Anime fans are no strangers to the isekai genre. There will always be a few renditions of the genre in each seasonal anime cluster. If the protagonist is not abused in his new world like Naofumi in The Rise of the Shield Herothey will gain insane power that makes them super overpowered like Rimuru Tempest from This time I got reincarnated as a slime. None of these tropes are bad and can be great when done right, like these two examples were. But what if the protagonist doesn’t have such big goals in mind?
Ascendance Of A Bookworm is a new addition to this ever-expanding world of isekai. It doesn’t follow the genre’s traditional popular tropes and instead focuses on the daily struggles of the protagonist as she tries to achieve her simple goal. Don’t go here expecting badass fight scenes or superpowered character clashes. It is the light but moving story of a young girl and her quest for books. Like the third season of Ancestry of a bookworm is premiering, finally, let’s see how viewers and readers can access the light novel, manga, and anime.
The plot of the ancestry of a bookworm
The third season of Ancestry of a bookworm is a new addition this anime season. Continuing from previous seasons, it tells the story of bookworm Urano Motosu on his quest for books. She was ironically crushed to death under a pile of books during an earthquake. Upon awakening, Urano finds himself reincarnated in the body of Myne, a sickly five-year-old girl. Worse still, in this new world, books are not widely available and are only available to the wealthy. Retaining the memories of her previous life, Myne decides to create books herself in hopes of one day fulfilling her dream of becoming a librarian.
What sets this series apart from other isekai anime is the character and story focus. Myne doesn’t have any lofty goals or roles to fulfill, she just wants to read books, unlike many isekai protagonists who are often pushed into a role when reincarnated. The story also focuses more on Myne’s daily life and how she progresses step by step towards her goal rather than time skipping through everything and only showing the end result.
Where to Read The Rise of a Bookworm Light Novel/Manga
Ancestry of a bookworm began as a serialized free publication on the Japanese user-generated novel publishing website, Let’s Become A Novelist. Written by Miya Kazuki with new artwork done by Yu Shiina, the series was later picked up for proper publication by TO Novels and has since released 27 volumes since January 2015.
The manga adaptation is illustrated by Suzuka and was serialized online from October 2015 to July 2018. The English versions of both light novel and the manga can be found on the J-Novel Club website and can also be purchased through Amazon or in all bookstores subject to availability.
Where to Watch Rise of a Bookworm Anime
The anime adaptation is produced by Ajia-do Animation Works and follows the manga’s storyline more closely than the light novel. Its first season premiered in October 2019, second season in April 2020, and third season in April 2022. All three seasons of the anime can be found at Crunchyroll.
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