Currently Reading: Volume 2, Chapter 1 - 雨宿り
Middle school students Nishikata and Takagi sit next to each other in class. Takagi, who is in love with Nishikata, enjoys teasing him with embarrassing pranks and jokes. In response, Nishikata creates plans to get his revenge, but they always fail when she identifies his weaknesses and capitalizes on them.
Who Should Join
This is a continuation from the Absolute Beginner’s Book Club reading of Teasing Master Takagi-San Volume 1, so if you were reading along there and want more Takagi-san, this is the place for you! We will be starting here with Volume 2. I would also say that from what I have glanced through with the second volume, it seems that it does have chapters much like the first volume, in that they are each self-contained little stories, so if you were interested in joining, but you are worried about not being able to read through the first volume in time to catch up to this book club, feel free to jump in anyway! This is a great manga to start learning with because the chapters are self-contained (meaning that if you have to miss some, it won’t be the end of the world; you can always jump to the current chapter and bounce back whenever you feel you have the time), the kanji all have furigana, and the grammar is mostly quite simple (at the very least, the complicated grammar has so far been common and searchable for the most part, and everyone who has been involved so far is super friendly and willing to answer questions!)
In short, you should join if you have been reading Takagi-san with the ABBC and want more Takagi-san, or if you are relatively new to book clubs, you find this kind of story entertaining, and you want a place to be able to discuss both the plot, as well as talk through any questions you may have regarding grammar.
How it all works
Up to now, we have been creating a discussion thread per chapter, but we are going to change that up a little bit from here on out, and the discussion threads will be per volume instead, so as not to inundate the forums with some potentially lower-trafficked discussion threads. We will have a vocabulary sheet set up that anyone can contribute to, and the discussion threads will be for talking about everything from the characters and story, to vocab and grammar questions.
Where To Buy
To start, I’ll just put links to Volume 2 for this thread. Both Amazon and CDJapan have options to get the sets as well, if you want to buy the full set as opposed to just individual volumes. They are listed under the related items on Amazon and CDJapan. Kobo and Bookwalker look to also have checkboxes you can use to buy them all at once, should you choose to do so. (If you aren’t sure you are going to stick with the series, I recommend just buying volume-by-volume.)
|Week||Start Date||Chapter||Page Numbers||Page Count|
|Week 1||July 24th||Chapter 1 - 雨宿り||5 - 20||16|
|Week 2||July 31st||Chapter 2 - テスト勉強||21 - 36||16|
|Week 3||August 7th||Chapter 3 - テスト返却||37 - 52||16|
|Week 4||August 14th||Chapter 4 - 手紙||55 - 70||16|
|Week 5||August 21st||Chapter 5 - 掃除当番||71 - 86||16|
|Week 6||August 28th||Chapter 6 - 二人乗り||87 - 102||16|
|Week 7||September 4th||Chapter 7 - 腕ずもう||105 - 120||16|
|Week 8||September 11th||Chapter 8 - 夢||121 - 136||16|
|Week 9||September 18th||Chapter 9 - 番外編席替え||139 - 146||8|
|Week 9||September 18th||Bonus - おまけ||148 - 153||6|
As noted in the table above, given how short both the final chapter and the bonus chapter are, we will be reading both chapters the final week.
For now, this will only hold the document for Volume 2. Depending on what y’all think, we can either have the google doc be divided into volumes or chapters in future. My suggestion is to leave it divided by chapters (like we have been doing so far), so that information doesn’t get buried super quickly, or the doc becomes a bit tedious to search, and then have individual docs per volume, which will be posted in their respective discussion threads, and maybe compiled here as a master-list, also.
- I still need to buy it, and I am buying a physical copy
- I still need to buy it, but I plan on buying a digital copy
- I already bought it!