When Myne learns that the Holy Church is in need of mana for their relics, she sees it as her chance to be cured of her life-threatening mana disorder. After seeing their bountiful library, she throws herself headfirst into the Church's grasp and begs to join their order. In exchange for her service and her unusually bountiful supply of mana, Myne is given the blue robes of a noble-born apprentice priestess, despite being a commoner. To Myne, all this talk of mana and nobility is trivial, as she now has access to an unlimited supply of books!
As Myne transitions into the next phase of her life in this new world, she soon learns that achieving her dream has come at a heavy cost. Noble society is severe, unforgiving, and fueled by politics and neglect. She must now deal with the class conflict between the noble-born blue robes and the common-born grey robes, the High Priest's attempts to oust her, and constant behavioral issues from her new retainers. With the help of her family, friends, and the enigmatic Head Priest whose loyalties and motives remain unknown, Myne seeks to overcome these obstacles and continue on the path to becoming her ideal self—the ultimate librarian!
Review | Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen 2nd Season
Story: Translated in English as ‘Ascendance of a Bookworm’, the anime revolves around Motosu Urano, a book-loving post-secondary student who incessantly dreams of surrounding herself with literature. However, she meets her untimely demise in an unexpected earthquake which causes her dreamy den to collapse onto her. Before the darkness of death engulfs her, she desperately yearns to read more books in her next life.
She is reincarnated as a feeble young girl named Myne in a world where literature barely exists, and only the affluents and clergy have the access to the precious paucity of books. Despite the switch in character strengths from robust university student to frail child, our heroine makes a firm decision of manufacturing and printing her books if she can’t buy them!
Welcome back, anime enthusiasts! The Anime Critic returns with a compelling review of the exhilarating Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame ni wa Shudan wo Erandeiraremasen 2nd Season or simply known as ‘Ascendance of a Bookworm’ Part 2.
Characters & Development: Our admirable heroine, Myne, continues her indomitable spirit in this season, her character development is as vibrant as one could expect. Each episode visualizes her struggles, the trials she faces and her journey in becoming a self-made person in a world where social status is paramount are altogether stunning. Her deep love for books resonates with every bibliophile out there!
Art & Animation: The animation studio Ajia-do Animation Works has indeed outdone themselves. Complementing the gripping storyline, the depiction of the medieval world is truly picturesque. The art, character sketches, and animation breathe life into the narrative, drawing you into Myne’s world.
Storyline & Plot Development: This season parallels the excitement of the first, if not surpassing it. Building up the existing plot, preparing the audience with simmering anticipation, it artfully draws you into the story’s heart. The struggles of Myne, particularly with her frail physique and her steadfast wisdom, are balanced meticulously in the narrative, leaving viewers in awe and thorough satisfaction.
Soundtrack & Voice Acting: Complimenting the animation is the extraordinary sound design, seeping deep into your senses. The background scores are harmoniously woven with the plotline, enhancing each scene’s emotional impact. Plus, the voice actors proficiently breathed life into their respective characters, making it a joy to listen.
Verdict: The brandishing charm of ‘Ascendance of a Bookworm’ Part 2 is undoubtedly a visual feast for anime lovers worldwide. It’s a telltale sign of a masterpiece that successfully marries a unique storyline, sublime art, and profound character development. It’s a definite buy for those who want it in their treasured collection and a must-stream for everyone else in the anime world. The emotional roller coaster ride that this season provides reflects the creator’s authentic love for art and literature. It’s a great follow-up to the first season, and a third season is highly anticipated!
This season’s Ascendance of a Bookworm is, in a nutshell, a must-watch. Whether you choose to buy, rent, or stream, make your life zingy with this rich catalog of anime that continues to shine through its splendid storytelling and captivating artistry.
So fans, let’s dive into the world of Myne, who teaches us that passion and determination can indeed move mountains, or in this case, create books! Stay tuned with The Anime Critic for more reviews and anime fun!
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