Book Review, Fiction, Manga, N4

[N4] 黒子(くろこ)

This is a short manga by Mulan Zhang, a learner of Japanese language and participant of the Smith College Tadoku Project writing workshop. ‘Kuroko’ is the name of a deceased cat, belonging to protagonist Shinichi. In this story Shinichi visits Kuroko’s grave as suddenly, a cat appears from behind the stone that looks exactly like it…

I love the illustrations in this manga! I could really tell this was a passion project for the author. Because of the illustrations, the story is also pretty easy to follow.

The vocabulary used is based on everyday life and the focus is more on expressions than on grammar. This makes this manga perfect for readers with reading abilities comparable to the JLPT N4.

The 13 pages long manga can be read here: https://sophia.smith.edu/blog/japanesebookreview/files/2019/02/kuroko.ALICE_.pdf

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