The BEST Episodes of Ascendance of a Bookworm

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 26, 2021

Network: ABC (JA)

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 as 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."

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#1 - Conclusions

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 26, 2019

Myne, Gunther, and Eva head to the cathedral for their fateful meeting, knowing that Myne's life is riding on a successful negotiation. But will things really go so smoothly for them?

star 8.35
63 votes
Dreamlike World

#2 - Dreamlike World

Season 1 - Episode 26 - Aired Jun 21, 2020

Tasked with healing the land ravaged by the trombe, Main has to put on a show. How that will affect the way the onlookers see her is anybody's guess... and so is how the head priest will react.

star 8.28
57 votes
Wilma and Holy Scriptures for Kids

#3 - Wilma and Holy Scriptures for Kids

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 24, 2020

With the picture-book production in full sway, Main must navigate several hurdles regarding the process and, more pressingly, Wilma's condition.

star 8.19
52 votes
Trombe and Battles

#4 - Trombe and Battles

Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Jun 14, 2020

Main and the head priest set out to join the knights on a mission to take down a rampage trombe. With this being her first exposure to proper noble society, who knows what perils lie in Main's path?

star 8.10
50 votes
Baptism and Divine Paradises

#5 - Baptism and Divine Paradises

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 19, 2019

The day of Myne and Lutz's baptism has arrived. Wearing a fancy dress and a new hair ornament, Myne appears a clear standout from the rest of the kids, but soon she loses her way and finds herself in what she sees as heaven on earth.

star 8.07
58 votes
Life-or-Death Choices and Family Meetings

#6 - Life-or-Death Choices and Family Meetings

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 12, 2019

With Myne collapses, everyone she knows comes together in a bid to save her life. But soon, she is faced with a life-or-death decision, one that she must discuss with her family.

star 8.07
60 votes
Lutz's Myne

#7 - Lutz's Myne

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 21, 2019

As Myne and Lutz begin making their paper for real, Myne's excitement gets the better of her, and Lutz's suspicions come to a head. He resolves to talk to her about it after the paper is finished.

star 8.05
61 votes
Harvest Festivals and Staying Home

#8 - Harvest Festivals and Staying Home

Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired May 31, 2020

The Harvest Festival is here, and Main finds the library ransacked. She is outraged at first, but this may be a welcome opportunity for her...

star 8.04
50 votes
To the Second Winter

#9 - To the Second Winter

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 5, 2019

Myne learns from Frieda that the illness she has is called the Devouring, and that it will flare up if she ever feels anxiety or loses hope. Almost on cue, her fever starts acting up...

star 8.02
62 votes

#10 - Meeting

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 7, 2019

Lutz and Myne prepare for the meeting with Otto. But Otto brings someone with him, turning a casual meeting into an interview that will decide both Lutz and Myne's futures.

star 7.97
65 votes
The Events of Winter

#11 - The Events of Winter

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 17, 2019

While everyone is snowed in by the harsh winter, Myne has a plan: a plan to craft pseudo-papyrus as the first step towards making a book. Meanwhile, Eva teaches Turi a bunch of skills in order to prepare her for her upcoming baptism in the summer. Myne is told to think about where she wants to apprentice, but as always, books are the only thing on her mind. As winter rolls on, however, the family bonds and grows closer together, and Myne hits upon the perfect gift to give Turi to wear on her baptism day.

star 7.95
56 votes
Forests and Clay Tablets

#12 - Forests and Clay Tablets

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 24, 2019

Spring has arrived, and Myne is raring to go make clay tablets in the forest. But first, she must convince her family that she can handle the journey.

star 7.82
60 votes

#13 - Needs

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 19, 2020

With Fran now fully on her team, Main must then get to work on winning Gil and Delia over.

star 7.78
49 votes
Blue Robes and Uncommon Sense

#14 - Blue Robes and Uncommon Sense

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 12, 2020

The stark contrast of the values at the church compared to life downtown continues to bewilder Main, as she butts heads with her retainers and her expected duties at the church.

star 7.75
52 votes
The Choice to be an Apprentice Priestess

#15 - The Choice to be an Apprentice Priestess

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 26, 2019

When Myne brings up wanting to become an apprentice priestess to her family, she learns the truth about the role and what it entails, and soon comes to realize that she is in for the fight of her life.

star 7.75
59 votes
Baptisms and Strange Fevers

#16 - Baptisms and Strange Fevers

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 31, 2019

Spring has arrived, and Myne is raring to go make clay tablets in the forest. But first, she must convince her family that she can handle the journey.

star 7.74
62 votes
Knight Orders and Requests

#17 - Knight Orders and Requests

Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Jun 7, 2020

Main has to break the news to her family that she has to stay in the cathedral over winter. Meanwhile, the request from the knight order looms large over the horizon.

star 7.73
49 votes
Seeds of Suspicion

#18 - Seeds of Suspicion

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 14, 2019

With the paper-making process about to begin, Myne can't hider her excitement as she and Lutz go to meet Benno as per his invitation. He reveals that he is willing to arrange for all the equipment and materials they need to make paper, but the ensuing conversation makes Lutz see Myne in a very different light.

star 7.72
58 votes
The Guild Master's Granddaughter

#19 - The Guild Master's Granddaughter

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 28, 2019

Benno looks to have Myne and Lutz registered with the Merchant Guild, but the guild master proves to be an obstacle. This results in them making plans to meet Frieda, his granddaughter.

star 7.71
58 votes
Orphanage Reforms

#20 - Orphanage Reforms

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 26, 2020

Main is taken to the orphanage and collapses in shock when she sees the state it and its inhabitants are in. She wants to help the kids, but will she really be able to?

star 7.69
49 votes
Apprentice Priestess

#21 - Apprentice Priestess

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 5, 2020

Main is now an apprentice priestess at the cathedral. How will she adapt to a new life in new surroundings, and how will they react to her?

star 7.69
55 votes
Cleanups and Star Festivals

#22 - Cleanups and Star Festivals

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired May 3, 2020

As newly appointed orphanage director, Main's first task is to lead a major cleanup of the orphanage and its inhabitants. And as summer comes around, she also has some festivities in mind.

star 7.65
48 votes
New Retainers

#23 - New Retainers

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 17, 2020

When Main hears that Eva is pregnant, she decides to make a picture book for the baby and looks to recruit Wilma to be her artist. However, she finds a few roadblocks on her path...

star 7.62
52 votes
Life Improvements and Slates

#24 - Life Improvements and Slates

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 10, 2019

Having learned how expensive books are in this world, Myne resolves to make books of her own. However, she soon finds out just how frail her new body is when she and her elder sister, Turi, decide to go to the gate to deliver something their father forgot—she can hardly take a few steps before running out of breath. But that's when Lutz, a neighborhood kid the same age as Myne, offers his help. Myne is touched by this and soon makes it to the gate. There, Otto gives her his old slate, letting her experience the joy of writing once again.

star 7.59
61 votes
A World Without Books

#25 - A World Without Books

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 3, 2019

Motosu Urano, a college student and a bookworm of the highest order, loses her life in an avalanche of books and wakes up in another world as a sickly girl named Myne. Nevertheless confident that she can deal with any situation as long as she has books to read, she looks all over her new home for one, but doesn't find any. To make matters worse, she couldn't see any writing in town when out with her mother Eva. She realized that she found herself in a world with a low literacy rate, one where books were prohibitively expensive.

star 7.52
75 votes