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WaniKani is a Kanji learning website. Using a spaced repetition system and some wacky mnemonics, it aims to teach 1700 Kanji in as little as a few years. It also supports an API.


This Web site contains examples of:

  • Animorphism: You're becoming a narwhal.
  • Arc Villain: Charlie Sheen appears in many kanji descriptions as a strange villain of this sort.
  • Bad Santa-san: You'd better start studying!
  • Bestiality Is Depraved: Stop looking at those horse butts, the farmer will get upset.
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  • Buffy Speak: As a Japanese language learning site, this was inevitable (the language itself is listed under the trope's Real Life examples).
  • Crapsaccharine World: Sure! Bamboo heaven seems like a nice place...
  • Disproportionate Retribution: A great leader borrowed something of yours and didn't return it? Lock him in a shack and torture him.
  • Earn Your Title: Sect Titles. Members start in 'Sect Guppies', move onto 'Sect Turtles' with a subscription, and can be awarded (or punished) with an alternative sect name by the admin (usually relating somewhat to the member's achievements or forum presence).
  • Extreme Omnisexual: Maybe if you spent less time looking at animal and plant butts, your son wouldn't be a moose!
  • Freemium: The first two levels are free to use, content up to level 50 requires a subscription.
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  • Horny Vikings: The viking helmet has horns "at least according to television".
  • I Am Not Your Father: Koichi is!
  • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: Many mnemonics are intentionally absurd.
  • Mascot: The eponymous Crabigator.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: 'Wani' and 'kani' are Japanese for 'alligator' and 'crab' respectively.
  • Self-Insert Fic: Any Kanji with the reading 'こう' is bound to involve Koichi, one of the site's creators.
  • Shoddy Knockoff Product: Why aren't you playing with your new Atara?
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