A New Top Ten(ish)

There are a few anime of the last two years you just don’t want to miss.

Houseki no Kuni (unique style)

Made in Abyss (just watch it)

Uchouten Kazoku (you’ll want to go Kyoto and look for tanuki)

Kono Subarashii Sekai ni Shukufuku wo (funniest anime ever)

Black Clover (Just Fun)

Princess Principal (Steam Punk fun)


Most Fun Anime of Summer 2014

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Barakamon (ばらかもん – “a high-spirited person” in Goto dialect)

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The story of  calligrapher Seishū Handa who moves to some remote islands.

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He meets lots of strange but fun people.

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The Japanese is not always easy to understand because of the use of dialect.

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Travel Phrases

Some simple phrases for traveling in Japan:

toukyou bin wa nan desu ka
When is there a flight to Tokyo?

kono densha wa yokohama e ikimasu ka
Does this train go to Yokohama?”

tsugi no eki wa shinbashi desu ka
Is Shinbashi the next station?

kuukou made onegai shimasu
I’d like to go to the airport.

kenbaiki wa doko desu ka”;
Where is the ticket machine?

Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka

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Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka or Is the Order a Rabbit?

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Probably the easiest anime of the Spring 2014 season to understand.

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The main themes are rabbits and coffee.

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There are no demons, aliens or monsters.

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So the phrases and vocabulary is routine everyday stuff.

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It will test your Japanese but not as much as most.


Sidonia no Kishi

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Sidonia no Kishi is perhaps the most interesting of the Spring 2014 season of Japanese Anime.

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It’s dark, very dark.

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Literally, the primary colours of the art is black and white, with only a little colour.

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The mood is very dark.

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There is something tragic about the characters.

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They are waiting to die.

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In fact many do not last more than an episode or two.

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An hard scifi story with more than a little of the mood of a Philip K. Dick story.

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It could be a classic.


Japanese with the Bear (part 1)

The bear is very useful for teaching English. With some work it’s also useful for teaching Japanese:

冷蔵庫。  (かられいぞうこ)

What kind of fridge has the bear?
Bare fridge.
Because the bear is a very hungry animal and eats everything.

…now that was easy.

Sekai Seifuku Bouryaku no Zvezda

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Here’s a new anime from Japan that’s so wacky it almost makes Kill La Kill seem unwacky.

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Sekai Seifuku Bouryaku no Zvezda – translated as Zvezda‘s Plan for World Conquest.

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She may be short, she may be flat chested but she has a plan to conquer the world.

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She has the best talent to help her.

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She wages war on smokers and has a lot of fun doing so.

Sekai Seifuku antismoker weapon


The costume designs would make most established fashion designers jealous.

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Nobody can stop her.