Would anyone be interested in live-stream manga reading? (Also is it legal? lmao)

So I streamed some games for fun during last years lock down (was quite a lifesaver since I live alone) and really enjoyed it. I also made some bilingual game playthroughs on my YT channel which was really enjoyable and useful for studying. (shameless self plug Let's Play in Japanese! Pokemon Mystery Dungeon: Explorers of Sky - Part 1 - YouTube)

I was wondering if anyone would be interested in a live stream manga reading session or something like that. Like a book club with grammar/vocabulary explanations and a bit more entertainment mixed in. If streaming isn’t an option due to copyright/distribution issues maybe even a group zoom session would be cool.

Maybe there are already people out there who do this and I’m just unaware? Haha. (If so lmk). Anyways just trying to get peoples opinions.


Yes :slight_smile: There are a few Read Aloud groups on Discord (we have a server dedicated to Read Alouds of books and manga). Looks like the Haikyuu and Yotsubato book clubs are doing this so if you check their book clubs you should find more information on the where and when and what.


Awesome thanks!

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Do we have entertainment mixed in, though? :stuck_out_tongue:

There’s also @foxumon’s Yotsuba-reading channel on YouTube. :slightly_smiling_face:


Hm, uh, well, now that you mention it, it’s all serious and studying only, so no entertainment to be seen :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Nah, seriously. In the book club sessions I was part of, we often ended up reading for an hour and chatting for another hour, but not sure whether that counts as “entertainment” :wink: Definitely not meant to entertain others, but we had fun among ourselves for sure.


Honestly, that’s the goal :relieved:

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Ooooh I love Pokemon Mystery Dungeon!

As an answer though, I think it’s a little dicey fair use wise for reading aloud, but there are pretty of picture books that are read aloud online on Youtube, so there’s a clear precedent of it being ok, or at least no one claiming copyright. To be on the safer side and discourage piracy, I would hold the pages at a tilt if showing the manga to the camera.

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Like @NicoleRauch pointed out, this is exactly what we do over at the weekly Haikyuu read aloud! If you’re interested in Haikyuu, definitely drop by for a session (or more!) - we love new people. Our forum posts on WK tend to be fairly quiet, and we mostly just use it to sign up for character parts, but our weekly reading sessions are a lot of fun! We go and read through the Japanese first, and then do translations (which you can wing as much as you want), and we end up discussing vocab, grammar, lots of volleyball related things, and just random bits and pieces about our own lives.

Honestly the entire read aloud probably takes ~30 min to get through but we take long breaks for entertainment.

The nice thing about Haikyuu being a (very faithful) anime is that at the end of each volume we have a week break where we watch the episodes we’d just covered in Japanese.

Even if Haikyuu is not your deal (though if you haven’t tried it, I’d highly recommend it), I’m sure there are other clubs that might be interesting.