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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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 I hope you aren't expecting a 5 years old child not to be a dead weight in real life. Please tell me how many groundbreaking things you have invented so far.

it's a tiny 5 year old with a frail body at that

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I hope you aren't expecting a 5 years old child not to be a dead weight in real life. Please tell me how many groundbreaking things you have invented so far.


ikr? People always bitch about the protagonists of Isekais being Mary Sues, and then when they get one that isn't, they complain that they are useless. XD

Haha, if she wants medieval roads to use asphalt then she should hurry up and invent it. I hope she does something useful soon because so far she's a deadweight.

 I hope you aren't expecting a 5 years old child not to be a dead weight in real life. Please tell me how many groundbreaking things you have invented so far.

Haha, if she wants medieval roads to use asphalt then she should hurry up and invent it. I hope she does something useful soon because so far she's a deadweight.

 

Serious serious spoiler

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p.s. for anyone who care, there's drama CD of the series coming out, there's sample audio you can listen to here

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heh she wrote "hot" like its hot etc on the board... jokes

Haha, if she wants medieval roads to use asphalt then she should hurry up and invent it. I hope she does something useful soon because so far she's a deadweight.

Kinda weird how main's parents expect her to remember everything she did LAST year when she's only like 5.


Not really. One of the few chances the child gets to go outside the city with her family in the very few years she has been alive? Yea, I think most anyone would expect her to remember. This isn't the same as expecting someone to remember something from when they were a child 20 years later.
Kinda weird how main's parents expect her to remember everything she did LAST year when she's only like 5.

Slight correction on the map

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That's interesting. Somewhat similar to something in a book I wrote, actually.

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Thanks, it's more logic now.

 

It's for the same reason that medieval town are so chaotic with their road: there was no city planning, it's basically people coming and building their house where they wanted. It's also for that that hygiene was pretty bad: since houses where built everywhere, with roads never being straight, the construction of a sewer was pretty much impossible. (It's an other problem here: the town has well made road, going straight, etc. A sewer system should exist since the technic existed in Antiquity)

 

 

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A main road is something that we find even in European town, but here we have a perfect sun disposition for the roads-> the roads were built before the house.
 
And here, too there is something strange: the houses are stacked, with no free space, like medieval houses (which was caused by the chaotic construction); but you have a well organised roading. (If you want some example for the chaotic housing: Ponte vecchio (Florence) were houses where built on the bridge, ruelle des Chats (Troyes))
 
(it's for this reason that there is a lot of small alleys and that a fire was very hard to stop: houses were too close and circulation was difficult)(it was one of the advantage of the London's Fire: by destroying the town, it allowed to built a more organised town after that)


So it could have been a town that sprouted along a main trading route. maybe in a cross of 2 trading roads. this would explain why there was a main road there. and the buildings are all packed up as expected.
case solved.

Woah, talk about ascendance of a bookworm
(sorry couldn't resist)

well, maybe the old walls and parts of the old city were destroyed in previous wars? maybe the hamlet used to not have a walls, but due to border changes it now needed the ability to defend itself?
regarding the streets, maybe they are living near a main road? they are in a straight line to the gates after all.

A main road is something that we find even in European town, but here we have a perfect sun disposition for the roads-> the roads were built before the house.

 

And here, too there is something strange: the houses are stacked, with no free space, like medieval houses (which was caused by the chaotic construction); but you have a well organised roading. (If you want some example for the chaotic housing: Ponte vecchio (Florence) were houses where built on the bridge, ruelle des Chats (Troyes))

 

(it's for this reason that there is a lot of small alleys and that a fire was very hard to stop: houses were too close and circulation was difficult)(it was one of the advantage of the London's Fire: by destroying the town, it allowed to built a more organised town after that)

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Woah, talk about ascendance of a bookworm
(sorry couldn't resist)

well, maybe the old walls and parts of the old city were destroyed in previous wars? maybe the hamlet used to not have a walls, but due to border changes it now needed the ability to defend itself?
regarding the streets, maybe they are living near a main road? they are in a straight line to the gates after all.

ok you got me there, what's the problem with the walls?

In Europa, walls around city were constructed after the city existed. Basically, how it went most of the time: A warrior create a small house fort and has his familly coming (so, a small hill with an house ("fort") and 4-5 houses around that)(other possibility: a church (or similar) was built). People seeking protection come and built houses around it->the village grow. With more population, more money for the warrior (or his descendant, or the religious group) who becomes a lord and built a proper castle (a castle is a building, a town with walls is not a castle). As the town grows, it becomes harder to defend, so a wall is built around it to protect it.

 

It's for the same reason that medieval town are so chaotic with their road: there was no city planning, it's basically people coming and building their house where they wanted. It's also for that that hygiene was pretty bad: since houses where built everywhere, with roads never being straight, the construction of a sewer was pretty much impossible. (It's an other problem here: the town has well made road, going straight, etc. A sewer system should exist since the technic existed in Antiquity)

 

Other reasons why you rarely found rectangular wall around a city: it's poor in strategy: 1) block vision: people on one wall can't see what's happening on the walls next to them; 2) doesn't take account of the relief (most of the european fortification took in account the natural disposition. Two reason: cheaper and easier to do (nature is free); and you gain additional defenses (a wall built on a cliff is harder to destroy than one on flat ground)); 3) easier to destroy with siege weapons. Walls where often make so that if a rock from trebuchet/catapult and other hits it, the rock rolls alongside the walls, diminishing the damages.; 4) towers are more distant. The towers on the walls where were you can climb it and also a center of command for the men on the walls. Since the towers are on the corners in the rectangle, it takes more time for a messenger to go from the castle (where the main decisions are taken) than if the walls formed more or less a circle.

 

And I talk about city walls, not castle walls. Some castle were rectangular, but it's different: 1) most of them were made/modified after Middle Age, when fortification hold little meaning because of cannons. These were leisure castle, only existing to show that you were from the nobility. 2) Some where made in swamp, where you can't bring a siege weapons and there is no relief. 3) a castle is smaller, so you can see what's happening on the other walls and orders are faster to give.

 

Finally, I don't say that there wasn't any rectangular fortified town, just that they were rare (rectangular town: Aigues-Mortes; but most of town were like Carcassonne, Morella or Padua City). Also, most of european boulevard are where the city walls where before getting destroyed to make place.

They still throw their shit and piss out the windows, I think the dirtiness of everything just isn't drawn

Main reason so many people died young xD.

The no rectangular walls thing is new to me too.

 

Thus far, the biggest difference I've seen between the family's house and actual medieval houses is its size.  A poor city family would most likely live in an apartment smaller than the room our MC woke up in.  Even if the father holds a moderate rank and they really aren't so poor, a house with four rooms would be considered upper class. 

 

Then there is the cleanliness of the streets. I'm glad to see that isn't the same as our world :)

Well, if they drew the streets realistically I think that would shift the manga category all by itself, so they can't do that. ;)

As captain of the watch I think he's actually about as prosperous as one can be without being either knight class or a wealthy merchant.  It's still maybe a bit big, but I don't think multi-room houses in cities during high medieval were that uncommon, actually.  If you look at cities in Europe that still have some streets of buildings that old, they aren't little hovels. 

The interior was designed different, though--I understand that typically, one room just opened on another, you didn't have a hall with doors opening off it (what a waste of space).  So to get to one bedroom, you might have to go through another bedroom.  So, this is atypical for medieval design.

The no rectangular walls thing is new to me too.

 

Thus far, the biggest difference I've seen between the family's house and actual medieval houses is its size.  A poor city family would most likely live in an apartment smaller than the room our MC woke up in.  Even if the father holds a moderate rank and they really aren't so poor, a house with four rooms would be considered upper class. 

 

Then there is the cleanliness of the streets. I'm glad to see that isn't the same as our world :)

 

They still throw their shit and piss out the windows, I think the dirtiness of everything just isn't drawn

ch5 pg 14: Perhaps they meany nylon? niren -> nilon -> nailon? shrug

 

Nylon is a synthetic polymer.  That made-up fiber seems to be a local analog to cotton or flax.

so when will the manga translations catch up to the novel translations?

This gal is a bit selfish, isn't she

 

I guess so?  I wouldn't quite just call her "selfish" though.  I doubt many people would be able to adjust very well, going from being an independent adult living in the information age to living in an impoverished family as a child that has little stamina in the distant past without all of these modern conveniences.

 

Her behavior is a combination of her not being able to adjust (very well) to this sort of lifestyle, her inability to do anything on her own due to age and constitution, and her obsession with books which gives her a reason to not just sit around and wait until she's an adult and can do these things on her own without imposing on others.  I'm pretty certain if she became a young adult that had decent stamina instead she would be doing everything on her own.

ch5 pg 14: Perhaps they meany nylon? niren -> nilon -> nailon? shrug

Wow situational awareness from supporting characters how rare to see


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