Naturally, I didn't learn any of this without some help from various sources. Credit goes to the following, in no particular order:
- For teaching my Japanese 105, 106, and 200 classes and answering my frequent random questions: 井上千佳 (Chika Inoue)
- For assistant teaching the 105 and 106 classes and also answering some random questions: Chika Shiraga (I don't know the kanji, すみません…)
- For teaching the 107 course I took over the summer of 2003 in Japan: Miyashita-sensei (sorry, but I don't know kanji or given name...)
- The textbook that the above courses were been based on: 初級日本語［げんき］: An Integrated Course in Elementary Japanese: Genki, by 永理坂野 (Eri Banno), 大野裕 (Yutaka Ohno), 坂根庸子 (Yoko Sakane), and 品川恭子 (Chikako Shinagawa) and published by The Japan Times.
- My language partner over the same summer study abroad, 岡本由美 (Yumi Okamoto), and all the other Japanese people who helped us learn, and of course enjoy the visit.
- For teaching my Japanese 355 and 305 classes (in that order, because of how the university manages them) and answering more random questions: Mark Miller
- The textbook those two courses were based one: An Integrated Approach to Intermediate Japanese: 中級の日本語, by Akira Miura and Naomi Hanaoka McGloin.
- And I know I had more courses, but I'm too lazy to look them up right now. Yeah, I know, say whatever you want. I think I hadn't taken them yet as of the last time I updated this page, so that doesn't help.
- For creating JWPce, the Japanese word processor that I used to create this portion of the site: glenn rosenthal [sic]. Some updates to the program would be nice, though.
- For assembling various electronic Japanese dictionary databases, including an online version and several of the dictionaries JWPce commonly uses: Jim Breen
- For creating らんま1/2 (Ranma1/2), 犬夜叉 (Inuyasha), and several other series, even though I'm sure I don't notice a lot of her (brilliant, from what I can make out) wordplay: 高橋留美子 (Rumiko Takahashi)
- For creating the powerful open source image editor that I use for practically everything relating to images including nearly every image on the site: Everyone involved in the writing and development of The GIMP. Possibly my single favorite program.
- For creating the games Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy 4, 5, and 6, and Secret of Mana (Japanese name: 聖剣伝説２ = Seiken Densetsu 2 = Holy Sword Legend 2), all of which I like well enough and am familiar enough with to play through in Japanese: Squaresoft (now Square Enix).
- Similarly, for creating the game エストポリス伝記 (a.k.a. Lufia 2: Rise of the Sinistrals): Neverland (developer) and Taito (publisher)
- And anyone else involved in any other games not listed above, and songs too. Can't forget those.
- For assorted grammar notes: JGram.
- For miscellaneous information: Wikipedia, in both English and Japanese flavors.
- For more miscellaneous information: Occasional miscellaneous Internet sources that I find through specific searches and can't remember the sites of. Does crediting Google work? Erm.
- goo dictionary. What better source for information on Japanese terms than a Japanese dictionary intended for native use?
And webcomics, just because:
I've picked up a few words and phrases from MegaTokyo, plus it's a good read, especially if you're also into video games. There are also occasional cultural insights, though there are just as many parodies of stereotypes. It helps if you can read "L337"... for some reason, I find "B4K4" highly amusing (and besides, you can't argue with Piroko). And like everyone else, I wonder what's really up with Miho...
Not really a credit, but the webcomic El Goonish Shive has numerous references to anime and Japanese (all phonetically romanized, but... Pointy Fork Attack! The corresponding kanji/kana would be 尖っているフォーク攻撃), as well as lots of gender and species transformations, so it's related. And Grace (sample strip) is a very amusing yet very deep character. To give an idea of how weird things can get, one storyline focuses on the attraction of Nanase (a badass Japanese girl with skill in Anime-style martial arts and some sort of magic) to Ellen (the female bisexual duplicate of Nanase's ex-boyfriend Elliot, to whom she felt no physical attraction), while at the same time (in the previous storyline), Elliot (also an Anime-style martial arts expert), his girlfriend Sarah (probably the most normal character), Tedd (he has purple hair, a transformation fetish and the technology to experiment with it, and looks a lot like a girl), and Tedd's girlfriend Grace (cheerful, energetic, and capable of assuming several different forms at will) were all at the movies, but Tedd and Grace had secretly switched forms. And that's not even starting on everyone's convoluted pasts and things like the evil(?) Tedd in another dimension...
Another non-credit: The webcomic The Wotch also contains multiple anime/manga references, and it's just as amusing. Where else can you find someone like Anne, the Wotch (like a witch, but not exactly) who specializes in transformation magic and particularly likes to ka-girl guys? There's also James and Irene, who keep getting body-swapped, a science teacher who was magicked into the body and mind of an excitable female Japanese foreign exchange student by Anne's personified Anger and Cheerfulness (respectively), and the obligatory werewolf. Not to mention Jason, who keeps getting girl-ified every time anything strange happens, which is so often he's bought female clothing, and even goes on a date as "Sonja" just to go watch a movie no one else wants to see. And I love how Anne plays video games.
To pick a sample storyline, the Myths and Legends arc has Robin, Anne's friend-but-wants-to-be-more-than-a-friend, trying to do magic himself and accidentally loosing a magical virus on the town. Everyone in town (except a few who are, or seem to be, unaffected for special reasons) becomes some sort of mythical creature, starting with Anne turning into a pixie, Robin into a centaur, and Jason into a redheaded female (of course) satyr. To make things worse, those affected are increasingly subject to the instincts of that creature, which is particularly awkward for Jason. And as if that weren't bad enough, Anne can't do any magic as a pixie except to summon rainstorms...