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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: Drama 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"
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... 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)

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

Following for great Justice.

I definitively recommend reading the WN  

I'm a simple person.
I see new chapter.
I read and love new chapter.

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.

 

She creates her pencil just fine

But yeah, the story got a lot more better when she stop whining about paper (failures)  :D

 

I think its not the author creates her dumb, but it just she is still in a state of shock, and the book/paper thing are just her way to "escape" the harsh reality she is now. Once she starts accepting her new life and body, grasping how things work, it got better...

Trust me. The real story starts, after she has gone trough the pain stakeing.

 

"I failed another time!"

 

Routine a few times.

 

There is nothing wrong with such routine as long as every cycle offer something new. If she has succeed on her first try, she wouldn't have to experiment with new method, new tool, find more fund, knew more people etc. That would make for a far more boring story.

 

 

 

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

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

 

Even when you remember a precise process of making something, there is no guarantee that you won't run into practical issue when you actually make them. Especially when you try it for the first time. No material has been prepared for you. No tool available for either crafting process or gathering material. Most importantly, the thing you want to craft doesn't necessary be the thing you clearly remember either. You may remember how to make a pencil. However, can you say the same about Shampoo ? or everything else you've read ?

 

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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.

The main character is usually below average intelligence. Why? Because the story would be over too quickly otherwise. Also, it's much easier to write a dumb character than a smart one.

Trust me. The real story starts, after she has gone trough the pain stakeing.

 

"I failed another time!"

 

Routine a few times.

Even the wn translated very slowly... well, each wn chapter are huge though


Yep, she isn't your usual transported/reincarnated MC with photographic memory/the walking google kind of brain.

I love to read books too, but i remember only a small overview of them content. Let alone to remember all the technical stuff...

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.

I don't see her as dumb. She simply refuses to change her habit? Going through the raws, while she isn't like those over 9000 IQ "normal" MC in other stories, she's pretty high up there. The average person probably have only 10% of what she knows.

The main character is usually below average intelligence. Why? Because the story would be over too quickly otherwise. Also, it's much easier to write a dumb character than a smart one.

It's hard to write either "well" albeit dumb ones are easier to write on a mediocre level. Also authors usually have issues writing characters smarter than themselves. 

Even the wn translated very slowly... well, each wn chapter are huge though


I don't think the speed at which the wn is translated should have any bearing on our expectations for the translation speed of a manga by different people.

The main character is usually below average intelligence. Why? Because the story would be over too quickly otherwise. Also, it's much easier to write a dumb character than a smart one.

Translated up to chapter 4.
Raw up to chapter 23.
Anyone else feeling like crying? Come don't be shy, put your hands in the air~ because you fucking care... T_T


Even the wn translated very slowly... well, each wn chapter are huge though

OKAY: i will skip the next 10 chapters.
ORRR i will die of gridning teeths symtpom.

CAUSE the author made her so stupid.q.q

No spoilers. You can see shes stupid.She's a bookworm. But the kidn that loves reading.Not the kind that absorbs knowledge.


Yep, she isn't your usual transported/reincarnated MC with photographic memory/the walking google kind of brain.

I love to read books too, but i remember only a small overview of them content. Let alone to remember all the technical stuff...

OKAY: i will skip the next 10 chapters.

ORRR i will die of gridning teeths symtpom.

 

CAUSE the author made her so stupid.

q.q

 

No spoilers. You can see shes stupid.

She's a bookworm. But the kidn that loves reading.

Not the kind that absorbs knowledge.

Me, every time human waste is thrown out the window and no one washes their hands afterwords;

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Not really that big of a germaphobe, but this latest chapter pushes me closer to that disposition as each chapter progresses. Feel the urge to wash hands and scrub vigorously just from reading it.

 

Anyone know if/when she deals with all those medieval hygiene issues?

 

(Disclaimer: If you click on a spoiler, then don't get outrage if you get spoiled)

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Translated up to chapter 4.

Raw up to chapter 23.

Anyone else feeling like crying? Come don't be shy, put your hands in the air~ because you fucking care... T_T

 

Not me, I read the novel's RAW.

*Does the 3 step evil laugh*

Me, every time human waste is thrown out the window and no one washes their hands afterwords;

Spoiler
Not really that big of a germaphobe, but this latest chapter pushes me closer to that disposition as each chapter progresses. Feel the urge to wash hands and scrub vigorously just from reading it.

 

Anyone know if/when she deals with all those medieval hygiene issues?

Translated up to chapter 4.

Raw up to chapter 23.

Anyone else feeling like crying? Come don't be shy, put your hands in the air~ because you fucking care... T_T

I like this manga keep it coming . thanks :D

Does she realize the gravity of her situation? I'd think after having to use a bedpan, she might have a shift in priorities from books to not dying of cholera...or plague...or scurvy...or measles...or whooping cough...or leprosy...or-you get my point.


To be fair, the lower the level of civilization, the less endemic disease there tends to be. Diseases have to spread, one way or another, and if there aren't a lot of people around they tend to be unable to get from host to host fast enough to really become dangerous. In order (spoilered for length):

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So this is a mix of rant/spoiler/answering question and maybe some other things.

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*stares suspiciously at cat*

Does she realize the gravity of her situation? I'd think after having to use a bedpan, she might have a shift in priorities from books to not dying of cholera...or plague...or scurvy...or measles...or whooping cough...or leprosy...or-you get my point. Also for a well read JD, she's a little slow on the draw and couldn't even handle seeing a chicken slaughtered. Is her physical age affecting her mentality? Not to mention she's kind of shrugged off having a new family. You'd get more of a reaction out of hearing your neighbors got a new cat. Even if the pacing is slow, if there are more slice of life chapters like #3, then I'm happy.

 

So this is a mix of rant/spoiler/answering question and maybe some other things.

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