Learn Japanese with Anime: “YuruYuri” (Beginner Level)

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This work is a comedy interwoven many elements of "Yuri" in a slice of life. I strongly recommend this to those who like "Yuri" and "slice of life". The character's cuteness and comedy are excellent. This is unique and excellent among slice-of-life genre works.

  • Story/Worldview 80 %
  • Character 100 %
  • Animation/Background 70 %
  • Songs/Sound 75 %
  • Originality 80 %
  • User Ratings (1 Votes) 100 %

 

1. Information

YuruYuri

Title (Eng)YuruYuri
Title (Jpn)ゆるゆり
TypeTV
Episodes12
Aired Year2011
GenresComedy
Previous
NextYuruYuri♪♪

 

 

2. Synopsis

YuruYuri

(c)なもり/一迅社・七森中ごらく部

First-year student Akari Akaza is finally reunited with second years Yui Funami and Kyouko Toshinou at their all-girls’ middle school. Yui and Kyouko formed the “Amusement Club” which occupies the now nonexistent Tea Club’s room.

Yuru Yuri is an eccentric comedy about a group of girls who spend their spare time drinking tea and fawning over each other, all while completely failing to even notice the supposed main character Akari amongst them.

 

 

3. Character’s way of Speaking

・Akaza Akari (赤座 あかり, あかざ あかり)

YuruYuri

(c)なもり/一迅社・七森中ごらく部

Her way of speaking seems to be suitable for her age. She calls Kyoko and Yui without “-san” because they are childhood friends. (This meaning is not malice but familiarity).

 

・Toshinou Kyouko (歳納 京子, としのう きょうこ)

YuruYuri

(c)なもり/一迅社・七森中ごらく部

She talks in a very bright tone.

 

・Funami Yui (船見 結衣, ふなみ ゆい)

YuruYuri

(c)なもり/一迅社・七森中ごらく部

She is a woman, but she has a characteristic of talking in a masculine tone.

 

・Yoshikawa Chinatsu (吉川 ちなつ, よしかわ ちなつ)

YuruYuri

(c)なもり/一迅社・七森中ごらく部

She talks to her senior Kyoko and Yui in honorific terms with “xxx senpai”.

 

・Sugiura Ayano (杉浦 綾乃, すぎうら あやの)

YuruYuri

(c)なもり/一迅社・七森中ごらく部

She basically talks a wording appropriate for her age. However, she often plays on words related to a place name. “罰金バッキンガム” is pronounced “ばっきん ばっきんがむ”.

 

・Ikeda Chitose (池田 千歳, いけだ ちとせ)

YuruYuri

(c)なもり/一迅社・七森中ごらく部

She speaks “関西弁” (かんさいべん, Kansai dialect) because she is from Kansai.

 

・Furutani Himawari (古谷 向日葵, ふるたに ひまわり)

YuruYuri

(c)なもり/一迅社・七森中ごらく部

She is a girl who uses the so-called “Lady’s Word”, and adds “xxx ですわ” to the end of her word.

 

 

4. Terms and Talking Contents

YuruYuri

(c)なもり/一迅社・七森中ごらく部

“YuruYuri” is a strong comedy anime and the characters like contrasting conversations that can be unfolded. However, the number of difficult words to appear is small. Some words “幼馴染み” (おさななじみ, childhood friend) or “腐れ縁” (くされえん, inseparable relationship) appear repeatedly. So if you prepare these terms beforehand, you can enjoy this work without problems.

The word used by the character is basically a standard Japanese word. You should pay attention to the four lines of Yui, Chitose, Ayano, and Himawari. Their conversation is not too difficult.

In addition, the work title “Yuri” is the origin of “lily” pointing to homosexuality in women in Japan. And there are mild depictions of homosexuality even in this work. If you can tolerate the point that it is a comedy with “Yuri” as a motif, the conversation itself is easy to hear because there are few difficult words and it will be helpful for beginners to study Japanese.

 

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ふびんなこ不憫な子pitiful child
2おさななじみ幼馴染childhood friend
3くされえん腐れ縁inseparable relationship
4かげがうすい影が薄いin the background; not standing out

 

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

#よみ漢字Meanings
5いちやづけ一夜漬けlast-minute cramming;
overnight cramming
6ぶしつ部室clubroom
7きまつてすと期末テストterm-end exam;
end-of-term test
8こうじつ口実excuse; pretext
9じんせいはしょっぱい人生はしょっぱいlife is salty

 

 

6. Beginners can Learn Japanese with This Anime

 

YuruYuri

(c)なもり/一迅社・七森中ごらく部

The proportion of gags in everyday conversation is quite large, but surprisingly difficult terms are few. Although difficulty level of terms and conversation is 8th grade, difficult terms occurrence rate is very low (0.8 terms/episode). Therefore, it is very easy for beginners to watch and listen if you prepare in advance in 5. Difficult Term List. However, be aware that some characters have a very distinguished way of talking.

 

Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate 0.8 terms/episode= 9 / 12
Difficulty Level8th grade= Middle School
Total Difficulty Score6.4 points= 0.8 * 8
   
Comprehensive JudgmentVery Easyin 0 to 29.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerBeginner 
JLPTN5 

 

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