Since childhood, Hiyori Yamakawa has witnessed her father’s various eccentricities, but one activity she has always loved doing with him is fly fishing—a complicated yet rewarding method of catching fish. Even after his sudden death, Hiyori still visits the seaside in her spare time, savoring the joy that her father’s memento brings her.
Three years later, Hiyori’s mother decides to remarry and arranges a dinner with her fiancé, his daughter, and Hiyori to celebrate. Anxious and wanting to pass the time, Hiyori goes to her usual fishing spot when a rather energetic girl named Koharu Minagi suddenly appears before her. The two soon become acquainted, with Koharu taking an interest in fly fishing herself. However, their meeting is more than just a coincidence: Koharu turns out to be Hiyori’s future stepsibling, which is only the beginning of treasured memories the both of them will reel in as they foster their sisterhood.
This is the manga that is for fly fishing what Yuru Camp is for camping - cute girls doing cute things, and in this case the thing is fly fishing. Yuru Camp meets Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater. So I figured I’d nominate it at this book club tier because this is where Yuru Camp was. Amusing, informative, unexpectedly hard-hitting at times, but iyashikei throughout.
Pros and Cons
It’s cute and fun.
It’s intended to introduce the reader to fly fishing, so any complicated terminology gets explained to the reader-avatar character.
There’s an anime, which covers the entirety of the first volume, so if people want to hear the dialogue aloud, it’s there.
Some people do find that reading a work they love or know already is inherently motivating, but please be realistic. Look at the samples and compare to others. Remember that both language and density contribute to difficulty.
For most items we list two different difficulty scores. They are displayed in  in front of the name of the book/manga. The first score is determined by the polls within the nomination posts. These polls only take previews into account and are very tightly bound to the people that give feedback in the polls and are therefore not objective measures of difficulty. The second score is the Natively level (if available), because of the rating system the ratings without ?? should be more accurate, but the levels with ?? are just an initial guess that must be taken with a pinch of salt.
When will we start and how many will we pick?
We will likely begin reading on the 5th of November, right after we finish reading 耳をすませば. If a short manga (expected less than 8 weeks) wins we will also read the second place option following that without holding another vote. (The short manga determination is not final since it is based on limited information and might change)
How does the vote work?
The poll will be closed on Sunday, September 25th at the latest.
You can vote for up to 5 options.
You can change your vote at any time by clicking ‘Show vote’ at the bottom.
[2.17/L20??] Slow Loop [short Manga]
[1.75/L25] Blue Box [Manga]
[2.36/L25] God Bless the Mistaken [short Manga]
[2.91] 妖怪ギガ [Manga]
[3.13/L22] ゲゲゲの鬼太郎 [Manga]
[2.85/L25??] Deep Sea Aquarium MagMell [short Manga]
I see that Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun might get picked this time … I thought I should let you all know that I don’t think I can run the club this time around (and especially not in December) … Sorry if this causes any problems.
That was a tough vote…
Fifth pick was a real toss up between Blue Box, Rainbow-Coloured Photograph and Full Moon
I was very happy to see that all the books I thought interesting seem to be quite popular - so I’ll probably be happy with the outcome any way
albeit a little surprised that Full Moon is so far below :o