Ascendance of a Bookworm Episode 2

Bookworm Episode 2

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.


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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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8 thoughts on “Ascendance of a Bookworm Episode 2

  1. You have a high tolerance haha, I found myself immediatley dropping this anime after a single episode. I just couldn’t perservere through the sheer boredom and annoyance I found whilst watching this. The ‘annoyance part’ comes from Motosu’s VA that I also found hard to listen to freely.

    1. I’ve been putting off episode 3 but given I need to review it tomorrow I’m going to get into it soon. I do feel it will probably get dropped at that point unless there is a noticeable change in how it goes. Then again, I’m not sure what I would replace it with in the line up. Or maybe I can just give myself a light season for once.

  2. Unlike you, I’m absolutely loving this show! (I even chose it as my season opener for my column on

  3. I know you don’t really care for this anime, but your reviews of it are hilarious! I enjoy slice of life, so this is what it is from the outside looking in I guess (=

    1. Yes, I do think people who enjoy slice of life, or who don’t find the main character so annoying, will probably be enjoying this a lot more than I am so far.

  4. Unlike you I found this episode much more enjoyable than the first. We got a lot more forward movement to the story, world building and character development though there is still a lot missing regarding backstory of both Main and the girl she was before.

    The comedy asides were fun for me too, which I think helped stopped this from being po-faced. It has some wrinkles that still need to be ironed out and the gaps in the narrative are remiss but I’m starting to see its potential, (even if it is a lite version of Dr. Stone in places), so the four-episode rule is still in effect for me. 🙂

    1. I hope you enjoy it. This one is really not doing much for me so far and when I’m enjoying a story about a wrestler more than one about a bookworm I’m kind of let wondering just where it all went wrong.

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