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Ascendance of a Bookworm Episode #09 Anime Review

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“If there aren’t any books, I’ll just create some.”
© Miya Kazuki, TO Books / Ascendance of a Bookworm Production Committee

“Chapter Nine – The Guild Master’s Granddaughter”

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):

With their paper prototypes now complete and Benno pleased by the quality of the products, Myne and Lutz can be paid for their efforts however both amazed by how much they have earned, but the small girl is saddened she has no idea as to the value of money. The merchant is stunned by this new information, but her associate elaborates due to her frail condition she has never been sent out on an errand, so had never been allowed to pay for anything. It is then when Mark explains to the value of each coin and Urano quickly picks up on their monetary weights, with the end payment for the concept begin eight large bronze coins and one small silver each. With their apprenticeship tests now passed, the employer states they will begin mass production in the spring, but wonders what they will do in the meantime, to which Myne shows Tulle’s crocheted hair ornament. Benno is curiously surprised with this small item, but then announces they can do nothing for the time being and asks the pair if they have the energy to go make a visit to the Merchants Guild.

After entering the impressive building, it is then Benno sadly explains neither one can sell any of their plant based paper if they are not registered with the Guild, and any attempt to do so would result in severe fines. Following a busy walk through many people, the trio finally arrives at an ornate ironwork gate with a guard standing watch, to which the merchant asks if they can see the Guild Master. Asking for his merchant identification, Benno pulls out a silvery pendant from inside his shirt and the man touches it to the door, causing it to vanish before their eyes. Following a flight of stairs they are told to take a seat, only to have Myne’s eyes light up after seeing what she assumes to be a bookcase filled with wooden plaques and ledgers of information. She then pulls out a dusty scroll which is a map of Ehrenfest, to which their supervisor explains the layout of the city and how they can trade outside to other towns across the river, with the hope one day be asked to travel there to find supplies for later endeavors. Within a few minutes they are escorted into the office of Gustaf Ottmar, the Guild Master and the man who will issue temporary permits for business, but he is hesitant since both children are unbaptised and such exceptions are only made for Guild family members. It is then when Benno directs Myne to display their winter handiwork and the small girl shows the elder her crocheted hair ornament, which also causes the leader to take on a similar stunned look. Their employer then elaborates they are the ones responsible for this marvelous item, and if they are not issued membership cards to manufacture the next big thing cannot not take place … which was his intention all along since he knew Gustaf’s granddaughter dearly wanted one for her own baptism this coming winter. Knowing he has no other choice, Ottmar regretfully allows their exception, but Urano brings up the idea she cannot make such a pleasing gift without first meeting the girl to coordinate the accessory’s color and design with Frieda’s hair and dress. Acknowledging the truth behind this statement, the doting grandfather sets up the appointment so that Myne and Lutz will meet her the next morning.

In Summary:

It is such a delight to see Myne and Lutz finally be rewarded for all their hard efforts, and even more satisfying to know people acknowledging the skill of this frail girl, even if Benno may take advantage of her to raise his own status within the Guild. But at the same time, one cannot but smile watching events unfold and knowing their inventions benefit everyone, so much so that people are offering to take on the pair for their own benefit and well being. But what is most surprising was to hear her plant based paper was considered a luxury item when Urano wanted to move it away from the exclusivity of nobles and rich so that even common people may use it, but this only makes watching what happens in the future all the more fulfilling.

Grade: A+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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