For what it’s worth, the digital I have on hand (which to my understanding is going to be the same file as any other digital out there) is perfectly legible, with some difficult outliers as seen here:
Hi everyone! Just wanted to pop in to say that I’m super excited to join for my first ever book club. I’m a relatively new Japanese learner so I’m trying to soak up as much as I can while catching up on ちいさな森のオオカミちゃん before this one starts. I was so happy to find out you guys were reading Horimiya next because the anime has been on my watchlist for a while now. Looking forward to reading it together soon!
I keep forgetting when this club is meant to start.
There’s two weeks left, for anyone else in the same position.
I marked the day in my calendar
Hi everyone, first time posting. Second ABBC book. I’m looking forward to reading this book along with everyone. I read Wolf of the Small Forest in digital format on Bookwalker and decided that format is just not for me. I’ve ordered physical copies of Horimiya vol 1 and 2 from my local Kinokuniya, hope they arrive soon! I’ve just finishing binge watching series 1 of Horimiya and really enjoyed it.
Ordered! This is my second ABBC book after Ruri Dragon. Also going to try to do Behind the Supermarket, Smoking With You on my own as I feel like my knowledge has gotten better since Ruri. Even then, I wanted to be a part of an active club again so I went ahead and picked this up as well! Excited to get started.
Hi everyone, I’m looking forward to starting in this, my first book club - and a bit crushed because I thought I had a copy coming but it’s arrived today and it’s in English.
Is anyone here in the UK with ideas of where I can buy a hard copy please? Or will I have to do whatever thing it is to get it digitally from Amazon Japan? Sorry to be so helpless.
I’m not from there, but I believe Kinokuniya is likely in the UK, but it would depend on if you are near a larger city, most likely.
I am only familiar with Verasia for physical books, but unfortunately it seems like Horimiya is out of stock for now. You can contact them though, they are very responsive and usually restock often. You can also try Manga Republic, I think they ship worldwide and I’ve usually heard good things about them.
Thank you - I’ve asked for notifications from Verasia. Was hoping to avoid shipping from the US because it can take a long while and be costly but it might come to that!
Sadly it is not, the only physical location I know of that stocks Japanese books is the big Foyles in Soho, but they only have one shelving unit dedicated to manga so it’s somewhat unlikely that they’ll have this book. If you’re planning on ordering more books as well as this one Helen I recommend CDJapan or Amazon Japan, if you’re just buying this one I recommend manga-republic - I have used all these services myself and can vouch for them, though Amazon’s packing did leave a little to be desired.
If you do decide to go digital Amazon is probably best, but if you can’t/don’t want to figure out how to buy them Bookwalker also works in a pinch. They also usually have the first couple chapters available for free as a preview, so if you do order a physical copy you could use that while you wait for it to arrive.
Thank you - looks like they only have a correspondence office in the UK. I’m glad I’ve learned they exist though!
I placed an order from Amazon Japan recently (with Horimiya) and it arrived to my home near Toronto in three days. I’m sure it would arrive just as quickly for you. It’s in stock for only 730 yen.
Shipping is not cheap, but it seems to be that way for every online shop. One advantage of Amazon is that they handle the import, which may be why it’s so fast (and expensive).
I received the book today (along with a few other impulse buys of manga that I should be able to read in, oh 4 or 5 years ). These were ordered from Manga Republic. Order timing info:
- Aug 1 - order placed (edit: to USA)
- Aug 7 - received shipping notice/tracking info
- Aug 16 - received package
I also received email updates throughout, including one today to ensure I received it.
The package was carefully wrapped and came in excellent condition. They included a handwritten note thanking me for my repeat business (this was my second order).
I can definitely recommend them if you can support a small business and the pricing to your region is reasonable!
May I ask, to wich country they were shipped? (like… Where do you live? Just as a reference )
And if you are able to fight through Horimiya, you can probably read other manga too .
頑張って 下さい! (Hoping to not embarrass myself with wrong kanji…)
Correct kanji. ください is usually not written with the 下 kanji, but it’s correct nonetheless.
Never be afraid to make mistakes. We would have never learned English without them.
USA, sorry should have put that!
I think I got that one from wanikani. Was suprised too, since I dont see that reading much. Good to know its not a common thing. Thank you.
ください is a construction that comes from the verb 下さる, but that’s a bit formal, and you’re unlikely to see it in the wild. 下る, on the other hand, will show up in places. Just not as often as 下がる／下げる, probably.
We have only one week left until we begin! I hope everybody is as excited as I am to get started!
Just as a reminder for anybody who may have missed it, early on in this thread, I posted a list of resources as well as a general primer of what you can expect if this is your first manga!
The most important thing from that whole spiel is this, though: Don’t be afraid to ask questions! They are what will help you the most in your first adventure into manga!
I look forward to seeing everybody in the first discussion thread next week!