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Fuck a Mavis Beacon, dawg! Reader Rabbit can suck my grandma’s rubbery ass elbow, g! This is how you interactively learn through video games and ever since I took a whole year of Japanese and forgot the whole shit, I’ve been looking for a way to get back into it. This is Hiragana Pixel Party.

It’s a tool for learning the basics of two of Japan’s alphabets, yeah, but it comes in the form of a chiptune rhythm-action game, where you need to tap the screen in time with the music (and a little girl running on the screen) while matching the letters presented to you.

Note that it’s not a language-learning tool: it’s just teaching you the hiragana and katakana alphabets. Still, that’s where you need to start when learning Japanese, so starting with chiptunes and a video game is better than starting with a book.

Actually, this look pretty dull. But I’ll still give it a try so I can get my Japanese on and forever again.

[via kotaku]