The Best Anime to Help you Practise Japanese Language

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Have you started to learn Japanese and want to practice but you find most animes difficult to understand? Well, look no further! Here, we have curated a list of our favourite animes that are short, fully completed and will be able to test your listening skills.  

Bare in mind the further down the list you go, the difficulty of Japanese becomes higher.

5. Chi's Sweet Home / チーズスイートホーム 

Episodes: 26 (3mins)

Released: 2008

This anime is about the adventure of Chi, a small white and grey lost kitten who is taken in by a young boy Youhei and his family (the Yamadas). The place where the Yamadas reside at prohibits pets, so they decide to move as finding a new owner proved difficult. At first, Chi struggles to adapt herself to her new house but she soon comes to love it.

 

There are 26 episodes in total, but each episode is less than 3mins long allowing you to finish the series in no time. It is perfect for those who want to practice their Japanese listening skills. Also, who doesn’t like cats?!

Did you enjoy Chi's Sweet Home? Well, you're in for a treat!! There are 3 other seasons that you can check out!

4. Non Non Biyori / のんのん日和

Episodes: 12 + 1 OVA (25mins)

Released: 2013

We are introduced to a rural village, Asahigaoka, where Renge Miyauchi, Natsumi, Komari and Sugurumain all of different ages reside. Since the village is so small there is only one school with only one class. A new transfer student, Hotaru, arrives to join the class. The plot mainly focuses on the daily lives of the five students within that only class.

This anime is also has 13 episodes in the first season and lasts for about 25mins. It is one of the more peaceful animes with soothing music and the use of sound. As the story is quite simple it should make it easier for you to practice your listening and possibly even predict the next lines.

Did you enjoy Non Non Biyori? There are also 3 other seasons that you can check out! Non Non Biyori Repeat, Non Non Biyori Vacation and Non Non Biyori Nonstop which is still airing!

3. My Little Monster / Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun / となりの怪物くん

Episodes: 13 (30mins)

Released: 2012

In this anime we are introduced to a high school student, Shizuku who has no other interests apart from studying. She sits next to Haru who is a troublemaker and rarely goes to class. Shizuku is asked to drop off some handouts to Haru who somehow befriends her. Shizuku has a nickname “Dry Ice” as she shows no emotions but throughout the series, she begins to form a relationship with Haru and warms up.

 

This series has 13 episodes with each lasting for less than 30mins. It is a straightforward anime to understand, which allows you to use some of the grammar that you’ve previously learnt.

2. One Punch Man / ワンパンマン

Episodes: 12 (25mins)

Released: 2015

This anime is about Saitama who has a hobby of being a superhero! To pursue his dream, he trained so hard he lost all of his hair... To defeat his enemies, all it takes is one punch from Saitama. However, because he has so much power he has grown bored. Is he able to carry on as One Punch Man?

This anime is rather entertaining as we see enemies flying around because of Saitama's power. Since the series revolves around this concept, it is quite repetitive and this can help increase your listening skills. If you enjoyed the first season don't be afraid to check out the second season!!

1. Tower of God / Kami no Tou / 神之塔

Episodes: 13 (30mins)

Released: 2020

The series is about a young boy named Bam who climbs the Tower to reach Rachel. The Tower consists of many levels, each requiring you to past a test to get past. “Regulars” are those who are chosen and are summoned by the tower and “irregulars” are unchosen. Bam discovers that he is an irregular as he wasn’t summoned but the gates opened up to him.

Although this is a Korean based manhwa, is was adapted into a Japanese anime. The series contains 13 episodes which goes on for about 25mins. It is more on the action side on anime and consists of mysterious characters. As the anime uses a lot of English based words, it makes it easier for you to understand.

Now you have so many anime series to get through, it might be helpful to brush up on your Japanese. 

Luckily for you we offer group and private courses for all levels. You can take these courses either online or in person at our London offices where you will meet lots of like-minded anime fans.

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