Thursday, March 18, 2021

Review: ASCENDANCE OF A BOOKWORM, PART 1 VOL. 1 (manga) by Miya Kazuki


Rating: 2/5 stars

A month ago I read the light novel of this first volume in Ascendance of a Bookworm and was disappointed with it to the point of quitting a third of the way through, but I liked the concept behind the story enough that I wanted to check out the manga instead and see if this medium was more to my liking. 

I did end up enjoying the manga more than the light novel as the story moves along faster and thus is more interesting, but ultimately, I still didn't love this story. I think this series just isn't going to be for me. I expected it to be a bit different than it actually is, and a hyped-up expectation versus reality is always a setup for disappointment. 

The art style is adorable here though, I will give it that. And I think eventually once the story gets going, it will get more interesting, but if I'm not hooked enough by the first volume then I'm not going to continue. 

I think I still want to give the Ascendance of a Bookworm anime a chance since I will be able to move through the story faster that way, but I'm not going to give it more than a few episodes before I decide if I'll be continuing or not. 

Even though this series sadly wasn't for me, I encourage you to give it a shot if you think it sounds interesting because I desperately wanted to like this series and I think it's a fun concept. 

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