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Learn Japanese Through Anime With This List of The Most Common Anime Words

When I started learning Japanese I discovered the 80/20 principle and found out that the most common words in any language make up the majority of what’s said and written on a daily basis. At the time I found a source of the most common 50 words in anime and a common word list for Japanese newspapers. However, what I really wanted was a longer list of the most common words in anime to help me start to understand my favourite shows. At the time such a list didn’t exist and I gave up searching for one. Luckily for you though, I’ve since made my own list for the beginners out there who are starting to learn Japanese through anime. Woo! ๐Ÿ˜€

There’s a list of shows that I used at the very bottom of this post but to sum it up, I took 671 episodes of various anime and ran some word frequency tests on them.

This is the result.

A list of the most common 300 anime words. 

The list contains each keyword as well as at least 1 reading in a separate column, and it also contains the frequency that the word appeared within the texts.

There where also a lot of words, names and places that are specific to the shows that I used to create this list. As these words aren’t useful to you unless you are watching that particular show, I decided that it was best to remove them. There is a possibility I missed some. 

Also, if you are looking into learning kanji then I highly recommend the Remembering the Kanji series by James Heisig which I got from Amazon for a decent price when I first started learning Japanese.

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I used a piece of software called EKwords to generate this list. One thing to note is that it seems to ignore any simple hiragana words, for example ใฉใ“. These tend to be really basic words though and can be learned easily without too much active studying.

How to Use This List

Why Vocabulary Lists Suck by Themselves

Vocab lists are in general, very boring resources. You are forced to go through each word while learning the meaning outside of context and usually with nothing more than just a direct translation. This is super inefficient (no context = extremely hard to learn).

Learn Words in Sentences

Some people feel the same about sentences, however, I absolutely love them and I really enjoy doing sentence flashcards in Anki. They are more interesting, contain more context (easier to learn) and are sentences I actually want to be able to use. I would advise learning native sentences over vocab drills any day.

How to Use Vocab Lists to Your Advantage

I like to add words to a separate deck in Anki ready for me to find a sentence later (only if I donโ€™t have a decent sentence). Now, you could do this with this list and then run through the deck one at a time, finding sentences that contain the word and that are easy enough for you to understand. To do this you would probably want to have a large supply of sentences at your disposal.

I recommend you use a Sentence Bank which you can make in Anki by converting your favourite TV shows and films to Anki flashcard decks or by simply importing texts straight into Anki. You can also google the word and find a sentence, or even use something like Microsoft Word or Notepad++ to search texts for sentences that contain the word you wish to learn.

Advantages of this method:

  • Quickly learn the most common words in anime and Japanese.
  • Get contextual information to aid memorization.
  • Using Anki means you’re less likely to forget the words (Anki is an SRS).
  • Due to the 80/20 principle, this method is incredibly efficient for beginners of the language.

Disadvantages:

  • If you don’t have a large supply of interesting sentences then you may be limited to sentences that you have no interest in (making them harder to learn).
  • You are going to have to go out and search for sentences for each word (at the beginning this can be very hard and can take time).

 

The List of the 300 Most Common Words in Anime

KeywordHiraganaFrequency
็งใ‚ใŸใ—8364
ไฝ•ใชใซใƒปใชใ‚“5927
ไฟบใŠใ‚Œ4403
ๅƒ•ใผใ3862
ๅ›ใใฟ3572
ไบบใฒใจ3553
ใŠๅ‰ใŠใพใˆ3154
ไปŠใ„ใพ2560
ๅ‰ใพใˆใƒปใœใ‚“2213
่‡ชๅˆ†ใ˜ใถใ‚“2097
ๆฐ—ใ1816
ๅคงไธˆๅคซใ ใ„ใ˜ใ‚‡ใ†ใถ1699
ไบบ้–“ใซใ‚“ใ’ใ‚“1655
ๆ‰‹ใฆ1636
ๆœฌๅฝ“ใปใ‚“ใจใ†1589
ไปŠๆ—ฅใใ‚‡ใ†1508
ๆ–นใปใ†ใƒปใ‹ใŸ1490
ไธ–็•Œใ›ใ‹ใ„1462
ๅญใ“1368
ไธญใชใ‹1303
่ชฐใ ใ‚Œ1276
ๆ™‚ใจใ1273
ๆˆ‘ใ‚ใ‚Œ1236
ไธ€็ท’ใ„ใฃใ—ใ‚‡1204
่ฉฑใฏใชใ—1131
็›ฎใ‚1126
ไธ€ไบบใฒใจใ‚Š1102
ใƒคใƒ„ใ‚„ใค1050
ไบ‹ใ“ใจ977
ๅฟƒใ“ใ“ใ‚976
ๆ™‚้–“ใ˜ใ‹ใ‚“960
ๅŠ›ใกใ‹ใ‚‰938
ใƒใ‚ซใฐใ‹926
ไฝ“ใ‹ใ‚‰ใ 914
ใƒ€ใƒกใ ใ‚908
ๅๅ‰ใชใพใˆ906
่ฒดๆง˜ใใ•ใพ905
ๆ—ฅใฒ888
่€…ใ‚‚ใฎ867
็”ทใŠใจใ“829
ไธŠใ†ใˆ821
ๆœ€ๅพŒใ•ใ„ใ”774
ๅ…ˆใ•ใ743
ๅคœใ‚ˆใ‚‹739
ไบŒไบบใตใŸใ‚Š730
ๅฅณใŠใ‚“ใช724
ๆ˜Žๆ—ฅใ‚ใ—ใŸใƒปใ‚ใ™712
ๆฌกใคใŽ708
ๅ ดๆ‰€ใฐใ—ใ‚‡700
ๅฟ…่ฆใฒใคใ‚ˆใ†694
ๅˆฅในใค694
้–“ใ‚ใ„ใ ใƒปใพใƒปใ‹ใ‚“687
ๅฝผใ‹ใ‚Œ672
้ ‘ๅผตใ‚‹ใŒใ‚“ใฐใ‚‹645
ๅฟƒ้…ใ—ใ‚“ใฑใ„637
ๅพŒใ‚ใจใƒปใฎใกใƒปใ”633
ๆ•ตใฆใ599
ไป•ไบ‹ใ—ใ”ใจ595
ๅ…ˆ็”Ÿใ›ใ‚“ใ›ใ„594
็„ก็†ใ‚€ใ‚Š589
ๅ•้กŒใ‚‚ใ‚“ใ ใ„584
ๅฝผๅฅณใ‹ใฎใ˜ใ‚‡583
ๅ›ฝใใซ571
็‰ฉใ‚‚ใฎ571
ๆ„ๅ‘ณใ„ใฟ557
้–“้•ใ†ใพใกใŒใ†545
ๅ‘ฝใ„ใฎใก538
ใ‚ขใƒซใ‚ใ‚Œ537
ๅ‹้”ใจใ‚‚ใ ใก536
ๅฃฐใ“ใˆ534
ๅญฆๆ กใŒใฃใ“ใ†531
ๅคขใ‚†ใ‚525
ใŠ้ก˜ใ„ใŠใญใŒใ„523
ๅญ˜ๅœจใใ‚“ใ–ใ„521
ๅญไพ›ใ“ใฉใ‚‚512
็ตถๅฏพใœใฃใŸใ„509
็›ธๆ‰‹ใ‚ใ„ใฆ506
็Ž‹ใŠใ†504
ๅฎถใ„ใˆใƒปใ†ใก504
ๅ…ˆ่ผฉใ›ใ‚“ใฑใ„502
็ฅžใ‹ใฟ499
ๆฐ—ๆŒใกใใ‚‚ใก496
ๆ‚ช้ญ”ใ‚ใใพ492
ไป–ใปใ‹ใƒปใŸ484
ๅใชใƒปใ‚ใ„478
้ก”ใ‹ใŠ475
็ฌฌใ ใ„474
ๅทจไบบใใ‚‡ใ˜ใ‚“473
ไปŠๅบฆใ“ใ‚“ใฉ473
่จ€่‘‰ใ“ใจใฐ470
ไบ†่งฃใ‚Šใ‚‡ใ†ใ‹ใ„469
ๆœˆใคใ463
ๆญปใ—450
ๆ˜จๆ—ฅใใฎใ†447
้ŸณใŠใจ444
็Ÿณใ„ใ—440
ไปฒ้–“ใชใ‹ใพ437
้ญ”็ฅžใพใ˜ใ‚“436
ไปฅไธŠใ„ใ˜ใ‚‡ใ†429
้ƒจๅฑ‹ใธใ‚„424
ๅคงไฝใŸใ„ใ•420
ใƒ›ใƒณใƒˆใปใ‚“ใจ417
็ด„ๆŸใ‚„ใใใ414
ใ‚ฒใƒผใƒ ใ’ใƒผใ‚€412
ๆœชๆฅใฟใ‚‰ใ„406
ๅฎŸใ˜ใค402
ใŠๅ…„ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใŠใซใ„ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“392
ๆง˜ใ•ใพใƒปใ‚ˆใ†ใƒปใ–ใพ390
ๆ™ฎ้€šใตใคใ†388
ไธ‹ใ—ใŸ384
็ฉบใใ‚‰ใƒปใ‹ใ‚‰ใƒปใ†ใ‚ใƒปใใ†384
ไธ€ๅบฆใ„ใกใฉ383
่ณข่€…ใ‘ใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚ƒ382
ๆ‰€ใจใ“ใ‚ใƒปใจใ“377
ใƒ‘ใƒณใฑใ‚“376
้–ขไฟ‚ใ‹ใ‚“ใ‘ใ„375
ๆœ€ๅˆใ•ใ„ใ—ใ‚‡364
ใƒ‘ใƒ‘ใฑใฑ358
ใƒŽใƒผใƒˆใฎใƒผใจ357
ๅฏ่ƒฝๆ€งใ‹ใฎใ†ใ›ใ„356
ๅค–ใใจ352
้ ญใ‚ใŸใพใƒปใ‹ใ—ใ‚‰ใƒปใ“ใ†ใน348
ๆฌกๅ›žใ˜ใ‹ใ„345
ๅคงไบ‹ใ ใ„ใ˜337
ใƒžใ‚ธใพใ˜336
ๅนดใจใ—333
้›ป่ฉฑใงใ‚“ใ‚331
ๅ‹ๆ‰‹ใ‹ใฃใฆ327
ๅคงๅค‰ใŸใ„ใธใ‚“324
่ก€ใก323
ๅ…ƒใ‚‚ใจ322
็†็”ฑใ‚Šใ‚†ใ†321
ไบ‹ไปถใ˜ใ‘ใ‚“320
ๅคฑ็คผใ—ใคใ‚Œใ„318
่บซใฟ317
ๅงฟใ™ใŒใŸ315
่ถณใ‚ใ—310
้“ใฟใก309
ๅˆ†ใถใ‚“ใƒปใตใ‚“ใƒปใถ309
้‡ใฏใ‚Š306
็Šถๆณใ˜ใ‚‡ใ†ใใ‚‡ใ†305
่จ˜ๆ†ถใใŠใ302
ไปŠๅ›žใ“ใ‚“ใ‹ใ„302
็‡ใจใชใ‚Š302
ๅฑ้™บใใ‘ใ‚“301
ๅฅดใ‚„ใค301
ๆฐ—ไป˜ใใใฅใ296
้‚ช้ญ”ใ˜ใ‚ƒใพ296
็„กไบ‹ใถใ˜296
้‡Ž้ƒŽใ‚„ใ‚ใ†294
ไบบ้€ ไบบ้–“ใ˜ใ‚“ใžใ†ใซใ‚“ใ’ใ‚“290
่ƒฝๅŠ›ใฎใ†ใ‚Šใ‚‡ใ287
็ขบ่ชใ‹ใใซใ‚“286
่‰ฒใ„ใ‚284
ใƒžใƒžใพใพ282
ๅ‘ฝไปคใ‚ใ„ใ‚Œใ„282
็ฐกๅ˜ใ‹ใ‚“ใŸใ‚“281
ๅฎถๆ—ใ‹ใžใ279
่กŒๅ‹•ใ“ใ†ใฉใ†279
ใŠๅง‰ใกใ‚ƒใ‚“ใŠใญใˆใกใ‚ƒใ‚“278
ไธ€ไฝ“ใ„ใฃใŸใ„277
้Œฌ้‡‘่ก“ใ‚Œใ‚“ใใ‚“ใ˜ใ‚…ใค275
ใƒกใƒผใƒซใ‚ใƒผใ‚‹274
้ญ‚ใŸใพใ—ใ„274
ๆƒ…ๅ ฑใ˜ใ‚‡ใ†ใปใ†273
็”บใพใกใƒปใกใ‚‡ใ†273
ๅฃใใก272
ไฝฟๅพ’ใ—ใจ272
้€ฃ็ตกใ‚Œใ‚“ใ‚‰ใ267
ๅ…ƒๆฐ—ใ’ใ‚“ใ266
็พๅฎŸใ’ใ‚“ใ˜ใค266
็›ฎๆจ™ใ‚‚ใใฒใ‚‡ใ†264
ไฝœๆˆฆใ•ใใ›ใ‚“263
ไธ–ใ‚ˆใƒปใ›ใ„263
ๆฏๅญใ‚€ใ™ใ“262
ๅ”ๅŠ›ใใ‚‡ใ†ใ‚Šใ‚‡ใ260
ๅ…จ้ƒจใœใ‚“ใถ257
ไฝ•ๅบฆใชใ‚“ใฉ256
ๆ‰‹ไผใ†ใฆใคใ ใ†255
ๆ˜”ใ‚€ใ‹ใ—254
ๅคงๅˆ‡ใŸใ„ใ›ใค254
ๅ‰ฃใ‘ใ‚“ใƒปใคใ‚‹ใŽ252
ๅ ดๅˆใฐใ‚ใ„252
ๆ–นๆณ•ใปใ†ใปใ†251
็ทด็ฟ’ใ‚Œใ‚“ใ—ใ‚…ใ†250
ๆ”ปๆ’ƒใ“ใ†ใ’ใ243
็›ฎ็š„ใ‚‚ใใฆใ243
ๅ‡บไผšใ†ใงใ‚ใ†242
้ŽๅŽปใ‹ใ“241
ๅ…‰ใฒใ‹ใ‚Š241
ๆฎ‹ๅฟตใ–ใ‚“ใญใ‚“241
ใŠ็ˆถใ•ใ‚“ใŠใจใ†ใ•ใ‚“240
ใ‚ฏใƒฉใ‚นใใ‚‰ใ™240
ๅฎŒๅ…จใ‹ใ‚“ใœใ‚“240
้ง„็›ฎใ ใ‚240
ๅคงไบบใŠใจใช240
ใ‚ทใ‚นใƒ†ใƒ ใ—ใ™ใฆใ‚€237
ๅฎ‰ๅฟƒใ‚ใ‚“ใ—ใ‚“237
็„ก้ง„ใ‚€ใ 237
่ฆšๆ‚Ÿใ‹ใใ”236
่ญฆๅฏŸใ‘ใ„ใ•ใค235
็ง้”ใ‚ใŸใ—ใŸใก235
่ชฌๆ˜Žใ›ใคใ‚ใ„235
ๆœฌๆฐ—ใปใ‚“ใ235
้€ฃไธญใ‚Œใ‚“ใกใ‚…ใ†234
็ตๆžœใ‘ใฃใ‹233
็†่งฃใ‚Šใ‹ใ„233
ใƒ‰ใ‚ขใฉใ‚232
ๅŠใผใ†231
่ฝใกใ‚‹ใŠใกใ‚‹229
ไธปใŠใ‚‚ใƒปใฌใ—ใƒปใ‚ใ‚‹ใ˜ใƒปใ—ใ‚…228
ๅงซใฒใ‚228
้ข็™ฝใ„ใŠใ‚‚ใ—ใ‚ใ„228
ๅ…„ใ‚ใซ226
้‡‘ใใ‚“ใƒปใ‹ใญ225
ๅฆนใ„ใ‚‚ใ†ใจ224
้”ใŸใก222
ๆœฌ็‰ฉใปใ‚“ใ‚‚ใฎ222
็›ฎๆŒ‡ใ™ใ‚ใ–ใ™222
ๅฝขใ‹ใŸใก220
ไป•ๆ–นใ—ใ‹ใŸ220
ๅ‡บๆฅใ‚‹ใงใใ‚‹220
ๆ—ฅๆœฌใซใปใ‚“219
็ˆถใกใก218
ใŠๆฏใ•ใ‚“ใŠใ‹ใ‚ใ•ใ‚“213
้ขจใ‹ใœ211
้–‰ๅฃใธใ„ใ“ใ†211
ๆบ–ๅ‚™ใ˜ใ‚…ใ‚“ใณ210
่ปใใ‚“209
ๆญป็ฅžใ—ใซใŒใฟ209
ๆ„›ใ‚ใ„206
ๅฐ‘ไฝใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใ•206
ๅ‹‰ๅผทในใ‚“ใใ‚‡ใ†206
ใ‚ฌใ‚ญใŒใ205
ๅ…ฑใจใ‚‚205
ไบบ้กžใ˜ใ‚“ใ‚‹ใ„205
ๅธซๅŒ ใ—ใ—ใ‚‡ใ†203
ๅ˜˜ใ†ใ202
็”จๆ„ใ‚ˆใ†ใ„201
็ตๅฑ€ใ‘ใฃใใ‚‡ใ200
้ง„่“ๅญใ ใŒใ—200
ๆœฌ้ƒจใปใ‚“ใถ200
ๅธŒๆœ›ใใผใ†194
ๅฝ“็„ถใจใ†ใœใ‚“193
ๅˆคๆ–ญใฏใ‚“ใ ใ‚“193
่ˆˆๅ‘ณใใ‚‡ใ†ใฟ192
ๅคใชใค190
ๆ€ฅใใ‚…ใ†190
ๅคฑๆ•—ใ—ใฃใฑใ„190
ๅ‹่ฒ ใ—ใ‚‡ใ†ใถ190
ๅฝนใ‚„ใ190
ใ‚ณใƒ„ใ“ใค189
ๅ†—่ซ‡ใ˜ใ‚‡ใ†ใ ใ‚“189
ใŠๅ‰ใ‚‰ใŠใพใˆใ‚‰187
ใƒฌใƒ™ใƒซใ‚Œในใ‚‹187
ๆ„Ÿ่ฌใ‹ใ‚“ใ—ใ‚ƒ186
ๅ…„ๅผŸใใ‚‡ใ†ใ ใ„186
็ตๆง‹ใ‘ใฃใ“ใ†186
ๅœฐ็ƒใกใใ‚…ใ†186
็Šฏไบบใฏใ‚“ใซใ‚“186
ใƒใƒณใฐใ‚“185
ๅ ดใฐใƒปใ˜ใ‚‡ใ†184
ๅคงๅฅฝใใ ใ„ใ™ใ182
ๆตทใ†ใฟ181
ๅ‘ณๆ–นใฟใ‹ใŸ181
่ฟทๆƒ‘ใ‚ใ„ใ‚ใ181
ๅ‡บใ‚‹ใงใ‚‹180
ใŠๅ‰ใŸใกใŠใพใˆใŸใก179
็‚ŽใปใฎใŠ179
ๅ…„่ฒดใ‚ใซใ179
ๆฐดใฟใš179
ไป–ไบบใŸใซใ‚“179
็ ดๅฃŠใฏใ‹ใ„179
ๅ‘ณใ‚ใ˜179
็ฅžๆง˜ใ‹ใฟใ•ใพ178
ๆœ€่ฟ‘ใ•ใ„ใใ‚“177
็”Ÿๅพ’ใ›ใ„ใจ177
ๆญฆๅ™จใถใ177
ๅซŒใ„ใใ‚‰ใ„176
ๅˆฉ็”จใ‚Šใ‚ˆใ†176
่‹ฆๅŠดใใ‚ใ†175
็ง˜ๅฏ†ใฒใฟใค175
้ญ”ๅŠ›ใพใ‚Šใ‚‡ใ175
ใƒ‡ใƒผใ‚ฟใงใƒผใŸ174
็š†ใฟใชใƒปใฟใ‚“ใ‚174
็œŸๅฎŸใ—ใ‚“ใ˜ใค174
ๆฐธ้ ใˆใ„ใˆใ‚“173
่ก—็”บ173
่ท้›ขใใ‚‡ใ‚Š173
ใ‚ฏใ‚ฝใใ172
ใƒ†ใ‚นใƒˆใฆใ™ใจ172
็พๅœจใ’ใ‚“ใ–ใ„172
ๆœ€้ซ˜ใ•ใ„ใ“ใ†172
่…•ใ†ใง171
ๅๅˆ†ใ˜ใ‚…ใ†ใถใ‚“170
ๅ‚ทใใš170
ใƒ‘ใ‚คใƒญใƒƒใƒˆใฑใ„ใ‚ใฃใจ169
ๆ™‚ไปฃใ˜ใ ใ„169
ๆ‰‰ใจใณใ‚‰169
ใ‚ฑใƒณใ‚ซใ‘ใ‚“ใ‹168
 
In case you are wondering, the anime that were used to make this list are:
  • K-ON!
  • K-ON!!
  • Aldnoah Zero
  • Charlotte
  • Fate Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works
  • Fate Zero
  • Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai
  • Gochuumon wa Usagi Desu ka
  • Himouto! Umaru-chan
  • K
  • Kiseijuu – Sei no Kakuritsu
  • Magi
  • Noragami
  • Project K – Missing Kings
  • Psycho-Pass
  • Psycho-Pass 2
  • Psycho-Pass The Movie
  • Shingeki no Kyojin
  • Sword Art Online
  • Sword Art Online II
  • Zankyou no Terror
  • Clannad
  • Clannad After Story
  • Death Note
  • Death Note Rewrite 1 Visions of a God
  • Death Note Rewrite 2 L’s Successors
  • Ore Monogatari!!
  • Accel World
  • Ao no Exorcist
  • Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai S1
  • Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai S2
  • Dagashi Kashi
  • Full Metal Panic!
  • Full Metal Panic Fumoffu
  • Full Metal Panic The Second Raid
  • Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion
  • Steins Gate

I hope the vocabulary list is useful. Comment below if you have any questions ๐Ÿ™‚

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By Matthew Hawkins
2017/11/27
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