大海原と大海原 ・Wadanohara and the Great Blue Sea (Absolute Beginners Book Club Starting in September)

As @IzCreature said you will want to have a Japanese keyboard enabled on your computer and then can type the furigana into a dictionary like Jisho to get the kanji and definitions. Unfortunately, ebooks have protection on them I think it’s called DRM so you will not be able to copy and paste etc unless you know how to remove that and get it into a pdf.

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In theory, you could also copy/paste from the vocab list, as long as your behind at least. But I think theres benefit from hand typing the words.

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Another option that’s worth knowing about is the Google translate app. This allows you to take a photo of text, or upload a photo/screenshot of text. It then scans the image and turns selected portions into text you can copy and paste.

It’s obviously best with standard computer fonts rather than handwritten or stylised text. I don’t use very often now but I used to sometimes use if there was no furigana and some text with several kanji I didn’t know.

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I hadn’t thought to mention this since I never think to use it myself, but a samsung note phone (and maybe other phones as well?) has a function for “translate” where you hover your stylus over the text and it translates for you (likely through google).

I really should use the function more, come to think, but it must use the same-ish technology for translating!

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Chapter 2 thread is up!

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Time to vote if you want to help pick the next absolute beginner book club book - link

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Question about Wadanohara - is the book club going to be reading the other two volumes after finishing the first volume, including the 死の海編?

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I haven’t polled people about continuing on, but I would be happy to do the second volume. I wasn’t planning on doing 死の海遍 since its I think Pixiv only and pretty dark compared to the rest of the series. Though if people are interested and aware that it’s darker and want to read it then maybe we could do a spin off for it?

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Where can I find 死の海遍? A quick search on Google and Pixiv gave no results, but maybe I’m holding them wrong.

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T’was a mere 変換ミス

編, not 遍 (both へん)

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Unless I really don’t like volume one (not the case so far), I plan on reading volume 2. I already bought it :grinning_face_with_smiling_eyes:. I imagine we’ll talk about forming an offshoot when we get closer to the end of volume 1.

I didn’t know about the third book. I’d be willing to give it a try as well. Glancing through it, most kanji don’t have furigana, so it might be some more effort to get through it.

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I already bought volume 2 as well. :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: I’m not actually sure when people discuss offshoot clubs, I was planning to look through some other threads to figure out the timing. :sweat_smile:

The only reason I was aware of this other book is because someone else found it when looking into the club and was asking me about the tags since it gets tagged as horror sometimes. It’s essentially a spin off manga, but it covers an arc from the game. It’s a lot darker and horror esq and as you mentioned doesn’t have furigana, so I’m not sure how appropriate it is for people already reading the first book. However, if people are interested and are aware of it being darker/ potentially triggering I wouldn’t mind doing a more relaxed/ unofficial club with it. (aka not having a set schedule but a place for questions/ discussion and vocab).

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Ah, the joys of IME mistakes.

And yeah, @bearytoast the third chapter is only available on Pixiv and nowhere else. I wouldn’t describe it as a true spin-off, because having looked through all 3 volumes the story definitely does not form a complete narrative without reading 死の海。That said, it is definitely a lot darker than the first two volumes. Specifically there’s body horror, a couple scenes of violence and one particularly disturbing scene with implied sexual assault. So I would definitely understand stopping at the second volume - there’s probably a reason why the last portion’s only on Pixiv.

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Yeah I guess spin off isn’t the correct word. It’s technically a separate series, but it does just pick up from volume 2 and complete the story. I think having an unofficial/ non-scheduled club if there are enough people interested would be okay as long as its made very clear that the third book has the things you’ve mentioned and maybe have a set of rules for hiding or blurring anything that pertains to the more dark stuff so people have a bit of I guess warning. I’m pretty open to suggestions and opinions on the topic of the third book and how to go about it/ if we should go about it.

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This weeks thread is up! Link is in the schedule.

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The new thread for chapter 4 is up. Link is in the schedule!

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Ngl, 死の海 is pretty dark for what is otherwise a child-friendly story. I was taken by surprise a little bit when I skimmed through it myself.

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Yeah this manga is a bit weird and I didn’t realize that when I nominated it. Essentially it’s based off a Japanese RPG that is rated I think 17+ and has a bunch of warnings associated with it due to the material that is in 死の海 (which is the later arc of the game I think). However, when they decided to make the manga they went with a much more kid/ all ages theme for the commercial release. (I originally only knew about this and not the game etc) I think it’s also why 死の海 is only on pixiv and a bit challenging to find, since they probably didn’t want kids to stumble on to it. If we do decide to have a thread for 死の海, I think it would need to be more of a read at your own pace, but here’s a place for asking questions/ discussions and have a lot of content warnings, so people know what they’re getting into. I also would want to have some pretty strict rules on blurring or hiding things that may be sensitive. I’m still very open to suggestions to if we should have a thread for it and what would be a good way to go about it if we do.

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The chapter 5 thread is up! Also, below I will have a poll for people interested in an off-shoot club for volume 2 of the manga.

Would You Participate in an Off-Shoot Club for Volume 2?
  • Yes, I would participate in an off-shoot club
  • No
  • Undecided

0 voters

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To clarify on me picking undecided: I’d probably like to, but I feel like at this point I’m jumping into too many things at once and spreading myself too thin so I wouldn’t want to pick up too much more

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