actually, I flipped through skim reading the first 30 or pages, at least up until Lord Yupa shows up, and got a taste of some of the text heavier pages, and I think this should be a totally manageable level for me. Honestly this felt easier to read than 桜蘭 to me, but maybe that changes when more plot heavy things start happening Probably helps that I read it in english a long time ago, and also have some of the movie parts burned into my memory. Can hear the hisaishi score cues start during some panels even
I’ll switch mine to a yes. (although, i suspect that this is a special case, and most of the ABC stuff will continue to be too hard for me, so I will probably only be reading with you all for this manga, however much of it you decide to do)
Okay I had some time now to more than eyeball it, and it turns out that while 6 is visibly thicker, it ain’t actually much longer than the previous ones, and while 7 looks twice as long as 1, it’s more like 1.5x. Average text density looks pretty consistent between the volumes, though 3-5 may have the highest proportion of text-sparse pages (so, they may be a little lighter). And while there isn’t much furi, it does look like there are some words (including the made-up ones) that get furigana every time. This is just from a very quick skim, though.
vol 1 - 136 p
vol 2 - 136 p
vol 3 - 156 p
vol 4 - 140 p
vol 5 - 157 p
vol 6 - 165 p
vol 7 - 223 p
(Although they all start on p 9 or 10, which 9 is literally the first page, the only thing in front of it is the fold-out poster-slash-map, so idk where they get that. Above is the last page that story falls on, so just step down a decade and that’s more like the actual count)
Please keep in mind that the premise of this book club was to run it as as „short“ club, i.e. 6 weeks or less. While I’m not super fussed if it takes 8 weeks in the end, please also consider that people might drop out despite the initial enthusiasm, and so maybe it might be worth considering to run at least part of it as an offshoot club? Because if the majority doesn’t participate (any more) and just waits for the next club to start, that would be a bit beyond the point, I guess. But I’m fine with you deciding to switch to offshoot along the way (which would then mean shortening the book club after it started) as we‘ve done with the current pick. It’s only that I‘d be happy if you could start out with 8 weeks or less, would that be ok?
Miscalculations were apparently made when working out the start date for the group, and it turns out that starting on June 17th results in a two-week break after the end of the last group rather than the customary one week. Do we want to start earlier?
For me it was a matter of checking if I could get the books for a reasonable price, but it looks like even if you can find them second hand for cheap, shipping is gonna be high no matter what. Given that I don’t have much interest in this pick besides keeping my book club streak, I think I’m gonna skip…
Ok, I’ve written up a schedule. Tried to put gaps at natural pauses in the story rather than just lopping volumes into two equal pieces, but that wasn’t always as possible as I might have liked. Divided the last volume into three due to its length - if we decide when we reach that volume that we’re confident enough to do it in two 110-page readings, we could rearrange, though the story in volume 7 doesn’t have many natural pauses, and the midpoint is definitely not one. Also, volume 7 is where it starts to get really philosophical.
I’ve left the start dates for the second part TBD so we can decide later on if we want to insert breaks between weeks.
…and it arrived today. The box for the set is just a thin cardboard one so it’s not as nice as the slipcase for the Viz four-volume set, but it has served the purpose of keeping the manga inside nice. Plus there’s a poster inside volume 1 (carefully preserved by the original owner)!