Japanese reading report

After writing my last report, I realized that I had just finished my 45th volume of manga since the beginning of the year. My goal for the entire year was 52 (one per week), and obviously I’m way ahead of schedule. With only seven volumes remaining, I decided to try to achieve that goal in one week, reading one per day — a pace which would prove a challenge due to me taking part in my brother’s bridal party. Since I had just bought the remaining six volumes of 外つ国の少女 (probably the easiest series I’m reading), I decided to get all caught up with that, plus one more to total.

I finished vol. 4 the first day, starting immediately after posting my last report. On Monday I read most of 女神異聞録ペルソナ vol. 6, then finished it on Tuesday. Wednesday was pretty busy but I squeezed in 外つ国の少女 vol. 5 at the end of the day.

On Thursday I woke up early and knocked out 15 pages of 夜市 to stay on track with the wanikani book club. I read 外つ国の少女 vol. 6 and 7 throughout the rest of the day when I could find time. Friday was another early morning to read vol. 8, and I read part of vol. 9 while falling asleep that night. Saturday, the day of the wedding, was predictably busy. I managed to steal a few moments to read some more of vol. 9 but didn’t end up finishing it until Sunday morning.

It’s kind of funny…I picked 外つ国の少女 to read for this sprint because it had been pretty easy up to this point, but around vol. 7 it suddenly took a change from the laid-back “girl and her monster” pace and turned into full-on political intrigue complete with a lot of fantasy worldbuilding. Fortunately it was still manageable. I really really need the next volume to come out though. The ending of this one was such a tangle of emotions and I’m super invested in seeing what happens.

I think at this point I’m going to dial way back on my manga consumption and just read things as they catch my fancy. I’ve been wanting to do more audio immersion so I’m thinking I’ll start watching Haikyuu (a friend of mine has gotten really into it recently). Plus my little sister has overtaken me in Persona 4 so I should probably get back to that…

Japanese reading report

First up this week I read Spy X Family vol. 1, which I got for free on Honto ages ago but ended up not reading because I think it was a bit above my level at that point. Really enjoyed it this time; the characterization is great and the writing is snappy and hilarious, and I couldn’t resist reading the first chapter of vol. 2 in 立ち読み. There are only four volumes out right now so I’m planning to grab the rest next time I make a manga haul.

Next up was ヨコハマ買い出し紀行 vol. 3, which wraps up the volumes I got for free on cmoa. Another character has joined the cast, with a brand new dialect similar but not identical to the old man who’s been in it from the beginning. Some of the patterns (like けんど instead of けど) are apparently 神奈川方言, which makes sense I suppose, given the setting. Just like before this one went pretty quickly. Will definitely be continuing this series a little later.

Kept up with the wanikani 夜市 book club. The story has gone in a direction that’s sort of compatible with my prediction from last week, but not exactly the same. Just out of curiosity I decided to use a stopwatch to measure how much time it took me to read this week’s section (16 pages) and ended up at about two hours, which surprised me; it feels like the time goes by a lot faster.

The last thing I read this week was 天つ狐と封印詩 vol. 1, which I picked up on a whim a while ago and never ended up reading. It’s basically about a kid who inherits an old house full of cursed stuff and has to get in touch with his onmyouji heritage to maintain it all I guess. Not bad but not something I’m going to prioritize keeping up with…I did see that vol. 2 came out recently so I might grab it at some point.

Japanese reading report

This week was pretty slow unfortunately. I’m still technically ahead of pace for my yearly goals but since I’ve been reading so much lately it feels like I slacked off.

The first thing I read was ヨコハマ買い出し紀行 vol. 2, which was pretty quick and easy. The most difficult part was definitely a chapter where two of the (elderly) characters are having a flashback to their youth, which seemed to shift their dialect into overdrive. There’s quite a lot of weirdly affected speech in this manga actually — just as one example, one of the main characters practically never pronounces the first “n” sound of any word, so he’ll say something like あんで instead of なんで. It’s pretty interesting and fortunately most of the time I don’t have a problem with it.

Kept up to date with the 夜市 book club. This week’s section ended on a cliffhanger that actually fits with a prediction I made last week, along the lines of “don’t eat the food in fairyland”. Looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Throughout the week I read 女神異聞録ペルソナ vol. 5 in bits and pieces, mostly while I was falling asleep. Over halfway done with the series now. Nothing too new to say about it except that the characters continue to grow on me and I definitely see why people like them so much.

Played just a little of Persona 4, only three in-game days (bringing me up to 5/26). Not much to go into detail about, just knocking out social links and sidequests.

Japanese reading report

This week I prioritized Persona 4 and 大図書館の羊飼い, spending a minimum of 30 minutes per day in each. I’ve reached 5/23 in the former, though much of that was spent in the dungeon, which took up a lot of time over the course of just one in-game day. In the latter, we’ve cleared the first major story beat and established a library club of sorts, plus introduced a new character. Both have been going pretty smoothly.

Stayed current with 夜市 this week as well. The tone of this story is definitely a bit darker than the last one and the setting is super well-established. Fun word that stuck out to me this time: 竹林, which came up a few times before I bothered checking the dictionary; it’s pretty obvious that it means “bamboo grove” but I wouldn’t have expected ちくりん as the reading.

Throughout the week I read 女神異聞録ペルソナ vol. 4. There were a few points where I felt like it needed a few more panels to ease a transition, but not too bad. I don’t usually translate in my head as I read but I keep finding myself doing it here…based on my limited experience, the English scanlation is pretty bad and I keep wondering if I could do a better job.

Next up was 鬼滅の刃 vol. 21, which just came out the other day. 鬼舞辻無惨 is always a great character to read because he uses a lot of old language. He used a kanji I’d never seen before in 餓える (かつえる), which was then reinforced a few pages later with 餓鬼, which was a great “aha!” moment since I knew about that particular type of youkai from playing Nioh. Also came across や否や, one of my recently-studied N1 grammar points. Really really enjoyed this volume.

Finally, I read ヨコハマ買い出し紀行 vol. 1, which was a nomination for the next book in the wanikani intermediate book club — the idea being that it’s not too hard to read but it could be read at a faster pace than normal. Well, I blazed through the sample pages and decided I wouldn’t want to pace myself, so I read the whole book in about an hour. Really wholesome 癒やし系 type manga with nice art. I’m definitely going to keep reading it.