For this Winter 2007 season, I watched all of the anime that I wrote impressions on in raw format. That is, I watched anime without the subtitles. For some, I was completely fine, and for others I had no idea what was going on. I like to think that my Japanese is pretty good. I did earn a minor in it, at least! Mainly I have issues with vocabulary; grammar doesn’t confuse me for the most part.
I thought I’d go through each of the Winter 2007 anime that I’ve watched so far to do a “raw viewing index” on them. I’ll describe how easy or difficult it is to understand each anime without subtitles. I figure other people who might be at the same level might want to know which anime is easy to watch without the aid of subs:
Manabi Straight was easy for me to understand until they pulled out all of the student council talk. How the heck am I supposed to know about that? Maybe they’ll use more common vocabulary in later episodes, but I think I’d rather wait for subs so I don’t miss anything.
Hidamari Sketch was really easy for me to understand the whole way through. If I end up picking one anime to watch this season raw, it’ll probably be Hidamari Sketch. Yep, school anime is easy to understand.
Kyoshiro to Towa no Sora is probably one of the easier anime to understand raw. Since it’s a school kids anime, and a lot of vocab I learned in Japanese class dealt with school stuff, I was able to get most of what was going on. Of course, when the mecha and catgirls and whatnot start showing up, things get a little dicey, but I can probably hang.
Nodame Cantabile is kind of funny. I know all of the musical terms because I’m a band nerd, and they’re in Italian. The rest of the vocabulary is kind of hit or miss. I might be able to pull this one off raw, but I’d rather watch subs to get the full meaning.
For the most part, Saint October is actually pretty easy to follow. The vocabulary used is fairly common, which is a plus. I’d say that I could probably understand about 80 percent of the dialogue, especially if I stop and look up words that I need refreshing. It’s too bad I’m not really interested in this anime…
I already mentioned this in my review, but this anime makes no sense whatsoever. I dunno if it’s because of the way the story is presented, or my bad Japanese. I’d rather just watch this subbed. If the plot ends up being pointless anyway I guess I’d consider watching the anime for the pretty pictures…
Venus Versus Virus uses a lot of made up vocabulary which makes it hard to understand. Like the whole virus and vaccine and I dunno, I think they make other stuff up. Anyway, I’m not really comfortable watching this raw, so subs it is.
I would like to pick at least one anime to watch raw this season just so I can practice and get better at it. It’ll probably be Hidamari Sketch. I actually said I’d watch Binbou Shimai Monogatari raw a while back, but I ended up giving up after a few episodes… Hopefully I can keep it up longer with Hidamari Sketch…