Learn Japanese with Anime: “Amagami SS” (Beginner Level)


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74% Excellent

There are many scenes that make viewers feel ashamed, but it is Great work enough to enjoy the charm of characters and the excellence of the theme song "君のままで" (きみのままで, As you are). Anyway, the characters are cute and the theme song is wonderful. This is the only work of his.

  • Story/Worldview 55 %
  • Character 100 %
  • Animation/Background 75 %
  • Songs/Sound 75 %
  • Originality/Enjoyment 65 %
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1. Information

Title (Eng)Amagami SS
Title (Jpn)アマガミSS
Aired Year2010
GenresRomance, Comedy
SequelAmagami SS+ plus



2. Synopsis

Two years ago, Junichi Tachibana had a date on Christmas Eve but was stood up instead. Since then, he has had a hard time showing others his true feelings in fear of being rejected again. However, as luck would have it, Junichi may have a second chance at love when he meets several girls whom he becomes romantically interested in: Haruka Morishima, the energetic and popular upperclassman with a love for cute things; Kaoru Tanamachi, his childhood friend who harbors secret feelings for him; Sae Nakata, the timid transfer student who is shy around men; Ai Nanasaki, a girl on the swim team who has a bad first impression of Junichi; Rihoko Sakurai, a childhood friend with a love for sweets; and Tsukasa Ayatsuji, a seemingly perfect class representative who has a hidden dark side. As Christmas Eve approaches, Junichi can only hope that this will be the year he will finally spend the holidays with the one he truly loves.

Source: https://myanimelist.net/anime/8676/Amagami_SS?q=AMAGAMI


3. Character’s Way of Speaking

Tachibana Junichi says, “xxx だ” and “xxx だな” in a typical high school boy tone. When he is fooling around with his friends, he sometimes uses honorific expressions on purpose. It is a good character for listening and emulating for Japanese learners of the same age.

Ayatsuji Tsukasa is a sturdy class member and speaks briskly. Basically, she speaks politely “xxx わね” and “xxx わよ” in a feminine manner. She is a character who wants to recommend listening and emulating to female Japanese learners.

Sakurai Rihoko says, “xxx なの” and “xxx だね” in the friendly tone of a girl. As she was a childhood friend, she often jokes with Junichi. She is a very good character for listening and emulating Japanese language learning.

Tanamachi Kaoru says “xxx よ” and “xxx ね” in a lively, girlish way. The first person is “あたし” and gives an active impression. She is also a good character for listening and emulating Japanese.

Nakata Sae is a pure junior and always speaks honorific, but it is a simple honorific with “です” and “ます” at the end of the word. She is not very good at socializing, so she talks in a nervous manner. Her voice is small and it’s a little hard to hear, but in reality, it’s not unusual for a woman like her, so I recommend that she become able to listen.

Like Sae, Nanasaki Ai uses simple honorific expressions such as “です” and “ます” at the end of the word, but at first she feels cold like someone else’s behavior. As the distance decreases, the same tone sounds more lovely.

Morishima Haruka says in informal terms, “xxx だね” and “xxx だよ”. Junichi is called “a big eater” or “YOU…” and she speaks in a prank manner. It is good for listening and learning Japanese, but it is better to emulate after it becomes an intermediate for learning Japanese.

Kamizaki Risa is a classmate of Junichi, but speaks in simple honorific expressions with “です” and “ます” at the end of the word. As the distance between Junichi and him gets shorter, she becomes more like a tameguchi. The use of honorifics and normal tone like her is very important in learning Japanese, so I want her to practice listening.

I introduce 2 senior students of the tea ceremony club, Hiba Manaka and Yuzuki Ruriko. Manaka speaks in a calm manner. She speaks slowly, has her own world, and has many strange things to say. Ruriko is a masculine, and she talks like a reliable senior: “xxx かな” and “xxx だってさ”.



4. Terms and Talking Contents

Many female characters appear because of the love comedy. It focuses on the romance between each heroine and Junichi, and there are many conversations between Junichi and the heroine. You can hear many everyday conversations about love such as “幼馴染” (おさななじみ, childhood friend) “高嶺の花” (たかねのはな, a lofty flower) and “鼻の下を伸ばす” (はなのしたをのばす, extend under the nose). In the form of an omnibus where the heroine changes every four episodes, you can get a glimpse of love in various situations. It is interesting to note the heroines who become friendly with Junichi and their way of speaking gets softer.



5. Beginners can Learn Japanese with This Anime

The overall difficulty terms occurrence rate is small: 3.4 terms/episode because daily conversations consist of student terms and school topics. In addition, the simple honorific expressions “です” and “ます” from juniors to seniors are easy to listen to because they do not include difficult honorific expressions such as honorific and humble expressions. The characters are high school students, so terms like “拝む” and “不肖” and slightly more difficult idioms like “油を売る” still make the overall difficulty level Middle School: 8 grade. Similar situations are repeated for each heroine in an omnibus fashion. Therefore, it is easy to study Japanese because you can hear the same lines over and over again. It is a very good anime that I can recommend to beginner Japanese learners.


Difficult Terms Occurrence Rate 3.6 terms/episode= 92 / 26
Difficulty Level8th grade= Middle School
Total Difficulty Score28.8 points= 3.6 * 8
Comprehensive JudgmentVery Easyin 0 to 29.9 points
Recommended Japanese LearnerBeginner 


The List of Difficult Terms that Appear in this Anime (=92 terms)
2おさななじみ幼馴染childhood friend; friend from infancy
3としうえ年上older; senior
4としした年下younger; junior
5すっぽかすすっぽかすto leave (something) undone; to neglect
6あくゆう悪友undesirable friend; bad company; bad companion
7しんろ進路one’s future course
8こうしょきょうふしょう高所恐怖症fear of heights; acrophobia
9はなのしたをのばす鼻の下を伸ばすto have a lewd look on one’s face; to ogle
10みずくさい水臭いstand-offish; distant; not frank; reserved
11たいしょう大将(あだな)head; chief; leader; boss
12きょうくん教官teacher; instructor; professor
13とっくん特訓special training; intensive training
14ふくびき福引きlottery; tombola; drawing
15しょうちゅう焼酎shochu; Japanese spirit distilled from sweet potatoes, rice
16あらちりょう荒療治drastic measure or treatment
17ごりやくご利益grace (of God); divine favour; blessing; miracle
19みちくさをくう道草を食うto loiter (on the way); to waste time
21たかねのはな高嶺の花goal which is unattainable; prize beyond one’s reach
22ぶあいそう不愛想unsociability; bluntness; surliness
23そえん疎遠estrangement; alienation
24みずもしたたる水も滴る/水も滴るいい男to be splendidly handsome
26だてに伊達にelegance; dandyism; sophistication
29がくしょく学食school cafeteria​
30のうさつ悩殺fascinate; bewitch
31ちあん治安public order
33せにはらはかえられない背に腹は代えられないyou can’t make an omelet without breaking eggs
34すんどめ寸止めstopping just before
35かくだんとう核弾頭nuclear warhead
36いきとうごう意気投合hit it off with (a person)
37いちりある一理ある(a) principle; (a) reason; (a) point
38めくじらをたてる目くじらを立てるto scold over a minor matter
39かんばいおんれい完売御礼selling out; being sold out
40めぼしい目ぼしいnotable; important; chief
41さいこん再婚second marriage; remarriage
42つみほろぼし罪滅ぼしatonement; expiation
43くされえん腐れ縁inseparable relationship
44ないしょく内職(授業中の)side line
45ひとみしり人見知りshyness; fear of strangers
46ひとりっこ一人っ子(an) only child
47いたにつく板に付くto get used to; to become accustomed to
48まなでし愛弟子(まなでし)favorite pupil; favourite pupil
49ことばをにごす言葉を濁すto be vague; to speak ambigously
50しょうてん昇天ascension (into heaven); the Ascension
51おくて奥手late-growing rice​
53ゆうじゅうふだん優柔不断indecisiveness; shilly-shally
54あぶらをうる油を売る/油を売ってないでto loaf (particularly on the job); to idle one’s time away
55とくばい特売special sale
56はやりすたり流行り廃りgoing in and out of style
57ついし追試/補習(授業)supplementary examination
59ひぞうぶつ練り物paste products
61めいとう名湯well-known hot spring
62はいぶ廃部club disbandment
63ふかこうりょく不可抗力act of God; irresistible force
64はんぺんハンペンpounded fish cake​
65ばんちゃ番茶coarse tea
66まっちゃ抹茶matcha; powdered green tea
67みみにたこができる耳に胼胝ができるto be told or made to hear something so often that you (metaphorically) get calluses on your ears
68しらはのや白刃の矢drawn sword; naked sword
69ふうりゅう風流elegance; taste; refinement
70ふぜい風情taste; elegance; charm
71だいせいきょう大盛況great success; roaring business
73べつばら別腹dessert stomach; having room for dessert despite being full
74おおみそか大晦日New Year’s Eve; December 31st
75がんたん元旦New Year’s Day
76はつもうで初詣first shrine visit of New Year
77みいらとりがみいらになるミイラ取りがミイラになるntending to persuade someone and instead being persuaded oneself
78ごうかくきがん合格祈願prayer for school success
79たんとうちょくにゅう単刀直入straight to the point; point-blank
81ふけい父兄guardians; parents
82ひいき贔屓favour; favor; patronage
83すみにおけない隅に置けないwitty and knowing; not to be underestimated
84てちがい手違いmistake; blunder; slipup
86ださんてき打算的calculating; mercenary
87てぎわがいい手際がいいefficiently; skillfully
88かろう過労overwork; strain
89ねもはもない根も葉もないunfounded (e.g. rumour); groundless
90はしょる端折るto abridge; to cut short
91しょうすうせいえい少数精鋭elect (select) few​
92にじゅうじんかく二重人格dual personality; split personality


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