Why should you learn Japanese? – Work / Communicate with others – Understand others, gain new insights, and understand culture – Bragging rights
Work and Communication One of the most important reasons to learn another language is to use it for work or to communicate with others. Knowing an additional language more than others can give you a slight advantage when it comes to your resume. In addition, language is a transferable skill. This means that you can use your language skills in areas other than work. You will also be able to talk to natives, which brings me to my second point.
Gaining Insights and Understanding Culture Knowledge is power, and knowledge is hidden in every corner of the world. Just by understanding a language, you gain access to the library of knowledge of that language. Learning Japanese allows you to gain knowledge of Japan’s history and culture. However, you might say, “well, translation tools exist, so why bother?” The last point will answer this question.
Bragging Rights That’s right. You can brag about knowing an additional language compared to your friends, and impress them. You will be able to hold casual conversations with natives. If they talk behind you and your friend’s back, you shall be enlightened.
List of ways to learn Japanese: – Outsource / Online – Institutions – Make friends – Anime / Japanese television programmes – V-Tubers
Outsourcing or Online The first method I used was outsourcing for Japanese learning materials online. I recommend using the app, Memrise, to learn Hiragana and Katakana, as well as other simple phrases and sentences. Other applications I recommend include Duolingo (similar to Memrise), Learn Japanese (Vocabulary), Obenkyo (Tests for Hiragana, Katakana, vocabulary, particles and grammar), and Japanese Conjugation City (Tests on Conjugations). You could also search for online tutors and Japanese YouTubers that teach Japanese.
Institutions Chances are, your institute may already provide subsidized Japanese Language lessons. Do be sure to check if your institute provides such lessons. This was my second method used in learning Japanese Language. By learning the Hiragana and Katana before enrolling the course, it made my time in the modules easier. The reason why you should enroll into Japanese Language lessons held in your institute is because of credibility and efficiency. Your school would hire qualified tutors to teach, and the content you will learn will definitely be correct. You can also get to participate in group activities to train your language skills and make new friends. The tests and teaching styles will most likely make you learn faster than solely relying on self-studies.
Making Friends Practice makes permanence. By practicing your Japanese Language skills more, you will familiarize yourself with the language. Having a friend that can help correct your grammatical errors will help you improve. Remember that practicing does not mean that you become “perfect” at Japanese, rather, you become used to using it. If you were to constantly make mistakes during practices and do not realize it, those errors would become permanent in your mind.
Anime and Japanese Television Programmes Again, Practice makes permanence. If you do not have a teacher or friend to practice your Japanese language skills with, these Japanese media can help you practice while providing great quality entertainment. You could watch anime with subtitles to learn vocabulary, and listen to the conversations to learn sentence structure and grammar. However, I would recommend you to watch less of the action genres as most of the phrases there will not be used often in real life. Instead, I would recommend genres like slice of life, where you are more likely to learn stuff more commonly used in real life.
V-Tubers Last but not least, watching Japanese V-Tubers can greatly improve your Japanese Language skills. This is because they do not have subtitles, and thus force you to listen attentively to the V-Tubers. V-Tubers stand for Virtual YouTubers. Some popular V-Tubers include Kizuna Ai, the members of Hololive Corporation, the members of Nijisanji and many more. There are many V-Tubers today, so you can definitely find one who you can understand and enjoy watching.
Title (EN): Aquatope on White Sand Title (JP): 白い砂のアクアトープ (Shiroi Suna no Aquatope) No. of Episodes: 24 Genres: Slice of Life Studio: P.A. Works
Synopsis: Since young, Fuuka Miyazawa had a childhood dream of becoming an idol. However, her idol dream failed and crumbled despite all her hard work, and she retired as idol. Instead of going home, she travels to Okinawa and wanders aimlessly. On her journey, she meets a tour guide who brings her to Gama Gama Aquarium, where she meets Kukuru Misakino. Kukuru is the acting director of Gama Gama Aquarium, taking the place of her grandfather, the director. Kukuru has deep memories within the aquarium and has a dream of keeping the aquarium open. However, Gama Gama Aquarium is very old and outdated. Its facilities also needs constant maintenance, as such, Kukuru’s grandfather wants to close the Aquarium. After experiencing the magic of the aquarium, Fuuka decides to help by working there.
Why you should watch The Aquatope on White Sand? First off, the art, from the people to the buildings, fish and food are all amazing. The details of various anime scenes were carefully drawn, and below are some of the beautiful art pieces that could even be used for a trailer.
The voice acting and background sound quality is also great. The characters’ emotions are depicted very clearly from both their facial expressions and through the tone of voice. Adding on to the great attention to details, the story progresses at a rate that is just nice. Despite being a slice of life, The Aquatope on White Sand has a highly attractive plot, which is well thought out and has a great flow. It accomplishes it’s role of keeping you as the viewer hooked, while making you enjoy the anime.
If you have not watched The Aquatope on White Sand or are contemplating whether to start watching, I greatly recommend you to start this series. One of the platforms that airs this anime is Muse Asia on YouTube.
It has been almost nine months since Genshin Impact’s official global launch. As such, I have put together a list of things I wish I knew when I started Genshin Impact.
1) Do not rush
The game is not going to run away. There is no competition, it is supposed to be a casual game. Of 7 regions, only two are officially released, with the third coming soon.
Is rerolling important? Absolutely not. However, having one 5 star when you start Genshin definitely helps the gameplay alot.
3) Where to spend primogems?
Spend primogems mainly on banners, specifically the limited time banner. Try not to roll on the weapon banner as it is a trap. It may have guaranteed drop, but you cannot choose between the two rate up 5 star weapons. Only roll when you absolutely want a weapon, and are fine if you got either. Absolutely never spend it on resin.
4) F2P or Whale?
This honestly depends on you. Do you prefer to get stronger over a long time or quickly. If you do not like a grindy experience, you can always get the battle pass once for a lot of rewards. In addition, always remember to check Genshin Impact social media pages. They often contain give codes that you can redeem.
5) How to get stronger?
While there are many streamers giving their tips, here are some of my advices. Firstly, level character to 80. Levelling a character from level 80 to level 90 takes a lot more experience than getting them from level 1 to 80. Focus on levelling your weapons to level 90 and your artifacts to at least level 16. A low-leveled character with great weapon and artifacts will definitely outperform a high-level character with bad weapons and artifacts. Do not forget about character talents. They may seem very grindy, but levelling them to at least 8 will improve a character dramatically. For artifacts, focus on keeping percents (%) instead of flat stats for substats (with exception of elemental mastery). Keep crit rate and crit damage, attack, energy recharge and elemental mastery, depending on the type of artifact set. Last but not least, do not level every character from the start. You only have this many resources to spend. Levelling every character means spreading your resources thinly onto every character, meaning that they will not be as strong as if you were to focus on a few of them. However, you might need to level more characters for spiral abyss. More on that later.
6) Who should I roll for?
When you watch guides, you tend to think that you have to follow the meta. No. Big numbers do not equate to the fun of the battle. At a certain level, everything you touch will disappear. Chase only the characters whose playstyle or aesthetic you like. But if you absolutely want to follow meta or get a strong character? Get the archons. Currently Ganyu, Hu Tao, Xiao and Tartaglia are strong dps that appear on the limited time banners.
7) Should I level up all my characters?
When you first start, you should only focus on 4 characters when levelling up. Then you would need 8 characters for spiral abyss floor 5 and above. You do not have to level every character you own. That is not advised, until you have 8 characters that are mostly levelled.
8) When should I do the World Level Ascension Domains?
In my opinion, do the domains when you feel confident. But don’t wait till you have maxed every character you normally use. You might actually be missing out on the rewards the next world level could provide from bosses. You can also team up with your friends who are stronger than you to help you!
9) Do chests respawn?
No. Don’t listen to Majestic about this one. Chests absolutely do NOT respawn.
Make sure not to max your resin to the cap. Especially at mid to late game.
The spring 2021 season was full of many interesting series. Since the season is coming to an end, I would like to share my opinion on some of the series which I think you should watch.
Here are my opinions on this season’s anime series that I have watched. My ratings are mostly with regards to the storyline, as well as different presentation aspects of the anime. Unless the visuals or audio are subpar, I would not mention it. Spoilers will not be included.
Kumo Desu ga, Nani ka? EN: So I’m a Spider, So What? Number of episodes: 24 My rating: 6 MAL rating: 7.32
Synopsis: Isekai. The genre that is now in its peak, spewing out the most random of topics. In this anime, a school blows up, killing everyone. Most students get reborn as humans. On the contrary, our protagonist is a girl who got reborn as a spider. Being one of the millions of hatchlings, she must get stronger to survive. To achieve this, she does the most sensible thing any protagonist does — eat anything and everything in sight.
My opinions: The fight scenes were epic and the character’s strategies are well thought out (not the “bonk and the enemies are dead” strategy). The plot is very interesting and the lore is very deep. The anime shows kumoko’s growth in great detail. Despite her already being very strong, there are opponents that are equal in strength or stronger that she has to face. This makes the fights more exhilarating. However, the progress of the story is very slow, and poorly juggles between the spider’s arc and the humans’ arc (her classmates). Even after 23 episodes, there was still no interactions between kumoko and the hero. It should have had two separate animes for the separate arcs, and a third one when the two storylines merged. This would allow the viewers to appreciate the separate arcs instead of being bored out by one arc because they want to see the other. In addition, there is no depiction of any bonds between the characters and little character development (only skill development). For example, kumoko only kills and consumes enemies to level up, evolve and gain skills. In the human’s arc, it starts out as a slice of life, then the heroes run for their life before being thrown into an all out war. Even the lore of the admins is not well explained. All in all, a good series that turned bad due to poor presentation.
Sentouin, Hakenshimasu! EN: Combatants Will Be Dispatched! Number of episodes: 12 My rating: 7 MAL rating: 7.27
Synopsis: Combatant Roku-gou is a chief operative at the evil Kisaragi Corporation. He was ordered to infiltrate the Kingdom of Grace — an operation that could change the fate of the world. To help him with his mission, a state of the art android called Alice Kisaragi was also dispatched to follow him. After infiltrating, he helps Kingdom of Grace fight the Demon Lord’s Army. Kisaragi Corporation has an evil points system. When combatants commit evil deeds, they gain evil points that can be exchanged for powerful weapons. To help with his mission, he commits many evil yet hilarious acts to accumulate evil points.
My opinions: When I first started watching, I watched it for the main plot. However, after a few episodes, I watched it for the multitude of ridiculous things Roku-gou does to gain evil points. Most of his actions to obtain evil points are actually childish or perverted, which can come up to either being very funny or a huge facepalm. His synergy with his teammates also make the anime funnier. In the comedic aspect, it is quite similar to KonoSuba. Overall, this anime is quite entertaining.
Osananajimi ga Zettai ni Makenai Love Comedy EN: Osamake: Romcom Where The Childhood Friend Won’t Lose Number of episodes: 12 My rating: 6.5 MAL rating: 6.38
Synopsis: Are you tired of all the rom-coms where the childhood friend always never ends up with the protagonist? Well look no further for this is the anime for you. Suehara Maru is best friends with Kuroha Shida since their childhood. Kuroha is one of the most popular girls in Hozumino High School, with many boys begging to be with her. However, when she confesses to Suehara, he flat out rejected her. He had already set his sights on his first love — Shirokusa Kachi. However, when he found out that Shiro already has a boyfriend, he confesses to Kuroha, who flat out rejected him out of revenge. They then proceeded to regret what they have done. Afterwards, Kuroha tries to win Suehara’s heart again, but faces competition from two other girls.
My opinions: While this anime lives up to the comedy genre, it certainly is lacking a little in the romance department despite being a rom-com. Furthermore, there isn’t much balance of the romance and comedy, with comedy being the focus of the first half, and switching to romance in the second half of the anime. While there are quite a few twists, the biggest twist is with regard to the title of the anime. This anime gives the feels of awkward teens doing awkward teen stuff. Overall, this anime seems boring and lacks the substance usually found in rom-coms. The juicy part only starts to appear after half of the season has passed.
Tensura Nikki: Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken EN: The Slime Diaries: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime Number of episodes: 12 My rating: 8 MAL rating: 7.56
Synopsis: Tensura nikki is a slice of life series from the main series — Tensei shitara Slime Datta Ken (EN: That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime) Each episode has a theme which depicts the various activities that go on in the Jura Tempest Federation. With less fighting and more focus on side characters and bonds between different characters, Tensura nikki becomes very lively.
My opinions: Firstly, I should mention that skipping Tensura nikki does not mean missing out on the main plot. However, I would still recommend you to watch Tensura nikki. In tensura nikki, there is more air time for side characters such as Milim, Geld and Treyni, as well as the dwarves and some humans (Youm, Rommel etc.). Tensura nikki also clearly shows the deep bonds between characters that may not be depicted in the original series. Last but not least, Tensura nikki manages to balance the wide cast, not focusing too much on Rimuru and the other main characters, but not neglecting them either. The only downside is that there isn’t a hook to keep you waiting for the next episode in anticipation. Additionally, amongst the other great animes this season with great plot and hooks, it became easy to forget when the next episode dropped.
Boku no Hero Academia 5th Season (The first half) EN: My Hero Academia Number of episodes: 25 My rating: 8.5 MAL rating: 7.57
Synopsis: The first half if BNHA is a mock battle arc, where class 1-A and class 1-B compete against each other. They form teams of four, and the group who captures all of the opposing team’s members first wins.
My opinions: While this season seems to be of a slower pace, it has very detailed fight scenes that show character growth compared to when they first joined. They also explore the fighting styles and synergy of each team, both from A class and B class. Overall, it is what you would expect from the BNHA series.
Mairimashita! Iruma-kun 2nd Season (The first half) EN: Welcome to Demon School! Iruma-kun 2nd Season Number of episodes: 21 My rating: 8.5 MAL rating: 8.03
Synopsis: Iruma is a human happily living amongst demons in the demon realm whilst hiding his true identity. Recently, the Magical Apparatus Battler was temporarily dismissed due to having insufficient club members. As such, Iruma was forced to join the student council. The student council is known to be very strict. How will Iruma cope? After this arc, Iruma entered his evil cycle. What would he achieve?
My opinions: This anime is really enjoyable. I highly recommend it. The challenges he faces are quite hard to overcome, but he achieves the impossible through logical and practical means. The comedy aspect is on point.
Seijo no Maryoku wa Bannou Desu EN: The Saint’s Magic Power is Omnipotent Number of episodes: 12 My rating: 8.5 MAL rating: 7.32
Synopsis: In the past, the people of Salutania have lived within a shroud of miasma, a force that summons creatures, wrecking the peaceful world. The Order of Knights were pushed to their limits, and at wits end, the Grand Magus summons a holy maiden—the legendary “Saint”—to purify the catastrophe.
The faithful evening comes, Sei Takanashi, was pulled into a foreign world (isekai). Upon her arrival to the kingdom of Salutania, she learns that the Grand Magus inadvertently summoned two Saints—Sei along with a brown-haired girl. Needing only one holy maiden, the prince declares the other girl as the Saint, leaving Sei to her own devices. As she tries to adapt to the new world, Sei sets her sights on entering Medicinal Flora Research Institute, a well known establishment admired for its studies regarding herbs and potions. Indulging in her new found passion, Sei has a fateful encounter with the commander of the Third Order of Knights. But little does she know, her aptitude as a Saint was still highly sought after, influencing over her only passion.
My opinions: The saint isekai has the perfect balance between isekai, magic and romance. We can clearly see how Sei develops the ability to use her powers, as well as her relationships with all the other characters. They have also handled the slice of life very well. Unlike other slice of life animes where there is no link between episodes and little to no character development, the saint isekai shows clear character development while keeping the slice of life aspects. They show the day to day life of Sei, while still linking the activities to the main storyline. Even the filler episode deepens the lore.
Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou EN: Higehiro: After Being Rejected, I Shaved and Took in a High School Runaway Number of episodes: 13 Rated R+ — Mild Nudity My rating: 9 MAL rating: 7.57
Synopsis: Yoshida is a 26 year old salaryman working for a major IT company. One day, he decides to confess to his boss and longtime crush, Gotou, but ends up getting rejected. Heartbroken, he went to a bar with his great friend, Hashimoto, to drink his feelings out. Afterwards, he heads home drunk, where he encounters Sayu Ogiwara, a runaway highschool student. Sayu asked Yoshida to let her stay at his place for the night, to which Yoshida agreed in his drunken state.
Before I continue, I should put up a warning first. This anime explores social issues that Japan is currently facing. (Specifically children growing up without a parental figure and child abuse.) It covers dark themes which some may consider disturbing. (Specifically child abuse, prostitution and suicide.) My rating is given based off the story, not the dark themes. I do not support child abuse, prostitution or suicide.
My opinions: I gave this anime a high score because we can see the character’s develop, their troubles, emotions and thought processes in each situation they face. This allows us to understand their situation and their past. Most importantly, higehiro shows how they feel about each other. It really makes you empathize for each character (and especially for Sayu). “The finest men have the highest of standards.” Yoshida is indeed the finest man in this anime, choosing to take care of Sayu as if he were her father. In a sense, Yoshida tries to makes things right as much as he practically can. Afterall, an adult male living with an unrelated and much younger female definitely rings the mental alarm in many. What I like is how Yoshida handles every situation lawfully and practically. He has a great sense of responsibility and care for the people around him.
These are the Animes I recommend you to watch for Spring 2021. If you do enjoy these contents, please do share and subscribe to our blog.😁
Rebroadcasting older animes is a great way to bring more attention to the franchaise. The NGNL franchaise is around 8 years old with no second season. It was a great series, but few may have forgotten about this gem in the sea of many other great anime titles over the years.
Rebroadcasting NGNL is a great way to bring many people’s interest back to the franchaise before announcing the next season. On a similar note, a while before 「The Devil is a Part-timer」 received a second season, it was also rebroadcasted. Therefore, the likelihood of a second NGNL season seems higher than ever.
Disclaimer: While there is hope that No Game No Life may get a second season, this article neither confirms nor denies a future No Game No Life season.