Learn Japanese with Anime: “In Search Of The Lost Future” (Elementary Level)

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Webmaster Review

67% Great

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.

  • Story/Worldview 65 %
  • Character 80 %
  • Animation/Background 60 %
  • Songs/Sound 70 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 60 %
  • User Ratings (3 Votes) 77 %

 

1. Information

In Search of the Lost Future

Title (Eng)In Search of the Lost Future
Title (Jpn)失われた未来を求めて
TypeTV
Episodes12
Aired Year2014
GenresRomance, Sci-Fi
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2. Synopsis

In Search of the Lost Future

Ⓒアトリエハイキー/内浜学園天文学会

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 The contents of their activity were unknown and their research was unpublished.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”.

In Search of the Lost Future

Ⓒアトリエハイキー/内浜学園天文学会

 

 

3. Character’s way of Speaking

・Akiyama Sou (秋山 奏, あきやま そう)

In Search of the Lost Future

Ⓒアトリエハイキー/内浜学園天文学会

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)

In Search of the Lost Future

Ⓒアトリエハイキー/内浜学園天文学会

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)

In Search of the Lost Future

Ⓒアトリエハイキー/内浜学園天文学会

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)

In Search of the Lost Future

Ⓒアトリエハイキー/内浜学園天文学会

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)

In Search of the Lost Future

Ⓒアトリエハイキー/内浜学園天文学会

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)

In Search of the Lost Future

Ⓒアトリエハイキー/内浜学園天文学会

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 Search of the Lost Future

Ⓒアトリエハイキー/内浜学園天文学会

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.

In Search of the Lost Future

Ⓒアトリエハイキー/内浜学園天文学会

 

 

5. Difficult Term List (You should prepare for them before watching)

・Difficult Term List which You Must Know (They come out more than twice)

#よみ漢字Meanings
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
8ぶしつ部室clubroom
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
11しょうこうぐん症候群syndrome


・Difficult Term List which Can Be Useful (They come out once)

#よみ漢字Meanings
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
18みがら身柄one’s person
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
31かわしも川下downstream
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
34あくみょうだがい悪名高いinfamous; notorious
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
46りょうし量子quantum
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
50かんいっぱつ間一髪hair’s breadth
51みぼうじん未亡人widow

 

 

6. Elementary can Learn Japanese with This Anime

Ⓒアトリエハイキー/内浜学園天文学会

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 Rate4.3 terms/episode= 51 / 12
Difficulty Level12th grade= High School
Total Difficulty Score51.6 points= 4.3 * 12
   
Comprehensive JudgmentEasyin 30.0 to 69.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerElementary 
JLPTN4 

 

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