あなたも殺人犯になれる! ❗ (IBC) - Week 1

あなたも殺人犯になれる! :exclamation:
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Week 1 October 21st, 2023
Chapter(s) #1
Start page 7
End page 15
Page count 9
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Proper Nouns

Name Hiragana reading Notes first mentioned in
赤川次郎 あかがわじろう the author cover
岡本聡美 おかもとさとみ main character, manga course participant chapter 1
箱根 はこね town in Kanagawa chapter 1
戸沢 とざわ secretary general from S Publishing chapter 1
七ツ谷むらさき ななつたにむらさき the female manga teacher chapter 1
菅野尚子 すがのなおこ course participant chapter 1


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Because names in this book have furigana only at their first appearance, I added a sheet ‘proper names’ to the vocabulary sheet. There you find the pronunciation of all the encountered names with a very short description of who or what it is.

I’ll never get used to Japanese names.

  • When you hear one you have dozens of possibilities to write it.
  • When you see one you have dozens of possibilities to pronounce it.

I had to read this chapter twice. The first time was after work, and I was really tired; I fell asleep half way though (no fault of the story).

My first impression is that this is surprisingly harder than I thought it would be given the somewhat lower natively level. I had to look up a lot of words. Maybe it’s just a matter of getting used to the vocab of a new author. However, I felt like there were more words I needed to look up than other books that are even a couple natively levels higher than this. Of course, natively levels are approximate and not perfect; I have found them a reasonable indicator in the past.

As for the story, it’s too early to say much. But, I’m interested and like the style so far.


Thanks a lot!!

Another thing not obvious to me when I first read a name, is to know which gender the person is :sweat_smile:

I’ve read the first chapter! Took me around 40 minutes :slight_smile: I read the epub file in ttsu reader with Yomichan, I don’t think I would have made it very far without that. Even with it, I didn’t understand every sentence 100% but definitely got the gist of what’s going on, so I’m pretty happy!
Might do a re-read once I’ve gotten a bit more familiar with the new words via JPDB.


There is a pattern to it I think :slight_smile: . I have an Anki deck for Japanese names and it proved extremely helpful.


Am I missing something on page 8? Satomi feels like a spy because she paid her own travel expenses? I don’t understand why that would be the case…


I had to put a long pause on my Japanese studies but am happy to be getting back into the swing of things. Only a couple of sentences in this chapter really threw me!

This may help: [回し者 (mawashi mono): Meaning and Usage - Takashi's Japanese Dictionary]. Without clicking on the link, the given dictionary meaning may be spy/secret agent but the word is also used to refer to a kind of stealth advertiser. I also got the impression that Satomi was speaking more generally when talking about travel costs, because it’s after listing all these things that you get from the class package. The whole sentence is something like: If you consider the cost to go by yourself, Satomi isn’t particularly trying to sell this class but couldn’t you call it a good deal?

But again, I’m rusty. Someone feel free to correct me if I’m wrong.


That’s an interesting one; that meaning is is Daijisen/Daijirin:


but not in any of the other dictionaries I checked. I submitted an edit suggestion to add it to EDICT.


Finished this weeks reading! Maybe I’m missing some subtle cues, but it doesn’t seem too suspenseful so far. Only a couple pages in of course so :woman_shrugging:.

I liked the interaction between Satomi and the stickler in the beginning of the chapter!


I had a lot of free time at the beginning of the week, but now that I’m busy the book just arrived! Just finished the chapter and liking the style of it so far, though like some of the above posters the ambiguity and vagueness is leaving me not 100% sure about things. I definitely understand whats happening though, which a great feeling, especially since I’m not doing many/any lookups while on paperback.


I’m enjoying the story so far. The beginning was the hardest for me (since it feels a bit like you’re just thrown into the story), but I like how it’s dynamic and full of dialogue. Even though there were a few words I didn’t know, it didn’t feel heavy or hard to follow, like previous books I’ve been reading. I look forward to continuing :slightly_smiling_face:


Did a second reading and understood a lot more :slight_smile: the first time around and the first chapter are always super hard because as @snowwater says you don’t know what you get thrown into. Now I knew so I could understand a lot better and even appreciate the writing!

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Well I kind of know the plot of the story due to the nomination post, but if I hadn’t, I like how the focus on あなたも漫画家になれる! compared to the title of the book, gives a solid hint as to what it’s going to be about!


Finished the reading earlier today! I like it so far, but agree with everyone else on the difficulty/slow pace of starting a new novel. So I’m looking forward to reading more and getting more used to the writing style :slight_smile:

This is the first novel I’m reading digitally, so I’m trying to challenge myself by looking up words with the built in Japanese to Japanese dictionary at first! So I will see how that goes

Yes! I noticed that connection as well, I thought that was cool


Read this yesterday, just in time for Week 2. Not much to say for now, I can only assume this isn’t the last time we will hear about those two characters.