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Tadoku: A Reading Contest

3For the past week or so, I’ve been in a language reading contest and reading the manga 隠の王 (Nabari no Ou – King of Nabari). I’m a part of a Japanese Language Club in my school and we had a smaller competition between the club members to see who could read the most. After reading 98 pages of my manga, I was able to come out on top! My original goal was 100 pages, but even though I was so close, I’m proud of myself for being able to do it.

There are multiple Tadoku competitions throughout the year with this one starting on March 15th and lasting until March 31st. It was really exciting in the beginning and I couldn’t wait to start reading the manga, but my spring break started on the 15th and Anime Boston was coming up so I got very distracted because of that and I didn’t think I would be able to do the competition. I was very discouraged for a while, but I decided to just go for it and see how much I could read.

I was very glad I had Nabari no Ou to read! The language used in it is very simple and there’s furigana for every kanji. For those who don’t know what furigana is, it’s the hiragana written out next to a kanji so that you can know how the kanjia character should be read. This made it easy to look up the words I didn’t know and made for a much nicer experience. This story is about ninja’s so there are a lot of vocabulary that52707b59_1251400163935 had to do with ninja’s, jutsu’s, etc. I’m an avid fan of Naruto – I don’t care what other people say about it, it’s an amazing series and I love it – so I was already familiar with this kind of vocabulary and I was able to know which words wouldn’t be in the dictionary.

As for the story itself, it’s very entertaining! I love the character Miharu and his relationship with the other characters in the story. I haven’t exactly finished the manga yet (I want to do so in the next week or so). I haven’t even gotten to the part with the guy with the hat whose name I don’t know. From what I know of the series beforehand, this character is pretty recognizable, but shows up towards the end of the manga – the part I haven’t gotten to yet.

So if any of you decide to try out this contest, you can look at the rules and past winners here (You can see my ranking as #44 for March 2014!). It’s a great way to learn Japanese and improve your reading, vocabulary, and understanding of the language.


Scheduling For the Next Posts

For the next week(ish), I’ll be posting about Anime Boston 2014! I had such an amazing time there and I’m sad it’s over. My friend and I’s cosplays were a hit and we got our picture taken a TON.

So what will be coming up that you can look forward to? Amazing stuff! Here’s the schedule of all of the Anime Boston/Cosplay posts I will be doing:

Thursday (March 26th)

A run down of what we did this year at Anime Boston

Friday (March 27th)

Pictures that my friends and I took of other cosplayers there!

Saturday (March 28th)

Pictures of my cosplays! I was Gasai Yuno and the female titan and I had a lot of fun doing both!

Sunday (March 29th)

A somewhat tutorial of my female titan cosplay. It won’t be an exact step-by-step of how to make it but I will post tips, materials and where to get them, and reference pictures you should use.

Monday (March 30th)

The merchandise I was able to get!

Tuesday (March 31st)

A review of the manga Sacred that was written and made by an independent artist.

I’m excited for all these posts coming up so come back to check them out!

Blog Update

What? Another blog update? Yeah I know, I’m sorry. I’m almost done with school this week and then it’s spring break for me so more stuff to come!!

This blog update is to put into words what I will be working on to post. Right now, I’m trying to focus more on series that have already been completed so some of these may be a little old. I’ve always wanted to watch these series anyways so I’m looking forward to it!

Anime Reviews

  • ノラガミ (Noragami) – Complete series review
  • ピュパ (Pupa) – Completed series review
  • 隠の王 (Nabari no Ou)
  • 化物語 (Bakemonogatari)

Film Reviews

  • 言の葉の庭 (Koto no Ha no Niwa)

Manga Reviews

  • 70億の針 (7 Billion Needles)
  • 隠の王 (Nabari no Ou) – Japanese version


I’ll be starting the reading in Japanese contest in two days so I’ll keep up to date on that! I have two things I’m going to read in Japanese: 隠の王 (Nabari no Ou) and 好き、だからこそ (Suki, dakarakoso). I’ve kind of started already and it’s going to be tough, but I’m look forward to the challenge and improving my Japanese!~

Anime Boston is coming up in a week!! I can’t believe it’s already here! I feel so unprepared! I’ll be cosplaying as Gasai Yuno from 未来日記 (Future Diary) and the female titan from 進撃の巨人 (Attack on Titan). I’m so excited for this!!