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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 FantasyShoujo 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" Uh, yeah, it's not just guys who like putting themselves in MC's lives in isekai
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Vol.2 Ch.8: Helping Otto
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241 Comments

You're not wrong there. However, my comment was not directed towards the author of this story, but towards the comment that gunpowder and soap were simple chemistry. While for a bookworm, it would make sense for her to know tons of various trivia and information, many of the other main characters of these stories seem much less likely to know these things. At least for me, it kills the suspension of disbelief a little.

 

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None of the skills/information she's displayed has been out of place for someone with the brain of a 20 something bookworm. It's been shown that even though she knows how to do some things, she doesn't have the skill for it e.g. papyrus.


You're not wrong there. However, my comment was not directed towards the author of this story, but towards the comment that gunpowder and soap were simple chemistry. While for a bookworm, it would make sense for her to know tons of various trivia and information, many of the other main characters of these stories seem much less likely to know these things. At least for me, it kills the suspension of disbelief a little.

If you look at something like Jules Verne's "The Mysterious Island", for instance, the thing about Verne's characters is that they could do amazing re-creation of technological civilization because they were near supermen--brilliant knowledgeable people with backgrounds in both science and practical engineering--and Verne made it convincing with lots of long-winded explanations of chapter and verse about how to do this stuff.  There's a strong kinship with "The Martian", actually; Verne's heroes were the kind of exceptional dudes who could "science the shit out of" their situations.
Verne wouldn't have written a story about some ignorant everyman doing this stuff, because he wasn't interested in ignorant everymen he was interested in the heroes of science! who were bringing us the future.

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It's been awhile, but I'm pretty sure Verne had at least some nods to the rare "progressive woman" in his works. Granted, he was very much affected by the spirit of the age (where the suffragete movement was still in its infancy, and most women were very much confined to "housework", or at best, rote education), but nods there were. As for the rest, well. Most of his best known works (20 000 leagues Under the Sea,From the Earth to the Moon, Around the World in 80 Days) are indeed characterised by "supermen" (WIth Captain Nemo standing out perhaps most of all) but others, specifically "Mysterious Island" but also "Journey To The Center Of The Earth" ) are not.

In East Asia, depending on training and regular use, the abacus is actually the second most efficient method after the calculator. The best abacus users can do complex multiplication and division within seconds.

 

i heard that highly skilled abacus users in china and japan can shotgun a calculation so fast they're like human calculators. i'd imagine that it would make for a very good oneshot in the style of yugioh ("nani? multi-column calculation?!")

Hmm, should the guy be having this much trouble with basic math? The number system seems modern. Numerals, not words, base ten, and the 0 has been invented. When were modern math equations invented?

Concept of Zero? Back in the dark age.

 

Base ten? Usualy the maximum number available depends on the total fingers on your hands. Even the mongols know this.

I see. I thought the fact he was using an abacus meant that they hadn't learned more efficient methods of math, not that he was deficient in his ability, or was that my mistake?  

 

Also, I suppose they don't know double account booking. Looks like those papers could be better organized.

 

In East Asia, depending on training and regular use, the abacus is actually the second most efficient method after the calculator. The best abacus users can do complex multiplication and division within seconds.

It's not that they weren't invented. It's that he didn't learn it. It's something we take for granted in 20th century education, but back then, people who could do more than just simple addition and subtraction were merchants and nobles because school was a privilege only rich kids could enjoy fully.

 

Plus, even for people who know arithmetic, giant stacks of paper budgeting is a bigger nightmare in an era without Microsoft Excel.

I see. I thought the fact he was using an abacus meant that they hadn't learned more efficient methods of math, not that he was deficient in his ability, or was that my mistake?  

 

Also, I suppose they don't know double account booking. Looks like those papers could be better organized.

I wasn't taught how to make gunpowder or soap in any of my chemistry classes. You suffer from the same assumptions as most of these isekai web authors. I didn't know how to make soap until I read Seiun wo Kakeru, yet a lot of these authors seem to think that it's as common knowledge as basic language.

 

depends a lot where you grew up as well as what kind of parents you had, in my country most kids learn how to make basic soap when they're around ~7 years old from school. It's not comparable in quality to store bought soap obviously, but it is actual soap and does work as soap.

 

I was also playing with boxcutters and knives to strip wires and make basic electrical stuff (e.g. flashlight) when I was around ~5 due to my parents being quite encouraging in that area. On the other hand, some of my friends weren't even allowed to touch anything sharp until they're about 10.

 

I learned basic kitchen safety and how to cook simple things at 3 years old, and was then taught even more knowledge about cooking at around age 6 at school

 

I first learned how to weave (using ribbons) at around age 3 as well.

 

None of the skills/information she's displayed has been out of place for someone with the brain of a 20 something bookworm. It's been shown that even though she knows how to do some things, she doesn't have the skill for it e.g. papyrus.

Aww, Otto is married! I was low-key shipping them, especially given the MC's age prior to being thrust into this medieval world. Kinda like a reverse Eriol-Kaho thing.

Hmm, should the guy be having this much trouble with basic math? The number system seems modern. Numerals, not words, base ten, and the 0 has been invented. When were modern math equations invented?

 

It's not that they weren't invented. It's that he didn't learn it. It's something we take for granted in 20th century education, but back then, people who could do more than just simple addition and subtraction were merchants and nobles because school was a privilege only rich kids could enjoy fully.

 

Plus, even for people who know arithmetic, giant stacks of paper budgeting is a bigger nightmare in an era without Microsoft Excel.

Hmm, should the guy be having this much trouble with basic math? The number system seems modern. Numerals, not words, base ten, and the 0 has been invented. When were modern math equations invented?

Dad 1 Otto 0

It's more like Dad 2 Otto 2

Dad 1 Otto 0

Well technically, Otto had some points already for giving her that slate.

Dad 1 Otto 0

I hope it's not foreshadowing something terrible in the future. I want to keep reading manga full of fluff.

 

Depends on whether you consider tragedy as based on the events of the story (i.e. if a guy suffer like hell until the very end when he become happy, it's still tragedy to you) or only the final state of things.

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She's 6 years old but very short because of disease. She may even stay that size if the fever had caused some brain damage.

 

PM me if you want spoiler on the fever (and whether she'll remain TINY) :v since it's a fairly big thing.

 

Foreshadowing in this chapter

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Just started reading this... But is she like, 1 or 2 years old when she reincarnated? Because she's WAY too small (height wise) to be any older, yet somehow nobody bats an eye at her talking like normal, so she can't be that young, at the very least 4 years old to be able to speak, 5 to 6 for speaking fluently... yet she's that tiny...

She's 6 years old but very short because of disease. She may even stay that size if the fever had caused some brain damage.

Just started reading this... But is she like, 1 or 2 years old when she reincarnated? Because she's WAY too small (height wise) to be any older, yet somehow nobody bats an eye at her talking like normal, so she can't be that young, at the very least 4 years old to be able to speak, 5 to 6 for speaking fluently... yet she's that tiny...

aww what a cute chapter, lol her over-attached dad is too funny. Otto is adorable as well, too bad he is married already and probably like 20 years older than her LOL

I hope it's not foreshadowing something terrible in the future. I want to keep reading manga full of fluff.

She introduces mass printing and bookbinding to the masses but gets put in prison after writing Fanny Hill.

Today's chapter had a lot of great content in it. Thanks, EGS!

This entire family is cute tbh.

It's so cute that I'm just dying from sweetness!

"CUTENESS IS JUSTICE!" she speaks the truth!

aaaaagh, this little fluffball is too adorable

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the "tragedy" tag is a bit extreme imo.....

I hope it's not foreshadowing something terrible in the future. I want to keep reading manga full of fluff.


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