morohoshi also performed the second part's opening theme song "Tsumujikaze" (旋風) (Commotion), while Minori Suzuki performs the ending theme "Ephemera wo Atsumete".

The production of a third season was announced on July 12, 2020,[154][155] which ran for 10 episodes and aired from April 12 to June 14, 2022 on ytv,[156][157][b] and covers Volumes 3 and 4 of Part 2: Apprentice Shrine Maiden of the light novel. Nao Tōyama performed the third season's opening theme song "Ano Hi no Kotoba" (あの日のことば), while Maaya Sakamoto performed the ending theme song "Kotoba ni Dekinai" (言葉にできない).[158][159]

A fourth season by Wit Studio covering Part 3: Adopted Daughter of an Archduke of the light novel was announced on December 6, 2023.[160][161]

Crunchyroll licensed the series[162] and has partnered with Sentai Filmworks for distribution in North America.[163]

Other[edit]

Seven fanbooks were published by TO Books and released on December 20, 2016,[164] December 9, 2017,[165] November 10, 2018,[166] November 9, 2019,[167] November 10, 2020,[168] November 10, 2021,[169] and November 10, 2022.[170] TO Books also published nine Drama CDs released on September 9, 2017,[171] June 9, 2018,[172] June 10, 2019,[173] December 10, 2019,[174] September 10, 2020,[175] August 10, 2021,[176] April 9, 2022,[177] August 10, 2022,[178] and May 10, 2023.[179]

Reception[edit]

The series has sold over 8 million copies across physical and digital sales combined as of October 31, 2022.[180] The series ranked fifth in 2017, first in 2018 and 2019, second in 2020 and 2021, third in 2022 and first in 2023, before being added to Hall of Fame in Takarajimasha's annual light novel guide book Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi!, in the tankōbon category.[181][182][183][184][185][186]

In 2017, the manga adaptation was ranked seventh at the third Next Manga Awards in the web category.[187]

The 2nd season of anime was nominated for "Best Fantasy" in 2021's Crunchyroll Anime Awards.[188]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Wowow listed the show at 24:30 on October 2, which is 12:30 AM on October 3, 2019.
  2. ^ ytv listed the show at 26:29 on April 11, which is 2:29 AM on April 12, 2022.

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