Intermediate Japanese Book Club (Next: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya & Convenience Store Woman)

Next book: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya

Sample pages available in the nomination post

Suzumiya

Starting date: June 22nd

Amazon JP | CDJapan | eBookJapan

Furigana version available:
Amazon JP | CDJapan | eBookJapan



Next book: Convenience Store Woman

Sample pages available in the nomination post

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Starting date: June 29th

Amazon JP | CDJapan | eBookJapan



Voice Chat

The club has a Discord server, which is sometimes used for voice chats / read-along sessions. See specific book threads for current activity.


Previous Books


Links to Discussion Threads

Book 1 | No. 6
Book 2 | Autumn Prison
Book 3 | An Unexpected Conclusion in 5 Minutes: Red Nightmares
Book 4 | The Devil is a Part-Timer!
Book 5 | Kino’s Journey




Welcome to our Japanese book club! In this club we choose a Japanese book, read it together, and discuss what we've read. It could be meaningful discussion on the content, questions about vocabulary and grammar that confuse us, or just motivating each other to keep moving.

We’d love it if you joined the club! All you have to do is buy the next book lined up, read along with the schedule and join in the discussion!


Book Proposals

How to Propose Books


Proposal Guidelines

Courtesy of fl0rm and the beginner book club (adapted for this club).

  • Nominate something you are ready to read

    • This is a big cooperative group, but there’s always a minority keeping things active. If your pick wins, there’ll be some expectation that you contribute throughout.
    • If you can’t read your own sample pages (at least mostly) you may not be able to judge the difficulty effectively, and won’t be able to help others much.
    • Furigana does not imply something is easy (or vice versa); it’s just one factor contributing to difficulty.
  • Books nominated must not be longer than 350 pages

    • Our reading pace means this is the longest we could tackle within a reasonable timeframe.
    • A book of short stories can be longer: we will only pick select stories.
  • Do not nominate anything clearly NSFW

    • This can be hard to judge without reading the book, but if you’d associate the work with fanservice or gore, even if just by reputation, please don’t suggest it for this group.
  • Try to pick something reasonably well-known

    • This will increase the reader pool as more people will be interested / already have a copy.
    • People will be more able to re-sell or pass along their copy after reading.
    • Popular works often have more accessible language.
    • Some participants may have already read it, and themes are probably broadly understood, making it easier for members to help each other and for readers to draw inferences from context.
Proposal Template

Taken directly from the beginner book club.

Copy this template into a new post when proposing a book/manga.

For page samples, you can either take photos of your own copy (try to make the three additional pages ‘representative’ if possible), grab photos from the internet, or use previews from e.g. Amazon, BookWalker, EBookJapan. Make sure the text is legible!

# Insert Title Here

## Summary
[details=“Japanese”]
Add Japanese summary here.
[/details]
[details=“English”]
Add English summary here.
[/details]

## Availability
Insert link to book on amazon.co.jp here.
Insert link(s) to eBook here, or mention if an eBook is not available.

## Personal Opinion
Insert why you think this book would be good to read, personally and for the book club here.

### Pros and Cons for the Book Club
#### Pros
* Insert pros here.
#### Cons
* Insert cons here.

## Pictures

[details=“First Three Pages of Chapter One”]
Insert images here (can be photos from you or the internet, or from ebook previews).
[/details]

[details=“Additional Pages”]
Insert a few more images here - try to make them representative.
[/details]

## Difficulty Poll
How much effort would you need to read this book?

[poll type=regular public=true]
* 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)
[/poll]


Current Proposals

The nomination posts linked under each entry will give you further information, including sample pages.

(Manga) Made in Abyss

メイドインアビス

Nomination Post

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!

Amazon JP | CDJapan | eBookJapan

Difficulty: 2.77 (13 votes)



(Manga) Land of the Lustrous

宝石の国

Nomination Post

Crystalline organisms called Gems live under constant attack from the Lunarians, who shatter their bodies to use them as decoration. Every Gem is assigned a role in the fight. Phos, a young and fragile Gem who dreams of helping their friends in the war effort, is told to compile an encyclopedia because of their delicate condition. As a result, Phos meets Cinnabar, relegated to patrolling the island at night because of the corrosive poison their body creates. Seeing how unhappy Cinnabar is, Phos decides to find a role that both of the rejected Gems can enjoy.

Amazon JP | Book Walker

Difficulty: 2.31 (16 votes)



Your Name

君の名は

Nomination Post

Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a rural town deep in the mountains, has a dream that she is a boy living an unfamiliar life in Tokyo. Taki, a high school boy living in Tokyo, dreams that he is a girl living in the mountains. As they realize they are changing places, their encounter sets the cogs of fate into motion. Written by director Makoto Shinkai, this work has become a global phenomenon!

Amazon JP | CDJapan | eBookJapan

Furigana version available:
Amazon JP | CDJapan

Difficulty: 2.94 (17 votes)



Wolf Children Ame & Yuki

おおかみこどもの雨と雪

Nomination Post

It’s about a young student who falls in love with a werewolf (he’s really nice though) - they have two children (called 雨 and 雪) together and the story is basically about the children growing up. Which is slightly more exciting than raising “normal” human children…

Amazon JP | CDJapan | eBookJapan

Furigana version available:
Amazon JP | CDJapan

Difficulty: 2.32 (20 votes)



Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny-Girl Senpai

青春ブタ野郎はバニーガール先輩の夢を見ない

Nomination Post

Sakuta Azusagawa’s life takes a turn for the unexpected when he meets teenage actress Mai Sakurajima, dressed as a bunny girl, wandering around a public library. Mai is intrigued to meet Sakuta as other people are unable to see her. Calling this phenomenon “Adolescence Syndrome”, Sakuta decides to solve the mystery.

Amazon JP | CDJapan | eBookJapan

Difficulty: 2.50 (11 votes)



The Familiar of Zero

ゼロの使い魔

Nomination Post

Louise Françoise Le Blanc de La Vallière is a self-absorbed mage studying at the prestigious Tristain Academy for magicians. She has one major problem: Louise is unable to cast magic properly, earning her the nickname “Louise the Zero”. When the first-years perform a summoning ritual and Louise’s results in a catastrophic explosion, everyone deems this yet another failure, but when the smoke clears, a boy named Saito Hiraga appears. Now Louise’s familiar, Saito is treated as a slave. Wild, adventurous, and explosive, Zero no Tsukaima follows Saito as he comes to terms with his new life and as Louise proves that there is more to her than her nickname suggests.

Amazon JP | eBookJapan | Honto

Difficulty: 2.67 (14 votes)



紅霞後宮物語

紅霞後宮物語

Nomination Post

Shougyoku is known for being the strongest warrior, even though she is a woman. For some reason, this woman, still single in her thirties, is chosen to become empress and enters the “Palace of Crimson Mist” where women’s jealousy and hope swirls! Received the second ラノベ文芸賞金賞 prize.

Amazon JP | CDJapan | eBookJapan

Difficulty: 3.00 (15 votes)



Magical Girl Raising Project

魔法少女育成計画

Nomination Post

The hit social network game ‘The Magical Girl Raising Project’ selects one out of every tens of thousands of players to become a real life magical girl. The lucky chosen girls gain magic powers as well as incredibly good fortune, and spend their days blissfully. But one day, an announcement declares that the number of magical girls has risen too high and must be cut down to half. Sixteen young maidens are thrust into a merciless, deadly contest to survive… but how many will come out the other side?

Amazon JP | CDJapan
Possibly no eBook

Difficulty: 3.10 (12 votes)



The Closet of Nightmares

悪夢のクローゼット

Nomination Post

High school baseball star and national idol Toranosuke, known as the “sparkling prince”, is invited to the house of his beautiful teacher Mina. Before he knows it, he’s being seduced in her bedroom. When some unexpected visitors show up just as the mood gets right, Toranosuke is forced to hide in the closet. Suddenly, they all enter the bedroom and things take a turn for the worst. His teacher is murdered right before his eyes, as he peeks out from a crack in the closet door. Sex scandal and now witness to murder? Is there any way Toranosuke can come out of this unscathed and keep his sparkling prince image?!

Amazon JP | CDJapan | eBookJapan

Difficulty: 2.25 (12 votes)



Night Market

夜市

Nomination Post

A mysterious city where ghosts sell various items, “Night Market”: here you can obtain any item you want. When he was an elementary school student, Yuuji got lost in the market and, in exchange for his own little brother, he bought “Baseball Talent”. Yuuji grew as the baseball club’s hero, but continued to feel guilty about selling his brother. So tonight, in order to buy his brother back, he visits Night Market again. With a miraculously beautiful and moving ending, this story shakes the soul and won the prize for number one horror in Japan.

Amazon JP | CDJapan | eBookJapan

Difficulty: 2.71 (16 votes)



Door D

ドアD

Nomination Post

Yuna and seven university tennis club friends are kidnapped and wake up in an unknown room. With only one locked door, and water filling the room fast, they must figure out a way to escape before they all drown. There’s a lever that opens the door. But it only holds the door open while pulled: one person will have to remain. And this is just the start - through a series of death-trap rooms, with chances of survival slim, the humanity of each will be tested. Will anyone make it out alive? And what awaits them beyond the final door…?

Amazon JP | CDJapan | eBookJapan

Difficulty: 3.00 (14 votes)



If cats disappeared from the world

世界から猫が消えたなら

Nomination Post

A 30 year old mailman finds out that he has cancer, and doesn’t have much time left. When he gets home, he meets the devil who proposes a deal: for every day the devil adds to his life, he will erase something from the world.
The book explores how the man’s life and relationships change with every item “erased” from the world.

Novel | ebook

Difficulty: 2.56 (18 votes)



A lollipop or a bullet

砂糖菓子の弾丸は打ち抜けない

Nomination Post

Nagisa Yamada is a bored teenager who finds everyday life extremely unappealing – thus she plans on joining a Military School as soon as possible.

A strange new student named Umino Mokuzu, who claims to be a mermaid, transfers into Nagisa’s school and, much to our heroine’s bewilderment, soon begins to follow her around incessantly.
Initially, an annoyed and discomfited Nagisa strives to avoid any encounters with Mokuzu. But she soon begins to comprehend the pain and sadness concealed beneath this strange girl’s cheerful and carefree demeanour.

Amazon JP | ebookjapan

Difficulty: 2.90 (12 votes)



Tokyo Cat Stroll

TOKYO猫びより散歩

Nomination Post

It’s… basically just an illustrated mini guidebook of shops in Tokyo which have cats.

Amazon JP | ebookjapan

Difficulty: 2.89 (9 votes)





Purchasing Books

Please see the Discussion Thread of the current book for direct purchasing links.

Physical Books

Two good options for purchasing physical books are:

The former has economy shipping options which are likely to be cheaper but slower. You can also check out the Amazon site for your home country, or might be able to find the book on Amazon US.

If you can’t find an online store that will ship to you, you can use a forwarding service like Tenso or White Rabbit Express to forward the package to you for a fee. Alternatively, you may be able to find the book at a local Japanese book store such as Kinokuniya; just google your area.

Book types:

eBooks

There are several places you may be able to purchase eBooks:



Historic Votes


Book Selection Polls
Poll # Date Winner
Poll 1 2017-07-12 No. 6 (conducted in the old thread)
Poll 2 2017-08-08 Autumn Prison
Poll 3 2017-10-31 Red Nightmares (An Unexpected Conclusion in 5 Minutes)
Poll 4 2018-02-27 The Devil is a Part-Timer
Poll 5 2019-01-25 Kino’s Journey (nomination)
Poll 6 2019-04-24 The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya (nomination)
Convenience Store Woman (nomination)
Other Polls

Poll regarding the beginner-level book club - Result: Beginners’ Book Club formed

Poll regarding how many votes each person should get - Result: 5 votes

Poll regarding whether to read two books in parallel - Result: no!



Archive


Book Club Members
はたらく魔王さま Member List
  • :open_book: Snowflying
  • :open_book: fl0rm
  • :closed_book: scaso
  • :open_book: LucasDesu
  • :open_book: Naphthalene
  • :closed_book: NickNickovich
  • :closed_book: Momoiro
  • :open_book: AngelTenshi
Red Nightmares Member List
  • :open_book: LucasDesu
  • :open_book: Naphthalene
  • :open_book: NickNickovich
  • :open_book: Steffy47
  • :open_book: Ell
  • :open_book: Snowflying
  • :open_book: Toyger
  • :open_book: Rain32
  • :open_book: Angel
  • :open_book: charlesfm
  • :closed_book: Dorotheian
Autumn Prison Member List
  • :open_book: Angel
  • :open_book: Caracal
  • :open_book: chrispthompson
  • :open_book: DuncanDean
  • :open_book: Hgbearawesome
  • :open_book: katiesaccount
  • :open_book: Kumirei
  • :open_book: LucasDesu
  • :open_book: mitsuki777
  • :open_book: Nath
  • :open_book: NickNickovich
  • :open_book: polv
  • :open_book:: saiakuma
  • :open_book: Scaso
  • :open_book: Snowflying
  • :open_book: Toyger
  • :open_book: Mechturk
  • :open_book: StellaTerra
  • :closed_book: Alineiwane
  • :closed_book: AnimeCanuck
  • :closed_book: Answa
  • :closed_book: Atrejub
  • :closed_book: Ddleighc
  • :closed_book: downtimes
  • :closed_book: EiriMatsu
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  • :closed_book: mechmouse
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  • :closed_book: Netru
  • :closed_book: Oryantge
  • :closed_book: pgoonghang
  • :closed_book: Riccyjay
  • :truck: chofas
  • Ell (lurking, will participate with next book and read the discussion of 秋の牢獄)
No. 6 Member List
  • :open_book: Addietaylor
  • :open_book: Answa
  • :open_book: Arnagos
  • :open_book: Caracal (slowly)
  • :open_book: Carlap
  • :open_book: Chrispthompson
  • :open_book: Downtimes
  • :open_book: GaijinInu641 (reading, but really slowly)
  • :open_book: Hgbearawesome
  • :open_book: Icefang97
  • :open_book: Ichou
  • :open_book: katiesaccount
  • :open_book: KuzunohaXIV
  • :open_book: LTMumfordIII
  • :open_book: LucasDesu
  • :open_book: Plumenator
  • :open_book: Scaso
  • :open_book: SilverRose009
  • :open_book: Snowflying
  • :open_book: Softlyraining
  • :open_book: Toc
  • :closed_book: Aemaeth
  • :closed_book: AmethystPersona0
  • :closed_book: AngelTenshi
  • :closed_book: Dimono (have the book but planning to just read at my own pace and read the discussion afterwards)
  • :closed_book: Dnmj95
  • :closed_book: Dokuchan
  • :closed_book: Egd001
  • :closed_book: Eucibous
  • :closed_book: Hanalee
  • :closed_book: Jhamonnet
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  • :closed_book: JKO
  • :closed_book: Kumirei
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  • :closed_book: MissMisc
  • :closed_book: Obskyr
  • :closed_book: Polv
  • :closed_book: riccyjay
  • :closed_book: Toyger
  • :closed_book: Trishcakes
  • :closed_book: Tru
  • :truck: Anchang
  • :truck: Annshin
  • :truck: Bakugou
  • :truck: Ersikan
  • :truck: Humla
  • :truck: Maxkao
  • :truck: Tapatun
  • AnimeCanuck (still working on grammar)
  • DuncanDean (lurking, has ordered 秋の牢獄 for the next round)
  • Kyayna (lurking, will participate with next book)
  • Megbc (lurking, will participate with next book)
  • NathaliRe (lurking, will participate with next book)
  • Pydron (lurking, will participate with next book)

Key
:open_book:: Has book and is currently reading along.
:closed_book:: Has book but is not yet reading.
:truck:: Has ordered or will order / buy book.

Former Nominations
I Want to Eat Your Pancreas

君の膵臓を食べたい

Nomination dropped due to the book getting its own thread.

Nomination Post

A high school boy finds the diary of his classmate - only to discover that she’s dying. Yamauchi Sakura has been silently suffering from a pancreatic disease, and now exactly one person outside her family knows. He swears to her that he won’t tell anyone what he learned, and this shared secret brings them closer together in a deeply moving story that traces their developing relationship in Sakura’s final months of life.

Amazon JP

Furigana version available:
Amazon JP | CDJapan

Difficulty: 2.58 (14 votes)




Other

Title___________ Synopsis Pitch Store Link
ナナブンノイチ
One in Seven
Seems to be a tale about a band of fraudsters / con artists planning an operation - with some double crossing intrigue going on between the members. Don’t know for sure about this book, but in general the author is known for having a comic style to his writing. Post Amazon
ネガティブハッピー・チェーンソーエッヂ
Negative Happy Chainsaw Edge
This is by the same author as Welcome to the NHK and seems to contain some similar themes. However, it has a Kindle edition and is aimed at a youth audience so ought not to feature some of the more questionable content some people were worried about.

Story is about a high school boy who is riding home on his bike one day and comes across a girl fighting a man wielding a chainsaw. From what I can understand this is not really explained and is more a representation of the boy’s desire to find someone to ‘save’. The two team up and form a bond while the girl continues her nightly fights.

Post Amazon
アフターダーク
After Dark
Murakami’s shortest and probably easiest to read work. Set over the course of a single night and the first (I believe) of his novels not to be written from a first-person 僕 perspective, this centres on two sisters - one asleep in a mysterious room and viewed through a camera, the other out and about in Tokyo where she encounters various unusual characters including a jazz musician and a love hotel manager. Post Amazon
Classics Club Oreki Houtarou is a self-proclaimed “energy-saver”—that is, he refuses to actively waste energy doing things that aren’t necessary. Though he had no interest whatsoever in participating in any clubs upon entering Kamiyama High School, he was commanded by his older sister, Tomoe, to join the club she was once a part of, the Classics Club, as it was in danger of being abolished due to its nonexistent member count. Together with his old friends Fukube Satoshi and Ibara Mayaka, as well as with the elegantly ladylike and curiously inquisitive Chitanda Eru, the newly reformed Classics Club ends up finding themselves involved in all sorts of mystery-solving escapades. Houtarou quickly learns that life in the Classics Club, just as Tomoe had promised, would be an interesting one indeed. And so begins the “Classics Club Series”. Post -
ほしのこえ In this timeless, interstellar love story, the power of love must conquer the distance of outer space. Rated for teens. Post Amazon
君の名は Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a small town in the mountains, has a dream that she’s a boy living in Tokyo. Taki, a high school boy in Tokyo, dreams he’s a girl living in a quaint little mountain town. Sharing bodies, relationships, and lives, the two become inextricably interwoven–but are any connections truly inseverable in the grand tapestry of fate?

Written by director MAKOTO SHINKAI during the production of the film by the same title, your name. is in turns funny, heartwarming, and heart-wrenching as it follows the struggles of two young people determined to hold on to one another.

Post Amazon
怒り A grisly unsolved murder links three seemingly unrelated people in three different Japanese cities. Post Amazon
クリムゾンの迷宮 From a rising new star of horror comes a killer read that will make you lose track of time and reality. The Crimson Labyrinth is a wicked satire on extremist reality TV in the tradition of The Running Man-if that indeed is what it is. Welcome to THE MARS LABYRINTH where things aren’t what they seem. Welcome to the world of Kishi, where the plot is as gnarly as the humor is twisted. When an unemployed former math major wakes up one day, he wonders if he’s somehow ended up on the red planet. The good-looking young woman with aid-she says her name is Ai and that she draws erotic comics for a living-seems to have no clue either as to their whereabouts. Their only leads are cryptic instructions beamed to a portable device. Has the game begun? There is no reset button, no saving and no continue-make the wrong move and it’s really GAME OVER. In the cruel world of THE MARS LABYRINTH, mercy and compassion are only for the weak or the very, very strong. The stakes are nothing less than your life-and apparently a lot of money. If you’re a fan of Lost or Battle Royale, don’t miss this one Post Amazon
やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている Hachiman Hikigaya is a cynic. “Youth” is a crock, he believes–a sucker’s game, an illusion woven from failure and hypocrisy. But when he turns in an essay for a school assignment espousing this view, he’s sentenced to work in the Service Club, an organization dedicated to helping students with problems in their lives! How will Hachiman the Cynic cope with a job that requires–gasp!–optimism? Post Amazon

Discussion Instructions

Discussions about the story start at the end of each reading period, but other discussions (for example on the language or on the book club itself) can of course be performed at any time. Just make sure to use [spoiler] tags for sentences that contain spoilers!



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Here’s a summary of the first book vote, conducted in the old thread (where you can also see the actual poll)!


Book vote #1 (2017-07-12)

The very first vote! It went by in a flash, whoa.

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No.6

A PERFECT LIFE, IN A PERFECT CITY For Shion, an elite student in the technologically sophisticated city No. 6, life is carefully choreographed. School, study, and the occasional visit with his friend and classmate Safu. One fateful day, however, he takes a misstep, sheltering an injured boy his age from a typhoon. Known only as Rat, this boy is a VC - a fugitive living outside the computerized tapestry of city control - and helping him will throw Shion’s life into chaos and start him down a path to discovering the appalling secrets behind the superficial perfection of No. 6. [/details] [details=キノの旅] Kino wanders around the world on the back of Hermes, her unusual, anthropomorphic motorcycle, and discovers that the world’s imperfections hold its true beauty. [/details] [details=はたらく魔王さま] Do you want fries with your hellfire? Being soundly thrashed by the hero Emilia, the Devil King and his general beat a hasty retreat to a parallel universe…only to land smack in the middle of bustling, modern-day Tokyo! Lacking the magic necessary to return home, the two are forced to assume human identities and live average human lives until they can find a better solution. And to make ends meet, Satan finds gainful employment at a nearby fast food joint! With his devilish mind set on working his way up the management food chain, what will become of his thirst for conquest?! [/details] [details=ほしのこえ] In this timeless, interstellar love story, the power of love must conquer the distance of outer space. Rated for teens. [/details] [details=魔女の宅急便] Kiki is a resourceful, spunky girl who follows her maternal tradition to be a witch. She possesses only one gift of witchcraft – the power to fly. Like all young witches, she sets out at age 12 to find a town of her own. With her ever-present companion Jiji – a cynical and faithful black cat – Kiki departs on her broomstick and arrives at a big town near the ocean. Though nervous at first, she soon sets up a business delivering packages. Kiki meets all kinds of people and has many adventures. She befriends the thief who stole her broomstick and saves the town’s traditional New Year’s marathon with some courageous and timely flying. Throughout, Kiki’s confidence and self-awareness grows as she learns to value her unique talents. And with Kiki’s help, the townspeople realize that everyone has some magic that gives them their own special character and vitality. This is a charming and delightful tale that is reminiscent of children’s favorites The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy and Astrid Lindgren’s Adventures of Pippi Longstocking. Black and white line drawings sprinkled throughout reveal the humor and warmth in everything Kiki does. [/details] [details=君の名は] Mitsuha, a high school girl living in a small town in the mountains, has a dream that she’s a boy living in Tokyo. Taki, a high school boy in Tokyo, dreams he’s a girl living in a quaint little mountain town. Sharing bodies, relationships, and lives, the two become inextricably interwoven–but are any connections truly inseverable in the grand tapestry of fate? Written by director MAKOTO SHINKAI during the production of the film by the same title, your name. is in turns funny, heartwarming, and heart-wrenching as it follows the struggles of two young people determined to hold on to one another. [/details] [details=怒り] A grisly unsolved murder links three seemingly unrelated people in three different Japanese cities. [/details] [details=クリムゾンの迷宮] From a rising new star of horror comes a killer read that will make you lose track of time and reality. The Crimson Labyrinth is a wicked satire on extremist reality TV in the tradition of The Running Man-if that indeed is what it is. Welcome to THE MARS LABYRINTH where things aren’t what they seem. Welcome to the world of Kishi, where the plot is as gnarly as the humor is twisted. When an unemployed former math major wakes up one day, he wonders if he’s somehow ended up on the red planet. The good-looking young woman with aid-she says her name is Ai and that she draws erotic comics for a living-seems to have no clue either as to their whereabouts. Their only leads are cryptic instructions beamed to a portable device. Has the game begun? There is no reset button, no saving and no continue-make the wrong move and it’s really GAME OVER. In the cruel world of THE MARS LABYRINTH, mercy and compassion are only for the weak or the very, very strong. The stakes are nothing less than your life-and apparently a lot of money. If you’re a fan of Lost or Battle Royale, don’t miss this one [/details] [details=やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている] Hachiman Hikigaya is a cynic. “Youth” is a crock, he believes–a sucker’s game, an illusion woven from failure and hypocrisy. But when he turns in an essay for a school assignment espousing this view, he’s sentenced to work in the Service Club, an organization dedicated to helping students with problems in their lives! How will Hachiman the Cynic cope with a job that requires–gasp!–optimism? [/details] [details=時をかける少女] One of Tsutsui’s best-known and most popular works in his native Japan, The Girl Who Leapt through Time is the story of fifteen-year-old schoolgirl Kazuko, who accidentally discovers that she can leap back and forth in time. In her quest to uncover the identity of the mysterious figure that she believes to be responsible for her paranormal abilities, she’ll have to push the boundaries of space and time, and challenge the notions of dream and reality. [/details] [details=人類は衰退しました] For years, declining birth rates have forced what’s left of the human race to cede more and more territory to other beings who have appeared to take advantage of the emptying ecological niche. Now, only a handful of humans remain among the remnants of civilization and Earth is dominated by faeries —tiny, ten-inch tall creatures of surprising intelligence. But humanity’s importance isn’t over quite yet, as young Watashi learns as she makes the decision to return to her hometown and assume her grandfather’s position as an arbitrator between the races. Unfortunately, the job isn’t going to be anywhere near as simple as she expected, and it’s going to take a wisdom far beyond her years to achieve her most important mission.

Vote (completed 2017-07-14)

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Thank you for all your help, I really appreciate it.

And thank you everyone else who has contributed to organization, and for joining the club.

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I’m so excited for this to begin! :tada::laughing::tada:

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Woot! I made it to the new thread! I can’t wait to start too! :star_struck:

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I’ve already read No.6 but book clubs are always dope so :clap:

Little comment tough, I don’t think that’s the compete set? Unless It’s just a different version of the serializations I’m aware of. The two I know have the regular 9 books and there’s also No.6 Beyond making it a 10 book series :stuck_out_tongue:

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Whoops, you’re right. I was looking at another posting that said “完全生産限定版”. Editing to fix.

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Komaeda is like the most popular character for some reason. I really don’t get it. He’s just terrible. Not a good guy at all. I think what people who like him don’t consider is that he’s actually the worst!

Same with Byakuya. He’s gross and I think he should be illegal.

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haha…are we supposed to reply to the new thread?

le whoooops copy pastes

I’ve usually gone with Tenso in the past but this was my first time hearing about blackship and maybe it’s one you could try out? I do find it hilarious that they literally have a “compare with tenso.com” section. if it’s by White Rabbit it can’t be too sketch and it does sound slightly cheaper. If you want to forward, it might be something to consider if you don’t want to go digital. Let me know how it goes if you do!

Tsutsui’s works are fabulous. Paprika is just as much a trip to read in Japanese as it is to watch it. But the Tsutsui work people tend to hold up as his “this is it!” is 「旅のラゴス」. Which I definitely recommend someday checking out if you like Tsutsui’s feels. It’s a damn good book in my opinion.

I’m kinda surprised that out of all of Kishi’s works クリムゾンの迷宮 got recommended haha…because of the other books in the vote I would’ve expected 「新世界より」 to come up or even 「青の火」. Though 新世界より’s difficulty is probably up there in the realms of weird stuff going on language wise as it progresses.

Not gonna lie, I’m kinda surprised that with sci-fi-y ones like No.6 and キノの旅 up there 「All You Need Is Kill」 isn’t up there. Particularly because it’s just one book not a series. It’s another one of those even-though-it’s-a-sci-fi-it’s-not-overly-difficult kinda fun deals.

I wish I’d noticed this thread sooner because 「虐殺器官」is the sci-fi book I want to push. Am I bringing it up because its movie recently got screened in America and reminded me? …yes :stuck_out_tongue: I haven’t seen the movie but it’s still one of my favorite sci-fi JP books. I may be biased, but haha

do it. Dude you have to. It sucks that it’s not sold digitally but it’s worth picking up the physical book for.

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Yo, let’s include your recommendation in the next vote! Make sure to pitch it properly when the time comes, too. :grin:

Among the Japanese books I’d like to read are All You Need is Kill, which you mentioned, and Battle Royale. The latter is kind of important, though, so I’d like to either read it in English or wait until I can read fluently.

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Oh hey, I think I might’ve found copies on Amazon US and UK. I’ll do some more research when I get home - gotta make sure they’re not the manga or anything weird like that. If they’re available there, that’d be a huge boon to us all!

hey yo! i’d like to join but i’m apparently not good enough to edit the post. ): would someone be so kind and add me to the member list? i don’t have the book but i’ll order it!

The only reason is that no one recommended any thing else. I picked a few books that I’ve been wanting to read and heard were beginner friendly, and asked people to add more suggestions. Few did, and then I made the pole a day later. But we will definitely include your recommendations next time.

Yes I definitely will. :joy: They were actually the final push that made begin learning Japanese. Before I was like I don’t really like subtitles so I think I’ll learn Japanese. But then these came out and at the time I couldn’t find translations, so I began my Japanese studies!

I really want to read battle royal too! When read it when I was 13 and it was like my favorite book ever, and everyone said that it ripped off battle royal. And I was just like, well then were is this battle royal :smirk:

Um, I guess I can’t really argue with you, they are terrible people. But that’s why I love them I suppose.:joy: I always like the bad guys, some mean characters, and the crazy ones. I also love Junko, and I don’t even know why, but I also liked Hiyoko.

@humla Of course! I’m not sure what the requirement is, but I think you just have to be here a while

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Just picked up the ebook from amazon and am looking forward to discuss this with you guys!

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ayy i’m with you on hiyoko she’s got charm…!!.. but all the others KINDA suck

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New Yorkers – 3 copies left at Book Off in Midtown Manhattan for the low low price of $4.50!

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Problem: I want to take part, but I can’t figure out the ordering from amazon jp… I have prime for amazon uk (and amazon canada for my mum :smiley:) but I can’t order it through either account… any tips? D:

Ebook or paper book?

uhhhh… this’un linked above since it’s the cheapest option for me, I think. D:

@Aemaeth Oops, never mind–looks like it does indeed ship outside Japan–I just bought it.

Now I guess I have to cancel that order since my original order (of Volume 1 only) arrives today. Or maybe I should return Volume 1 right away and keep the new order?

Now why didnt I find this item the first time around??

EDIT: Nope, I was mistaken. What am I doing…?

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