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Ascendance of a Bookworm Episode #06 Anime Review

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“Chapter Six - Meeting”
© Miya Kazuki, TO Books / Ascendance of a Bookworm Production Committee

“Chapter Six – Meeting”

What They Say:

Avid bookworm and college student Motosu Urano ends up dying in an unforeseen accident. This came right after the news that she would finally be able to work as a librarian like she had always dreamed of. When she regains consciousness. She was reborn as Myne, the daughter of a poor soldier. She was in the town of Ehrenfest, which has a harsh class system. But as long as she had books, she really didn’t need anything else. However, books were scarce and belonged only to the nobles. But that doesn’t stop her, so she makes a decision … “If there aren’t any books, I’ll just create some.”

Content (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers):

The big day is nearly here, but as Lutz screams once he finds out Myne wants to wash his hair, she still does so all while grooming him with the prospect of what may happen during their meeting with Otto. However this does not make it any less worrisome as they wait in Central Square, only the girl squeezing his hand has any calming effect which vanishes once they see the young soldier approaching. However he has not come alone, and as greetings are exchanged the gruff man introduces himself as Benno, a friend who knew Otto before he came to Ehrenfest. Although Myne’s hairpin and the luster of the children’s hair fascinate him, both men earnestly begin the conversation of why Lutz wishes to become a traveling trader … and immediately cancel any notion of the boy starting such a career. They do not make light of hardships on the road, but the most glaring reason he should not become one is what such nomads wish for above all else: to become a citizen of a city and if he proceeds on this path that what he will lose. Asking both if they know the main reason of baptism, neither one understands the question, however Otto then states it is for them to be granted citizenship and with it: the right to live in a city, get a job, rent a house and marry. This is what traders wish above all else and if Lutz wants to throw away this freedom, then he is truly foolish.

However it is then when Otto offers a chance for a similar lifestyle, that of a merchant and this is where his friend Benno steps in with an opportunity for both apprentice under him, but he still wants to know what Lutz’s goal in pursuing this employment might be and yet the boy is silent. When he poses the same question to Myne she does not hesitate, stating she also wishes to become a seller but this is secondary to what she really wants is to become a librarian. Although both men are confused by the use of this word, when she explains its meaning Benno scoffs since books are only meant for the rich and nobles, to which Inner Myne scoffs at the separation of riches. But she will not give up and expands on her idea of rather than making tomes she will endeavor to create plant based paper instead of the extremely expensive animal skin parchment. The caustic man is intrigued by this young girl’s proposition and turns back to Lutz for his response, after hearing Myne’s wish the boy now he states he will help his friend in her trip to this lofty achievement. It is this steadfast determination that impresses the merchant, and asks if he can see a sample to which Urano reassures him they will have a prototype in time for their baptisms with the coming summer.

In Summary:

Without the burden of fever and a goal now in reach, this episode shines almost as much as Myne’s smile as she explains her dream in reaching her objective of making books. And while they may have dashed Lutz’s dream of becoming a traveling trader, the heartfelt desire to help his friend makes the emotional drama within the show all the more impactful to see them grow closer. Plus to watch a five year old Urano outsmart Benno is too charming and made all the more funny when everyone underestimates her, especially when she states her ideas are proprietary and they wonder how can the child of a soldier be this overwhelming to those around her.

Grade: A+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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