to make it short: I am looking to buy my first japanese manga. I used to love reading manga when I was younger and now that my Japanese skills slowly improve I wanted to start reading manga in Japanese. I am nowhere near N5 level (I know about 60 kanji and ~300-400 vocabs) and I know it will be hard at first, but I also became fluent in English by translating other sources than just textbooks. I wanted to order Elfen Lied, because I really enjoyed the anime and I already know the plot which would make it easier to understand context, but for some reason amazon.jp won’t deliver them to Germany and I’m out of ideas what to read.
I can order the kindle version, though I don’t know if that’s a good idea. I like having physical books because I can take notes inside them. (Which would be super helpful, because I could add furigana myself.) HOWEVER I just ordered an iPad, so maybe I can even take notes on the digital version too? It won’t arrive until the 17th, so I’m not familiar with it yet. If anyone knows about that please let me know.
I would even consider reading novels in Japanese, but I guess in the beginning manga would be a much better choice because it has pictures which helps understanding context and its not as much text, meaning I will make page progress much faster and won’t be so frustrated.
For now I guess I will just continue studying, but I notice I understand more and more everyday as I am addicted to Japanese youtubers (especially That Japanese Man Yuta, I feel like I learn a lot about Japanese culture from his videos). The other day I was watching a documentary about a family in china and when they were at the airport I could already read some kanji. It makes me super excited, but I want more.
Any tips would be appreciated!!