So people have been asking for different types of content. As people seem to struggle in initially finding content, I thought it would be a cool idea to share with you some of the stuff that I have read in terms of manga and books. I will probably do more of these in the future but for now here are some to get you started. I can also do other types of media if requested.
The first “book” I read was the first of the Dragonball manga. I think it was recommended to me by someone else in the community but I forgot who. Either way, it’s simple and easy to read with very few kanji. Perfect if you are just starting to read. I am not overly keen on the story myself and have never followed the Dragonball series before but it was interesting enough to keep me reading until the end. I didn’t pick up the next book, however, if you are a fan of the series and have watched it in English before then it could be great for getting you into reading Japanese.
Title: ドラゴンボール 完全版 (1)
Format: Comic/Manga – 214 Pages
Author: 鳥山 明
Genre: 少年, Shounen
Color: Some colour, some black and white.
Reading Level: Beginner
Amazon: Dragonball (Perfect version) Vol. 1 (Dragon Ball (Kanzen ban)) (in Japanese)
This was recommended by Khatz himself and I can see why. After reading this book I have managed to make myself a little bit more efficient in everyday life. A very good book with some good life hacks. The author also uses very simple language so it is very easy to read.
Death Note is one of the reasons I started learning the language. I first saw a subtitled version of the film on TV as a teenager and loved it, so naturally I got the full manga set on purchasing my first set of Japanese books. The manga is really enjoyable with some parts getting a bit dull near the end. However, the first half of the series and the ending are literally SOOO GOOD. I got goosebumps reading it and at the time I couldn’t understand much Japanese. IT WAS THAT GOOD. I highly recommend this one.
Title: Death Note/デスノート
Authors: 大場 つぐみ, 小畑 健
Genre: 少年, Shounen
Color: Black and white.
Reading Level: Lower Intermediate to Advanced
Amazon: DEATH NOTE コミック 全13巻完結セット (ジャンプ・コミックス)
Hopefully this gets you reading! If not then click here for volume 2!
I will do more of these in the future and possibly other content as well. Let me know what you guys think and what content you would be interested in. 🙂
Undergraduate Software Engineer and Language Enthusiast.