Book Review, Fiction, Manga, N2

[N2] 30歳まで童貞(どうてい)だと魔法使いになれるらしい

The day after his 30th birthday, virgin Adachi Kiyoshi suddenly possesses the ability to hear another person's thoughts when he touches them. After some accidental contact with his charming colleague Kurosawa Yuichi, Adachi learns of the passionate feelings Kurosawa has for him. This manga series by Toyota Yuu is also known as 「チェリまほ」/ "Cherry Magic"… Continue reading [N2] 30歳まで童貞(どうてい)だと魔法使いになれるらしい

Advice, Blog

How to start reading manga as a beginner

For many fans outside Japan, Japanese popular culture continues to be a central factor in why they are interested in the Japanese language. When I asked participants of the dokusho book club at the beginning what their goals were for reading in Japanese, some answered that they wanted to read a certain text in the… Continue reading How to start reading manga as a beginner

Book Review, Manga, N2

[N2] ミステリと言う勿れ(なかれ) #1

Kunō Totonō is making curry on a calm winter's day when the police suddenly appear at his door. He is a suspect in a murder case and is taken in for interrogation. At the police station he meets the investigating detectives and instead of answering their questions, begins to share his wisdom with them. As… Continue reading [N2] ミステリと言う勿れ(なかれ) #1

Book Review, Fiction, Manga, N4

[N4] はるちゃんの学校生活(がっこうせいかつ)

Haru experiences a typical day at school. You will accompany her from walking to school, through homeroom, classes and club activities, to finally homework and falling asleep. This short manga was written and illustrated by Yagi Yukari for the Japan Foundation's anime-manga learning site. picture credit: This is honestly such a cool project! Every… Continue reading [N4] はるちゃんの学校生活(がっこうせいかつ)

Book Review, Fiction, Manga, N2

[N2] 暗殺(あんさつ)教室

Assassination Classroom by Matsui Yusei was an insanely popular series a few years ago and for a reason. While it tells the story of a class of middle school students being tasked with killing their octopus-like teacher, it also features dealing with school system inequality and wholesome teacher-student-relations. I had watched the anime a few… Continue reading [N2] 暗殺(あんさつ)教室