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Ascendance of a Bookworm Director: All 26 Episodes Are Ready to Air

posted on by Egan Loo
Mitsuru Hongo: Anime already pushed forward before airing, so no delays are expected

Before the 18th episode of the Ascendance of a Bookworm anime aired in Tokyo on Thursday, director Mitsuru Hongo reported that all 26 episodes of the anime have been submitted for release.

Hongo acknowledged that there are many times when an anime's production staff will keep working right up until each episode's airing time. However, he explained that the broadcast of the Ascendance of a Bookworm series was already pushed forward from its originally planned schedule "due to various issues." He concluded that even during these difficult times, he hopes that the anime can provide some fun.

This spring, many anime series are delaying episodes or entire seasons, due to the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) affecting their production schedules.

The second part of the television anime of Miya Kazuki's "biblia fantasy" novel Ascendance of a Bookworm (Honzuki no Gekokujō - Shisho ni Naru Tame niwa Shudan o Erandeiramasen) premiered on Osaka's ABC TV on April 4, on Tokyo MX and WOWOW on April 8, and on BS Fuji on April 9. The second part is shipping in Japan in four three-episode DVD volumes from April 15 to June 17, as well as in a 12-episode Blu-ray box on June 17.

The anime's first part premiered last October, and ended on December 25 with 14 episodes. Crunchyroll streamed the first part as it aired in Japan, and it also began streaming an English dub on December 4. Crunchyroll is streaming the second half with English subtitles as it airs in Japan, although not with an English dub.

The anime also has two original video anime installments that debuted with a limited edition of the first novel of the series' fifth part on March 10.

J-Novel Club is releasing both the light novels and Suzuka's manga adaptation in English, and it describes the story:

A certain college girl who's loved books ever since she was a little girl dies in an accident and is reborn in another world she knows nothing about. She is now Myne, the sickly five-year-old daughter of a poor soldier. To make things worse, the world she's been reborn in has a very low literacy rate and books mostly don't exist. She'd have to pay an enormous amounts of money to buy one. Myne resolves herself: If there aren't any books, she'll just have to make them! Her goal is to become a librarian. This story begins with her quest to make books so she can live surrounded by them! Dive into this biblio-fantasy written for book lovers and bookworms!

Mitsuru Hongo (Kasumin, Crayon Shin-chan films, World Trigger) is directing the anime at Ajia-do (Genshiken, Spirit of Wonder) with assistant director Yoshiki Kawasaki (Monster Hunter Stories RIDE ON episode director), and Mariko Kunisawa (Hatsukoi Limited, Magimoji Rurumo) is in charge of the series scripts. Yoshiaki Yanagida (Genshiken, Spirit of Wonder) and Toshihisa Kaiya (Ruin Explorers - Fam & Ihrie, Spirit of Wonder, World Trigger) are designing the characters. Sumire Morohoshi performed the show's opening theme song "Mashiro" (Pure White). Morohoshi is making her solo debut with the song. Megumi Nakajima performed the anime's ending song "Kamikazari no Tenshi" (Hair Ornament Angel).

Kazuki began the original novels on the "Shōsetsuka ni Narō" website in 2013, and You Shiina illustrates the print edition. J-Novel Club began releasing the novels in print in fall last year.

Source: Mitsuru Hongo's Twiter account via Otakomu

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