You at the keyboard: I know you’ve found some really fun Japanese material this month. You came across a great J-drama that brought you to tears. You picked up a book that you ended up reading in a day because of the nonstop thrills it brought you. You discovered a Japanese movie that was so funny that you watched it twice in the same night.
But wait. . . You weren’t going to tell anyone about it?! We can’t have this. The readers of this site are on a constant search for new materials and recommendations to find what will motivate them to study Japanese more, and you are keeping these gems all to yourself? Shame on you.
The purpose of this series is to discuss and exchange j-dramas, movies, variety shows, books, manga, anime, music, media, video games, etc. It’s time to share what everyone is excited about and experiencing right now.
So I ask you:
1. What are you watching?
2. What are you reading?
3. What are you playing?
4. What are you listening to?
September has been a sad month for Japanese for me! Whereas I was reading one book a week before.. it has slowed down to one week every few week. I would really love to get more recommendations!
A little girl is killed gruesomely after she is pulled away by a stranger. Her friends who were playing with her right before somehow all fail to recall the stranger’s face. The mother is furious and swears revenge on the girls if they fail to help catch the killer. This book is about how the incident affects each of the individuals separately and the ways they try to atone for their sins.
What a great idea and thanks for the recommendations. I’ll definitely check those out.
I’m currently switching back and forth between reading 驚くべき天才の胸もはりさけんばかりの奮闘記 and ハリーポッターと死の秘宝. The first one is the Japanese translation of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Also, recently watched the movie and drama for モテキ and loved them.
I just finished reading ルート２２５by 藤野千夜 and am now starting レベルセブンby 宮部みゆき.
I’m watching episodes of Lincoln on Youtube.
I really want to pick up 三匹のおっさん when I go back to NY. It sounds like a fun story.
Reading: oops, the same book I was reading a couple months ago.
牧場物語ふたごの町 (Harvest Moon: Tale of Two Towns): This also isn’t actually new to me this month but I feel like mentioning it since gaming is the focus of my Japanese this month. It was the one Japanese game I played on my old DS before my Japanese 3DS arrived a couple weeks ago. I would probably get bored of watering things and collecting stuff in the forest and having the same conversations with the townspeople pretty quickly if I was playing it in English, but it is cute and I really liked the experience of having characters explain things to me in simple Japanese and trying to figure out what to do about it, and while I didn’t get into it enough to progress very far I did enjoy it and it convinced me that gaming in Japanese is worthwhile. The level of the content and amount of repetition were fairly ideal for me, and the interactiveness of a game made me feel much more engaged and altogether that compensates for the fact that some of the time is spent doing things like watering plants instead of reading Japanese.
Bravely Default Flying Fairy (Demo): This is a new game for the 3DS in the classic RPG tradition. It has a job system that I’m told is very similar to that of FFV, with the addition of a mechanic that allows one to take multiple turns in a row at the expense of previous and/or future turns. I think these things do a pretty good job of making gameplay interesting. I didn’t follow all of the text and spent some time wandering around confused, but that worked out because my characters gained some extra levels that compensated for my not understanding what all the abilities do. I did figure out more by experimenting with the game interface and rereading the quest and other text more times and never got seriously stuck. I’m definitely going to buy the full game when it comes out.
Listening to: Podcasts. I wanted more variety in my immersion iPod without having to spend time ripping and editing audio, and this is a good solution. The ones I picked are pretty arbitrary and my listening comprehension isn’t good enough that I could tell you if they’re any good. But I’m curious to hear if anyone else has recommendations for podcasts.
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