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Posted 4/1/13

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Well I could not wait for the result so I went check the manga....but ....I want to see the Karuta action lol


It's going to be a barn burner isn't it?
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Tehehehehe yeah usually I have self control and read the (puts pirate patch on) the manga after it's done but this time I wanted to cheat only to be bricked since the chapters have not been translated..
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Posted 4/1/13
lets all hang in there Friday .....
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I knew I shouldn't have watched the episode this week. I've learned from last season that it's a bit easier if I wait a week when they start a new match so I can watch the whole match in one sitting -- not that I think they should try and fit everything into one episode. The pacing in this show is great, but I always forget how much it sucks to be left hanging until I'm left hanging. 50 minutes a week would be great for this show, but I guess I'll just settle with 50 minutes every two weeks.
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Tehehehehe yeah usually I have self control and read the (puts pirate patch on) the manga after it's done but this time I wanted to cheat only to be bricked since the chapters have not been translated..


Keep telling you guys, you just need to learn Japanese!
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Only couples of days more, can't wait for it, Chihayafuru definitely is my most favorite anime in the last season :3.
Look at Chihaya's war declaration like a boss
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Keep telling you guys, you just need to learn Japanese!


I'm starting to consider it, it's just hard for me to work at something I wont be good at for like 4-5 years feels like I'm not getting anywhere.
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hpulley wrote:

Keep telling you guys, you just need to learn Japanese!


I'm starting to consider it, it's just hard for me to work at something I wont be good at for like 4-5 years feels like I'm not getting anywhere.


US Department of State lists Japanese as a Category III language for native English speakers, meaning they estimate it requires over 2,000 hours of immersion and instruction to become fluent in it. The average full-time employee works about that many hours a year, so, if you made it your exclusive job, this time next year you could be boldly proclaiming "Nihongo wakarimasku!" Easy peasy, right? (Hpully will now tell me that I left out some modifier in that sentence that marks the subject.)

On an unrelated note--or is it related, since it's actually about this anime--I just consciously noticed last week that about 80% of the "animation" in this show is nothing more than the Ken Burns effect. It reminds me of those kiddie books-n-records we had when little, where we looked at a picture book while a narrator read the story, then a bell chimed and we turned the page. It's an interesting concept. The story and characters are incredibly engaging, but very little of the story is told through the visuals.
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tommythecat wrote:


hpulley wrote:

Keep telling you guys, you just need to learn Japanese!


I'm starting to consider it, it's just hard for me to work at something I wont be good at for like 4-5 years feels like I'm not getting anywhere.


US Department of State lists Japanese as a Category III language for native English speakers, meaning they estimate it requires over 2,000 hours of immersion and instruction to become fluent in it. The average full-time employee works about that many hours a year, so, if you made it your exclusive job, this time next year you could be boldly proclaiming "Nihongo wakarimasku!" Easy peasy, right? (Hpully will now tell me that I left out some modifier in that sentence that marks the subject.)

On an unrelated note--or is it related, since it's actually about this anime--I just consciously noticed last week that about 80% of the "animation" in this show is nothing more than the Ken Burns effect. It reminds me of those kiddie books-n-records we had when little, where we looked at a picture book while a narrator read the story, then a bell chimed and we turned the page. It's an interesting concept. The story and characters are incredibly engaging, but very little of the story is told through the visuals.


You're right that immersion is required! You need to study it, read it, write it, say it, listen to it, live it, breathe it, eat it, sleep it and dream it to learn it properly.

I tried learning Japanese just in my spare time years ago. I bought my first Japanese manga is 1995 and wanted to read it but just reading books and trying to learn in my spare time didn't work well. Ten years later I got real traction.

My break came in 2005 when I got to start using it at work. They paid for me to take courses on it, I studied for and passed the JLPT. In 2006 I started using it at work all day and have done so ever since. In 2009 I went to work in Tokyo.

Even using it at work is not enough since I have been reviewing the same manuals with small additions for years, using the same software packages, working on the same stuff, limited technical scope, etc. So... I watch about 10-20 hours week of Japanese shows without subtitles and read manga and novels in my spare time, listen to Japanese music all day...

But all that said, you can make very good progress in just your first few weeks by learning katakana and hiragana. Katakana will get you a long way into Japanese games as many words are actually loanwords from English that you will recognize as phonetic English words. After about a year of intense study you will probably be able to read shoujo/shounen manga with the aid of a dictionary. Being able to read without a dictionary takes years as building up vocabulary just can't be forced: it takes time.

Nihongo o wakarimasu!

To stay on topic, Karuta is a good way to start learning hiragana! Listening is the hardest part of learning Japanese and listening is the first part of Karuta! Then recognizing the hiragana on the cards remembered from the second verse is great. Especially upside down! I am not good at reading Japanese upside down...
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C'mon Friday.. I'm hoping to at least get a glimpse of Arata this time again.. LOL
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C'mon Friday.. I'm hoping to at least get a glimpse of Arata this time again.. LOL


He is very close by! So close and yet so far?!? They are just going to string us along, aren't they? LOL
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C'mon Friday.. I'm hoping to at least get a glimpse of Arata this time again.. LOL


He is very close by! So close and yet so far?!? They are just going to string us along, aren't they? LOL


I'm screaming "SHOW THE ROOM.. DAMMIT SHOW THE ROOM".. Must be crazy in there with loopy drenched queen trying to pseudo-seduce him while he's doing his penance essay. LOL

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Posted 4/5/13
AArgh!!!!

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Shout-out to Desktomu Holmes this week for having deduced his opponent's favorite cards based on her towel. I'm looking forward to his spin-off where he solves high-profile crimes for the Tokyo MPD.


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I know, right? I kept looking at the time remaining thinking, "no, no, no, they can't be doing this to us..." Hahah, ah well. This is definitely one way that watching the simul is vastly more frustrating than just waiting and marathoning.

Does anyone else find Megu's character confusing? We're supposed to be getting all these insights from her teammates, coach, fanboys, and herself--and even Chihaya weighs-in this episode--but the more they explain her, the less sense she makes to me.
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Shout-out to Desktomu Holmes this week for having deduced his opponent's favorite cards based on her towel. I'm looking forward to his spin-off where he solves high-profile crimes for the Tokyo MPD.


asharka wrote:

I know, right? I kept looking at the time remaining thinking, "no, no, no, they can't be doing this to us..." Hahah, ah well. This is definitely one way that watching the simul is vastly more frustrating than just waiting and marathoning.

Does anyone else find Megu's character confusing? We're supposed to be getting all these insights from her teammates, coach, fanboys, and herself--and even Chihaya weighs-in this episode--but the more they explain her, the less sense she makes to me.


I did the same, checking the time... "Lot's of time left," I thought at 15:00... "Oh no, no time left!" I said at 20:00... Where did those 5 minutes go???

Good on the towel-fu, amazing that all five matches are still going! They're in tough!

Megumi seems pretty one dimensional but who knows how much we'll see of her after this? Must start reading this manga, the one episode a week pace is just killing me!!!
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