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Really from zero
on 29 April 2017
If you really are starting from zero, this is probably a good book.
However, I personally found the system of teaching confusing: I think it tries to teach too many things at once. In this book you are trying to simultaneously learn hiragana, vocabulary, grammar, and it includes kanji. The method of teaching the hiragana confuses me - it includes these weird transitional forms like あkaい (red). The vocabulary is kind of useful and interesting, but I struggle with seeing the more 'advanced' writings (i.e. katakana, kanji) and not being able to understand or write them. (I had also started picking up vocabulary myself from anime/music, and it was frustrating that I couldn't really use the words I already knew.) Similarly, grammatical concepts (some that rely on kanji) are introduced but not thoroughly explored, and not taught using Japanese characters (at least not at the start of the book).
It's probably useful for some people, but I'm getting a different book.