Beginner Japanese Book Club // Currently Reading: Toilet-Bound Hanako-kun

i looked at the table in the book’s main thread. chapter one is broken into two weeks!

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Ah, I missed that link. Cheers!

Same! I ordered 7 to save a little on shipping to Norway =P
We used to have a free option, slow shipping, but free… I miss it :pensive:


The first three volumes of this are currently free on Amazon.


Because the Absolute beginner club will start rerading Takagin san soon, I have removed the nomination




Middle school students Nishikata and Takagi sit next to each other in class. Takagi, who is in love with Nishikata, enjoys teasing him with embarrassing pranks and jokes. In response, Nishikata creates plans to get his revenge, but they always fail when she identifies his weaknesses and capitalizes on them. The setting is based on the town of Tonoshō, Kagawa Prefecture.



Personal Opinion

I have had a lot of fun so far with the Manga. It is incredibly funny and not that hard to understand. The art is very “clean” and since most chapters focus on one specific topic, it is really great to learn new stuff. I usually like stories that move the characters and the world along, this manga does almost none of that, but from a learning perspective that can be a great asset, since having trouble with a previous chapter does not influence the following ones that much.

Pros and Cons


  • Has furigana
  • Popular
  • Easy to follow along
  • Funny


  • Plotwise not as exciting as other entries


First Three Pages of Chapter One

Full preview by clicking on the cover on bookwalker

Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this book?

[poll type=regular public=true]
  • 1 - No effort at all
  • 2 - Minimal effort
  • 3 - Moderate effort
  • 4 - Substantial effort
  • 5 - So much effort my head might explode :exploding_head:
  • I don’t know
[/ [poll ]

For what it’s worth, I nominated it in the Absolute Beginners Book Club. I figured it was a bit too easy for this book club, especially compared to previous picks such as Yuru Camp and Haikyuu.

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Yes, I agree I think this would be a better fit for ABBC.

Sorry I did not check the Absolute Beginners thread. Compared to Yuru Camp this is obviously much easier, but compared to for example Flying witch I don’t see that much of a difference (maybe some magic related vocab). So maybe something simpler for a change, but I wouldn’t mind it being in the Absolute Beginners club.

To be fair I forgot to add the nomination to the main post :eyes:

i thought the general consensus was that haikyuu was too hard for this club.

I think there has definitely been some inflation of pick difficulty. Maybe because the intermediate club doesn’t really seem to read manga a lot, so people are more likely to nominate difficult-ish manga here instead?

I also felt it would be better to nominate Takagisan in the ABBC because finding really easy manga is hard enough as it is, so I didn’t want to ‘take a good option away’ from the ABBC.

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I think it just goes up and down, but people are generally quite prone to voting for things they want to read rather than things they can read :stuck_out_tongue: I reckon people are also a bit more generous when voting on the difficulty for things they’re excited about :wink:

This is part of why I was keen to stick to a slow pace for Shimeji Simulation, to make sure the difficulty stayed appropriate.

Anyway, fascinating thought this is, it’s not why I’m here in this thread…!


不可解なぼくのすべてを (FukaBoku) has started!

Get your reading hats on :triumph:

@Thanks @NicoleRauch :purple_heart:


@TofuguKanae released her article on the bookclubs Japanese "Native" Books for Upper Beginners :eyes: Edit: Oh, I didn’t even see she’d made a thread already, I just woke up >o> whoops


Woooaaaaah, there’s a radish quote in there! I’m loving the love for the book clubs :blush:


For anyone looking to read Aria the Masterpiece, but averse to physical copies, the first volume has finally released digitally:


Is Nichijou not available from Kinokuniya? I can’t seem to find it.

If I have to get a digital copy from Book Walker, can anyone tell me if the pages are a high enough resolution to zoom in clearly on the kanji? I have never bought any digital manga in Japanese, and the sample pages on Book Walker are too small for me to read from. Thanks.

just checked and they’re good enough to read the kanji with, and I can just about make out furigana, but it’s not very good quality.

flicking through, this seems to be as small as the text tends to get:

it makes me sad when they do this to us. how hard is it to just scan the thing properly? :cry:

btw, you can zoom in on the trial pages as well. I think they’re the full resolution (I can’t see the difference, personally)
Screenshot from 2021-03-31 17-37-48


thanks, that’s very helpful. though disappointing that they only provide such low resolution scans for purchase.

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There’s a new book club in town!

This is strictly speaking an Intermediate book club, but I think it could be interesting to some of the people here. It’s a book by the same author as コンビニ人間, which is considered one of the Intermediate Book Club’s easier picks. We’re also sticking to a slightly more relaxed schedule, so if you’re looking to make the jump to intermediate books this book club could be an excellent choice! There’s no time like the present for getting involved; we’re currently voting about the starting date and the book is 50% points back on Amazon.