It was written by Makoto Shinkai, who made the movie, so the question of which came first is very chicken-and-egg.
Good point. It set off a bit of discussion when I mentioned I would nominate it before, about the book vs movie, so I thought I would get ahead of it this time.
But it was clearly intended as a movie first, with those gooooorgeous viauals and storyboarding. But yes, at least we’re not dealing with someone writing someone else’s characters, and it almost feels wrong to call it a novelization?
Naturally. This is Shinkai we’re talking about, after all.
I considered nominating 狼と香辛料, but after trying to read a few pages I decided it would be better not to (for my own sake). I am kind of interested in reading it eventually, but the series is so long…
Does anyone have any intermediate level manga to nominate? The only one I have that I would consider intermediate is ご注文はうさぎですか, but I’m not inclined to
suffer through read that again.
@Naphthalene You said 風の谷のナウシカ was a solidly advanced level manga, right?
Indeed. I think it would be painful for people, since it’s a bit hard to look up stuff from a manga.
The good point is that weird kanji have furigana… the first time they show up.
Edit: browsing through google image, that seems to not be true, they have furigana on all weird stuff.
About the difficulty, here’s a sample that feels average (and is readable).
Some characters are talking in a much weirder way than usual, so there are huge spikes in difficulty sometimes though.
Ooo. I bought the first two volumes of 風の谷のナウシカ at the Akihabara Shosen Tower when I was there in 2017. Not completely sure why I didn’t get all seven - probably because I already had two copies of it sitting at home in English. I don’t know that I’d really call it advanced, though I have mentioned before that I’m not awesome at judging difficulty levels…
Weren’t you the one touting it in the first place?
Think it’s just that they talk in various dialects. Kushana speaks like an imperial princess, Kurotowa speaks like a country hick, the old men of the castle speak like old men. And so forth.
Right. THEM FREAKING MONKS WHY.
That is all.
Yes, and I enjoyed it for the most part. Doesn’t mean it wasn’t painful to read. I mean if people wanted to read it, I would. But then I’d be reading the stuff I already read and probably still asking a million questions.
You’re not actually supposed to be able to read the Old High Dorok.
I’ve got some manga in mind, there’s
@anyone, LMK If you want me to nominate one.
How about イカ娘? Someone said it was intermediate by Box of Manga standards, and it seems at a good level from what I see in ebookjapan
I don’t know, seems fine by me.
Maybe Made in Abyss?
I read ikamusume ages ago (back when it was popular:p). It’s quite fun, and mostly slice of life for the first few volumes.
Planetes could be fun. It’s a solid sci-fi story and seinen I think. I haven’t read any samples, so I can’t say how difficulty it would be.
And after that?
I can’t remember. Only that stuff happened with scientists? Not super sure. It was still comedy, though.
Planetes! I got the first volume for free in ebookjapan a while back.
The level is okay from what I remember.
It doesn’t have furigana for everything, just some weird words.
Oh yeah, I think I got that for free to… Maybe I’ll propose that one.
I still have the whole series sitting on my bookshelf in English, but I haven’t found the time to read it…