[Intermediate Level] Learn Japanese with Anime: “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day”

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72% Excellent

A story is good, there is something that echoes to the soul. This anime strongly obtains such impression, calmness, cooperation, unity and congruity, peace and harmony, stability and security. There is an element that can move our heart by 1 episode, you would be moved to cry with each story. Drawing and background are stable, especially the closing song is over brilliant.

This is one of the most famous youth anime in Japan. Unfortunately, my personal appraisal is not so high. There is no doubt that it is an excellent anime, but I just do not like it personally.

  • Story/Worldview 75 %
  • Character 70 %
  • Animation/Background 70 %
  • Songs/Sound 75 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 70 %
  • User Ratings (0 Votes) 0 %

 

1. Information

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

Title (Eng)Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day
Title (Jpn)あの日見た花の名前を僕達はまだ知らない。
TypeTV
Episodes11
Aired Year2011
GenresDrama, Romance
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2. Synopsis

Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day

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Six childhood friends who were good friends long ago were away from each other when they were high school students. However, as a result of Menma’s wish in the center of six friends, they once again gather together like their past although they lived their lives in their respective areas.

 

 

3. Character’s way of Speaking

・Yadomi Jinta (宿海 仁太, やどみ じんた)

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His nickname is “Jintan”. He speaks in a gossaty tone of high school student boys: “xxx だろ” and “xxx じゃねえ”. He is shut-in from the failure of taking the high school examination. His way of speaking is timid outside the house.

 

・Honma Meiko (本間 芽衣子, ほんま めいこ)

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Her nickname is “Menma”. Actually, she died of an accident at elementary school. Her appearance is growing, but its contents remain as it was at elementary school. Therefore, she talks like a child. “xxx だよー” “xxx ねー”, often extends the ending of her words.

 

・Anjou Naruko (安城 鳴子, あんじょう なるこ)

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Her nickname is “Anaru”. Because she is going out with bad girl friends, she also uses young girls’ words. For example, she says “関係なくない?” (かんけいなくない). This means “関係ないよね?” (かんけいないよね, Does it have nothing to do?”). In this way, “xxx なくない?” is an expression that seeks consent to denial. Young people often use it even in Real. Be aware that this way of saying is limited to close friends.

 

・Matsuyuki Atsumu (松雪 集, まつゆき あつむ)

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He speaks surely and intimidatingly, but it is the reason for his complex of past events. If you watch this anime to the end, you will understand why he speaks like that.

 

・Tsurumi Chiriko (鶴見 知利子, つるみ ちりこ)

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She often takes a cold attitude towards Naruko. There are also a lot of tight expressions in the words she uses, so when you watch it you want to think about the meaning well (If not so, you would misunderstand her personality)

 

・Hisakawa Tetsudou (久川 鉄道,ひさかわ てつどう)

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He respects Jinta and has a habit of saying “じんたん つえー”. The word “強い” (つよい, Strong) is pronounced as “つえー” in youth words.

 

 

4. Terms and Talking Contents

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At the beginning of the story, the characters who reunited after a long time talk awkwardly. As time goes on, they will gradually be able to talk with real intention. Paying attention to the change in the way of speaking accompanying it, you will be able to learn more practical Japanese nuances. There are many natural Japanese languages in the whole anime, there are no phrase-like lines. However, I say repeatedly, basically, there are many young people’s words, so as to practice listening but not to emulate.

 

 

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ししゅんき思春期puberty
2じゅけん受験taking an examination
3ひきこもり引きこもりshut-in
4げんそう幻想fantasy; illusion
5げんちょう幻聴auditory hallucination
6じょうぶつ成仏entering Nirvana; going to heaven
7つれないつれないcold; indifferent; unfriendly
8じょそう女装female clothing; wearing female clothing
9かやく火薬gunpowder; powder

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

#よみ漢字Meanings
10ひいきひいきfavour; favor; patronage; favouritism
11とらうまトラウマtrauma (usu. psychological)
12かきこうしゅう夏期講習summer term short course
13けしかけるけしかけるto instigate; to incite; to spur on
14ぼるボルto ask a high price; to overcharge
15ねおち寝落ちdozing off in the middle of doing something
16くせっけくせっ毛kinky hair; frizzy hair; unruly hair; curly hair
17どうしん童心child’s mind; childlike innocence
18ゆめまくらにたつ夢枕に立つto appear in one’s dream
19しぎょうしき始業式opening ceremony (of the school term)
20さんけい産経(新聞)Sankei newspaper
21ごうがい号外newspaper extra
22かいだん怪談ghost story
23はなしをもる話を盛るto exaggerate
24しらける白けるto be spoiled (spoilt); to be dampened
25つっかかる突っかかるto flare up (at someone); to turn on (someone)
26うみをだしきる膿を出し切るto drive out all the corruption
27しょうねからくさってる性根から腐ってるOne’s heart is rotten to the core
28~にかまける~にかまけるto be too busy; to be occupied; to concentrate on single-mindedly
29あたまかず頭数number of persons; numerical strength
30ちゃばん茶番farce; charade
31さんさい山菜edible wild plants
32ひょうしぬけ拍子抜けanticlimax; let-down; disappointment
33えんこう援交paid dating (esp. with an underage girl; oft. involving selling of sex (援助交際)
34しくるしくるto fail; to screw up; to stuff up
35らぶほラブホhotel that rents rooms to couples either overnight or for two hours’ “rest”
36ほとぼりほとぼりresidual excitement
37おふくろお袋one’s mother
38せんこう線香incense stick
39こけにするコケにするto make a fool of someone
40ぼっしゅうとボッシュートforfeiture; seizure; confiscation
41よくじょう欲情passion; passions; (sexual) desire
42いえで家出running away from home
43えづけ餌付けartificial feeding; accustoming wild animals to eating food given by humans
44かんぱカンパfund raising campaign
45ふりょう不良juvenile delinquent
46しんいり新入りnewcomer; initiate; rookie
47まえきん前金advance payment; money paid in advance
48さいさきよい幸先良いomen; sign (usually good)
49ダシにするダシにするto use (as a tool) for one’s own advantage
50がてんけいガテン系physical work
51くっちゃね食っちゃ寝living idly (i.e. doing nothing but eating and sleeping)
52しみったれたしみったれたto be stingy; to be tightfisted
53どやがおドヤ顔self-satisfied look; triumphant look; shit-eating grin
54にっきゅう日給daily wages
55おこがましいおこがましいpresumptuous; impertinent; impudent
56ぎょくさい玉砕honourable defeat; honorable defeat
57しょうわる性悪ill-natured; inconstancy
58たいせい耐性resistance (e.g. to antibiotics); tolerance (e.g. drug tolerance)
59いきまく息巻くto rage; to storm (at); to be furious
60けっきしゅうかい決起集会kickoff party; rally; pep party
61はやしたてるはやし立てるto cheer; to jeer; to mock

 

6. Intermediate can Learn Japanese with This Anime

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It would be good for listening to Japanese because terms are also simple and honorific words do not come out. Fortunately, all the letters written in Menma’s diary notebook are Hiragana, so it will be good for reading practice.

However, for Japanese learners, it is a drawback that many young people’s words and slang come out in this anime. Let’s not practice talking about these bad words. So the difficulty level of terms and conversation is over middle school: 16th grade.

 

Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate5.7 terms/episode= 61 / 11
Difficulty Level16th grade= University
Total Difficulty Score91.2 points= 5.7 * 16
   
Comprehensive JudgmentNormal= 70.0 to 129.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerIntermediate 
JLPTN3 

 

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