It’s All Too Hard
For the first half of this episode, Ascendance of a Bookworm managed to convince me we’d moved on from the pathetic and whine-riddled Main who was unbearably smug and just plain unlikable. Turi’s baptism send off was a lovely family affair and even if Main did scold her father for not going to work, it was a reasonable and fairly cute family interaction. If only more of the story could be like this.
Even after the baptism as we see Main get given a knife as she’s now expected to go foraging in the forest, Main is remarkably more enjoyable as a character. Sure she’s plotting to make wooden tablets now rather than actually foraging but she’s actually being a fairly decent part of the family and watching Main and Lutz together is just fun.
Unfortunately, on finding out her mother has set fire to her drying wooden tablets (you know they did just look like firewood), Main has a hissy fit including full glowing eyes before collapsing. She then lies in bed and sulks coming to the conclusion that if she can’t make a book she might as well not be there. And this is why I find her character fairly repugnant. She’s attempted three things to make a book at the age of 6 and while they haven’t worked out she’s learned from them. Deciding to throw the towel in at this point is nothing short of ridiculous, not to mention, what about her family who were so overjoyed that Main didn’t die and now the girl inside Main’s body is just welcoming death.
However, she does at least remember that she promised to do something for Lutz and for now at least she’s stopped throwing a pity party long enough to sort out a meeting between Otto and Lutz. I hope Otto can help Lutz get a job that he is interested in even if it isn’t a travelling trader. Lutz is lovely and every scene with him in it is significantly better just by his presence. Okay, it is also because Main isn’t anywhere near as tiresome when Lutz is around.
Anyway, I guess we’ll see what happens with Lutz and Otto and also, now that Main’s made pencils (kind of) out of soot and clay I wonder what she’ll find to write on.
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Images from: Ascendance of a Bookworm. Dir. M Hongou. Ajia-Do. 2019.