Cosplay Is A Motivator To Learn English, Right?

By Spencer . June 9, 2013 . 10:30am

nanam Media5 (no relation to Level-5) is the go to company for English training software for DS, 3DS, PSP, and Vita. Most of their titles are straight up English work books, but the Nanami series is… unique.


The Nanami games take place in a dystopia because people got lazy and Japan is now full of unemployed loafers. The final hope for this world are androids built to train people and save the country. Nanami is one of those Androids and she teaches English.


Anyways, Nanami is coming to the Nintendo 3DS with Let’s Learn with Nanami! English Improvement Tips. These games drop the dark storyline, but reward players progressing in their English studies with costumes.


Seriously! Players unlock things like swimsuits and dresses for Nanami in English Improvement Tips.


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Let’s Learn with Nanami! English Improvement Tips comes out on August 22 in Japan.

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  • I was born in the U.S. so I already know how to speak English, but for some reason I want to play this. Dat plot lol =P

    • Testsubject909

      I know! A dystopian future caused by laziness! AWESOME!

  • Anonymous

    LOL, The game sounds interesting, And… Looks interesting, Somewhat
    But it is an English teaching game… Which all of us who enters Siliconera knows

    • P 627

      hwat iz engrish? prease exprain?

  • Cruxis

    There’s no better incentive to learn than dressing up cute girls.

  • Altoire

    Can we have this kind of game to help us learn japanese? ._.

    • FitzpatrickPhillips

      There are plenty. Just study on your own via textbooks and use some fanservice games to study further.

      • $7573679

        Would be an even greater motivator to get it directly.

      • Testsubject909

        Hentai Doujin Visual Novels!

        Imported indie video games.

  • Just Tim

    I’m grateful for once Nanami isn’t learning English via Full Metal Jacket. :P

  • Keima88

    I am not sure but I have read somewhere that the seiyu that voiced Nanami is supposed to be Kana Hanazawa. Anyone that can check this if its true?

    Edit : Yup its true. I recognise her lovely voice. Found a video here.

    Rofl @ 2.03 that face xD.!

  • “How to Pick Up Nerdy White Chicks: An Asiatic Gentleman’s Guide”

    • CirnoLakes

      Why does everybody on the internet have to racialize everything?

      • Just Tim

        That’s America for you.

        • Testsubject909

          South, North or Central?

          • United States of.

          • P 627

            shit’murica! the fat and the greedy shits stains of the human civilization! all hail shit’murica!

      • Why does race have to be such a scary topic for our society? The sooner we can all laugh and talk openly about it the sooner it’ll stop being such a big deal.

        • Testsubject909

          But you still need to be polite and know when to joke and when not to. Everyone’s a little bit racist. But that alone is not an excuse to be an ass.

          Now, as to whether or not you were an ass. I can’t really say. Again, personally, I didn’t take any offense but I wonder if anyone out there did…

          And I wonder if anyone who isn’t of my race took offense for me/my ethnicity.

          • Oh, I completely agree that tactfulness is extremely important when discussing a topic as emotionally charged as race. I figured it would be unlikely that my comment would seriously offend anyone on any grounds other than the fact that it was simply a racial joke, which is in and of itself too much for some people to handle. I’m certainly not out to offend; I just like to laugh at everything, and I feel that no topic should be off-limits for frank discussion and for humor, as long as the discussion is intelligent and the humor is funny. Furthermore, when it comes to subjects as potentially painful and intimidating as race, I feel very strongly that being able to joke about it is an important way to defang it – to make it less scary, more approachable, and more of a thing that people can talk about openly without instantly getting defensive. (The famous “Avenue Q” song is maybe a little naive, but I definitely think the sentiment behind it is well-founded.)

            All that said, if anyone were ever to be seriously offended by a joke or a comment I make, I would hope that they’d let me know about it and explain why. Mischievous jabs and petty trolling are all in good fun, and it’s always satisfying to provoke indignation in people who are arrogant and self-righteous enough to feel they have a right not to be offended. But the truth is, I’d feel terrible if I knew that something I said had really upset someone, which is why I always try to make it clear that my more provocative comments and jokes should not be taken seriously. Rather than try and second-guess how an infinite number of people I’ve never met will interpret the things I say, though, I think it’s better to give all of these people the benefit of the doubt and assume that if they truly feel that something I have said is out of line, they will indicate it to me and calmly and rationally let me know why, while giving ME the benefit of the doubt in turn that I had no intention of saying or doing anything genuinely hurtful. I may not necessarily agree with them that something I’ve said was offensive or that I shouldn’t have said it, but at least we’ll have that dialogue.

            As for that last question: almost certainly. I’ve observed that when it comes to being offended on other people’s behalf, no demographic is as much of a champion as overly-conscientious white people (and/or members of the educated upper middle class). As a member of a minority group myself (not going to say which, though anyone willing to bother themselves with looking through my post history can probably figure it out) I’ve discovered that this can be incredibly fun when, in the presence of such people, you make crass or disparaging remarks about your own group and watch them squirm.

        • P 627

          the sooner someone shoots someone over this stupid shit the sooner we all get started on wwIII and end the human civilization

      • Testsubject909

        It’s easier.

    • Testsubject909

      As an Asian, specifically Chinese, allow me to say.

      I’m not offended, but I am curious about where the inspiration for this joke came from.

      • Nothing particularly sophisticated. I think my thought process was something like, I saw that this is a game trying to teach Japanese consumers English with the promise of moe-moe cosplaying sexpot anime girls, thought about who girls who cosplay and speak English would be IRL (stereotypically, “nerdy white chicks”, though of course not all cosplayers in the English-speaking world are necessarily any of these things), associated that with the tendency of Japanese men (or men of any culture, really) to exoticize “foreign” women, and wrapped it all up in a snarky punchline that I hoped would communicate to most readers that it was not intended to be taken even remotely seriously.

        To be honest, I was a little concerned about whether the adjective “Asiatic” is considered offensive, similar to “Oriental”, but I did some research and couldn’t find any decent source saying that it was. A more common term like “Japanese” or “Asian” wouldn’t fit the tone of the joke as well, so I decided to just go ahead and hope I wouldn’t regret it.

        • Lumi

          As another Chinese, I don’t find your joke funny (sorry) or offensive in any way, but I do appreciate the fact that you put a lot of thought into this!

          • Fair enough!

            Some people seem to keep downvoting my comments; if they disagree with what I’m saying or found my joke offensive, I wish they’d speak up.

  • vileBrenman

    There seriously should be one of these to teach Japanese to English speakers!

    • Strid

      They are not learning to speak English with this. It’s more of an activity to strengthen what they have already been working at learning via more “serious” methods.

  • Zonic505

    Cosplay is a motivator to learn ANYTHING!

  • Oscar Alberto Abrego Suarez

    I had rather learn japanese.

  • Higanbana

    You left out the most important part, which is that Nanami is voiced by the famous voice actress Kana Hanazawa in the newest game.

  • Testsubject909

    A dystopian future because of laziness… I love that concept somehow…

    Also… I imagine any of us would be able to just about unlock everything in no time flat.

  • glenngunnerzero

    I’ve talked with somebody who works over there and she told me that English Learning is abysmal over there. I thought Engrish was just a joke but apparently most schools think it’s fine. If we had to learn as little about the language as japan teaches it’d be terrible for any potential overseas employs.

  • Aristides

    how about one of these Moe games to learn Japanese? That would be super :P

  • Ferofax

    I can see her crotch. Your argument is invalid.

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