「夢の世界」 (Yume no Sekai)
“The World of Dreams”
For all its faults that I’ve complained about – with 2 dimensional and unreasonably evil villains – make no mistake about it. I truly love Bookworm from the bottom of my heart. Seeing Myne revitalise the devastated area with her incredible amount of mana was a sight to behold, and seeing her one up Shittycoza at the mere age of 8 was pretty damn gratifying.
But the real focus of this episode was Ferdinand’s investigation into Myne – to ascertain whether she would be a boon or a threat to Ehrenfrest. To do that, he employs a device that allows the two of them to dive into her memories. Admittedly, it’s awful that he did it without her consent. That said, he did have her best interests in mind and sought to verify as soon as possible that she’d be no threat. It’s also infinitely better to have someone trustworthy like Ferdinand parse through her memories – as opposed to the High Priest, who no doubt would have gotten up to no good.
I’ve got to say, I couldn’t hold myself back. I really wanted to know what punishment Shittycoza was going to receive. So I went ahead and purchased the ebook for this volume. Whereas the anime scenes made me feel emotional, the novel absolutely floored me and made me weep. Take that as you will – maybe I’m just more of a book person. Now this scene was still amazing. The way Ferdinand was taken aback, I could really believe that’s how someone from a feudal magic society would react to our world. In our world, science tries to explain everything, and when it can’t be explained yet, we assume the science hasn’t gotten far enough yet. In their world, magic explains everything that can’t be explained. And yes, the amount of books at the temple is pitiful. Again, you only appreciate the things you have once they’re gone. However, none of those moments held a candle to Myne wrestling with the guilt of never truly appreciating everything her mother from Earth did for her. I know that feeling all too well – taking my parents for granted before I set off for uni. Now I have perspective and hindsight, I’m able to express to them how much I appreciate what they’ve done for me. It breaks my heart imagining a scenario where I’d never get that chance – as it happened for Myne when she suddenly got killed by a falling bookshelf.
At least her ability to jump back in her memories gave her better closure regarding her life on Earth – which was topped off by a really wholesome hug between Myne and the Head Priest – who was left in an extremely sad state due to synchronizing with her overwhelming grief. With the benefit of maturity and hindsight, she is able to express her appreciation to her new family in Ehrenfrest for everything they’ve done for her. That’s a real sign of progress – not making the same mistake twice. Though it’s pretty telling that Ferdinand requested Karstedt to adopt Myne. There must be a good reason he’s genuinely fearing for her safety.
So what does the future hold for Honzuki no Gekokujou? Hopefully we’ll be seeing a Season 3 sometime in the future. There’s so much to explore and the premise hasn’t run itself dry yet. It’s easily one of the best isekai in recent times – breaking the mold by having a girl incarnate in another world without immediate OP abilities to jet start her life. Sure, she has considerable amounts of mana. But the fact it threatens her life early on makes for a compelling obstacle which easily beats your Gary Stu who traipses through everything with god like cheat abilities. Myne forges her way through the world by merit of her intelligence and sheer desire to see books come to fruition. It’s still wish fulfillment, I can’t deny that. But it’s so relatable and wonderfully unique compared to the isekai norm – though if I was in her position, it wouldn’t be books and more like wanting to create an other world version of the internet. Ascendance of an Internet Procrastinator when?
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading these posts. It was a very fun journey till the very end – and see you next time for what should hopefully be Season 3!