Learn Japanese with Anime: “One Week Friends” (Beginner Level)


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64% Great

When you are watching the interaction between the main characters, you would feel relaxed. On the other hand, it is also the greatest feature and strength of this anime when the sorrow hidden behind those conversation comes up. I think this anime is a great work.

Soft character design and background like watercolor painting match the world view of this anime. This is a direction that will soften the viewer's heart. This unique drawing clearly conveys the hard work the character seeks to respect each other's will. By focusing on human relationships and psychological depictions, you would be able to understand Japanese words more deeply.

  • Story/Worldview 65 %
  • Character 70 %
  • Animation/Background 70 %
  • Songs/Sound 60 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 55 %
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1. Information

One Week Friends

Title (Eng)One Week Friends
Title (Jpn)一週間フレンズ。
Aired Year2014
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2. Synopsis

One Week Friends


Hase Yuuki is a second grader of high school and is concerned about one of his classmates, Kaori Fujimiya, who is always trying not to get involved with people. He tells her that “I want to be your friend.” However, Kaori says “Thanks but I am sorry, I can’t make friends.” Still, Yuuki talks to her single-mindedly, so Kaori gradually begins to open herself to him. But one day she says “Do not talk to me anymore.” A shocking fact is told from the mouth of Kaori and leaves Yuki all confused.



3. Character’s way of Speaking

・Hase Yuuki (長谷 祐樹, はせ ゆうき)

One Week Friends


He speaks in a soft tone, “xxx だよ” or “xxx だな”. He sometimes speaks to a male friend in a slightly stronger tone such as “別にいいだろ” (べつにいいだろ, That doesn’t matter). But the tone of his voice is gentle, I do not feel so rough. He calls Fujimiya Kaori “Fujinomiya-san”. The way to put “さん” in the last name is also common in Japanese schools. He uses “さん” for girls students and “君” (くん) for boys. I recommend male viewers to imitate his way of talking.


・Fujimiya Kaori (藤宮 香織 ふじみや かおり)

One Week Friends


Basically, she speaks in the general tone of a girl. She speaks in a soft tone, “xxx かな” or “xxx だよ”. She sometimes uses aloof words to keep a distance from the surroundings. Even when her classmate asked her for something, she ended the conversation with only one word “ムリ”. If you use an only short word like this, you would sound very abrupt. On the other hand, you should pay attention to the flow of her tone becoming milder as she gets along with Yuuki. It would be better to learn where the expression of Japanese words changes.


・Kiryuu Syougo (桐生 将吾 ,きりゅう しょうご)

One Week Friends


He is a high school boy who is a friend of Hase Yuuki. He always seems to be languid, speaking with a surly tone such as “知らねえよ” (しらねえよ, I don’t know) or “xxx じゃん.” This is a general male tone of Japanese high school student, especially when his personality is not bad. Focusing on the difference between Hase’s and Syougo’s tone in the same boy’s talking way, you would be able to learn more real Japanese. You should not imitate his way of talking (surly tone). But in order to get used to various types of colloquial Japanese, it is necessary to pay attention to the way he talks.



4. Terms and Talking Contents

One Week Friends


There are many daily lines, and particularly difficult words do not appear. You can see the process of how people get along with someone for the first time. Therefore, you can enjoy and learn Japanese more by focusing on changes in the way characters talk according to their familiarity with each other. Hase Yuuki’s line “俺と友達になってください” (おれ と ともだち に なって ください, Please be friends with me) appears many times in this anime, but the nuances are different depending on the situation. Even with the same words, you can learn the fun aspect of the Japanese language where they can put in various meanings according to the feelings of the speaker.



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

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

1おごる奢るto give (someone) a treat
2おごり奢りluxury; extravagance
3つるむつるむto go with (a companion); to hang out with; to do together
4ついし追試supplementary examination
5せわをやく世話を焼くto bother; to meddle; to be too helpful
6せわやき世話焼きbother; meddlesome person
7いけすかないいけ好かないnasty; disgusting; disagreeable
8あまえる甘えるto behave like a spoiled child; to fawn on
9あまやかす甘やかすto pamper; to spoil


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

10ていちょうにおことわり丁重にお断りpolitely decline
11とくとうせき特等席special seat; box seat
12まじマジserious; not joking; straight
13ういている浮いているto feel out of it; to be cut off (e.g. from those around you);
15こうしき公式Formula In mathematics
16おもに重荷load; heavy burden; encumbrance
17ねはいいやつ根はいい奴a good person at heart
18ひねくれたひねくれたto be contrary; to be uncooperative; to be rebellious
19にじゅうじんかく二重人格dual personality; split personality
20きおくそうしつ記憶喪失loss of memory; amnesia
22なかなおり仲直りreconciliation; make peace with
23いのこり居残りdetention; being kept in (e.g. after school)
24むひょうじょう無表情lack of expression; blank look (on one’s face)
25あんもくのりょうかい暗黙の了解tacit understanding; unspoken agreement
26こんいにする懇意にするto get (become) acquainted; to get (become) intimate with
27そうたい早退leaving early
28さぼるサボるto be truant; to play hooky; to skip school
29はくじょう薄情unfeeling; heartless; cold-hearted
30ごういん強引overbearing; coercive; pushy; forcible
31ひとごと他人事other people’s affairs; somebody else’s problem
32けがれをしらない汚れを知らないinnocent (e.g. child); pure (e.g. heart)
33ふりん不倫adultery; immorality; impropriety
34じゅんじょう純情pure heart; naivete; innocence
35ほんね本音real intention; motive; true opinion; what one really thinks
37すれちがいすれ違いpassing each other; crossing paths without meeting
38いやみ嫌味disagreeableness; disagreeability; gaudiness; sarcasm
39ふじゅん不純impurity; adulteration; dishonesty; irregularity
40しかとシカトignoring (somebody); ostracizing; leaving (someone) out
41おせっかいお節介meddling; meddlesomeness; nosiness; interference; officiousness
42ひとはだぬぐ一肌脱ぐto pitch in and help
43ぬけがけ抜け駆けstealing a march on; getting a head start; secretly acting before others
44むしかえす蒸し返すto reheat; to steam over


6. Beginners can Learn Japanese with This Anime

One Week Friends


Younger’s words come out a little because there are most of the students ‘conversations in this anime. Most of the conversation is made up of simple and ordinary Japanese. The difficult terms occurrence rate is also very low: 3.5 terms/episode and the difficulty level of terms and conversation is also very low: 8th grade. Scenes where honorifics that Japanese learners are not good at are also limited. As this anime is scored as very easy, I will recommend this anime for Beginners too.


Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate3.6 terms/episode= 44 / 12
Difficulty Level8th grade= Middle School
Total Difficulty Score28.8 points= 3.6 * 8
Comprehensive JudgmentVery Easyin 0 to 29.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerBeginner 



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