The BEST Episodes of Ascendance of a Bookworm

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 24, 2020

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."


#1 - Conclusions

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 26, 2019

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

star 8.38
37 votes
Baptism and Divine Paradises

#2 - Baptism and Divine Paradises

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 19, 2019

The day of Main and Lutz's baptism has arrived. Wearing a fancy dress and a new hair ornament, Main 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 8.11
35 votes
Lutz's Main

#3 - Lutz's Main

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 21, 2019

As Main and Lutz begin making their paper for real, Main'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 8.03
33 votes
Life-or-Death Choices and Family Meetings

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

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 12, 2019

With Main 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 8.03
35 votes
To the Second Winter

#5 - To the Second Winter

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 5, 2019

Main 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 8.00
36 votes

#6 - Meeting

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 7, 2019

Lutz and Main 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 Main's futures.

star 7.97
39 votes
Wilma and Holy Scriptures for Kids

#7 - Wilma and Holy Scriptures for Kids

Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired May 24, 2020

star 7.95
20 votes
The Events of Winter

#8 - The Events of Winter

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 17, 2019

While everyone is snowed in by the harsh winter, Main 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. Main 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 Main hits upon the perfect gift to give Turi to wear on her baptism day.

star 7.90
31 votes
Forests and Clay Tablets

#9 - Forests and Clay Tablets

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 24, 2019

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

star 7.86
37 votes
The Guild Master's Granddaughter

#10 - The Guild Master's Granddaughter

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 28, 2019

Benno looks to have Main 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 7.76
34 votes
Baptisms and Strange Fevers

#11 - Baptisms and Strange Fevers

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 31, 2019

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

star 7.71
38 votes
Blue Robes and Uncommon Sense

#12 - 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 7.67
27 votes
The Choice to be an Apprentice Priestess

#13 - The Choice to be an Apprentice Priestess

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 26, 2019

When Main 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 7.65
34 votes
Seeds of Suspicion

#14 - Seeds of Suspicion

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 14, 2019

With the paper-making process about to begin, Main 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 Main in a very different light.

star 7.64
33 votes
A World Without Books

#15 - 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 Main. 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 7.56
45 votes

#16 - 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 7.56
27 votes
Life Improvements and Slates

#17 - Life Improvements and Slates

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 10, 2019

Having learned how expensive books are in this world, Main 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 Main, offers his help. Main 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 7.47
38 votes
New Retainers

#18 - New Retainers

Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired May 17, 2020

star 7.41
27 votes
Apprentice Priestess

#19 - 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 7.35
31 votes
Cleanups and Star Festivals

#20 - 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 7.35
26 votes
The Path Ahead of Lutz

#21 - The Path Ahead of Lutz

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired May 10, 2020

star 7.28
25 votes
Orphanage Reforms

#22 - 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 7.19
26 votes