A Paper-Thin Character
Episode 2 of Ascendance of a Bookworm and I’m already more or less over listening to Main’s litany of complaints and feelings of despair that she can’t read a book right before she gets all giddy and excited over whatever it is that next catches her interest. Shampoo and a slate this week I think.
I don’t know if it is because of the script and the lack of actually enjoyable dialogue, but Main’s VA is really grating on me. There’s a tone she hits when she whines that is worse than finger nails on a chalk board. Normally not so great voices aren’t a huge issue for me (unless they happen to be Asta from Black Clover) but in this case there’s so little else to pay attention to you are more or less stuck listening to Main the entire episode while she washes her hair, gets tired walking down stairs, blushes over a boy telling her that her washed hair smells good, and then gets all excited because she has the chance to write her name.
It isn’t exactly riveting viewing. I’m guessing the slice of life aspects may appeal to a different audience but for me this one has so far been a disappointment and hasn’t given me a lot of reason to keep going, other then I kind of want to see how she tries to make paper.
I’m going to give Ascendance of a Bookworm one more episode before I decide but if the third episode is similar to episodes 1 and 2 I’ll probably be calling it quits then. Honestly, it isn’t that Bookworm is actually bad, it just isn’t my type of story and the main character has so far not impressed.
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Images from: Ascendance of a Bookworm. Dir. M Hongou. Ajia-Do. 2019.