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
We’re reading this as the Absolute Beginner Book Club. This book club aims to help readers who are new to native Japanese content successfully read their first book. It helps if you have finished Genki 1, but don’t be put off if you haven’t yet. You might need to look up more vocab and grammar if you haven’t, but we try to help each other by compiling a shared vocab list and answering each other’s questions. So in short, everyone is most welcome to join!
How it all works
We create a new discussion thread for each chapter. In those threads we discuss everything from vocab and grammar to the characters and story. We try to help each other by contributing to the shared vocab list, by answering each other’s questions and by keeping each other motivated
From what I’ve seen of the first few chapters, it feels like this series is sort of between ABBC and BBC. Chapters are a bit long for ABBC, but a bit short for BBC. (That’s the reason I haven’t nominated 三ツ星カラーズ yet. It’s sort of an in-between as well.)
Hopefully we have a good crop of first/second-time readers who’re ready to see how far their grammar gets them, and to start learning more.
So excited to join this group! Book has been bought from Amazon JP (my bank was not happy about that purchase and temporarily cancelled my card haha!) and can’t wait to start reading - the story sounds so sweet too.
There’s also Intermediate and Advanced! Check out the master list
We should definitely do a poll after week 1 to see if the tempo is fine for people, it can be hard to judge in advance But it’s kind of awkward to cut the chapters in half, which is why I went with whole chapters for now.