アオのハコ (Blue Box) Volume 3

Welcome to the アオのハコ (Blue Box) Book Club Volume 3 discussion thread! You can find the home thread here. Feel free to discuss chapters, ask questions, and share resources on the volume here.

Schedule:

Week Start Date Chapter # of Pages
Week 1 Aug 26 17 20
Week 2 Sept 2 18 22
Week 3 Sept 9 19 20
Week 4 Sept 16 20 20
Week 5 Sept 23 21 20
Week 6 Sept 30 22 22
Week 7 Oct 7 23 20
Week 8 Oct 14 24 20
Week 9 Oct 21 25 20

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So, I read this series in English back when it was first coming out and remembered liking it, but then took a break and never got back on it (I think I read to chapter 18 or 20 or something?). I’m thinking about starting from here, since I think I would have time for another weekly read but not to go back and read all of it in Japanese. Would it be fine just to jump in here? I remember everything that happened before this point!

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of course! I don’t think there’s a lot of stuff specific to the japanese that you’d be missing out on in the volume 1 or 2 chapters, maybe some recurring jokes at most. Welcome aboard!

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We’re off! Chapter 17 for this week.

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Looks like today’s one of those days where my reading material overlaps.

First I read chapter two of Stobe Edge...

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(fast-forward to walking home after school)

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…then chapter 17 of Blue Box immediately after.

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was strobe edge one of the margaret magazine sale pickups from a few months ago? looks super cute I kinda wanna read it :laughing:

Oh it’s even the same author/illustrator as blue spring ride no wonder the character style looks so familiar!

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Strobe Edge Off-Topic

I’m not certain, but I’m fairly certain I picked up through volume four cheap on Kobo not too long ago.

Yup, that’s what got me checking it out, looking for something of similar difficulty level.

I planned to read through the mangaka’s works in order of release, but getting volumes for something like 88円 each makes it easier to prioritize one series over another…

Year Title Volumes
2002–2003 私の恋人 2
2006 Blue 1
2007–2010 ストロボ・エッジ 10
2011–2015 アオハライド 13
2015–2019 思い、思われ、ふり、ふられ 12
2021–present サクラ、サク。 ~8

Actually, it looks like Strobe Edge is a good place to start, as it’s the first series of a decent length.

I don’t know if I’ll bother with the short story anthologies. The early artwork was pretty rough. And one can’t expect much depth from a short story.

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First chapter I’ve read in Japanese, and the first time coming back to this series in years, pretty happy with how it went! I think I remember supporting Chinatsu and the main character before, but I came back on a great Chouno chapter that resonated with me a lot!

Great stuff, glad to be aboard for the ride!

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Chapter 18!

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Chapter 19 this week!

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What is this kanji?
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I believe the word here is 生体反応.

Relevant Jisho search.

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Chapter 20!

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chapter 20

I loved this little thought here :laughing: taking a mental note for future reference

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Chapter 21 this week!

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aaand we’re on to chapter 22 for this week!

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whooops a little late, but time for chapter 23!

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Story comments

Poor Taiki. He lost two tournaments in one chapter. And his opponent nailed the smash that he was trying to do :sob:

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So apparently I took the jacket off this volume in preparation to read it back when y’all started it, probably even had half a mind to read ahead on my own, but then I just… never touched it. The number of novels I have started may have gotten a bit out of hand and I’m still trying to whittle those down, but I should catch up on this this week :+1: (p much just in time for vol 4 lol)

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It’s still saturday here (barely!), but time for chapter 24! almost finished up with this volume

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Just in time to binge yeah! :laughing:

Also not sure if y’all saw, but there was an unofficial announcement that we’re getting an anime adaptation next year! Probably not that surprising, considering it’s a top shonen jump series atm, but still! Looking forward to it

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