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In this Guide I have been looking at for learning to read Japanese, it says that after learning the alphabet I should get a dictionary, some kind of source material, and a translation for it.

While the guide included source material dissections I want to start getting source material myself for when I run out of what's on the guide. One of the points about getting source material is that

above all else, you should enjoy reading the translated version

and below that suggest series serialized in the Shonen Jump magazines. Since of course I want to avoid scanlations which could be inaccurate I figured I should aim for series I know have been officially released in English. Three series that come to mind are Naruto, One Piece and Bleach.

All I know of Shonen Jump apart from the target demographic is that weekly issues have 1 chapter of a series serialized in them while tankōbon compiles these chapters (though I could be wrong).

I am wondering if there is a site where I can look up what chapters were serialized in what issue of Shonen Jump to then match magazine issues to English tankōbon.

NOTE: the reason why I want to get Shonen Jump magazines instead of Japanese tankōbon is because at first I may only be on 1 or 2 chapters and i'm sure the magazines take less space than a book. Also it'll be a good test with the rest of the magazine as to how much of it I can understand without needing a translation to confirm.

  • Do you want to actually buy a specific shounen magazine issue? Or do you just want to read the raws online? If it's the latter, you can go here online.mangaraw.net , if it's the former, then I don't really think you can get a list of which chapter is from which magazine issue. Crunchyroll keeps a table of contents list, but they just tell you whether it is in a certain issue and not what chapter it is specifically. crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-809337/… – Peter Raeves Jun 12 '14 at 15:03
  • @PeterRaeves actually buy them, the problem with reading them online is that i need a net connection which i don't have all the time. ie. during lunch i may want to do some learning, there's no internet at work in the lunch break area so i can't read online there. also there having to fit my reading to when the site doesn't go down which on the internet could be at any time – Memor-X Jun 12 '14 at 22:12
  • If you want to buy specific issues, I think you might be best of asking Shounen Jump yourself. – Peter Raeves Jun 12 '14 at 23:01

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