Honzuki no Gekokujou S2

Title:Honzuki no Gekokujou S2
Ascendance of a Bookworm S2
本好きの下剋上 司書になるためには手段を選んでられません
Overall:Unevaluated
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Notables: IGUCHI Yūichi
Myne (or Main) gets started in her new job as an assistant priestess at the town Cathedral.

A sequel to Honzuki no Gekokujou S1.
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Unevaluated Stretch [series:3846#628]
(Eight episodes watched):

Myne needs treatment for her mana illness that only the church can provide, and has made a deal in which in exchange she will serve as the librarian of the church's archives and donate a portion of her profits from various enterprises which she has set up using her 21st century knowledge. But more than a few people within the church are resentful of this peasant newcomer who has upset all sorts of assumptions about the traditional system of classes and status. She is assigned three 'retainers' to act as aides, but one is a spy and another little more than a troublemaker. This show is not exactly my favorite of the season; it isn't all that complex and I sort of wish the entire story had been compressed into one season rather than stretched into two. But it is unusual and I wonder where it is all going (we've known since the very first episode that Myne's priest supervisor will discover her secret someday), so I feel I must watch the rest. After making friends with her previously hostile retainers, Myne discovers the squalid conditions that orphans, especially 'unbaptized' ones, live in. Despite having doubts of her abilities, she accepts the vacant job of leading the orphanage. Perhaps she will teach the orphans how to read. The progression from one problem to another makes a good deal of sense, as Myne cannot just stand aside and allow injustice and cruelty to continue if there's anything she can do to end it. Season two of Honzuki- has been more fun than I had initially expected. It isn't brilliant, but I don't find myself impatient for episodes to be over, which I often do when watching borderline shows. In episode five (if I understood it correctly) Myne may have discovered that she doesn't need the treatments for her Mana illness that she has been getting from the church, because there's another way of fixing the problem. But, having committed herself to helping the orphans, no doubt she won't just leave them to their own devices. Given how badly they had been treated, and how listless and ghostly they had been when she first saw them, it was hard to believe that none of them had any serious health (or psychological) problems. In episode six Myne's friend Lutz gets into a fight with his father and runs away from home and she and the head priest try to negotiate a solution. I was confused by the deal they reached; had Lutz' father actually wanted his son to defy him and choose his own path? That was what it sounded like. I'm not sure what part this incident would play in the overall plot. In episode seven she wants to be assigned two more retainers who have skills that would be useful, but each of them has a problem she must fix. Again, this episode doesn't seem to suggest any sort of crisis is in the making. Surely there will eventually be a conflict with the elderly priest at the very top, but as of yet it doesn't seem to be coming together. Will he be pissed off at the way Myne treats lower caste personnel with compassion? A tantalizing moment comes in episode eight as the chief priest questions Myne about where she gets her plentiful ideas for unheard of inventions. We've known since the very beginning that sooner or later he will learn the truth, but events finally seem to be moving in that direction. Myne is also nearing the culmination of all her projects, namely the printing of a full-fledged book.

Last updated Thursday, June 25 2020. Created Wednesday, May 13 2020.

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