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Grow Together With Anime — 19 Comments

  1. I just discovered Gintama recently and it’s become my favorite anime. It’s hands down the funniest gag anime I’ve ever seen. I also find the ridiculous amount of references to Japanese pop-culture, celebrities, folklore, etc. a bonus.

  2. I watch the Superhero Time TV block every week (when I have a working stream). It’s not the same show the whole time, it’s two year-longs back-to-back, but I’m very dedicated to the franchises so it’s the same concept. I’ve been watching ever since episode 20 of Kamen Rider Fourze (which aired January of 2012). I do watch some of the big shonen anime, but I’m way too far behind to get current at this point.

    • That also works.

      It is hard when all these major series have hundreds of episodes you need to watch to get caught up on. But there are plenty of new long lasting series that keep popping up. 宇宙兄弟 is one of them.

  3. This makes me want to start back watching One Piece. I’m up to date with the manga, but havent been with the anime for a year or two. But I definitely will start back once Im done with my 1K sentences I believe! Such a nice idea :)

    • I could easily see One Piece going on for another 10 years. Shonen Jump will never give up its most popular manga.

      • I think the author stated, not too long ago, that he was about halfway into the story, and the anime isn’t that far behind the manga is it? So it should probably even be closer to 15 years. But hey, it’s one hell of a ride, so I don’t mind.

      • Im looking back at old posts for extra motivation and finding some of my old comments haha. I haven’t started back watching neither One Piece nor Naruto (although I’m still up to date with the Manga). Now Naruto is ending “soon”, but One Piece is still going strong, I will definitely try to catch back up when I can find some free time / manage to spend less time on gaming (in english, gasp!)

  4. The Detective Conan anime is really great. The voicecast and soundtrack add a lot to an already fantastic series.

  5. Does anyone know where I can find a Japanese nationally broadcast news program? I think it would be cool to watch the daily news in Japanese in the same way you are talking about following an anime series. That way, as my Japanese language skills improve I can keep track of current events in Japan too!

    • I don’t know about Live Tv, but this might help:
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/news/easy/index.html
      5 new articles get published daily with VIDEOS. You can read the summary of news then watch the video.
      I am trying this mainly because listening to Japanese News (at least for me) is like listening to a completely different language because of the heavy usage of keigo (99%) as well as speaking faster as compared to anime.

  6. I am personally really good about watching only one episode of Naruto at a time. This is mostly because I previously watched the entire series with English subtitles. It has just concluded, but has 500 episodes in Shippuden and 256 or so episodes of the original series. Just as the series was coming to an end, around episode 480 of Shippuden, I switched to watching without subtitles. I have since restarted the entire series, from Naruto episode one and am now, over 300 episodes later now on episode 110 of Shippuden. I will continue to watch it until the end. This won’t be be at least a year if I continue to only watch it 1 episode, and sometimes 2 episodes a night.

    The beautiful thing is that in one year I have been able to notice an incredible difference from when I first watched Naruto and it all sounded like nonsense. I could only hear だってばよ! That was all I could make out. It made me wonder if the only Japanese I could ever discern was “you know!” Sakura’s voice seemed impenetrable. I doubted I would ever be able to understand her, or even make out a single word she said.

    Now, だってばよ doesn’t seem like the most common thing to come out of Nartuto’s mouth and I can even discern what Sakura is saying more often than not. Everyone’s voice appears to be slower than I remember it, or at least they seem to have more fidelity, I can pick out more of the syllables. I can really notice my growth and it is truly rewarding. In just a couple weeks I will reach my 1 year anniversary studying Japanese and it is so obvious the growth I have made comparing what I could appreciate about Naruto when I first started a year ago to what I can appreciate now.

    • It’s a great feeling, right? It also makes it an entirely different experience when you go back to a series after watching it in English. It breathes new life to the characters and story.

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