ASCENDANCE OF A BOOKWORM

In Ascendance of a Bookworm, “Women’s Work” Changes the World

The isekai (“another world”) genre is a staple of anime. The definition is broad, fluid, and constantly being argued over, but in general it involves a protagonist being transported to another world and trapped there, whereupon adventure ensues. The genre gained its official name with the boom/revival arguably kicked off…

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Ascendance of a Bookworm

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Ascendance of a Bookworm Might Cure Your Isekai Exhaustion

Two years ago, Kodansha banned isekai stories from their annual light novel competition. If that’s not a sign of the times, I don’t know what is. The isekai genre — in which the protagonist travels to an alternate, usually fantasy, world — has been a tried-and-true formula for centuries around…

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