Hunter × Hunter 🐸 (Absolute Beginner Book Club) - Starting on the 27th of August

well… it seems like I will be joining in on this as well :see_no_evil: :sweat_smile:
for some reason I just couldn’t hold back on ordering the first volume… ^^’
I hope it’ll be here by the time the club’s starting or otherwise will join in a little later
I actually haven’t ever read or watched any HxH content - but heard a lot about it, of course ^^

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Just out of curiosity - how similar is the manga to the anime series now on Netflix? I tried to watch the first episode with Japanese audio, no subtitles, and I think I understood maybe like 3 words in the first few minutes before I gave up :grimacing: :grimacing:

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Manga are generally easier, because you have as much time as you need to parse a sentence and there’s no way you can miss a word or not understand what is said.

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I think I’ll join in on this one :grin:

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I’d be down with a Discord… that could be cool. Does the guide your rea put forth any guidelines for making one? I might be up for making one

For the moment, does joining in with this first reading consist of reading the chapters in our own times (using the vocab sheet provided) and discussing it in this thread?

That’s what it seems like. (It’s my first time doing one of these, as well)

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Yep, it does. This is the Tips Thread. There is a dropdown in the FAQ labeled “How do I organize live reading sessions?” that tells you how that all works. If you end up with any questions, feel free to ask in that thread, and someone who does the live reading sessions can answer them! That FAQ is very robust, but it is a living document, intended to be updated, so getting more feedback on questions that we may have missed while making it is appreciated!

That’s sorta what it is. Essentially, once the club starts on the 27th, there will be weekly threads posted for each chapter. The idea is to try and read the chapter within that week, and the discussion for each chapter takes place in those chapter threads. Edit: @Lunalocket since you originally asked the question. The two similar usernames threw me. :laughing:

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Ohhh I kinda spaced on what “live reading” meant before… while I could set up a discord, I definitely couldn’t be a live reader tho. Sounds really helpful if someone is up for that though.

Re: the weekly threads… good to know. I’ve gotten a bit of a headstart already (not that much)… but I’ll reread it once the club officially starts too

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Yeah, generally speaking, we try to keep all actual book discussion on the forums as much as possible, so that people who come in later have a resource that they can fall back on while they read. It just makes things a little more convenient that way than having a Discord group for that. The Discord groups tend to be specifically just for live read-alongs (something that I’ve never done, either. I’m far too socially anxious for that. :laughing:). But I’m sure it’s a useful resource, and I know some people like it a lot!

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I’m quite certain that people that read comfortably aloud in front of others are just a figment of our collective imaginations.

I’d assume abbc books have live read-alongs less commonly. The whole thing sounds to me like not letting your brain have enough time to process a sentence, because it would be awkward to sit there for a minute just contemplating if that specific と is a quotation, part of a conditional clause, or actually just part of some word. Sofar I’ve only seen one person say, that they would be interested in a read along, which wouldn’t be a very exciting read along :joy:

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Added a bookmark for August 27th! Hope I don’t miss it I haven’t been super active on the forums haha

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There’s already a discord for that, run by seanblue. It’s pretty well organized in channels for each book. At least there was back when we were reading yotsuba and flying witch. :slight_smile:

It’s pretty good for practicing pronunciation and stuff, and maybe reading faster. The only issue is scheduling the readings, though people usually reach a compromise. There were some participants getting up very early. :sweat_smile:

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Yep! That is the one which is linked to in the Tips Thread! :grin:

Yeah, timezones are killer for that kind of thing. I could definitely see how it could be helpful, though. I just am not as social as my posts on the forums make me appear. :joy: I would shrivel up in embarrassment trying to read live with a group of folks I don’t know all that well (even though everyone on the forums here are very lovely and kind). :rofl:

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:eye::lips::eye:

Only one way to get to know people.

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I’ve did few read aloud sessions with ABBC club, and I really liked it. It was when we were reading “10 minutes something” books. To avoid anxiety, people were “claiming” particular pages in advance, and many were practicing them before (at least I did). Usually, there was someone in the group with good reading level to help. As for manga, some clubs do roles. If anime follows the manga closely, then one can shadow anime to practice. Main issue is to find the convenient time slot, which is impossible to achieve for all time zones.

Sadly I can’t promise that I’m all up for read aloud, because I have terrible consistency when it comes to book club participation (as in I buy almost every book and then follow one club out of 10).

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I wanted to be Yanda most of the time in Yotsuba. Maybe Fuuka since she’s great.

Not a lot of people complained about me being Yanda. :neutral_face:

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What level should my grammar be at for something like this? A while back I tried Nichijou when the beginners book club started it, and lasted about 2 weeks. I just couldn’t figure anything out even if I knew the words, and progressing was painfully slow.

I’m working through Japanese Ammo with Misa’s absolute beginner grammar lessons now, and just wanted to check what kind of level that would get me to (Currently just under half way through atm) and if that would be enough for this.

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Usually speaking we recommend around the n4-n5 level, so getting through genki 1 and 2 or equivalent. If it’s pretty much the first time you read something, it will be a pain, but as long as you break it down to sane amounts of work each day, it should be fine.

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Ah ok, yeah that makes sense. I guess I’ve just got to figure out what level these lessons would get me to.

Just gonna focus on learning as much grammar as I can for now, then.

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It arrived :slight_smile:

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Holy shit were they fast! Mine arrived too! :o
8d!! :ooo
:partying_face::partying_face:

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