The BookWalker Freebies Thread

Ah, sorry I hadn’t spotted it was only free to keep for one month until I downloaded it.

Interesting, I was wondering why there’s never any josei or shoujo on this list (and whether mangaupdates reviewers are just not reading that sort of thing?) And here they are!

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I continue to use this thread as a dumping ground for my own personal projects as I don’t have anywhere else to put them, volume six: searching jisho.org by always-on voice control using the Japanese radiotelephony alphabet.

和文通話表

When I’m reading something like シロクマカフェ, the heavy use of puns means it is jam packed with words I don’t know. I’d rather not put the book down, and while jisho.org supports voice search, I have always found it very hard to use - not only do I hit a lot of homophones (especially as I’m looking up puns or near puns) but I have a hard time even getting it to understand commands.

I’ve posted a few times about how things would be at least a bit easier if I could just spell the word out by voice, but nothing seems to support this - phoneme identification from audio is actually quite hard to do reliably, so speech recognition models use the additional context of words to improve their accuracy. Things like the NATO Phonetic Alphabet exist for the same underlying reason. Does Japanese have a phonetic alphabet? Yes, it turns out it does - the Japanese Radiotelephony Alphabet, or 和文通話表わぶんつうわひょう.

I have now written a thing that lets you spell out words using a slightly modified version of the radiotelephony alphabet (I can’t pronounce 留守居 properly, it seems), and then send them to Jisho. This is a very unpolished test, is probably buggy as hell and only works where the annyang! speech recognition wrapper works (only in Google Chrome at the moment, and only on the desktop). It does seems to work well enough for my purposes though, and even works in the background when I’m reading e.g. BookWalker in another window.

Usage guide:

  • The progsoc ssl certificate is broken at the moment, so please don’t submit anything secret to Jisho in this way. I have to host this via https as otherwise Chrome constantly re-prompts you for microphone permissions.
  • The large chart shows you what words correspond to which basic kana. Furigana is provided for everything.
  • Dipthongs are made by adding the normal kana first, then saying “捨て仮名”. Same goes for adding 濁点 (i.e. か➝が) or 半濁点 (i.e. ほ➝ぽ).
  • As you say the words, the kana will be added to a line below the table. Anything you said that it didn’t understand gets added to a grey, disabled line below that. When you’re ready, say 検索 to reload the iframe on the right without your search term.
  • 促音 is provided as a shortcut to っ and 長音 is also available for ー.
  • Jisho understands hiragana/katakana conversion, so no katakana support is provided.
  • Backspace is 戻る, clear is クリア.

Is this slower than typing? Yes. Does it mean I don’t have to get out of my beanbag to look things up? Also yes.

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09 October 2020

Fortress of the Apocalypse (2011) - 7.82 - Action, Adventure, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Sci-fi, Shounen

Witch Craft Works (2010) - 7.93 - Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, School Life, Seinen, Supernatural

Seraph of the End (2012) - 7.59 - Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Shounen, Supernatural

Princess Resurrection (2005) - 8.11 - Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Harem, Horror, School Life, Shounen, Supernatural

Shikimori’s Not Just a Cutie (2018) - 7.5 - Comedy, Romance, School Life, Shounen

Boarding School Juliet (2015) - 7.88 - Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, School Life, Shounen

Parasyte (1988) - 8.56 - Action, Drama, Horror, Mature, Mystery, Psychological, Romance, School Life, Sci-fi, Seinen, Tragedy

Jellyfish Princess (2008) - 8.62 - Comedy, Drama, Gender Bender, Josei, Romance, Slice of Life

This Guy Is the Biggest Mistake in My Life (2017) - 6.72 - Comedy, Josei, Romance

Gorillaman (1989) - 0.0 - Comedy, Seinen

The Fable (2014) - 7.59 - Action, Drama, Mature, Romance, Seinen

Ascension of a Bookworm (2015) - 7.67 - Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen, Slice of Life

Attack on Titan (2009) - 8.57 - Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mature, Mystery, Psychological, Shounen, Supernatural, Tragedy

Tokyo Tarareba Girls (2014) - 7.42 - Comedy, Drama, Josei, Romance, Slice of Life

Why Are You Here Sensei!? (2016) - 7.77 - Adult, Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School Life, Seinen

Cells at Work (spinoff) (2015) - 7.71 - Action, Comedy, Sci-fi, Shounen

Basilisk (2003) - 7.55 - Action, Adventure, Historical, Mature, Romance, Seinen, Supernatural, Tragedy

Pumpkin Scissors (2002) - 8.29 - Action, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Shounen

Your Immortal Self (2016) - 8.36 - Adventure, Drama, Shounen, Supernatural

Prison School (2011) - 7.67 - Adult, Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, School Life, Seinen

Blade of the Immortal (1993) - 8.53 - Action, Adventure, Drama, Historical, Martial Arts, Mature, Seinen, Supernatural, Tragedy

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (2012) - 8.25 - Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Gender Bender, Harem, Mystery, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life, Supernatural

The Delinquent and the Girl in Glasses (2006) - 8.26 - Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life

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omg witchcraft works!!! and the bookworm book hell yeah!!!

thank you so much :heartpulse:

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I’ve been reading this on the train today. Thank you so much for this thread :slight_smile:
Also happy 4th cake :cake: day @curiousjp !!!

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A day slow because I sat up too late playing Destiny 2.

17 October 2020

Flowers of Evil (2009) - 7.85 - Drama, Mature, Psychological, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life

Witch Craft Works (2010) - 7.93 - Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, School Life, Seinen, Supernatural

The Memorandum of Kyouko Okitegami (2015) - 7.61 - Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Shounen

Shikimori Isn’t Just a Cutie (2018) - 7.5 - Comedy, Romance, School Life, Shounen

Boarding School Juliet (2015) - 7.88 - Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, School Life, Shounen

I Love You (2006) - 7.81 - Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Slice of Life

In/Spectre (2015) - 8.51 - Action, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Shounen, Supernatural

A Perfect Day for Love Letters (2001) - 7.66 - Drama, Romance, Shoujo, Slice of Life

Lovesick Ellie (2015) - 7.57 - Comedy, Romance, School Life, Shoujo

A Silent Voice (2013) - 8.76 - Comedy, Drama, Psychological, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life

The Quintessential Quintuplets (2017) - 7.8 - Comedy, Drama, Harem, Mystery, Romance, School Life, Shounen

Your Lie in April (2011) - 8.59 - Comedy, Drama, Psychological, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life, Tragedy

Shaman King (1998) - 7.76 - Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural

He’s My Vampire (2010) - 7.69 - Action, Comedy, Drama, Harem, Horror, Mystery, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Supernatural

Queen Bee! (2013) - 7.65 - Comedy, Romance, School Life, Shoujo

Attention Students! (various spinoffs) (1978) - 6.81 - Comedy, School Life, Shoujo

Ace of the Diamond (2006) - 8.24 - Comedy, School Life, Shounen, Sports

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (2013) - 8.1 - Action, Adventure, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, Seinen

Chihayafuru (2007) - 8.58 - Drama, Josei, Romance, School Life, Slice of Life, Sports

What are you doing here, Sensei!? (2016) - 7.77 - Adult, Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School Life, Seinen

Noragami: Stray God (2010) - 8.6 - Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shounen, Supernatural

Prison School (2011) - 7.67 - Adult, Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, School Life, Seinen

Hell's Kitchen (2010) - 7.9 - Comedy, Shounen, Supernatural

Pure Sound (2010) - 7.44 - Comedy, Drama, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (2012) - 8.25 - Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Gender Bender, Harem, Mystery, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life, Supernatural

A Sign of Affection (2019) - 7.74 - Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Slice of Life

Smile down the Runway (2017) - 7.74 - Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life

Living Room Matsunaga-san (2016) - 7.6 - Comedy, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Slice of Life

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I can recommend 惡の華, it’s a good beginner-ish manga.

24 October 2020

Oh! My Goddess! (1988) - 8.22 - Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Seinen, Slice of Life, Supernatural

Flowers of Evil (2009) - 7.85 - Drama, Mature, Psychological, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life

Hey, Piitan!! (1998) - 0.0 - Josei

The Memorandum of Okitegami Kyouko (2015) - 7.61 - Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Shounen

Tale of the Sea King (1998) - 7.92 - Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Sci-fi, Shounen

Kaze Hikaru (1997) - 0.0 - Sports

Drops of God (2004) - 8.07 - Drama, Mystery, Seinen, Slice of Life

Q.E.D. - Shoumei Shuuryou (1997) - 8.06 - Comedy, Drama, Mystery, School Life, Shounen

In/Spectre (2015) - 8.51 - Action, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Shounen, Supernatural

Kindaichi Case Files (1992) - 8.26 - Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Psychological, Romance, Shounen

Cooking Papa (1984) - 7.72 - Comedy, Seinen, Slice of Life

Lovesick Ellie (2015) - 7.57 - Comedy, Romance, School Life, Shoujo

A Silent Voice (2013) - 8.76 - Comedy, Drama, Psychological, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life

Kotaro Makaritoru! (1984) - 7.91 - Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Martial Arts, Romance, School Life, Shounen

The Quintessential Quintuplets (2017) - 7.8 - Comedy, Drama, Harem, Mystery, Romance, School Life, Shounen

Your Lie in April (2011) - 8.59 - Comedy, Drama, Psychological, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life, Tragedy

Shaman King (1998) - 7.76 - Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Shounen, Supernatural

Altair: tale of the Great War (2007) - 8.35 - Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Shounen

Shouta no Sushi (1992) - 6.95 - Action, Comedy, Shounen

He’s My Vampire (2010) - 7.69 - Action, Comedy, Drama, Harem, Horror, Mystery, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Supernatural

Attention, Students! (1978) - 6.81 - Comedy, School Life, Shoujo

House of the Sun (2010) - 8.54 - Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Slice of Life

Ace of the Diamond (2006) - 8.24 - Comedy, School Life, Shounen, Sports

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (2013) - 8.1 - Action, Adventure, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, Seinen

Chihayafuru (2007) - 8.58 - Drama, Josei, Romance, School Life, Slice of Life, Sports

Tokyo Alice (2006) - 7.73 - Comedy, Drama, Josei, Romance, Slice of Life

Friendship Game (2014) - 7.89 - Drama, Ecchi, Mystery, Psychological, Shounen

Noragami: Stray God (2010) - 8.6 - Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shounen, Supernatural

Pastel (2002) - 7.94 - Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life

Hell's Kitchen (2010) - 7.9 - Comedy, Shounen, Supernatural

Baby Steps (2007) - 8.7 - Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life, Sports

Something is up with Hoshigami-kun (2014) - 7.59 - Comedy, Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo

Bokurano (2003) - 8.22 - Action, Horror, Mature, Mecha, Mystery, Psychological, Sci-fi, Seinen, Tragedy

Pure Sound (2010) - 7.44 - Comedy, Drama, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life

Mister Ajikko (1986) - 7.47 - Action, Comedy, Shounen

A Sign of Affection (2019) - 7.74 - Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Slice of Life

Smile Down the Runway (2017) - 7.74 - Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life

Living Room Matsunaga-san (2016) - 7.6 - Comedy, Romance, School Life, Shoujo, Slice of Life

Vinland Saga (2005) - 8.95 - Action, Adventure, Drama, Historical, Mature, Psychological, Seinen

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Not vanished, but have you ever had one of those moments where you look at how much you still have left to learn and feel completely overwhelmed (so you foolishly stop doing anything)? That’s been me for the last week and a bit.

08 November 2020

Sweat and Soap (2018) - 7.88 - Comedy, Mature, Romance, Seinen, Slice of Life

Sweetness and Lightning (2013) - 8.31 - Comedy, Seinen, Slice of Life

Witch Craft Works (2010) - 7.93 - Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, School Life, Seinen, Supernatural

Space Brothers (2007) - 8.68 - Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Sci-fi, Seinen, Slice of Life

Big Windup (2003) - 8.54 - Comedy, Drama, School Life, Seinen, Slice of Life, Sports

Battle Angel Alita: Mars Chronicle (2014) - 7.72 - Action, Adventure, Mature, Psychological, Sci-fi, Seinen, Tragedy

Boarding School Juliet (2015) - 7.88 - Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, School Life, Shounen

Parasyte (1988) - 8.56 - Action, Drama, Horror, Mature, Mystery, Psychological, Romance, School Life, Sci-fi, Seinen, Tragedy

Cestus - The Legend of Boxing in the Dark Ages (1997) - 7.52 - Action, Historical, Martial Arts, Mature, Seinen, Tragedy

Konodori: Dr. Stork (2012) - 6.69 - Drama, Psychological, Seinen, Slice of Life

Girl’s Fight (2005) - 7.86 - Drama, Romance, School Life, Seinen, Sports

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (2013) - 8.1 - Action, Adventure, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, Seinen

Tedium Children (2012) - 8.35 - Comedy, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life

Tokyo Alice (2006) - 7.72 - Comedy, Drama, Josei, Romance, Slice of Life

Toumei na Yurikago - Sanfujinkain Kangoshi Minarai Nikki (2013) - 0.0 - Josei

Pastel (2002) - 7.94 - Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life

Old Knight in Frontier - Bard Loen (2016) - 7.85 - Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Seinen

Hozuki’s Coolheadedness (2011) - 7.74 - Comedy, Fantasy, Seinen, Slice of Life, Supernatural

Marginal Operation (2013) - 7.81 - Action, Drama, Mature, Psychological, Seinen

Bug Master / Mushishi (1999) - 8.91 - Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Mystery, Seinen, Slice of Life, Supernatural

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (2012) - 8.25 - Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Gender Bender, Harem, Mystery, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life, Supernatural

They’re Calling for You, Mr. Azazel (2007) - 8.12 - Action, Comedy, Mystery, Seinen, Supernatural

My Wife is Wagatsuma-san (2011) - 7.7 - Comedy, Drama, Harem, Romance, School Life, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural

Vinland Saga (2005) - 8.95 - Action, Adventure, Drama, Historical, Mature, Psychological, Seinen

I am thinking again of moving this script to an explicit whitelist of book club books plus some handpicked popular favourites. Not sure on what the timeline for that might look like.

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Looks like this one is free too:

I haven’t read it myself, but I’ve heard it’s popular.

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Yeah the manga is pretty funny. I read the first two or three volumes in english.

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Many of the old shonen classics are also free in colour. example:

Dragonball starter book


One Piece


Hunter X Hunter



Just search for starter book for the full list

Edit: Looks like it is not the complete books, but some highlights from each series

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While this one is only on a Limited Free Trial, I’m finding it a fairly easy-ish read thanks to the furigana and easy-ish vocabulary. I’m currently 12% through it and it’s quite cute, so I wanted to recommend it!

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15 November 2020

The House of Nightmares - Ghost Hunt (2012) - 8.29 - Comedy, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Psychological, Shoujo, Supernatural

Asper Girl (2018) - 7.61 - Drama, Psychological, Romance, Seinen, Slice of Life

Sweetness and Lightning (2013) - 8.31 - Comedy, Seinen, Slice of Life

Seraph of the End (2012) - 7.59 - Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Shounen, Supernatural, Tragedy

Princess Resurrection (2005) - 8.11 - Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Harem, Horror, School Life, Shounen, Supernatural

Boarding School Juliet (2015) - 7.88 - Action, Comedy, Ecchi, Harem, Romance, School Life, Shounen

Cestus - The Legend of Boxing in the Dark Ages (1997) - 7.52 - Action, Historical, Martial Arts, Mature, Seinen, Tragedy

The Quintessential Quintuplets (2017) - 7.8 - Comedy, Drama, Harem, Mystery, Romance, School Life, Shounen

Mariko at 80 (2016) - 7.29 - Comedy, Drama, Josei, Slice of Life

Altair: Tale of The Great War (2007) - 8.35 - Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Historical, Shounen

Girl’s Fight (2005) - 7.86 - Drama, Romance, School Life, Seinen, Sports

New Kamen Rider Spirits (2009) - 10.0 - Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Shounen

Ace of the Diamond: Act II (2015) - 8.7 - Comedy, School Life, Shounen, Sports

Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? (2013) - 8.1 - Action, Adventure, Comedy, Ecchi, Fantasy, Harem, Romance, Seinen

Tedium Children (2012) - 8.35 - Comedy, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life

Tokyo Revengers (2017) - 7.73 - Action, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Shounen, Supernatural

What are you doing here, sensei!? (2016) - 7.76 - Adult, Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School Life, Seinen

A Condition Called Love (2017) - 7.8 - Drama, Romance, School Life, Shoujo

Bakemonogatari (2018) - 7.67 - Action, Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Harem, Mystery, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Supernatural

Pastel (2002) - 7.94 - Comedy, Ecchi, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life

Old Knight in Frontier - Bard Loen (2016) - 7.85 - Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Seinen

Glow of the Fireflies (2004) - 7.84 - Comedy, Josei, Romance, Slice of Life

Pure Sound (2010) - 7.42 - Comedy, Drama, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life

Minami-ke (2004) - 7.97 - Comedy, School Life, Seinen, Slice of Life

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches (2012) - 8.25 - Comedy, Drama, Ecchi, Gender Bender, Harem, Mystery, Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life, Supernatural

Smile down the Runway (2017) - 7.74 - Romance, School Life, Shounen, Slice of Life

Red Eyes (1999) - 8.09 - Action, Drama, Mecha, Sci-fi, Shounen

My Wife is Wagatsuma-san (2011) - 7.7 - Comedy, Drama, Harem, Romance, School Life, Sci-fi, Shounen, Supernatural

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I’ve developed a (bad?) habit of looking for free-to-keep books on bookwalker regularly, and I noticed the first two volumes of ヨコハマ買い出し紀行 are currently free until the 27th.

A very pleasant slice of life series about an android coffee shop proprietor, it’s never been officially translated into English. Has a soft spot in my heart as well since a tweet about it is what directly made me realize I could try learning Japanese.

Anyway - if I’d known about bookwalker at the time (and known about the freebies) maybe I wouldn’t have gotten into the habit of filling my apartment with imported books although the physical editions are cool…

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The first volume of ボーイズ・ラン・ザ・ライオット is free to keep right now on bookwalker.

I haven’t read it yet, but I’ve seen it mentioned on the forum recently (e.g. here), in a way that made me very much want to read it, so I thought I’d mention it in case that was true for other people too!
There’s also a handful of other free stuff related to the manga periodical ヤングマガジン, but I don’t see anything that pops out as something I’ve read or heard about, so I can’t vouch for any of it yet.

Also I didn’t notice since I already have it (but haven’t read it yet…), but a manga often mentioned as a good beginner starting place, Flying Witch, has a couple volumes free right now as well.

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Thanks for posting!! I picked up Boys Run the Riot and Flying Witch because of this post!! :slight_smile:

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Oh, thank you for Boys Run the Riot!

I also got interested in it after seeing it mentioned on the forum, but wasn’t sold after browsing through the sample. Still added it to the wishlist under “maybe?”. So this is a perfect chance :sparkles:
(it’s free for Kindle too)

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