Beginner Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: ウスズミの果て

Wow, yeah, that is something so natural that SHOULD be in the massive list!

:rainbow_flag: is always an option =)


You can also use the Japanese IME. :male_sign: is おす and :female_sign: is obviously めす (and × is ばつ, although it might be a different symbol)


Yay, FukaBoku won. I’m not interested in Nichijou at all so I’m just gonna skip it. :grin:

Too bad, it looks really cute and interesting. I think I’ll read it on my own sometime


We have a home thread!


Or, we could form a splinter club? :slightly_smiling_face:


I’m interested in both upcoming mangas, but I promised myself not to buy any new manga until I finished a good chunk of what I already own. D: To break a promise with myself that I made for a good reason (I want to be a manga reader, not a manga collector), or get in on the action… Although I have read quite a few book club picks after the fact, and that have usually been nice too.


I don’t want to tempt you into breaking your manga buying ban, so feel free to ignore this if you think it’d be a slippery slope into giving up your resolution for good, but this is what works for me: I’m on a semi-book buying ban (max. one new book per month until I’ve finished a good chunk of the unread books I already own) but I make an exception for book club picks because to me, they’re more like study material than manga I’d leisurely read in my free time. Since there’s only a new pick every few weeks/months and they’re being read slowly chapter by chapter, they’re not really contributing to my reading backlog.


Although I’m reading quite a few manga already, I’d certainly be up for it. :sweat_smile:


When will Nichijou be started?

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april, 17(one week after the last week of the other one)


Wow, I didn’t bother to look up what FukaBoku was about because, honestly, the cover was also a little off-putting to me. But I’ll definetily join now that I know it tackles lgbt+ issues and even has a nonbinary protagonist!


Glad you have a solution that works for you. I’m also considering the fact that shipping to Sweden from Japan would be pretty high (I much much much prefer manga to be paper), so I’d want to buy many at once. So kinda no matter how I slice it, I’ll either buy few books and get a very high shipping charge for a small package, or I break my ban in a big way.

So I think that it will be a no for me this time. D:
But I’ll look forward to reading those mangas later and having the book club as assistance some time in the future.


It has six chapters right? At one chapter a week, that would be:

20 Feb - 26 Feb: chapter 1
27 Feb - 5 Mar: chapter 2
6 Mar - 12 Mar: chapter 3
13 Mar - 19 Mar: chapter 4
20 Mar - 26 Mar: chapter 5
27 Mar - 2 April: chapter 6

Wouldn’t it start on April 10th then? If you leave one week in between?

That’s definitely fair. This time I get to buy several book club picks at once, but last time I didn’t want to spend that much on shipping for just one book…so I made the financially questionable decision of buying a sweater and some accessories at the same time, which of course made everything much more expensive than if I’d just bought the book by itself :sweat_smile: I adore my new sweater though, so no regrets. Living near a Japanese book shop would be so nice…

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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?

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  • 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
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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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