Easy to Read Manga! Japanese Book Reviews #1

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
Furigana: Yes
Genre: 少年, Shounen
Type: Fiction
Color: Some colour, some black and white.
Illustrations: Yes
Reading Level: Beginner
Amazon: Dragonball (Perfect version) Vol. 1 (Dragon Ball (Kanzen ban)) (in Japanese)

なんで時間がないんだ? (Why don’t I have any time?)

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.

Title: なんで時間がないんだ?
Format: Paperback – 188 Pages
Author: 菅野 結希
Furigana: None
Genre: Self help
Type: Nonfiction
Reading Level: Lower Intermediate
Amazon: なんで時間がないんだ?

death note books

I highly recommend this series! It’s great manga to get you into reading Japanese.

Death Note

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
Format: Comic/Manga
Authors: 大場 つぐみ, 小畑 健
Furigana: Yes
Genre: 少年, Shounen
Type: Fiction
Color: Black and white.
Illustrations: Yes
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. 🙂



By Matthew Hawkins