Some new manga arrived today from Japan

manga with furigana
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I’m pretty excited about the batch of manga that arrived today from cdjapan. Picked a couple of new series I was really interested in for quite some time now. Probably only a few of you will remember that I’ve been a huge record collector for nearly ten years and pretty active as a house Dj in my hometown. When I skipped through the list of new and upcoming manga releases on itunes I discovered this little gem called Tonkatsu Dj Agetaro (cdjapan). It all started as webcomic about the son of a tonkatsu shop owner, who is an aspiring Dj.

They did a pretty nice job with the cover. The tonkatsu  Dj Agetaro is holding while spinning, is made with a different material and you can actually touch the difference.

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I just love this manga series. Read the first couple of volumes digital but really had to own the physical manga as well. The story about a clumsy girl working in a maid café is really charming and actually reminds me a lot of よつばと. それでも町は廻ってる (cdjapan) is a great title if you want to skip furigana but don’t want to read something too serious. Urasawa is always a great choice story-wise but your vocabulary skills really have to be top notch if you don’t want to constantly look up unknown words. Seriously, I love this manga. It’s funny, poignant and really knows how to balance comedy and a sweet story about humanity.

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Cuteness overload. Seriously. But in the best way possible. I discovered this one over iBooks as well. A little Pinguin becomes a frequent customer of a café and is a pretty demanding one. Great for beginners with simple language and furigana. I don’t have the feeling that this one is aimed at kids judging from the simple drawing style (sketched and awesome) and humor. On the other hand we have the Furigana. Regardless. This one can be enjoyed no matter of age. More about 甘党ペンギン soon (cdjapan)

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深夜食堂 has a corresponding Tv series and is obviously a manga about food. I just skipped through some pages so I can’t say anything about the story yet. I love the cover and the art style and just thought I’d take a chance. There are already several volumes out and even a corresponding cookbook has been released recently. Looks pretty nice. Again, I’ll probably write a lot more about this series in the future. Seems exactly like my type of thing to read (and maybe even watch). You can pick up 深夜食堂 from cdjapan.

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I watched some episodes of the show quite enjoyed it. マンガ家さんとアシスタントさんと (cdjapan) contains furigana as well for this who’re wondering. Thought you might enjoy to see some bathing underage-looking manga girls. Here you go.

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Anyone of your already read some of the series? Looking forward to your comments and opinions.

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  • Zao Zhu

    Great pictures of the new manga books! By the way, I thought you were still in Japan for some reason!

    • Oh yeah, I get that a lot. Always feel like a phony when I hear that. I’m just posting pictures every now and then fro my visits but I’m living and studying in Germany at the moment.

      Glad that you like the pictures, thanks. Read a little of 深夜食堂 yesterday and will look for the Tv series. Seems promising. Maybe there is a stream somewhere :)

  • Soong

    Thank you for always writing such nice posts! I don’t repsond here a lot because I usually don’t have anything to contribute, but I read every one of your posts through my RSS reader and I just wanted to drop a quick thank you because I always enjoy your posts immensely.

    • Thanks a lot for dropping in Soong and for letting my know that you enjoy my posts. Really, thanks. These are the comments that keep me going here. Are you trying to read some manga in Japanese as well?

      • Soong

        No, I’m not ready to read manga in Japanese yet. I started learning Japanese a little while ago and I only spend a little bit of time with it, so my progress hasn’t been huge so far. Your reviews of different learning tools helped me a lot, though. The reason I commented on this particular post was not so much because it was more important for me than the others; I just wanted to say thanks for writing this blog in general because I even enjoy the posts that don’t exactly affect me personally. In this case here, it was more a “Oh, that sound cool, I can’t wait to be able to read it in Japanese or I should watch out for a German or English translation.”.

        Oh yeah, and this blog also inspired me to try out some Japanese cooking (with some improvisation due to missing ingredients).

  • Ich warte noch bis sich die Lage in Europa ein bissl gelegt hat, dann werde ich auch mal wieder was bestellen x’D Hab fast ‘nen Herzkollaps bekommen, wo ich gemerkt hatte wie sehr der Euro im Wert gesunken ist und es wird auch nicht besser >.>
    Und wie gesagt, dieser Pinguin Manga ist äußerst niedlich! Volt finde ich wo RAWs zum rein stöbern :D

    • Hab gerade mal wieder geschaut. Der Kurs ist wirklich ziemlich eingebrochen. Das war bei meiner Bestellung noch wesentlich günstiger. Der Manga mit dem Pinguin ist wirklich richtig super. Ich mache in den nächsten Tagen mal ausführlich Fotos. :)