Learn Japanese with Anime: “New Game!” (Intermediate Level)

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86% Brilliant

This is a story about a game developing company. Very lovely characters and colorful anime are impressive. Even though the characters are absolutely cute and its opening song "SAKURA スキップ" is bright, you can see the quite realistic (dark) side of this company, as the author of the animation is a former game developer. This anime is sometimes categorized as "Slice of Life". However, the foundation is very solid and it can be a tear-jerking story as you watch over the protagonist's growth. Brilliant anime.

  • Story/Worldview 90 %
  • Character 100 %
  • Animation/Background 75 %
  • Songs/Sound 85 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 80 %
  • User Ratings (1 Votes) 68 %

 

1. Information

NEW GAME!

Title (Eng)New Game!
Title (Jpn)NEW GAME!
TypeTV
Episodes12
Aired Year2016
GenresDrama
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2. Synopsis

NEW GAME!

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Inspired by the character design of a particular video game when she was young, Aoba Suzukaze who graduated from high school began working as a game developer, a character designer of Eagle Jump. As she is working on modeling and designing characters of the game under development she became acquainted with her colleagues in the character design division and corporate colleagues.

 

 

3. Character’s way of Speaking

・Suzukaze Aoba (涼風 青葉, すずかぜ あおば)

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Her style of speaking ends sentences with “xxx かなあ”, which is a common woman’s tone. You can see her fresh and lively atmosphere as a newcomer in the way she speaks. She uses honorifics to her superiors. Her way of speaking is appropriate for both listening and emulating. She is a good character for female Japanese learners (both working members of society and students).

 

・Takimono Hitomi (滝本 ひふみ, たきもの ひふみ)

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She is taciturn and has a muffled voice because she dislikes talking to people. However, she becomes quite proactive on e-mails and messages, ending sentences with “xxx だよ” and “xxx ね”, which is a friendly tone. The character like her is not rare in real Japanese society. My best favorite character! Very Very Cuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuute!!

 

・Iijima Yun (飯島 ゆん, いいじま ゆん)

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Kansai-ben is mixed in her speech style, ending sentences with “xxx すればええやん”. Kansai-ben is the most used dialect in both Japanese society and anime. Therefore, I would like Japanese learners at the intermediate level to be able to listen to and understand the way she speaks.

 

・Shinoda Hajime (篠田 はじめ, しのだ はじめ)

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Her style of speaking ends sentences with “xxx してよ” and “xxx しようか”, which is more of a common tone. She gets shy and speaks fast when she is called “Senpai” by Aoba. Since she has a neutral style of speaking, it is easy for Japanese learners to listen to.

 

・Yagami Kou (八神 コウ, やがみ こう)

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Her style of speaking ends sentences with “xxx の” and “xxx だよ”, which is a little pushy tone. Despite the fact that she is Aoba’s boss, she says many lines to give instructions to someone. It is a good character for listening because she pronounces words clearly.

 

・Tooyama Rin (遠山 りん とおやま りん)

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Her style of speaking ends sentences with “xxx よ” and “xxx だわ”, which is a feminine tone. She speaks calmly and makes an impression of a reliable superior. The same as Aoba, it is a very appropriate character for both listening and emulating.

 

・Sakura Nene (桜 ねね, さくら ねね)

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Her style of speaking ends sentences with “xxx だなあ” and “xxx だし”, which sounds little childish as a working member of society. Aoba is often seen younger than her actual age, but Nene is seen much younger than that, considering her statements. She seems to have a lack of courtesy for her age because she is not good at using honorifics. She often gets it pointed out in the story. Therefore, I would like you to learn the importance of using honorifics correctly in Japanese society through this character.

 

 

4. Terms and Talking Contents

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The center of the conversations is work. Because of this, the business terms such as “就業” (しゅうぎょう, working), “情報漏洩” (じょうほうろうえい, information leakage), and “配属” (はいぞく, assignment) often show up. However, many of its business terms are commonly used in Japanese companies, and they are not advanced words that are used in negotiations etc. Therefore, it is very useful to know them. Since the anime is set in a game developing company, the business terms that sales and service staff often use are not really used. On the other hand, the business term such as “仕様書” (しようしょ, documents) and “進捗” (しんちょく, progress), which you frequently encounter in game developing companies and IT businesses, often appear.

Since the story takes place in the game company called “イーグルジャンプ” (Eagle Jump) and the age demographics of the company is young, the relationship between employees is casual, and they have an atmosphere that they feel free to talk to each other. It is realistic for the characters to talk like this because recent IT and game industries are oriented towards younger people. (You should know that workers, who belong to more traditional companies such as auto manufacturers, electric companies, and trading companies, tend to speak more formally).

 

 

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こうそつ高卒high school graduate
2はいぞく配属attachment (of a person to another unit, organization, etc.)
3おごりおごりarrogance; haughtiness; conceitedness
4きゃらでざキャラデザcharacter design
5いめちぇんイメチェンimage change; changing one’s image
6しんちょく進捗progress; being under way
7でまデマfalse rumor
8しゅうぎょう就業employment; starting work
9しゅうでん終電last train
10からやっきょう空薬莢an empty cartridge (case)
11あぶらをうる油を売るto loaf (particularly on the job); to idle one’s time away; to dawdle
12りょうしゅうしょう領収証simplified receipt with a blank line to be filled out with the customer’s name

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

#よみ漢字Meanings
13みそじ三十路age thirty; one’s thirties
14めっせメッセinstant messenger
15いくじなし意気地なしcoward; timid creature
16どうがん童顔childlike face; baby face
17しゃいんしょう社員証staff identity card; employee ID card
18どうき同期same period; corresponding period
19りきさく力作tour de force; painstaking piece of work
20ういういしく初々しくinnocent; naive; artless; unsophisticated
21にじかい二次会fterparty; second party of the same night
22こりごりこりごりbitter experience; learning from a bad experience
23しゅひぎむ守秘義務duty of confidentiality
24ねおち寝落ちdozing off in the middle of doing something
25きぐう奇遇unexpected meeting; coincidence
26ちょうけし帳消しcancellation; writing off
27よふかし夜更かしstaying up late; keeping late hours
28しゅらば修羅場fighting scene; scene of carnage
29いっきいちゆう一喜一憂now rejoicing, now worrying; swinging from joy to sorrow
30さてい査定assessment (of salary)
31しょうきゅう昇給salary raise
32ふんぱつする奮発strenuous exertion; spurt
33ねんれいふしょう年齢不詳unknown age
34どういうかぜのふきまわしどういう風の吹き回しWhat’s on your mind?
35いっせきにちょう一石二鳥killing two birds with one stone
36できごころ出来心sudden impulse; passing fancy
37からまわり空回りfruitless effort; going nowhere
38ゆうきゅう有給vacation
39めいそう迷走straying; wandering off course​
40おさななじみ幼馴染みchildhood friend; friend from infancy
41さんだんじゅう散弾銃shotgun
42さいけつ採血drawing blood; collecting blood
43おちゅうげんお中元mid-year gift; summer gift
44ぶっそう物騒dangerous; unsettled; troubled
45じしゅ自首surrender (to the authorities); giving oneself up
46ちらみせチラ見せgiving someone a peek (of cleavage, etc.)
47そうたい早退leaving early
48たすけぶね助け船friend in need; helping hand; lifeboat
49じっか実家(one’s parents’) home
50せんとう銭湯public bath; bathhouse
51さしいれ差し入れinsertion; letter drop
52えすっけSっ気sign of sadist
53てんてこまいてんてこ舞いwhirl of busyness; humming with activity; bustling activity
54そこう素行behaviour; behavior
55えづけ餌付けartificial feeding; accustoming wild animals to eating food given by humans
56そえん疎遠estrangement; alienation; neglecting to stay in contact
57しろくじちゅう四六時中around the clock; day and night
58さっきだつ殺気立つto be seething (with anger); to be frenzied; to be menacing
59しはつ始発first departure (of the day: train, bus, etc.); first train
60とくてん特典privilege; special favor; special favour
61じょうほうろうえい情報漏洩information leak; data breach
62ごはっと御法度contraband; taboo; strictly forbidden
63ごかんだんくださいご歓談くださいI hope you will enjoy the rest of the evening
64むりじい無理強いcompulsion; insistence; pressure
65なきごと泣き言complaint

 

 

6. Intermediate can Learn Japanese with This Anime

NEW GAME!

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Because of the fact that the story takes place in a game company, the characters’ conversations in an office contain business terms such as “査定” (さてい, assessment). Frequently used idioms in both daily life and business show up in the rest of the conversations, for example, “おごる” (to treat someone to food) and “帳消し” (ちょうけしcancellation). Therefore, the difficulty level of the terms is about university level, and you should be careful about that. However, there is no overwhelming amount of technical terms thanks to the trait of comedy anime with jokes. I can say that it is good learning material for Japanese learners. The characters do not talk uniquely, and difficult terms occurrence rate is 5.4 terms per episode. It is not too high. I would like to recommend it strongly to Japanese learners, who are at the Intermediate level and aiming to work in Japan.

 

Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate5.4 terms/episode= 65 / 12
Difficulty Level16th grade= Middle School
Total Difficulty Score88.0 points= 5.4 * 16
   
Comprehensive JudgmentNormal= 70.0 to 129.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerIntermediate 
JLPTN3 

 

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