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Convenience Store Human (コンビニ人間) — 14 Comments

    • Second sketch is by Jinnai Tomonori (陣内智則), most of them use the same format more or less (lots of props, a big screen and him commenting it).

    • If you mean more コンビニ sketches, in YouTube try typing in コンビニ コント and you’ll get a lot similar to this.

  1. This book has been on my wishlist since the prize was announced. Unfortunately I haven’t read a book since June (have barely managed to read a few volumes of manga) as my reading as taken a backseat to other Japan priorities. But yeah, it’s been getting lots of great reviews so I’m really looking forward to this one when I eventually add it to my TBR pile and then my actually reading pile.

    For more conbini shenanigans I highly highly highly recommend the one-shot manga コンビニの清水. All my real life life friends who I have made read it have really loved it and have wanted a sequel. Still working on getting JALUPers and other internet peeps to read it.

    • It’s a really quick read (maybe a day or so), so it’s worth checking out!

      Thanks for the recommendation. Will check that out.

    • I don’t know if that was sarcasm or not, but yes, you have to try it :)

      I only recommend books here that I have enjoyed reading and think others will too.

  2. I saw that you hinted about reading this one in a post a few days ago. I was wondering if that counted as a recommendation.

    It seems like a good book for getting in touch with what people in Japan are reading right now as well as learning about what goes on behind the scenes in a convenience store. I’ve been thinking about it for a while, and I think I’ll have to check this one out.

    • That’s the great thing about reading a popular book that everyone else in Japan is currently reading. It’s a perfect conversation topic. Definitely give it a try!

  3. I just finished this book yesterday! Which, now that I’m looking, was the date of this post. Crazy coincidence!

    Anyway, I second Adam’s recommendation — I really enjoyed this book, and it was a relatively quick read even for me. (Probably could have finished it in a few sittings if I had really put my mind to it.)

    It’s also nice in that it can easily be enjoyed on a purely surface level (i.e. “ha, Furukura’s nuts!”) or as a deeper, if somewhat sideways look at (especially Japanese) societal norms, how they shape our lives, etc. etc. etc.

    Check it out!

    • I think it’s fun to look at it from both the surface and societal level. It’s definitely a crazy (but sometimes rational) viewpoint to take a look at.

  4. I just ordered the Kindle version of this along with a couple of other Jalup novel recommendations–this story sounds fun and interesting–thanks! :D

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