Learn Japanese with Anime: “K-On!!” (Elementary Level)

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Webmaster Review

92% Outstanding

This work belongs to the "slice of life" genre and the beginning and the middle part is designed to enjoy the everyday life of teenage girls. Their looks and personalities are cute, and they will definitely relax you. On the other hand, an emotional ending awaits you, so you will be surprised by the dramatic elements of this story.

The story and the characters are at a perfect level, with an amazing level of animation and songs, and this anime is definitely an outstanding work.

  • Story/Worldview 100 %
  • Character 100 %
  • Animation/Background 85 %
  • Songs/Sound 90 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 85 %
  • User Ratings (0 Votes) 0 %

 

1. Information

Title (Eng)K-On!!
Title (Jpn)けいおん!!
TypeTV
Episodes25
Aired Year2010
GenresSlice of life
PrequelK-On!
Sequel

 

 

2. Synopsis

The student band “After School Tea Time” (lead guitarist Yui Hirasawa, bassist Mio Akiyama, drummer Ritsu Tainaka, and keyboardist Tsumugi Kotobuki) are ready to graduate and take their band to new heights. But before they can do that, they must recruit new members to ensure the survival of the light music club!

Between band practice, club recruitment, and studying, the girls stumble through daily teenager life: concerts, college applications, holidays, and vacations. Along with junior club member Azusa Nakano, the girls of K-On!! are ready to make their senior year of high school a great one!

Source: https://myanimelist.net/anime/7791/K-On?q=K-ON!!

 

3. Character’s Way of Speaking

Hirasawa Yui stretches the end of sentences like “xxx ねー” and “xxx だよー”. In the narration, she also uses polite language like “xxx です”, “xxx ます.” She sometimes uses old-fashioned expressions like “ちょっと見ておくんなまし!” (same as “ちょっと見てください”) when she is saying something comical. She speaks clearly, so she is good for listening practice.

Akiyama Mio speaks like a reliable girl like “xxx なあ”, but she is actually shy. If you can understand and enjoy the difference between her speech and her personality, that is enough for Japanese learners.

Tainaka Ritsu uses a boyish speech like “xxx ぞ”, “xxx なあ”, and “xxx ぜ”. She often says “つーか” instead of “というか” but does not use slangs. Some teenage girls do actually use a boyish speech, so Japanese learners who want to speak like a boy should emulate her speech.

Kotobuki Tsumugi uses a girlish speech like “xxx ね”, and “xxx よ”. Her family is rich, so she sometimes uses a posh speech. She carefully uses feminine expressions, so it is recommended for all female Japanese learners.

Nakano Azusa uses polite language like “xxx です”, and “xxx ます”. She also uses friendly language like “xxx かなあ” towards her friends. Changing speech depending on who you are speaking with, is an important skill in speaking Japanese. She should be used for listening and emulating.

Hirasawa Ui uses a girlish speech like “xxx だよね”, and “xxx かなあ”. She is Yui’s sister so she calls Yui “お姉ちゃん”. She uses the same technique as Azusa in terms of changing speech styles, so she is a good model for Japanese learners.

Yamanaka Sawako uses polite words like “xxx ください”. She also uses feminine expressions towards the band members like “xxx の” and “xxx わよ”. The band members call her “さわちゃん”, which indicates how close they are. You should understand that the way people speak is a reflection of their relationship.

Manabe Nodoka talks in a girlish style of “xxx ね” and “xxx の”. Her calm speech indicates how responsible she is for her actions.

 

 

4. Terms and Talking Contents

This is a work portraying school and club life, so vocabularies related to school such as “進路” (しんろ, one’s future course), “日直” (にっちょく, class duty), “受験” (じゅけん, taking an examination) are frequently used. In addition, idioms like “油を売る” (あぶらをうる, to idle one’s time away), “往生際が悪い” (おうじょうぎわがわるい, not knowing when to give up), “自業自得” (じごうじとく, paying for one’s mistakes), “挙動不審” (きょどうふしん, suspicious behavior) are frequently used in Japan, so you should be able to listen to these terms.

 

 

5. Intermediate can Learn Japanese with This Anime

Since this anime is basically about conversations between teenagers, the contents are quite easy. However, difficult language, old language and Kyoto dialects come out as a joke, so it is at a 12th grade difficulty level. However, most parts are easy. School-related terms like “受験” (じゅけん, taking an examination) and “期末” (きまつ, term-end examination) come out, but the difficult terms occurrence rate is low at 2.7terms/episode. Thus, this anime is recommended to elementary-level Japanese learners.

 

Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate 2.7 terms/episode= 67 / 25
Difficulty Level12th grade= High School
Total Difficulty Score32.4 points= 2.7 * 12
   
Comprehensive JudgmentEasyin 30.0 to 69.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerElementary 
JLPTN4 

 

The List of Difficult Terms that Appear in this Anime (=67 terms)
#よみ漢字Remarks
1しんろ進路School terms
2はいぶ廃部School terms
3しゃれこうべしゃれこうべ 
4はれすがた晴れ姿 
5おしとやかおしとやか 
6おぼんお盆 
7ざんしょみまい残暑見舞い 
8かきこうしゅう夏期講習School terms
9じゅけん受験School terms
10じゅけんせい受験生School terms
11にっちょく日直School terms
12ぶんどき分度器School terms
13しんかん新歓School terms
14すいせん推薦/推薦入学/推薦入試School terms
15そつある卒アルSchool terms
16だいいちしぼう第一志望/第一志望校School terms
17じごうじとく自業自得 
18ほうかご放課後School terms
19よせがき寄せ書き 
20たんにん担任 
21あされん朝練School terms
22しょっけんらんよう職権乱用 
23そつぎょうしき始業式School terms
24ぶどうかん武道館 
25ふとっぱら太っ腹 
26じばら自腹 
27ぶひ部費School terms
28かんらく陥落 
29きょうだん教壇 
30でこぴんデコピン 
31すっぴんすっぴん 
32べつばら別腹 
33にどね二度寝 
34いちきゅっぱイチキュッパ 
35つゆ梅雨 
36たてまえ建て前 
37こくりつ国立/国立大学School terms
38かんねんする観念する 
39きまつ期末/期末試験School terms
40やまがあたるヤマが当たるSchool terms
41きょどうふしん挙動不審 
42しんこっちょう真骨頂 
43めんぼくない面目ない 
44はちゅうるい爬虫類 
45かいだん怪談 
46さんもんしばい三文芝居 
47しんしゅつきぼつ神出鬼没 
48じきゅうりょく持久力 
49こもん顧問 
50ひのこ火の粉 
51とどめをさす止めを刺すIdioms
52けいこ稽古 
53ただしがき但し書き 
54あぶらをうる油を売るIdioms
55てをひろげる手を広げるIdioms
56しりにひかれている尻に敷かれているIdioms
57おうじょうぎわがわるい往生際が悪いIdioms
58いちやづけ一夜漬けSchool terms
59おひゃくどまいりお百度参り 
60すべるすべる/おちる 
61たつとりあとをにごさず立つ鳥跡を濁さずIdioms
62わかげのいたり若気の至りIdioms
63おみあいお見合い/お見合い写真Idioms
64ごりやくご利益 
65ざいこうせい在校生 
66とうじ答辞 
67ぞうてい贈呈 

 

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