Saya no Uta and Steins;Gate are much easier novels (S;G is pretty beginner friendly I hear). The examples provided were the hardest VNs I have encountered.
Interesting read, I'll bookmark and read later...
I thought steins;gate was supposed to be difficult with its science terms and stuff. Never tried saya no uta, its on my top 5 list of "I wanna play but damn moonrunes". Not going to touch a fan translation....
Bookmarked! I'll try it tonight
I'm reading 2 vol. of Kino no tabi right now. My recognition of kanji is quite good, but i saw lot of new kanji. I checked some of them in 常用 list and part of them are here and part of them aren't. What do you guys think about adding word's with non-jouyou kanji to my deck? Are they really in use or it's just author's fantasy and cruelty to make me check and drill everyone?
And about site... I'm quite against learning kanji without context. Why should I learn 10 meanings of kanji when i can catch the meaning while learning words? It's like learning each word of sentence to catch whole grammar (argggh i hate this 100-meanings-words).
Site is quite good but lack of vnovels list hurts, work on it (especially, make a list of interesting and simple ones).
Edited: 2011-09-03, 11:23 pm
Non-Jouyou kanji are still commonly used by authors for a variety of reasons. I'd go ahead and add them. If you don't already know all the jouyou kanji to some extent, then perhaps just note the words down somewhere and add them to your deck later after completing the Jouyou kanji.
Even after the recent expansion, there are still many non-jouyou non-jinmeiyou kanji that appear frequently in writing.
Like the pretty one in your avatar? -.-
That one is a bit less common.
Not at all. I know (recognize/read) somewhere in the range of 5000.
I'm aiming on getting kanken1 eventually (~6000 characters /w reading and compounds), but not in the near future. Maybe kanken 1.5 within the next couple years when I feel like studying Japanese again.
I guesstimated based on the last time I used Anki at home. There is some plugin that will count the kanji in your deck. I definitely have everything needed for kanken1.5, though of course not everything for kk1.
It's not that I'm reading stuff that has all those kanji in it.. I learn all vocab with full kanji no matter if they're commonly used or not so I ended up with a lot. On a whim I also learned all the kyuujitai for the jouyou kanji. I do occasionally read classical Japanese so it's not a total waste of time though.
I only run into a kanji I don't know once every few months though, which is both good and bad (boring?). I've recently started up Chinese study again (though very casually) so I can get my fill again.
Edited: 2011-09-04, 8:15 am
It's a good thing I found this thread because I was just about to make another one like this. Anyway one of my major motivations for learning Japanese was wanting to read VNs, so I have also tried to incorporate them into my studying. I first did the core 2 and 6k before I even touched a VN though. Right now I'm pretty much doing what you describe, adding unknown words to anki. It feels rather hit and miss, parts with familiar vocab I can read just fine if not I find myself getting easily frustrated. So now I'm wondering if I should just pour more time into the SrS because it seems more efficient, or if I should just switch to sentences completely.