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Typing Mania 4 – The Game You Wish You Didn’t Start Playing


Here’s something to try if you’re bored — just try to not get addicted in the process. You have been warned.

If haven’t gone off and started playing already, it’s a Flash game I stumbled upon tonight called “Typing Mania 4″. Now the only reason why it gets mentioned here is because it features a very nice assortment of anime songs, which will be the ONLY thing keeping you playing after awhile. For those of you with 100+ words-per-minute typing speeds, I wouldn’t get overconfident too quickly because most of the lyrics are in romaji (ローマ字) and there are quite a few quirks (mentioned below). There are some English songs as well though, so give ELISA’s “Euphoric field” from ef – a tale of memories. a try if you like.

Each song is ranked with a “Typing Level” ranging from 0 to 99. If you want to experience some level 99 insanity right away, give Lucky Star‘s “Motteke! Sailor Fuku” 「もってけ!セーラーふく」 a go (pictured above). Even eufonius’ “Reflectia” 「リフレクティア」 from true tears is pretty tough, and that’s ONLY a level 9 song. With that said, you might want to start off with something reasonable like Nakajima Megumi’s Aimo 「アイモ」 from Macross Frontier, so you don’t end up hating the game right away. Most of the time, you’ll probably be staring at your monitor in awe wondering how anyone’s ever supposed to play this properly, but as with Rock Band, you just know there are people out there who will go to lengths to master this kind of stuff.

Note: You can access more songs with the left and right arrow keys.

*UPDATED* Now if you’re actually serious about doing well in this game, there are some things to keep in mind, especially if you’re familiar with some Japanese. However, if you’re only looking at the letters and not the Japanese lyrics, then these probably won’t help much.
- The particle は has to be typed out as “ha” and not “wa”, which is an accepted romanization of it.
- The hiragana し is “si” rather than “shi”. You can type “shi”, but you’ll get a miss for the “h”.
- The hiragana つ is “tu” rather than “tsu”. You can type “tsu”, but you’ll get a miss for the “s”.
- The hirangan じ can be typed as “ji” or “zi”.
- The hiragana ふ can be typed as “hu” or “fu”.
- The hiragana しゃ, しゅ, しょ are spelled as “sya”, “syu”, “syo”, but you can use “sha”, “shu”, “sho”.
- The hiragana ちゃ, ちゅ, ちょ are spelled as “tya”, “tyu”, “tyo”, but you can use “cha”, “chu”, “cho”.
- The katakana シェ and チェ are spelled “sye” and “tye”, but you can use “she” and “che”.
- If the hiragana ん appears in the middle of a word, you can simply type “n” instead of “nn”.
- If a small っ appears at the end of a word to shorten the last vowel, you have to type “ltu”. e.g. ぎゅっ
- None of the Japanese lyrics have spaces.
- When spaces do appear, they’re displayed as underscores, but you can use Space.
- You do not need to capitalize English words.

Let the madness (and frustration) begin!

September 6, 2008 at 2:09 am
  • September 7, 2008 at 4:47 amanpan

    Here’s the current Code Geass R2 opening theme if you want to try your hand at that. :P


  • September 7, 2008 at 6:18 ammax moe

    I think my hands died from playing this game.
    Addicting, though. XD

  • September 7, 2008 at 7:09 amTwinblad3r

    Omg… Why did I try it… WHY!

  • September 7, 2008 at 12:59 pmjohn

    Wow.. I tried the lucky star OP and have died.

  • September 7, 2008 at 1:14 pmLord_Summoner

    I know typescript but lvl 99 almost broke my fingers

  • September 7, 2008 at 3:10 pmChoko

    YESS!!! I finished ONE line in the Lucky Star OP. IM the king o the world!!!!

  • September 7, 2008 at 3:28 pmMetro

    how to download!?!

  • September 7, 2008 at 3:52 pmLumin

    Rebuild of Evangelion was rather easy for a level 11, but that is because it was mostly English… those commas and exclamation points can be trippy though.

    Lucky Star OP is pretty much impossible.

  • September 7, 2008 at 4:50 pmrojess

    I am addicted and frustrated!

  • September 7, 2008 at 5:05 pmseki

    @Chimasternmay: I think your first language is fail.

    Anyway, they need to eliminate the need to type commas and apostrophes, or give the option to play a mode where you don’t need to type them, and space out the Japanese words. Then it would be perfect.

  • September 7, 2008 at 5:46 pmKaitune

    Since I am quite proud with my typing speed, this seems like something interesting to try~

  • September 7, 2008 at 5:53 pmbigger_is_better

    looks amazing. omni is there a possibility that u might add a small game on the site like puzzle or something similar to typing mania.

  • September 7, 2008 at 8:32 pmshojo

    Typing Japanese romanji is really tough, especially when you get a string of long lyrics…but once you get the hang of it, more or less can get through it. English songs are relatively simpler but the spacing ruins the momentum sometimes. All in all, a great game to play given free time.

  • September 7, 2008 at 9:10 pmPatches

    All I get is an ad screen that I can’t get past. How do you get to the game?

  • September 8, 2008 at 2:28 pmMaqy

    Same problem here… Maybe the page got hacked into and someone’s reroute the code on the index page to send to someplace else…

  • September 8, 2008 at 6:06 pmlangley

    Holy crap, is this game fun! …and carpel-tunnel inducing.

    145 wpm on English songs… 60 wpm on Japanese ones.

    Japanese is hard.

  • September 8, 2008 at 6:17 pmlangley

    …my gawd, the Lucky Star OP is not humanly possible.

  • September 8, 2008 at 8:12 pminfernus

    Actually, you don’t get any penalty for typing “shi” or “tsu” instead of “si” and “tu”, not even a miss.

  • September 8, 2008 at 10:33 pmViolett

    Yay AA on through the year and far away!, and yes Lucky star is nuts

  • September 9, 2008 at 11:36 amelisha

    kowaii.. and just when i thought i perfectly know my japanese lyrics.. this game pretty messes up the romanization.

    while i only have a typing speed of 53 wpm, i’m quite surprised i can follow some of the level 13 songs..although i stop in the middle.

    motteke sailor fuku eats me alive.. [i won't sacrifice more wpm for less accuracy]

  • September 9, 2008 at 7:42 pmRyunatta

    Now i gotta give this a try just to find out how fast i can type XD

  • September 11, 2008 at 1:10 amDamian

    This would be a lot easier if I understood Japanese.

  • August 7, 2009 at 1:46 amAmmal

    I’ve heard about the game and want to start playing/competing with my friends..
    how can I do that?

  • August 22, 2009 at 10:48 amTomoJong

    Lol all the songs are new for me except You Raise me up. . .So This is kinda hard >.<
    But really fun! <3

  • November 17, 2009 at 6:49 amaa


  • December 7, 2009 at 1:05 amoceanbutterfly14

    it’s was the best game i’ve ever played

  • March 19, 2010 at 1:29 amwxyrty

    I looked like this> -_-”

  • March 19, 2010 at 1:30 amwxyrty

    Now I am like this> 0_0#

  • March 19, 2010 at 1:31 amwxyrty

    Thanks. XD

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