Dialogue changes from English to Japanese as you learn and progress in this comedic RPG backed by professional Japanese voice acting. Master reading hiragana, basic grammar, and over 240 common words used in anime!
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Oct 20, 2022

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Note: This Early Access game is not complete and may or may not change further. If you are not excited to play this game in its current state, then you should wait to see if the game progresses further in development. Learn more

What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“We want to make learning Japanese as fun and easy as possible. What key things can we do to take the experience to the next level? That's what we're searching for and need help with!

We will strive to keep save game compatability during EA, however major feature additions may make it infeasible to provide 100% backwards compatability and require the start of a new game if players update to a newer version.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We expect to be in early access from 4-8 months.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The game can be played start to finish in its current form. The focus is really on finding and implementing key features to help unlock a player's Japanese learning potential. We want to know where players might struggle and what ideas and additional content we can generate to help them overcome any struggles.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Again, the game can be played start to finish and has been through months of beta testing. Average playtime is around 16-20 hours.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price of the game may increase with the release of the full version.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We communicate primarily through Twitter and Discord and are looking forward to gathering feedback from the community.”
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About This Game

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Learning should be an adventure

Dialogue changes from English to Japanese as you learn and progress in this comedic RPG backed by professional Japanese voice acting.


Learn Japanese RPG: Hiragana Forbidden Speech is aimed at anime fans with little to no Japanese ability, but any beginner may enjoy and benefit, even those who have learned hiragana before. We've made the game we wanted to play when we were first learning Japanese.

What will I learn?

  • How to read, write, and pronounce hiragana
    Hiragana is a set of characters used to write Japanese words.
  • Over 240 common Japanese words used in anime
  • Enough grammar to understand basic Japanese sentences

How will I learn?

Mild Immersion
Our frustration with other Japanese learning games is that while they teach hiragana and words, they rarely (if ever) use these learnings in actual conversations. Almost everything is out of context. A random character, word, or sentence here or there. On the other hand, trying to learn Japanese by watching anime or reading manga is overwhelming (for a beginner).

We try to strike a balance between these two worlds. This game strives for “Mild Immersion.” We want to immerse you in Japanese as much as possible, but only beginner Japanese. We want you to feel confident that any Japanese that comes your way is something you’ve been taught and are capable of understanding at a basic level.

Small Step Immersion
This game also strives for “Small Step Immersion.” We want to immerse you in Japanese one small step at a time. After learning a new hiragana, you will soon learn words spelled with that hiragana and immediately start seeing and hearing those words in dialogue and battle. Slowly, but surely, your vocabulary and reading ability will grow as the game gently immerses you, more and more.

We believe context, immersion, and fun are key to effective learning. This game isn't just an RPG with Japanese flashcard-type battles. It is much more.

How this all works in practice

First, you will learn hiragana by using them in battles. A hiragana appears and you type in the related roumaji (English character) to attack foes. Each hiragana can be leveled up. The higher its level, the less often it will appear in battle.


Second, after learning a new hiragana, you will learn words spelled with that hiragana. Each word will expand your vocabulary and strengthen your grasp on the hiragana. They will also appear in battles and level up like hiragana.

Third, the game's Adaptive Dialogue System will introduce the words you learn into dialogue. Most dialogue is voiced by professional Japanese voice actors. You will hear and see how words fit together to form sentences and experience the use of words in various situations.

Fourth, there are 50+ brief in-game tutorials that will teach you word usage, basic grammar, and a number of Japanese language concepts. However, our emphasis is on learning by doing.

What is the Adaptive Dialogue System and how will it help me?


The Adaptive Dialogue System helps you learn by doing. It determines whether to show dialogue in Japanese or English based on your current knowledge. The more Japanese words and grammar you learn, the more dialogue will appear in Japanese!

For example, consider the following sentence: "doko iku?" (Where are we going?)

If you don't know one of the words "doko" (where) or "iku" (go, going), then this sentence will be shown in English. This is to avoid frustrating you with content you haven't yet learned.


However, if you know both words, it will be written in Japanese hiragana.

Pressing a button displays the "roumaji" of the sentence. Roumaji uses the English alphabet to describe Japanese sounds. A second press displays the English translation.

Features

  • Professional Japanese voice acting (Over 4000 lines of spoken dialogue)
  • Teaches Japanese starting from zero
  • Teaches all the most common hiragana
  • Teaches over 240+ Japanese words commonly used in anime
  • Teaches word usage and Japanese grammar (over 50 tutorials)
  • Adaptive Dialogue System gets you reading Japanese fast without being overwhelmed
  • Real-time battles and humorous dialogue make learning fast and fun
  • Gradual Reveal Dialogue System lets you conveniently check your reading comprehension
  • All Hiragana Mode lets advanced adventurers immerse themselves instantly in a deeper Japanese experience
  • Battle drills can be disabled at any time
  • Level up controls allow you to adjust the pace of your learning
  • Disable automatic voice over to practice reading comprehension easily
  • 16-20 hours of gameplay
  • Tremendous replay value. Game adjusts Japanese content to your level from the very beginning

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10
    • Processor: Intel Pentium III 800 MHz+
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1024x768 High Color +
    • Storage: 300 MB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX®: 9.0+
    • Additional Notes: Unless you bought your computer 15 years ago, should be fine

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