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Ascendance of a Bookworm


Alt Names: alt Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasenalt 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~
Author: Kazuki Miya
Artist: Suzuka
Genres: Adventure AdventureComedy ComedyDrama DramaFantasy FantasyHistorical HistoricalShoujo ShoujoSlice of Life Slice of Life
Type: Manga (Japanese)
Status: Ongoing
Description: Urano, a bookworm who had finally found a job as a librarian at a university, was sadly killed shortly after graduating from college. She was reborn as the daughter of a soldier in a world where the literacy rate is low and books were scarce. No matter how much she wanted to read, there were no books around. What is a bookworm to do without any books? Make them, of course. Her goal is to become a librarian! So that she may once again live surrounded by books, she must start by making them herself.

Adapted from the light novel "Honzuki no Gekokujou."
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Published on Nico Nico Seiga and marked as "Shoujo" <<<< Really?!
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Turis diary.
Day 223:
Main has been acting weird again. This time she got really quiet after telling mom how to do her work and breaking dads hinge. Her head tilted to one side, her mouth slacked open, and she began daydreaming while making "Papyrus" Whatever that is.
I swear that sickness she got made her stupid or something. 
Ahhh why can't I have a normal sister?

 

There is actually an interlude in the LN called 'my sister is strange' which is written from Turis's point of view about her sister

Of course there needs to be some kind of ideological motivation for things like witch burning. History has plenty of examples of self-destructive behavior.

I've heard it argued that one of the sources of pressure for witch burning was the rise of male physicians.  In the middle ages most medicine was done by women, herbalists and whatnot with a lot of traditional knowledge.  In the renaissance they were starting the whole science gig going, Leonardo da Vinci was making awesome anatomical drawings, and a new breed of doctors was starting to push their expertise.  But they weren't very good yet, and people still tended to trust the herb-wives more, especially in the countryside.  But nobody's going to rely on them if they're probably evildoers who worship the devil, right?

Turis diary.
Day 223:
Main has been acting weird again. This time she got really quiet after telling mom how to do her work and breaking dads hinge. Her head tilted to one side, her mouth slacked open, and she began daydreaming while making "Papyrus" Whatever that is.
I swear that sickness she got made her stupid or something. 
Ahhh why can't I have a normal sister?

yeap it's hard to have annoying sister or brother

The setting certainly is inspired by medieval Europe, but we don't know what their religion is like. For there to be persecutions of people with knowledge that isn't sanctioned by the church, there needs to be the concept of a devil that secretly corrupts mortals; without that concept the extent of any repression would likely come in the form of economic or social discrimination rather than straight up mass murder, because no religion (or state that supports it) would last if it regularly murdered people without a means of turning the victim's community's opinion against them first.

Of course there needs to be some kind of ideological motivation for things like witch burning. History has plenty of examples of self-destructive behavior. Certain cultures sacrificed tens of thousands of their citizens in rituals meant to appease the gods, which is a lot considering how low the population was at the time, not to mention the wasted time and resources. That's a different ideology from witch burning but the result is the same.

Waiting for the spin-off , "Help, my sister have gone insane - Turi".

That sounds like a less interesting version of Mushoku Tensei, without the lewdness of course.

 

The series manage to create intrigues by following the fantastical method of making everything fantasy 'mundane'

Spoiler

 

She needs to be careful. You might not think it now, but she's upsetting the status quo by bringing knowledge to the landed gentry. Who knows

how the nobles will react. Unless there's a Renaissance or Industrial Revolution coming up, it could be unwanted attention.

 

If you want to know....

Spoiler

I'm the kind of guy.

That remembers stuff really good, the longer away it was.

 

And my definition of bookworm isn't photographic memory or these cheat google brains, while being stupid as fuck xD.

It's actual knowledge people put into they're brain and let them soak in.

 

She's literally just enjoying the reading. She would even read the pamplets of massage parlors on her way to school, drop them and forget it momentarily.

 

I for myself am a bookworm.

And it's so frutrating to watch main for the next part of her journey ... till she gets the real plot moving.

The author made her dummber then she needed to be.For the sake of having her fail alot and come trough as cute/ human like thing.

 

I don't even need to google how to make pencils.

We had that in elementary school ... and it's easy as fuck.

1. An Holding medium. Starch works here even. Or just anything that hardens out, but can be rubbed onto something, while not brakeing.

2. Fine Ash from anywhere you want. You can use plants too, just make a liquid out of it and splourge it into your Holding medium.

3, Set form. Roll it up girl! Make cute giraffees out of it or dogs ... or whatever they look like. (putting it in bamboo is the best for starters. Or any plant tube. For protecting)

4. Dry them slowly.

5. ????

6. Profit. You now have low cost pencils.

As a manga-only reader, I'm guessing she's been dumbed down to not be bright enough to come up with something to use as a writing implement like a pencil?

For primitive writing implements, she could skip some of those steps and just be a basic bitch like me; grab a lump of charcoal itself (if they use charcoal) or charred sticks (if only dried wood for burning) from the fireplace/firepit, and go to town with that, as it usually holds most of it's shape after burning--of course a tubular wooden housing would be ideal, being cleaner to hold and use. That's what I do when sketching and don't want to spend anything. Costs literally nothing, and such a no-brainer that it's what ape-shit cavemen used (aside from softer colored rocks, or mixing in spit+animal fat) for cave paintings. Taking it a step further, it can be grinded up with a stone as a pestle to then mold into a more usable stick like a pencil, or use the charcoal powder + water to make basic ink with any old plume from a bird as a quill pen. Taking it a step further than even that, melted tree resin can be mixed in to form pitch; thicker ink similar to a ballpoint pen ink's consistency....also added bonus as a caulking material for quick and dirty repairs that require some kind of glue or waterproofing, something no doubt useful for preparing for winter. Crayons made from wax+dyes normally used for clothes are also an option. I can go on and on, but this is all just from the top of my head, and I'm the type that normally forgets everything learned.

Turi not impressed... or to impressed to acknowlege. I cannot tell yet!

During certain unstable periods, women who knew a lot of practical things such as folk medicine were burned at the stake for "witchcraft". I highly doubt that's going to happen here, unless there's a dramatic shift in tone.

The setting certainly is inspired by medieval Europe, but we don't know what their religion is like. For there to be persecutions of people with knowledge that isn't sanctioned by the church, there needs to be the concept of a devil that secretly corrupts mortals; without that concept the extent of any repression would likely come in the form of economic or social discrimination rather than straight up mass murder, because no religion (or state that supports it) would last if it regularly murdered people without a means of turning the victim's community's opinion against them first.

During certain unstable periods, women who knew a lot of practical things such as folk medicine were burned at the stake for "witchcraft". I highly doubt that's going to happen here, unless there's a dramatic shift in tone.

That reminds me, Castlevania the series on Netflix addresses this pretty well. Oh, and it's actually really good, for anyone wondering (what Berserk should have been...sob). Lisa, Dracula's second wife, was a doctor in the 15th century. Guess how that turned out...

During certain unstable periods, women who knew a lot of practical things such as folk medicine were burned at the stake for "witchcraft". I highly doubt that's going to happen here, unless there's a dramatic shift in tone.

There was a lot more involved in that and it did not just affect women. Most people just think about the Salem Witch Trials when talking about these things. The circumstances don't seem right.

 

 

She needs to be careful. You might not think it now, but she's upsetting the status quo by bringing knowledge to the landed gentry. Who knows

how the nobles will react. Unless there's a Renaissance or Industrial Revolution coming up, it could be unwanted attention.

You're assuming the knowledge actually exists in the first place and is actively being suppressed. So far we haven't seen anything that would imply this to be the case. Progress was usually being made and if it was just recovering lost knowledge. Even the Galileo events were taken out of context and had a lot to do with his own persona.

 

Thinking about ancient and medieval civilizations, it's hard to find some which were entirely averse to progress or actively prohibiting it much less regressing. Some such as the Egyptians were extremly slow to develop to the point where they looked stagnant from the outside but still did make progress. The only one which actively regressed for a long time was the Islamic world. Which was more based on ideological issues. 

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I know the feeling of having weird family members Turi....


Nah, she's making that face because her sister is acting so proud about an accomplishment that was almost completely her work. So far, Turi seems to me to be the kindest and most tolerant older sister ever; Especially given her age.

She needs to be careful. You might not think it now, but she's upsetting the status quo by bringing knowledge to the landed gentry. Who knows

how the nobles will react. Unless there's a Renaissance or Industrial Revolution coming up, it could be unwanted attention.

During certain unstable periods, women who knew a lot of practical things such as folk medicine were burned at the stake for "witchcraft". I highly doubt that's going to happen here, unless there's a dramatic shift in tone.

See my previous comment for fair warnings.

Spoiler

That sounds like a less interesting version of Mushoku Tensei, without the lewdness of course.

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I know the feeling of having weird family members Turi....

She needs to be careful. You might not think it now, but she's upsetting the status quo by bringing knowledge to the landed gentry. Who knows

how the nobles will react. Unless there's a Renaissance or Industrial Revolution coming up, it could be unwanted attention.

See my previous comment for fair warnings.

Spoiler

Whoa, so you can nest spoilers. That's amazing...

So much attention spent on the daily chores. I guess this story is going for a realistic approach to Medieval life rather than a fantasy approach.

 

See my previous comment for fair warnings.

Spoiler

So much attention spent on the daily chores. I guess this story is going for a realistic approach to Medieval life rather than a fantasy approach.

You may have lived in a farm in the country side of a third world nation, but you still have modern hygienic practices... and you're comparing that with an era and culture without any idea of what personal hygiene is? Sanitation, particularly in the west, was beyond terrible since the Roman empire fell, up until the 1900s and it's especially bad in the cities.

 

Yup. All but the extremely rich were filthy. Here's evidence from the most reputable of sources;

Spoiler

chapter 5 felt so short

... is she a book lover or a book fetishist?

 

A little on fetishist side (the smell mainly) but she simply love readings so even if it's not books (a tablet with lots of texts) she'll still read them.

 

p.s. for anyone who cares, while looking around fanarts of this series (don't recommend, lots of spoilers to come given that the series has ended) I saw a blurb of the manga volumes that show chapter titles + a panel from the chapter.

(as usual, spoiler warning for spoiler tag thing because some people doesn't recognize SPOILER tag as possibly containing SPOILER)

Spoiler

The mangaka exaggerates how unhygienic the past was. Sure people were not clean, but dirt was not falling off the clothes of the common folk either. I used to live in a farm in the country side in a third world country, and our clothes were never that dirty unless we just finished planting or taking care of the animals. In such a case, we just changed clothes and washed by hand the dirty clothes.

You may have lived in a farm in the country side of a third world nation, but you still have modern hygienic practices... and you're comparing that with an era and culture without any idea of what personal hygiene is? Sanitation, particularly in the west, was beyond terrible since the Roman empire fell, up until the 1900s and it's especially bad in the cities. ...hell, even now westerners (Europeans) don't bathe frequent enough.  

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