Intermediate Japanese Book Club (Currently reading: コーヒーが冷めないうちに)

No problem. Apparently I did get it actually, but for eBookJapan (I hadn’t figured out how to get around the region locking on Amazon at the time). eBookJapan is pretty meh and inconvenient, but free is free I suppose.

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Is it still free?

I also seem to have the first two volumes for free on ebookjapan.
By inconvenient do you mean like for Kindle and stuff?

I don’t think so, but a lot of books go free on ebookjapan, you just need to sift a little through random manga.

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If I got it from Amazon I could read it on my kindle. With eBookJapan my only options are phone or computer, both of which are less convenient for me.

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I actually just checked amazon and ebookjapan and neither seems to have the first volume for some reason (or consistently the rest of the series). So I’ll give it a pass this time.
I may nominate another manga by them for the next vote though, we’ll see.

Also yay, voting soon :smile:

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メイドインアビス

(Made in Abyss)

(not “Maid” in Abyss)

Summary

Japanese

限界深度2万メートル以上!?
人類最後の未踏の深淵には何があるのか…?

隅々まで探索されつくした世界に、唯一残された秘境の大穴『アビス』。どこまで続くとも知れない深く巨大なその縦穴には、奇妙奇怪な生物たちが生息し、今の人類では作りえない貴重な遺物が眠っている。
「アビス」の不可思議に満ちた姿は人々を魅了し冒険へと駆り立てた。そうして幾度も大穴に挑戦する冒険者たちは、次第に『探窟家』呼ばれるようになっていった。

アビスの縁に築かれた街『オース』に暮らす孤児のリコは、いつか母のような偉大な探窟家になり、アビスの謎を解き明かすことを夢見ていた。そんなある日、リコはアビスを探窟中に、少年の姿をしたロボットを拾い…?

English

In an age when the corners of the world have been scoured for their secrets, only one place remains unexplored – a massive cave system known as the Abyss, filled with monstrous creatures and lost relics. Those who delve into its depths are known as Cave Raiders. A young orphan named Riko dreams of following in her mother’s footsteps as a Cave Raider, and when she meets a strange robot while exploring the Abyss, she is one perilous step closer to achieving her goal!

Availability

Amazon
eBook Japan

Personal Opinion

I first encountered this one from the anime, and was utterly entranced by the incredible backgrounds - almost at the level of a Shinkai film. Then the story itself captured me.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

Pros

  • Lots o’ words to learn, but aside from monster names, it’s not packed full of obscure technical terms.
  • Amazing art, wonderful story.

Cons

  • It’s… a little dark. For example, the first episode of the anime makes a joke about Riko being strung up naked as a punishment. The manga shows it actually being done.

Pictures

First Three Pages of Chapter One


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Additional Pages





Difficulty Poll

How much effort would you need to read this book?

  • No effort at all
  • Minimal effort
  • Just right
  • Challenging
  • Impossible, even with everyone’s help
  • I don’t know (please click this if you’re not voting seriously)

0 voters

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P.S. I had a flip through the preview for Fullmetal Alchemist on Amazon, and I’m wondering if maybe it’s a beginner-level book. Furigana everywhere. I reckon I’ll pick up a physical copy next time I’m in Kinokuniya and have a detailed read through it.

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But you guys can whistle through the manga in less than two months and be tackling the books by April! Okay, maybe May, if you leave time for shipping…

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Actually, I feel like I’d rather have the manga lose, so that I can whistle through them in one sitting :thinking:
has no self-control

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The option for 5 votes seems to be winning the poll though :thinking:

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… oh.

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Yeah, 5 votes. Much better than 3, right? :stuck_out_tongue:

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It is! Since I do have 5 things I really want to read in the mix (plus a bunch that I don’t mind reading, but not care about enough to cry over not being able to vote for them.
It was both fun and stressful debating with myself which 2 should I cut; the anti-climatic conclusion being that I don’t need to cut anything.

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which which which

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Yes, tell us tell us!

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I… don’t see why it’s interesting, but sure. In no particular order

  • キノの旅 (mostly because I nominated it originally)
  • 紅霞後宮物語 (because the friend who recommended it to me keep asking if I have read it yet :upside_down_face:)
  • 夜市 (I really liked autumn prison by the same author)
  • 宝石の国 (looks interesting; also I kinda requested the nomination)
  • 涼宮ハルヒの憂鬱 (OBEY)
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But AngelTenshi specifically said to watch the anime first. :stuck_out_tongue:

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I can watch it between the moment we vote and the moment we start reading.

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I now have too many books I’m not reading in case they win.

Edit: Although I’m also pretty absorbed in (Japanese) Bravely Default and will soon be absorbed in (Japanese) REmake2 so it’s not all bad.

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