Ascendance of a Bookworm Part 1 Volume 2 (Manga Review)

Ascendance of a Bookworm Part 1 Volume 2 (Manga Review)
Ascendance of a Bookworm: I’ll do anything to become a librarian! Part 1 (If there aren’t any books, I’ll just have to make some!!)
Honzuki no Gekokujou: Part 2
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~ 第一部 「本がないなら作ればいい!」

It has been about 3.5 years since I read the first volume of this series. But now that I have a new bookcase, and I have my manga unearthed from my move, I decided I would get back into this series after I reread the first volume. And I have to say, missing Japanese honorifics not withstanding, I’m enjoying it so far.

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SPOILER Summary/Synopsis

Ascendance of a Bookworm Part 1 Volume 2URANO Motosu, “reborn” as the young child in another world named Myne, continues to adjust to the harshness of her new, medieval life. However, he quest for books continues, and she is happy to have a slate to write her name (Myne) on. She attempts to make papyrus without success. Motosu-Myne discovers that a fruit’s waste byproduct that people use for bird food can actually be consumed by humans.

She continues to learn letters with Otto. He is impressed with her mathematics skills, so much so, he has her assist him in his official work. Motosu-Myne works to make flower decorations for her older sister’s (Tuuli) hair. Armed with this and a new dress their mother made, Tuuli is ready for her baptism. Meanwhile, Motosu-Myne officially joins Otto’s literacy class.

Lutz escorts Motosu-Myne to the forest so she can try to create clay tablets in order to record text on them. Her hard work is accidentally destroyed by Lutz’s older brothers. Lutz encourages her to redo the work. However, when it came time to bake the tablets, they exploded in the oven.

Adventures in Recording Text

The central plot device in Ascendance of a Bookworm Part 1 Volume 2 is Motosu-Myne’s drive to create something with which she can record text for later reading. As such, we see her initially attempt to make papyrus, then clay tablets. Unfortunately for her, both efforts fail. To me, it is kind of a stretch that Motosu remembered so much about the crafting of things with which to record text on. However, I let that ride since Motosu was such a bookworm in her former life. And she is good at academics, combined with Japan focusing on memorization. So it isn’t unreasonable that she could remember stuff like this, even if there was no reason for her to ever remember it.

While minor, it is a stretch that Motosu would discover that a fruit’s waste from juice extraction could be used as human food rather than bird food.

That aside, I really find myself enjoying this interesting, medieval world that Motosu finds herself in. Despite the terrible way Motosu entered this world (the real Myne apparently consumed in some kind of unnatural, internal heat; Motosu died in an earthquake), Motosu has quickly adapted to her situation. Having retained her own memories, and having access to all of Myne’s memories helps for sure. So I suppose there’s a part of her that naturally accepts her new family since they were Myne’s family.

Another story element I like is the friendship between Motosu-Myne and Lutz. I think Lutz has a bit of a crush on Myne. As Myne, Motosu doesn’t appear to have that same level of feelings. Yet due to how weak she is physically, she’s come to depend on Lutz. I don’t know how many years progress in the series, but when they are older, I would like to see them become a married couple.

Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Let me wrap up my review of Ascendance of a Bookworm Part 1 Volume 2 with some final thoughts.

  • Because J-Novel Club strips the Japanese honorifics, the “Otousan” joke is again lost. 🤷‍♂️
  • I really like Suzuka’s art for the manga. It really helps when a manga is visually pleasing on top of having a good story.
  • As to the omake content, there are notes (with Japanese honorifics) from Suzuka-sensei and Kazuki-sensei. There’s also a page for how to make papyrus and a bonus image. And there’s a little omake manga chapter as well. J-Novel Club also has ads for their other stuff.

In the end, although I have some minor issues, I really enjoyed reading Ascendance of a Bookworm Part 1 Volume 2. I’m invested in the characters and story and look forward to the next volume!

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4 Responses to “Ascendance of a Bookworm Part 1 Volume 2 (Manga Review)”

  1. Gamen says:

    I love Bookworm, and it’s actually a little melancholy that the translation of the last novel of the story (ignoring spin-offs and sequels) just started.

    The papyrus, clay tablets, and Parue cakes don’t really bother me; she fails at the first two — and that’s not how you make papyrus — but the pancakes fall under one of the two things she does have a lot of experience with other than reading: cooking. The other being arts & crafts, as seen with the basket, probably both due to her mother trying to get her away from constantly having her head in a book.

    The way you keep calling Myne “Motosu” makes me want to share a little fact you can only get from the author’s twitter feed, but the very fact you can only get it from there, that it’s left unanswered by the story, is itself a spoiler, so I won’t share it unsolicited. And it should probably wait for another one or two volumes.

    • AstroNerdBoy says:

      Go ahead and share it. I don’t think I’m following the author. I should.

      That said, I have read a few volumes now. I will try to get these up over the upcoming days.

      • Gamen says:

        Well, if you’ve read through chapter 17 in volume 4, then this information should put that chapter in a new perspective:

        The thread itself is

        Myne is wrong about how she came to be in her current situation. She’s not Motosu and she didn’t take over Myne’s body. Motosu was Myne’s previous life. Myne couldn’t handle her miserable bedridden life, especially since far more appealing memories from her past life kept surfacing in her dreams, so in the end she basically prayed to Motosu for help, to become Motosu, and allowed her past life to escape and overwhelm her psyche, creating this new personality that has adopted Motosu’s identity and the belief that it’s “taking over” Myne’s life.

        It doesn’t have much bearing on the story because she genuinely believes and lives on as if she is Motosu taking over Myne’s life (uncharitably you could say she’s deluded herself into it), but it does put that whole scene with Lutz in a new light… well, it also makes figuring out what mental age to assign her bloody ridiculous.

        • AstroNerdBoy says:

          Wow. I wouldn’t have expected that. But it is interesting. I would like it if this came up in the actual story.

          As an aside, I just read the chapter where Myne goes “dark side” and man, I loved it.

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