Commenting On: Ascendance of a Bookworm – Fall 2019 Anime First Impressions [Spoiler‑Free]

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  1. saijanai says:

    My significant other is 67 (I am 66). Over the past 30+ years, she has dutifully watched 1 or 2 episodes of every anime I have raved about and always yawned.

    Then came Ascendance of a Bookworm…

    She binge-watched every English dub episode 3-at-a-time, and when she overran those, she watched the remaining 15 subtitled episodes 2-at-a-time, despite having dyslexia so severe that it is literally physically painful to read subtitles while watching TV.

    Then she read the first 12 ENglish language light novels back to back (painful dyslexia remember) and then read the next 3 as soon as they came out.

    She just finished volume 15 and is awaiting the release of the next volume at the end of the month (October 2021).

    Her stated goal is to read all 27 light novels, and watch each new season (even subtitled) as it is released and read and watch the planned sequel.

    My opinion is that the older you are, the more likely you are to enjoy the series (both animated and written) and that the publishers are marketing it to the wrong demographic. This is for parents and grandparents and great-grandparents. That normal anime viewers might like it is really only coincidental. This is an adult story about a 5-year-old protagonist with a 300+ IQ (or a 22-year-old trapped in a 5-year-old body), and is NOT really meant for the typical anime fan.

    10 stars out of 10 for being the only anime my significant other has ever watched all the way through.

  2. Derek Lyons says:

    The basic problem is the first episode was _so very dull_. There’s some interesting stuff promised in the PV, but the show so far is not delivering.