The BookWalker Freebies Thread

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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“Purchased” the first volume(s) of Tokyo Revengers, Tonikaku Kawaii and Shadows house for free ^^ Also have purchased fruits basket, but that one will expire next week unfortunately :sob: Going to try to read it this weekend for as far as I can get!

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the first 17 books of この(おと)()まれ。it’s aviable until 13.07. I highly recommend the series, and it is a great way to get enough material if you plan to read a lot this summer. (looking at you guys :books::books: Read every day challenge - Summer 2021 :beach_umbrella::beach_umbrella: )

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There’s a bunch of free-to-keep stuff as part of a promotion with a “想像の斜め上を行く” theme centered around that one manga where The Joker is a single parent raising Batman as a baby. (which is itself sadly not free)

I don’t have anything specifically to recommend from it, I just think that’s a funny reason for a sale.
(And it seems like a nice pile of free weird stuff)

Oh, also a different campaign with some cool stuff like Vinland Saga (which I’ve read some of in English and can definitely recommend) and 波よ聞いてくれ (which I’ve read some of in English and definitely want to try in Japanese some time since it seemed heavily laden with cultural references)

Also, another campaign. Seems like there’s a lot today.

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I found a lot of promising-looking series! Thanks for the heads-up about all the campaigns, @rodan !

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Thank you so much! Didn’t expect to see Kino no Tabi there. It’s definitely too early for me to attempt it, but what a nice find~!

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As long as you’re aware it’s the manga adaptation not the light novel (which is here), I’m happy!

(I’ve got a physical edition of that same volume after confusing those when I meant to get the light novel some years ago…)

Speaking of manga adaptations of light novels, I happened to notice two different (this and this) 本好きの下克上 manga series appear to have a volume free for a few more days – hard for me to spot because the titles are so long… but I’ve sometimes suspected there’s people on this forum who like that novel series so perhaps these would be of interest to them or others.

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I feel your pain… I bought 5 volumes of the manga from ひげをする instead of the LN :frowning: Don’t want to have the series twice so the manga will have to do for now. Luckily reading manga is way easier for me right now, a novel would be near impossible xD

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Thanks for pointing out Vinland Saga - read at least the content of the first three volumes in English so should be nice to visit in Japanese (though I don’t think I’ll be ready for it for a good while). Also picked up Inuyashiki which I’ve heard about before and been interested in reading - skimming through the first chapter it looks like it might be doable (though I guess I’d need to see how it gets later on)

Also managed to find this interesting-looking sentai-themed manga, which is something I’ll have to give a go (can’t seem to find any info on it in English, and looks like it’s a fairly new series). Unfortunately that is only a limited sample so I’ll probably need to get the full volume when I get to it. Has furigana at least, so that makes looking things up much easier while my kanji-knowledge is still fairly low

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