📚📚 Read every day challenge - Summer 2021 🏖🏖

Haven’t been in for couple days here, I’m still reading Forbidden Scrollery(3) every day(if bookmarks don’t lie I read 3+5+3 pages). Just finished chapter 14 today. Takagi tomorrow.

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Just read 50 more pages of イモリ201 manga. I am slowly getting used to reading manga in japanese, right now reading 50 manga pages a day is pretty easy. Of course I still don’t understand every sentence but I understand enough to follow the story line.

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Day 68 :ballot_box_with_check:
Satori Reader: Secret, Episode 22.


I’m having double thoughts about this series. Some episodes are pretty nice, and some others seem a bit boring. I’m not enjoying it overall as much as the others I’ve read before, but I still want to give it a chance to see if it gets progressively better.

@Aislin Perhaps this is the part that you told me about? Since you mentioned that even with that you liked the series, I’m sure it does indeed get better at some point ^^ .

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Day 68: August 7th
What did I read?: ふらいんぐうぃっち Vol 10
How much did I read?: 25 pages (1 chapter)
How long did it take me?: 29 min

Today was…less productive than I hoped. Basically, I started my morning thinking to myself, “I’m going to read lots today, I’m not going to waste the whole day watching old TV episodes on Hulu like I did yesterday.” I then proceeded to waste most of the day watching old TV episodes on Youtube (because, you know, that’s obviously not the same thing) and then, when I finally got around to reading, I started reading this English novel I haven’t touched in months instead of reading in Japanese. :woman_shrugging::woman_shrugging::woman_shrugging: Why am I like this. Anyway, I managed to read this week’s Flying Witch, at least. I’m excited for the next chapter because the smol cat creatures have finally made an appearance and they’re so cute, I love them so much already :3

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Yes, it looks like our impressions are the same then :laughing: I thought it begins later (around episode 40?) but I checked and yep, it’s that flashback I meant.


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Day 42
August 6

  • 乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった…5 (64% → 67%)

Day 43
August 7

  • 乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった…5 (67% → 70%)
    including 15 pages of manga between the chapters which I think Kindle is struggling to count properly. it’s fine when it’s either 100% text or 100% manga, but a mix is making it go :exploding_head:
    and it’s impossible to enlarge the images properly in this situation, which also annoys me
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Finished reading through Yotsuba volume 11, didn’t really have a chance to make an update post until now. It’s a really good volume, with lots of great panels and stories. Might even be my favorite of the bunch so far, although it’s hard to choose. Was also good to return to reading Yotsuba again and see how it compares with Polar Bear Café. Felt easier to read, so I can recommend switching it up now and then to see how much progress you made.

I’ll start reading volume 12 tomorrow.

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Day 69 :ballot_box_with_check:
Satori Reader: Secret, Episode 23.


Nice.

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Day 69: August 8th
What did I read?: 囀る鳥は羽ばたかない Vol 1
How much did I read?: 21 pages
How long did it take me?: 2 hours 12 min

To be fair to myself, I was also filling out the vocab sheet while reading. But it still took a long time xD I had to take a break in the middle lol, but I do feel like it’s getting a tiny bit easier to understand? Maybe?

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I’ve still been reading every day since the challenge ended, which is nice! Have been reading some 鬼滅の刃、kikis & no.6. However, I feel like my progress in all of these may come to a grinding halt for a while as I’ve just started playing ace attorney 1 (in Japanese) and I’m having so much fun! Ive been needing to look up a lot of vocab but there’s a lot of repetition so hoping it will stick, and even if not it’s still a lot of fun :slight_smile: Did the tutorial case and a bit of the first ‘real’ case today :slight_smile:

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Yesterday I read 60 pages of イモリ201 volume 1 and today I was pretty exhausted so I only read 10 pages. Either way I will soon have finished it and will have to decide what to read next maybe I will start reading a book.

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Day 70 :ballot_box_with_check:
Satori Reader: Secret, Episode 24.


Today’s episode was nice. Only 5 days left for the end of my challenge! The urges of letting one day slip are getting greater each day :joy:

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Ohhh that sounds super fun!
I’ve never played an Ace Attorney game but I’ve always wanted to.

I worry about a game that relies on dialogue, compare with Mario where (as a worst case) I can probably still work it out even without understanding the text.

How have you been finding it so far?
Have you played the game before?
Have you found yourself looking up hints in English?
Sorry for the cross examination >.> <.<

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Day 70: August 9th
What did I read?: 君には届かない Vol 3
How much did I read?: 33 pages (1 chapter)
How long did it take me?: 1 hour

It has been A Day for me today, mentally speaking :sweat: I was a bit too tired and mentally spent to feel like reading much, but I managed to get started on the next volume of 君には届かない. Gosh, they’re getting so close to having a conversation about it…if only people could stop interrupting them when they’re trying to talk lmao. But I can’t wait to see what happens on this school field trip - the title page for the next chapter has the cutest photo of Kakeru and a Nara deer on it too, it makes me happy just looking at it :3 So cuuuuuute ><

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Yeah, I’ve wanted to play it for a while too! I would say that it’s easier than I thought it would be, I’d say at the point you are comfortable with N5 & N4 grammar, have a bit of reading stamina and are willing to look up lots of vocab then you’re probably good. Because of the style of the game, you really do need to try to read to a pretty full level of comprehension, BUT, this might be just because I’m still early in the game but so far it has been pretty forgiving when I’ve got things wrong. I think there’s pros and cons to that - certainly it means that I probably find it about as tiring to read as a fairly dense manga (I feel like it’s similar in difficulty to a shonen jump series), however I’ve found that when I’ve tried playing things that don’t NEED me to read the text that I just kind of skim over it, even if I made an effort to play it in Japanese. You can’t get away with that here which is good for my lazy brain haha!

I haven’t played it in English before, nope. I’ve also not been using a guide and hope that I can avoid doing so. As I’ve said, so far it’s been fairly forgiving and has allowed for ‘fixing’ wrong choices. That might change later, not sure!

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I did play [in English] the original trilogy, Apollo, first Investigations, Dual Destinies and Layton crossover and right now I’m slowly playing through The Great Ace Attorney duology.
I also did play the very first case in Japanese and I also thought it was

Funnily enough, when I started the series many years ago, I read somewhere that is required “very advanced English” and I got scared I won’t manage. Well… it was an overstatement too. But I still think the language used in translation is harder than the Japanese equivalent. (I mean from the language learner perspective.)
The only reason I didn’t switch to playing in Japanese now for GAA is that I still want some part of my entertainment to require less brainpower. And I was a little afraid that GAA would use some old-fashioned vocab. And making the games queue too long resulted in me considering giving up the Japanese completely in the past, because a thought of waiting several years to play certain things was too unbearable. So I’m picking the games I’m gonna play in Japanese and the rest I’m playing in English. But I think Ace Attorney is a good “beginner” choice, I just had even better candidates for my Japanese list.

Don’t feel bad about using a guide, though. Later you’ll have so many evidence pieces and options, it can be really tricky to know which to choose, especially since sometimes the problem is with “game logic” - you know what you want to prove, but you aren’t sure how. And sometimes you just don’t have any idea what’s going on and that’s okay too.
Of course, maybe I’m just not smart enough and some people just don’t need a guide :smiley:
(But GAA even included a “Story Mode” where a game just plays itself, so I guess it was a needed feature. :wink: )
…And I have a hard crush on Edgeworth (Reiji Mitsurugi).

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yeah! GAA looks so good but that was my thinking too. Will see once I get through the others how I feel about it, might play it in English.

I definitely have this with anime. For a while I was only watching things no subs buuut it just meant that most of what I wanted to watch was too hard for me now so am being more chill. So far playing AA in Japanese has been adding to the fun but luckily it’s really easy to switch back and forth if it ends up getting in the way :slight_smile:

Haha yeah, I expect this will be the case. I will see how far my childhood spent playing point and click adventure games gets me with the game logic but expect I will end up using a guide at some point if I get stuck. I also found a pretty nice let’s play on YouTube so consulting that is also an option.

oooooh, I need to play more so I get to him hahah

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I started reading a real book 5分で読める恐怖のラストの物語, but it seems to be pretty hard, thus I only read a few sentences. It’s a collection of short stories maybe the other stories are easier to read.

Of course I also continued reading イモリ201.

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Does it say which age group it is geared towards? Those kinds of books often indicate the school year on the cover (一年生 for example). That might give you a hint what kind of difficulties to expect.

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His spin off games (in particular the not translated 2nd part) were one of the main reasons I finally started seriously learning Japanese! :heart:

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I can’t find anything on the cover but it has furigana I assume it’s probably for teenagers. I still do not know enough vocabulary to read a book without having to look up lots of words.

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