Honzuki no Gekokujou First Impressions (1): Books! Books for everyone!

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Myne meets the Head Priest

Starting off with a scene that hasn’t been translated yet is mean. That aside, I was looking forward to this adaptation. The story follows Motosu Urano, a girl with a book obsession who is reincarnated into a medieval society as a frail girl named Myne. Saddened to learn of the scarcity of literature in her new world, she sets off on a journey to create her own.

Motosu hears another voice

This might count as a slight spoiler, but I like how this series balances darker scenes with lighthearted scenes. It’s probably hard to tell in this scene, but Motosu is literally hearing Myne’s consciousness fade away here as she takes over. It’s really not what you’d expect from a slice of life show.

Myne runs into a problem

A large part of why I like this series is Myne’s personality. Despite the severity of her physical condition, her reactions are always hilarious, and she has a certain disillusioned attitude to her. She truly comes off as someone who feels displaced in her world, which makes her feel more real.

Myne must conquer her shame

I’m a little sad to see character design in this adaptation. Maybe I’m biased, but I liked both the light novel and the manga’s character designs. In comparison, this feels somewhat lacking. In contrast, though, I love the less serious animation style used in the comedy skits like this one, and I think they’re a great addition to the adaptation.

Myne sees dead chickens

Yeah, I remember the first time my parents took me to a Chinese market. Good times. That aside, I wonder how other people felt about Myne’s book obsession in this episode. I personally felt like it was a bit “in your face”, and I think it’s because I don’t see it so ubiquitously where I am in the story. So, I hope that helps if you felt the same.

Spoilers are bad

Once again, these scenes are awesome. I’m not sure how much I plan to talk about this series, but I look forward to seeing more.

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