シメジシミュレーション・Shimeji Simulation 🍄 (Beginner Book Club)

Welcome to シメジシミュレーション :mushroom:

We read this as the Beginner Book Club! We’re now continuing the series beyond volume 1 as an offshoot - check out that Beginner Book Club thread to see what we’re currently reading as our main pick.

You’re always welcome to continue posting in the discussion threads (linked below) if you’re reading at a later date and have unanswered questions or thoughts you’d like to share :slight_smile:

Currently reading: Volume 2

If you want to take part… just buy the book and join in the discussion! We also recommend setting this thread to ‘watching’ so that you receive notifications when the discussion threads are posted.

Not sure if this is for you? Check out the Nomination Post and try the first two chapters for free on comic.pixiv before committing - remember that your fellow book club members and the vocab sheet will be here to help you out though :wink:


Buy the Book

Volume 1

Physical | CDJapan | Amazon JP
eBook | BookWalker | Kobo | Kindle

Volume 2

Physical | CDJapan | Amazon JP
eBook | BookWalker | Kobo | Kindle

If you haven’t used Amazon JP before, note that you will need a separate account.
CDJapan has (slow) economy shipping options available so is usually cheaper.
NB: Kindle images are poor quality in browser


Reading Schedules and Discussion Threads

Volume 1
Week      Start Date   Chapter             Page Numbers    Page Count
Week 1 September 26th       1 - ともだち 5 - 14 10
Week 2 October 3rd   2 - よしか 17 - 26 10
Week 3 October 10th   3 - あなほり 29 - 38 10
Week 4 October 17th   4 - かたち 41 - 50 10
Week 5 October 24th   5 - てんごく 53 - 62 10
Week 6 October 31st   6 - あめ 65 - 74 10
Week 7 November 7th   7 - さんぽ 77 - 86 10
Week 8 November 14th   8 - だんち 89 - 98 10
Week 9 November 21st   9 - じっけん 101 - 110 10
Week 10 November 28th 10 - ゆめ 113 - 130 18

Current: Volume 2

Volume 2 Discussion Thread Home

Start Date Chapter Page Numbers Page Count
March 27th 11 - いろいろな人 5 - 16 12
April 3rd 12 - いろいろな言葉 17 - 28 12
April 10th 13 - お隣さん 29 - 36 8
April 17th 14 - まじめちゃんの家 37 - 48 12
April 24th 15 - 図書室の人 49 - 60 12
May 1st 16 - 掘り出しもの 61 - 72 12
May 8th 17 - ショッピングモール 73 - 84 12
May 15th 18 - 先生のかたち 85 - 96 12
May 22nd 19 - 穴ほり機 97 - 112 16
May 29th 20 - 地球ドーナツ 113 - 131 19


Vocabulary List

Please read the editing guidelines in the first sheet before adding any words!


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I almost forgot that I needed to actually, you know, buy this :sweat_smile:

Also, thank you to @Michikusa for flagging up this manga in the first place :blush:

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Wow! It’s happening?! Okay, the lack of furigana is a pain, it’s way above my level, and I still haven’t finished Girls Last Tour yet, so I’m not going to be contributing much, but come September 26th I’ll be following the discussion here for sure! Amazing! Thank you for setting up this club @Radish8!

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That’s the spirit :grin:

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The level is high for me as well but I am looking forward to reading it. With the vocab sheet I don’t think it will be too bad. Don’t forget, you could learn four more levels worth of kanji from WaniKani before it is time to start reading the book.

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頑張って @Michikusa

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totally off-topic

Oh, Micki, I love your response! Brilliant! :rofl:

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Before anyone goes ahead and buys the kindle version to read in the browser version, just don’t. Really blurry and compressed :confused: - The app version is high quality

BookWalker has a much nicer version!

Edit: Bought the Kobo version to compare as well:

  • BookWalker: Best quality - Have to use the overlay tools to zoom (*for me this is annoying)
  • Kobo: Comparable quality to BookWalker but just a slightly less quality - Interface suits me better (More mouse usage and heavy zoom)
  • Kindle: Browser version is a compressed joke, check the other posts to see that quality is vastly better in the app!

I hope this investigation was helpful to someone!

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I can confirm that the amazon images are highly compressed. I am not going to buy shimeji again but I think I will try Kobo next time. Thanks for the info.

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I’ll add a note to the OP to try to save others from disappointment / multiple purchases. (Sorry, @tesuji2 :slightly_frowning_face: )

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No problem. It is still readable. Ill be happy if we can sort out the best quality options.

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I just wanted to report that I bought the first volume of ハイキュー!!on Kobo and it works great. It was much easier to set up the account and purchase my book compared to Amazon. I downloaded the companion app for PC and aside from some strange insistence that I know what a boat was it was easy to sync with my account. I can zoom right down to the point where my amazon book would be an unreadable mess and it still looks good.(probably something like a 10 times zoom) The amazon copy gets blurry if you zoom it at all.

Edit: I should mention that Kobo did not like my gmail account for some reason and I had to use my university email account.

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Now I’m confused. I checked samples for Kindle and Bookwalker (I couldn’t find sample on Kobo and I’d rather not create yet another account). And they look… the same to me?
Is quality different after you actually buy it or what?
Bookwalker only lets me zoom up to 300%, and Kindle jumps from 200% to 400%, so I used 200% to make it even, but even at 200% both versions are a little blurry.

Comparison

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So, I have noticed it looks better in the kindle app on my phone then when viewing it in the amazon in browser reader on my desktop. I don’t know if the quality that you of the images changes between the two or if it has something to do with the screen size. Maybe it is some other reason. I will try to get the kindle app for Windows and see if it looks better there.

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Please do!
I used Windows app for Kindle and browser reader for Bookwalker to take above screenshots. I think Bookwalker doesn’t support its Windows app anymore and recommends browser viewing while on PC.
I also checked the above samples on smartphone (Android) and on Kindle Paperwhite and it looked to me like the result was always similar.
It seems I can’t check Kindle version in browser reader unless I buy it, but the sample under “Look inside!”/試し読み for paper version is indeed very bad quality.

Edit: I think I managed to try Kindle version sample in browser reader after all, but I can’t even find the option to zoom. It isn’t even there for manga I bought. Was it is. Why is it so bad. Am I missing something.

Comparison

KindleFireFoxBuiltinZoom
This is the only zoom option I could find for the browser version of kindle. I don’t know the magnification.

KindleWindowsMagnifyer
This is the browser app with the windows magnifying app at 200 percent

KindleAppWindows
This final image is from the kindle app for windows.

I think the kindle app must use a higher quality image. In retrospect, it was rather silly to assume the browser image would be full quality.

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Thank you!
So, the Kindle mystery solved. Don’t use browser, download the app.

Now - is Kobo app still better than Kindle app? It might be hard to check, because you bought different manga there. But maybe Kobo offers samples after you are logged in or you can check with Kindle samples for ハイキュー? Could you please compare?

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I haven’t found a sample yet but I will keep looking and see if I can do a comparison. If nothing else, maybe I can get a sample of haikyuu from amazon and compare them.

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By the way, how do you hide the images so that they don’t show up unless you click like in your post? :sweat_smile:

I think I figured it out.

Silly me.

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It’s also useful option while discussing a book, along with blur spoiler. xP

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