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Anime video
Kiki's Delivery Service 魔女の宅急便
まじょ の たっきゅうびん
Directed by Hayao Miyazaki


Watch a Japanese anime animation video such as "Kiki's Delivery Service", 
魔女の宅急便, in its original Japanese with English subtitles. 
Then use its printed script in Japanese and the English translation 
to fully understand the whole story.
Miyazaki's "Kiki" is particularly good as it uses good Japanese, 
differentiating ages, classes, genders and Keigo, the polite language, quite well.  
Also, this piece of work has reasonable, not excessive, gags.
It is worth even memorizing all the lines in the whole story.  
Of course, not everything would be immediately useful to viewers/learners, 
but gradually sink into them.

DVD or Blu-ray at Amazon: Kiki's Delivery Service
Language: Japanese, English, French, Spanish
Subtitles: French
Dubbed: English, French, Spanish

Streaming video at gogoanime.com: Kiki's Delivery Service (in Japanese with English subtitles)
At this free video site, you may need to go through hoops before reaching the target video.
Do not get duped.

Picture Book in Egnlish: Kiki's Delivery Service
All in Egnlish (英語のみ)
ISBN-10: 1421505967

Picture Book in Japanese: Kiki's Delivery Service 魔女の宅急便
All in Japanese (日本語のみ)
ISBN-10: 4193640574
The same picture book at Amazon JP 魔女の宅急便

Kiki's Delivery Service Picture Book Scripts in Japanese (Top page): Kiki's Delivery Service (free)
Japanese only (日本語のみ)
Chapter 1-6
Chapter 7-12
Chapter 13-18
Chapter 19-24

Scripts in English translation: Kiki's Delivery Service (free)
English only (英語のみ)

Transcripts written in Japanese and translated into English: Kiki's Delivery Service
The Full Script in PDF ($9.00)
Japanese and English (日本語と英語)
The good thing is that it is a full Japanese script and the translated English is decent.
The drawback is that the Furigana readings of the Kanji are sometimes inaccurate.
The Sample Script in PDF (Free - The First 10 Pages)
Other scripts of Miyazaki's works at the same site, Ghibli Script
The quality of their translations varies.

Book: the original story in Japanese
Kindle version
Volume I
Kiki's Delivery Service in Japanese by Eiko Kadono, the original author
魔女の宅急便(まじょのたっきゅうびん) 角野栄子
ASIN: B00ZQJVW8E Kindle version
Kiki original story

Notes on Kindle versions:
To buy anything at Amazon JP, you will need a JP-site-specific account.
For example, Amazon US account will not work.
Even if you plan to purchase ONLY electronically transferrable products,
you may need to have at least one PHYSICAL address in Japan in your account.
You could use the address of the hotel where you are staying, for example,
to add an address. The rules many be evolving.
Once you are ready, try downloading a sample Kindle file of the book for free
just to make sure what kind of thing you could expect.

Printed Book: the original story
The same content as the above in paperback at Amazon US
Kiki's Delivery Service in Japanese by Eiko Kadono, the original author
魔女の宅急便(まじょのたっきゅうびん) 角野栄子 Amazon US

ISBN-10: 4041031850

The same paperback at Amazon Japan
Kiki's Delivery Service in Japanese by Eiko Kadono, the original author
魔女の宅急便(まじょのたっきゅうびん) 角野栄子 Amazon JP

ISBN-10: 4041031850

Audible version of the original story: Amazon JP
Audible: Kiki's Delivery Service in Japanese by Eiko Kadono, the original author
Audible版 魔女の宅急便(まじょのたっきゅうびん) 角野栄子

ASIN: B01KSWP9ZK

Kindle version
Volume II キキと新しい魔法
Kiki's Delivery Service in Japanese by Eiko Kadono, the original author
魔女の宅急便(まじょのたっきゅうびん) 角野栄子
ASIN: B00ZQJVY2S Kindle version

Kindle version
Volume III キキともうひとりの魔女
Kiki's Delivery Service in Japanese by Eiko Kadono, the original author
魔女の宅急便(まじょのたっきゅうびん) 角野栄子
ASIN: B00ZQJVZI6 Kindle version

Kindle version
Volume IV キキの恋
Kiki's Delivery Service in Japanese by Eiko Kadono, the original author
魔女の宅急便(まじょのたっきゅうびん) 角野栄子
ASIN: B00ZQJVZO0 Kindle version

Kindle version
Volume V 魔法のとまり木
Kiki's Delivery Service in Japanese by Eiko Kadono, the original author
魔女の宅急便(まじょのたっきゅうびん) 角野栄子
ASIN: B00ZQJVZWM Kindle version

Kindle version
Volume VI それぞれの旅立ち
Kiki's Delivery Service in Japanese by Eiko Kadono, the original author
魔女の宅急便(まじょのたっきゅうびん) 角野栄子
ASIN: B00ZQJW0D0 Kindle version


Do Japanese speak too fast to you?
Try them slow down without lowering the pich.
An example: PaceMaker plugged in to WinAmp/MediaMonkey
WinAmp
MediaMonkey

Download Web videos from YouTube-like sites.
You will be able to watch them offline afterwards without Net connection.
An example: Video DownloadHelper, a Firefox add-on

The same ported to Chrome: Video DownloadHelper


Children's book
Fair, then Partly Piggy
はれときどきぶた
Fair, then Partly Piggy

『はれときどきぶた』 in the original Japanese
Hard cover
ISBN-10: 4265916139
Publisher: 岩崎書店 (1980/9/5)
Ridiculous stories told in good Japanese.
No excessive slangy expressions.
Become confident with real-world verbs and adjectives.
YouTube video: はれときどきぶた - Hare Tokidoki Buta
37 minutes

Manga
Doraemon Gadget Cat from the Future by Fujiko F Fujio
ドラえもん
Doraemon: Gadget Cat

『ドラえもん』 in the original Japanese
A robotic cat named Doraemon and a pre-teen boy named Nobita.
Kindle/Paperback
Download a free sample Kindle file in the original Japanese.
Publisher: 小学館
Notes: All the Kanji are with Furigana readings.
ISBN-10: 4091400019 (Print version, monochrome, 『ドラえもん』

Manga
Post-WWII history of Japan in manga
現代の日本―昭和後期‐平成
(小学館版 学習まんが―少年少女日本の歴史)
Post-WWII history of Japan

A history series in manga.
Kindle/Paperback
Download a free sample Kindle file in the original Japanese.
Publisher: 小学館
ISBN-10: 409298121X (Print version 『現代の日本』)

Video/Manga
Midnight Diner: Tokyo Stories (Netflix streaming)
深夜食堂, Shinya Shokudo

Natural adult conversation set in a small diner
in Shinjuku's Golden Gai area in Tokyo.
DVD:
Midnight Diner
Kindle version: The original manga the movei/video is based on
Print version: The original manga the movei/video is based on: ISBN-10: 4091817076

Manga
Chibi Maruko-chan
ちびまる子ちゃん
Chibi Maruko-chan

A manga series written and illustrated by Momoko Sakura.
Kindle/Paperback
Download a free sample Kindle file in the original Japanese.
Publisher: 集英社

Links to Japanese textbooks/dictionaries


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