[Looking for nominations!] Intermediate Japanese Book Club // Now Reading: セーラー服と機関銃

Right, I had some nominations I’ve been meaning to make.

ぼっち・ざ・ろっく!

Author: はまじあき
Page count: 119
Natively: Level 28

Summary

Japanese

きららMAXの大人気バンド4コマ、待望の第1巻がついに登場!
「ぼっちちゃん」こと後藤ひとりは、ギターを愛する孤独な少女。
家で一人寂しく弾くだけの毎日でしたが、
ひょんなことから伊地知虹夏が率いる「結束バンド」に加入することに。
人前での演奏に不慣れな後藤は、立派なバンドマンになれるのか――!?
全国のぼっちな少年少女に届ける、いま最高にアツい音楽漫画!!
陰キャならロックをやれ!!!

English

Hitori Goto just wants to make friends, but the thought of approaching a stranger on her own makes her so nervous that she’s spent the entirety of middle school teaching herself how to shred on the guitar-to moderately successful (albeit anonymous) YouTube fame-in the hopes of seeming cool enough for someone else to reach out to her instead. After bringing her guitar to school provokes zero interest, Hitori’s just about ready to shrivel up and die…which is when Nijika Ijichi comes across her moping in a playground and begs her to fill in for her band’s flakey guitarist for their first-ever live performance! It’s like her wish came true-but does this most antisocial of introverts have what it takes to perform in front of real people?!

Availability

Amazon
Bookwalker

Personal Opinion

Bocchi surely needs no introduction - the guitarhero sensation that swept the nation. The anime remains one of my favourites, and here it is in the original print form. I’ve yet to meet a Kirara manga that I haven’t enjoyed.

Pros and Cons for the Book Club

Pros

  • It’s popular, it’s funny.
  • It got an anime if people want to hear the words (and music!) aloud. Plus an official English translation.
  • Short chapters, makes for much easier time of chopping it up into evenly-sized readings.

Cons

  • It’s yon-koma, no furigana, both of which make for a fairly chonky read (which is why we’re here and not in a lower group)

Pictures

First Three Pages of Chapter One



Additional Pages



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