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

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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No worries! If it doesn’t work with your current schedule you can always read it later on with the help of the club resources!

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I have the new chapter thread up and have made a home thread for book 2! Book 2 Home Thread!. If you plan to continue reading please head to that thread to vote on when we should start! (chapter 6 thread link will be in the schedule!)

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The poll to vote on the start date for volume two will close tomorrow evening {Tuesday}. If you would like to join in on the next book you can vote here → Volume 2 Home Thread

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We will be starting volume 2 on November 20th for anyone who’d like to join! @Micki is it alright if I post about the offshoot on the absolute beginners thread?

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Yes please do!

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Could it be that the link to Chapter 7 is still missing in the pinned post?

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Sorry about that! I posted it in the previous chapters schedule, but forgot to add it here. It’s now linked. :blush:

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The schedule for volume 2 is now up in the Volume 2 Home Thread

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It was decided to start an off-shoot book club for volume 3. Here the link for its homethread. Hope to see you there!

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The Absolute Beginner Book Club is voting for its next read. Click below to get involved:

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