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Which online/digital/physical Japanese learning materials do you use?

So basically despite always wanting to learn Japanese I always put it off and never got around to even starting. But one day I finally decided I would never get it done unless I just started it.

What I did was I installed Visual Novel Reader (guide here: https://sakimichi.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/translating-visual-novels-without-hacking/ ) and just started reading. I told myself I had to at least spend 1 hour on it each day and I stuck with it. It wasn't easy to start with as I struggled to concentrate on reading another language for an hour straight, but after a month or so I found it much easier and often spent multiple hours reading instead of just 1.

This method probably won't work for everyone, because you need to have a decent understanding of grammar. Luckily for me, all the years of watching anime left me with a good amount of knowledge of vocab and grammar. So I didn't really have many problems thankfully.

I didn't actually research that much into how to use the program well so there might be better setups than what I use but here is how it works for me: I have Atlas installed on my computer and use that as a base for Visual Novel Reader. (I also downloaded other random dictionaries through VNR but don't know if they important since I didn't mess with any settings after I got it working.) Then I turned off online machine translation since it terrible at translating from Japanese to English and doesn't even help as a reference most of the time.

All i have on my screen at this point is the normal game window, and overlaid over the top part of it is a copy of the game text except it has furigana over the kanji. You can also mouse over any of the words to see a dictionary meaning. You have to be careful though because it is often wrong as sometimes it groups the wrong text together to form words or chooses the wrong meaning. Tbh I could probably fix some of this by adding entries to atlas so it prioritises certain readings, but I haven't bothered. It's fairly obvious when it gets it wrong, and I just end up remembering all the common ones mistakes anyway. Any other mistakes or words I'm not happy with my understanding of just from the mouse-over dictionary I'll look up the word on either http://ejje.weblio.jp/ or http://jisho.org/ (the former uses the words in a sentence and the latter has a better interface so I just use whichever one is more appropriate for what I'm looking for). Admittedly the number of kanji I know is rather limited at this point because of this method, but I do pick up new ones every day so I'm getting there.

Obviously this method isn't the only way of learning Japanese it, just it was the first method I tried and it worked for me so I never tried anything else. (I've also heard that its a great idea to read something like Tae Kim's grammer guide http://www.guidetojapanese.org/learn/grammar before jumping into reading Japanese stuff but I haven't got to it yet.)

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How's your Japanese learning going?

I'm making steady progress, putting aside a set amount of time each day and making sure to not miss any days works wonders.

I'm really not good with studying though so all I do is just read stuff in Japanese, that way I care about what I am reading and I get to see words in the context of how they are used in actual sentences.

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Hello! How are you going to spend the holidays?

I'm planning on increasing the amount of time I spend learning Japanese as well as getting through some of my anime backlog.

I also need to buy a new computer soon so I'll be saving up for that.

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How are you?

Josef

Good. Although certain recent events have caused me to take a break from visual novels for a while so it's a perfect chance for me to get through some of my anime backlog.

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If you could invite anitwitters to your house for dinner, what would you cook for them and why?

I'm not the greatest cook ever, but I'd probably end up going with omurice since it comes up fairly often in anime (and it's not that difficult to make). The cool thing about omurice is you can make it with pretty much any rice dish you want and it still works.

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Hallo. How's your day? (please dun mind the time zone difference, if there is)

Good so far. I've just finished spending a few hours practicing reading Japanese. I'm currently looking for something else to do. (It'll probably end up being watching some anime.)

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In the upcoming months I would like to do blog collabs. Although I don't know what to do for the posts (and I am asking multiple people) would you be interested in a collab in the near future with me? If so do you have an idea?

Josef

I don't mind. I'm lazy but if you think up something I should be able to go with it.

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Is it possible to have a magical girl show without yuri undertones, if so what?

Josef

Unless the show has only 1 female character I'm going to have to go with no.

The relationships (non-romantic or otherwise) between the characters in any show will get someone, somewhere to ship them. Even more so for genres where the main audience is already expecting/looking out for that type of thing. Even if the only interactions in the entire show between one character to another is giving them just a few kind words somebody will classify it as yuri undertones if they like those characters or the show enough.

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If you could go back 5 years or travel 20 years into the future for a single day before coming back to present day, which would you chose and why?

Josef

Travelling to the future would be so much more useful.

Assuming I can take physical objects back with me I would grab a hard drive and fill it with any anime, visual novels, manga, etc. that seems like it would even vaguely interest me to take back and read when I have longer than a day to do so. (Of course I'd make sure that I can make it compatible with current technology as well as making multiple backups as soon as possible.) The worst part of this would be I literally wouldn't be able to ever talk about any of it with anyone else until the actual release dates because of the various complications that would cause.
Now that the most important stuff is of the way. I would also look into the possibility of taking back any technological items which could be useful without other people discovering them.

After I had organised all of that, next would be trying to take in as much information as I could about things which happened in the 20 years I had skipped. If I can take physical objects back with me I would compile all of this information as data and bring it back on the hard drive. (If I am unable to take anything back besides my memory I would skip everything mentioned above and just try to remember as much useful information as a can and write it down as soon as I get a chance after returning from the future.)
Stuff I would keep an eye out for:
- Lottery numbers/anything that allows me to get free money. Not having to work to live is pretty big, it frees up so much time to allow you to do more important things.
- Look into possibilities of using future medical technology to extend my lifespan or improve my health in any way.
- Any major disasters to avoid.
- Any events which could be viably avoided than would have major repercussions on the human race.
- Other than those things I would just skim over as much other information as I can and decide if any of it is usable or not.

As for going back 5 years, the most important thing I can think of is convincing my previous self to avoid putting off learning Japanese any longer. Although it would be a tough decision because I don't know whether it would be worth the risk of destroying my current self or not. (Doesn't really matter though because I wouldn't choose this option over going to the future.)

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Why is cultural appropriation offensive to the minority from which an element of their culture is imitated?

I guess in general they feel like something is being taken away from them. But I think the reasons can probably vary greatly depending on the specific culture.

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Do you consider light novels literature?

Kai

Sure I guess. Admittedly there are a heap of light novels out there with arguably 'trashy' ideas or writing. Or light novels that use generic character tropes poorly, or seem to have recycled ideas from other authors so it feels like you've already read it before.
Although it doesn't really matter whether something is labeled 'good' or 'bad', as that's really a subjective thing up to the reader. As long as you enjoy or find value in reading/watching something, you shouldn't let anyone else convince you to otherwise (accepting that you like what you like and thinking/understanding about why you like it is important).
It's worth noting though, unless a writer is really established, light novels have really crazy deadlines that they are expected to keep. I certainly wouldn't want to be expected to write a new book and have it ready to be published at the end of every month.
But yes, I do consider LNs literature. Light novels have things that they are good (and bad) at just like every other medium has.

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Thoughts on the PS Vita.....if you have one that is

Josef

I occasionally come across games for Vita that I would be interested in, but I've never owned one so I don't really have much of an opinion.

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Favorite Mecha series? (can give more than one if you feel like it)

Josef

Code Geass

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Do you have any manga you would recommend...specifically something that is either action or comedy.

Josef

I really haven't read as much manga as I would have liked, but Medaka Box and Air Gear are two of my favourites.

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What are some of your personal favorite anime series?

Josef

These aren't in any particular order and there are heaps more shows I enjoyed a lot, but here is a list of a few shows that I've rated highly on mal:

Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica
anything Type-Moon related
Monogatari series
Steins;Gate
Kyoukaisenjou no Horizon
Saki Achiga-hen: Episode of Side-A
ef: A Tale of Melodies
Code Geass

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Hi, how are you?

Josef

I'm fine. I'm about to sit down and watch some anime.

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Favorite Shipgirl (preferably from Kancolle)?

Josef

Haven't played the game for months now unfortunately, but looking over the list of ships on the wiki reminds me of just how many good ships there are, especially the silver-haired ones. There's so many good ones that I really can't pick an absolute favourite, but I'll go with Sendai, because I remember liking her in the anime.

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Do you think Fate/GO will get a localization somewhere down the line?

I highly doubt there will be an official localization. It honestly doesn't matter though because the gameplay and menus are easy to understand even without knowing Japanese.

As for the story though, I checked just now, and it seems someone on the Beast's Lair forums have started translating everything, and a partial release is available. No idea how good the translation quality is though.

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What is an anime series that after watching you regretted the fact you watched it?

Josef

Something like Isuca or Triage X maybe? I've finished a heap of shows which I didn't really enjoy. Even if I've only watched a few episodes of something, I'll think to myself, 'there's only ~10 episodes left, finishing it won't be too terrible'.

I'd definitely advise anyone else to just not continue shows you lose interest in though, I assume it would make anime watching much easier.

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Hello! How's your day been?

Great so far, Fate/GO servers are actually working for once. And the latest Gintama episode was hilarious, best episode for a while.

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How have you been?

Josef

I've been good recently. This seasons anime is enjoyable so far, I've been making some decent progress on learning Japanese. And of course I've been playing Fate/Grand Order, which is fun.

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What do you think of Nasu Kinoko's erotic scenes?

They are fine I guess. A few of them are fairly generic but for the most part they were fine. I like how a lot of them are actually important to the story in some way.

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What do you think of the development behind Tsukihime?

From what I know about the original ideas for the story, I much prefer how it turned out in the finished version. Although I do wish they had ended up adding the Satsuki route but I guess they were never happy with it.

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What did you think of Tsukihime: Blue Blue Glass Moon, Under the Crimson Air?

The visual novel? It's far from perfect, but I really enjoyed it. My biggest complaints were lack of voice acting and that the individual routes seemed repetitive at times.

I'm also really excited for the remake whenever that comes out. From what I've heard about Mahoutsukai no Yoru, Nasu's writing style seems to have improved a lot, so along with all the changes that will be in the remake there is a lot to look forward to.

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Who is your favorite director working at ufotable?

I haven't actually looked into it. I never really was interested in directors until about a year ago so its not something I'm knowledgeable in. I appreciate something that is well directed, but I'm more likely to remember names of directors that I dislike rather than directors that I like.

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Likes anime and visual novels. Novice Anime Blogger.