Learn Japanese with Anime: “Three Leaves, Three Colors” (Intermediate Level)

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83% Brilliant

The three main characters are introduced as "evil minded president", "poor bread eater former madam" and, "black hole stomach" in the end. These characters and and their surroundings makes us laugh. A work to enjoy the characters' personalities and their cuteness, and an enjoyable music. The comedy of high tempo and strangeness is the selling point of this anime, but the final episode is emotional and the plot is in fact good, even though it is a comedy anime. Some people would absolutely love this anime while others would hate it; but if you like the character design, this anime is recommended.

  • Story/Worldview 80 %
  • Character 100 %
  • Animation/Background 70 %
  • Songs/Sound 80 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 85 %
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1. Information

Three Leaves, Three Colors

Title (Eng)Three Leaves Three Colors
Title (Jpn)三者三葉
TypeTV
Episodes12
Aired Year2016
GenresSlice of Life, Comedy
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2. Synopsis

Three Leaves, Three Colors

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The three besties: a glutton girl Futaba, a former madam Yoko, and an evil-minded president Teru, with their classmate and all-time backseat Serina, talkative Ariko, conspiracy lover Yoko’s former maid Shino… Each character keep going their own way as they wish and bring a lot of excitement!

 

 

3. Character’s way of Speaking

・Nishikawa Youko (西川 葉子, にしかわ ようこ)

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She has a stereotypical madam speech like “xxx ですわ” and “xxx ですの”. She calls herself “わたくし”. Her friend Futaba said “本物のお嬢様だ!” (ほんもの の おじょうさま だ, She is a real lady!) when she saw her for the first time. But actually, Youko is a former madam and is poor. Therefore, in contrast to her madam speech, her actions look poor like eating bread crust. A character to enjoy the gap between her actions and her speech.

 

・Odagiri Futaba (小田切 双葉, おだぎり ふたば)

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She stretches the ends of sentences like “xxx だよー”. Her speech is like a usual girl. She uses youngster language like “マジ”. This is young word for “本当” (ほんとう, Real).

 

・Hayama Teru (葉山 照, はやま てる)

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She has a girl-like speech like “xxx のよ”. Since she is the president of the student council, she is usually calm and polite. However, she is mostly arrogant saying things like “やってあげてる”, and she is actually evil-minded. She is an animal lover and once spoke “どうしたんでしゅかー? 迷子でしゅかー?” to a cat in school. Some people often use “xxx でしゅ” towards cute things in Japan. But as you may know, don’t emulate that.

 

・Yamaji Mitsugu (山路 充嗣, やまじ みつぐ)

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He is a former servant from Youko’s house, so he speaks very politely. He can be used to listen to the respect towards Youko.

 

・Sonobe Shino (薗部 篠, そのべ しの)

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She is a former maid from Youko’s house, so she also does use polite language towards Youko. Mitsugu and Shino both use difficult language like “御髪” (おぐし, Hair) and “お暇する” (おいとまする, I think I should be going now). These are not used in normal conversations but are sometimes used in business so it might be good to do some research on the terms if you are interested.

 

 

4. Terms and Talking Contents

Three Leaves, Three Colors

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Every character has its own way of speaking, so it is easy to see who is speaking just by looking at a random line. Normal conversations are central, but since the speed is fast it might be difficult to listen to. Before getting used to characters’ fast talk, subtitles might be necessary.

 

 

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しようにん使用人employee; servant
2ごがくゆうご学友school friend
3はしたないはしたないimproper; immodest; disgraceful; shameful
4ふしんしゃ不審者suspicious person
5ぶっけん物件property (real estate)
6おんみつ隠密covert action (behavior); espionage activities
7おとなげない大人げないimmature; childish
8せいさい制裁sanctions; punishment
9ごうまん傲慢haughty; arrogant; insolent
10せいざ正座seiza; kneeling with the tops of the feet flat on the floor
11ぶんかさい文化祭school festival
12さくらサクラShill
13としこし年越しNew Year’s Eve; end of the year
14できん出禁ban on entering a building
15ねこのてもかりたい猫の手も借りたいextremely busy; wanting even the help of a cat
16ちょろいチョロいeasy; simple
17ぜつめつきぐしゅ絶滅危惧種endangered species
18てんねんきねんぶつ天然記念物natural monument; protected species (animal, habitat, etc.)


・Difficult Term List which Can Be Useful (They come out once)
#よみ漢字Meanings
19ねんぴがいい燃費がいいfuel efficient
20はつみみ初耳something heard for the first time; hearing something for the first time
21ちょっきゅう直球direct (e.g. question); straight ball (pitch)
22よれい予鈴bell signalling that work, class, etc
23おてやわらかにお手柔らかにdon’t be too hard on me (us, them)
24おもいちがい思い違いmisunderstanding; misapprehension; false impression
25れいらく零落falling into straitened circumstances; downfall
26いっきん一斤1 kin (~0.6kg); 1 loaf of bread
27しんがい心外regrettable; vexing; upsetting
28おいたわしいお労しいheartrending; pitiful
29みずくさい水くさいstand-offish; distant; not frank
30すてぜりふ捨て台詞sharp parting remark; parting threat
31じきゅうりょく持久力stamina; tenacity
32とりえがない取り柄がないworth; merit; value; good point
33みそじ三十路age thirty; one’s thirties
34そつなくそつなくwithout a flaw; accurately
35あがる上がるto be finished; to be done; to be over
36あとづけ後付けgiving a reason afterwards; making an excuse after the event
37せいしゅん青春youth; springtime of life; adolescent
38おいとまするお暇するleaving; going home
39ひとづま人妻married woman
40じょうほ譲歩concession; conciliation; compromise
41がいしょく外食eating out; dining out
42とりとめないはなし取りとめない話chat about nothing in particular talk about random stuff
43しゅびはんい守備範囲(one’s) field; (one’s) scope; area of the field one is supposed to (or able to) defend
44こんやく婚約engagement; betrothal
45おふくろのあじお袋の味mom’s home cooking; taste of mom’s cooking
46あがめたてまつる崇め奉るto revere and offer; to respect and present
47おすそわけお裾分けsharing with others what has been given to you; sharing a portion of the profit with others
48おじょうお嬢(someone else’s) daughter; young lady
49しょうわしゅう昭和臭like Showa era; Showa era smell
50せけんしらず世間知らずignorant of the ways of the world
51ぎそう偽装camouflage; disguise
52えいきをやしなう英気を養うto restore one’s energy; to restore one’s spirits
53うみのさち海の幸seafood; products of the sea; marine products
54ねりもの練り物paste products (incl. sweets, fish paste, etc.)
55もみじがり紅葉狩りautumn-leaf viewing; fall-leaf viewing
56しゅんんかしゅうとう春夏秋冬spring, summer, autumn (fall) and winter; the four seasons
57よびすて呼び捨てaddressing (someone) without using an honorific title
58どとうのいきおい怒濤の勢いwith great vigour; in leaps and bounds
59うわき浮気extramarital sex; affair; fooling around
60げだつ解脱being liberated from earthly desires and the woes of man; (reaching) nirvana
61つっかかる突っかかるto charge; to flare up (at someone)
62かいしん改心conversion; reform; correcting someone’s conduct
63そうまとう走馬燈revolving lantern
64ぼっちぼっちaloneness; loneliness; solitude (shorten “一人ぼっち”: slang)
65めのうえのたんこぶ目の上のたんこぶa thorn in one’s side; a pain in the butt (often someone higher in rank, ability, etc.)
66くうきをよむ空気を読むto read the situation; to sense the mood
67はくちゅうむ白昼夢daydream; waking dream
68しきり仕切りpartition; division; boundary
69じゅばくれい呪縛霊spell (that restricts one’s movements); binding spell
70ぶなん無難safe (e.g. choice); secure; innocuous
71ようがし洋菓子Western confectionery
72しんしゅつきぼつ神出鬼没appearing in unexpected places and at unexpected moments
73おそれおののく恐れおののくto tremble with fear
74かたきをうつ仇を討つto avenge (somebody) by striking down their killer
75はっぽう発砲firing; discharge of gun
76ちわきにくおどる血湧き肉躍るTrembling with excitement and burning with passion
77なんくせをつける難癖をつけるto blame; to find fault with
78ねんまつねんし年末年始New Year’s holiday; period encompassing the close of the old year and the start of the New Year
79きねとうす杵と臼mallet and mortar
80はむ食むto eat (fodder, grass, etc.)
81げんなま現生real money; cash
82どりょう度量generosity; magnanimity; tolerance
83けんしょうえん腱鞘炎inflammation of a tendon (sheath); tendonitis; tendinitis
84どんぐりのせくらべドングリの背比べhaving no outstanding characteristics; all seeming about the same
85ふせんしょう不戦勝win by default
86いしょうにきられる衣装に着られるmy clothes stand out more than I do
87かみだなにささげる神棚に捧げるto devote to household shrine
88ひらて平手palm; open hand
89ねこをかぶる猫をかぶるto feign friendliness; to play the hypocrite
90おぐし御髪hair (Honorific or respectful expression)
91こんいんとどけ婚姻届marriage registration


6. Intermediate can Learn Japanese with This Anime

Three Leaves, Three Colors

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The contents of the conversations are easy, but the terms used have a great variety. Difficult terms do not come out too often, but terms with the difficulty level higher than “High school level” come out very frequently. Also, the maid and the servant’s speeches are very difficult. They use difficult terminology like “お労しい” (おいたわしい, pitiful) in usual conversations, so the level is quite high. I recommended this anime to learners at the Intermediate level of Japanese.

 

Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate7.7 terms/episode= 91 / 12
Difficulty Level12th grade= Middle School
Total Difficulty Score92.4 points= 7.7 * 12
   
Comprehensive JudgmentNormal= 70.0 to 129.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerIntermediate 
JLPTN3 

 

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