Ascendance of a Bookworm - Official Fanbooks


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    I just saw, that there exist four fanbooks to the novel series. I‘m a bit curious, if J-Novel Club will license/translate them too (here are the links by the way: volume 1, volume 2, volume 3, volume 4)
    Do you think we will get them too, or more likely not?


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    Before this topic gets moved to the licensing suggestion section: what are those fanbooks actually?


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    Maybe

    Although I wouldn’t expect to hear any concrete info on if they are going after the fan books till after they already are licensed.


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    @serah I'm not so sure myself, but it seems like they are something like guide books to the novel series with a lot of background information on the characters, locations, the reigning social hierarchy and the world itself. Plus they probably include a lot of extras, like illustrations and bonus manga.


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    looks like these are authorized (in Japan) and not fan works- but "for the fans"
    crossing my fingers that these get licensed in USA (as premium bonuses? as stand alone titles? )


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    That sounds very interesting. I would support the idea of being able to get an English version of that.


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    @jon-mitchell If they would be simply unofficial fan works, I wouldn't ask this question. They are official fanbooks, I just don't know, if they are a part of the light novel series or stand alone titles.


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    Here are the contents of the Fanbooks.

    • Fanbook 1 (88 pages)

      • Published after Part 3 Volume 2
      • Cover and clip arts up to Part 3 Vol 2
      • Rough sketch of art works
      • One original short story
      • Character design notes
      • One original manga
      • Author Q&A (Very long)
      • Short mangas by the illustrator
    • Fanbook 2 (139 pages)

      • Published after Part 3 Volume 5
      • Five short stories (some original, some former special bonus contents)
      • CD Recording report manga (manga writer and author went to recording of drama CD and this is their experience).
      • CD Recording report story (by the author)
      • Character design notes
      • Nobles family tree
      • Author Q&A (long)
      • One original manga
      • Short mangas by the illustrator
    • Fanbook 3 (99 pages)

      • Published after Part 4 Volume 4
      • Cover and clip arts up to Part 4 Vol 4
      • Materials from collaboration event they had with a Printing Museum
      • Rough sketch of art works
      • One short story
      • One manga
      • Character design notes
      • One manga by Part 3 artist
      • [something spoiling by just mentioning]
      • Author Q&A
      • Illustrator's manga
    • Fanbook 4 (146 pages)

      • Published after Part 4 Volume 8
      • Cover and clip arts up to Part 4 Volume 8
      • X'mas cards and drama CD cover arts
      • Anime design notes
      • Rough sketch of art works
      • One manga
      • One short story
      • Character design notes
      • God and Goddess design notes
      • One manga by Part 3 artist
      • CD 3 Recording report manga
      • CD 3 Recording report story (by the author)
      • Author Q&A
      • Illustrator's manga

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    Thanks for the summary. If these were available at the right time I would definitely spend a credit on them!


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    @hiroto
    All of the content sounds good to me. But due to what I would assume to be spoiler issues, they couldn't be released here until later.

    Based upon the releases you mention I would assume:
    Fanbook 1 - November 2020.
    Fanbook 2 - June 2021
    Fanbook 3 - March 2022
    Fanbook 4 - December 2022

    Any earlier than the above dates would open spoiler possibilities (dates are based upon the current plan of 10 parts per volume with one part released each week with no breaks between volumes and no unexpected delays).

    I would definitely like to see them and sincerely hope JNC picks them up.


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    As these all appear to be relevant to future volumes, I hope the content will be bundled (into regular Bookworm volumes) where appropriate vs. separate books ( print?)


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    About how many pages are they? If they are more than 100 pages each, I very much doubt they would be bundled with the main series from JNC.


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    I dont know about the fan books but i heard AoaB has a spin-off about a "future" character we didnt met yet. So if they will license another thing , it would be spin-off i guess.


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    @legitpancake said in Ascendance of a Bookworm - Official Fanbooks:

    About how many pages are they? If they are more than 100 pages each, I very much doubt they would be bundled with the main series from JNC.

    Hiroto listed it above.
    88 pages
    139 pages
    99 pages
    146 pages.

    Some of the content appears to be media as well?
    Would be interesting to look into, but I also want to wait to avoid spoilers.


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    I really want these. If JNC licenses them I would hope we could get them in physical format since I think that would be better for the artwork, but if we only get them digitally I would still buy them from JNC for the translated content and to support them, and then I would also see about importing the Japanese physical copies from Japan.


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    Haaaa... it would be expensive but WORTH it!
    I would love to see different POV stories, it's refreshing when the MC whose POV we read all the time is a dork...


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