Today’s easy manga recommendation for Japanese learners is Tsuredure Children/ Tsuredure Chirudoren (徒然チルドレン), created by Toshiya Wakabayashi. This is a very funny but heartwarming manga which those who are upper beginners and above should be able to enjoy!
Manga Quick Facts
Author: Toshiya Wakabayashi (若林稔弥)
Genre: Romantic comedy, slice of life
No. of volumes: 12
Recommended for: JLPT N4
Anime/ drama/ film adaptations?: Yes, an anime
Picture Source: ebookJapan website
This 4-panel manga is a series of short stories involving different students at a high school. The stories are usually to do with romance, mostly relating to awkward confessions of love and first dates. They often remind you of how hard it can be to show your feelings for someone as a teenager. Some stories follow the same characters and are loosely connected to each other.
Tsuredure Children started as a webcomic when it started in 2012, which was then
Why do I recommend the manga?
The premise is really simple, but the manga is genuinely amusing and accurately portrays all of the awkwardness and excitement of high school romance. The cast of characters come across as a bit wacky but ultimately charming and relatable for the most part. You really do come to root for a happy ending when reading these stories! I think that the 4-panel manga format is effective in telling these stories – they are just the right length for them to be entertaining and engaging.
Recommended Japanese language level
Thanks to the straightforward plot, this manga is very easy to follow. There is furigana for all kanji and speech tends to be short and not too grammatically complex. On the other hand, the characters are in high school and speak casually.
On this basis, I consider this manga to be appropriate for JLPT N4 or upper beginner level and above.
As always, you can read a sample of this manga on the EbookJapan website to get a feel for its difficulty by clicking the white ‘無料立ち読み’ button.
The webcomic is actually available online to read for free on the official website – the only difference is that this version does not include furigana.
If you do try reading any of my recommendations, please let me know how you get on the comments. I am always on the hunt for beginner friendly manga, so if you have any suggestions please let me know!
I’ve written a few different posts on easy manga to read (check out the posts under the manga category). If you do like this recommendation, you might also like:
- Manga Recommendation: Orange (also takes place in a high school setting)
- Manga Recommendation: Oremonogatari!!