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Score your hiragana, katakana and kanji skills by playing 60 second games. Work your way up a leaderboard and challenge your friends and classmates on Game Center. Game-based learning can increase your retention by 9%—so you can play more, study less, and keep improving your Japanese.

Kanjilicious is a rhythm game that will help beginners test their knowledge of Japanese characters—hiragana (ひらがな), katakana (カタカナ)—and now in this release—kanji (漢字). Learning games are a fun, efficient, and ultimately more effective method of memorization.


• Scoring based on speed, accuracy and streak multipliers.
• Game Center leaderboards for every level in the game.
• Game Center challenges, so you can compete against your friends and rivals.
• Story mode, original illustrations, and a randomized taiko soundtrack.

The hardest part of learning to read Japanese characters, as a child or as an adult, is memorizing the Japanese kanji required for reading. Beginners start in kindergarten with 96 kana characters—the native Japanese syllabary call hiragana and katakana—followed by 80 new Chinese characters—kanji—in the first grade. And that's just the beginning. Students memorize over 1,000 characters before they graduate from elementary school.

Far too many beginners quickly become overwhelmed and give up after the first year. With Kanjilicious you can play yourself into shape, and motivate yourself to keep practicing.

What's New

Version 1.4

Fresh for New Years 2017, we have eight new levels of 20 kanji each, and a final level with a random selection of all 160 second grade kanji. You can now play over 300 characters in all.

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5

5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Original Backer


I was expecting more from this game, especially after extensive delays. When I remove music and sfx there is still sfx when I get a correct answer and these settings don’t save so I have to do it every time or just leave my phone on mute. Shouldn’t there be some sort of training period before taking the grade quiz? Practice the kanji in different ways to prepare for the quiz? This game seems more for people who have prior experience with Japanese.

Great learning tool


I was a backer for the Kickstarter, and don't regret it. I have been learning Japanese off and on for a while. I have several apps that I use to learn Hiragana and Katakana and this is one of them. One of my few complaints is that I wish that there was a study sheet. If it wasn't for my previous studies, I would have had a lot of difficulties. You are almost just thrown into the first level, Though I know that they are still working on it.

Long time in the making

Saren Sakurai

This app is a labor of love. We've been working on this for almost two years and we're still just getting started. This version has hiragana and katakana, and it's fun so far. I think we'll have a new level (or grade) added each month. Look for Grade 1 on June.


Kanjilicious LLC
314.3 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© Kanjilicious LLC


  • Game Center

    Challenge friends and check leaderboards and achievements.

  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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