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Official KanjiDamage deck

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This is the ultimate deck to learn Kanji with the KanjiDamage method. This deck contains all the data you can find on the website: mnemonics, jukugo, look alikes, images and so on. And with an added bonus: stroke order diagrams. This deck follows the original order from KanjiDamage. This means that the order you learn the kanji in is not based on their frequency. This is part of the philosophy of KanjiDamage (see http://www.kanjidamage.com/introduction "ARRANGING THE KANJI IN A RAD WAY"). The downside is that you learn some rather uncommon kanji early on, while some very common kanji are introduced very late. If you'd like to learn based on kanji frequency instead, check out my other deck: https://ankiweb.net/shared/info/1917095458 The deck is customizable. You can easily remove things you don't care about (like stroke order), or change what's shown on the cards (see "how to" section below). By default, there are two types of cards: - Reading cards show the kanji, and a jukugo (in kanji). I personally consider I got it right if I can remember the meaning, and either a kun reading or the reading of the jukugo. - Writing cards show the meaning, and additional help: the onyomi, a kunyomi and a jukugo (in kana). I use the extra info to help me know which kanji we're talking about. How to Remove writing cards: from the Tools menu, choose "Manage Note Types...". Select KanjiDamage in the list, and click the "Cards.." button. There should be two tabs at the top: "Read" and "Write". Click on the x next to "Write". Remove stroke order diagrams: from the Tools menu, choose "Manage Note Types...". Select KanjiDamage in the list, and click the "Fields.." button. Select "Stroke order" from the list, and click the "Delete" button. Optional: to delete the stroke order images from your computer, select "Check Media..." from the Tools menu. It should list a bunch of files with names like "e382aa.png". Click the "Delete Unused" button. Revision history - August 9 2015: update deck with latest data from the website. Rename deck to "official". - Jan 22 2015: fix small issues in the data, added reading cards - Nov 22 2014: initial upload All the data comes directly from kanjidamage.com. Stroke order data comes from the KanjiVG project http://kanjivg.tagaini.net/ (CC Attribution-Share Alike) with help from Kanji Colorize https://github.com/cayennes/kanji-colorize (Affero GPL). The deck also comes with the Noto Sans Japanese font (Apache License 2.0), to make sure the characters show correctly on Android.

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Cards are customizable! When this deck is imported into the desktop program, cards will appear as the deck author has made them. If you'd like to customize what appears on the front and back of a card, you can do so by clicking the Edit button, and then clicking the Cards button.
Number 596
Meaning shining
Stroke order
Components (pi) + (t.c.f.b.b.y.e.s.i.y.l.)
Onyomi KOU
Mnemonic COCAINE is shiny white powder.4 and 20 baby birds inside of a shining pie.
Usefulness ★★★★☆
First kunyomi ( が ) ひか*る
First kunyomi meaning to shine
First kunyomi usefulness ★★★★☆
First jukugo 観光客[かんこうきゃく]
First jukugo meaning tourist
First jukugo usefulness ★★★☆☆
Full header 光 shining (pi) + (t.c.f.b.b.y.e.s.i.y.l.) ★★★★☆ 6 strokes ILL PAIRPN
Full onyomi KOU COCAINE is shiny white powder.
Full mnemonic 4 and 20 baby birds inside of a shining pie.
Full kunyomi ( が ) ひか*る to shine ★★★★☆ ひか*り (noun) a shining light ★★★★☆
Full jukugo 観光客(かんこうきゃく) tourist ★★★☆☆ 観 (point of view) + 光 (shining) + 客 (customer) = 観光客 (tourist) 光景(こうけい) a spectacle ★☆☆☆☆ 光 (shining) + 景 (scene) = 光景 (a spectacle) 光栄(こうえい) it's an honor! ★☆☆☆☆ F 光 (shining) + 栄 (glory) = 光栄 (it's an honor!) honor : usually used by lower person to higher person. "It's an honor to meet you, sir!" "I'm honored to have a chance to work with you, ma'am."
Full lookalikes
Full used In
Frequency ranking 328
Number 775
Meaning trip
Stroke order
Components 方 (direction / method / person) + (rifle) + (hitchhiker)
Onyomi RYO
Mnemonic We're all sleeping in the same van this trip, so you gotta Regulate Your Odor.When we go on a trip in that direction, we bring a rifle to shoot hitchhikers.
Usefulness ★★★★☆
First kunyomi たび
First kunyomi meaning a trip
First kunyomi usefulness ★★☆☆☆
First jukugo へ or  に旅行[りょこう]する
First jukugo meaning vacation
First jukugo usefulness ★★★★★
Full header 旅 trip 方 (direction / method / person) + (rifle) + (hitchhiker) ★★★★☆ 10 strokes
Full onyomi RYO We're all sleeping in the same van this trip, so you gotta Regulate Your Odor.
Full mnemonic When we go on a trip in that direction, we bring a rifle to shoot hitchhikers.
Full kunyomi たび a trip ★★☆☆☆
Full jukugo へ or  に 旅行(りょこう) する vacation ★★★★★ 旅 (trip) + 行 (go) = 旅行 (vacation) a vacation, or just travel in general. 旅館(りょかん) inn ★★☆☆☆ 旅 (trip) + 館 (big hall) = 旅館 (inn) a traditional Japanese inn that costs like 300 bones a night.
Full lookalikes
Full used In
Frequency ranking 691
Number 1326
Meaning drum
Stroke order
Components 士 (samurai radical) + 豆 (bean) + 支 (support)
Onyomi KO
Mnemonic I play drums on the KODOMO'S (子供)headThe samurai played drums on a big bean, to support his band.
Usefulness ★★☆☆☆
First kunyomi
First kunyomi meaning
First kunyomi usefulness
First jukugo 太鼓[たいこ]
First jukugo meaning Japanese drums
First jukugo usefulness ★☆☆☆☆
Full header 鼓 drum 士 (samurai radical) + 豆 (bean) + 支 (support) ★★☆☆☆ 13 strokes BETA
Full onyomi KO I play drums on the KODOMO'S (子供)head
Full mnemonic The samurai played drums on a big bean, to support his band.
Full kunyomi
Full jukugo 太鼓(たいこ) Japanese drums ★☆☆☆☆ 太 (fat) + 鼓 (drum) = 太鼓 (Japanese drums) traditional Japanese drums - the kind that can be up to 15 feet wide. (BOOBOO: Rock and roll drums are just called ドラム.) 鼓動(こどう) heartbeat ☆☆☆☆☆ 鼓 (drum) + 動 (movement) = 鼓動 (heartbeat ) heartbeat (although most people just say ドキドキ, the sound of a beating heart)
Full lookalikes
Full used In
Frequency ranking 1551

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on 1542637462
I gave a try to all the method to learn kanjis but this is by far the the best ressource to learn kanjis.
I can't recommend it enough !

I've "created" a Kanji Damage extension for Google Chrome for those who are heavy user of KanjiDamage.
The extension allows you to "Search KANJIDAMAGE fo X" in a new tab when you select and do a right click on a kanji in a piece of text.

For more info and to download the extension i have a created a post on KanjiDamage Forum :
on 1541211253
Hell yeah
on 1540847522
This is really helpful and complete. Thanks for the hard work.
on 1538916499
Well researched, very effective way of learning kanji.
on 1538635986
on 1538531129
Very useful deck. I think you just need to tweak some of the stories to suit yourself. My advice to anyone is make a story that you can really VISUALIZE. You need some kind of strong trigger to the story too. If your story and trigger are weak, you'll end up forgetting them, and mixing them up with other kanji. Good luck!
on 1537254404
The best and quickest resource currently available to study Kanji. Reasons:

1. Better than the traditional method of writing and learning kanjis because it uses mnemonics. Anyone who's tried both would know how mnemonics makes learning Kanji a whole lot faster.

2. Better than RTK. The RTK book uses old and boring keywords for the kanji meanings. The keywords here has an added element of humor making it easier to remember. Also, RTK book requires you to create your own mnemonics after a certain point. Although, if you do have the time, I concur that creating your own mnemonics makes the Kanji stay in your memory the strongest. However, with over 2000 Jouyou Kanji, creating your own mnemonics can be a real pain if you're feeling lazy or running short on time. Instead, you can modify the mnemonics here to suit your style of memory retention. This is a good compromise between creating your own mnemonics and using pre-made ones.

3. KanjiKoohi definitely has a good community curated collection of mnemonics for RTK. And these aren't really boring or old. However, KanjiDamage gives you mnemonics to remember Onyomi as well. This is just awesome. This is one of the understated advantages of KanjiDamage and makes it trump any other resource available.

4. WaniKani is quite good as well. But you cannot pace yourself according to your needs there. I've heard it could take up to 2 years to complete it. I don't want to wait so long. KanjiDamage in Anki lets me pace myself according to my available time for learning.

So in essence, this is the BEST resource for studying kanji.

Some people can find the mnemonics here somewhat offensive. That's there. But this deck gets the job done in making you remember the meaning, onyomi and kunyomi of Kanji better and faster than any other resource available. So if you can bear the little offensiveness, you're all set to crack the Kanji juggernaut. Pros outweigh the cons by a huge margin.

Also, the reordered KanjiDamage deck makes you see results even faster since you learn the more frequently used Kanji first.

PS: I have done over 300 Kanji using the deck and planning to finish it fully. :)
on 1535059541
Good deck, I like the learning order and I like the explanations of nuance. Thumbs down because many onyomi which are used very, very frequently are labeled “you don’t need this” (you do need to know that 寝 is read 寝, actually), and it makes me suspicious of whether the “useless” joyo kanji he omitted actually are useless.
on 1534573170
I used this deck to learn kanjis, and it worked! It's the only one that I could complete from start to finish, the other kanji decks to remember them were too boring for me, because a lot of kanjis in other decks are just not used or doesn't not explain his real use. In this deck I could learn the uses of these kanjis, which ones are actually used, good mnemonics (you can produce yourself the ones you want too of course), and it's funny to use too. I Really appreciate this deck a lot <3.
on 1533978361
you cannot follow the instructions to delete the "write" cards (english first) in the android app. You must first follow the instructions on the desktop, then EXPORT your modified deck on the desktop , then IMPORT it in the android app.

Created account just to say THANK YOU to the author of the deck for the work you put in, this is absolutely perfect. And thanks to creators of Anki, Ankidroid, and the guy who devised the Kanji Damage method. Learning japanese would be impossible without you guys. I love you!
on 1533604147
Me parece bueno, no lo he utilizado pero me hago una idea por su contenido mostrado.
on 1532628621
Best deck
on 1531986459
KanjiDamage's method of teaching kanji makes sense, but this deck is by and large useless, thanks to one EXTREMELY large flaw - the cards are shown backwards, so instead of showing the kanji on the "question" side and all the factual information on the other, it's, well, backwards. Deleting the Write cards doesn't help much, because now all the cards are outta order!

Thanks for the attempt, but it's just no good.

Alright, so literally 5 minutes after posting this I resolved my issue. After deleting the Write cards as per the instructions, I had to re-order the cards.
Hit Tools > Fields, select Number and click "Sort by this field in the browser", close the Tools window, click "Browse", select "Whole" in the left menu, select all (Ctrl-A or Edit > Select All), then Edit > Reposition, hit OK and you should be good to go! Instead of starting from Woman, it starts from One, as it rightfully should.

I'm still at a loss as to why the author decided showing English first was a good idea, but at least now you can fix what they fucked up!

Ok and a lot of information's just straight up missing, mainly mnemonics but also some jukugo for select words. Wack.
on 1517097600
Gret wey to lern japonese for the begenner!
on 1516665600
Awesome resource.
Mnemonics are done in a perfect way that you'll never forget them.

Would have prefered to see the kanji first before the English meaning though. It's possible to edit it that way yourself, but I think it's valid criticism.
on 1515196800
Tags are super helpful and getting quized on kanji to english and kanji it its KUN and ON reading makes it much easier to memorise them.
on 1490659200
Extremely comprehensive

I am always annoyed that other kanji decks don't contain enough information for me. This deck covers frequency of use (both for the kanji and jukugo) and labels all irregular uses. It has the stroke order in a nice colorful graphic as well. The mnemonics are humorous, in a very immature and inappropriate way. Think what a 13-year-old boy would find funny. They might not be to your taste (they're not really mine) but you won't forget them, which is kind of the point.
on 1463961600
Good deck, except for one big downside: the onyomi readings are in romaji.
on 1459814400
great list, but..

It shows the English meaning first which seems backwards unless your Japanese.
It should show the kanji and have you try to remember the English meaning and Japanese onyomi / kunyomi meanings.
I should be quizzed on the kanji not the English. is what I'm getting at.
now i have to edit the card format to even use it.
Its like seeing the answer to a math question and being expected guess the question itself. answer is is 6 is the answer 4+2 or 3+3 or 5+1? 3x2? 12/2?
just doesn't seem right...
on 1453075200
Fails to maintain its own hierarchy...

The instructions above inform you to delete the "write" section if you do not need it.

But when I did that, it mixed the order of the cards, so the deck is no longer in the right order. I assume it detected some overlap with cards with the same title I had done in the past, even tho I had not done this deck in particular.

I had to start a clean profile to get the order to work, and even then it started on "woman" for some reason. Whatever. I will edit this review after about 20 hours of use.
on 1444867200
Simply Amazing

I'm actually making progress using this deck. Makes being able to read and write kanji more palpable each day. Thank you for this.
on 1439251200
Most Helpful Kanji Resource I've Ever Used!

The i+1 format of Kanji Damage has changed my entire view of kanji and learning kanji. Now, even when I come across unknown kanji in my immersion, I'm able to look at them as several separate units combined rather than a bunch of lines, which is how my Japanese class tried to teach them as...

Honestly, I've loved this deck from the start. The diagrams for writing are a major plus. Read/Write cards are slowing my progress a bit, as I'm working through both cards, but they help cement the kanji in my memory better than just Read cards would and I'm grateful for that.

I'm doing a quick "Kanji + Keyword" study, but the additional information is really useful and I'll read it on the first view of the card. Sometimes it's this information that will help make the card "click" if I have trouble remembering, though I don't mark myself wrong for not knowing it.

The pre-made mnemonics were most helpful when I first started up, as they removed the resistance towards the 'hard work' of making my own like with Heisig (RTK). When I don't like a mnemonic, I simply make my own. But for when I'm too tired or lazy to make my own, I can still keep my progress steady. (And honestly, some of the mnemonics are pretty amusing.)

I wouldn't let the "poor humour" of some of the cards prevent you from using KD. Simply hide the field and make your own mnemonics, because the gradual buildup of components will make kanji a breeze.

If you want to learn all the kanji like is recommended with RTK or AJATT, I'd definitely recommend trying out this deck. Learning kanji is FINALLY FUN.

To the creators of KD and this deck: THANK YOU!!
on 1437868800
Best Kanji Deck

If you're a power-user like me, you'll come to appreciate the beauty of dividing information into fields.
And regarding his mnemonics and explanations, if you don't like them, you could use your own or you could transfer RTK's mnemonics through a deck merge based on the Kanji, it's quite easy.
on 1434585600
~Ultimately~ unhelpful KD deck

KanjiDamage is a nice resource, but the "descriptions" and "explanations" for remembering characters are obnoxious to say the least and aren't helpful at all.
on 1426636800

This deck has good features however I found the humour distasteful which put me off the deck entirely.
on 1417737600
Best kanjidamage deck around

This deck is great, it has everything you need to start working your way through Kanjidamage.

The stroke order is a very nice add to the Kanjidamage method, if you want to learn how to properly write it too.