TheMoeWay Resources Sheet¶
Welcome to TheMoeWay Resources Sheet, resources are categorised into "Learning Japanese" and "Acquiring" Japanese".
- ※ - Tae Kim - The Writing System - This page has an explanation of what the kana are and what they are used for. You may find this useful if you don't already know.
- Itazuraneko Kana - A simple kana recognition game. You may want to enable all the hiragana, and katakana and the combinations in order to properly test your skills. It also features a "play sound" button, which I recommend you make use of.
Important Note: Reading a lot is the best way to learn kanji. This means you should learn kanji through learning to read words. However, you can seek alternatives below if you keep forgetting how to read words you come across, or if you want to learn how to write.*
- ※ - The "Kanken Deck" - The best way to learn how to write when you can already read.
- Chronopolize's Kanji Components - An Anki deck to help you differentiate similar kanji by teaching components.
- Usagi Chan Kanji Phonetics - An Anki deck to help you learn the readings of kanji components that carry a consistent on-yomi.
- Remembering The Kanji (RTK)
- (Uses RTK) Learn the Kanji - Guide on how to use RTK.
- Recognition Remembering The Kanji with less than 450 cards (RRTK) - Shortened version of RTK.
- TheMoeWay Tango N5 Deck - The first starter Anki deck you should use when starting out.
- TheMoeWay Tango N4 Deck - The second starter Anki deck you use after N5.
You are advised to do Tango over "Core" decks because Tango is easier, as it uses the sentence card format.
However you may want to create a "mining deck" when you complete Tango N4.
- Core2.3K VN Order Deck - the Core deck but ordered in terms of visual novel frequency. Not recommended for beginners. You may want to use this if you have studied Japanese before and are deciding on changing your method.
- ※ - Cure Dolly’s Organic Japanese - Cure Dolly is a new grammar guide that has sparked recent attention because of its unique way of teaching Japanese grammar. It aims to teach Japanese grammar in a way that sticks true to the roots of the language, in contrast to other grammar guides that take shortcuts that could cause confusion later on. For that reason, I recommend you start with this. Because of Cure Dolly's speech, and the audio quality presented in the videos, you may find it difficult to understand. However there are subtitles available for all videos that may alleviate this issue, which I recommend you turn on.
- Cure Dolly Complete Transcript by dinuz - A transcript of a few Cure Dolly videos. This can be useful when you want to check something or would just prefer to read it.
- Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese, a guide for grammar - Tae Kim's grammar guide has been around for as long as anyone can remember. It is often recommended as a good grammar guide however you may want to use Cure Dolly instead, for a more optimized approach.
- Reference list of all Japanese grammar patterns. - Very useful for referring to a point.
- "Making Sense of Japanese - What The Textbooks Don't Tell You" by Jay Rubin - similar to Cure Dolly, it's like the equivalent of the first few videos. It dispells common misconceptions about Japanese grammar people have due to studying Japanese grammar the "traditional" way.
- NihongoKyoshi JLPT grammar - JLPT "grammar" taught in Japanese. I recommend most people learn these after Cure Dolly/Tae Kim. You should learn these because many of the grammar points can be easily overlooked when seen in the wild if you don't already know them.
- ※ - NihongoKyoshi Anki Deck - Highly recommended. It only has Japanese definitions, an intentional choice in order to avoid false associations of Japanese grammar with English words.
Sorry to overwhelm you with information, but also check out my grammar dictionaries for Yomichan (pop up dictionary browser extension).
- Nyaa.si - torrent tracker with raw anime, this is the best place to get anime. I recommend you use qBittorrent!
- zoro.to - anime streaming site where you can turn off subtitles and switch to Japanese 日本語 audio.
- asbplayer Chrome Extension - Chrome extension that allows you to drag and drop subtitle files (See Subtitles) on a video you are streaming. It works with zoro.to, and it may work with other sites.
- Itazuraneko Anime Library - collection of anime.
- Animelon - stream anime with Japanese subtitles.
- ※ AnimeCards - Subtitles - Goes over how to get Japanese subtitles and how to sync them for the video.
- Cute Anime - Watch some moe anime with Japanese subtitles.
- Crunchyroll - it's free but with ads. You can turn off subtitles.
Movies & TV Shows (J-drama)¶
- Google Drive folder full of J-Drama - (password for .zip/.rar archives:
- Bagikuy - j-drama download links.
- Nyaa.si - has some jdrama.
- Rakuten Viki - stream some J-drama.
- Crunchyroll (free with ads) - some j-drama on here.
- Minidrama - MKV downloads for J-drama.
- Raredoramas - site for collecting rare J-Drama
- Japanese Live TV Streams - Not all channels work.
- Japanese Live TV Streams 2- use a VPN.
- Japanese Live TV Android App - has the best collection. Android only but you can emulate Android on a PC.
- Aqstream Japanese TV Live streams - Not all channels work.
- ABEMA - Watch ABEMA Japanese TV. You need a Japanese VPN if you are outside of Japan though.
- Some Japanese TV Shows on BiliBili
- Terrace House BGND - Download links for raw Terrace House BGND
Refer to the tools section for info on how to make lookups easier for manga.
- Itazuraneko Manga Library - Simple and clean collection of manga. Lots of manga on here.
- Archive.org 2019 Archive - Archive of some manga.
- BilingualManga - Yomichan compatible & one-click translation.
- Cute Manga - Read some moe manga, Yomichannable.
- Hakuneko Manga Downloader - You can download Japanese manga here, use a combination of the
- Manga Google Drive - Google Drive folder with some manga.
Nyaa.si - raw manga torrents, there are a LOT Of manga here.
Klmanga - Klmanga, read manga online.
- Rawkuma - Also lets you read manga online.
The websites below have the best collection but can be a pain to download from.
Use a debrid service to generate premium full speed download links!
- A-zmanga - Has the most content. You need a debrid service though.
- DLRaw - Starting to catch up to A-zmanga. You may need a debrid service though.
- 13dl.to - Similar to a-zmanga.
- JPDDL - Similar to a-zmanga.
Novels and Literary Texts¶
- Itazuraneko Old Novel Library - This page has a lot of books, and you are able to sort by genre, author, kanji count and such. You may want to uncheck "Hide books translated from English", as it is enabled by default.
- Itazuraneko New Novel Library - A more updated version of the above, with more books, but it lacks sorting.
- Itazuraneko Extended Ebook Novel - Huge list of books, 20000+ books. Takes a while to load when you click on the "検索" page. You can click on the name to read it in a web browser, or you can click on the file size to download it. Please note that the EPUB files that it gives you have highly compressed images. The search function does not work no matter what. Use CTRL+F/Find in page feature in your browser instead.
- Boroboro - Has EPUBs of some series that may not be on Itazuraneko.
- Syosetsu Web Novels - Web novels. In contrast to Itazuraneko and Boroboro, which has retail books, this has only web novels and 二次創作 (fanfiction)
- Kakuyomu - Similar to syosetu.
- Hameln - Also similar to syosetsu.
- Aozora Bunko - read Japanese classics. Books go on here if the author has died more than 50 years ago.
- ※ ッツ Ebook Reader - Japanese book reader that supports EPUB and HTMLZ. Text is displayed in 縦書き (vertical text) by default. This is one of the best options for an authentic experience reading Japanese books.
Note: Gaining the Student rank or above in our Discord channel grants you access to more books than just these.
Visual Novels and Games¶
- Nyaa.si visual novel search (SFW) - Nyaa.si has some visual novels, but you best use "Sukebei" nyaa.si (18+, NSFW warning)
- RyuuGames - Has a ton of visual novels.
- RyuuBlogger - Also has a ton of visual novels.
- Anime-sharing - Has the most visual novels out of everything here. But you need an account and also a debrid service, and you need to search across duplicate threads to download anything from here. See here for premium leeches.
- CraneAnime Upload List - Direct links to visual novels
- Sukebei Nyaa.si (18+) NSFW warning - NSFW side of Nyaa.si which should have a lot more visual novels.
- Visual Novel Recommendation Lists
Note: visual novels on consoles do not have any NSFW content.
- Itazuraneko Retro Game (PS2, PSP, NDS etc.) Archive - Nintendo, Sony and Sega, 6th generation console and older games.
- r/roms megathread - has more ROMs than the other sites
- CDRomance Japanese PSP Games - PSP games
- CDRomance Japanese PS2 Games - PS2 games
- Softcobra Nint#ndo Sw!tch Games - Nint#ndo Sw!tch R#Ms
- RoyalRoms (Gameboy, SNES, Genesis etc.) | Sort region by "Japan")
- Emuparadise Workaround Tampermonkey Script - You can still download from emuparadise!
- Jo-mako's Japanese Spreadsheet- This has video game and anime difficulty ratings and also video game scripts. This can come in handy when you want to play a retro game and the text may be too pixelated for an OCR.
Japanese video game immersion tip: The PlayStation Vita is easy to hack and get Japanese games on. It has a huge Japanese game library so it could be useful for your immersion, especially if you want to play console exclusives.
Hook VNs with Textractor!¶
Audiobooks & Podcasts¶
- Itazuraneko Audiobook Library - Has some of the 0 yen audiobooks from Audible.
- Audiobook Collection - More audiobooks
- Japanese Podcast Spreadsheet
- Podcast Republic - Change the country to Japan and look at popular.
- Kitsunekko Japanese subtitles for anime - Kitsunekko has the largest amount of Japanese subtitles. But avoid subtitles made by "kamigami", their subtitles may have transcription errors (I say "may", but in reality it is almost always). (NOTE: The site has a tendency of going down randomly. You can view a backup here)
- Itazuraneko Japanese subtitles
- JP-Subbers drama subtitles
- BritVSJapan Repo - From Netflix.
- Japanese Movie Subtitles
- Fully Automatic Retiming of Subtitles
- Immersion Kit - Search sentences from anime, games etc. with translation. Made by Game Gengo.
- Youglish - Sentences sourced from YouTube video subtitles. This is a great tool to improve your pronunciation, as the words will be said by native speakers speaking naturally.
- Massif - Uses syosetsu novels as its source.
- Yourei.jp "The World's Largest Japanese Sentence Search Engine"
- Twitter - You might need to be logged in to use this.
- SentenceSearch - Sentences sourced from multiple learning resources. You can also grab audio for the sentences here!
- BritVSJapan Repo- (Use the Repository search feature)
- Kotonoha Corpus
- BCCWJ Search
- NWJC Search
- Jisho.org - From tatoeba project.
- Condensed Audio 1
- Condensed Audio 2
- Condensed Audio 3
- Condensed Audio 4
- Condensed Audio 5
- Condense your own audio
- ※ AnimeCards - Animecards are very good for making sure you remember the words you learn from your immersion. Other options here are heavily inspired by it.
- Audio cards on Mac - Based on an older method of AnimeCards but shows you how to get the setup working on a Mac.
- Anime cards in under 10 seconds with MPV script
- stegatxins0's super fast mining guide
- Xelieu's lazy Anki guide
- Aquafina's Advanced Anki Template
Yomichan, a browser add-on that allows you to look up Japanese words easily.
- Get Yomichan - A pop up dictionary. You MUST have this. This is an absolute must have. It is extremely useful for reading.
- Tutorial: click here
- shoui Yomichan Dictionaries Collection
- Marv's miscallenous dictionaries
- Every dictionary explained in the text file.
- Jisho (bilingual) - If you are a beginner, use this.
- Weblio EJJE (bilingual) - If you are a beginner, use this. Made for Japanese people. Useful for longer phrases that Jisho may not have.
- Eijirou on the WEB (bilingual) - If you are a beginner, use this. Made for Japanese people. Useful for example sentences.
- Sakura-Paris Free Kōjien Search (both) - Says 広辞苑 but it has every major epwing dictionary.
- Weblio (monolingual) - Uses 実用日本語表現辞典, 大辞林 第三版. The dictionaries this site uses are usable in my Yomichan and MDX dictionary pack.
- Goo (monolingual) - Uses デジタル大辞泉. The dictionary this site uses is usable in my Yomichan and MDX dictionary pack.
- 日本語俗語辞書 (monolingual) - Monolingual slang dictionary. Available for Yomichan too.
- Fuseji - uncensor 伏せ字 (i.e. words with 〇)
- Forvo - Search for a word and hear it pronounced by a native speaker
- OJAD - pitch accent dictionary.
See Applications (Mobile) section for mobile apps.
Contains the most up-to-date dictionaries such as 新明解国語辞典 第七版 (Shinmeikai 7th Edition) and 大辞林 第三版 (Daijirin 3rd edition)
- Epistularum's Tidy MDX Collection (Recommended) - You can selectively download. 国語 dicts are the ones you want.
- shoui MDX Collection (Japanese)
See Applications section for an MDict (MDX) reader.
Contains older but better known dictionaries such as 新明解国語辞典 第五版 (Shinmeikai 5th edition) and 大辞林 第二版 (Daijirin 2nd edition)
- Epistularum's Tidy EPWing Collection (Recommended) - You can selectively download. 国語 dicts are the ones you want.
- shoui EPWINGs Pack (Compact Edition) - best for mobile users - 117MB
- shoui EPWINGs Pack (Standard Edition) - best for computer users - 2GB
- shoui EPWINGs Pack (Full Edition) - for those that want it all - 9GB
See Applications section for an EPWING reader.
- Kindle Dictionaries - Made by epistularum(エピス)#9370, includes StarDicts too.
Manga Tools & OCRs¶
- Manga-OCR - new program that makes looking words up in manga easier
- OCR Reader - new program made to make reading physical novel scans easier.
- Poricom Manga OCR - GUI for manga-ocr
- mokuro - Lets you use yomichan on regular manga!
- Capture2Text (Windows) - recommend download better tessdata from the tesseract github for more accurate results.
- Gazou OCR (Linux)
- Hakuneko Manga Downloader - You can download Japanese manga here, use a combination of the
Visual Novel Tools¶
- Textractor - for copying text from visual novels.
※ Anki (Windows, Mac and Linux) - Spaced repetition flashcard program. A must have.
It is tricky to use at first. So please see the Mining section for guides on how to set it up.
EBWin) - An epwing format dictionary reader. Good for look ups without a web browser.
- AnkiDroid - Port of Anki for Android devices.
- AnkiConnect for Android - use AnkiConnect for 1 click card creation on Android.
- Akebi - Bilingual dictionary for Android based on the JMdict project, has cool features such as auto-correction and AnkiDroid integration.
- Takoboto - Bilingual dictionary for Android based on the JMdict project.
- EBPocket Basic - this is an EPWING, Stardict and MDX dictionary reader, useful for monolingual dictionaries.
- EBPocket Professional APK - APK of the full vesion of EBPocket.
- ※ jidoujisho - A mobile video player, reader assistant and card creation toolkit tailored for mobile language learners.
- ※ Typhon Reader - An EPUB reader for Android that lets you look up a word with one tap. Also supports EPWING monolingual dictionaries. Does not work correctly on newer phones.
- Typhon改 - Fork of Typhon Reader made to work with newer devices.
- Kiwi Browser - Chromium based browser with extension support. You can use Yomichan on this.
- OCR Manga Reader - Manga scans reader with an OCR to look up words. Supports EPWING monolingual dictionaries.
- Tachiyomi Manga Reader (Get the Japanese sources) - Manga downloader/reader. Get the Japanese sources.
- Rin - Adds the iOS "Look Up" feature to Android for Japanese. It also has a standalone app that works like Yomichan, supports 2 bilingual dictionaries and 3 monolingual ones.
- Kaku - System-wide OCR.
- AnkiMobile - $24.99 official port of Anki for iOS.
- Shirabe Jisho - the best mobile Japanese dictionary based on the JMdict project, ever.
EBPocket - Useful for monolingual dictionaries. Transfer dictionary files to the app using iTunes.
Immersion Reader - Japanese e-book reader with a fast dictionary look up feature.
- Kantan Manga Reader - use OCR to read manga. It has Yomichan dictionary and EPWING support!
- 10ten Japanese Reader - Similar in a way to Yomichan.
- Orion Browser - Less latency with 10ten than just Safari.
- Books (formerly iBooks) - A very pretty e-book reader with great Japanese support.
exSTATic - Immersion progress tracker
JPDB.IO - Japanese media word count and difficulty rating. Might help you in trying to pick what to read.
- Yomichan - Yomichan is a browser extension that allows you to look up Japanese words with both the meaning and the reading on web pages with ease.
Android users can use this on Kiwi Browser.
- Clipboard Inserter - Used for the texthooking page (MPV and visual novels)
- exSTATic - Japanese language immersion progress tracker.
- Language Learning with Netflix - Enhance Netflix for language learning.
- Asbplayer - Load local subtitle files to video streaming sites.
- qBittorrent - best torrent client, clean and open source.
- Jdownloader2 - A download manager that helps accelerate MEGA and Google Drive downloads.
- youtube-dlp - download YouTube videos, playlists, channels, etc.
Useful for stuff like visual novels and manga you may download.
- 7-Zip- Archiver/Compresor.
- WinCDEmu - Mount ISO/MDF/MDS files as a virtual drive on your computer
- WinRAR - 7-Zip alternative.
- DAEMON Tools- WinCDEmu alternative. Fares better with UDF volumes.
VPNs (Japan location specific)¶
- (Cross-platform) VPN Gate - free Japanese VPN servers with OpenVPN support.
- (Windows) SoftEther - Make sure you read the manual of this.
- (Android) VPN Japan Proxy Secure VPN - While I would never trust my data with this, it works fine for getting a Japanese IP address.
- (iOS) Neko VPN - Seems to work fine.
- Mullvad - You can trust this the most if you care a lot about privacy.
- NordVPN - confirmed to work on Japanese streaming services.
- VPN Accounts Dump - Dumps of premium VPN accounts.
Other resource collections¶
Kuzuri - Huge collection of completely legal resources.
- All Japanese All The Time - The reason why All Japanese All The Time, often abbreviated to AJATT, is still popular to this day, is because of the mindset building that it was able to achieve. The articles on that site can get you in the Japanese immersion spirit better than I or any other guide can.
- AntiMoon - AntiMoon is a site made for English learners. It promotes learning through large amounts of input, also known as immersion. It has good articles on some of the practical methods used in immersion.
- YouTube & Netflix mining guide - Youtube and netflix mining guide with asbplayer (also works with zoro.to and amazon prime video)
- An Alternate Way To Start Reading (by OrangeLightX)
- Assorted JP Guides (by Chronopolize)
- Why You Still Don't Understand Your Target Language - Great video for getting motivated to immerse more.
- Dogen Japanese Phonetics - For people interested in pitch accent and the like.