Aria the Masterpiece Home Thread (Beginner Book Club / Aria Book Club)

Interesting! The ones I’ve found this in were Detective Conan and Inuyasha, though they seemed like normal Japanese words, nothing special. Unless they were shortening it for convenience or something? Like how we say “app” instead of “application”. I appreciate the examples, will definitely help me in trying to figure out the context in the future :slight_smile:

Didn’t mean to derail the thread though xD I can wait until I find examples again and make a separate one for it if I need to :slight_smile:

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There are a few threads about that technique on the forum. You’ll get a lot more examples in there :slight_smile:
(I’m on my phone, so finding links is a bit annoying)

Edit: there’s this one for instance.


Ready :slightly_smiling_face:


I’m really excited about reading Aria! I had a few of the English books when they came out. I’m out of the loop, so I didn’t even know there was an anime. I just got mine in the mail today. These books really are pretty.

I tried to read along with Kiki, but I didn’t have the time and just wasn’t ready for that level yet. I plan to give it another try after getting more reading practice. I’ve been reading Yotsubato while I wait. The old book threads really are helpful.


I finally filled in the Vocabulary List Guidelines section of the main post. It ended up a bit large, but I think all the information in there is important. If anyone has any feedback on it, let me know.


Alright, here are the latest polls, to get a sense of how many participants we’ll have for chapter 1.

Do you have your copy of Aria the Masterpiece or Aqua yet?

  • I have my copy already and I’m reading ahead
  • I have my copy already and I’m waiting for the official start date
  • I’ve ordered my copy and it should be here by the start date
  • I’ve ordered my copy, but it might get here after the start date
  • I haven’t ordered yet, but I probably will soon
  • I’m sitting this one out

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Also, what version of the book will you be reading? Please only vote in this poll if you already have your copy, or if you have at least ordered it.

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looks like aria the masterpiece is the most popular

:radio_button: I have my copy and I’ve flipped through the first few pages, but mostly I’m waiting for the official start date.


I just got my copies today =^_^=

Mine are second edition at least, but I wish I’d gone for Masterpiece… Didn’t realize there where more in them until after buying, and found normal Aqua at a lower price.


I read the first chapter to check I wasn’t going to completely fail at reading it, but otherwise I’m waiting for the official start date (and intend to re-read the first chapter properly at that point).

Thanks for your work on the vocabulary guidelines. They seem very clear and comprehensive.


It’s not too late if you don’t mind spending more money :stuck_out_tongue:

I picked the lower price to avoid just that :wink:
I have an extremely big bill coming in this summer O_o
The price of a new car! D=
We had to modify some of the water drain pipes, and it costs a fortune -_-

There goes all my savings =/
According to regulations we get 75% reimbursed at least, but until it is all done with I have to stop spending D=
I only learned yesterday how high it would get… We thought it would be a fraction of that price…

Wooh, money well spent! :grin:

On a serious note, that sounds like a frustrating situation. I hope it all goes well.


Hehe, yeah :wink:
The price is estimated to be as much as 20-30 Toyger kittens O_o (compared to the price I paid for my high grade kitten)

The copy of Masterpiece I ordered 3 weeks ago from cdjapan finally showed up today!


Just found the first four volumes in a thrift shop for 100円 each. Also the next four volumes of Yotsuba that I’m up to. So happy!


Just to make sure of one thing: by “the first four volumes”, are you perchance referring to the first four volumes of the original Aria? Or the first four volumes of the new Aria the Masterpiece?

Because if the former, you’re missing what we’ll actually be reading, which is the two-volume Aqua prequel manga.


Yes that includes Aqua 1 & 2 :slight_smile:


Just got my copy in the mail today! Super excited to start this book club, I studied Japanese in college for three semesters and just found WaniKani. 初めまして!


Oh that’s awesome, nice to meet you!