Ascendance of a Bookworm 2nd Season – 1st Episode Review
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Synopsis: 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 regained consciousness, she was reborn as Myne, the daughter of a poor soldier. She was in the town of Ehrenfest, which had a harsh class system. But as long as she had books, she didn’t really 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.”(Official Crunchyroll Synopsis)
1st Episode Review (Warning: Minor Spoilers to Follow):
Linny: Ascendance of a Bookworm’s second season picks up more or less right where the first left off. The audience is treated to a quick sequence of recaps and catch up information, which helps you jump in without rushing things. It does a good job of helping viewers ease back in even though a few months have passed in between.
Tom: Much of this first episode is spent reminding us of what certain characters were up to, giving us new developments for others, potential teases for upcoming, minor plot developments and generally laying ground work for the rest of the upcoming season. It’s only towards the end of the episode that this season’s focus truly kicks off with Main finally becoming a priestess and all the headache that’ll entail.
Linny: Something that bothered me throughout the episode however was how Main’s big magical like transformation from last season is shown in the recap but ultimately glossed over. Nobody seems all that surprised or concerned about that event, other than the one person she threatened using it. It’s never brought up again by anyone else. Even the show acknowledges that magic is rare in this world and virtually non existent in the lower classes yet her parents seem to take it all a little too in stride. Its a minor complaint though as it doesn’t really interfere with the rest of the story too much. And this new season is already impressive with its introduction of new and interesting challenges for Main to face; namely the three retainers Main is assigned, each with their own personality defects that’ll prove an entirely different struggle than what Main is used to. Ascendance has always been so good at presenting realistic yet daunting problems and this season seems poised to keep delivering on that. For fans of the series, it seems that Ascendance of a Bookworm will continue to bring about the same quality of content and entertainment that its previous season was praised for.
Tom: Season 2 looks to be a perfect continuation of the last, with art that hasn’t dipped, the easy-going, light dramatic atmosphere is still there, and new obstacles are rearing their heads that don’t simply feel like a retread or reset of what we’ve seen before. So if Bookworm was something you loved back this past Fall, then take a seat, boot up Crunchyroll and enjoy the 2nd coming of this fantastic little series.
Ascendance of a Bookworm 2nd Season is available for streaming via Crunchyroll.com