Meeting Date: 11/16/2019

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 with Ascendance of a Bookworm episode 7: Main Finally Gets Called Out

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Anthony Simpson: I have to say I’m glad at least Lutz is starting to asking why Main knows so much.

Samantha Ferreira: Likewise. Given the first half of this show was basically “so, nobody realizes that this girl, who was by rights a normal kid, is suddenly talking like an adult and asking for stuff like paper and books almost constantly… or inventing things like shampoo, stock, and pancakes?”
On that note
Fucking vegetable stock
My god
This is one of those things that genuinely frustrates me, because it shows how inconsistent the show’s logic is
Stock is one of those things that prehistoric man invented – like… as soon as “fire good, heat good, hot food good” became a thing, stock pretty much existed.
It makes zero logical sense for it to not exist in this world, given that it was such a fundamental and foundational part of not just cooking, but food as a whole

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Anthony Simpson: yea it does seem odd that it would not exist.

Samantha Ferreira: I know it’s a stupid thing to harp on, but it’s those weird “lack of fundamental understanding” moments that just scream a failure to build a logical world for me. The pancake – sure, fine. But they could’ve easily gone with something that wasn’t literally a foundation of food. go with, say, certain elements of bread – have her create croissants or sourdough or something

Anthony Simpson: Yeah. Speaking of, so it seems magic exists in this world.

Samantha Ferreira: Yeah. Which is pretty convenient to introduce at this point? Also kind of funny the way it was.
“Here’s the knife, sign the blood pact”
That said, I found the whole “commoners literally cannot have magic” thing to be kind of asinine?

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Anthony Simpson: It is.
Which that also explains what the Devouring is. Having too much mana for commoners.

Samantha Ferreira: Yeah… which is kind of weird and eugenics-y

Anthony Simpson: Makes some sense with the blue bloods, so they could be decedents of wizards or magic users.

Samantha Ferreira: True. I think what gets me is the whole “Oh yeah, it literally consumes kids from within” thing that gets me.
It strikes me as convenient

Anthony Simpson: It does a bit seem that way. Of course we both know Main isn’t going to be killed by the Devouring. The high priest (I think that is right) is going to save her.

Samantha Ferreira: Indeed. So there’s no real drama there

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Anthony Simpson: True.

Samantha Ferreira: That said: I’m really liking that everyone basically called Main out finally

Anthony Simpson: That was a big moment that I am finally glad to see happen. They threw all those hints earlier on.
Now its all come forward with Lutz straight up asking Main if she who she says she is.

Samantha Ferreira: Indeed. Which they should’ve been asking since day one, but I’ll take it
Any other thoughts on this week’s episode?

Anthony Simpson: None, just curious to see what happens from here on out.

Samantha Ferreira: Something tells me we’ll be looking at a second season at its current pace.

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Anthony Simpson: Possibly.

Samantha Ferreira: Aniwho, that’s all the time we have today. Til next time, remember: “blood for the blood gods and contract law.”
Have a great night!

Anthony Simpson: Good night

After the meeting…

Samantha Ferreira: Have to admit, this episode was an upswing

Anthony Simpson: It was.

Samantha Ferreira: hoping it can keep that momentum

Anthony Simpson: I hope so as well.

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