Yuka Iguchi and Sho Hayami are cast as the two main characters
The 20th volume of Miya Kazuki's "biblia fantasy" light novel Honzuki no Gekokujou: Shisho ni Naru Tame niwa Shudan wo Erande iraremasen (English edition title: Ascendance of a Bookworm) is set to be released in Japan on September 10, 2019, and its limited edition to come with a bonus DVD including the first episode of the novel's forthcoming TV anime adaptation prior to its TV premiere.
The length of the episode is about 20 minutes and the OP and ED movies will not be included in the disc. The price for the limited edition is 2,200 yen (before tax/20 US dollars) and that for the regular edition without the disc is 1,200 yen (10.9 US dollars).
The novel was originally serialized on Japanese user-generated novel publishing website Shosetsuka ni
Narou for 677 chapters from September 2013 to March 2017. TO Books started publishing its print edition
in January 2015, and 19 volumes have been released so far (main series: 18/spin-off: 1). Its main series'
latest 18th volume was released on March 9, 2019, and its next 19th volume expected to be released
The novel's manga adaptation illustrated by Suzuka has been also published by TO Books and seven
volumes are currently available. The series' total print run in Japan has reached 1.2 million copies.
The TV anime adaptation project was revealed in March 2019 with a teaser PV introducing its two main
voice cast: Yuka Iguchi as its protagonist Maine and Sho Hayami as the chief priest Ferdinand. The anime's
actual broadcast scehdule has not yet been announced.
- Director: Mitsuru Hongo (Crayon Shin-chan, Outlaw Star)
- Sub director: Yoshiki Kawasaki
- Series composition: Mariko Kunisawa (Hatsukoi Limited, Magimoji Rurumo)
- Character design: Yoshiaki Yanagida (Tribe Cool Crew), Toshihisa Kaiya (IGPX -Immortal Grand Prix-)
- Anime production: Ajiado (Izetta: The Last Witch, How Not to Summon a Demon Lord)
TV anime teaser visual
Under the English title Ascendance of a Bookworm, the manga adaptation's English edition has been
released by J-Novel Club. The publisher introduces its story as below:
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 Maine, 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. Maine 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!
Novel 1st and 18th volume covers
Source: Happinet Corporation press release
©Miya Kazuki, TO Books/"Ascendance of a Bookworm" Production Committee