Learn Japanese with Anime: “A Town Where You Live” (Elementary Level)

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72% Excellent

This is a romance animation in which the plot is emphasized and the opening song "sentimental love" is highly evaluated. In Japan, manga is more famous than anime. This anime, which focuses on the story rather than the characters, is considered one of the most impressive works in the love genre. Anyway, the OP song "sentimental love" is really great, so watch the OP first.

  • Story/Worldview 85 %
  • Character 70 %
  • Animation/Background 55 %
  • Songs/Sound 85 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 65 %
  • User Ratings (0 Votes) 0 %

 

1. Information

Title (Eng)A Town Where You Live
Title (Jpn)君のいる町
TypeTV
Episodes12
Aired Year2013
GenresRomance
Prequel
Sequel

 

 

2. Synopsis

Haruto Kirishima lived a calm life out in the countryside, away from the fast-paced life of the city. Then Yuzuki Eba appeared in his life out of nowhere, having come from Tokyo to briefly live with her family. Their time together left him enamored with the memories of that short period before she just as abruptly disappeared from his life, and left him full of questions.

Kimi no Iru Machi begins some time later, after Haruto moves to Tokyo to live with his sister, in order to pursue a career as a cook. In reality though he wishes to be with Yuzuki. Things don’t start good though. When he arrives he is mistaken for a burglar and attacked by his sister’s neighbour Mishima Asuka. After the misunderstanding is cleared his feelings begin to waver though. Is Eba, who keeps avoiding him for seemingly no reason, the one for him or is it Asuka?

Source: https://myanimelist.net/anime/17741/Kimi_no_Iru_Machi?q=A%20TOWN%20

 

 

3. Character’s Way of Speaking

Because Kirishima Haruto is from Hiroshima, he uses dialects such as “xxx じゃなー” and “xxx だわ”. On the first day of his transfer, he introduced himself in standard Japanese, but after that he spoke in a dialect. As a part of learning Japanese, I want you to be able to distinguish the differences between standard language and Hiroshima dialect.

Eba Yuzuki/Kirishima Yuzuki says in a girly tone, “xxx ね” and “xxx かな”. She speaks in standard language. When she first came to Haruto’s house, she greeted him with honorific language, but soon she became friendly and spoke frankly. In this way, when you don’t have a clear sense of distance, such as when you meet someone for the first time, using honorific language is the theory of communication in Japan.

Mishima Asuka speaks in the tone of a strong-minded girl, such as “xxx わよ” and “xxx か”. Basically, she speaks standard Japanese, but when she gets excited, she sometimes uses a Fukushima dialect like “xxx っぺ”. Unlike Haruto, she has an inferiority complex about dialects and speaks in standard language at school.

Kazama Kyousuke talks in a typical high school boy tone: “xxx っす”, “xxx だろ”, etc. He often uses young language such as calling his friends “ダチ”. In reality, male high school learners also speak in this way, so it would be good if male learners of the same age could listen.

Kanzaki Nanami speaks in a girly tone: “xxx ね” and “xxx よ”. However, she sometimes uses a Hiroshima accent such as “仲ようしてね” instead of “仲よくしてね”. For intermediate learners, it is good to be able to distinguish the difference between standard and dialect as a listening practice of Japanese, though it is a slight difference.

Eba Rin speaks in simple honorific expressions with “です” and “ます” at the end. Her tone alone gives us the impression of politeness, but her way of speaking makes us feel hostile. In this way, it is important to understand that, depending on how you use it, honorific is a tool that can create a distance between you and your partner. This is very important for Japanese language learning and communication in Japan.

 

 

4. Terms and Talking Contents

In this anime, dialects appear, but the content of the conversation is daily. It’s interesting to see how different characters think about dialects. In particular, the conversation between Haruto and Asuka in the first episode gives you an impression of the dialect in Tokyo. You can enjoy the difference in the atmosphere of the school and the way the people around talk because both the Hiroshima and Tokyo stories appear.

Because the play is set in school, terms related to school such as “転校” (てんこう, transfer of school), “学祭” (がくさい, school festival), and terms related to love such as “元彼/元カノ” (もとかれ/もとかの, ex-boyfriend/ex-girlfriend) and “振る/振られる” (ふる/ふられる, dump/be dumped) are frequently used. Also, the “summer festival” and “Fireworks” events, which are standard in romance animation, will give you an experience of the atmosphere of Japanese culture. You can feel the freezing cold in the summer scene of this animation. The last episode of this anime tells us why. lol

 

 

5. Intermediate can Learn Japanese with This Anime

The term difficulty level is about high school. However, in episodes from high school and university, the ratio of the standard language and Hiroshima dialect is half and half, but in episodes from childhood and middle school, the characters speak only Hiroshima dialect, so listening to the dialect is a little difficult for Japanese learners. Fortunately, the difficult terms occurrence rate is not as high as 4.5 terms/episode, so this animation is recommended for elementary and higher learners of Japanese.

 

Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate 4.5 terms/episode= 53 / 12
Difficulty Level12th grade= High School
Total Difficulty Score54.0 points= 4.5 * 12
   
Comprehensive JudgmentEasyin 30.0 to 69.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerElementary 
JLPTN4 

 

The List of Difficult Terms that Appear in this Anime (=53 terms)
#よみ漢字Remarks
1てんこう転校School terms
2ひろしまべん広島弁 
3ほうげん方言 
4なまり訛り 
5いなかもん田舎もん 
6しんちゅう心中 
7うっさばらし憂さ晴らし 
8ひんけつ貧血 
9にけつ二尻Slang
10かたおもい片思い 
11せんせんふこく宣戦布告 
12りょうりちょう料理長 
13おさななじみ幼馴染み 
14ごうこん合コンSlang
15きせい帰省 
16ずぼし図星 
17もとかれ元彼 
18もとかの元カノ 
19ふる/ふられる振る/振られる 
20じょうきょう上京 
21にんきょう任侠 
22かおをたてる顔を立てるIdioms
23きたくぶ帰宅部School terms
24しんがく進学School terms
25ぎゃくぎれ逆ギレSlang
26あいしゃ愛車 
27らぶほラブホSlang
28がくさい学祭School terms
29きょにゅう巨乳 
30よりをもどす寄りを戻すIdioms
31だっかん奪還 
32ばかっぷるバカップルSlang
33たうえ田植え 
34あおる煽る 
35ほんね本音 
36しょうこりもなく性懲りもなくIdioms
37てをだす手を出すIdioms
38むりじい無理強い 
39はらをくくる腹をくくるIdioms
40おせんこうお焼香 
41すべりどめ滑り止め 
42もんげん門限 
43やきもちヤキモチ 
44せっそうない節操ない 
45ちくるチクるSlang
46たねをしこむ種を仕込む 
47くどく口説く 
48うえからめせん上から目線 
49なつばて夏バテ 
50ざんねんしょう残念賞 
51じょうちょ情緒 
52しゅらば修羅場 
53じごうじとく自業自得 

 

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