About

Kanjilicious is a mobile flash card app built to optimize the study of written Japanese through a combination of proven memorization techniques and gamification. We game your Japanese so you can study less and learn more.

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Flash Cards from the Future

These are not your sempai’s index cards

Five Dimensions of Data

Animated Stroke Order, Tracing Screens, Audio Cues, Dictionary References and all the Readings. 

Gesture Controls

Touch and Swipe-based navigation, beautiful colors, custom backgrounds, meaningful animations, and lots of original music.

Gamification

Play one-on-one against friends, classmates, and rivals in real time. Post your scores to leaderboards and brag about it endlessly.

 

The Science of Memorization

The best of Leitner, Pimsleur, Ebbinghaus and Wozniak

Spaced Repetition

Surf the Learning Curve. Grind the Forgetting Curve. Kanjilicious will time your exposure to what you’re learning for optimal memorization. 

Practice Testing

Don’t just think you know, know you know. Put your memory to the test.  

Progress Tracking

Get into a flow. Optimize your memorization so you’re always challenged, but never overwhelmed. 

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Kickstarter

We've been funded on Kickstarter campaign! Please subscribe to our mailing list for more information and project updates. Stay tuned!

Backers

Thank you to all our 552 backers who made this project possible:

Alan Yu, Neil Young, julina tatlock, Matthew Wheeler, Justin McDaniel, Leyla Seka, Johnny Crivello, Joachim Steinberg, Lisa Sai Parilla, Josh Mooney, Joy Ray, Courtney, Laura, BeSmartee, Galadrielle Allman, Glen Sheehan, Dar Alcott, Kristen Myers, EddieN, Leon Brown, Mari Ward Fujii, Matt Passey, Marylou berg, Melissa Seka, Desirée Maria Karlsson, Coyotekin, Maya Sellon, Mohammed Taher, Becky Lichtenstein, jef, Peter Maller, Daniel Temple, Kari Nishimura, Robert N., tis1971, Kara Godshalk, Med Champ, Gregory Auld, Alison Springer, Justin White, Sean Williams, Minako Kamimura, Kaitlyn Trigger, Brian Waters, Amy V. 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Campaign Summary

Kanjilicious ran a Kickstarter Campaign from June 19, 20014 to July 20, 2014.

 

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561

Backers 

Testimonials

Comments from our Backers on Kickstarter.

I’m glad to contribute. I heard about your project on Reddit (
http://redd.it/28qn0t) it looks like you’ve visited the thread to say hello
already! I’m very optimistic for your app, My wife and I are both learning
Japanese and we know a lot of other people who are learning too!

~ David M.

I’m taking Japanese courses at college and rewriting kanji over and over again on a piece of paper is always the struggle so this app sounded amazing!

~ Miki R.

Thank you for starting this project! I have been way too lazy to learn Japanese, I had taken classes and my partner is Japanese yet I still don’t really practice. I’ve been waiting for Duolingo to add Japanese lessons because I think the gamification aspect of it will help a lot.

~ Jason N.

This is such an awesome idea Saren. I took Japanese for four years in college and I’m embarrassed to say I’ve basically forgotten almost all my kanji, so I’ll be using this app too. :)

~ Jane

 

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Features

Kanjilicious is just getting started, but we've got big plans. Here are a list of roadmap features that we're working on right now. We have a ton of other ideas waiting for future versions. Stay tuned for many more releases in the future.

 

 

Textbook Sets

Study your favorite textbook characters from within the game.

Friends

Add your friends to follow their progress and challenge them to a duel.

Compete to Win

Earn trophies when you defeat your rivals.

Level Up

Purchase new levels when you advance or graduate.

Store Your Scores

Game Center Integration.

Headphones

Choose your soundtrack for better focus.

International

Challenge Native Speakers for an added challenge.

Time Trials

Track your speed through sets and optimize your learning.

Catch Fire

Track consecutive correct answers and go en fuego. 

Team

Kanjilicious is a distributed team of life-long Japanese learners, iOS fanatics, and pan-Asian digital marketers.

Saren Sakurai

Saren Sakurai

Founder/Creator

Saren is the founder and creator of Kanjilicious.

Genji-kun

Genji-kun

BETA Tester

Genji is our first use-case, BETA tester, and default illustrator.

Andy Bang

Andy Bang

Videography

Andy is a contributing Art Director and Videographer, helping with multiple aspects of the Kanjilicious project.

Super Toy Box

Super Toy Box

Digital Studio

Super* is our go to studio for UX, design and iOS development. Check out their crossfit project at KilterApp.com.

Saren Sakurai

Saren Sakurai

Founder/Creator

Saren is the founder and creator of Kanjilicious.

Genji-kun

Genji-kun

BETA Tester

Genji is our first use-case, BETA tester, and default illustrator.

Andy Bang

Andy Bang

Videography

Andy is a contributing Art Director and Videographer, helping with multiple aspects of the Kanjilicious project.

Super Toy Box

Super Toy Box

Digital Studio

Super* is our go to studio for UX, design and iOS development. Check out their crossfit project at KilterApp.com.

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We Really Want to Know What You Think.

We are a small collection of brainstormers, tinkerers, and pan-Asian deep thinkers based in Orange County, CA. We are mainly working late at night while all the kids are asleep. Please send us your thoughts, your hopes, your dreams. We want to make the best Japanese app in the history of the world, but we want your help. We can't do it without you. Tell us what you think? Let us know. We'll talk.