Ascendance of a Bookworm Episode 28

Ascendance of a Bookworm Episode 28

Gamemaster Myne

With winter approaching, the paper-making season is almost over. I guess the plants Myne uses for her paper don’t grow in the winter. I’m guessing it’s not the weather preventing resources from being gathered because Myne’s winter gig still involves acquiring wood.

What is Myne’s new product for the winter season? Board games. In Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 3 Episode 28, Myne decides to manufacture board games to sell to the nobles (presumably because they’d be too expensive for commoners).

One question I have about this new endeavor is, will the board games come with rule books? Surely, these games are going to need to be sold with rules. So does Myne have a stockpile of paper saved up for this?

Myne and the board games she "invented" from the anime series Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 3 Episode 28
Myne and the board games she “invented”

Also, in the future, Myne could print books that explain how to play these board games for commoners. Even if they can’t afford the wooden boards and pieces to play the games, they may be able to afford the book and then improvise.

Card games would be a bit more complex. But, something like Reversi is extremely simple to improvise. You just need a space on which to mark out a grid and then small objects of two colors. You could even draw the board in the dirt and play with rocks and trash if you wanted to.

Maybe Myne could install some public game boards that are engraved into tables. She could then sell the game rulebooks along with some cheap game pieces. And, as people learn to play these games, they’ll also be learning to read (the rules).

With more people who can read, her future books will be more popular.

Protection from Nobles

Apparently, the trouble with the Ink Guild hasn’t gone away since Benno forged a contract with them on Myne’s behalf. As I mentioned in my review of Episode 27, Myne’s inventions are extremely valuable to the right people. And her ink is extremely valuable to the Ink Guild.

Her ink is valuable to anyone, really. But it’s even more valuable to the Ink Guild because if they don’t own it, their monopoly on ink begins to fall apart. Now that they have Myne’s ink, though, they seem to be interested in capturing her and selling her (and her ideas) off to other nobles.

To prevent this from happening, we already know that Myne has begun living at the Cathedral earlier than initially planned. However, in this episode, extra steps were taken to safeguard Myne. Specifically, Myne has been assigned a soldier as a guard.

Myne, Benno, Ferdinand, and Karstedt having a meeting from the anime series Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 3 Episode 28
Myne, Benno, Ferdinand, and Karstedt having a meeting

This soldier is Damuel, who previously didn’t help Myne when she was being attacked by another soldier back in Season 2. From what I remember, that other soldier didn’t outrank Damuel in the military but did outrank him in terms of nobility. So when he told Damuel to stand down, he “had no choice.”

Speaking of the other soldier who attacked Myne (I don’t remember his name), he was apparently executed. We’re told that the punishment handed down to him was execution and that his family was told that he died in the line of duty.

I’m bringing this up for two reasons. First, it shows that Myne is kind of a big deal if people are going to be executed for hurting her. And second, I was a bit surprised that Myne didn’t seem to care that this man was executed. She seemed to feel bad for his family, but there was no indication she viewed his death penalty negatively.

Myne’s New Family

Something that was suggested was for Karstedt to adopt Myne as his own daughter. This would provide Myne with the protections that come with being a member of a noble family. However, I don’t think it would actually matter all that much.

As we’ve already seen, the church is extremely powerful in this world. A man was executed for daring to harm Myne, a commoner who’s an apprentice priestess. And, we know that the church isn’t just some fake authority like it is in the real world.

What I mean by that is that magic is very real in the world Myne now finds herself. The gods appear to be real as well, at least as far as we know. With that in mind, isn’t the church the best protection Myne could ask for? If her life is in danger while with the church, I don’t see being associated with a noble family helping.

Myne's mana going out of control from the anime series Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 3 Episode 28
Myne’s mana going out of control

Anyway, just the mention of possibly being adopted into a noble family was enough to trigger a mana episode in Myne. When she’s unable to control her emotions, her mana begins to leak out and puts everyone around her in danger.

The idea of not seeing her family again triggered this response from Myne because of her unique position as an otherworlder. Remember, Myne has a family from her past life that she’ll never get to see again. So the thought of losing her new family too is upsetting.

I think Myne’s only been in this world for a year or two so far, from what I remember. But, it’s clear that during that time she’s become very close with her new family. She depends on them due to her condition and they’ve also helped her feel less alone in this world.


What do you think of Ascendance of a Bookworm Season 3 Episode 28? I thought this was a better episode than Episode 27. But, maybe I’ve just already gotten used to what it looks like again.

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