Kiwi Browser: Good for Web Novels! + New Touch Free Tech & Tsurekano

日本語の練習 第129週

Japanese Practice Week 129


Hello everyone! Starting off with a mobile web browser that allows you to use extensions and what I use to read web novels. We’ll also be taking a look at an article that has some good application for future technology. And lastly we’ll wrapping it up with another page in Kyuusei’s journey in Johto. With that being said, let’s continue.



だから、「もっと易しい方法があるはずだ」と思いました。それで、Kiwi Browserというモバイルブラウザーを発見しました。すごく便利なアプリ。このアプリはブラウザ拡張を使わせることができます。使っているブラウザ拡張はFurigana Extensionと10 Ten Reader です。Furigana Extensionは漢字の上にフリガナを付けます。読みながら、知らない単語が出てくると、10 Ten Readerを使ったら、その単語の意味は理解できます。それに、二つのブラウザ拡張はオフラインで動くことができます。

Furigana Extension
10 Ten Reader

AndroidのPlay Storeでダウンロードことができます。(残念ながら、Apple Storeでダウンロードことできそうないみたい。)

N3 文法


perhaps, likely, probably

I hear this grammar quite a bit in Detective Conan. While watching the show, I imagined them saying “most likely”, モストライク whenever I heard it. It is used to suggest that something is likely the case. It can also be used to make a prediction of a bad outcome.

おそらく + phrase

Ex: これはおそらく間違いない。犯人はあなただ!

  (It is not likely that I’m wrong. You are the culprit!)

Ex: 彼女はおそらくあの人をかばっている。

  (She’s most likely covering for him.) 


leaving something on, leaving something still in use

It expresses something staying the same after something has been done.

It can be used in a negative context. Like something bad keeps happening or expressing that you cannot do something.

You can find it paired with にする quite a bit.

V[drop ます]っぱなし

Ex: しまった。誰かがストーブをつけっぱなしにしておいたに違いない。

  (Oh, crap. Someone must have left the stove on.)

Ex: ドアを開けっぱなしにしちゃって。

  (I left the door open.) 

Ex: 遊戯王カードをジーンズのポケットの中に入れっぱなしだったから、洗濯機の中でカードがボロボロにしされちゃった。

  (I left my Yu-Gi-Oh cards in my jean’s pocket, so they got ripped to shreds in the washer machine.) 

N3 動詞/N3 VERBS


刺=thorn, pierce, stab, prick, sting, calling card
激=violent, get excited, enraged, chafe, incite

I like to think of this verb as a thorn pricking your finger. That pain is being sent to your brain as an impulse. This verb can mean several things. It can mean to provoke someone.

It can mean to stimulate like the question Gon is about to be asked.

It can also be used to motivate someone to do something. Like Kou getting inspired to come back to play the piano in Your Lie in April. And it can also mean to excite or thrill. Kind of like how the character here likes his life to be full of surprises.  

記事を読もう/LET’S READ


New Sensor Where you can Operate Screen Without Touching it.

A company by the name Japan Display, made a new sensor for a touch screen that can be used without touching it.

This sensor is a transparent plate that goes over the screen that is being used. When your finger moves close to the screen, the sensor will pick up the weak electricity between the finger and the screen allowing use touch free.

Japan Display are considering applying these sensors in places such as government offices and restaurants. Starting in April a library in Tottori Prefecture has been using this sensor.

An employee from the company stated “Due to the Corona Virus issue, there are more and more people that don’t want to touch screens. Therefore, we designed a senor that can be placed on these devices we use. We would like others to have a easier time using these devices going forward.”

This is interesting news. If they can do this on touch panels, I wonder if there is a way to put this on other touch screens. Like phones and tablets.

Perhaps we’re closer to tech that let’s interact with it like in the marvel movies.


Learning a new language can open you up to new forms of entertainment.



B:うん、これはBOOK WALKERで発表したばかりだ。読む?















[Reason to Learn Japanese]

A:Hey, is that the new volume of Kaguya Sama?!

B:Yeah, it just came out on BOOK WALKER. You want to read it?

A:Nah, I’m not good at reading at that level yet. So I’ve only been reading the English version.

B:Ah, I see. It is kind of difficult considering there’s no furigana. I have to look up some words in a dictionary sometimes.

A:I wish I could read it. The English publication is always behind when it comes to stuff like this.

B:Yeah. That’s one of the main reasons why I started learning Japanese.

A:Eh? Really. I never thought about that before. Guess I’ll go read now.

B:What are you reading?


B:Ah. That’s good manga to start out with. Have you tried novels? 

A:No, not really. 

B:I recommend the Kadokawa Bunko books. Kaito Red is a pretty good series. Here, take a look.

A:Hmmm…. Oh, cool. There’s a few words I don’t know, but I can read the majority of this.

B:I’ll let you borrow it, if you want.

A:Are you sure?


A: Thanks.



継 母(ままはは)の
The first kanji can mean inherit or continue. The second kanji means mother. You can think of this as someone inheriting the title of a mother. And who is able to do that. Someone who adopts a child? Someone who remarries to a person who has children? The latter here is the correct choice. This word means “stepmother”.

Now the の particle is most likely a possessive particles here, so we will change this to “stepmother’s” for right now.

This word is related to our previous word stepmother. The word 連れ comes from the verb 連れる which means to follow. The kanji 子 can mean child. So this literally means a child that follows. In other words, a child from a previous that follows the parent into another marriage. AKA a step child.

Considering we are already referring to the mother in question as a stepmother it would be best to translate this as just child. Considering there are two characters on the front cover we don’t know which one is her child. She could have either a son or a daughter. So let’s just keep it as “stepmother’s child” for now and go on to the next word to find that answer.

The が puts emphasis on this person who is the stepmother’s child. We’ll put this as “is” for now.

“My Stepmother’s Child is”

元 can mean origin and many other things. It can also be used as the prefix ex- or the word former. The word beside it カノ is short for 彼女 (かのじょ)which can mean girl or girlfriend. In this context, we are dealing with an ex-girlfriend.

Now that we know that the stepmother’s child is a girl, we can put daughter instead of child.

“My Stepmother’s Daughter is my ex-girlfriend”


This last part is the casual form of the copula でした. This is the past tense of だ/です as well. So you could turn the is into was in this translation and get “My Stepmother’s Daughter was my ex-girlfriend” but I’ll be sticking with my previous translation. It kinda sounds weird if I keep “was” here.

I’m guessing that they used the past tense here as some kind of shock to the character experiencing this. Like the news of their parents getting married just suddenly fell into their lap and he’s just finding out his ex is now his stepsister. With a title like this it really reminds me of Domestic Kanojo. So final translation:

“My Stepmother’s Daughter is my ex-girlfriend”

This title is from a web novel I am currently reading. Just finished the fourth chapter on Friday and these two are quite the pair. Our main protagonist, Mizuto Irido, was jealous because his girlfriend was becoming more social (therefore more popular) and the heroine, Yume Ayai, had a misunderstanding about him cheating. So, in their last year in middle school, they break up.

As a bit of relief, they thought to themselves: Thank God I never have to see him/her again. But… right before they start their new lives as high school students, they end up becoming step siblings. They kept their relationship hidden from their parents and now they have to live in the same house. Unfortunately, it doesn’t end there. They’re going to the same school, too.

So far, it’s an interesting read. Plus they both like the mystery genre so they throw in a few head nods to a typical fan of mystery. This novel is also done by the same writer, Kamishiro Kyousuke, who made 僕は君の謎解き (I’ll Solve Your Mystery), which I talked about here.

The web novel ended up rising in popularity and it ended up getting a light novel serialized and a manga as well. On top of that an anime for this very series will be coming out this summer. So, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how it will animated.

If waiting isn’t your thing, and you can read Japanese (hopefully, Kiwi Browser can you help you out), you can start reading the web novel here. And if you are more into manga, you can find a few chapters here. And if you interested in more of the story you can buy the light novels or the manga on BOOK★WALKER.

Here’s a PV of the anime:







Right when I saw a house, a Metapod appeared. It didn’t attack but it was annoying. It kept hardening its body and made it harder to beat it. Wonder if Hanabi will be able to learn a move where she can use her fire. I take a look at the sign by the house. No doubt about it. It’s Mr. Pokemon’s House.

So this is Mr. Pokemon. He gave me an egg he got from a Pokemon Daycare. Wait a minute, is that the Professor Oak from Kanto?! He gave me a PokeDex. I was going to ask him about Red but he left. He said he had a radio show to get to. I was going to chase after him but Hanabi looked tired, so I rested a bit at Mr. Pokemon’s house. Maybe I’ll see him again someday. 

While Hanabi was resting, I took a look around the house. Mr. Pokemon must collect a lot of coins and books from all over the world. I barely know where any of them are from. What language is this? And what are these giant computers doing here? Oh… they’re broken. Now that Hanabi has gotten some rest, it’s time to go.

In conclusion, I hope that this series is helpful with your journey to learning Japanese and/or taking an interest in the country’s culture. Until then… また来週!

Learning Resource: JRPGs + What does 推し mean

日本語の練習 第128週

Japanese Practice Week 128


Hello everyone! We’ll be starting with a introduction to a Youtuber I’ve been watching recently, going over some grammar and a verb. Up next will be a little review of the web manga I’m reading on Comic Walker. Plus, Kyuusei’s journey is off to a good start just have to find Mr. Pokemon. With that being said, let’s continue.




N3 文法


for example, starting with


Used to give a main example and give examples of that main one. Like not only is the dollar a currency, the yen and the pound are too.

The difference between the first grammar usage (N+をはじめ) from the others is that it modifies nouns. The other two are used to just connect two sentences.

Not only does she already know, the whole family does.

Ex: このゲームには、日本語をはじめとするふりがながあるから、初心者向けです。This game has Japanese language support and furigana so it is good for beginners.

Thanks to Professor Kazuko and my classmates, I’ve become better at Japanese.


thanks to, because of

There are a few ways this grammar can be used

V[Plain Form]おかげで

*More polite version would be おかげさまで.

As shown in the last example sentence, this is used to say that you are grateful towards something or someone. Like if someone does something for you and it benefits you. 

On another note, it can be used sarcastically when something someone has hindered you.

Because you let me study quietly, I was able to pass.

Ex:はや朝にルームメイトがうるさいおかげで、眠らなくて、とても眠くなった。Thanks to my roommate being loud early in the morning, I couldn’t sleep, and I’ve become sleepy.

Ex: 図書館が静かなおかげで、もっと勉強することができました。
Because it was quiet in the library, I was able to study more.

Ex: 癖のおかげで、探偵の正体がぎりぎりバレた。
Thanks to his habit, the detective’s true identity almost got revealed.

N3 動詞/N3 VERBS

To Grow

成=turn into, become, get, grow, elapse, reach
長=long, leader, superior, senior

By looking at the kanji and their meaning, we can sort out how this verb works. The first kanji seems describe change or growth while the other kanji describes becoming greater or taller (long).

This verb can take on the a few meanings. It can be used to describe a business or the economy growing. But I know it more for when someone is saying someone has grown up. Like Menma and her friends in Anohana.


Yumi is going to the mall when she notices that Jeremie is playing a certain game.

















B:一応 ※サッパリわからない

[Speed Running Persona 5]

A:Hey, I’m heading to the mall. Do you need anything?

B:Oh, I’ll go with you. Hold on, I gotta save this first.

A:Is that Persona 5? Wait… October 2nd… you’ve only played the game for 29 hours and you’re already done with Okumara’s Palace?

B:Yeah. I’m kinda surprised you can tell just by the date.

A:Well, I played it three times. Anyway, are you speed running?

B:Sort of. I’m trying to go for a 100% run though.

A:I’m kind of surprised that there’s so much text. It took me about 90 hours to finish my first playthrough.

B:Alright it’s saved, let’s go. What are you going to buy anyway?

A:A new pair of headphones. Mine broke, so I really need to buy another pair.

B:Darn they finally died huh? You’ve been having those for years.

A:Yeah, but luckily they still sell them.

B:Thinking about getting them in another color?

A:Nah, the black ones are the best.

B:Isn’t your favorite color blue, though?

A:Yep, but black has a classy feel to them, you know?

B:I guess. *Doesn’t have a clue*



The first word is usually known as “little sister” or “younger sister”. The が here is just to emphasize something that this little sister is or does. But that depends if the next word is an adjective/noun or a verb.

The kanji 推 by itself can mean push, as in 押す(to push). It could mean to push for something or someone. Or rather to endorse them. However the noun version for this word fits better. It has an informal context as well. It is for someone who is a fan and is “pushing” that thing their into as support.

Another note about 推し is that it can also be used to talk about your favorite idol, anime character and the like. Learned that from another manga I’m reading. Talked a bit about that manga here.

Now the すぎる part. This give words a sense of being excessive. Like I drank too much (飲みすぎた). Or talking about something being way too expensive (高すぎる).

Since this is the noun, I’d probably go with “Huge Fan” to express that she can be a little overboard with her fandom. But what is she a fan of? That comes apparent in the first chapter, but I’ll get into that later.

Overall, I would translate this to

“My Little Sister is a Huge Fan”.

Bonus: Chapter 1’s title


The kanji 万 means 10,000. But there’s a 100 in front of that kanji. In the past I used to have trouble with counting these kinds of things. So in the beginning, I thought of it as a math problem. It is just 100 bundles of 10,000 yen. so 100 times 10,000 = 1 million.

Or you can think of it as adding 4 more zeroes when you see this kanji and a number.

100万 = 1,000,000

This can also mean “person” or 人(ひと), but this is a counter for people. So together with the number we saw previously, we have “1 Million People”.

Now this is the passive verb form of 推す, which means to endorse, to support, things like that. The passive verb form is used to say to make someone do something.

And of course 妹 = little sister. However, she’s not any typical little sister I mind you. The rest of the title is being used to describe her. When you start putting a verb with a noun, you open a new pathways to express things in Japanese. Like George from Japanese from Zero Lesson, where he talked about a man who is wearing a pink suit or ピンク色のスーツを着ている男.

So, in all it would be:

My Little Sister Whose Backed by 1 Million People

This title comes from a manga that I started reading a couple of days ago on Comic Walker. Follows a story of a manga artist who lives with his sister. He is very inept when it comes to technology and his manga isn’t doing so hot. Pretty much on the brink of getting the axe (aka cancelled). On the other hand, his little sister is quite tech savvy and has a great following on her videos. They both tried to hide this part of them form each other but one day that all changes. If you are interested you can find the first two chapters (as of now that’s all they have) on Comic Walker here.






Alright. My first Pokemon battle. It’s a Sentret. Hanabi took it down but now she looks tired. Before I could make it back to Elm’s lab, a Pidgey appeared. When Hanabi took damage she ate a berry that she was holding and got better. Oh, that’ll probably come in handy. Cool Hanabi learned a new move called Smokescreen. Now we can move around like ninjas. Used on a Rattata but it still was able to strike. Maybe if I use it more it’s attacks will miss. Found this weird looking plant. Hey! It’s a berry. Gave it to Hanabi.

Made it to Cherrygrove City. Some old guy wanted to show me around but I’m good. Went to a place called the Pokemon Center. Looks like I can heal my Pokemon here and it’s free. Plus, the nurse is nice. Went to a store where a guy told me about his Pokemon dying from being poisoned by a bug-Pokemon. Hmm… might want to buy some antidotes just in case.

Asked a guy if he knew Mr. Pokemon’s whereabouts. He told me he’s passed this city. Found another berry tree and an old guy gave me one. These will definitely come in handy. I plan on making Hanabi a bit stronger before we see the professor again. These guys are having a Pokemon battle in the middle of the street so I can’t get by. What a pain. Oh, looks like there’s another path. Alright let’s go.

In conclusion, I hope that this series is helpful with your journey to learning Japanese and/or taking an interest in the country’s culture. Until then… また来週!

Tried Language Immersion with my Smartphone + Beginning of Kyuusei’s Journey in Johto!

日本語の練習 第127週

Japanese Practice Week 127


Hello everyone! There’s a bunch of deals for video games and books so I hope that Golden Week has been good to you. Starting off with some language immersion tips that I got from Chad Zimmerman and how I took on one of them.

Check out Conan throwing a baseball in the biweekly article. If Detective Conan’s not your style then, I’ll be talking about an anime in What’s in a Title. And lastly a new Pokemon Nuzlocke begins. With that being said, let’s continue.








N3 文法


while, during

Used to express two actions being done at the same time. The first action brought up in the sentence is then followed up with the second. 

When using 間に, one of the actions are usually shorter than the other. Like brushing your teeth while listening to the radio.

間 by itself is used to express two actions taken place in the same time period. 

On another note, this grammar can also be used to show a relationship between things. I’ll try to make it easier in the sentences so you can see the difference.

V(ーている Form)+間/間に+V2
いーAdj +間/間に+V
なーAdj +間/間に+V

Ex: 郵便屋さんは、ルームメイトが出かけている間に、小包をとでけました。

  (The delivery driver was able to deliver a package while my roommate was out.)

Ex: 長い間働いたあとで、帰ってゲームをしたいです。

  (After a long day at work, I want to go home and play video games.)

Ex: 暇な間、やりたいことをしたほうがいいですよ。

  (You should do what you want while you have free time.)

Ex: 直太くんが留守の間に、家を片付けた。

  (While Naota was out, we cleaned up the house.)

Ex: 彼の意見は、日本語能力と勉強した時間の間には密接な関連があるということだった。

  (His opinion is that there is a close relation between Japanese ability and time spent studying.) 


focused on, centered on

This means to focus on something or have it be the center of something. 
After を中心に、 it is common to end it with either する or とする
(including した・して and とした・として respectively).

N + を中心に
N +を中心として
N +を中心とした
N +を中心とする

Ex: ねぇ、聞いてる。地球はお前を中心として回ってないよ。

  (Hey did you hear? The world doesn’t revolve around you.)

Ex: このノベルはゲーマーカップルを中心とする

  (This novel focuses on a gamer couple.) 

N3 動詞/N3 VERBS

left and right;to assert (control, dominance, influence)


This verb is straightforward. It can be used with a verb to mean something is done in both directions. Like Killua saying that someone is coming (来る)from left and right(左右). You can also find it in sentences like:

左右を見る=Look left and right

However there is another way to use this as a verb. With する, you can make it a verb to mean to affect the outcome of something. Like winning or losing a game. Or the daily battle in a bakery that Cocoa has to deal with (more so on Chino’s part of course).

And if you use the passive form of する, which is される, it can mean to depend on or to subject to. Like Koro sensei’s abilities with his tentacles depends on his mental state. Or how a D-mail works.

A good way to understand this second meaning is probably to imagine someone moving a thing left and right. They are “controlling” how it moves.

記事を読もう/LET’S READ

名探偵コナンくんが巨人戦始球式で大暴投! ジャビットも捕れず…

Conan Throws a Wild First Pitch at the Giants Game!
Even Giabitt Couldn’t Catch it…

Conan Edogawa, the main character from the popular manga “Detective Conan”, was threw the first pitch of the Yomiuri Giants and the Hanshin Tigers game at Tokyo Dome on April 29th.

Donning the number “2022” uniform Conan took the field where he was greeted with a grand applause from the stands. The Giant’s Mascot Giabitt appeared as the catcher, which created a unique battery between the two costumed players.

However, the pitch Conan threw with all his might missed the batter’s box by a large margin. In another sense, the crowd went wild.

Conan’s good at soccer in the manga but, even though they are similar, he might not be good at baseball.

In Japanese the word “技” means ball game. It is usually referenced to sports like baseball, soccer, and tennis. I wouldn’t really say they are similar but man seeing Conan throw this baseball was funny.

I’m not really into sports but when I was saw that photo of someone in a Conan costume I just had to check this out for myself.

Let’s take a look at some comments.

When I was waiting to go eat out I took a look at this and was disappointed. Conan’s been very active, so I don’t get it. The recent broadcasts seem to not have no pizazz to them, as if they have lost their way. TV has past it’s prime so it can’t be helped. Then again it doesn’t matter since I don’t watch it but it’s piss poor.

I bet Amuro Touru could do it.
“I’ll do it, old man!”

To be able to throw it that far in that costume is amazing.

The live-action Conan isn’t just mature on the inside but on the outside too, huh.

How much field of vision do they have in that costume?

I can see why the first comment was down voted so much. Just… wow. Nonetheless, this was a fun article to translate.


Looks like Hibiki and Rei has some advice for Kyuusei.


響: 久しぶりだな、零。冒険はどうだ?

零: 楽しかった。イナズマたちは家でゆっくりしている。今、俺はマリオをやってる。後で、別の冒険するかもしれないさ。



響: 調子乗るな。※調子乗った※

零: 作戦。※キョウとバトルを後悔した※

救世: え。。。それだけ。な、二人とも。レッドのことを知るのか?彼になりたいと思う。


響: あいつの名前を言うな!


救世: あ、わかった。あの人に負けなかったな、響。

響: ああ。勝ったぞ。




[Advice for Kyuusei]

Hibiki: It’s been a while, Rei. How’s your adventure going?

Rei: It was fun. I’m relaxing with Inazuma and the others at home. I’m playing Mario right now. I’ll probably on a another adventure later.

Hibiki: Alright. Oh, who’s this guy?

Kyuusei: Yo. The name’s Kyuusei. Nice to meet ya. I’m going to be a Pokemon trainer so if you guys have any advice, it’d be appreciated.

Hibiki: Don’t get carried. ※Got carried away a lot during his adventure※

Rei: Strategy. ※Regrets his battle with Koga※

Kyuusei: Uh… that’s it. Hey, guys. Do you know a trainer named Red. I think I want to be like him. (*Stepped on a land mine*)

Rei: I’m from a different world so I don’t know ’em. That name’s a bit… right, Hibiki, ugh-
(Oh crap, Hibiki’s face is scary…)

Hibiki: Don’t say that guy’s name!

Rei: Uh… sorry about that. Hibiki and Red are kinda…

Kyuusei: Ah, I gotcha. You didn’t lose to him, right Hibiki?

Hibiki: Yeah. I beat him.

Kyuusei: Then I’ll do that, too. See ya.

Rei: Hey, wait- and he’s gone. Hey, Hibiki, he’s gonna be alright, right?

Hibiki: Beats me. It’s up to him to figure that out.




The interesting thing about kanji is that you could even make your own name from it. Well as long as it is a reasonable length. I talked about it a bit here. As you can see from the katakana I provided this is someone’s name, Romio. Or Romeo if you want to go into the Shakespearean name.

From what I can see from their respective kanji, they don’t really make sense. Unless it has something to do with the plot that occurs in the story.

Considering it is connected to a noun (Romio’s name) this can either be “with Romio” or “Romio and”. Considering this is giving “Romeo & Juliet” vibes, I think it would be best to go with the latter.


Now onto to the meat of this segment. By itself 監督 means something like a director while 生 (at least the せい reading) can mean life (from words like 人生 or 生活), student (from words like 学生 or 生徒). In a way you could think of this as a position where you are “directing” students. In other words keeping the order of their “lives” as they go to school.

Which makes sense considering the dictionary word is “prefect”. Kinda bringing back Harry Potter memories but considering what this anime is about, it’s not too much of a long shot to say the word has some European feel to it.

So in all, I’d translate this as:

#8 Romio & the Prefect

Simple. This title is from the anime Boarding School Juliet or 寄宿学校のジュリエット. It takes the Shakespeare play Romeo & Juliet and put many spins on it to make it it’s own unique story.

As a sign of “friendliness” between the two countries the schools were built close to the other. First years Romio Inazuka and Juliet Persia are from these two different boarding schools and hold a leadership role within their respective schools. They’ve been fighting ever since they were kids. However Romio would like to change that. Together they decide to start a relationship that will shake both countries in hopes to change their world.

The story was interesting enough that I might end up reading the manga. And it is complete so I don’t have to worry about catching up to the latest chapter and finding out they are on hiatus or it’s been cancelled.

It’s a nice rom-com with a dash of seriousness every now and then.

Here’s a PV:


Since it’s Golden Week in Japan, let’s start the Pokemon Gold Nuzlocke!




Had a strange dream. I was having a Pokemon battle with Red. Me? Fight that guy? I don’t even have a Pokemon. I go downstairs and my mother hands me my repaired PokeGear. Looks like Prof. Elm wants to see me. His last experiment is what damaged my PokeGear in the first place. Oh, he wants me to run an errand. Alright, we made a deal. I go meet this Mr. Pokemon guy and he’ll let me have a Pokemon. Sweet. This fire one looks cool so I’ll take this Pokemon called Cyndaquil. Oh, it’s a girl. I’ll name her Hanabi.

I noticed a draft in the lab. Oh it’s coming from the window. Guess the professor wants it cold in here. Welp, gotta go earn my keep. Oh right, where does he live… near Cherrygrove Town. Gotcha. After receiving Prof. Elm’s number I was going to leave but Elm’s assistant stopped me and gave me a Potion. They sure are busy here. Elm really needs to get more employees since it’s just the two of them. 

Before I left town, I noticed this red headed guy. Does he want a Pokemon, too? I walk up to him and he’s muttering something. “So this is the famous Elm Pokemon lab”. I told him he’s not really that famous and before I knew it, he sent me flying. Oh… okay. Nope, I don’t have time to fight. I’ve gotta run this errand. If he’s still here, then I’ll kick his ass.

In conclusion, I hope that this series is helpful with your journey to learning Japanese and/or taking an interest in the country’s culture. Until then… また来週!

Another Dive into Translation

日本語の練習 第126週
Japanese Practice Week 126


Hello everyone! We’ll be starting off today with looking at localization vs literal translations from an anime I watched. We’ll also be diving into the intricacies of this week’s grammar points. And a song title break down from the anime Iroduku: The World in Colors. With that being said, let’s continue.



N3 文法


according to

This is to say that you got some info from a certain source.

It can be paired with そうだ、だろう、and らしい. If you do use these it makes the sentence more vague. As in you don’t know for sure if it will happen or not. You are just stating info you got from a source.

Like not knowing if it will rain today even though you looked at the weather forecast.

N+ によると/によれば


 (According to the teacher, we have a quiz today.)


 (According to dad, he’ll be home at 6pm.)


by means of, due to

There are a few ways this grammar can be used.

  • For explaining something with a reason.
  • For stating something is based on some foundation (e.g. a law)
  • For expressing a way to do or use something.
    • Means “を使って”
    • Note: Cannot be used for transportation or to communicate with someone . In these cases use the で particle.
  • For representing a subject of an action.
    • Use this only in passive sentences.

I’ll be giving one example sentence for each of these in the order I explained them.

N + による/によって/により

 (The store was closed due to the accident.)

(Minors are prohibited from drinking alcohol by American law.)

By using a dictionary you can look up difficult kanji.)

(Conan was made by Aoyama.)

N3 動詞/N3 VERBS

To Study Abroad

留=detain, fasten, halt, stop
学=study, learning, science

Looks like the meaning of the first kanji won’t really help us much this time. However, this kanji can be found in words like 留守 which means away from home. On the other hand the second kanji 学 is self-explanatory. So as you may have guessed this is the verb to use when you want to say that you or someone else is studying abroad.

Like the student council president from Toradora plans on doing. And let’s just say someone didn’t take to that well.


Two friends talk about the nostalgic franchise Digimon.
















[Talking about Digimon]

A:Hey did you see the new Digimon game?

B:Digimon Survive, huh. I saw the trailer, it’s finally coming out this year. I’m so happy.

A:Right, I was afraid they were going to give up on it.

B:Yeah it looked like it was never going to see the light of day. It looks cool though.

A:I heard there’s going to be a version for the Switch. I’m definitely going to buy that one.

B:I wonder if the English store will have it in Japanese.

A:Oh, I see. That would be an interesting way to test your Japanese. If that’s the case, I hope so, too.

B:Been watching Adventure 01 again. It’s my first time seeing it in Japanese though.

A:Do you understand what they are saying?

B:I’m picking up on most of it. Luckily there’s Japanese subtitles so I can look up the words I don’t know.

A:Oh yeah, you’ve always been good at reading. When did you start watching Adventure 01?

B:A few days ago. Wanna watch it together. I’ve only watched 2 episodes so we can start from the beginning if you want.

A:Thanks. Let’s watch it. It is such a nostalgic anime.





There is another reading for the kanji 未 and that is まだ, which mean not yet. The second kanji 明 means bright or light. So think of this as saying that is not yet bright outside and you’ll be off to a great start in understanding this word.

It means “early dawn”. The の particle is most likely used as a possessive (Making this Early Dawn’s) but let’s look at the rest.


This word just means you and it is paired with the particle と. This と is used to connect to nouns with and. “You” is also being connected with “early dawn”. But, “Dawn’s You” or “Your Dawn” doesn’t sound right to me (especially the former).

So, by taking a little liberty here I could translate this as: “You at Dawn and” so far.


As we have seen before with the kanji 明, it is talking about some kind of light which can be found out by the first kanji 薄. This kanji can mean dilute or thin. Other than early dawn, there is another kind of light that is just as “thin” or faint. And that would be “twilight”.

And another の particle shows up which will connect to our last word as a possessive so we have our title looking like this so far:

“You at Dawn and Twilight’s”


This word is made up of the kanji 魔 which can mean “witch, demon, evil spirit” and 法 which can mean “method, law, system, etc.”. So from combining these two Kanji we can see how the word “magic” is made. Take witch and method. “Witches” are known for using a certain “Method” to do their spells.

In other words, this word means “magic”.

So in all we have:

You at Dawn and Twilight’s Magic

It is a song title so, I don’t have a official translation to compare to this. This song title comes from the anime “色づく世界の明日から” or how it was officially translated “Iroduku: The World in Colors”. Literally it would be something like “From the Color Changing World of Tomorrow”. 色づく is a verb that mean “to change color” like leaves changing color during autumn.

I’ve been wanting to watch this anime for ages and considering I got a chance to have Amazon Prime for about a month. This anime is an original anime made by P.A. Works. Compared to some of their other original works (looking at you Glasslip), this one wasn’t so bad. As you can see from the image and the PV I’ll be providing later, the visuals are nice.

The story is about a girl that lives in a future version of Japan. When she lost her parents, Hitomi, lost her sense of colors. Now she lives a quiet life and doesn’t really interact with others. To help her granddaughter, Hitomi’s grandmother, Kohaku sends her back 60 years into the past.

There she will find a solution to getting her sense of colors back while also living a normal high school life. And of course Hitomi will have to find a way to go back to her own time.

The best thing that this series did was show us how dull it is without color in the world. There’s time travel, a dash of typical drama, and some interesting characters. If you are interested give it a shot. I gave it a 7.5/10.

Here’s the ED the title comes from:

And of course a PV:

In conclusion, I hope that this series is helpful with your journey to learning Japanese and/or taking an interest in the country’s culture. Until then… また来週!

Learning Kansai-ben + Kingdom Hearts 4 + End of Rei’s Journey

日本語の練習 第125週

Japanese Practice Week 125


Hello everyone! I’ve been wanting to learn Kansai-ben for a while so I’ll be taking the plunge into this dialect now. You probably already know but I wanted to discuss Kingdom Hearts IV since I didn’t get to last week (funny how I finished Kingdom Hearts at that time). And we will be finishing up Rei’s Journey this week with a double feature.

With that being said, let’s continue.









N3 文法


about, concerning, regarding

N + について

N1 + について+ のN2

Used to introduce a topic or subject of conversation. You can also use it to connect two nouns together and make more complex sentences.

You can add more emphasis to this grammar by adding the particle は at the end of について. And you can use も to express “too” as well. 

Ex: それについてはずっと前に考えています。

       (I’ve been thinking about that a long time ago.)

Ex: 警察が来るまで証人はこの事変について誰も話しませんでした。

  (The witness didn’t tell anyone about the incident until the police arrived.)

Ex: 日本語の勉強についての論文を読みました。

  (I read an essay about Japanese studies.)

Ex: 日本についてももっと勉強したいです。

  (I also want to study more about Japan.)


as… then

V[Plain Form] + につれ/につれて

N + につれ/につれて

When used with a verb, it expresses two actions gradually changing. I’d translate this to “As I do[]… I gradually [].

When used with a noun it expresses that something changes along with something else. Like it getting colder as you go further north. Or the weather gets hotter as it gets closer to summer.

There is also a written form of this grammar called に従(したが)って. However I’ll only be providing the speaking version(につれて).

Ex:  毎日日本語だけで話したら、時間が立つにつれて英語をだんだん忘れてしまった。

  (I’ve been speaking only in Japanese every day so I gradually forgot English as time passed.)

Ex:  年をとるにつれて、彼の声は太くなりました。

  (As he got older, his voice got deeper.)

Ex:  私は部長が言っていただいたことにつれて会議に参ります。

  (I shall go to the meeting according to what the manager told me.)

Ex:  ワトソンはシャーロックの相談につれて行動した。

  (Watson acted according to Sherlock’s advice.)

N3 動詞/N3 VERBS


利=profit, advantage, benefit
益=gain, profit, advantage

As you may have surmised this verb has to do with gaining something. Or making a profit. This can be used as a noun or a verb. I don’t usually see it as 利益する. It is usually put with a verb:

生まる=To produce profit.
得る=To obtain profit.
になる=To become profitable/To someone’s advantage

There is another reading for this verb as well: りゃく. However, it is used especially through obtaining a blessing or a miracle through good deeds, prayers, and stuff like that. 

Perhaps Kirino Kousaka should’ve treated her brother a bit better so she could make a better profit off her light novel.


Taking on the Level 100 Challenge.
















[Taking on the Challenge]

A:Dude, you’ve been on Destiny Island for 5 hours now. What are you doing?

B:I’m trying to get Sora to level 100 before I leave the island.

A:Uhhh… that’s going to take forever. What level are you now?

B:Level 34. The tech boost really helps. Plus I got Tidus’ attack patterns figured out.

A:Well, if you do get to level 100 on Destiny Islands, you should upload your playthrough.

B:I plan on it. Curb stomping Heartless and Bosses is going to be fun.

A:Right. So how long do you think you have left?

B:Well, this guy called “WalkThruWalls” did it 15 years ago on the original Kingdom Hearts. It took him about 88 hours.

A:That’s a little long.

B:But it shouldn’t take me that long.

A:Why’s that?

B:It looks like he didn’t use the tech boost abilities. Or perhaps they didn’t exist in the original. I already got my first tech boost so that’ll double my experience.

A:Ah, I see. Let me know when you finish. Oh, and I can help if you don’t mind.

B:Sure, thanks.

記事を読もう/LET’S READ

シリーズ最新作「キングダム ハーツIV」が発売決定!

The Latest Entry in the Series “Kingdom Hearts IV” to be Released!

Square Enix has announced Kingdom Hearts IV. The release date is undetermined. 

They announced it on April 10th during the Kingdom Hearts 20th Anniversary Event. The Dark Seeker Arc, which started with the first game came to an end with Kingdom Hearts III. Kingdom Hearts IV will begin the Lost Master Arc. 

From what can be seen in the trailer the story will take place in a world that looks like present day Japan and the main characters Sora, Donald and Goofy make an appearance.

Here are some comments about the article:

yot: I’m hyped for this but, I still have to say “when it will come out”…

Didn’t think that KH III would take so long and there were too many things bundled together as a deal (*Probably talking about “Story so far bundle” and extra plot points before KH III came out*).

Story wise, I’m glad that Ven, Roxas and the others were rescued.

Disney put in an amazing work on those worlds, but it ended making the game linear.

Would’ve been great if the Keyblade was involved more in the main story, in the endgame was way too thin.

a_j: Surely they had the plan where in KH III we would revisit the worlds. Overall, I had a bad feeling about it as I played through it, so I hope KH IV will be different in this regard.

To be frank, I ended up thinking that KH III is even expensive even if you bought at half-price. And even at that point I wouldn’t recommend buying it.  At any rate, maybe they’ll spend their time and budget on making PS5 versions of these games.  So, Square Enix seriously do your best (*this time*).

efa: When I played Kingdom Hearts I and II and then heard that III was coming out I was “really looking forward to it” but, since there was such a huge gap from the first two games I ended up forgetting the plot, so I didn’t play it…

Square Enix recently put out a “release” announcement for Final Fantasy as well so the production period for KH IV will be so long that we will end up forgetting what happened in KH III…

Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest are fine since they are their own closed story but… Kingdom Hearts is another story. On another note, When will Final Fantasy VII Remake be continuing?

They have some good opinions about this series going forward and bring up some great questions. Unlike KH III, I don’t think it will take that long. Especially since they won’t have the “oh we’re going to move the game to a new engine mid-way through the project” excuse.

They might be using the latest Unreal Engine 5 for this game since it released this year. I just hope that they are actually using that instead of Unreal Engine 4. Nothing necessarily wrong with that engine per say but, it’d probably be a good idea to use going forward (heck I’m even thinking about upgrading to it).

I don’t know if Square Enix have separate teams that are working on Final Fantasy XVI, Kingdom Hearts IV and Dragon Quest XII but these next games are probably going to be aiming at the new game systems PS5 and Xbox Series X (and of course PC… I hope). It’d be great if they could be played on PS4 (since I just got one a few years back) but I don’t mind getting a PS5 when KH IV rolls around. Here’s the announcement trailer.

Anyways, Kingdom Hearts IV. Just wow. What a wonderful way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of this franchise. From the looks of the trailer it seems that we are getting more meta now. It’ll be kinda funny if the Master of Masters (MoM) is actually Tetsuya Nomura himself. I mean hey it’s in the acronym and this series is basically his child.

Nonetheless, I’ve got quite a few questions myself:

  • If they are going to have this game in the real world, then what does that mean for Disney worlds?
  • Will they rightfully bring back Final Fantasy characters (You know to redeem themselves from KH III lack of them)?
  • Will we only travel with Donald and Goofy into Disney worlds?
  • How long will this series be?
  • Is Kairi and Riku going to be doing anything? And what about the masters?
  • Are we going to see some twin shenanigans with Ven and Roxas?
  • Will we get to switch characters like we could in FF XV?
  • Will Sora finally get his mom’s dinner?

Who knows… but it is fun to wonder.


次回 あの日に戻れたら


You will usually come across this word when getting a preview of the next episode. When I see the kanji 次, I think of the word 次(つぎ)which means “next”. The 回 part of this word can be used as a counter for something that occurs. However there is another way of using this for counters and that is talking about episodes, chapters, or an installment of some new book.

With that in mind, you could translate this as “Next Episode”, but I’ll go with something shorter (and the definition of the word) “next time”.


The word あの is used to mean “that”. You may be familiar with この and その. The difference between them is the closeness to the speaker and the listener. 

この= Close to the speaker (as if the speaker is holding the item or closest thing to them)

その=Close to the listener (as if the listener is holding the item or closest thing to them and the speaker is talking to them about it.)

あの=Away from both speaker and listener. It can also describe something that is unfamiliar to both the speaker and listener as well.

Another nuance to these words is that not only can they be used to describe something physically distant, it can also be used to describe emotional distance.

For instance, あの人 would mean “that person” which makes it sound like “oh that person. doesn’t have anything to do with me”. As if you want to forget them. On the other hand この人 would be the opposite. You would probably think back on them fondly like “oh this person has been on mind lately.”.

So, back on topic. 日 means day. So we have “that day”. Which gives off an air of not wanting to remember it or feeling some kind of regret.


The particle に here can be translated to “to” and it connects “that day” to this verb. 

This verb 戻る which means “to return” or “to go back”. It seems it has two conjugations here:

  1. 戻るー>戻れる (The potential verb form of 戻る) = “I can return”, “I can go back”
  • The potential verb is used to express the ability to do something.
  1. 戻れるー>戻れたら(The conditional verb form of 戻れる) = “If I could return”
  • The conditional verb is used to bring in a possibility. For instance, “what if I(did some action)…then (result of doing said action)”.

So in all we have:

“Next Time: If I Could Go Back to That Day.”

Not too bad. “We” could work for this title as well. Especially if you are familiar with the characters and the plot that is going on. As you can see from the title on the top right corner this title comes from ODD TAXI (オッドタクシー).  This show is about a Taxi driver, the people he gives rides to, and how it all connects to a missing person case.

I won’t give much away, but it is a really good mystery that has many connections up until the very end of the show. Some things that get pointed out and through the process of elimination you can figure out the majority of it on your own. However, that’s what I enjoy doing (and why my favorite show is Detective Conan).

The OP is really good.

And the ED is strangely catchy.

Here’s a PV:




あ、そうなんだ。最後はサンダースじゃないか。二人共はもともと戦ったから、イナズマとこのバトルを終えよう。イナズマのひかりのかべ + かげぶんしんのコンビ強すぎる。アキのイーブイはシャワーズに進化してよかったなぁ。まあ、アキにとっては、ヤバイだろう。イナズマの攻撃は強くないが、サンダースのでんこうせっかとミサイルばりに比べて、強い。最後のかみなり⚡で全てが終えた。


俺とイナズマはオーキド博士を連れた。ここは 殿堂入りだ。チャンピオンとチャンピオンのポケモンを記録する場所だ。それで、帰って、母に俺たちの勝利を見せた。カスミに見せたかったが、イナズマは近くの空洞から厄介な気配がしてた。






So Aki beat the Elite Four before me. Now I have to beat him again to become champion. All this time he’s been ahead of me. That ends here. Time to surpass him once and for all. 

Ikkokesei took down Sandslash with Bubblebeam. Alakazam’s psychic attacks were rough so I switched to Choumu and used Flash. It was a war of attrition but Ikkokesei took it down. Next: Exeggutor. It put Ikkokesei to sleep and used Leech Seed. Used the Poke Flute and Ikkokesei was unaffected by its Hypnosis attack. Then, she slowly chipped away at Exeggutor’s stamina. Aki’s Cloyster was tough but Ikkokesei’s Thunderbolt took care of that hard shell. When Aki sent out Ninetales, I used a Hyper Potion. Alright, Ikkokesei’s done enough. Red’s Surf took care of this battle.

Ah, of course. His last Pokemon is Jolteon. They’ve fought each other from the beginning, so I’ll let Inazuma end this. Inazuma’s Light Screen + Double Team combo is too powerful. Good thing Aki didn’t evolve it into a Vaporeon. That would’ve been worse. Inazuma’s attacks aren’t effective but they are stronger than Jolteon’s Quick Attack and Pin Missile. One last Thunder ⚡and it was over.

After the battle, Aki was mad but admitted that I won. Then Professor Oak showed up. What? Aki lost because he doesn’t love his Pokemon? I don’t know about that. I do know I couldn’t have made it here without Inazuma and the others. Many of my Pokemon died for us to get here.

Inazuma and I followed Professor Oak to the back room. The Hall of Fame: the place where the champion and their Pokemon are recorded. After that, I went home to show mom. I wanted to show off to Misty but Inazuma sensed something coming from a cave close by. 

Before going in I fought this girl. Why is she looking for mushrooms over here? The cave was harder to navigate than Victory Road. All these Pokemon popping up is annoying so I came back with some Max Repels. As I went further in I found rarer Pokemon. Like Rhydon and Rhyhorn. Even found that strange Pokemon called Ditto. Found a Pokemon I’ve never seen before at the end of the cave. It’s just standing there. It’s giving off this strong aura but I know we can take it down. 

So this is Mewtwo?! Why is it here?! It knows Swift so Double Team won’t work. Gotta use the whole team to beat this Pokemon. Choumu barraged it with Flash and Psychic attacks. Inazuma used Light Screen and Ikkokesei slowed it down with Bubblebeam. She also poisoned it with Poison Sting. Just when I thought it was over, it used Recover. 

Switched to Luffy to lower its defense but it kept using the Barrier. Inazuma hit it with Thunderbolt. Was going to send out Red to finish it off, but it succumbed to the poison. Man… that was a tough battle. Wonder why it was here? What were those scientists thinking when they made it?!

That has to be the strongest Pokemon I’ve ever seen. If there’s something like this in this cave then I’m sure there are even stronger Pokemon out there. Perhaps there are more Pokemon that I’ve never seen before so I want to keep going on this journey. But first I’m gonna go back home. I want to play on the SNES, play with my Pokemon, and tell mom about our journey.

In conclusion, I hope that this series is helpful with your journey to learning Japanese and/or taking an interest in the country’s culture. Until then… また来週!

A Way to Read More Kanji + End of Kingdom Hearts

日本語の練習 第124週
Japanese Practice Week 124


Hello everyone! Kyuusei here to teach you Japanese and show what I find interesting about Japan. With that being said, let’s continue.


だから、最近この本を読んでいます。「Learn To Read Japanese」という本です。第1巻で608漢字を読むことができそうです。この本を読むあとで、N5とN4の漢字が読めるはずです。N3の漢字もほとんど読んでできそうです。




N3 文法


in regard to; in contrast to; whereas; to

There are a few ways you can use this grammar:

  1. To show what object (noun) is being acted upon.
    Ex: 国民は高いガソリン価格に対して強く反対している。
    (The people are strongly against high gas prices.)
  2. To show an amount. As in to each one (e.g. a person).
    Ex: この会社で入社1人に対して、入社案内を1部配ります。
    (At this company, we give a company entrance guide to each new employee.)
  3. To compare or contrast two things. I’ll be covering this below.

V[Plain-Form] + のに対して
N + に対して
なーAdj + な + のに対して
いーAdj + のに対して

Ex: スペイン語を勉強するのに対して、日本語はとっても面白いだと思う。

  (In contrast to studying Spanish, I think Japanese is very interesting.)

Ex: 彼女はあの男性だけに対しては優しいですが、他の人によって、冷たいだね。

  (She is only kind towards that guy, but cold to everyone else.) 

Ex: 妹がフランス語好きなのに対して、僕は日本語好きだ。

  (While my little sister loves French, I love Japanese.)

Ex: アメリカでこのゲームが高いのに対して、日本でゲームはかなり安い。

  (While this game is expensive in America, it is comparatively much cheaper in Japan.) 


to, for, concerning, as far as … is concerned

When you want to describe something you are thinking or from a point of view, this would be a good thing to use. Usually follows up with a adjective to tell what it compares or contrasts with.

On another note, you can use either は or も, and this is used to emphasize.

N + にとって(は/も)

Ex: 彼女にとって、どうやって体力力を上がるかが重要だ。

  (How to increase stamina is important to her.)

Ex: このアニメは、他の人から見ると、子供っぽいアニメだと思われるかもしれないけど、私にとっては大事な思い出です。

  (This anime might be childish to others, but it holds very precious memories for me.) 

Ex: 電池を代わりサービスは、電池バイクを乗る人にとっても便利です。

  (The service where you can switch batteries, is convenient for those who ride electric bikes.)

N3 動詞/N3 VERBS

continuation; succession; series

連=take along, lead, join, connect, party, gang, clique
続=continue, series, sequel

If we think of the verb 連続 like a chain, this verb makes more sense. The first kanji can mean join or connect, so think of a link of a chain. The second kanji looks like it is from the verb 続く which means to continue. If we look at the other meaning for this kanji, it can mean series. So a series of links in a chain. Something that connects to the next series of events and continues.

Like a series of murders that happened in Erased. Or like how Wendy can’t keep casting the motion sickness spell on Natsu because it will lose its effectiveness.


Asano is straining his eyes at his tablet. Wonder what’s up?

A: どうした、浅野?顔が悪いよ。
B: このウエブノベルを読んでみてる。
A: お、「小説家になろう」から?いいね。なにを読んでる?
B: Reゼロ読んでみたけど、さっぱりわからない。今の僕にはレベルは高すぎる。
A: フリガナアッドオンを使う?
B: うん、このアッドオンさえ、あまりわからない。ほかのウエブノベルを探して、読んでる。ーつか先月前のウエブノベルみたい。
A: タイトルは?
B:九条 蓮の「金髪の聖女様が俺の前でだけ奇声を発するんだがどうすればいい?」だ。
A: 長ー!でも、ノベルのことをわかるかもね。
B: それは理由かも。
A: あ、ほんとうだ。で、他のノベルを読んでる?
A: もっと易しいの?
B: Reゼロによって、簡単だと思う。漫画でこのノベルを見つけてしまったが、その漫画は1月に1章だ。そのため、ノベルを読んだほうがいいと思う。もちろん、まだ漫画を読む予定だ。
A: 面白そう。あたしも読んでるかも。

「Talking about Web Novels」
A:Uh, Asano, what’s up? You look like you’re struggling.
B:Trying to read this web novel.
A:Oh, on syosetsu? Cool! Which one are you reading?
B:I’m trying to read Re:Zero but I think it’s out of my league right now.
A:Are you using a furigana extension?
B:Yeah, even with that, I’m barely understanding anything. I think I’ll find another web novel to read. Something like the one I read last month.
A:What was it called?
B:It was called, “The Blonde Saint only Makes a Strange Voice in Front of Me, What should I Do”. The author is Kujyo Ren.
A:That’s a long title but I guess I get what it’s about.
B:I think that’s why they make these kinds of titles.
A:Oh, that must be it. So are you reading any other web novels?
B:Yeah, I’m reading “My Plain-looking Fiance is Secretly Sweet With Me.” by Hidaka Yuu.
A:Is it easier?
B:Compared to Re:Zero, most definitely. I heard about from the manga but that only comes out once a month. So, I think I’ll read the web novel. Still going to read the manga though.
A:Hmm… that one sounds interesting. I think I’ll read it, too.


Well, it is time for the Finale to this game.
Sora has something to say to Kairi.
Will he go back with her?


  • Kairi, I’ll always be with you.
    • EN: Kairi, remember what you said before?

※いつでも can means “always” or “whenever” among other things. The word そば in this context means close or next to something or someone. Considering Sora is using himself (俺)and the verb いる, he means that he will always be with Kairi. Or close to her.


  •  From now and forever.
    • EN: I’m always with you, too.


  • I’ll definitely come back to you.
    • EN: I’ll come back to you. I promise!

※ We have a similar translation here but I wanted to keep in the definitely part which comes from Sora emphasizing that he will come back to Kairi with 必ず and 絶対. The から at the end is used to express Sora explaining why he always be with Kairi: Because he will return (帰る)to her.


  • That’s a promise.
    • EN: I know you will.

🎮This song is famous for being cut out of let’s plays (hence the message at 3:06). If you’d like to hear it, here you go.

⑤これから どうしよう?

  • What will do now?
    • EN: Well, now what do we do?

🎮Kinda strange that they switched to their regular outfits. I guess those clothes were their traveling/battle gear. Wish Sora got an another outfit but oh well.


  • We have to go get Riku and the King.
    • EN: We’ve gotta find Riku and King Mickey.

※The verb 迎えに行く means “to go and meet someone”. This can be used to say that you are going to the airport to pick someone up.

In this case I can see why the translators went with find, instead of what I came up with. As you may have found a more direct translation isn’t always the one that makes the most sense in another language.

⑦でも 光(ひかり)への扉(とびら)なんてどこにあるのかなァ

  • But I wonder where that door to light is?
    • EN: But, uh, where do we start lookin’ for that there door to the light?

⑧今で どこにいたんだい?

  • Where were you up til now?
    • EN: Hey, Pluto. Where have you been?

※The だい at the end here marks a question. It marks questions like who, what and where. This way of asking a question is usually used towards friends or family.

⑨それ 王様の!?

  • Is that from the King?!
    • EN: Gawrsh, that’s the king’s seal!

※ When the sentence is cut off it is good to look at the surroundings. Goofy could’ve said それ 王様の手紙?(Is that a letter from the King?) or something like それ 王様の印鑑/判子? (Is that the king’s seal).

⑩おまえ 王様に会ったのか?

  • Did you see the King?
    • EN: Hey, have you seen King Mickey?

※Now 会う technically means “to meet” but you can also use it to mean “to see (someone)”.

⑪みんな 行(い)こう!

  • Let’s go, guys!
    • EN: Guys, let’s go!

※Considering the mouth flaps I can see why the translator went with let’s go at the end instead of the beginning. The word “go” and the word “行こう” has similar mouth movements.


  • Don’t forget, Sora.
    You are the one who will open the door to light.
    • EN: Remember, Sora.
      You are the one who will open the door to the light.

🎮And that ends the main game. And now it’s time for the special episode. It’s way more chaotic than the 2nd Special I did. Therefore, I’ll only translate as much as I can and add a few pictures.

Note: Considering they have English translations for most of the text that goes past, I think I won’t add the EN: parts here.


  • “Where’s Sora?”
  •  The other side of darkness
  • The third enemy
  • The third key
  •  The secret Ansem Report
  • Organization 13


  • Law
  • Metamorphosis
  • Transition
  •  Transfiguration


  • End of this world
  •  “This is the true world”
  • “I have to find him…”
  •  “So this is your answer?”
  • “It’s… not over yet”

※ The 「見つけなければ。。。」is probably short for 見つけなければなりません. If you kept it as it is and didn’t know this grammar point, the line would end up as “If I don’t find him then…”.

※The past active tense verb 求めていた comes from the verb 求める which can mean “to want”, “to seek”, “to request”. I could’ve translated this line to “So this is the answer you’ve been searching for?”, but I want to try something shorter.


  • “Defeat them? This many?”
  • “You are the source of all Heartless.”
  • “Why Sora”
  •  “Your late, Kairi”


  • “The King! Why?”
  •  “Let’s go together”

🎮This seemed to be a special trailer for Kingdom Hearts II that you can get at the end of the game. Depending on your difficulty you set the game to, it can be unlocked.

They have a different secret ending for Final Mix so you can check that out below. Majority of the lines that show up in this secret ending comes from the original. However, I will put them all down as well. Plus these are way easier to read. You might find some of my translations to be a bit different. Just wanted to try out some things.


  • Silence
  • A fragmented story
  • A world without you
  • Close your eyes


  • A common thing
  • A memory beyond that point
  • A simple answer
  • “Where’s Sora”


  • “I have to look for him …”
  •     Law
    [Secret Ansem Report]
  • “A creation born from ignorance”
  • Behind the Darkness ≒ Door to Light

④ 秘密(ひみつ)の場所(ばしょ)




  • Secret Place
    “I heard his voice all the time, and now it’s gone.”
    “This time… I will fight.”
  • The interval between worlds = A forgotten place
    They will gather
  • The 3rd enemy = Nobody “A nobody…? Those who don’t exist”
    “You’re late, Kairi.”
    “Are we going to take down this many?”




    “We’ve come to see you, master”
    “You are the source of all Heartless”
  • Organization XIII
  • Metamorphosis
    Transformation : Change in appearance
           ”Why Sora?”
            ”King Mickey, why?”



  • Change – The third Key
  • The end of the world
    “What’s this place?!”
    “So this is your answer?”
    “This is the true world.”
    “Maybe what we’ve done had no meaning”



  • Paradise
  • Let’s go together.

🎮Unfortunately KH II is not where this series went next. A game that came out for the Game Boy Advance called Chain of Memories is where you can pick the story back up.

That ends Kingdom Hearts.
This series will return in the future.
Thanks for reading and I hope you learned something.




第 is used to indicate an ordinal number. This is usually followed by numbers or the kanji that corresponds to that number. In this title it is the number 8. The 話 at the end is used as counter for stories. You’ll usually find this in television shows with episodes.

In short this can be translated to “Episode 8”.


This is a name of a prefecture called Saga. You’ll usually see a prefecture’s name with the kanji 県(けん). For example 佐賀県 , Saga Prefecture.


At first it looks similar to 事件 which can mean case. However the second kanji of that word is changed out with 変 as in change or weird. I think of this word as stating a weird occurrence that has happened. Or perhaps an unexpected change in events. In other words an incident.

So far I’d translate this as “The Saga Incident”.


Now these are rarely used kanji but considering the period in time this episode it is in, it is perfect. The 其の can mean that (その)but in this case it is referring to the noun that means “part”. As in part of an episode or sequence of events.

The next kanji 壱 is just as it is pronounced, and that means “one”. This kanji usually pops up in documents and considering this title seems like it has some historical feel to it, I think you go as far to say it is from a historical document or in a history book. And considering this sounds like a historical event I’ll add “The” to “Saga Incident”.

Besides that I want to give it somewhat of an older feel by changing the numbers to roman numerals. I wish I could make the text vertical to make it fit the style but I decided to put them on separate lines to keep some connection to the vertical writing.

So my final translation would be:

Episode VIII
The Saga Incident
Part I

Not too bad. Though this was a very direct title with not much room to interpret into something more.

This title comes from Zombie Land Saga Revenge, the second season of the anime original made my Studio MAPPA. The premise of the shows is a man named Koutarou brings 7 idols together to revamp the Saga prefecture. You can kind of equate it to shows like Love Live! where they try to save their school by becoming idols. But here’s the catch… the girls are zombies.

They go through many twists and turns while trying not to blow their cover. Plus we get to find out how some of the girls met their end and learn why they decided to have some kind of redemption for dying so young. And in this two-part episode, we find out about the mysterious and classy idol Yuugiri.

Unlike other idol shows I’ve watched, they go into various genres of music as well. Rap, metal, there’s even jazz in this second season.

Last thing I love about this anime is that it also shows off what the Saga prefecture has to offer. It even raised about $16,000 to assist the prefecture from the flood that occurred last year.

If you haven’t watched the show I recommended it. It’s easily an 8/10 in my book.

Here’s a PV of the first season:


俺とイナズマは長い廊下歩いた。部屋に到着した時、イナズマが俺に目をさらした。まるで「次のバトルに任せておけ」といった感じ。よし。あの赤紙のやつが知らないが、イナズマでこの冒険を終えるなんていいなあ。だけど、どんなポケモンが持ってるかなあ。石像がたくさんあるぞ。なんかわかりにくいんだ。まいっか、イナズマに信じよう。あ、あいつの名はワタルでドラゴンタイプトレーナーだ。ワタルは俺に「強さは 天下逸品だ 体も丈夫だし!」と言った。さ、見せてもらう。さ、これから、イナズマは新しいタイトルをやる:ドラゴンスレイヤー。






Inazuma and I walked down this long corridor. When we arrive to the room, Inazuma looks up to me. As if to say “Leave the next fight all to me”. Alright. Don’t know who this guy with red hair is but it’s good to end it all with Inazuma. But what kinda Pokemon does this guy have. This room has a bunch of Pokemon statues so it’s hard to tell. Oh well, I’ll trust Inazuma. Ah, so his name is Lance and he has Dragon Pokemon. Lance told me that “Dragons are virtually indestructible”… we’ll see about that. Guess I’ll be calling Inazuma the Dragon Slayer from now on.

His first Pokemon was a Gyarados. Inazuma started the match with Thunder which brought it down. Up next was Dragonair. Doesn’t look like a dragon. Looks more like a snake. It used this powerful move called Hyper Beam. Inazuma barely survived, so I healed it up. Oh, it has to recharge when it uses that move. Time to use that Double Team + Light Screen strategy.

Dragonair keeps trying to hit Inazuma but it’s too fast now. Inazuma paralyzed it with a Thunderbolt and brought it down… or so I thought. It hung on for dear life, then Lance used a Hyper Potion. Managed to take it down this time. Darn he has another Dragonair. And right when I though we could beat it, Lance used another Hyper Potion. Irritating.

Finally took it down, but Inazuma doesn’t have that many moves left. Lance’s next Pokemon: Aerodactyl. Inazuma’s last Thunderbolt took it down in one shot. Nice! His last Pokemon was Dragonite. Only 2 Thunders left. Missed the first one but the last one hit dead on. However, it wasn’t enough. Used a max elixir and Inazuma took this dragon down with it’s restored Thunderbolt.

Inazuma, you did it. We’re the champs… wait… Akihito beat me to you guys. Ah, geez not again. So I have to beat Aki for the 8th time. Fine by me.

In conclusion, I hope that this series is helpful with your journey to learning Japanese and/or taking an interest in the country’s culture. Until then… また来週!

New Beginnings and the Life of a 漫画家?

日本語の練習 第123週

Japanese Practice Week 123


Hello everyone! Welcome to April, the month of new beginnings. This week I wanted to talk about a video I watched about a Manga Creator or 漫画家(まんがか). Speaking of beginnings, it seems two series will be coming to a close this month. Wrapping up the “End Game” for Kingdom Hearts and Rei will be facing off against two of the Elite Four this week. With that being said, let’s continue.




N3 文法


for; considering it’s (something or someone)

Used to express that judging from a situation, the result is unexpected. This can be used and a positive or negative way.

V[Plain-Form]+ にしては
N + にしては

Ex: 彼女は勉強しなかったにしては、日本語能力試験が完璧に合格した。

  (For someone who doesn’t study, she passed the JLPT with a perfect score.)

Ex: 初めて本を翻訳したにしては、上手くできました。

  (You did great considering this is the first book you translated.) 

Ex: おふくろは53歳にしては、ずいぶん若く見える。

  (My mother looks considerably young for 53.)

Ex: 友達は初心者にしては、将棋能力が強すぎて、棋士になるかもしれない。

  (For a beginner, my friend’s shogi ability is so strong that they could be a pro.) 


whether… or…

Used to make an example and to suggest that it is connected to what is brought up later in the sentence. Can use にせよ to be more formal. にしろ is a bit more formal than にしても so you can use that as well.

V[Plain-Form] + にしても
なーAdj + (である)にしても
いーAdj + にしても
N + (である)にしても

Ex: 離れるしても、離れないにしても、いつも通り話そうよ。

  (Whether we are separated or not, let’s talk like we always do.)

Ex: 今日本語が上手であるにしても下手であるにしても、まだまだ学ぶべきことはたくさんあるよ。

  (Whether your Japanese is good or bad right now, there’s still so much to learn.)

Ex: 値段が安いにしても高いにしても、なんか怪しいから、買いません。

  (Whether the price is cheap or expensive, somethings not right. So I’m not going to buy it.)

Ex: タクシーにしろ、電車にしろ、この台風では動けないと思うよ。

  (Whether you take a taxi or the train, I don’t they can move in this Typhoon.) 


N3 動詞/N3 VERBS

to supply; to dedicate; to make an offering; to pay

収=income, obtain, reap, pay, supply, store

As you can see, this verb has many meanings. I’ll go over a few. You can use it to mean to pay for something, like 払う. Or to give something. It can mean putting things in order. Like cleaning up a room, or handling a situation. Or like how Gon is getting his cards “stored” in a book.


Looks like someone is getting interested in sports.


[That’s the Power of “Haikyu!!”]
A:When did you start liking volleyball.
B:Eh? Oh, this. Lately I’ve been watching Haikyu, so I wanted to learn the sport’s terminology.
A:Oh, I see. Do you plan on playing?
B:Not really. I’m not good when it comes to sports.
A:It might be easier to learn by playing volleyball you know.
B:That makes sense. I guess I’ll give it a go. Is there a gym nearby?
A:…Seriously. There’s one 5 minutes from your apartment.
B:There is?!
A:You really don’t exercise that much do you. Come on, I’ll show you around.
A:Don’t mention it. Besides, it’ll be good for you to get out every now and then.

記事を読もう/LET’S READ


Creating New Locations to Replace Batteries for Electric Bikes.

Electric Bikes made by ENEOS Holdings which consists of Honda, Yamaha Motor, Suzuki, and Kawasaki Motors will create a new company in April.

This company will make possible for customers to replace their electric bike’s battery at gas stations and other locations. The company plans to start this service in Tokyo and other cities this Fall. The service is expected to be in a total of 200 locations by next march.

It is assumed that there will be more people who ride electric bikes due to how easy it is replace the battery for a new one. They also have envisioned everyone using batteries that they have charged at home in the near future.

The new company’s president stated “We would like for everyone to create a convenient and clean environment together by making it possible for everyone to use these batteries.”


Starting off End Game Part 3 with a few fights.
The boys are on the war path to Ansem.
But first they must get past the Heartless.




  • Howling Wind
    • EN: Gale
  • High Potion
    • EN: Hi-Potion
  • Last Elixir
    • EN: Elixir

※This first word 吹き荒れる means something is blowing violently. So I just went with Howling Wind since the next word in katakana is the word for wind (カゼ・風). Then again, maybe something like Typhoon or Storm would’ve worked better if not Gale.

🎮Geez it kinda takes it a while to realize that the Heartless are gone.

🎮Oh, I thought the last “last elixir” was our last one XD. Maybe they mean it as a last resort or something. Speaking of last. It’s time to face the last boss!




  •  …Huh?
    • EN: Huh?
  • What’s wrong?
  • Don’t you hear something?

🎮Well doesn’t that door look familiar.




  • That!
    • EN: There!
  •  Be careful…
    This is the last place of tranquility.
    • EN: Careful. This is the last
      haven you’ll find here.
  • Beyond this point,
    you won’t be protected by the light.
    • EN: Beyond there is no light
      to protect you.

※ The word 安らぎ here means tranquil or peaceful. I added some emphasis on “this” considering they used “ここ(this place)が”.

🎮Sora’s not crazy. He just has a disembodied voice talking to him. Wonder if it’s the same voice from his dream. On top of that who was that anyway?



  • But do not be afraid.
    Your heart is stronger than any weapon.
    • EN: But don’t be afraid.
      Your heart is the mightiest
      weapon of all.
  • So do not be afraid.
    The one that will open the door to light is you…
    • EN: Remember, you are the one
      who will open the door to the light.

🎮Sure whatever you say, disembodied voice from the tutorial.

※何よりも means more than anything or above all else. You can use it to compare something or someone and say that it is better (or worse) than the thing you are comparing it towards.

Ex: 僕の話す力は何よりも下手です。(My speaking ability is worse than anything else.)

You usually learn より with のほうが. Think of のほうが as a word to say that something is better or is the right way (方(ほう)) and より as the opposite of that.




  • I don’t hear anything.
  •  That’s weird…
    I heard that voice somewhere before…
    Must be my imagination.
    • EN: Strange… That voice was
      so familiar. Maybe it’s just
      my imagination.
  • Shouldn’t you rest for a bit?
    • EN: Maybe you’d better
      take a rest!

🎮Annnd Sora just got gaslighted by Donald again.

※Donald has ってば at the end of his sentence here. Which kinda shows his frustration a bit with Sora. Like “(I told you) I didn’t hear anything”.

※The word 聞きおぼえ means that you hear something familiar. Then right after that you have のある声 (a voice) which gives a description to what sounds familiar.

🎮Nah Donald. Sora’s good to go.




  • This place… it’s our island!
    • EN: Is this… Is this my island?
  • This world is… connected.
    • EN: This world has been connected.
  • What the-!
    • EN: What was that?


 おまえには何もわかるまい おまえは何も知(し)らない。

 何も知らない者(もの)が何を見(み)てもーー そう なにも理解(りかい)できまい。

  • A world connected to the darkness… it will lose it’s light soon…
    • EN: Tied to the darkness… soon to be completely eclipsed.
  • You understand nothing You know nothing.
    • EN: There is so very much to learn. You understand so little.
  • Those who don’t know, no matter how much they see… Yes, they won’t comprehend anything.
    • EN: A meaningless effort. One who knows nothing can understand nothing.

※Ah the beauty of finding different words to translate. May mean the same thing but the official translation is top tier.

⑧見るがいい この小(ちい)さな世界を

 自由(じゆう)な心の持ち主(もちぬし)には 狭(せま)過(す)ぎる。

 だからこそ この少年(しょうねん)は新(あたら)しい世界を求(もと)めて

  • Look at this minuscule world.
    • EN: Take a look at this tiny place.
  •  For those who carry a free spirit, this place is the same as being squeezed into a prison surrounded by ocean.
    • EN: To the heart seeking freedom this island is a prison surrounded by water.
  • That is why this boy wished for a new world.
    • EN: And so this boy sought out to escape from his prison.

※The てーForm verb 求めて means to wish for something. Here Ansem is explaining that Riku wished for another world.

※The “squeezed” part I put in here comes from Ansem’s saying 狭過ぎる which means “too cramped/narrow”. You can use 過ぎる to mean something is excessive. Like with the い adjective 狭い here, you must drop the い and add 過ぎる.

For な adjectives you just leave the word as is. Just don’t add な. For example, 簡単 becomes 簡単すぎる (too easy).



 無駄(むだ)だ おまえの声は届(とど)きなしない

  • He wished for the power to cross into other worlds…
    • EN: He sought a way to cross over into other worlds.
  •  And dyed his heart in darkness.
    • EN: And he opened his heart to darkness.
  • It’s useless. Your voice won’t reach him.
    His heart has already returned to darkness.
    • EN: Don’t bother. Your voice can no
      long reach him where he is.
      His heart belongs again to darkness.

※ The past tense verb 染めた means to dye or to color.

⑩世界は闇に始(はじ)まり 闇に終わる


 あらゆる心は 闇に帰るべきなのだよ。

  • The world begins and ends with darkness
    Same as the heart.
    • EN: All worlds begin in darkness, and
      all so end. The heart is no different.
  • The tiniest amount darkness sprouts in the heart
    And in the end it swallows it whole.
    • EN: Darkness sprouts within it,
      it grows, consumes it.
  • That is the heart’s true form
    Every heart must return to the darkness.
    • EN: Such is its nature.
      In the end, every heart returns
      to the darkness whence it came.

※V(Dictionary Form)+べき expresses that something should be done or must be done. In this context it is best to view it as a way of the world that Ansem has come up with about the darkness with 帰るべき.

⑪そう 心の真(しん)の姿とはーー闇だ。



  • Yes, the true form of the heart… is darkness.
    • EN: You see, darkness is the heart’s true essence.
  •  It’s not!
    • EN: That’s not true!
  • The heart might be weak,
    And there are times it loses to the darkness.
    • EN: The heart may be weak,
      And sometimes it may even give in.

※N+に負ける is a nice grammar point to pick up here. You take a noun (person, place, or thing) and can express that something loses to it. On the other hand you can use N+に勝つ to mean to win against something. Speaking of winning…

🎮I love how Sora is curb stomping Ansem’s whole dissertation here XD.


 その光もまた 闇に溶(と)けるのだ。

 無知(むち)なる心よ 暗闇(くらやみ)で眠(ねむ)るがいい!


  • But… deep within the darkness there’s light!
    • EN: But I’ve learned that deep down,
      there’s a light that never goes out!
  • That light will fade into the darkness.
    • EN: So you have come this far
      and still you understand nothing.
  • Your heart can sleep ignorantly in the darkness!
    • EN: Every light must fade, every
      heart return to darkness!
  • Learned Luck Up
    • EN: Learned Lucky Lucky.

※ I do like how the translator calls back to his previous statement about not knowing anything.

※溶ける can mean “to melt” or “to dissolve” but I went with something similar, “to fade”.

※I think the 眠るがいい part is similar to the grammar てーForm+いい. You can use this to ask to do something or say it is okay to do something.

However, due to the context of this 眠るがいい, I want to say it is more towards the latter than the former. It feels as if Ansem is commanding Sora or dismissing him altogether with his statement.

🎮Geez Ansem someone gives you a rebuttal on your thesis = choosing death?! What makes it worse, it’s a teen-aged boy XD.

🎮This fight is quite annoying but I find it interesting that Paradigm Shifter found a way around majority of this fight without being caught up by Ansem’s stand “Fade to Black” too much. I used to fight him up close and personal without using any of these skills. Nonetheless… good fight.

🎮Geez now he’s just pouting over there. What a sore loser.
Ansem: I’m not a sore loser… I just don’t understand why I lost… my thesis is valid!
Sora: Go back to square one! *Swings Keyblade*

Alright let’s dodge roll our way to victory.
Looks like Donald and Goofy will be sitting this one out.
Meh. Sora’ll be fine. It’s just the final boss.

🎮Oh, so we meet again. How many times does Sora have to teach you, Darkside?!


  • Writhing Shard
    • EN: Dark Shard

※蠢く means wriggling, like something that is crawling about. This sounded kinda weird so I went with a synonym that sounded better, writhing.

🎮I like how after the fight with Darkside was, this little Heartless was still trying to swing on Sora XD.

🎮Now it’s time for round 2. Never thought to use these moves and replenish with ethers and elixirs. On top of that you can block the charge attack?! Paradigm Shifter’s amazing. I used to just dodge roll on that and his stand “Fade to Black” coming out of the ground. But nope just guard and run. Total annihilation XD.

Man. Ansem must’ve put in a lot of time on this thesis.
What will Teacher Assistant Sora, Dr. Donald, and Professor Goofy teach him?


 見(み)よ 無限(むげん)に広(ひろ)がる闇を


  • What!
    • EN: Wha…?
  • Behold! The infinite, spreading darkness.
    It is surely the “Heart of the Worlds”…
    • EN: Behold the endless abyss!
      Within it lies the heart of all worlds:
  • Kingdom Hearts!

🎮Title drop #2

⑮どうだ ひとかけらの光も見えまい
 すべての心は あの暗闇から生(う)まれた。

 そう おまえの心も闇から生まれたのだよ!


  • How’s that. You can’t see even a fraction of light.
    The heart of everything was born from the darkness.
    • EN: Look as hard as you are able. You’ll not
      find even the smallest glimmer of light.
      From those dark depths are all hearts born.
  •  Yes, even your heart was born from it!
    • EN: Even yours.
  • Shroud the worlds in darkness!
    • EN: Darkness conquers all worlds!

※ The imperative verb 覆い尽くせ comes from 覆いつくす. It means to cover completely or to wrap around. I could’ve went with “Cover the world in darkness”, but I wanted to go with something similar and a bit more up Ansem’s vocabulary, shroud.

🎮He decided to turn himself into a battle ship.

⑯どうしたソラ? もう終わりか






  • What’s wrong Sora? Over already?
    How careless.
    • EN: Giving up already? Come on, Sora.
      I thought you were stronger than that.
  • Mega Potion
  • Mega Ether
  • Learned Combo Plus
    • EN: Learned Combo Plus.
  • Dark Hole
    • EN: Portal of Darkness
  • Elixir

※That だらしない part is a call back from when Riku called him a slacker back on the islands so I wanted to go with something like that. It can mean to be sloppy in appearance or in doing something, or weak. Either way, the translator did a great job conveying this word through Riku’s cocky voice.

🎮Thanks for the pep talk there, Riku. There goes that light that Ansem said didn’t exist. While he’s sleeping Sora’s going to go save Goofy and Donald while getting some Mega Potions and Mega Ethers along the way. Should a final boss be handing these out like candy though? Meh. I’m not gonna complain. Then again, I don’t think these many show up in the Final Mix version though.

🎮Thunderhead is a bit of an annoyance though. But it looks like Paradigm Shifter got Aeroga off screen before coming to the End of the World. Note: You can only get that magic upgraded by beating a boss in Agrabah after locking the Hollow Bastion Keyhole. Not only does it protects, it also does damage to the enemy if they touch the person it is protecting. No wonder they didn’t bring this back. It’s kinda broken XD.

🎮Welp into the Dark Hole that is Thunderhead’s mouth to pick up Donald. This guy needs to see a dentist. There’s no way this is normal. Now that the dissertation committee is back together it’s time to put Ansem’s thesis to rest.

⑰無駄だ おまえのキーブレードだけでは



  • It’s useless. Your Keyblade alone
    will not shut the door to darkness.
    • EN: It is futile. The Keyblade alone
      cannot seal the door to darkness.
  •  Kingdom Hearts!
    Give me… the power of darkness…
    • EN: Kingdom Heart! Fill me with
      the power of darkness…
  • The great darkness…
    • EN: Supreme darkness…

🎮Funny how Ansem said there wasn’t any light here and yet he’s glowing like a freaking Christmas tree.




  • You’re wrong! Kingdom Hearts is
    a heart that won’t be erased no matter how dark it gets…
    • EN: You’re wrong. I know now,
      without a doubt. Kingdom Hearts…
  •  It’s light!
    • EN: is light!
  • Why. Why… is it light…!
    • EN: Light… But… Why…

※Find it a bit odd that the Japanese version didn’t subtitle Ansem’s last words. Oh well. The English translator and I did so it’s fine.

🎮And this concludes Ansem’s dissertation… in failure and was immediately expelled. Good luck trying to get that PhD in Darkness next time Ansem. If there is one for that matter 😉







  • Close the door!
    • EN: Come on!
  •  This is not the time to be looking around!
    • EN: Stop staring and keep pushing!
  • The Heartless!
    • EN: The Heartless!?
  • Hurry!
  • It’s no use…
    • EN: I can’t…
  • Don’t give up!




  • What are you doing, Sora!
    Let’s close this thing together!!
    • EN: Come on, Sora!
      Together, we can do it!
  •  Gotcha!
    • EN: Okay!
  • It’s hopeless!!
    • EN: It’s hopeless!

🎮Who in the world just took out two Darksides in one shot each. What are they Level 99?!




  • The King?!
    • EN: Your Majesty!
  • Now, Sora! Let’s lock the door!
    • EN: Now, Sora! Let’s close
      this door for good! 
  • Let’s hurry and shut it!
    • EN: Close it, quick!

🎮Ah the President of the University has now arrived. Looks like Donald’s not giving up anymore. But if they are on that side… what will happen to them?


 光への扉が どこかにある。

 ソラ 王様を信じよう!

  • But…
  •  It’s alright.
    There’s a door to the light somewhere.
    • EN: Don’t worry. There will always
      be a door to the light. 
  • We can trust the King, Sora!
    • EN: Sora, you can trust King Mickey.


 ドナルド グーフィー ありがとうーー


  • Hurry! They’re still coming!
    • EN: Now! They’re coming!
  • Donald, Goofy… Thank you…
    • EN: Donald, Goofy, thank you.
  • Take care of Kairi.
    • EN: Take care of her.

※The verb 頼む(たのむ)can mean to entrust so a more direct translation would’ve looked like “I entrust Kairi to you” or “I’ll leave Kairi to you”. However I wanted to make it more straight to the point in English.

🎮Would’ve been funny if the door disappeared and Riku was just standing there. Then again he could’ve just squeezed through the door and helped push. On the other hand, I don’t think he wants Kairi to see him at the moment. You know… considering he went evil and tried to kill them both and all. Pretty awkward… so I can understand Riku’s resolve to stay in the realm of darkness.

🎮I like how Sora just pushed a little bit harder after Riku said that. Like “wait a minute, if he’s gone then…” and ends up having the strength of Hercules XD. Speaking of strength, this door is huge. It boggles the mind on how they were able to shut it. I guess swinging around that Keyblade, Staff and Shield were great workout methods.

🎮In the final mix version, a flashback of Sora Riku and Kairi starts up before the Sora runs to Kairi. There isn’t any dialogue but it’s a good moment so I’ll stick that here at around 3:40.

Ah. And there goes Sora off to see Kairi.
I hope you enjoyed the end game.
We’ll pick this back up next time with the finale.




第 is used to indicate an ordinal number. This is usually followed by numbers or the kanji that corresponds to that number. Here it is 12. The 話 at the end is used as counter for stories. You’ll usually find this in television shows with episodes.

In short this can be translated to “Episode 12”.


Speaking of counters, this is a counter for people. It takes the kanji for person (人) and a number comes before it. The kanji 一 means one. So one person. This can also equate to “being alone” or just “alone”. And based on what comes next, it is best to go with alone here.


This word is from its more formal word, ではない. It can mean things like, is not, am not, or are not. Put this together with the previous word and you have things like:
Is not alone
Am not alone
Are not alone

This kind of phrasing is usually used to tell someone they are not alone or to affirm to oneself that they aren’t. So this can either be “You are not alone” or “I am not alone”


This grammar is used to give an explanation. So it can be left out. However if it was added it would be “Because you are not alone” or “Because I am not alone”.

I’ll go with:

Episode 12
“Because I’m not alone”

But wait… what’s that in the background?


体育祭 閉幕
       着替えて 後夜祭へ!


体育 itself means Physical Education or better known as P.E. or Gym. The next kanji 祭, looks like it comes from the word 祭り which means “festival”. Considering P.E. and Gym is for sports, I’d translate this to “Sports Festival” or “Athletic Festival”.


When I look at the kanji 閉, I think of something closing (閉める). The next kanji 幕 can mean curtain and a counter in a play or better known as an act.

Put these two together, you get “closing act”. So, it seems the Sports Festival has come to an end. I’ll translate this to “The Sports Festival has Concluded”


The kanji 着 comes from the verb 着る which means “to wear”. This kanji is connected to the てーForm verb 替えて which means to change. So we have wear and change… sounds like “changing clothes”. And considering this is after a sports festival, I think that’s a good idea.

As an add on the てーForm is very versatile. So much so that it can be connected to words after it. So I’ll put this as “Change clothes and…”

And? And do what? Let’s head to the next part to find out.


These kanji respectively mean “after”, “night” and “festival”. Considering this is after a big event, I’m assuming this is referring to an after party. And when I looked up the actual definition of the word, I wasn’t entirely wrong.

This is a closing party after an event at school, like a school festival or in this case a Sports Festival. But what is the へ about? This is a particle that is used to indicate a direction or a goal. (Funny thing about this particle that it is pronounced え instead of へ. Kinda like how は is pronounced like わ.)

Anyways, it seems the students are being told to head towards this closing party for the festival. However, I think that after party would be a great way to interpret this in English.

So, in all I would translate this to:

The Sports Festival has Concluded
Change Clothes and Head to the After Party!

Cool. I’m glad I got something similar to the official translation on Crunchyroll. This title comes from the last episode of あけびちゃんのセーラー服 or Akebi’s Sailor Uniform. Before it was announced it was getting an anime I read the prologue last year on Tonari no Young Jump.

It tales the tell of 明日 小路 (Akebi Komichi). She was attending elementary school and she was the only one in her class. But now that she is going to middle school she has decided to shoot for the same middle school that her mother went to. Why? To follow in her mother’s footsteps? For prestige? No! So she can wear the same sailor uniform her mother wore. And besides that, this extroverted girl will finally be able to make some friends.

It’s great show with a lot of aesthetic to it. CloverWorks really redeemed themselves with this show and My Dress up Darlingその着せ替え人形は恋をする). It not only focuses on Komichi, it allows us to meet these girls vicariously through her. We don’t get to see a focused episode for every girl in her class but I enjoyed that we got to learn quite a bit about each classmate to some degree.

Now that the anime is over, I definitely want to check out the manga some more as I wait for another season.

However, if you are interested in watching the anime, it’s all ready done and can be watched on Funimation and Crunchyroll even if you don’t have a subscription.

If you need more convincing, here’s a PV:








This one looks like Brock’s Gym. Guess I’ll go with Red first. Oh, so this guy trains with his Pokemon. No wonder he looks so strong. Let’s see if his are, too. Of course he would have rock type Pokemon. Red took his Onix down with Surf. Then I changed to Choumu when he sent Hitmonchan. He used a X-Defend. Guess he’s cautious. But, Choumu’s psychic move easily took it down. Same result for his Hitmonlee.

Next up: another Onix. Hah… Mega drain finished it in one blow. Bruno’s last Pokemon looked like Kid Muscle. Except it had 4 arms. It’s called Machamp. It didn’t go down with one shot so Choumu finished it off with a Psybeam. Bruno’s shocked he lost that bad. It’s called strategy, you muscle head. Not even a scratch on my Pokemon. Let’s on the next Elite Four member.

This room reminds me of Lavender Town’s Cemetery. What’s with all the tombstones and the old hag up ahead? Wait is she my next opponent. She’s gotta be a ghost-type user right? Eh?! She knows Professor Oak?! Her names Agatha. She’s old, so I’ll call her Hagatha. She said she’ll show me what a real Pokemon trainer is. Great because the other two didn’t do that. Alright then… Hagatha.

First Pokemon: Gengar and it’s annoying Confuse Ray. Red took it down with two Crab Hammers. Switched to Inazuma, when she sent out a Golbat. Couldn’t take it out with a Thunderbolt, so she switched to Haunter. Fine, two can play at this game. Switched to Choumu and went on to take down the rest of Hagatha’s team. Should’ve did that from the start. Don’t know why but her other Gengar tried to use Dream Eater. It was a close match (she even used a super potion) but Choumu won.

Looks like she’s grown respect for me. Thanks. Now time for the last battle. It’s been too easy… No, don’t get too cocky. I wonder how strong this last trainer is?

In conclusion, I hope that this series is helpful with your journey to learning Japanese and/or taking an interest in the country’s culture. Until then… また来週!

Spring 2022 Anime + What is Ukiyo-e

日本語の練習 第122週

Japanese Practice Week 122


Hello everyone! Starting off this post with what I plan to watch during the Spring 2022 anime season. Finally getting into the end game with Kingdom Hearts. There wasn’t much dialogue or text to cover so I put up a few more videos than usual. Speaking of end game, Rei is finally starting to take on the Pokemon League. So without further ado, let’s continue!









N3 文法


compared to

This grammar point is used to compare something to another thing.

N + に比べて/に比べると/に比べれば/に比べ

Ex: ゲーム言語のマートさんに比べて、僕の日本語があまりよくないと思う。

  (Compared to Matt from Game Gengo, my Japanese is not that good.)

Ex: あのポケモンゲームに比べると、ポケモンハートゴールド・ソールシルバーのほうがいいと思う。

  (If I compare that Pokemon game, Pokemon Heart Gold/Soul Silver are better. ) 

Ex: 二ヶ月前比べれば、ジョンさんはすごく忙しそうです。

  (John seems very busy compared to two months ago.)

Ex: 冬に比べ、春のほうがいいと思う。暖かいだから、もっと外で行ってできるし。おまけに、花見できる。

  (Compared to Winter, Spring is better. It’s warm so I can go outside more. On top of that, you can go see the cherry blossoms.) 


in, on, at (place); as for, regarding

This grammar point is used. This is more formal and it usually only appears in writing than in speaking.

N + において/における

Ex: 大学生ころにおいて、海外旅行なんて、ことをあんまり考えなかった。

  (When I was a university student, I didn’t think much about studying abroad.)

Ex: だいたいにおいて、ひらがなと代わりに漢字を書くべきでしょう?

  (In general, shouldn’t we write in Kanji instead of hiragana?) 

Ex: この時代における、少年ジャンプは一番有名だ。

  (Shonen Jump is the most famous manga magazine in this age.)

Ex: 高校生の時における、僕にとってはスペイン語は無理だった。

  (Spanish education when I was a high school student was impossible for me.) 

N3 動詞/N3 VERBS

entrance; admission; entering

入 = enter
場 = place, location

Just by looking at the kanji itself, you can ascertain what this verb is talking about. The verb means to enter a place. The verb seems to be used for entering buildings where an event is being held. Like a venue, or a stadium or in the case of this image image from Lucky Star an anime convention called Comiket.


Spring is now here. Time to become a driver.


A: 温かくなったね。

B: そうだね。

A: さ、また運転のことを教える。

B: え、ほんとう?なぜ冬に教えない?

A: 寒いだから。

B: そっちかよ?ともかく、運転が得意だが、縦列駐車だけ知らないし。

A: そうみたいね。いい場所わからないだけど、免許が必要なんだよ。

B: わかってるって。免許がないと、ニューヨークに旅行できないんだ。

A: じゃあ、今はどうするの?

B: 毎日運転する。今日はどこに行くの。運転してあげる。

A: うん。いいよ。とりあえず、マールやおばあちゃんの家や病院に運転してほしい。

B: いいよ。任せておけ。

[Become a Driver]

A: It’s getting warmer, isn’t it?

B: Yeah.

A: Well, time to teach you how to drive again.

B: Huh, really? Why didn’t you teach me in the winter?

A: Because it was cold.

B: That’s why? Anyways, I’m good at driving, but I don’t know how to parallel park.

A: That’s seems to be the case. I don’t know a good place for you to practice but, you need to get your license.

B: I know, already. If I don’t get it, I can’t take that trip to New York.

A: So what are you going to do?

B: Drive every day. Where are you going today? I’ll drive.

A: Sure, that’s good. For starters I want you to drive to the mall, then your grandmother’s house, and the hospital.

B: Sure. I’ll take care of it.


The boys are travelling to the End of the World to face off with Ansem.
Let’s see how the beginning of the end starts off.
Arrival point is at 3:00. Welcome to End Game Part 1.


 アンセムをやっつけたら 元(もと)に戻(も)るよな。

  • These are the fragments of the worlds attacked by the Heartless.
    • EN: Gawrsh, is that all that’s left of the worlds taken by the Heartless?
  • If we defeat Ansem, then they’ll be restored, right?
    • EN: Those worlds will be restored if we be Ansem, right?

※ The verb やられた comes from the verb 遣られる which means to take damage or be deceived. Goofy is describing how the Heartless have destroyed the worlds (世界) and these are the fragments (or what’s left = 破片) of the worlds.


 でもさ そしたら元に戻った世界は離れ離れ(はなればなれ)になっちゃうんだろ。

  • Of course! 
    • EN: You betcha.
  • But if we do that, the worlds will return to normal and end up separated.
    • EN: But, if we do beat him and all these worlds become restored and disconnected,

③ここにいる俺(おれ)たちは どうなっちゃうんだ?


  • What will happen to us here?
    • EN: What’s going to happen to this place? And to us?
  • Eh? Uhh… 
    • EN: Well, uh…

※ The ending there comes from the verb なる (to become). It is giving the casual form of なってしまう which is called なっちゃう. てーForm+しまう and っちゃう have the same meaning “to end up doing…”. In this case Sora is wondering happen to them.

🎮Sora’s got a point. Will you guys fade away with the world?

④ここはハートレスの世界だから 消(き)えてしまうかも。

 でも 平気(へいき)だよ。世界が消えても 僕(ぼく)らの心(こころ)は消えない。

  • This is the Heartless’ world so it might end up disappearing.
    • EN: This is a Heartless world, so maybe it’ll just disappear.
  • But it’ll be fine. Even if the world disappears, our hearts won’t.
    • EN: But no worries. Even if this place goes poof, our hearts ain’t goin’ nowhere.

※ Goofy says かも at the end of his sentence here. It means maybe or might. Use it to express that something may happen. You can also use かもしれない or かもしれません.

🎮I don’t think that’s how it works Goofy but anything’s possible when it comes to the heart… I guess.

⑤心があれば ともだちのところに帰(かえ)れる。


  • If we have our hearts, we can get back to our friends.
    • EN: I’m sure we’ll find our pals again.
  • I’m sure of it. 
    • EN: Yup, I just know that we will.

⑥うん そうだな。

  必(かなら)ず 返(かえ)すよ。


  • Yeah, you’re right.
  • I’ll definitely bring it back.
    • EN: I’ll return this. I promise.
  • Can equip weapons and accessories.
    • EN: Equip weapons and items.

🎮These Heartless are quite the pain. They are called インビジブル or Invisible in the English version. These creatures are like mini Darksides with a sword. They can teleport, have a ton of health, and they pack quite a punch. Luckily Paradigm Shifter is changing the equipment on Sora.



  • Change Sora’s equipment.
  • Kingdom Chain
    The Keychain that came with the Keyblade.
    Draws power from the Keyblade’s original form.
    • EN: Kingdom Key
      The key chain attached draws out the Keyblade’s true form and power.


  • Promise Charm
    Max MP increased by 1.
    Magic and Summoning attack power increased.
    Chances of getting a critical hit occur more frequently.
    • EN: Oathkeeper
      Raises max MP by 1. and enhances
      magic and summon power. Capable of
      dealing a string of critical blows.

🎮Another pest in this world is エンジェルスター or Angel Star. They guard and have powerful magic that will tear through your party. It’s a good idea to take care of these guys first. Strange to change back to the Kingdom Key but I guess they wanted to keep it in cutscenes. Now onto the next part.



  • …I wonder where Ansem could be?
    • EN: I wonder where that Ansem feller went?
  • I got a good idea. We’ll dive into the place that is the most dangerous! 
    • EN: Dive into the most dangerous place we’ll find him!

※The verb 飛びこんで means to jump into, plunge into, or dive into something. So Donald here is telling us to go to the most dangerous spot in this world to find Ansem… never would’ve thought of that.

🎮Great idea Donald, but I’m pretty sure this whole world is on the same level of danger. Anyways time to go to the next video. We’ll be journeying to places we’ve been before.

Text starts @6:27, 8:20 and 9:00

🎮Never knew that I could just ignore the pillars of light and just go onto the next one. Go figure. Another funny thing is that Paradigm Shifter never went to 100 Acre Wood. Yet here we are.



  • Obtained Last Elixir!
    • EN: Elixir
  • Amount of holdable items UP!
    • EN: Max Items Up

🎮In a realistic sense, it still baffles me how levelling up allows you to be able to carry more items on hand. Does Sora have a problem with holding onto items? With all those zippers and pockets I would think not.



  • Oh, Those born from the heart.
    Children of the Ones without hearts.
    • EN: Ones born of the heart and
      darkness, devoid of hearts,
  • Devour all the worlds
    and bring to “an end” .
    • EN: ravage all worlds and
      bring desolation.

※ The word なんじ is an archaic way of saying you. In Persona games it usually translated to “Thou”. I decided to omit it considering they are giving us a description of who they are talking to in this text.



  • Gather all the hearts,
    And have them become one great heart.
    • EN: Seize all hearts and
      consummate the great heart.
  • One with many hearts.
    One heart that’s greater than all.
    • EN: All hearts to be one,
      one heart to encompass all.

※ You’re probably wondering why 集め is missing the る at the end here. 集め is also a noun. I figured that this is another way to stay in the archaic feel of the text. Just means “assemble” or “collect”



  • Known as the Kingdom of Hearts,
    “Kingdom Hearts”
    • EN: Realize the destiny:
      the realm of Kingdom Hearts.
  • The greatest heart of all.
    Hidden by a great darkness.
    • EN: The great darkness sealed
      within the great heart.

※ The word すなわち is another way to say つまり. It expresses the phrase “in other words” or “that is to say”. These words are used to make a previous statement more clear. In the last text, it was talking about a hearts gathering to form a big heart. And now is stating “in other words” that heart is known as Kingdom Hearts.




  • To the darkness that seals the light,
    Return now, children of darkness.
    • EN: Progeny of darkness, come
      back to the eternal darkness.
  • “Kingdom Hearts” will be opened by
    The heart without darkness’ power.
    • EN: For the heart of light
      shall unseal the path.



  • There are seven hearts in the world without darkness.
    The “Keyhole” and the “Key”
    • EN: Seven hearts, one Keyhole,
      one key to the door.
  • They are tied to the door to darkness.
    The two “keys” are connected to the door.
    • EN: The door of darkness,
      tied by two keys.



  • The door where the darkness is sealed by light.
    A door for those who have light cannot pass through.
    • EN: The door of darkness to
      seal the light.
  • The darkness born within the dark,
    Pass through the door and return.
    Return to the core darkness within your heart.
    • EN: None shall pass but shadows,
      returning to the darkness.



  • Oh, Those born from the heart
    Children without hearts.
    • EN: Ones born of the heart
      and darkness, hunger
  • Until the Door to Darkness is opened
    Voraciously devour every last heart.
    • EN: for every heart until
      the dark door opens.

※ The expression ありとあらゆる means “every single”. Put it before a noun (like they did with heart 心) and you get “every single + Noun”. For instance
あらゆる人にケーキを上げろ。= Give cake to every person, or Give cake to all.

🎮Well that was the most strangest (and most difficult) text to go through. Luckily the next part doesn’t have much so let’s wrap up End Game Part 1 with a boss fight.

🎮Our next fight starts off with チェルナボーグ (Chernabog) from Fantasia. I’ve never watched the movie before, so when I first fought this boss I thought he was like Darkside’s final form or something XD. But alas, I was wrong. The wind sweeping technique is the most annoying thing about this fight. Plus the fire wall is a pain to deal with. Other than that, he’s not that bad.


  • Learned Shared Ability ✨Super glide!
    • EN: Learned shared ability ✨Superglide.

※ The word 共有 means that something is being shared. Like joint-ownership of a business (Like this game’s story: Square Enix + Disney).

🎮This ability would’ve honestly helped out quite a bit if we already had it. Makes Sora and the party fly faster. Now that I think about it, I’ve never gone back to other places to see if someone like Tarzan or Aladdin can fly. Maybe I should try that out.

🎮Anyways now that Chernabog is dealt with, let’s head into the volcano. What could possibly go wrong by doing that, right?

On that note, we’ll pick this up next time with End Game Part 2.




This word is pronounced and usually translated as Ukiyo-e. Even though that is the case I’ll try to break down the meaning within this word through its kanji.

The first kanji 浮 comes from the verb 浮かぶ which means to float.

The second kanji 世 comes from the word 世界 which means word. The reading for the kanji by itself is read as よ, and it also means world.

The last kanji 絵 means painting.

So altogether a rough translation of this word would be “floating world picture” or “floating world painting”.

These paintings started off in the Edo Period. They are made by woodblock prints. You’ll usually see women, sumo wrestlers, and scenes from history and folk tales depicted in the paintings. I find them quite fascinating.


The katakana is used for a foreign word. I usually see English words but I’m sure that the language pulls words from other languages and uses katakana for them as well. Like the word from Germany for job, バイト. It is the shortened German word arbeit.

Aside from that, this word mean “blues” as in the music genre. At least that is what I thought “blues” was referring to at first.

Like the renaissance, Japan had a blue period of some sorts back in the 1830s.

If we put this together with Ukiyo-e, you simply get “Ukiyo-e Blues”.


This word may be familiar to you. It can be seen in the phrase “いかがですか”, which I am assuming they are saying in this title. いかがですか is similar to どうですか and I can think of two ways it can be used:

1. When you are trying to invite someone to do something.
How about we go see the Ukiyo-e paintings.

2. To ask how something is.
I just made a cake. How does it taste?

I think I’ll go with “How about” for this part.

So altogether we have:

     ”How About
         Ukiyo-e Blues?”

I do like puns but they could’ve just gone with the original title which is shown below. Crunchyroll does have each title in romaji so I guess that helps people pick up on the phonetics. However, I like how Funimation had these titles. They kept the Japanese and put the translation and romaji below it. Nonetheless, a good translation for the non punny title.

This title comes from Episode 10 (9 on Crunchyroll – they seemed to have taken out Episode 3 due to it being based on Hitler) of Lupin the Third Part 2.

Thanks to Adult Swim, I got to see quite a few of these episodes when I was a kid. It’s a fun episodic show that shows what the grandson of the great phantom thief Arsene Lupin is up to. They go on plenty of heists and most if not all are clever and well written for it’s time.







ちなみに、なぜいいキズぐすり? もっと高いキズぐすり買えないのか?ともかく、カンナを倒した。残念だったなあ。よし、回復して、次の部屋に進め!


Aishite-ru is strong but I can’t use it. I caught Red in the Seafoam Islands. Darn it! Wanted Aishite-ru to fight in Kid Muscle’s place. It’s weaker than the rest of my team. I should train it some more but I’m gonna go fight the Elite 4 anyway. Besides we trained, we prepared, we’re ready. Let’s head towards the last battle…

No. As promised I’m taking Kiba into the Elite 4. Used the PC to switch Kiba out with Kid Muscle.

Up first, Lorelei. She’s pretty. This place look like Misty’s Gym. You’re up Inazuma. Her Dewgong used rest so it was easy to beat. Not even a thunderbolt woke it up. Inazuma’s Thunder broke through Cloyster’s hard shell. Her next Pokemon was a Slowbro. It has this dumb look on it’s face but I can’t underestimate it. It used a move called Amnesia to increase it’s power. I don’t like that blank look its giving us.

As expected, it hit Inazuma with a strong Psychic attack. but he survived somehow. The Slowbro increased its defense so it was hard to bring down but Inazuma did it.

Just a little more. Inazuma looks tired so switched to Red. Red took down Jynx with a Vice Grip. Awesome! Lorelei’s last Pokemon: Lapras. It used that annoying move called Confuse Ray. Plus when Lapras looked like it was about to faint, she used a super potion on it. Good thing she doesn’t have Hyper Potions. Otherwise, we’d be here all day.

By the way… why Super Potions? Can she not afford more expensive potions? Anyways, we beat Lorelei. So this is the power of an Elite 4 member. That’s kinda sad. We’ll heal up and head to the next room!

In conclusion, I hope that this series is helpful with your journey to learning Japanese and/or taking an interest in the country’s culture. Until then… また来週!

What is Human Shogi + Winter 2022 Progress Report

日本語の練習 第121週

Japanese Practice Week 121


Hello everyone! This week I’ll be starting off with an explanation of Human Shogi. I’ll be covering what I’ve been up to this winter. If you are interested in Kingdom Hearts, there is a translated article as well. Speaking of Kingdom Hearts, we are almost approaching the end game. And Rei has caught a new Pokemon.

With all that being said, let’s continue.






N3 文法


about, regarding, related to~

This grammar point is used 

N + に関する
N + に関して

Ex: キングダムハーツに関する、彼はプロゲーマだと思います。主人公は犯人に関する情報を得ました。

  (He’s a pro gamer when it comes to Kingdom Hearts.)

Ex: このマンガには、推理にかんすることがかいてあります。

  (This manga is about solving mysteries. In this chapter, the main character is getting information regarding a culprit.) 


instead of; replacing; on behalf of ~

This grammar point is used to show a person or thing that changes to something different. にかわり is a bit more formal than にかわって. Furthermore, Nのかわりに can also be used.

N + にかわって
N + にかわり

Ex: ラストボスが強すぎるって。じゃあ、お前にかわって、俺がやる。

  (You’re saying the last boss is too strong? Then, I’ll do it instead (of you).)

Ex: この春のゴールについて、アールピージーにかわって、VNをやります。

  (For this Spring’s goals, I’ll be playing a visual novel instead of a RPG.) 



– Earn A Higher Score On JLPT N3 Mock Exam ×

Barely passed with a 96 last time. Need to look into resources to help with my reading.

JA Sensei

Finished 3月のライオン. Perfect time to finish this show. It got me interested in Shogi and Shaft did a spectacular. I know that they are working on translating this manga but I hope that I can read it in Japanese one day.

Finished 僕は友達が少ない. Not the greatest show but it is the first I ever watched subbed. And then I watched it dubbed. Not sure how it ends but I’m looking forward to finding out in the manga.

Finished Pokémon Alpha Sapphire in Japanese Played in kanji version to make it challenging. Went through the Hoenn region. Wanted a bit of a change in pace so I chose the girl this time. Named her Akari. The game was easy so I did a Nuzlocke. Few deaths here and there but eventually had a consistent team.

Well… Until 3 of my Pokemon were killed by Steven(ダイゴ)’s Mega Evolution Metagross.

Used katakana for the boys and hiragana for the girls (◎ = Alive, Ⅹ = Deed):

  • Blaziken = Suzaku スザク Ⅹ
  • Linenoone = Kaitou カイトウⅩ
  • Swellow = Suzune すずね ◎
  • Dustox = Torikoro とりころ ◎
  • Vigoroth = Luffy ルフィⅩ
  • Flygon = Sabara-chan さばらちゃん ◎

    Funny thing is Luffy took the final Giga Impact from Metagross and they both fainted. And we won the Pokemon League. Rayquazza is one of my most favorite Legendary Pokemon, so I think I’ll do the Post-game content later.

Finished this today. Got a bunch of reading practice and read various things outside of my interest. It was kind of boring at times, but I spiced it up a bit on the weekends with articles related to my hobbies. Plus, this really helped me find some articles to translate. I don’t think I’ll make this a challenge for Spring, but it was a good experience.

Last articles:

「ゲームボーイアドバンス」は3月21日で21周年! 様々なカラーバリエーションが展開された携帯型ゲーム機

「彼女、お借りします」第2期もMBS・TBS系で放送 桜沢墨役・高橋李依「一言も聞き逃さないで」

Kaitou Red Vol. 2
Happy that I picked up the next volume as soon as possible. A battle of with between a detective and a phantom thief. There’s some twists and turns. Plus I got to build my vocabulary a bit more.

金髪の聖女様が俺の前でだけ奇声を発するんだがどうすればいい Web Novel Version
This novel is by 九条蓮. The Web Novel is only half the story but it was enjoyable. I’ll tackle the kindle version when I have a better grasp on reading things without furigana.

1. Detective Conan Volume 1
Had a few difficult words but had a blast going through this. Only more than 100 volumes to go.

2. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Volume 1
3. Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Volume 2
Probably the first anime I ever watched subbed. Great to see extra content in these chapters that didn’t show up in the anime. Looking forward to seeing how this story ends.

4. One Piece Volume 1
Anime: 4Kidz Dub -> Funimation Dub -> Subbed Manga: Straight to Japanese(笑) Bit harder than DC but it was fun to see how Luffy started his journey again. Its times like this where I wish the Shonen Jump app had Japanese language support.

5. Koisome Momiji Volume 1
Typical Rom-com but I like the art style. Plus I’m learning a few things about filming and how actors prepare for their roles.

6. Fate/Kaleid Volume 1
7. Fate/Kaleid Volume 2
Started watching the anime a long time ago. After playing the Fate/Stay VN I thought “About time Illya gets a happy life”. But her life gets thrown into a chaos by becoming a magical girl.

8. Detective Conan Volume 2
Still more than 100 volumes to go, but I bought a few more to read. This one introduced the Detective Boys (Genta, Ayumi, and Mitsuhiko)


Added this as a bonus challenge to myself. Been wanting to start watching this for quite some time. Wasn’t sure about tackling this back then but with my current level I was more confident. I finally finished it yesterday.

Comprehension wise, I was able understand more than I expected. Put on subtitles on rare occasions if I feel like I didn’t catch something or something sounded interesting.

Story wise it’s just as you may expect: girl falls in love with guy, guy doesn’t want anything to do with her, and another guy likes the girl but she doesn’t like him. I swear Irie reminded me of Sasuke Uchiha quite a bit. Won’t say who she ends up with at the end but given the usual love triangle trope, you can probably take a good guess.

N3 動詞/N3 VERBS

satisfaction; contentment;​ sufficient; enough

満 = full, fullness, enough, satisfy
足 = leg, foot, be sufficient, counter for pairs of footwear

When I see the first kanji it reminds me of the word 満タン which means a full tank of gas or something full in capacity (like a battery).

The second kanji reminds me of the verb 足りる which means to be sufficient.

So together you can think of this verb is expressing fulfillment… unlike Kuzuya (Kazuya XD) being disappointed by Aqua.


That feeling when your PlayStation account gets hacked.


A: ちくしょう!

B: どうしたんだ?

A: プレゼンテーションアカウントがやられた。

B: ウソ!2SVするか?

A: いや。面倒くさいだと思うから、してなかった。

B: ヤバい。ゲームは?

A: 大丈夫だけど、このアカウントでトロフィーが手にいれないんだ。

B: じゃあ、ゲームを全部やりましょうか。

A: そうと思う。まず、初めてのゲームだから、ペルソナ5をやる。

B: 3回やったのか?シーンをスキップしたほうがいいよ。

A: うん、真のシーンだけ、全部をスキップするつもりだよ。

B: まことのことを本当に好きなのか。

A: あ、彼女は「ベスト・ガール」というやつだなあ。

[My Account Got Hacked]

A: Damn it!

B: What’s up?

A: My PlayStation Account got hacked.

B: No way! Did you put 2SV on it.

A: No, I thought it was a pain in the ass so I didn’t do it.

B: Wow. What about your games?

A: There fine but, I can’t collect trophies on this account anymore.

B: Then let’s play all the games again.

A: That’s what I plan to do. For starters I’ll play Persona 5. Since it was my first game and all.

B: Didn’t you play this game 3 times? You should probably skip the scenes this time.

A: I’ll skip everything but scenes with Makoto.

B: You really do like Makoto, huh?

A: Yeah, she’s what you’d call “Best Girl”.

記事を読もう/LET’S READ

Kingdom Heart 20th Anniversary Event, Lottery for Special Exhibition Begins. 200 Visitors will be Invited by Lottery.

Square Enix will be holding an event on April 10th for Kingdom Hearts’ 20th anniversary. It will be a special exhibition where 200 people will be invited beforehand through a raffle lottery. The application for the lottery will open from March 10th to March 17th at 11:59pm. The main event will be held in Shibuya’s “Shibuya Hikarie” on the 9th floor in Hall B.

The main event is being held for the 20th anniversary of the “Kingdom Hearts” series.

Shibuya Hikarie

The lottery applications are only for the exhibition and not for the stage events. The main event will be held at two seperate times, 4pm and 6pm on April 10th, and is open to 100 visitiors per time frame. A Square Enix membership and the Square Enix app are required to complete the application. Other application conditions and details can be found at the following page.

Furthermore, from March 26th to May 6th, a Kingdom Hearts cafe will be open to celebrate the anniversary. The cafe will be in two locations: “ARTNIA” in East Shinjuku, Tokyo and “Square Enix Cafe” in Akihabara, Tokyo.

At these same cafes, there will be a menu, goods and novelty items for sell. A few items in the lineup for the event will be a place mat, coasters, and a souvenir mug. They can be obtained by ordering something on the menu. The event will be divided into two phases:

1st phase – March 26th to April 15th
2nd phase – April 16th to May 6th

Some menu items will change for each phase and each location will have its own menu.

Let’s check out a comment from this article.

pg: I like the idea of the event but I wonder if they’ll handle the issues with the cloud version for the Switch. I want to play them but, they don’t seem to be decent enough to play.

Well… that was an interesting comment to translate. Square Enix thought it’d be a great idea to do a cloud version for the whole Kingdom Hearts collection on the Switch. I talked about it more here. Recorded some gameplay and man it was hard to move around.

This event seems interesting. I do wonder how many people applied for it though. I’m sure there will be ton of applicants. On another note, I didn’t know that Square Enix had a cafe. Here’s a video for when Final Fantasy VII Remake came out.

Here’s a Kingdom Hearts cafe that was open last year. If it’s anything like this, it’ll be interesting.


Back to Hollow Bastion to seal the Keyhole.
What can possibly go wrong?




  • Where’s Bell?
  • She’s still in the castle.
    • EN: Still in the castle.
  • Was she captured?
    • EN: Against her will?

※ When someone says “Name+は?” it can mean three things. One Who is “name”? or Where is “name”? or how is “name”. Depending on the context you should be able to find out which one is being used.

🎮Wonder why Beast decided to come down here to see Sora and the gang. Do they need an escort to the castle or something XD.




  • It appears she stayed in the castle on her own volition. 
    • EN: No, I think she stayed for a reason.
  • The other princesses are in the castle as well.
    • EN: The other princesses are inside as well.
  • I wonder why?

※ The word 意志 means will. By putting the で particle beside it, it means “by someone’s will” or a more fancier way of stating it “of/by someone’s own volition”. On another note, find it hilarious we had the same translation for “I wonder why”.




  • We’ll know when we talk to them.
    • EN: Let’s go ask them.
  • So you’re going to jump right into the midst of the Heartless? 
    • EN: You may need my strength.
  • All right, I’ll shall lend you my power.
    • EN: I’ll go with you.

※ The word まっただなか means “right in the midst of” or “right at the height of”. 貸そう volitional form of 貸す which means “to lend”. The volitional form can be used to invite others to do something (like “let’s do []”). However it can also be used to express that you shall do something.

🎮Psyche. Looks like the Beast will not be joining the fight. If you watched carefully you’ll find a nice message.




  • Gate to the Dark Abyss
    • EN: Dark Depths
  • [Goofy] learned MP Haste
    • EN: MP Haste
  • Obtained Omega Arts!

🎮And of course it wasn’t going to be simple. Despite the ridiculous amount of HP, this guy is a pushover. Keep aiming for the horn on it’s head, it puts an armor around and starts to cast magic, armor goes away, and you can start hitting again. Rinse and repeat.


 ついにやったな ソラ。


  • Let’s lock the Keyhole!
    • EN: Now let’s go and seal that big Keyhole!
  •  You finally did it, Sora.
    • EN: Sora, you did it.
  • Why are you guys here?
    • EN: What are you guys doing here?




  • In Cid’s ship.
    • EN: We cam in Cid’s ship.
  • We lived here when we were kids.
    • EN: This our childhood home.
  • We wanted to take a look at it.
    • EN: We wanted to see it again.




  • It was rougher than I expected to be.
    • EN: It’s in worse shape than I feared.
  • It was peaceful long ago but…
    • EN: It used to be so peaceful…
  • It’s okay. If Ansem is defeated, everything will return to normal.
    • EN: Don’t worry. If we defeat Ansem, all should be restored.

※ The verb 荒れている comes from 荒れる which means to be stormy or to be rough. Describes a situation.




  • Surely your world as well…
    • EN: Including your island.
  • Really?! 
    • EN: Really?
  • But, if that happens then it’s farewell.
    • EN: But, it also means goodbye.



  • The worlds will return to normal… so they will be separated just like before…
    • EN: Once the worlds are restored, they’ll be separate again.
  • Meaning everyone will return to their world. 
    • EN: Everyone will go back to where they came from.

※ The adjective 離れ離れ means separate or scattered or apart. When a adjective is put together with the verb なる (to become) it means that something (in this case the worlds) will become separated or be separated.

Warning: If it is a なーAdj or a noun, it gets the になる grammar as seen with the sentence above.

If it is a いーAdj like 面白い (interesting), the いーAdj will take off the final い and add く. For instance, with our 面白い example, it becomes 面白くなる. Noticed that いーAdj don’t use the particle に, so keep that in mind.



  • Then, I’ll come see you guys with the Gummi Ship.
    • EN: Then I’ll visit you guys gummi ship.
  • That’ll be tough.
    • EN: It’s not that simple.



  • See, before all this happened, no one knew about other worlds, right?
    • EN: Before all this, you didn’t know about the other worlds, right?
  • The worlds will be disconnected. 
    • EN: Because every world was isolated.



  • Because of the boundary that no one can pass through…
    • EN: Impassable walls divided them.
  • It’s because of the Heartless that the boundary has been broken down though…
    • EN: The Heartless destroyed those walls.

※ The grammar N+のせい describes something or someone being at fault. Or due to something or someone, a situation occurs. In this case, due to the wall/boundary(壁のせい)no one can go to other worlds. And due to the Heartless(ハートレスのせい)those walls/boundaries have been broken.

🎮So in a way the Heartless helped you all come together. Makes you wonder how the king and the others at Disney Castle became aware of other worlds, don’t it?



  • So that boundary will end up coming back.
    • EN: But if the worlds return, so will the walls.
  • The Gummi Ships will probably become useless. 
    • EN: Which means gummi ships will be useless.

※ As you can see, なる can also be used for verbs. In this sentence they are using the verb “to use”, 使うー>使える(able to use)ー>使えない(can’t use/useless)ー>replace ”い” with ”く” and add なるー> 使えなくなる(become useless).



  • So, I won’t see you guys…
    • EN: So you’re saying we’ll never…?
  • Even though we won’t be able to see each other…
    • EN: We may never meet again,

🎮It’s a sad truth but it must be done. Then again considering this is a whole franchise this moment is kind of cheapened now that I’m thinking about it.


 心(こころ)がつながってたらまたいつか めぐり合える。

  • We won’t forget everything.
    • EN: but we’ll never forget each other.
  • If our hearts are connected then we’ll meeting again one day. 
    • EN: No matter where we are, our hearts will bring us together again.

※ The verb めぐり合える means to meet by chance or run into someone (like running into an old friend.).

⑯あんたのことは 忘れたくても忘れられないよねー


  • I couldn’t forget you guys even if I wanted to.
    • EN: Besides, I couldn’t forget you even if I wanted to.
  • What’s that supposed to mean?!
    • EN: What’s that supposed to mean?

🎮Leave it to Yuffie to make a sad moment turn into verbal slugfest XD.


 ソラ たのむ。

  • Hurry and lock the Keyhole!
    • EN: Hurry! Come and close the Keyhole!
  • Sora, I’m counting on you. 
    • EN: Sora, good luck.

🎮Wait… I just realized something… whose looking after Kairi if everyone is here? Did Cid stay behind…? I mean I know that if Sora ends up saving the worlds and bringing things back to normal, everyone will go back to their world but…



  • Thank you, Sora. With this, I think the darkness covering this world has begun to weaken.
    • EN: Thank you, Sora. I think the darkness has begun to weaken.
  •  But do be careful. A big darkness has appeared beyond the worlds.
    • EN: But I can feel a powerful darkness growing somewhere far away.

※ The grammar ていく that you can find in 弱まっていく is a useful grammar point. The verb 弱まる (to weaken) gets turned into it’s てーForm, 弱まって. When you add いく to this it is used to express that something has started to do something. In this case the darkness has started to weaken.

🎮Considering they’ve mostly been out of the picture this whole game, they are very aware of what’s going on. Guess that is the power of being a princess. However, that power still remains a mystery to me.



  • It is the core of the darkness that swallowed the worlds. Ansem is surely heading there.
    • EN: It’s the heart of the darkness. It must be where Ansem went.
  •  If so, then we’ll go there in the Gummi Ship and take both him and the Heartless down.
    • EN: Then we’ll take the gummi ship and deal with both Ansem and the Heartless.




  • That’s the Keyblade wielder for you! Well then, we’ll give you the power to shake off the darkness.
    • EN: A worthy answer, Keyblade master. We offer this power to aid your battle.
  •  Obtained the power of flame!
    • EN: Attained the power of fire.
  • Fira power up’d to Firaga.
    • EN: Fira has been upgraded to Firaga.



  • Please, Sora. With your courage, recover our worlds.
    • EN: Sora, your courage can bring back our worlds.
  •  If the darkness vanishes, everyone will be able to return to their worlds before they disappeared.
    • EN: Once the darkness is gone, all should return to its original state.



  • Then Kairi will return to the island, too?
    • EN: Kairi will be back on the island?
  •  Yes, that should be the case. Of course, that goes for you as well.
    • EN: Most certainly. And you should be, too.




  • I can’t go back until I find Riku and the king.
    • EN: I can’t go home ’til I find Riku and the king.
  • Looks like the Olympus Coliseum is open.
    • EN: There’s a tournament being held at the Coliseum.
  • It’s different from usual, it seems dangerous, so be careful!
    • EN: The competition’s a lot tougher now, so be careful.

🎮Gee I wonder what that could be about. You can find out here.

Yep that definitely counts as dangerous.
With that out of the way, it is time to venture to one last world.




You may be familiar with this word. It is pronounced sakura and it means “cherry blossoms”. The の is being used to connect to the next word so let’s go take a look at that.


This word means “flower”. So 桜の花 means “Cherry Blossom flowers”. The particle の is also being used to connect to the next word. But…


it takes on a different feel due to it being a verb. The verb here is 咲く which means “to bloom”. So for right now we have “Cherry Blossom flowers Bloom”. I’ll take out the “flowers” part though. Now, what is with this 頃 at the end.

It kind of reminds me of the title ひぐらしのなく頃に or “When the Cicadas cry” title from the visual novel series and anime. As you can see from the Higurashi title they have the verb 泣く(なく)beside 頃 as well. That is the same kind of grammar that is being used in the title we are breaking down.

See, 頃 is used to talk about certain times. Like when you are young (小さいころ・若い頃)or something that relates to summer (ひぐらしのなく頃に)[trust me, cicadas are the natural BGM for “summer in Japan”]. And considering spring is coming up this episode title is perfect for this current time.

So in all, I’d translate this into:

When the Cherry Blossoms Bloom

Nice. This title is from the first season of 3月のライオン or March Comes in Like a Lion. It is dramatic slice life that follows the life of a profession shogi player named Rei as he strives to cling to rank and climb higher. It is one of my favorite anime made by my favorite studio, Shaft.

Here’s a trailer for the first season:








Trained my team a bit in Victory Road. Don’t know what’s next, so I’ve gotta prepare. Got bored so I ventured around Kanto. That’s when I found an abandoned Power Plant. Fought a trainer that collects rare Pokemon but he wasn’t strong. He said he had more Pokemon at home or something. If that’s the case why didn’t he bring them. He had nothing say after that so I went inside the Power Plant.

Oh great… there are some Voltorb and Electrode here. And they know self-destruct. Bringing back bad memories. This place is like a maze, but I found my way to the end and found an electric bird named Zapdos. If I could catch it, I would’ve called it Thunderbird or something, but Inazuma took it down with a few thunderbolts. Wait wasn’t there an ice bird. I think I saw it through binoculars a long time ago. Was that around the Seafoam Islands?

Ventured back to Seafoam Islands, and there it was… it’s called Articuno. Don’t think I’ll need this Masterball, so I caught Articuno with it. Named it Aishite-ru.

Now I don’t have to train Kid Muscle or Uzumaki. We might be ready for the Pokemon League.

Flew to Saffron and bought a bunch of lemonades from the vending machine. They heal my Pokemon more and they cost half the price of a super potion. All right! Off to the Pokemon League!

In conclusion, I hope that this series is helpful with your journey to learning Japanese and/or taking an interest in the country’s culture. Until then… また来週!

Say You, Say Me, Say it Together: What is a 声優(せいゆう)?

日本語の練習 第120週

Japanese Practice Week 120


Hello everyone! Kyuusei here to teach you Japanese and show what I find interesting about Japan. With that being said, let’s continue.



好きな声優はアニメ作品だけ聞いたことがありましたが、声優たちの声がキャラクターに命を吹き込みます。だから、この仕事を気になりました。それで、この動画を見付けた。CDawgVAというユーチューバーは声優です。数年前に、英語版の「黒執事」のセバスチャン・ミカエリスの声優は ジョン・マイケル・テイタムでした。その時に、CDawgVAはこのキャラクターの声を真似ました。今、彼は日本に住んでいます。この動画は声優の仕事を少し見せてくれました。


N3 文法


I’m sure, no doubt that

Used to express that you are certain of something. As in you think something is the case or you have decided that something is the case base on what you see.

V [Plain-Form]+ に違いない
N + に違いない
なーAdj + に違いない
いーAdj + に違いない

Ex: 交番に財布を置いたら、持ち主が見つけるに違いない

  (If we take the wallet to a police box, I’m sure the owner will find it.)

Ex: 彼女はゲーム会社で勤めるから、ゲームの経験ある人に違いない

  (She works at a game company, so there’s no doubt she has experience with games.) 

Ex: キングダムハーツをスピードランしたいなら、教えてあげる。何回もゲームをやったから、得意に違いない

  (If you want to speed run Kingdom Hearts, then I’ll teach you. I’ve played the game many times, so there’s no doubt that I’m good at it.)

Ex: やっぱり。妹は小さい頃からお菓子を作るから、このクッキーがおいしいに違いない。 

  (My little sister has been making sweets since she was a kid, so I’m sure those cookies are good.) 


over (a period), through, concerning

Used to praise someone’s ability or just to boast about your own ability.

N + にかけて(は)/(も)

Ex: 小説にかけては、西尾維新が立派な物語を書きます。

  (When it comes to novels, NisiOisiN writes excellent stories.)

Ex: ザ・アニメ・マンと呼ぶくせに、他のトラッシュ・テイストメンバーの比べて、マンガにかけて、彼より詳しくて人はいないそうです.

  (Even though he’s called “The Anime Man”, when it comes manga, he’s more knowledgeable than anyone on Trash Taste.) 

N3 動詞/N3 VERBS

to study (in depth); to learn; to take lessons in

=study, learning, science

This one is pretty self explanatory. However there are two ways to read this verb: まなぶ and まねぶ. The まね in まねぶ means “imitate”. In a way people can learn by imitating something or someone. Like imitating a way some speaks Japanese to work on your pitch or learn how to say words.

These two words are tied together so much that I’m unsure whether “to study” came from “imitate” or the other way around. Nonetheless, this has been an interesting verb study. But studying has it’s problems. Like how the character Estelle in 魔女の旅々 had to leave her friend Selena behind to study magic.

Yup it can cause problems… in more ways than one.


It’s almost White Day. What will Shizuku and Taiyou do?
Time for Taiyou’s sister to help these two out.


A: やはろ、雫先輩。

B: あ、栄子ちゃん。どうしたの?


B: アホって。。。それはちょっと。。。とにかく何言ってんの?

A: 気づくふりをしないわ。ホワイトデーわよ。ホワイトデーはそろそろ来るよ。二人はデートに行くか?

B: したいですが、最近太陽くんは仕事と部活が手いっぱいし、邪魔したくなくて。。。

A: も~ 何だよ、この馬鹿カップル。あのね、兄ちゃんは働きすぎて、なんのためにと思う?プレゼントとかデートとか。。。わかる。

B: あ、そうか。そうなんだ。

A: 兄ちゃんと話したほうがいいよ。

B: だって、忙しくて、邪魔したくないー

A: 邪魔ではないわ。ほら、噂を言えば。。。おい!兄ちゃん!こっちこっち。

B: ちょっ ちょっと 栄子ちゃん。

C: いきなりなんだよ。恥ずかしいだよ。

A: てへぺろ

C: 相変わらず可愛くない。あ、雫ちゃん。聞きたいことがあるさ。

B: は、はい。私も。。。明日空いた?どこかで行こう。。。二人きりで。

C: あ、奇遇だね。いいよ。じゃあ、駅前で4時に会おうよ。

B: やはり、太陽くんが忙しい。ごめんー え? いいの?本当に?

C: 本当に本当にだ。あ、しまった。仕事遅刻する。じゃあ、また明日な。

B: 待って。。。いちゃった。

A: ほら、やるじゃん、お姉さん。

B: お姉さんって。。。それは早すぎるわよ。

A: へ~ どうかなあ。

[Its Almost White Day, right]

A: Yahallo, Shizuku-senpai.

B: Ah, Eiko. What’s up?

A: I’m looking for my brother. Speaking of what are you going to do about that idiot?

B: “Idiot”? Isn’t that going a little too far… anyways, what are you talking about?

A: You don’t have to act like you haven’t realized it. White Day. White day is coming up. Are you gonna go on a date?

B: I want to… but he’s had his hands full with work and his club. So I don’t want to get in the way.

A: Geez what these two lovebirds. Why do you think he’s been working so much? A present or for a date… you get it, right?

B: Oh, I see. So that’s what it was.

A: You should talk to him.

B: But, he’s been busy and I don’t want to get in the way.

A: But you’re not. Ah, speak of the devil… Hey! Big Bro! Over here!

B: W-wait a minute Eiko.

C: Why are you calling me out all of sudden. It’s embarrassing.

A: Hehe 😛

C: Not cute at all. Oh, Shizuku, I’ve got question for you.

B: Ye- yeah. Me too… are you free tomorrow? Let’s go somewhere… with just the two of us.

C: Ah, what a coincidence. Ok. Well, let’s meet in front of the station at 4.

B: I knew it, you’re busy. I’m sor- huh? Are you sure? Really?

C: I’m sure that I’m sure. Oh, crap. I’m late for work. I’ll see you tomorrow.

B: Hold on… and he’s gone.

A: See, you did, big sis.

B: “Big sis”… that’s too soon.

A: Hmmm I don’t know about that.


Now that Riku has some reassurance we go back over to Sora’s side of the story. Yes, it’s time for another special from Final Mix.

🎮In Final Mix, you can go back through the warp hole that Maleficent left and fight a certain black hooded entity. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like Paradigm Shifter fights this boss, so I found starx1358’s video where he takes on the cloaked figure on level 1 with no damage.

Majority of this is just past dialogue. So use this as a little review. I connected them to older posts for a reference in the 🎮 icon. After the review, this icon will be used to talk about the plot of the game.



  • We can do it Riku! [When Sora is confident that Riku and himself can take care of the scary “monster” in the secret place.]
    • EN: No problem. let’s do it!
  • Huh? Hey, what’s that? [When Sora and Riku were exploring the secret place.]
    • EN: Hold on! What’s that over there?

🎮From ⑦ in Monstro. From ⑬ in same post.



  • That girl. The one that showed one the night of that meteor shower. [Flashback of a flashback. When Sora and Riku were talking about Kairi showing up to Destiny Islands when they were kids.]
    • EN: She arrived on the night of the meteor shower!
  • I was swallowed up by this dark thing and. [When Sora was telling Kairi about his dream and his fight with Darkside.]
    • EN: This huge, black thing swallowed me up!

🎮From ⑬ in Neverland. From 4. in Destiny Islands.



  • A Paopu Fruit… [When Sora caught the Paopu fruit Riku threw at him.]
  • So you came from another world, huh. [When Sora told Cid his situation when he first got to Traverse Town.] 
    • EN: So, you’re from another world?

🎮From 23. in Destiny Islands. From

④おまえも あいつらの仲間(なかま)なのか!?

  無事(ぶじ)で良(よ)かった カイリー

  • Are you with those guys?! [When Sora first met Leon and assumed he was with the Heartless.]
    • EN: What? There’s no way you’re getting this!
  • I’m glad you’re alright Kairi… [When Sora mistook Yuffie as Kairi after his fight with Leon.]
    • EN: I’m so glad that your okay, Kairi.




  • Keyblade [When Sora is getting an exposition.]
    • EN: The Keyblade…
  •  Heartless [When Sora is getting an exposition (continued).]
    • EN: The Heartless?
  • Will I be able to see Riku and Kairi… [When Sora decided to go with Donald and Goofy.]
    • EN: I wonder if I could find Riku and Kairi…

⑥とにかく その子は犯人(はんにん)じゃありません。


  • Anyways, that girl isn’t the culprit. [When Sora defended Alice.]
    • EN: Anyway, she’s not the one you’re looking for.
  • This is the power of the Keyblade!
    • EN: That’s the power of the Keyblade!


 そう ともだち!

  • I know the strength of a heart.
    • EN: Now I finally know what you mean about strength of heart.
  • Yeah my friends. [When Sora was trying to get over the language barrier and getting help from Tarzan to find his friends.]
    • EN: Right, my friends!

⑧勝手(かって)言(い)って ゴメンな。


  • Sorry for saying selfish stuff.
    • EN: EN: Sorry about what I said.
  • You’re heading out on on your own? (Need to edit this)
    • EN: Guess you don’t get out much, huh?



  • Let us take care of it. [When Sora reassured Alladin that he’d bring Jasmine back.]
    • EN: I promise.
  • That power’s dangerous. They’ll swallow up your heart! [When Sora was met Riku again at Neverland.] 
    • EN: You’re stupid. Sooner or later they’ll swallow your heart.

🎮1st one from ⑫ in Agrabah. 2nd one from ⑦ in Promised Neverland.


  俺 空(そら)を飛(と)んだ。

  • I finally got to see her.
    • EN: I’ve finally found her.
  • I flew.
    • EN: I still can’t believe it.

🎮 From ⑥ in Promised Neverland. From ⑮ in Promised Neverland.

⑪俺 ここ知(し)ってるー


  • I know this place… [When Sora got to Hallow Bastion.]
    • EN: I know this place…
  • I came to see Kairi. 
    • EN: No. Not without Kairi.

🎮 From ① in Hollow Bastion. From ② in Hollow Bastion.



  • My weapon isn’t the Keyblade.
    • EN: I know now I don’t need the Keyblade.
  • The ties to my heart are my power!
    • EN: I don’t need a weapon. My friends are my power!

🎮From ⑩ in Hollow Bastion. From ⑬ in same post.



  • Give his heart back to him! [When Sora is telling Ansem to give Riku’s heart back.] 
    • EN: Give him back his heart!
  • As if I’d give Kairi’s heart to the likes of you! [Before the fight with Riku (Ansem)]
    • EN: There’s no way you’re taking Kairi’s heart!

🎮From ④ in Hollow Bastion. From ⑩ in same post.



  • The Keyblade that opens a person’s heart… [Before does the stabby stabby with the dark Keyblade.]
    • EN: A Keyblade that unlocks people’s hearts… I wonder.
  • I’m disappearing into… the darkness. [After Sora loses his Heart]
    • EN: Falling… falling…into darkness.

🎮From ⑬ in Hollow Bastion. From ⑮ in the same post.

⑮俺 どうなるんだろー

  カイリー ありがとう。

  • What’s going to happen to me… [Picking off where Sora lost his heart.]
    • EN: What’s… What’s happening to me?
  • Thanks Kairi [When Sora thanks Kairi for bringing him back.] 
    • EN: Kairi, thank you.

🎮From ⑮ in Hollow Bastion. From ⑤ in Hollow Bastion.

⑯あとは りくだけか。


  • Now there’s just Riku. [Sora about to leave Traverse Town.]
    • EN: Now, it’s time to get Riku back. [Reassuring Kairi that he’ll be fine. So she can stay in Traverse Town.]
  • Even if we are apart, we’re not alone anymore.

🎮From ⑥ in Traverse Town. From ⑯ in same post.

⑰必(かなら)ず 返すよー 約束(やくそく)する。


  • I’ll definitely bring it back. It’s a promise. [After getting Kairi’s Charm.] 
    • EN: Don’t worry. I will. Promise.
  • Who are you? 

🎮From ⑱ and ⑲ in Traverse Town.

🎮Welp… that was trippy. Now who is this guy?! And what’s with all those memories flooding into Sora?

⑱ほう 君(きみ)も特別(とくべつ)なようだ。



  • Oh, it appears you are special, too.
    • EN: Ah, it seems you are special, too.
  • Ansem? 
  • That rings a bell…
    • EN: That name rings familiar.

※ The word なつかしい means “nolstagic” or “fondly-remembered”. 響き is from the verb 響く which means “to ring” When the hooded figure hears Goofy say this name. It seems that this person knows Ansem and it is like a “oh I know that guy” kind of feeling. Considering he talks rather “scholarly”, I think the official English translation rings truer than my own.



  • You look like him.
    • EN: You remind me of him.
  •  What do you mean?!
    • EN: What’s that supposed to mean?

※ The grammar N+に似ている means resemble or look like something or someone. Kinda like how Demon Slayer’s main villain looks like Michael Jackson.

⑳完全(かんぜん)ではない ということだよ。


 その能力(のうりょく)をー 確(たし)かめさせてもらいたい。

  • I mean you are incomplete.
    • EN: It means you are not whole.
  •  An incomplete being.
    • EN: You are incomplete.
  • Allow me to test your abilities.
    • EN: Allow me- to test your strength.

※ The verb 確かめる means to check or to evaluate. In this case the させて in 確かめさせて means granted the permission to do something instead of the meaning for indicating someone is making you do something.

※The grammar V[てーForm]+もらう means to give something or do a favor for a speaker. So he is asking Sora for to allow him to test him in combat.




  • Truly fascinating.
    • EN: Impressive.
  •  I look forward to next time.
    • EN: This will be enjoyable.
  • What do are you talking about?!


 またいずれ 会える時(とき)が来(く)るだろう。


  • You won’t be able to understand now.
    • EN: It is beyond your comprehension, for now.
  • The time we will meet again will come. 
    • EN: Until we meet again.
  • Who are you?!
    • Wait, what are you-

🎮Gee that first line seems なつかしい. Sounds like something another person brought up in the beginning of this game. Another mysterious person.

㉓私(わたし)はー ただの抜け殻(ぬけがら)さ。




  • I am… just an empty shell.
    • EN: I am- but a mere shell.
  • Obtained EXP Necklace! 
  • A Nonexistent Being
    • EN: He Who Doesn’t Exist

※The noun 抜け殻 means like a cast-off skin. Like from a snake peeling it’s skin. Another meaning (and less gross?) for this noun is husk or empty shell.

That ends are special episode from Kingdom Hearts: Final Mix.

Trust me these two pieces are important in this game and for what is to come. We’ll start the Endgame next week.




The word きみ comes from the kanji 君. This means “you”. The が is used to mark the subject in this title. Like what is the main thing that is being talked about. In the main thing in this title is the word “You“. Considering this is a title of a novel, it must be talking about a character in the book.

If you’re interested here’s a helpful video that shows the difference between は and が.


Simply means tomorrow. Interesting thing about this word is that it can be read as あす. And I found out recently it can be read as みょうにち. Pretty strange (妙), right?


The word この means “this”. It comes from a pattern called the あ、そ、こ、ど pattern (あの (that over there)、その(that)、この(this)、どの(which))
The word 世界 means “world” but what’s with that から next to it?

から means “from”. This is a particle that is used to show the origin of a place or time where an action is being taken or something happens. In this case we are dealing with a place (the world) instead talking about time.

So this will be: From this world.


The verb 消える means to vanish or disappear. But what does 前に do to this verb? 前に is used to express an event that occurs prior to the action taking place.

For example:
行く前に = Before I go.

So this will translate to “Before I disappear”. But considering we already know who is being referred to in this title we can use you instead of I here. Thus bringing us to a translation that looks like this:

Before you Disappear from this World Tomorrow

There isn’t a English translation of this yet but I think this is the best I can do for this. I looked at similar words to make it sound more poetic or perhaps artistic. However, this translation’s simplicity is the best for now. I haven’t read this novel (yet) but the cover and title was interesting, so I wanted to translate it.

This title is from a novel written by 此見 えこ (Konomi Eko). It is one of the books in an event called “やっぱり小説は面白い” or “This Novel is Interesting”. This annual event is a campaign where readers choose the best novels from the publishers’ collections.

The readers participate in the campaign by reading the 8 novels during the period listed below. They post their impressions and reviews of the novels on a website called “Book Meter”. Good thing is that you can review more than one book. When I have a better grasp on my Japanese, I’d like to participate in this one day.






Now that I beat Aki for the 7th time, let’s go to the Pokemon League. I’ve already been in here so I only had to show the guards Volcano Badge and Earth Badge. Oh, it’s a cave. The sign said Victory Road. These trainers look strong. Plus there are Pokemon that know self-destruct. Great~. Darn things are like land mines. Regardless, we’ve made it too far to just run away now.

We fought many strong trainers and beat those annoying land mine Pokemon. Then, I noticed it got really hot when I reached a certain floor. There was a bird Pokemon that seemed to be on fire. Wait… could this be the Pokemon that helped Old Man Blaine? I ended up defeating it with Red’s surf. Ah, feels better in here.

After solving an easy yet tedious boulder puzzle and fighting more strong trainers. We made it to the end of Victory Road. Before I exited the cave, a Machoke appeared. I caught it and named it Kid Muscle.

In conclusion, I hope that this series is helpful with your journey to learning Japanese and/or taking an interest in the country’s culture. Until then… また来週!

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