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Crystal Hunters


Crystal Hunters is something that happened because we wanted to have more fun learning languages. Too much of language learning focuses on cramming vocabulary and grammar, and almost none of it focuses on enjoying the language you’ve already learned. So why not learn new things in your target language and then immediately see them used in an epic tale of monsters and magic? We wanted a world with something like this in it, so we’re making it happen.

Take the first step on your adventure to learn Japanese. You only need to know 87 Japanese words and particles to read over 100 pages of an epic manga with monsters and magic. Free guides to help read and understand the whole manga can be found on ou


[Free vol 1 simplified Japanese: learn, japanese, easy / Crystal Hunters (Japanese) - pixiv]
[Free vol 1 Natural Japanese: japanese, learn, manga / Crystal Hunters (自然な日本語版) - pixiv)]

Main website: (BUY THE BOOKS – Crystal Hunters Manga)
Amazon: vol 1-6 simplified Japanese: Crystal Hunters (Japanese)
vol 1-6 Natural Japanese Crystal Hunters (Japanese - Natural)

Free kanji/vocab guides in multiple languages for each volume: FREE STUFF – Crystal Hunters Manga

Personal Opinion

This is perfect for absolute beginners as it has guides for each volume to help with everything and you can choose to read the simplified or normal Japanese version.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club


  • It is built like a graded reader so it starts easier but as you move from one volume it gives you more vocab and grammar while using the ones you learned in the previous volume.
  • It has guides to help you understand
  • it has different languages
  • it is only 2.99 for each volume or free if you have kindle unlimited
  • sometimes It has sales when new vol is released and you can get the previous ones for free.


  • vol2-6 costs money
  • no physical version for those that want it


First Three Pages of Chapter One

Additional Pages

Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this book?

  • No effort at all
  • Minimal effort
  • Moderate effort
  • Substantial effort
  • So much effort my head might explode :exploding_head:
  • I don’t know
0 voters
Difficulty choice
  • Simple[the example pics][Furigana, less kanji, grammar, vocab in vol 1 but builds up each of those for each volume] *
  • Natural [No Furigana, natural use of kanji, grammar, vocab in each volume]
0 voters