Yotsuba would be proud.
I hope we end up having an offshoot reading group for Shadow House. Been reading volume two on my commute and y’all…I have so many thoughts and questions
I’ve already read through volume 9, so I promise I have even more thoughts. Just like with the first volume I wouldn’t read along, but I’d hang out and help answer questions and discuss the story.
Yeah perhaps that would be better! Can imagine it won’t be long until I’m caught up
Blue Box / アオのハコ
Natively: Level 25 (This is currently only based on my ratings so take it with a pinch of salt)
The series focuses on Taiki Inomata, a student at Eimei Junior and Senior High who is a member of the boys’ badminton team. Every morning, he trains alongside his upperclasswoman and fellow crush Chinatsu Kano, who is on the girls’ basketball team. However, Chinatsu moves in with Taiki’s family when her parents leave Japan to work abroad. With Chinatsu now living with him, Taiki aims to slowly develop his relationship with her as they both strive to make it to the national championship with their respective teams.
Physical: Amazon | CD Japan
Digital: Kindle | Bookwalker
This is the current romance manga serializing in Weekly Shounen Jump. It hits a great balance between sports & romance manga. Overall the characters are extremely likeable and believably written. This manga has some of the best character spreads I have seen, the art in those is truly stunning! Since it is a weekly manga the author can not keep that amazing quality up all the time but even the less detailed panels look really good! This and 推しの子 are probably my favorite currently serializing weekly manga right now!
Pros and Cons
- Both sports and romance that work well together
- Actually good pacing (stuff happens)
- Does not feel very tropey (at least to me)
- Great art
- Has furigana
- Still ongoing (might be a downside if you want to read a finished story)
How much effort would you need to read this book?
- 1 - No effort at all
- 2 - Minimal effort
- 3 - Moderate effort
- 4 - Substantial effort
- 5 - So much effort my head might explode
- I don’t know
If it’s an ongoing series, I typically consider it a con for a potential offshoot club that we’d have to wait for the next volume to come out. However, this series looks to have a new volume (seven chapters?) released every two to three months.
押しの子 or 推しの子? (Just confirming in case anyone wants to look it up.)
I’d read this one if it were a historical slice-of-life.
Reminds me of Spirit Circle.
Aren’t there a bunch of manga with shrine priest mcs?
Yeah I guess that could be considered a downside, especially for people that like to read stuff once it is finished. But yeah compared to manga like Yuru camp or Flying witch, this is actually a weekly release. New volumes come out pretty quickly.
Well after that mistake I feel like 惜しい子. I meant 推しの子.
I have updated the proposal template to include a Natively reference. Basically copied from the intermediate book club. With more people picking up the service, I think it will become invaluable to find appropriate works moving forward.
For the next couple of weeks we have the following things on our plate:
I think you meant that the newly selected book would start Nov 5th.
Oh yeah thanks for pointing that out!
omg it looks absolutely adorable
We start 耳をすませば in one more week. Be sure to head over to its thread and mark it as Watching if you’re interested in reading along!
Could one of the regulars change the title to
Beginner Japanese Book Club // Starting soon: 耳をすませば
I bought the first volume of 神さまがまちガえる, so I’m all set if it wins next poll!
The first week’s thread for 耳をすませば is now up, for reading the first half of chapter 1.
Subsequent week postings will be mentioned in the 耳をすませば home thread, so be sure to enable notifications there if you’re reading along!