My translation with some help from jisho and such (should be roughly accurate):
Second year high school student Naho receives a letter from her future self. The letter is full of her future self’s regrets. Can Naho read the letter and create a future without regrets? A time paradox love story with painful/sad feelings.
Please read the guidelines on the first page before adding any words.
I’ll put the trigger warnings under the detail tag below. Checking them gives spoilers for the story. (Might seem obvious, but I thought I should add that.) The main one already shows up within the first couple of chapters, so minor spoiler from a story perspective.
Emotional abuse of parent-on-child
Please follow these rules to avoid inadvertent ネタバレ. If you’re unsure whether something should have a spoiler tag, err on the side of using one.
Any potential spoiler for the current week’s reading need only be covered by a spoiler tag. Predictions and conjecture made by somebody who has not read ahead still falls into this category.
Any potential spoilers for external sources need to be covered by a spoiler tag and include a label (outside of the spoiler tag) of what might be spoiled. These include but are not limited to: other book club picks, other books, games, movies, anime, etc. I recommend also tagging the severity of the spoiler (for example, I may still look at minor spoilers for something that I don’t intend to read soon).
Any information from later in the book than the current week’s reading (including trigger warnings that haven’t yet manifested) need to be hidden by spoiler tags and labeled as such.
Will you be reading with us?
Yes, but I might start late
Which version will you be reading?
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How to read, aka weekly schedule or more rough volume reading
Weekly threads or volume threads (probably depends on #2)
There are 34 chapters over 7 volumes, ca 30-50 pages each. (The extra pages in volume 1-5 is one chapter of 春色アストロノート in each.) All volumes also have an あとがき.
When would be a good time to start (for you)?
As soon as possible (aka early July)
In about 6 weeks (ca July 30) (aka need to get the physical book option)
Other (please leave a comment)
The examples for the poll below are not binding, instead we will decide more specifically after we know which option we want to go with (weekly/volume/no schedule). It will depend on the Japanese level and time of the participants how quickly we will read the material if we pick weekly/volume.
How would you prefer/like to read it with the club?
Weekly schedule (example: 1 chapter per week)
Volume schedule (example: aim for one volume per month or something)
I’ve seen the anime, and I believe I have the 1st and maybe 2nd and 3rd volumes of the manga. I’d be interested in reading at some point even if I’m absolutely late to the party. Happy to hear about the new volume anyway!
One potential trigger and a spoiler if you want to go into the manga completely blind: suicide.
Does the struggle between buying the volumes separately or combined count?
This is going to sound like a totally arbitrary, self-made problem, but buying them separately means that other story is spread throughout the volumes rather than all compiled together. But buying the compilation puts everything in one massive folder.
(Either way, my need for organization in my backup copies will be my downfall. I’ve been struggling off and on for a year whether to go through my backup copies of Saint Tail and separate out the unrelated one-off stories into their own folders…)
((If someone was looking for an example of “first world problems”…))
Post #2 set up with polls for when to start reading and how to read together. If the polls are not good, let me know and I’ll make new ones. xD
@Hantsuki For the trigger warning, do you have a guess at how late of a spoiler it is? So I can potentially provide a bit more information for those wanting to avoid spoilers (obviously you haven’t read the manga, so maybe you don’t know at all and that is fine, but I thought I’d ask). ^^
Aye, I saw that on the Japanese new book shelves at my local Kinokuniya the other week. Wonder if they’re gonna release that in English too, or whether they consider it done and dusted. Though it might be more accurate to say that it was complete at five volumes, and then they added a sixth. And now they’ve added a seventh…
Suicide. Plus possibly a bit of emotional abuse of parent-on-child.
Been a while since I read it, though, and I only read it in English.
Me being someone who knows absolutely nothing about this series (seeing the the volume 1 blurb on Kobo’s listing today was my first time learning what the premise of the series is!), I’m enjoying the judicious use of pre-reading spoiler tags which I have dutifully not clicked on a single one of =D
Oh, hey! I’ve been very slowly reading this manga and I’m currently on volume 5 so I might finish before the club gets there but I’ll monitor this and try to contribute to the conversation anyway. Or if the other volumes are really an add-on I might pause after vol. 5 and continue with the book club if it doesn’t take too long? I guess I’ll decide later.
In any case I can recommend the series as an easy(ish) and emotional read.
I can’t make any solid decisions or promises right now on account of life for some reason being in the trash compactor. But, I will definitely try to buy the first volume when I’m in NYC this weekend, and I think it would be fine to put my novel challenge on hold for now on account of the trash compactor. An easy (if emotional) manga might be just the thing…
Suicide is a trigger for me, but if dealt with in a thoughtful way it will probably be fine. And reading with a group will probably help too. So that’s why I voted for weekly/chapter-based threads.
not sure if you can actually help me with this so please forgive me if I’m being too presumptuous
I’m really thinking about just ordering the whole 6 book series (there’s a steep incline in price when ordering the 7 book set, that’s why ^^') but I don’t really know if I could actually manage to read it…
I read Happiness with the book club (or… more… in one go on my own tbh, because I found it really very easy) and am currently reading/“translating” (just for myself) Yotsuba! which is absolutely manageable.
I can see the natively level for all three books but I find it hard to judge how much of an increase in difficulty the 4 levels are…
I have been wanting to read Orange for a while now although I was thinking of the LN instead of the manga. Depending on how much time I have while the book club is running, I might just get the manga instead and read with everyone else.