Learn Japanese with Anime: “Yuki Yuna is a Hero” (Intermediate Level)


Webmaster Review

65% Great

The first half and middle of the story are boring. The surprise facts revealed in the second half make it interesting, but only a little. The character is not so cute. The world view is not good enough.

However, the drawing level is high, especially the transformation scene and the battle scene. The background of the everyday scene is simple, but the background of the different space is colorful and Japanese-like heterogeneity can be produced individually. This is a very good job.

Sound production is not bad in daily life, combat and seriousness. By all means, there is a place that resembles MadoMagi, and the evaluation of individuality is not high.

  • Story/Worldview 65 %
  • Character 60 %
  • Animation/Background 80 %
  • Songs/Sound 60 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 60 %
  • User Ratings (0 Votes) 0 %


1. Information

Title (Eng)Yuki Yuna is a Hero
Title (Jpn)結城友奈は勇者である
Aired Year2014
GenresDrama, Sci-Fi, Action
SequelYuki Yuna is a Hero: Washio Sumi Chapter



2. Synopsis

The story takes place on the Japanese island Shikoku in the fictional city of Sanshu, based on the real-life city of Kan’onji in Kagawa Prefecture, in the 300th year of the Era of the Gods (神世紀 Shinseiki). Yūna, Mimori, Fū, and Itsuki are all members of the Sanshu Middle School Hero Club (讃州中学勇者部 Sanshū Chūgaku Yūsha-bu), dedicating themselves to helping those that request help. One day in their regular daily lives, the Hero Club members are suddenly caught in an explosion of light and transported to a strange forest, where they encounter mysterious monsters known as Vertex which seek to destroy the Shinju (神樹, “Divine Tree”), the guardian deity which protects and blesses humanity. Using a special phone application granted by Taisha, an organization dedicated to the Shinju, Yuna and her friends must transform into “heroes” with magical powers to protect their world from imminent destruction.

Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yuki_Yuna_Is_a_Hero


3. Intermediate can Learn Japanese with This Anime

Since there are many scenes where characters are drawn on smartphones and sketchbooks, this anime is good for reading learning. Since all the characters are junior high school girls, the difficulty of everyday conversation is not high. However, you may find it difficult to joke specifically for junior high school students. Difficult Japanese is a religious term such as “結界” (けっかい, border), “御霊” (みたま, spirit), and “大赦” (たいしゃ, given) related to the worldview of this anime. If you are a Japanese language learner and above the intermediate level, you can challenge to watch this anime.


Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate 6.7 terms/episode= 80 / 12
Difficulty Level12th grade= Middle School
Total Difficulty Score80.4 points= 6.7 * 12
Comprehensive JudgmentNormalin 70 to 129.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerIntermediate 


The List of Difficult Terms that Appear in this Anime (=80 terms)
1 出し物 
2 結界Religious terms
3 精霊Religious terms
4 封印Religious terms
5みたま御霊Religious terms
6 女子力Slang
7 大赦Religious terms
8 神樹様Coined word
9 樹海 
10 諸行無常 
11 トーシロSlang
12 外道 
13 殲滅 
14 五か条 
15 後遺症Medical terms
16くもつ供物Religious terms
17 自害 
18 生け贄Religious terms
19 祀るReligious terms
20 祀られるReligious terms
21 改心 
22 結果往来 
23 強化月間 
24 先手 
25 有事Military terms
26 小食 
27 近藤勇 
28 人智 
29 面子 
30 足手まといIdioms
31 敵前逃亡Military terms
32 狙撃Military terms
33 散開 
34 国防Military terms
35 迎撃Military terms
36 四の五の言わずIdioms
37 編入 
38 転入生 
39 出撃Military terms
40 先遣隊Military terms
41 大船に乗ったつもりでIdioms
42 帳尻を合わせるIdioms
43 親睦会 
44 殺風景 
46 加護Religious terms
47 圧巻 
48 円陣Military terms
49 出陣Military terms
50 追尾Military terms
51 迎撃Military terms
52 美人薄命 
53 療養 
54 眼帯 
55 チャラ 
56 帰還Military terms
57 競泳 
58 心頭滅却 
59 門限 
60 邪眼 
61 居候 
62 ご謙遜 
63 配役 
64 学期 
65 諸葛孔明 
66 弘法も筆の誤りIdioms
67 敵兵Military terms
68 Religious terms
70 万病 
71 切腹 
72 服毒 
73 縁起物 
74 おぞましい 
75 幼女 
77 懺悔Religious terms
78 粛清 
79 襲来Military terms
80 立ち眩み 



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