Beginner Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: 耳をすませば

I get a message that I can’t change a poll after the first 5 minutes… :slightly_frowning_face:
Never mind, did it.

I’m so sorry everyone who already voted, but I had to reset the poll. Could @MrGeneric , @VikingSchism , @polv , @_Mae and @Wildjinjer please vote again? (and sorry if I’m forgetting someone).

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Does it let you delete the poll and add a new one?

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Yes, that’s what I did in the end. Deleted, saved, then added the new poll.

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You need to add name=poll2 (or any unique name), after [poll , if default no-name doesn’t work.

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For the record, you can also add a second poll in the post and then delete the first one. Polls are numbered so when you add the second one it will get a new number which will then allow the post to be saved immediately. (It’s not recognized as the same poll being edited.)

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God Bless the Mistaken ( 神さまがまちガえる)

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Summary

Kon lives in a world that bugs out regularly—every morning may bring a new surprise. But with Kasane, a researcher who studies this phenomena, he knows that each day will at least be interesting! Read the first chapter of God Bless the Mistaken the same day as Japan!


すこし不思議がいっぱいの、非日常的・日常ライフ!

起きたら街がジャングルになってた、右を向いたら左を見てた、いつもの階段が一段増えてた……
周期性例外事象、通称"バグ"に満たされたこの世界では、そんなことは日常茶飯事。
シェアハウスの大家にして"バグ"に心躍らせる研究者のお姉さん・かさねと、
彼女とひとつ屋根の下で暮らしながら助手を務める中学生の男の子・紺は、
へんてこな世界で今日もおかしな一日を過ごします。

『やがて君になる』完結から2年――仲谷鳰が描く完全新作、待望のコミックス発売!

Availability

Physical: Amazon | CDJapan
Digital: Kindle | Bookwalker

Personal Opinion

This is the new Manga from the Mangaka of Boom into you. It plays in a world that regularly bugs out and weird things happen. The atmosphere is very relaxed and at least the first 2 chapters remind me of Flying witch a lot, at least in the way it makes me feel.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Furigana (yeah)
  • Some great art
  • Relaxed atmosphere
  • Super new the tankoubon came out today (might also be a negative)

Cons

  • Only has one volume so far

Pictures

First Three Pages of Chapter One


Additional Pages

Preview

Difficulty Poll

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 :exploding_head:
  • I don’t know

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I didn’t realize this was coming out today! I literally have a package of manga that shipped today… I would have preordered this one too if I knew it was being released. I honestly know nothing about it though, just that it’s by the same mangaka who wrote Yagate Kimi ni Naru. But that’s enough for me to give it a try at least.

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Vote for the next book - now!

Can I vote?

If you are interested in joining the next book club we run, you can - and should - vote!

Please look under “Current Proposals” in the first post for more details on each option, including links to sample pages which will help you gauge the difficulty.

Please take difficulty into account

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.

Difficulty Scores

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 16th of July, right after we finish reading 夜カフェ. 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, June 5 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.

  • [2.20/L25] God Bless the Mistaken [short Manga]
  • [2.90] 妖怪ギガ [Manga]
  • [3.13/L20??] ゲゲゲの鬼太郎 [Manga]
  • [2.50/L23] Shadows House [short Manga]
  • [2.25/L19] Whisper of the Heart [short Manga]
  • [2.85/L23??] Deep Sea Aquarium MagMell [short Manga]
  • [2.86/L25??] 5分後に笑えるどんでん返し [Book]
  • [2.08/L25??] Unexpected Endings After 5 Seconds [Book]
  • [2.00/L24??] Full Moon [short Manga]
  • [2.80/L24??] Mashle: Magic and Muscles [Manga]
  • [2.56/L25] Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun [short Manga]
  • [2.70/L24] Ranking of Kings [Manga]
  • [2.00/L25] ひらめきはつめちゃん [short Manga]
  • [2.45/L27] The Promised Neverland [Manga]
  • [2.69/L20] Rainbow-Coloured Photograph [short Manga]
  • [2.71/L25??] This Art Club has a Problem! [short Manga]
  • [3.08/L24??] Scary Lessons [Book]

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If one of the regulars could change the title to the following, that would be great!

[Now Voting!] Beginner Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: 夜カフェ

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Hmm, seems like none of my top picks are particularly popular haha - looks like people really want a short manga. Moved one of my picks to Shadows House since that seems like the best of the current frontrunners. Can’t say the current frontrunner Nozaki-kun partiuclarly appeals to me though

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I think it’s less that a short manga is preferred and mostly that short manga make up the bulk of the list (9/17 nominations, if my quick count is correct)… Speaking personally, I can say that I actually had a bit of a hard time picking this time around. While there are some that I personally have zero interest in, I had a couple that I was like… Wait. I kinda want more than 5 picks, please. Both of the 妖怪 series are interesting to me, for example, just a lower interest than some of the other picks. Either way, I hope they will hang out for future nominations, because I would like to read them at some point! It really was tough to pick this time. :sweat_smile:

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I don’t think I’d even noted that most/all my picks were short manga (in fact only manga overall). If I actually had a choice outside any specific nominations, I would love to read a book rather than a manga with the book club, because I feel more intimidated by them. But in the current nominations there aren’t any books that I find intriguing, so I ended up only voting for (short) manga.

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You’re making me want to nominate books! Maybe I will for next round (if there’s still room for nominations) …

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I didn’t actually realize I was (only) voting for short mangas either tbh… ^^’
Just chose the ones I found interesting
Shadows House being my absolute favourite, so much that I was even considering buying it for myself anyways - if it’s gonna be picked or not
… just sad that it’s not available from Manga Republic :frowning:

Edit:
wait… it actually is…!?!
wtf how did I miss that I was even looking it up earlier today!? :o

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Honestly I haven’t heard of any of these before. Though I really don’t mind anything as long as it’s interesting enough and at the right difficulty level

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The vote on what we are going to read next is still open until the end of Sunday (22 GMT). If you haven’t voted yet scroll up a but or click on this link to get to the poll!

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Omg Shadows House is actually winning - I‘m so hyped!!!
I did end up ordering it when I realized it was available from MangaRepublic so that would be … just amazing :see_no_evil::see_no_evil:

… so actually please don‘t vote anymore and leave it as is, guys :crazy_face::see_no_evil::sweat_smile::sweat_smile::see_no_evil::speak_no_evil:

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That (kind of) concludes the vote, thank you to everyone that voted and/or nominated something!

From the 16th of July we will be reading Shadows House

@seanblue would you be willing to host the club?

Since Shadows House is a short manga we also need to nominate the manga that we are going to read afterwards. Because the second place was shared between 3 different manga we will hold a short deciding poll in which everyone will only get one vote, that poll will only last for 2 days. If by chance we still have a tie we will choose one at random.

  • [2.20/L25] God Bless the Mistaken [short Manga]
  • [2.25/L19] Whisper of the Heart [short Manga]
  • [2.56/L25] Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun [short Manga]

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We also have to say goodbye to one book because it did not reach 20% in 3 consecutive polls:

  • Scary Lessons (19%/19%/15%)
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Ah, no wonder I couldn’t sneak in and change my vote to force a second-place winner for a last-minute upset. (I wasn’t really planning to!)

Good luck to everyone in the run-off!

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So hard when I have to pick between two I want to read about equally. Picked the one that seems harder because if I get the easier one I can probably more easily read that by myself if necessary.

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