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I’d say: go for it. It all depends on your reading speed / time available / whether you mind lagging a bit behind the rest. I found the parts to be pretty short so far so maybe you can still catch up. And otherwise even reading a bit behind the rest can still be fun. If you post comments in any of the previous weeks you can still count on getting a reply.
I don’t believe I’ve actually participated in an active BBC before. Is it always this…dead?
The link for week 5 isn’t even in the main thread. Seems like everyone supposedly reads along, but doesn’t actually discuss anything in the threads. It makes the whole thing kind of boring.
Maybe many people have seen the anime already (perhaps with subtitles in their native language), so it isn’t really new to them?
For me personally, I don’t find I have much to say after reading the chapters, and so far it has been enough to re-read complicated sentences a couple of times for me to get it. I’ve read quite a bit of slice of life manga by now, so it isn’t challenging.
I’m a bit similar, while I do mention from time to time my impression of the chapter, I don’t see what else we could be discussing so much about. I actually think the amount of discussion per week is fine, but I can understand others would appreciate a more active environment. Perhaps its because I feel a bit overwhelmed by the amount of comments/posts in the ABBC weekly posts, but I quite enjoy the BBC being more quiet.
I agree that the anime being so recent could be a factor; and the popularity of the manga in English as well. There really hasn’t been a lot to discuss in these chapters, though.
One thing that may also be true is that a part of why the ABBC is so active is that people are learning and discussing general reading strategies for reading in an L2, and not just the reading itself. Stuff like: when and how to look up words, when to skip over hard passages, even how to start trying break down a complicated sentence to search for what it might mean. At least, from my observations of the ruri dragon club, a lot of it tends to be those sorts of topics. Those definitely aren’t trivial skills when you’re first starting to read, but by the time you’ve been reading for a while you just genuinely don’t need to ask for as much help on stuff.
But really, at the end of the day for komi, even if you aren’t familiar with the series already, most plot discussion is just gonna be: “Komi sure was cute this chapter” “ah, yes, indubitably”