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!
OMG FIRST GOING TO PLAY IT NOW!!!
omg great game, especially when you are learning japanese right now.
Very addictive :S
Hmm….not bad for not really paying attention and being up for the past 23 hours.
lol at first i had no idea what to do, and thought who do u get addicted to this, but then figured it out and its kinda fun trying to keep up with the notes, and listening to the song…
lol first try got a E with only a 16 hit combo lol
i got better now, hey thx for letting us know about this, some of my fav songs are on here.. im gonna master Hitomi _ Stories pretty soon lol.
OMG! it’s really hard, being good in stepmania doesn’t help to achieve a good score.
argh, my biggest problem would probably be the replacement of “shi” with “si”. It has messed me up so many times.
i just tried the game. damn you will need to be a hardcore otaku to master this game. sing way damn too fast.
i played this ages ago, if you want difficulty, try to find one of the gurren lagann songs I found that one extremely difficult and i type 130 wpm!
o.O , there got another game using anime song but not typing 1 [ like o2jam ]
forget call wat mania liao @@ “
Hmmm..if there’s one problem I have with this game then it’s that there just aren’t enough songs that I want to play.
dammit forsome reason my words get stuck on a letter and no matter what i type it does keep going..until the next verse starts…
I realize I type too quickly for this game to recognize my keystrokes properly, leading to endless frustration.
The English songs are surprisingly easy, the Japanese romanji ones, not so much.
Wow great find so great that I commented for the first time in 2 month
how can I get the game to start?
clicked the link, a world vision ad hijacked the page…waited 5 minutes… still nothing…
o.O , there got another game using anime song but not typing 1 [ like o2jam ]
forget call wat mania liao @@ “
^What would this be
There is no way i going to play this game. The fact i don’t know Japanese and i’m not a super fast typer is going to make my fingers bleed.
Couldnt get even 20% SOOO HARD
wow this is awesome and …. absolutely crazy
this game rock!! that’s what i need when i feeling stress doing my homework. XD
I think I’ll stick to bullet hell.
i cannot stop.
You don’t need to know Japanese to play the game. The instructions are there in English on the bottom right corner anyways. It’s just a typing game. And you can set the difficulty to an easy song. 😛
Ah, I remember playing this game about half a year ago. It was pretty addicting for a few days. They have Typing Mania 5 out already.
I remember getting pwned by Motteke! Sailor Fuku over and over again. Fun times. :]
OMG ITS sO ADDICTING!!!
BUT ITS CRAZY HARD! xD
I hate how i type when they say
the words rather than just full out type it
theres some other songs here:
Awesome game, but it sure was hard. I started with STORIES (lv2) and i did kinda well, but then i somehow skipped to caramelldansen (which is lv13) and i was like: T_T, i couldnt type it was too fast!!! but its still a cool game. =)
Lolz, stupid lvl 13 songs. Tried doing caramelldansen and I was going wtf?!
I’m one of those people that use “cho” instead of “tyo” and “shi” instead of “si” when I’m typing in Japanese, so this is utter hell for me. (it doesn’t help the reading for some kanji is modified, like “nijishoku” instead of “nijiiro” like in reflectia) xD
I’ll just stick to the mainly/all English songs like Euphoric field…
Wow, this is very addictive game.. really need some time to master this game
does anyone know the name of song 06 plz?
oh crap, now I got hooked D:
OMG THIS IS SO EFFING AWESOME.
Great game !!!!!!
Lvl 11 song Fly Me to the Moon is in English, and not too hard. Managed 96%, was thrown off a little when had to use shift to get the comma to work.
this sounds awesome. count on me trying to play it 😀
one word MUDADA
Only song i can get is the nausicaa one lol…
haha, the only song i can perfect is “Fly me to the moon” by Utada Hikaru. It helps that it’s an oldie and its all in english too!
you’re crazy! and i’m already addicted.
as for the songs in the “normal” difficulty i can get an A rank, but beyond is suicide!
– returns to typing… –
Oh my god that was nuts, the romanisation is hard to get used to, only got the 20%…T_T
if it would stop moving the damn lyrics that you’re trying to type it would be so much easier, i can’t follow with my eyes while it is bringing up the next letter in bold sometimes, really annoying.
for some reason, it won’t let me type commas for the English songs. I hit the comma key, but it shows up as a miss ?_?
totally failed -.- the only bit i can type is da english bit XD
Wow that’s really addictive, I just began and did my first try on “God Knows” ( Haruhi ftw 😉 ), B rank then A on the second try but not used to the H that stand for W like “Anataha”. Thankkkkkks, that’s just too cool *-*
I got a B rank on Eyes on Me. w00t!
I got AA on AIMO. But I can’t find motteke sailor fuku on the list…
for me lv 5 is too dificult 😀
Wow, too late im almost getting hook up soon haha! Well, this is way harder than I expected. Japanese songs, I barely passed and English songs I got AA. Eyes on me, AimoAimo and english songs.
Oh btw, Lucky Star op is so freaking insane.
B on Reflectia and C on a level 13 song I never heard before (yuki nagato character single). OK, I’m done.
Only song I bother playing are the one’s with English lyrics. Euphoric Field being my favorite. AAA on that one. 😛
Seems like mindless fun, but I wish the romanizations weren’t so weird o_0 Seriously, “tya” and “zi”?!
Oh this is fun.
Motekke! Sailor Fuku~ is insanely difficult. SERIOUSLY.
Oh snap, I’m reading speeds of 450 words/min on the english words and 100 words/min on dango daikazoku. Man…this is good.
EASY#06-[Sakamoto Maaya] Kiseki no Umi
NORMAL#06-[Shimotsuki Haruka] Mebaeta Mirai
HARD#06-[Sound Horizon] Ishidatami no Akaki Akuma
This is hard, but completely fun.
Though I don’t see the option to play Lucky Star option…
Frustrating… especially on the harder levels. But definitely fun. For those who didn’t notice, you can get more songs by hitting the left and right buttons on your keyboard…
And… is it just me, or is the words/min based on one-char = one word?
My god, someone help me TT_TT I was playing this game on my desktop, but the sound system conked out so I turned on my laptop to play it, but when I clicked on the link, a WorldVision ad came out instead, how the hell can I get the ad to disappear so I can continue killing “Aimo”??? XD
Got an AA on the Rurutia song (level 5). Not bad for a first try.
lol wtf the 13 ones is so insane haha
i try eureka 7 no chance
damn you, i cannot stop playing!!!!
You actually don’t need to type some words so specifically like in the entry. For example:
Normally you’d type “nn” to get a ん but as long as the next character isn’t “na” for example, you can just type “n”. “dango” but no good for “minna”
“Shi” works as well, but obviously you can get an advantage by using “si”.
That goes for “cho”, “cha”, “che”, “tsu”, “ji”, “tsu”, “fu”, etc.
You don’t need to use “ltu” either, like for “motteke”, but you might need to if you mess up.
i found a fun game : http://kam7r.labrute.com 😉
holy crap … this is crazy hard
hahaha this game is like a drug, once you start you cannot stop xD, awesome game and i learn more japanese from it!!! there are more songs?
by the way my tipping level its 284/min XD its that bad? in nightmare mode i dont get any lol
hmm… 500 keys per minute on english songs, 200 on japanese songs… maybe I should continue learning how to read japanese 🙂
got a AAA on the FMP ed. yay!
these little modifications f*cks me.
If you read my comment back near the bottom of page 2, you’ll see that you need to use SHIFT + comma. Sucks, I know. Kinda throws you off rhythm, but meh.
That’s because the name Lucky Star is in Jap. Look @ image on top, in this blog. Should be a lvl13 song, second last before the E7 OP.
Sugoi ne!!!! Arigatto!!!
YEEEAHH! YA ME VOLVI UN ADICTOO NO PUEDE SER EXISTE EN DESCARGAA!???
I love the game got this on my second try :D:D:D quite proud of it :D:D
Music : Caramelldansen
Rank : AA
Score : 184685
Max Combo : 72
Complete : 3
Solve : 2
Miss : 17
Minus Score : -9265
Corrected Character : 1154/1297
Corrected Percent : 89%
Typespeed/min : 256/min
Typespeed/sec : 4.63/sec
Correct / Miss : 1154/1297
Corrected Percent (Solve Cut) : 90%
One of my favorite pastimes is trying to type along to songs that I know. Now I get to do it for a score~
i love the voices before the start of the game, so cute, any idea what series if anything they might be from?
awesome game!!! thanks for the post Divine!! ^_^
lol i’m only good at the 20% tension songs in japanese…haha i know ABSOLUTELY NONE…but the english songs are fun too. the songs are great too!
Ins chool i used to be taguht to type faster with a program called “typoing master”. #~#!@ that program, that game is amazing-.–but wheny ou plauy it so much my tuyping ends hprribly lol. It’s like you know the answers of a test, the teacher looks at your work, and you’re blank. lol, that’s how i feel after playing this game…just see my mistakes lol…i can’t type`pr operly lol…
I got an AA on the level 6 AIR song XD
Can’t read jap, so I cant read ahead of what I need to type and since the English letters are moving makes it ever so hard. And then the English words have _ between them and shit like that making it even harder because pressing _ makes you lose positioning on your hands, at least it does for me.
As a guy who loves to waste his time doing jack squat, I approve of this game 100%. I dare say this game may be even better than Mario Teaches Typing and *gasp* Reader Rabbit!
I think what makes it hardest is when the song is totally in Japanese, for example I can’t do any song in japanese that is above say 6 very well, But take Origa, Rise from Ghost in the shell. I can almost get that one, because it’s in english. What really screws me up is the “,” and “‘” in that song
at Rob: the voice is from the anime Lucky Star.
Wow I got addicted been playing for hours… finally got A on God Knows song lol…
erm… the link to the game isn’t working…
English songs aren’t too bad, although all the level 13 songs are not equal (Rise is easy, Red Fraction is _fast_, too fast >_>). S Rank is a real pain, because it just takes one mistake, and when the song is long…
Moonrune songs are really hard for a native English speaker, I need to read the letters as I type, which makes me really slow. Best I can get Triple AAAs on is about level 6 whereas I can Triple AAA/S Rank Rise >_>
As for the Lucky Star OP, I’m convinced you need to be a court stenographer to do that thing. Insane.
I keep getting the worldviewer ad, even though I deleted my temp files and my cookies…wonder what’s wrong?
I played it before though, and the only problem is that it’d be much easier if the english didn’t keep scrolling to the left
This game made me realize that I need to take typing classes or something. D: D: D:
fuck japanese songs are much easier even tho it English is 2nd language, while i dont even know how to speak Japanese but could understand it somehow when spoken is my 3rd language.
O fxxk, this game is so hard but so addicted………
Oh me god has anyone got a grade D or higher on lucky star opening? It’s INSANELY hard…I wonder how fast can Divine type…
wow… I am not going for AAA anymore…
the game doesn’t respond when I type like 12 characters per second… screws me over for the next few lines
i got defeated by “dango daikazoku”…thats just slightly depressing. but my typing speed seems faster than i thought.
I saw some level 99 one from lucky star…yeah i kinda got owned….
anyone who can do the lucky star opening is a god
i tried motteke and i just completed 2 lines. lol. XD
Here’s the current Code Geass R2 opening theme if you want to try your hand at that. 😛
I think my hands died from playing this game.
Addicting, though. XD
Omg… Why did I try it… WHY!
Wow.. I tried the lucky star OP and have died.
I know typescript but lvl 99 almost broke my fingers
YESS!!! I finished ONE line in the Lucky Star OP. IM the king o the world!!!!
how to download!?!
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.
I am addicted and frustrated!
@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.
Since I am quite proud with my typing speed, this seems like something interesting to try~
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.
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.
All I get is an ad screen that I can’t get past. How do you get to the game?
Same problem here… Maybe the page got hacked into and someone’s reroute the code on the index page to send to someplace else…
Holy crap, is this game fun! …and carpel-tunnel inducing.
145 wpm on English songs… 60 wpm on Japanese ones.
Japanese is hard.
…my gawd, the Lucky Star OP is not humanly possible.
Actually, you don’t get any penalty for typing “shi” or “tsu” instead of “si” and “tu”, not even a miss.
Yay AA on through the year and far away!, and yes Lucky star is nuts
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]
Now i gotta give this a try just to find out how fast i can type XD
This would be a lot easier if I understood Japanese.
I’ve heard about the game and want to start playing/competing with my friends..
how can I do that?
Lol all the songs are new for me except You Raise me up. . .So This is kinda hard >.<
But really fun! <3
it’s was the best game i’ve ever played
I looked like this> -_-“
Now I am like this> 0_0#