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Film Friday- Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Film Friday- Kaguya-sama: Love is War

Kaguya-sama: Love Is War is a Japanese romantic comedy manga series by Aka Akasaka. It began serialization in Shueisha’s seinen manga magazine Miracle Jump in May 2015 and was transferred to Weekly Young Jump in March 2016. In North America, the manga is licensed in English by Viz Media. A 12-episode anime television series adaptation by A-1 Pictures aired in Japan between January and March 2019, and a 12-episode second season premiered between April and June 2020. An OVA episode will be released in 2021, and a third season has been announced. It was also adapted into a live-action film directed by Hayato Kawai, which was released in Japan in September 2019. The anime series is licensed in North America by Aniplex of America. As of April 2021, the manga had over 15 million copies in circulation. In 2020, Kaguya-sama: Love Is War won the 65th Shogakukan Manga Award in the general category.

Media

Anime

An anime television series adaptation was announced by Shueisha on June 1, 2018. The series is directed by Shinichi Omata under the pseudonym Mamoru Hatakeyama and written by Yasuhiro Nakanishi, with animation by A-1 Pictures. Yuuko Yahiro is providing the character designs, while Jin Aketagawa is the sound director. Kei Haneoka is composing the series’ music. The series aired from January 12 to March 30, 2019, broadcasting on MBS, Tokyo MX, BS11, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, Chukyo TV, and TV Niigata. The series ran for 12 episodes. Masayuki Suzuki, Rikka Ihara, and Yoshiki Mizuno performs the series’ opening song “Love Dramatic feat. Ihara Rikka”, while Halca performs the series’ ending theme song “Sentimental Crisis”. Aniplex of America have acquired the series in North America, and streamed the series on Crunchyroll, Hulu, and FunimationNow. In Australia and New Zealand, AnimeLab simulcasted the series within the region. The series is licensed by Muse Communication and released on Netflix in Southeast Asia. A second season titled Kaguya-sama: Love Is War? was announced on October 19, 2019. The staff and cast returned to reprise their roles. It aired from April 11 to June 27, 2020 on the Tokyo MX, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, BS11, Abema TV service, MBS and TV Niigata. The second season will feature Kaguya’s character song “Kotae Awase” and a key visual with the new characters Miko and Osaragi as they join the returning main characters of the series. Suzuki returned to perform the season’s opening theme “Daddy! Daddy Do!” with Airi Suzuki, while Haruka Fukuhara’s “Kaze ni Fukarete” (“Blown by the Wind”) was used as the ending. The season received its world premiere prior to Japanese broadcast at Anime Festival Sydney on March 8, 2020. Funimation acquired exclusive streaming rights for the season in late March; the company began airing an English dub for the second season on July 25, with the first season dub streaming on March 9, 2021. In Southeast Asia, Muse Communication released the season on Netflix. On October 25, 2020, an original video animation episode and a third season were concurrently announced for production during the “Kaguya-sama Wants To Tell You On Stage” special event. There will be three episodes in the OVA bundled with the manga’s twenty-second volume, which ships on May 19, 2021.

Live-action film

The film premiered in Japan on September 6, 2019. Sho Hirano was announced for the role of Miyuki Shirogane, and Kanna Hashimoto was announced for the role of Kaguya Shinomiya. Hayato Kawai directed the film, Yūichi Tokunaga wrote the screenplay, and principal photography was conducted in March to April 2019. A sequel to the film was announced on January 6, 2021. It will be shown in Japanese cinemas on August 20, 2021. Hirano, Hasimoto, Nana Asakawa, and Hayato Sano, actors of Chika Fujiwara and Yu Ishigami respectively, are confirmed to return to reprise their roles.

Kaguya Shinomiya

The titular character of the series, Kaguya is the vice president of Shuchiin Academy’s student council. She is known for her beauty, intelligence and wealth, her family owning one of the largest business conglomerates in Japan. Due to being born into a high-class family, the manner Kaguya was raised caused her to be prideful, cold and calculating; but underneath her personality traits, she is really an innocent, kind and fair-minded teenage girl at heart. Her social status and upbringing also causes her emotional suffering due to loneliness and isolation. In spite of her intelligence and resources, she is surprisingly inept at utilizing social media and digital technology (although she excels at older, analog methods of input such as typewriter). She is also quite naïve when it comes to romance and sexuality, and had to be taught how to utilize fashion and femininity to her advantage. To make Miyuki confess his love directly or indirectly, she usually plans ahead to tilt the circumstances in her favour. Apart from engaging in student council work, she is in the Archery club.
Akasaka said that he modeled Kaguya to be like Kaguya-hime in that both are princesses at the start, but have something deeper about their character later. He made both Kaguya and Miyuki to have similar personalities at first, both proud and intellectual but later revealing to be more like “goofy idiots” on the inside. He would later have the two diverge in tendencies, with Kaguya being more like a “bad girl”. Akasaka also said that while Kaguya has a dark side to her, he didn’t want people to hate her so he tries to keep the positive and negative emotions balanced.

Miyuki Shirogane

is the student council president of Shuchiin Academy. He is famed for being the top student of the school who has also placed second overall in national mock exams, attributed to his studying all the time, hence his messy hair, dark circles around his eyes, and glaring look. Like Kaguya, he is inexperienced with romance and relationships. Miyuki struggles with physical sports involving skills and has a paralyzing fear of bugs, especially cockroaches. Because his father, formerly a factory owner, is unemployed and his mother – who left the family when he was a child – does not support them, he and his younger sister Kei often take part-time jobs. A running gag in the series is how he always imagines Kaguya looking down on him and saying “How cute.”, and refrains to confess his feelings for her in fear of being rejected in such way.
Akasaka said that he initially thought about naming him Mikado, after the Emperor in the Kaguya-hime story, but found that he liked Otomo no Miyuki better. He developed Miyuki to begin like a twin in personality and character to Kaguya, and would later diverge to a “good boy”. He likes that he can portray him as calm and composed on the outside, but his mind would be racing on the inside.
Film Friday- Himouto! Umaru-chan

Film Friday- Himouto! Umaru-chan

Himouto! Umaru-chan is a Japanese manga series by Sankaku Head. It began serialization in Shueisha’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump on March 14, 2013. It has been collected in twelve tankōbon volumes. An alternative version was serialized for two chapters in Shueisha’s monthly magazine Miracle Jump in 2012. An anime television series adaptation aired in 2015. A second season titled Himouto! Umaru-chan R aired from October to December 2017, while a sequel series titled Himouto! Umaru-chan G was released in November 2017.

 

 

Characters

Umaru Doma 
A high school girl with beautiful looks, top grades and excellence in everything. She reverts to a secret lifestyle at home, where she wears a hamster hoodie and is really a die-hard otaku. While indoors, she is drawn in a chibi manner, later calling herself Komaru (Umaru’s sister) when Kirie catches her in the persona. She lives with her brother Taihei. She wears a cap while at the amusement arcade, where she is a well-known gamer who goes by the initials UMR. She wears a mask to hide her identity from Sylphynford.
Taihei Doma
Umaru’s older brother working at the company. He lives in a 1DK apartment. The siblings move in a year before the series. He is described as having a kind and methodical personality. He reprimands Umaru for being lazy.

 

 

Nana Ebina
Umaru’s buxom classmate living in the ground-floor apartment near the siblings. She is very shy, and is originally from Akita Prefecture, occasionally reverting to dialect when she is nervous. Because of her breasts, she has a lack of confidence as people look at her. The first person to look her in the eyes is Taihei, whom she later has a crush on and gets flustered whenever he gives her compliments. Nana’s brother works at a restaurant in Tokyo. Taihei suspects he might have met him on his business trip. She appears in the spin-off manga “Akita Imokko! Ebina-chan”, after having placed first in a Niconico Seiga poll among other characters.
Sylphynford Tachibana
One of Umaru’s classmates. She is very openly competitive and considers Umaru a rival in academics and sports. She becomes friends with Umaru’s persona with hopes of beating her at school, and later gets along with her friends. She is half-Japanese and German.

 

 

Kirie Motoba
A classmate and a petite girl with frightening eyes to scare others. She is shy and has a great admiration for Umaru. She becomes friends with Komaru, thinking she is her sister. She is a servant calling her Master. She considers Ebina a rival for Umaru’s affection. She is a member of the swim club, and is good at other sports like tennis. She aspires to be a picture book author.
Takeshi Motoba
Kirie’s brother with an afro. His nickname is Bomber. He likes to slack off at work. He and Taihei became friends since high school, but he was not as studious. He gets jealous when sees Taihei hanging out with the girls, but when he meets Komaru, he feels she is cute too. He tries to interact with Kirie, but she gets annoyed from him. Later when he meets Umaru in her outdoor persona and Ebina, he becomes very nervous and shy. He thinks Komaru and Umaru are two different people, and cannot recognize his sister during the trip.
Alex Tachibana
Sylphynford’s brother. He works in Taihei’s department. He is part German and has relatives from Europe. He enjoys playing video games. He knows of Umaru’s dual personality. He later reveals that when he was in middle school, he was a shut-in. He later moved to Japan to work with Kanau.

 

Manager Kanau
Kanau Kongou  is the boss of Taihei, Bomber and Alex, described in Young Jump magazine as beautiful and excellent. She met Taihei and Bomber at high school ten years ago. She is very fond of Taihei, but gets annoyed by Bomber. Kanau is a single person and living on her own. Umaru becomes upset of her. Taihei reveals that she is the daughter of the president, a year younger than Taihei, and that they attended different schools. She has a younger sister Hikari.
Hikari Kongō
A top student from the Gifted Youth Program with a hairpin and Kanau’s sister. It is hinted that she interacted with Taihei, before knowing the set of constellations that he tried to show Umaru. She refers to Taihei as a big brother.
Kōichirō Ebina
Nana’s older brother and restaurant chef. He left home when the latter was seven.

 

 

 

Manga Monday- Himouto! Umaru-chan

Manga Monday- Himouto! Umaru-chan

Himouto! Umaru-chan is a Japanese manga series by Sankaku Head. It began serialization in Shueisha’s seinen manga magazine Weekly Young Jump on March 14, 2013. It has been collected in twelve tankōbon volumes. An alternative version was serialized for two chapters in Shueisha’s monthly magazine Miracle Jump in 2012. An anime television series adaptation aired in 2015. A second season titled Himouto! Umaru-chan R aired from October to December 2017, while a sequel series titled Himouto! Umaru-chan G was released in November 2017.

Plot

Umaru Doma is a high school girl who lives with her older brother Taihei. At school, Umaru appears to be the ideal student with good looks, top grades and many talents. However, she transforms into a kid-sized layabout and spends time at home feeding her video game and food addiction, much to Taihei’s dismay. Throughout the series, Umaru uses her alternative personality to make friends with others, while at home she throws tantrums about Taihei not buying her things.

Media

Manga

The manga first appeared in Shueisha’s monthly magazine Miracle Jump in 2012 for two chapters: first in the 10th issue on August 16 and again in the 11th issue on October 16. It was serialized in Weekly Young Jump from March 14, 2013. A total of Twelve tankōbon volumes were published. A spin-off focused on Nana Ebina, titled “Akita Imokko! Ebina-chan” that is currently running on Niconico Seiga website and other platforms after ranked first on the website’s popularity poll. Seven Seas Entertainment released the manga in English. The manga ended serialization on November 9, 2017. A sequel manga titled Himōto! Umaru-chan G began serialization on November 30, 2017 and ended on April 19, 2018.

Anime

An anime television series adaptation is produced by Doga Kobo. The series was directed by Masahiko Ohta and written by Takashi Aoshima, with character design by Aya Takano and sound direction by Yasunori Ebina. It was broadcast on the Asahi Broadcasting Corporation in Japan from July 9 to September 24, 2015, and was simulcast worldwide by Crunchyroll. The opening theme is “Kakushin-teki Metamarufōze!” performed by Aimi Tanaka, while the ending theme is “Hidamari Days” performed by Tanaka, Akari Kageyama, Haruka Shiraishi and Yurina Furukawa. The series is licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks. An original video animation was bundled with the manga’s seventh volume on October 19, 2015, with another to be bundled with the tenth volume of the manga in Q2 2017. In the Weekly Young Jump magazine’s 20th issue of 2017, a second season of the anime series titled Himouto! Umaru-chan R was announced for fall 2017 with the same cast. The opening theme is “Nimensei Ura Omote Life!”performed by Tanaka. The ending theme is “Umarun Taisou” performed by Sisters, the voice actresses of the four main girls. The second season was simulcast on Anime Strike in the United States, on Hidive outside of the US, and on AnimeLab in Australia and New Zealand. Sentai Filmworks has announced on September 27, 2017 that they have licensed Himouto! Umaru-chan R. In the UK, MVM Films announced they had licensed Himouto! Umaru-chan R. In the Philippines, Umaru-chan was broadcast in Tagalog on the Hero and Yey! pay TV channels.

Video game

A PlayStation Vita sister-raising simulation game developed by FuRyu, titled Himōto! Umaru-chan: Himōto! Ikusei Keikaku, was released on December 3, 2015.

Reception

The manga had sold 2.2 million copies in November 2015. It had sold 2.7 million copies by March 2017.

 

Film Friday- Restaurant to Another World

Film Friday- Restaurant to Another World

Restaurant to Another World is a Japanese light novel series written by Junpei Inuzuka, with illustrations by Katsumi Enami. Shufunotomo released five volumes of the series. An anime television series adaptation by Silver Link aired from July 3 to September 18, 2017. A second season has been announced.

Main Staff

Master
The owner of the Western Restaurant Nekoya. A single man in his middle age, he is the grandchild of a couple who opened the restaurant, and inherited it when his grandfather died 10 years ago. An outstanding culinary master, he enjoys cooking for the eclectic group of patrons that visit every Saturday. Resulting from the mingling of so many diverse beings within one space, the restaurant has become a neutral region, since none of the guests — whatever their personal differences — want to miss out on the Master’s cuisine. His grandmother, Koyomi (also known as Yomi, a heroine from the other world) entrusted him with the key to the door; should he decide to close the door between both worlds, he is told that he must break the key.
Aletta
A demon girl hailing from the Demon Kingdom on the other world’s Eastern Continent. When the Demon God was vanquished by the legendary Four Heroes, the power he had once bestowed upon his demonic subjects waned, and as a result Aletta was born no different from humans except for the goat horns on her head. Rejected by the human world and ending up a vagrant, she discovered the Nekoya’s interdimensional entrance and began working every Saturday as a waitress; she is well-paid beyond a typical salary in her world as the Master has no need of its currency. She later finds additional work as Sarah Gold’s housekeeper.
Kuro
One of the other world’s six ancient dragons imbued with death, a power which inadvertently killed every mortal being that happened to cross her path. To avoid killing innocents, she banished herself to the world’s shattered moon. By chance, she found the door of the Nekoya appearing in her vicinity, entered the restaurant and, naive to human customs owing to her long isolation, ended up consuming so much chicken curry that her old friend, the “Red Queen”, prompted the Master to hire her as a waitress to pay off her food bill. To interact with the staff and patrons, “Kuro” adopts the form of a black-haired elf girl, but usually communicates via telepathy instead of speaking aloud. Later, she was taught how to speak vocally to prevent others from freaking out. She unofficially serves as the restaurant’s guardian, should a situation escalate. Of the diners, only Altorius and Alexander are aware of her true identity.
Daiki Yamagata
The now-deceased previous owner of the Nekoya and the current Master’s grandfather. He is shown in flashbacks when the Master reflects upon the older customers who became his grandfather’s regulars. He gave the restaurant to Master, who was also his apprentice. He met Koyomi near the end of (or just after) World War II; Yomi would serve as a waitress, and the two eventually fell in love.

 

 

Yomi
A female warrior from the other world, and a member of the legendary Four Heroes. During their battle with the Demon God over seventy years ago, she fell through an interdimensional wormhole and wound up on Earth, where she married the Master’s grandfather and ran the Nekoya with him. Initially, only Altorius, one of her comrades, knew about this secret. According to him, she is still alive on Earth despite her advanced age and visits her grandson from time to time. Furthermore, its implied she retains some of her magical ability. She holds the key to permanently stop doors to warp and a fail-safe, but decided to entrust it to her grandson, seeing what progress the restaurant has become; should her grandson decide to close the door, he must break the key.

 

Manga Monday- Restaurant to Another World

Manga Monday- Restaurant to Another World

Restaurant to Another World is a Japanese light novel series written by Junpei Inuzuka, with illustrations by Katsumi Enami. Shufunotomo released five volumes of the series. An anime television series adaptation by Silver Link aired from July 3 to September 18, 2017. A second season has been announced.

Plot

The Western Restaurant Nekoya is a restaurant situated in a mundane corner of an undisclosed Tokyo shopping district which offers a lot of Japanese versions of Western dishes. It opens during usual business hours though closed during holidays and weekends. But secretly it is also open on Saturdays, as on this particular day it creates doorways to another world inhabited by elves, dragons, animal men and other fantastic creatures, who enter the restaurant and partake of its exotic food, with many of them becoming regular patrons.

Manga

A manga adaptation illustrated by Takaaki Kugatsu, launched in Square Enix’s Young Gangan magazine. The manga shares the same first chapter about menchikatsu as the original web novel, but the second chapter is different. Crunchyroll published the manga digitally in English beginning on July 2, 2017. The manga is also licensed by Yen Press.

Light novel

The web novel was initially serialized by Junpei Inuzuka on the user-generated content site Shōsetsuka ni Narō from January 4, 2013, onwards. Following the web novel’s publication, Shufunotomo acquired the series for print publication. The first light novel volume, with illustrations by Katsumi Enami, was published on February 28, 2015, under their Hero Bunko imprint. As of March 2019, five volumes have been published. Seven Seas Entertainment has licensed the novel.

Anime

The author reported in a September 7, 2016, blog entry on the Shōsetsuka ni Narō website that an anime adaptation project of the light novel series was in the works, later revealed to be an anime television series. The series aired from July 3 to September 18, 2017, on TV Tokyo, and was simulcasted by Crunchyroll. Funimation has licensed the series in North America. Masato Jinbo directed the series and supervised scripts at Silver Link, with Takao Sano and Keiichi Sano adapted the original character designs for animation. The opening theme is “One in a Billion” by Wake Up, May’n, while the ending theme is “Chiisana Hitotsubu” by Kiyono Yasuno.

On April 22, 2021, it was announced that a second season had been greenlit for production.

 

Film Friday- So I’m a Spider, So What?

Film Friday- So I’m a Spider, So What?

So I’m a Spider, So What? is a Japanese light novel series written by Okina Baba and illustrated by Tsukasa Kiryu. The story is about a girl who was reincarnated as a dungeon spider, and her struggle for survival. The series has received a manga adaptation, and an anime television series adaptation by Millepensee premiered in January 2021.

 

 

 

 

 

Main Cast

Shiraori / White
Nicknamed “Kumoko” by the fandom; she is reincarnated as a spider monster in the most dangerous dungeon in the world, where she constantly fights to survive and slowly evolves into an incredibly powerful being. After finally escaping, she meets Ariel and eventually makes her way up to becoming the commander of the 10th Demon Army. Initially implied to be the reincarnation of Hiiro Wakaba, she is later revealed to have actually been just an ordinary spider who was in the classroom at the time. She eventually transcends the limits of the world’s RPG system, ascending to godhood and gaining a human form.
Ariel
The current demon king and progenitor of all the spider monsters in the world. The Origin Taratect, Ancient Divine Beast, Ruler of Gluttony and current Demon Lord. She is the progenitor of all Taratects in the System, and thus all spiders can be considered her kin. The Queen Taratects and Puppet Taratects are her closest kin, having wills and personalities of their own, and she does not dominate their personalities with Kin Control. They have served as her closest allies and family for a long time, and she cares deeply for them.

Sophia Keren
One of the classmates, nicknamed “Vampy” by Kumoko. She gets reincarnated as a vampire born to human parents due to a mutation. A victim of bullying in her previous life, she dislikes anyone who brings up her former self. She met Kumoko when she was young and was taken in by her after her home was destroyed in a war. She is also the true antagonist of the secondary storyline, manipulating Hugo for her own ends.

 

 

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Manga Monday- So I’m a Spider, So What?

Manga Monday- So I’m a Spider, So What?

So I’m a Spider, So What? is a Japanese light novel series written by Okina Baba and illustrated by Tsukasa Kiryu. The story is about a girl who was reincarnated as a dungeon spider, and her struggle for survival. The series has received a manga adaptation, and an anime television series adaptation by Millepensee premiered in January 2021.

Plot

In another world, the Hero and the Demon King continue to oppose each other. The grand magic from the Hero and the Demon King crosses over worlds and explodes in the classroom of a certain high school.

The students who died in the explosion are reincarnated in that alternate world. the protagonist, who has the lowest standing in the class, was reincarnated as spider. This is a story of she who has become a spider doing whatever she can in order to live.

Media

Light novels

Okina Baba originally serialized the series as a web novel on the user-generated content site Shōsetsuka ni Narō starting on May 27, 2015. Fujimi Shobo acquired the series for print publication, and published the first light novel, with illustrations by Tsukasa Kiryu, in December 2015. Yen Press announced during their panel at Sakura-Con on April 15, 2017 that they had licensed the series.

Manga

Asahiro Kakashi launched a manga adaptation of the web novels in the Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace Up manga website on December 22, 2015. The manga is also licensed by Yen Press.

Anime

It was reported on July 6, 2018 that the series would receive an anime adaptation, according to an early look at the wraparound jacket band on the fifth volume of the manga adaptation. The report was confirmed at Kadokawa’s booth at Anime Expo later the same day, and it was announced that the adaptation would be a television series. Originally set to premiere in 2020, it was rescheduled to premiere on January 8, 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The two-cour series is animated by Millepensee and directed by Shin Itagaki, with Okina Baba and Yūichirō Momose overseeing the series’ scripts, and Kii Tanaka designing the characters, and Shūji Katayama composing the series’ music. Jōtarō Ishigami is producing the series. The opening theme song is “keep weaving your spider way” performed by Riko Azuna, while the ending theme song is “Do Your Best! Kumoko-san’s Theme” performed by I (Aoi Yūki). It is licensed by Crunchyroll outside Asia. Medialink has licensed the series in Southeast Asia, and is streaming it on their Ani-One YouTube channel and Bilibili.

Reception

The light novels and manga had a combined 1.2 million copies in print as of July 2018. The light novels ranked third in the tankōbon category in the Kono Light Novel ga Sugoi! 2017 rankings, and second in the 2018 rankings.

Film Friday- Wise Man’s Grandchild

Film Friday- Wise Man’s Grandchild

Wise Man’s Grandchild is a Japanese light novel series written by Tsuyoshi Yoshioka and illustrated by Seiji Kikuchi. It began serialization online in January 2015 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was acquired by Enterbrain, who have published eleven volumes since July 2015 under their Famitsu Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation with illustration by Shunsuke Ogata began serialization on Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace Up website from March 2016. It has been collected in thirteen tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Silver Link aired from April 10 to June 26, 2019.

Characters

Shin Wolford
A Japanese salary-man who worked for a science textbook publisher, was killed by a truck and reborn into another world with his memories intact. Raised and trained by Merlin Wolford, Melida Bowen, and Michel Collins, thereby making his magical and combat skills beyond S-rank. Shin can also create and modify magical gear to what can be considered National Treasure level equipment. Being raised in the woods, however, his social and worldly skills are a bit lacking. He has the leadership of his own Ultimate Magic Research Society and obviously tops S-rank. Sicily was enamored with Shin from their first meeting and is overjoyed when she becomes his fiancée. Like his grandfather, Shin can cast magic without verbal or somatic components (since he considers aloud spell names embarrassing) and has created many unique spells like the gate and extra-dimensional storage spaces. His element compress in water & heat and his strongest arsenal is Hydrogen Bomb. Based on the recollection of his previous world, Shin’s knowledge of science and astronomy revolutionize the world’s magic tools. Over the summer break, Shin and his grandparents did intensive training with the Ultimate Magic Research Society to prepare for massive demon outbreaks while deployed in a special unit called the Ultimate Magicians, hopefully, to prevent other students from getting conscript into war. Soon afterward, Shin’s (Earth-modern) appliances prompted him to open his own shopping mall. His title is Demon Lord, which he does not like.

August von Earlshide
The son of King Diseum and the crown prince, he also goes by “Aug” or “Gus” to his friends. He is respected by his peers and, like his father, considers one’s abilities to take precedent over their peerage, but does not use his influence unless necessary. Aug inherited his father’s traits. Shin and Aug have a cousin-like relationship. Aug enjoys watching when Shin gets in over his head during social actions and likes to manipulate Shin to act on his plan. He also keeps Shin prudent from introducing new magic and tools that would throw the world out of balance. Aug’s childhood friends, Julius and Thor, feel pressured because he talks to Shin casually. Even Elizabeth is irritated by their closeness until Aug ease her mind when he provokes Shin to confess to Sicily. He acquired the title ‘Thunder God’ after electrocuting a giant crocodile and is the 2nd S-rank.

Maria von Messina
A red-haired second daughter of a Countess and is a friend to Sicily. Maria is a very upfront and vocal lady; she is also an obsessive fangirl of Merlin and Melida. She teases Sicily over her crush on Shin and tries to offer her support in their relationship. Due to her indifference, Shin does not treat her like a nobleman’s daughter. Her title is Valkyrie and is the 3rd S-rank. She does not like her title as it implies she will be a virgin for the rest of her life and never get married.

 

 

Sizilien “Sicily” von Claude
A beautiful, timid; soft-spoken blue-haired girl being called a Saint, and is the third daughter and fourth child of the Viscount Claude, who works at the Finance Bureau. Sicily is unassuming with what many consider the loveliest features. She is smitten with Shin the first time she meets him after he rescues her and Maria from a group of thugs. As she and Shin started going out she tends to be a little aggressive towards him and others. Sicily excels in healing magic and thanks to Shin’s tutoring her forte is now only second best to Shin’s. She is the 4th S-rank and received the title ‘Holy Maiden’ for being a savior of Swedes Kingdom civilians increasing her popularity, including her and Shin’s engagement. She’s now targeted by Zest and his scouts, as she is deemed to be Shin’s weakness.

 

Manga Monday- Wise Man’s Grandchild

Manga Monday- Wise Man’s Grandchild

Wise Man’s Grandchild is a Japanese light novel series written by Tsuyoshi Yoshioka and illustrated by Seiji Kikuchi. It began serialization online in January 2015 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was acquired by Enterbrain, who have published eleven volumes since July 2015 under their Famitsu Bunko imprint. A manga adaptation with illustration by Shunsuke Ogata began serialization on Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace Up website from March 2016. It has been collected in thirteen tankōbon volumes. An anime television series adaptation by Silver Link aired from April 10 to June 26, 2019.

Plot

A young salaryman who died in an accident was reborn in another world filled with magic and demons. As a baby, he was picked up by the patriot hero “Sage” Merlin Wolford and was given the name Shin. He was raised as a grandson and soaked up Merlin’s teachings, earning him some irresistible powers. However, when Shin became 15, Merlin realized, “I forgot to teach him common sense!” Diseum, king of the Earlshide Kingdom, recommends Shin to attend his Magic Academy, on the agreement of not using Shin for political warfare. In the capital, Shin rescues two girls, Maria and Sizilien, from thugs, and later he would inaugurate a club that consist of him and others.

Media

Light novel

Tsuyoshi Yoshioka originally started the series as a web novel. The series was acquired for print publication by Enterbrain, who published the first light novel on July 30, 2015.

Manga

A manga adaptation, illustrated by Shunsuke Ogata began serialization on Kadokawa Shoten’s Young Ace Up website since March 2016. Thirteen tankōbon volumes have been released as of February 4, 2020.

Film Friday- Ascendance of a Bookworm

Film Friday- Ascendance of a Bookworm

Ascendance of a Bookworm is a Japanese fantasy light novel series written by Miya Kazuki and illustrated by Yū Shiina. It was serialized online between September 2013 and March 2017 on the user-generated novel publishing website Shōsetsuka ni Narō. It was later acquired by TO Books, who has published 25 volumes since January 2015.

A manga adaptation of the first part with art by Suzuka was serialized online via Niconico Seiga website between October 2015 and July 2018. It was collected in seven tankōbon volumes by TO Books. Both the light novel and manga are published in English by J-Novel Club. An anime television series adaptation by Ajia-do Animation Works premiered the first part from October 3 to December 26, 2019, with the second part airing from April 5 to June 21, 2020. A two-part OVA episode released on March 10, 2020. A third season has been announced.

Anime

An anime television series adaptation was announced on March 7, 2019. The series is animated by Ajia-do Animation Works and directed by Mitsuru Hongo, with Mariko Kunisawa handling series composition, Yoshiaki Yanagida and Toshihisa Kaiya designing the characters, and Michiru composing the series’ music. The first part ran for 14 episodes, which aired from October 3 to December 26, 2019, on ABC, Tokyo MX, Wowow, and BS Fuji. Sumire Morohoshi performed the series’ opening theme song “Mashiro”, while Megumi Nakajima performed the series’ ending theme song “Kamikazari no Tenshi”. It covers Part 1: Daughter of a Soldier of the light novel. The second part, which ran for 12 episodes, aired from April 5 to June 21, 2020, and covers volumes 1 and 2 of Part 2: Apprentice Shrine Maiden of the light novel. Sumire Morohoshi also performed the second part’s opening theme song “Tsumujikaze” (Commotion). The OVA episode numbered 14.5 consists of two parts called “Eustachius’s Incognito Operation Downtown” and “Visiting Missus Corinna” and aired on March 9, 2020. The production of a third season was announced on July 12, 2020. Crunchyroll has licensed the series and has partnered with Sentai Filmworks for distribution in North America.

Characters

Myne
The titular bookworm, Urano (a college student) was on the cusp of being a librarian when she was ironically crushed to death under a pile of books during an earthquake and reincarnated as a sickly five-year-old girl named Myne, but in a world where books are only for extremely rich nobles. Her frailty is due to a rare disease known as the “Devouring,” which consists of high fevers that spark whenever the host is stressed or depressed. Now, Myne has to put her book-knowledge to the test in order to become a librarian in her new world.
Ferdinand
The High Priest in the city of Ehrenfest.
Tuuli
Myne’s elder sister by one year who follows her mother’s craft in becoming a seamstress.
Effa
Myne and Tuuli’s mother who is a seamstress by trade and works at a dye factory.
Gunther
Myne and Tuuli’s father who works as a soldier and a guard for the city of Ehrenfest.
Lutz
Myne’s childhood best friend who helps her in her business to make paper and create books. He initially wanted to be a traveling merchant, but after being dissuaded by Otto, he decides to work with Myne and be the muscle to her brain. He is the first to suspect that Myne is not who she used to be and has been in fact taken over by someone else.
Otto
A former traveling merchant and now soldier and military accountant of Ehrenfest. He teaches Myne how to read and write the language of the new world.
Benno
A city merchant who takes Myne and Lutz under his wing and helps them grow their bookmaking business. After realizing the potential Myne and Lutz have at their craft, he is insistent on training them to be merchants and argues against others who want the pair for themselves.
Mark
An assistant at Benno’s store who helps Myne and Lutz on their journey.
Gustav
The head of the Merchant Guild in Ehrenfest and Benno’s senior. He agrees to allow Lutz and Myne to become temporarily registered merchants after seeing the products the duo are able to create.
Freida
Gustav’s granddaughter who wants to buy one of Myne’s hairpins to wear at her baptism. Like Myne, she has the incurable illness known as the “Devouring.”
Gil
A young grey-robed boy who is placed as Myne’s retainer. He is pompous, brash, and believes himself superior to Myne, even though he is beneath her in the temple hierarchy. He eventually comes around and serves Myne faithfully after she shows him kindness and compassion.
Fran
A grey-robed young man who is placed as Myne’s retainer. He is quiet, follows the rules, and is highly devoted to the temple. He is the first retainer to earn Myne’s trust and becomes her right-hand man.
Delia
A young grey-robed girl who is placed as Myne’s retainer. She is out to annoy and frustrate Myne on the High Bishop’s orders, hoping she will grow up to be his concubine if she’s successful. After Myne threatens to send her back to the orphanage, she changes her ways and serves Myne faithfully but still retains her snarky attitude.