Girl Power in Ascendance of a Bookworm

Jennifer Angelica(1*),

(1) Petra Christian University
(*) Corresponding Author


Anime originate from Japan and has been deeply rooted as a culture since the 1990s (JW-Magazine, 2021). Ascendance of a Bookworm is one of an isekai anime, a fantasy sub-genre which is booming right now. In this anime series, Myne had grown in a poor family who had no right to speak and had no education. Despite the condition however, Myne is confident and forthright, as most young women in her previous world tended to be more open and vocal in expressing their emotions. To analyze this anime, I will use girl power from two different sources; Jennifer Baumgardner and Amy Richards, and Emilie Zaslow. My analysis will show that Myne has girl power characteristics in her and how her girl power affects other people around her. This thesis will end with a conclusion that the characteristics can be found everywhere and the effects it has, whether positive or negative.


anime; Girl Power; fantasy genre

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