This series is a wonderful reading material and complements my Japanese language learning really well. Textbooks and kanji learning materials do not really give you any reading practice, so graded readers like this are good to have. The stories are interesting, so you get to practice reading with something fun instead of reading about Alice and Bob.
I found this series indirectly through a recommended materials list. The series that was actually recommended was the "Learn Japanese with Stories". The main reason I ultimately picked this one is because I read in the reviews below that this Youkai series does not have Romaji while the Stories series does have them. If you feel like Romaji does not help you and you can read hiragana and katakana, this Youkai series is the better pick.
I like folk stories and Japanese folk stories are one of the most intriguing stories I've ever heard and those were two main reasons why I bought these books.
Also, I have a good experience with other books from this author and I knew what to expect. A lot of fun and a lot of study material.
Each book contains a few stories that are presented in 3 forms. First, there is a Japanese text with furigana for easy reading and dictionary below for easy understanding. Second, there is a story fully written in Japanese only and the third form is summary in English.
The great thing about these books is that you get free audio with normal and slow speed.
I love the whole pack I don't understand a lot of it but its helping me with pronunciation. I do i have one thing tho I feel the should be another sound option, it goes FAST, SLOW I feel their should also be a section to accompany the (with definitions) part that way its easier to focus on one sentence at a time instead of trying to figure out where the sentence started at least for the slow ones
I love yokai.
I have both the short story bundle and now the yokai bundle.
Now I may be biased due to loving yokai stories but In my opinion, this series of books is the best one that they have published so far.
The best part about this bundle other than the stories and the audio is the fact that it has no Romanji!
I haven't spent enough time with it to give an in-depth review, but so far this lives up to the high bar of quality I expect from The Japan Shop.