Gratitude - An Ode to the Wonderful Durtles

OMG! So many kind words! :blush:

You should know that you’re also someone that brightens up the room a thread with your presence and I’m very glad to have met you! :purple_heart::green_heart::orange_heart: ^>^


“There’s no fear when you’re having fun.”

Will Thomas

I have met this durtle in the “Level 21 before 2021” thread. They are a durtle with an interesting autogenerated name. They have an intense interest in history, books, games and languages. The durtle is @tankwidow san :grin:

Tank san embodies the quote mentioned above. You can see the fun they are having in each of their posts. Whether it’s their love for History (Bletchley Park), their love for games (Persona 4), their love for books (Mistborn series), their love for languages (Japanese) it makes you appreciate life better by focusing on the fun aspects of difficult things :slight_smile: They love Japanese with the same passion they love Programming. They are an excellent example of looking at art and logic with a complementary attitude :metal:

Thanks for the fun Tank san :slight_smile: We appreciate your consistent contributions to the community. You have earned your place in the WK history :wink: I bestow upon you the title of Rekishi Durtle


Hahaha :grin: Thanks for your kind words Amagi san :slight_smile:

I am happy you feel that way EKG san :grin:



Oh my god this is wonderful, you totally made my day. Thank you so much!


Note: This post contains mild spoilers for one of the arcs in the Original Digimon series.

During my childhood, “Digimon” was one of my favorite shows :smile: To the pre-teen version of me, it was a world filled with endless excitement and wonders. In one of the arcs all the kids get scattered and they are fighting hard to survive. We see them face the villains trying to overcome the obstacles. Almost every member experiences a miraculous save when things get tougher. At first I thought it was coincidence, but later in the show it was revealed that it was actually one of characters known as Sora who rushes to everyone’s aid in the shadows :slight_smile: When I think of this durtle, they remind me a lot about Sora. The durtle’s name is @prouleau :clap:

When I started Wanikani, I saw Prouleau everywhere on the forums. Someone new joined the forum, Prouleau is there to welcome. Someone is in a pinch, Prouleau is there is suggest a solution. Someone is celebrating, Prouleau is there to congratulate and guide them to the relevant threads so that they can get more encouragement and badges. Someone is feeling down, Prouleau is there to help them get back up. It’s like there were 10 Prouleaus running around the forum to help everyone. They did all that while also doing their WK learning, Japanese learning (other resources) and preparing a wonderful script called “Wanikani Item Inspector” which can help you tackle your leech items. (Leeches are the most troublesome aspects of your learning. If you want to eat Broccoli for improving health, but do not like to eat it because of the taste, What if there was a magic wand that can make Broccoli taste like Chocolate while retaining all the nutrition? :wink: Wouldn’t it be beyond wonderful :grin: That’s what the Item Inspector script can do for your leeches :metal:) If that is not the definition of awesome :smile: I don’t know what is.

Prouleau san is a kind and caring person with an instinctual reaction to help others as much as they can :slight_smile: Prouleau san will not turn someone down when they need help, sometimes at the cost of their own well-being. Even when they are sick, they keep working on improving the script to help others. Please take care of yourself.

I am thankful for all the times I and countless durtles relied on your help and guidance to push through to next levels. Your capacity for generosity is as vast as the endless sky and your actions are as beautiful as the serene blue sky on a perfect spring morning.

The more I think about it, I can’t help but feel…
やっぱりあなたはすごいですね :bowing_man: :bowing_woman:

I bestow upon you the title of Sora Durtle


What a deluge of kind words. :astonished: This is the most poetic description of Item Inspector I have ever seen. I just need to make a button to turn broccoli into chocolate. Do you want your chocolate white or black? Ok I will make a setting for this.

Joking aside thanks a lot. Maybe your poetry will convince someone to give Item Inspector a try.


These are the kind of script features I need in my life. Seeing my leeches is nice and all, but if I can’t eat them then what’s the point? :grin:


Hahaha. Thanks for your kind words Prouleau san :slight_smile: I was trying to think of what is the easiest way to explain the script to others without getting technical, that’s the example that came to mind. Easily relatable and understandable for most people :slight_smile:

Hahaha. Dark. please. :stuck_out_tongue:

I hope it does. It makes their lives easier and also recognizes the beauty of your efforts :grin:


Nothing like a delicious leech that tastes like chocolate, though in your case it is vanilla flavored :stuck_out_tongue:



A loooooooooooooooooooooong time ago there was world whose name was lost to the ages. It was referred to as Neko no kuni. It was a haven for cats as they lived without a worry in a life filled with endless joy. Alas, the good days did not last forever. The land was struck by an eerie weather which made the cats fight amongst themselves. The distress reached the ears of the Kashikoi Neko, a sage among the cats whose wisdom was unrivaled. Kashikoi performed divinations and understood the source of distress. Kashikoi revealed the truth. The breakout of the fights was related to a Kanashi Seishin whose sadness was wrapping the world of cats in a web of distress. The only solution to this problem is to purify the Kanashi Seishin with love.

The news spread to all four corners of the kingdom and countless cats lined up before the Kanashi Seishin to show the strength of their love. Alas, the strength of their love was still not sufficient to rid the spirit of its sadness. Soon the cats began to despair, even the wise Kashikoi Neko had a frown on its face. The cats began to go back to their homes with heavy hearts. One such sad cat was passing through a village called Poru no mura. The cats in the village welcomed the sad cat and tried to cheer it up. The sad cat explained the predicament to the villagers and was surprised to see that the cats in this village were not fighting. The village cats heard the sad cat’s tale and a radiant smile bloomed on their face. The Village cats said this can be solved by one of their kittens. The konekos ran away and returned in a short time with a youthful looking cat in tow.

The sad cat took one look at the young cat and all its sadness was washed away. The bashful konekos started purring in excitement and started singing a Haiku:

“If anyone is down
with a frown on their crown
neko chan will croon
and worries will be gone”

The youth stepped forward and was introduced as “Mikiso”. Mikiso, popularly known as neko chan among the cats of Poru no mura was a gentle cat filled with love and warmth, and all your worries disappear the moment you look at them. Mikiso heard the story of the Kanashi Seishin and determined to visit it to save all the cats from distress. The sad cat, who is no longer sad, guided Mikiso to the location of Kanashi Seishin. The sage cat Kashikoi gave a wry chuckle, even it has lost the hope of ever recovering from this disaster. Yet, the moment Kashikoi looked at Mikiso all its worries disappeared and hope blossomed anew in its heart. In that moment Kashikoi believed that their savior has arrived and tears of joy ran across its cheeks.

Mikiso gave the sage cat a gentle smile and a nod before moving closer to Kanashi Seishin. The spirit looked at Mikiso and there was a clap of thunder and a raging storm filled with malice and other unsavory emotions rose from the spirit. The storm lasted only a moment but that one moment was enough to darken the spirits of all the cats in the vicinity. In the place of the Kanashi Seishin floated a new spirit full of vigor radiating happiness. The happy cat (formerly know as the sad cat) let out an almighty purr of joy and all the cats looked at the happy cat and Mikiso who was standing next to it. In that moment the darkness that has been cast on their souls during that brief storm was purified which lead all of them to purr in joy.

The Spirit looked at Mikiso and bowed. It said " My dear friend, thank you for saving me. My name is Shiawase Seishin and I come from a land far away known as Earth. The constant negative emotions from the citizens of earth affected me and turned me from a Shiwase Seishin to Kanashi Seishin. In my restless state I wandered across the space for a long time without hope before entering the Neko no Kuni. Please come with me and save our land. We need you to spread love and joy on Earth." The gentle Mikiso nodded in response without a second’s delay. He thought to himsefl “All the cats are happy and I need to make these citizens of earth happy too.” The Spirit gave a radiant smile and thanked Mikiso multiple times and started the spell to teleport. All the cats understood the import of Mikiso’s decision and fell to their knees and bowed their heads in unison. The purrs of cats reverberated across the land of cats.

Mikiso gave all of them a gentle smile before disappearing from Neko no kuni along with the Shiawase Seishin. The spirit smiled at Mikiso and said “Mikiso, my friend, I cannot convey my gratitude at your magnanimous actions. As a token of my appreciation, when you enter the earth you will retain your memories of Neko no kuni.” Mikiso gave a gentle smile of appreciation at the spirit’s gift. The spirit said “you will gain the knowledge of earth and its language. Your name will be converted to earth’s language as well. The citizens of earth are called durtles, so please take care of the durtles Mikiso.” The Spirit laughed at itself and gave itself a knock on its head as a show of contrition and said “Where are my manners, I should start calling you with your earth name. Please take care of the durtles, Trunklayer”. Trunklayer, formerly known as Mikiso, raised its head a little, looked at the spirit with a gentle smile and a glint of mischief in its eyes and said “Sounds like fun.”

And thus began the story of a durtle known as @trunklayer


Trunklayer san is known as the Cat Whisperer. They are one of the Top 3 cats of the POLL family. They are known for their legendary cat speak which is only beaten by their glorious kindness. Whether it is the cat speak or the cat pics or their kind words, Trunk san is a soothing balm for our souls. Simply put, they are a perfect durtle. Thank you for spreading the kindness and joy among the durtles Trunk san :slight_smile:

I bestow upon you the title of PURRfect Durtle


This is going to be good.


Where Durtles and Dreams Begin

Vivillon is a pokemon with many different patterns and are found all over the world. These patterns are affected by the climate of their habitat. Vivillon has a wonderful ability called “Friend Guard” which reduces the damage received by allies. Vivillon may be a combination of vivid and papillon (French for butterfly). At this point of time you may be wondering “Thank you for the Pokemon X and Y lesson. What does this have to do with the post?” Psssssst, I will let you in on a secret. This year one of the Spewpa durtles has bloomed into a Vivillon :grin: and the name of that beautiful durtle is @Jamuko san.

I met Jamuko san on “Level 21 before 2021” thread. Jamuko san is like a butterfly. Despite the incredible strength of the kanji cocoon, they broke out it with all their strength and blossomed into a wonderful butterfly. Jamuko san paused their WK journey at Level 11 and after a break they have reset and persevered to break through the previous barrier and reach new heights :clap: Similar to a Vivillon they support their friends through thick and thin of the WK journey and reduce the stress on their friends with their kind words. It is truly worthy of the name “Friend Guard”.

Thank you for showering us your kindness and thank you for showing us the strength of breaking through the barriers. We believe in you and your strength :slight_smile: I bestow upon you the title of Vivillon Durtle


What a very nyaaaaaaaaaaaice and meowgnificient story! :cat2:
I’m very honored! :cat2:
Doumeow arigatou gozaimeows! :cat2:


You overestimate my pawers, but thank you! :cat2:
That’s not who I am yet, but that is certainly who I want to be! I will do my best to get there, thank you a lot for your meowgnificient encouragemeownt! :cat2:


The Law of Equivalent Exchange

“Humankind cannot gain anything without first giving something in return.”

This durtle just wants to be able to draw circles in the ground and do cool alchemy stuff. Since that is still not possible in real life, this durtle came up with a different type of magic. A magic that can convert your sadness and boredom into joy and rip-roaring laughter. This durtle’s name is @IgorTheGreat san :grin:

I met Igor san mostly on the meme threads. They have a knack for making killer memes that can turn grumpy cats to happy cats :slight_smile: A tarantula loving durtle, grooving to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love”, they are a sucker for the big beams shooting out of “normal people”. And I am a sucker for Igor san’s memes :stuck_out_tongue:

Thanks for all the wonderful memes and laughs Igor san :raised_hands: Your humor is a truly potent alchemy :wink: I bestow upon you the title of Alchemist Durtle


Err Mah Burrdah

Do cats make Clicky-Clicky polls?
Do cats get mad at you?
Do cats die out of curiosity?
Do cats watch anime?

So many questions and few answers. What should you do when you meet a being and you are not sure whether they are a hooman or a meow… Today’s durtle is one of those beings and the durtle’s name is @saibaneko san :grin:

I met Saiba sama when they gate crashed my new thread BiriBiri beats and spammed filled it with cat pics. They had me at “Kyoka Kitty” pic :stuck_out_tongue: I soon jumped into the deep end of the pool that is POLL family and get to know Saiba sama better. There are an embodiment of cat energy and there is never a dull moment when they are around. They poke you, scratch you, nuzzle you until you shower them with the love and attention we know they deserve :smile:

To call Saiba sama a bundle of energy is an understatement. They are a multilingual, International, Suave Coder cat we are blessed to have on the forum with us. My admiration for them is similar to that of Nakiri Erina’s for Saiba Jouichirou from Shokugeki no Soma - hence the moniker “Saiba sama”. They complete the Top 3 cats from POLL family :slight_smile:

After interacting with them on a daily basis and looking at Iris (the cat in their profile pic) every time I look at a black and white cat, my mind says “Iris is here” :stuck_out_tongue: Saiba sama is a force of nature to be reckoned with and you know your life will change forever because once you experience “Awesomeness” it is near impossible to go back to “Ordinary” :metal:

Thanks for making our lives interesting Saiba sama :slight_smile: あなたはカッコイ猫です I bestow upon you the title of Iris Durtle

Note: If you didn’t understand the title of the post, it is cat speak for “Oh My Buddha” :wink:


Omg @KyokaJiro-san I actually cried reading this.
After the JLPT I took 10 days away from WK to just focus on university finals papers/ new computer set up/ mental health and I come back to this lovely lovely post
I feel so so grateful for you and everyone in the Level 21 before 2021 forum T-T
Actually crying

Thank you for just being you!!! Just an overall warm and comforting person in this generally spiky internet world.
I don’t even know how to react right now



I am so touched and honored! Thank you!!


:sob::sob::sob: @KyokaJiro -san… Thank you… You are so sweet, this really brought a tear to my eye. I honestly don’t expect to be remembered for my minor presence on these forums, but here you’ve kept my own personal journey in your heart and wrote about it in such a cute and poetic way.

You always go above and beyond to remember everyone’s names, experiences, and likes, and go out of your way to make each person feel loved and listened to. I’ve seen it over in our beloved 21 by 2021 and Skytree threads, and again we see it with this great and precious thread here. You’re so good at this that I’ve wondered if you keep a spreadsheet of notes on everyone you’ve met on the forums! You are just such a lovely person to have around. From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much! :pray::two_hearts:

P.S. Edit: After reading some of the other responses here, I wanted to add a little story. The fact that you used a Pokemon reference for me really made me smile. It may be that you remembered me saying once that I liked it, but what I haven’t told you is that Pokemon was actually my introduction to the language so many years ago. As a young teen, I got my hands on some of the original Pokemon music CDs, which came with lyrics books that I couldn’t read at the time. I became filled with passion to understand, and taught myself kana using nothing but those lyrics books and a Japanese-English dictionary. The first word I learned to write was ピカチュウ, and I felt so proud of myself when I figured out how to take that and turn it into ピチュウ. I think I was about 13 or 14 years old.

In that sense, Pokemon has a special place in my heart not only for its entertainment value, but in its connection to the beginnings of my Japanese journey. It’s quite special that you picked such a title for me even without knowing this. I’ll treasure my Vivillon Durtle. :grin:


Tofugu’s Seaside

Today’s durtle is one of the Rockstars of our community. They love to eat Cod and can make a mouth-watering Okonomiyaki waffle. Their 創造 (creations) have had a positive impact on most of the WK users whether through wonderful articles on the Tofugu blog, heartfelt and handwritten letters for users, writing awesome code running in the background to make your life easier, making podcast episodes to improve your Japanese skills, sending replies to curious durtles or packing store orders with love. They do all of this and more and yet have more patience and love to spread in the community. It is none other than @TofuguKanae san :slight_smile:

I had a few interactions with Kanae san over the last few months and much more in the recent past. They are as kind and awesome as they appear to be. They may no longer be the “Official Happiness Officer” at WK but they still are the “Resident Happiness Officer” for all of us because when it comes to making people happy there are few people in this world who can measure up to Kanae san :grin:

Thanks for showering us with love in the same way you grow plants or make crafts :smile: We love your designs, coding, writing etc. and we love you too :smiley: Our 食欲 (appepite) for all things Kanae will never end :slight_smile: I bestow upon you the title of Megumi Durtle

Note: I hope you have sharpened your Ruby skills Kanae san. I am still waiting for your game where one can talk to the Crabigator and listen to his lessons :stuck_out_tongue: