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Learn Japanese with the best manga

Stop slugging through boring materials

Learn Japanese by enjoying manga masterpieces

Reading manga is a lot of fun, especially in its original Japanese forms. Also, using these materials is the path to fluency. However, struggling through sentences and looking up words in the dictionary can make reading feel like a chore. If you have ever felt like this, I might be able to help.

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How to learn Japanese with real Manga

1. Get the Dragonball manga in its original Japanese form and our Reader Guide in PDF or the physical edition

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2. Get help understanding each word as it is used in the manga

Let's say you encounter manga text like the following while reading

Read along with the help of our Reader Guide!

Word Definition in Japanese Word Translation
かい World
え て Disappear
〜から Since
かん が た っ た Passed
なか Society
かな し み Sadness
わた Spread around
ひと People/Used when describing big crowd of people
こん らん Confusion
ぜつ ぼう Depression
ま れ て い っ た Take over
そんなとき(Set Phrase) When it is happening
あらわ れ た Showed up
という Say that
ぼう Hope
もど Get back
ために
かく Various regions
たび Travel
〜し To do
しん そう Truth
〜が
〜を
さが て る To find out
ちゅう During
おも い も よ ら な い unexpected
しん そう Truth
なる Become
はた た し て Sure enough
かい World
もど Get back

Here we are only showing word definitions. Our Readers include example sentences, grammar explanations, flash cards, bonus content and more!

3. Review and verify your understanding with reading comprehension questions

Questions in Japanese

  1. ラ ー メ ン の な い かい は ど う な っ た ?
  2. ア キ ラ は なんたび を し て い る ?
  3. たび ちゅうなに こ っ た ?

Questions Translation

  1. What happened to the world without Ramen?
  2. What Akira traveling for?
  3. What happened during his trip?

4. Make friends and discuss with fellow students who share the same learning path as you

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Ask questions and discuss games and manga!

  • Practice your Japanese
  • Share resources
  • Hold each other accountable

5. Optionally get coached by a teacher who answers your questions

Get individual attention and support from a Japanese teacher

  • Get answers to your questions
  • Accountability from Sensei
  • Extra motivation!
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About the authors

Gabriel is Computer Science graduate who has been learning Japanese for over five years and writes and designs from a learner's perspective. Riho is a native Japanese speaker who has taught Japanese online and has been involved on several projects creating Japanese educational materials.

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Our Reader Guides

Stepping stones to mastery for those who have obtained some degree of fluency with the content of Genki I and II or similar.

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Dragon Ball

This Reader guides you through enjoying the timeless classic manga that changed anime forever, in its original Japanese form. The Reader will provide you with a custom built dictionary, grammar explanations, reading comprehension questions and more!

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Reader guides for video games!

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Chrono Trigger

This Reader guides you through playing this classic JRPG in its original Japanese form. The Reader will provide you with a custom built dictionary, grammar explanations, reading comprehension questions and more!

Take advantage of prelaunch pricing!

When the Dragonball Reader is launched the prices will go up. I don't plan on giving any discounts like this in the future, so join other savvy Japanese learners like you and register for a reduced price today.

Digital Dragonball Reader

  • PDF Download of the Dragonball Reader
  • Companion Anki Deck
  • Lifetime updates

$12.00

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Physical Dragonball Reader

  • PDF and physical version with shipping
  • Companion Anki Deck
  • Lifetime updates

$28.00

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Sensei and Reader

  • Get your personal reading tutor
  • Includes PDF and physical Readers
  • Weekly assignments and grading
  • Teacher keeps you accountable
  • One month duration

$99.00

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