I have subscribed to a service called Box of Manga which ships you 4 mangas a month based on reading level. I picked intermediate and I recieved: two mangas I’ve never heard of!
-The first is Shinryaku! Ika Musume (first released in 2012)
-Second is Boku Dake ga Inai Machi (Erased) (also releaed 2012)
Neither of these are new manga: Its important to note that this company will ship you copies of used manga and not necessarily new or current series.
What does intermediate level manga look like? According to Box of Manga, something like this:
I’ve started reading Shinryaku! Ika Musume and Its pretty much exactly at my level. There’s furigana for all the kanji in both of these manga. I find even without a dictionary I can understand the basic idea of the plot.
To get an idea of my reading level:
- I can comfortably read an NHK news article in 5 minutes or so
- I passed the N4 and found the reading questions pretty easy
- I wrote the N3 and struggled (not sure if I passed yet)
- I’ve read some easy mangas in the past
All that said, I have switched my subscription to easy because when I’m reading for fun I actually would rather read below my level. Also the cutest manga seem to be in the easy level!
Review of the service:
- My first box of manga took 8 weeks to arrive (surface shipping takes between 1.5-3 months if you live in Canada). Much patience was required! But now that I have the first box they should start coming steadily.
- I loved getting manga I’ve never heard of and never would have picked up myself.
- With the current exchange rate the Canadian price is $42, not bad considering that includes shipping.
- I dont have a large japanese manga collection so I’m excited to start building it this way.
- Charles and Eri (owners) included a nice little Happy New Year’s note. However it was a photocopy and thus lost a bit of its handwritten charm. I cant complain too much though since this was an extra.
- As someone who’s not too picky and mostly looking for reading practice I love that this takes the work out of ordering a bunch of individual manga.
Overall I’m very pleased with it so far and look forward to what next month has in store!