Although there are criticism on this Anime such as "replication of Steins; Gate" or "drawing collapses". However, in my opinion, this is simply a great work that will move your heart, if you just watch it straightforwardly. I would like you to see the opening of this anime first, since the opening and ending are especially attractive because of the unique songs and production.
|Title (Eng)||In Search of the Lost Future|
It was beginning of the twenty-first century, fall in the Uchihama district. In Uchihama Academy, the excitement was to its climax. The biggest highlight of all academic societies: the general academic meeting was about to be held, hosted by the leaders. It was going to be the very last festival in the old school building. The old building was going to be demolished as a new school building was being constructed. Naturally, the presidents of each academic society and all the students were trying their best to lead the last culture festival to success. Their high morale leads to the expectation for the “Astronomical Society” to which the main character of this Anime, Sou Akiyama, belongs. The contents of their activity were unknown and their research was unpublished. But something will happen; they can make something happen. The only mission set on the Astronomical Society, based on such wishful observation, was “resolving excessive festivities by each academic society, removing obstacles for the activities, and solving mysterious incidents that began since before the summer”.
3. Character’s way of Speaking
･Akiyama Sou (秋山 奏, あきやま そう)
Sou’s way of talking, “xxx だな” and “xxx しろ”, is that of a general high school boy. He can sound lazy and bluff towards his classmates. He talks lively when talking about stars, which is his favorite subject. He uses a polite tone when talking to senior students, which is common in schools in Japan. I recommend listening to him and use his way of talking as an emulation material for Japanese learners of the same generation as him.
･Sasaki Kaori (佐々木 佳織, ささき かおり)
Kaori talks with a general girl’s tone, such as “xxx だよ” and “xxx ね”. She can change her tone to “xxx です” and “xxx ます” when she is joking to Sou. I would like female Japanese learners to use her as their listening and emulation material, as you can acquire a feminine way of talking.
･Hasekura Airi (支倉 愛理, はせくら あいり)
Airi sounds feminine with her tone of talking, such as “xxx でしょ” and “xxx なのよ”; however, physically she is strong. This gap between her way of talking and how she actually looks is interesting. If you have a little strong personality yourself, emulating her way of talking would be a good idea. Although she has a slightly strong way of speaking, it is still a correct and a feminine way of speaking. Therefore it is not at all a bad character for learning Japanese.
･Furukawa Yui (古川 ゆい, ふるかわ ゆい)
Yui talks with the polite tone “xxx です” “xxx ます”. She gives a mysterious impression as she does not say a lot.
･Hanamiya Nagisa (華宮 凪沙, はなみや なぎさ)
Nagisa’s way of talking, “xxx ね” and “xxx かしら” is that of a preppy. Her words are polite but at the same time, she has a sharp tongue. Recommendable as a listening material but not for emulating. By the way, she is the most favorite character in this anime.
･Osafune Kenny Eitarou (長船 KENNY 英太郎, おさふね けにー えいたろう)
Kenny Eitarou talks, in principle, in the same ordinary boy’s way just as Sou. He occasionally uses English words as he has lived abroad before. Kenny Eitarou has momentum in his talking and often turns into a nonstop talker. He also talks to his seniors casually and friendly. If you listen carefully, you will notice he sometimes mixes Japanese expressions with English.
4. Terms and Talking Contents
In this Anime, technical terms such as “量子” (りょうし, quantum), “症候群” (しょうこうぐん, syndrome), “遡行” (そこう, retrograde) from the areas of physics and medical science appear, but the most conversations are those of daily lives. Conversations between the unique societies that are having troubles with each other and the Astronomical Society that arbitrates the troubles sound comical. It starts as stories about daily school-life, but as the story goes on, the content of conversation becomes gradually serious. Sou’s line sounds especially quite theoretical in the scenes with the grown-up characters. When talking about the contents and hypotheses he studied, he talks faster and uses terms from dissertation are used and the difficulty level rises a little. However, it is not difficult to follow the storyline itself. In that sense, the overall difficulty level is not high. Interesting to think about what the title of this Anime means while listening to the conversations.
5. Difficult Term List (You should prepare for them before watching)
･Difficult Term List which You Must Know (They come out more than twice)
|1||おさななじみ||幼馴染||childhood friend; friend from infancy|
|2||ばいしゅう||買収||acquisition (esp. corporate); buy-out; takeover; purchase|
|3||むくれる||むくれる||to become angry or sullen; to come unstuck from|
|4||おんびんに||穏便に||gentle; peaceable; without fuss|
|5||ぶんかさい||文化祭||school festival; cultural festival; arts festival|
|6||おみあい||お見合い||formal marriage interview|
|7||しさく||試作||trial manufacture; experiment; test piece|
|9||いんが||因果||cause and effect; karma; fate|
|10||いんがりつ||因果律||law of cause and effect; principle of causality|
･Difficult Term List which Can Be Useful (They come out once)
|12||ちゅうさい||仲裁||arbitration; intercession; mediation|
|13||ちあんいじ||治安維持||maintenance of public order; maintaining security|
|14||やまとなでしこ||大和撫子||woman who displays the feminine virtues of old Japan|
|15||ねんぐのおさめどき||年貢の納め時||time to pay the piper; time to pay the land tax (in kind)|
|16||はんざいしゅう||犯罪臭||sign [Odor] of a foul play|
|17||きおくそうしつ||記憶喪失||loss of memory; amnesia|
|19||いざこざ||いざこざ||trouble; quarrel; difficulties; complication|
|20||ごぼうぬき||ごぼう抜き||overtaking multiple people (in a spurt)|
|21||いっしょくそくはつ||一触即発||critical (touch and go) situation; explosive situation|
|22||かんねん||観念||resignation; preparedness; acceptance|
|23||かたき||仇||resentment; enmity; grudge|
|24||いきじびき||生き字引||walking dictionary or encyclopedia|
|25||ゆうれいのしょうたいみたりかれおばな||幽霊の正体見たり枯れ尾花||fear makes the wolf bigger than he is; things are not as scary as they seem; the ghost, when examined closely, is withered silver grass|
|26||まきあげる||巻きあげる||to take away; to rip off (e.g. money from someone)|
|27||やぼ||野暮||boorish; unsophisticated; unrefined; uncouth; tasteless|
|28||ぜんはいそげ||善は急げ||move with haste (when you have no doubts)|
|29||じょうしゅうはん||常習犯||habitual criminal; recidivist|
|30||けいこく||渓谷||valley; ravine; canyon|
|32||はつみみ||初耳||something heard for the first time; hearing something for the first time|
|33||にっちょく||日直||day duty; day shift|
|35||じこけんお||自己嫌悪||self-hatred; self-abhorrence; self-loathing|
|36||しんろ||進路||route; course; path|
|37||たかねのはな||高嶺の花||woman who is out of one’s league; flower on a high peak|
|38||ゆいのう||結納||engagement gift; (ceremonial) exchange of engagement gifts|
|39||とうひ||逃避||escape; evasion; flight|
|40||うえからめせん||上から目線||condescending attitude; arrogant attitude; looking down on|
|41||ぜんせん||善戦||fighting a good fight; putting up a good fight; fighting bravely|
|42||ぼうじゃくぶじん||傍若無人||arrogance; audacity; (behaving) outrageously as though there were no one around|
|43||あじけない||味気ない||wearisome; insipid; dull; irksome; wretched; vain|
|44||はっぽうびじん||八方美人||everybody’s friend; person who is affable to everybody|
|45||たいしょうりょうほう||対症療法||symptomatic therapy; makeshift solution|
|47||わらをつかむおもい||藁を掴む思い||to feel like clutching even at straws|
|48||つじつまがあう||辻褄があう||to be consistent; to be coherent|
|49||そこう||遡行||going upstream; sailing against the current|
6. Elementary can Learn Japanese with This Anime
This Anime is overall composed of plain Japanese, but difficult terms also appear as outlined above. Although some difficult terms appear where science-fictional (SF) elements are involved, the difficult terms occurrence rate is not high: 4.3 terms/episode, neither is the level itself of the difficult terms.
Because of the composition of the story, you can listen to the same lines many times, which is good for Japanese listening practice. It is recommendable to Elementary Japanese learners. The fact that only Nagisa uses polite words and other characters do not use honorific expressions is also an advantage for Elementary Learners.
|Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate||4.3 terms/episode||= 51 / 12|
|Difficulty Level||12th grade||= High School|
|Total Difficulty Score||51.6 points||= 4.3 * 12|
|Comprehensive Judgment||Easy||in 30.0 to 69.9 points|
|Recommended Japanese Learner||Elementary|