Meeting Date: 11/9/2019

Disclaimer: The Herald Anime Club discusses shows as they’re airing. Naturally, there will be spoilers for a given episode. You have been warned!


Samantha Ferreira: Hi everyone, and welcome to the Herald Anime Club! I’m Samantha, and I’m here with Anthony Simpson

Anthony Simpson: Evening

Samantha Ferreira: Tonight, we’re heading back to the isekai realm with Ascendance of a Bookworm. Tonight, we’re talking about episode 6: “Down with the Sickness”

Anthony Simpson: I felt bad for Lutz he wanted to be a traveling merchant only to find out its not that great of a lifestyle and job choice.
That said we did find out more about the baptism as it grants citizenship for the children.

Samantha Ferreira: Indeed. I mean, let’s be honest: this was the realest the show actually has gotten so far

Anthony Simpson: True.

Samantha Ferreira: I really appreciate that they basically said “yeah, this is a shit life, don’t do it”

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Anthony Simpson: This is one time where I will say Main did the right thing and had Lutz hear it from the horses mouth.

Samantha Ferreira: Likewise
That said, the immediate fawning over her hair and her “revolutionary” idea to make paper from tree pulp were both cringe-worthy
It’s like this show skimmed through the concepts of certain things, and just said “eh, good enough”

Anthony Simpson: true wish they would have not skimmed some of the concepts.

Samantha Ferreira: I really wish they weren’t so smug about it.
Like… I’m not asking for a detailed thesis – this is anime – but god, Main is Just. So. Smug.

Anthony Simpson: If they reduced the smugness of Main I would actually like her character more.

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Samantha Ferreira: Likewise
Like… there’s shreds of something special here
But the general smugness and eagerness to show how smart the show is, when it’s really not, just tears it apart for me.
Now, that said… we both know she’s not going to die from the Devouring, right?

Anthony Simpson: She isn’t. They would have not made so many LN volumes if she did.
That said I am curious to what the Devouring actually is.

Samantha Ferreira: Probably a demonic curse or something that they’re just starting to talk about now

Anthony Simpson: Could be some kind of curse.

Samantha Ferreira: That could be.

Anthony Simpson: That said I wonder if we are getting some explanation on what it is done the round.

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Samantha Ferreira: I think so – I’m thinking that’s what leads Main to the church/temple/whatever the heck she’s at now

Anthony Simpson: Probably.

Samantha Ferreira: I do hope we get a real explanation, though, not one of those hand-wavey “oh this is happening but it’s not books so it’s not important” things

Anthony Simpson: I hope so as well but I’m not holding my breath either.

Samantha Ferreira: Yeah… It’s a shame – the world is fascinating, if flawed. And the secondary cast is fun, but it doesn’t care about any of that

Anthony Simpson: There is a lot to work with in terms of the material but a lot of wasted potential here.

Samantha Ferreira: True that.
Any final thoughts this week?

Anthony Simpson: Less smug Main more side characters please.

Samantha Ferreira: Agreed. Til next time, remember: sometimes, all you need to get by in life is a good shampoo.
Have a great night!

Anthony Simpson: Good night.

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