Ansem Reports 1-6 in Japanese and English

I just finished reading a couple of volumes of the Kingdom Hearts novelization series in Japanese and was curious if the Ansem Reports were taken straight from the games. It turns out they were which is pretty neat. In the books they usually appear two at a time with some character interjections at the juicy bits for good measure. Anyway, I thought it would be nice to have them side by side to compare the Japanese and English, and for anyone to use as reading practice.

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Let Me Introduce You to Pallet Town

If you’re around my age, Pokemon may have been your first RPG. The start of a grand adventure in the world of Pokemon and the start of a lifelong love of the genre. I’ve mentioned this a couple of other places on the site, but Pallet Town was also the start of my gaming in Japanese adventures. I took a stab at playing gen 1 really early on in my studies and now I’m going to put up side-by-side English and Japanese from Pallet Town in Pokemon Let’s Go.

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Let Me Introduce You to Springdale [Sakura New Town] Part II

We’re not quite done with Springdale and Yokai Watch 4 just yet. There are a lot of NPCs to meet so let’s take a look at the next batch. This is a continuation of the ‘Let Me Introduce You to’ series where we walk around video game towns and practice reading Japanese with side-by-side English and Japanese text! Don’t forget to check here for part 1.

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Let Me Introduce You to Springdale [Sakura New Town]

Let’s take a little stroll around Yokai Watch 4’s Springdale and meet some of the residents. In this series we go around video game towns and use side-by-side English and Japanese text to get to some Japanese reading practice. This may be a good place to start if you’re thinking about importing the game to see if the text is around your reading level. Yokai Watch 4 is full of NPCs so we’ll start by meeting some of the kids in the various parks around town.

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Let Me Introduce You to Cherrygrove City Part II

Alright, it’s time to go meet the rest of Cherrygrove City as we continue looking at dialogue from Pokemon Crystal with side-by-side translations. Don’t forget to check out Part I and the rest of the ‘Let Me Introduce You to‘ series!

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Let Me Introduce You to Route 29 and Cherrygrove City Part I

Now that we’ve talked to everyone in New Bark Town, it’s time to move to Route 29. Check the side-by-side game dialogue and translations to get reading practice using Pokemon Crystal! And don’t forget to check out the rest of the ‘Let Me Introduce You to’ series :]

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Let Me Introduce You to New Bark Town

I want to try something a little different here and see if anybody out there finds this sort of post helpful. I’m basically going to post the Japanese text from each NPC in New Bark Town from Pokemon Gold and Silver with a translation that tries to be literal, but still understandable. You can try to read the text yourself and then check the translation to see how you did. I may sprinkle in some grammar information as well. Let’s get to it!

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3 Great 3DS Games to Play in Japanese Part I

The Nintendo 3DS may be region locked, but if you want access to a great catalog of Japanese games, importing a system from the 3DS line is worth the trouble. This is because it can access Nintendo’s digital store, the eShop, and is jam packed with JRPGs. Once you import a system, there isn’t really a need to import games because most of them are on the eShop. Plus, with a bank account that lets you make international purchases, like Ally Bank or something, you can use the debit card from your bank to buy games. Buying eShop gift cards from international sellers and having the codes sent to you is also an option though. With all of that out of the way, let’s get to the games.

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How to Play Video Games in Japanese

Learning all of these fancy words isn’t going to do you much good if you don’t have any games to read them in. Lucky for us, getting our hands on video games that we can play in Japanese has become easier in recent years, especially with the Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One not being region locked. A region locked console, such as the Nintendo 3DS, will not be able to play games from other regions which means you can’t just import a game from Japan and pop it into your North American system. Let’s start with the consoles listed above and follow that up with some other consoles that aren’t region locked. 

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Guides

Welcome to the guides page. This is the page that houses everything from study tips to playing guides. Take a look at the wares and be sure to join the mailing list to learn when new guides are posted!

The ‘Let Me Introduce You to’ Series

This page houses our ‘Let Me Introduce You to’ series where we take text from various video games and put it side-by-side with translations to make for some fun reading practice.

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Zero Experience Beginner’s Guide

If you have no Japanese study experience and are wondering how to get started then look no further. There are some things that are good to know before diving in so I tried to compile so of it here.

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How I study

For this post, I wanted to break down how I study now and mention some of the resources that have helped me along the way. Give this a look if you’re looking for some resources to try.

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How to Play Video Games in Japanese

Wondering how to put all of these new words you’re learning to good use? Let’s take a look at some of our options for playing games in Japanese.

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Japanese Practice Through Games – a Beginner’s Guide

Like most things in life, there’s a right way and wrong way to do it. Let’s look at how to effectively implement video games into our study routines.

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