Welcome to レンタルおにいちゃん - Big Brother Rental!
We’re reading this as the Absolute Beginner Book Club! Visit the Absolute Beginner Book Club Home Thread to see what we’ve read already, and to get involved in picking the next books.
For an idea of the difficulty, click on this link to view the first chapter free on Pixiv. As a club we’ll be putting together a vocabulary list as we go and answering each other’s questions. We’ll plan to read this at a relatively slow pace so that those who are new to reading native Japanese books can keep up.
If you want to take part… just buy the book and join in the discussion! There’s a membership poll further down.
Little Kanami has lost the warmth of family at home, following first the death of her parents, and second her once-kind big brother becoming distant and abusive. She lacks the warmth of friendship at school, where classmates either bully or ignore her. When things seem to be at their worst, Kanami meets Makoto, a young man whose kindness is exactly what’s missing from her life. Makoto, seeing a reflection of his own childhood in Kanami, offers a proposition: any time she’s feeling down, she can rent time with him as a big brother.
You can read the original nomination post for this book here.
Please be aware the story involves some moments of verbal, psychological, and slight physical abuse which might make some readers uneasy.
Schedule & Discussion Thread Links
|Week||Start Date||Pages||No. of pages||Chapter|
|Wk 1||Aug 8th||3-12||10 pages||Chapter 1 part 1|
|Wk 2||Aug 15th||13-22||10 pages||Chapter 1 part 2|
|Wk 3||Aug 22th||23-32||10 pages||Chapter 1 part 3|
|Wk 4||Aug 29th||35-46||12 pages||Chapter 2 part 1|
|Wk 5||Sep 5th||47-58||12 pages||Chapter 2 part 2|
|Wk 6||Sep 12th||59-72||14 pages||Chapter 2 part 3|
|Wk 7||Sep 19th||75-88||14 pages||Chapter 3 part 1|
|Wk 8||Sep 26th||89-101||13 pages||Chapter 3 part 2|
|Wk 9||Oct 3rd||103-116||14 pages||Chapter 4 part 1|
|Wk 10||Oct 10th||117-130||14 pages||Chapter 4 part 2|
|Wk 11||Oct 17th||133-147||15 pages||Chapter 5 part 1|
|Wk 12||Oct 24th||148-160||13 pages||Chapter 5 part 2|
|Wk 13||Oct 31st||161-173||13 pages||Chapter 5 part 3|
Just a note on page numbers for ebook readers.
The page numbers quoted by the ebook reader often don’t match the paper version of the book. On Bookwalker this is usually because it counts the front cover and inside front cover as pages 1 and 2.
However, if you look at the bottom of the pages some of the pages should have a number on which is the original numbering from the paper book. In my Bookwalker edition I can see page numbers on pages 3, 5 and 6 for example. These are the page numbers we will be using. The first proper page of the manga (starting with the text bubble - おにいちゃん) is page 3.
Many thanks to @ChristopherFritz for creating this fantastic vocab sheet!
Book Club Members
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If you’ve read it before but will join in the discussion, please select ‘yes’!