3月のライオン (March Comes in Like a Lion) Book Club🦁🤓

Awesome. I’m in. :upside_down_face:

I really want those physical, but the shipping cost always makes me sad. 1439 Yen for the first 3 volumes, 1691 Yen for shipping (and the shipping cost in general starts around 1450 Yen) Always hard to justifice spending more on shipping than the goods. I wish it was easier/cheaper to get Japanese books here :weary:

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I justify by just looking at the final price and asking myself if it’s worth it

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Yes, correct. We are starting from volume one.

I really like having paper copies, so I bought the whole set at once. It was pricey, but considering shipping, not as much as buying them individually.

You can do it! Also, the first few chapters of 3月のライオン are pretty light on text, so it will be pretty easy at first.

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So what you’re saying is the latter chapters are unsustainably heavy on text :wink:

I’m going to try getting in one chapter of Honey and Clover every day. If I don’t finish it in time, it’s not like it’s an absolute requirement, but I’d still like to finish up one series before starting another with similar-looking (due to the artist’s art style) characters.

Just browsing March Comes in Like a Lion volume 1’s artwork, I feel like I’m seeing a younger Mayama with black hair, and two Ayumi’s at different ages (with black hair).

9x page0021x

38x page0023x

(Yeah, I can’t tell one person with glasses from another. Or one person with a ponytail from another.)

Not that I expect I’ll get anyone mixed up, since I’ve read most of Honey and Clover twice, after having watched the anime in Japanese and in English.

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I have already read volumes 10-15 (I really wanted to see what happens after the anime ends!), and I did find I was looking up a surprising number of words. She really likes Kanji, it seems-- I’ve never seen anyone use Kanji for words like 更に(さらに), 為に (ために) and 既に (すでに). She also uses a lot of alternative Kanji, like 解る instead of 分かる. But if you’ve already read other books by her, you’re probably used to that. Plus, it should be tons easier with other people helping populate the vocab spreadsheet.

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Clearly, I need to watch and read this next.

The only reason I’m even considering giving March a read at my current kanji level is because Honey and Clover is that good. I actually checked to see if March has an English manga release (nope), so I get to maybe suffer through it in Japanese (main issue for me: no furigana).

If the animated adaptation of Honey and Clover ending is the same as the manga (I’ll know soon enough!), then I’d say you could watch the anime without feeling you’ve missed anything from the manga. (In case you for any reason had to pick one or the other. For reference, the manga ran from June 2000 to July 2006, and the anime aired from April 2005 to September 2006.)

Even if I find I can’t keep up with March at my current level, if it’s anywhere near as good as Honey and Clover, I will read it eventually.

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The funny thing is, I’ve known about Honey and Clover for a long time but haven’t read or watched it yet. (I should definitely do that soon.) So March comes in like a lion is my first real exposure to Chica Umino’s work—and if her prior work is as good as March comes in like a lion, I will be over the moon. :rocket:

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Honey and Clover starts out as such as amalgamation of random things going on that it’s difficult to know what to make of it at first. Is it slice-of-life with some comedy mixed in? Is it trying to be both serious and absurd at the same time? Then time passes, and you get to know the characters, and see how they relate to one another, and before you know it, everything’s hit this critical mass where you just want to see what’s going to happen for everyone.

That said, I’m trying to keep in mind that not all mangaka will do the same kind of work from one series to the next. (The biggest example I can think of is Azuma Kiyohiko, who followed up Azumanga Daioh with Yotsuba&!.)

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Hmm you just describes my favorite type of story. I may have to give it a try.

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Hi y’all!

If you enabled notifications and followed this thread, then you should get this announcement, right? (If someone with more experience on WaniKani Community knows a better way to make announcements, please let me know.)

The start of the book club is just 2 weeks away, and it turns out that I was motivated enough to make an Anki Deck of all the words and Kanji unfamiliar to me in the first chapter, in case you want to preload vocabulary. I also turned that list into the beginning of a vocabulary spreadsheet. Please be careful not to reorder the spreadsheet. It’s in order, but doesn’t have page numbers yet!

Also, I found a campfire thread where the following people sounded like fans of the anime, so I’m adding your tags in case you are interested in joining the book club. Please help me spread the word! The more people are in the book club, the easier it is for everyone.

@iNomNomAwesome
@Saida
@hachiken
@merised

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I just realized that volume 14 of March Comes in Like a Lion has a Honey and Clover crossover!

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I know from experience that I can’t keep up with a manga book club (unless it was a pretty fast pace, like one book every 1-2 weeks), but I can probably keep an eye on the threads and help people with questions since I have the first few volumes sitting around.

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Thanks for the offer! Would you be okay if I tag you if we get stuck on something?

Honestly, probably better not – I can find my way around a book but I’m by no means an expert. I generally don’t give advice unless I’m pretty sure I’m right, and getting pinged for help puts the pressure on.

I’ll enable notifications for the threads though, so I can stay on top of stuff.

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It’s time to start! I’m new to running a book club, so advice is welcome. In the meantime, I’ll do my best to copy @Radish8 's excellent management strategies.

I’d love to know where you are with this book!

  • I’m reading along!
  • I will catch up later
  • I’ve read this chapter already, but I’m here for conversation.
  • I’m dropping this book

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Here’s the beginning of a vocabulary spreadsheet

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I like what other clubs do which is a thread every week. Keeps things nice and clean and people can then go at their own pace.

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I’m happy to do that, but… how do I start a new thread, again?