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  1. Thanks man! I just bought 3 of them. I’ll probably wrap them up for myself for Christmas though lol.

  2. This is a great tip. I will definitely be picking up a few of these in my next shipment from Amazon Japan.

    I can also recommend the following similar series for the Studio Ghibli movies. It is really nice quality – easy Japanese with furigana and lots of color pictures all the way through.

    http://www.amazon.co.jp/gp/product/4193640574

  3. This is awesome! I’ve always enjoyed watching Disney movies in Japanese when I get a chance, so reading them will be a treat ^^

  4. I read one of the books in this series last year and have another one on my shelf. I tend to prefer originally-Japanese novels, but these are certainly fun too.

    Among other non-Japanese things, Moomin is currently very popular (again) in Japan and I am reading 楽しいムーミン一家 because I loved the anime series. It is a little above this level (not full furigana, maybe 60%).

  5. Friendly tip: to get started on (the English) Amazon, search for “Disney cartoon novel version”. That’s how a lot of the ディズニーアニメ小説版 are labeled. Not all***, however.

    If you’re having trouble finding a particular title, don’t forget to try searching by ISBN.
    For example:
    Step one: find the item in Amazon Japan or another Japanese book site (by browsing or searching w/native title).
    Step two: use the book’s ISBN(s) to search (English-language) Amazon/wherever else is convenient.

    ***Like with many books, some of the ディズニーアニメ小説版 English listings have awkward/erroneous romanizations/translations or generic “___(English Title)___ [Japanese version]” with no other information besides ISBN.

    A few outliers (i.e. not included under “Disney cartoon novel version”):
    “The Little Mermaid”/『リトル・マーメイド―人魚姫』: http://www.amazon.com/Ritoru-Ma-x304-meido-Ningyohime/dp/4037910802/
    “Beauty & the Beast”/『美女と野獣』: http://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Beast-Japanese-L-Singer/dp/4037911000/
    “Tangled”/『塔の上のラプンツェル』: http://www.amazon.com/Tangled-Novelization-Japanese-Irene-Trimble/dp/4037918609/

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