KameSame - a fast, feature-rich Japanese memorization webapp

Hey Searis,

I like your website and the changes you’ve made recently… except for one. Is there any chance we can have a settings option to turn off the XP message every time we enter an answer? I like everything else but for some reason that thing drives me bonkers.

Yeah, that’s a good point. I’ll add it to my todo list

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Preview of coming attractions (video): https://twitter.com/i/status/1077329894776991745

Haven’t dug deep into KameSame yet, but this keep happening and its frustrating.
Reading says する verb so I include suru (all the time for consistency)
However, some words say する verb, I include it and the app tells me I meant the same with but without する

With this being said, has anyone mentioned/made an “ignore answer” button?
Being able to ignore answers like these would be way more convenient than going through every word waiting till I get it wrong for not including suru (or vice versa).

Otherwise, this has been fun so far!

Thanks for posting! Addressing your two points:

  1. No ignore button yet and I’m personally not a fan of having one. I hit 60 in WK without one and just took my lumps when I unfairly missed a thing, because I can’t be trusted with the judgment call (this is not me saying I’d never implement one)

  2. The part of speech that WK sends over the API (suru-verb) is indeed misleading, since what they really should say is it’s a verbalizable noun. What I’d recommend in the short-term is to remember that all wanikani verbs start with "To ". Every single one. In the meantime, I’ll add translating that part of speech to something less misleading to my backlog

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Major Update #5: Levels, experience points, and updated home page

I spent most of my holiday break working on KameSame. 7 days and 71 commits later, I’ve merged in the XP system I’d been hoping to build since I first started work on KameSame in May.

Here are some highlights:

  • Introduce a new level system. If you’ve been using KameSame, you already have a level, and now when you login you get to see what it is! There are currently 100 levels in the app, and reaching level 100 means you’ve burned the vast majority of content from WaniKani.
  • You level up by earning XP during reviews
    • XP is rewarded for each correct answer (exact or reading) that reaches a new maximum rank for a given item. For example if you get 大体 to SRS stage 4 for the first time, you’ll get roughly 20XP, but if you get it wrong on a subsequent review (SRS rank 3) and then correct review (back to SRS rank 4), you won’t earn more XP.
    • You get an inline XP notification animation each time you answer correctly. This can be disabled in settings if you find it distracting or unmotivating
    • Higher SRS ranks award more XP than lower ones
  • The home page is completely redesigned. It now shows your current level, a number of statistics, and noteworthy items. Those are:
    • Started studying - lessons you completed most recently
    • Frequently failed - items you get incorrect in reviews most often
    • Reading reliant - items for which your correct answers are most often via the hiragana reading as opposed to the exact kanji
    • Likely leeches - items where you most often answer with an alternate match before ultimately getting it right or wrong. Items with lots of synonyms will show up here, as will items you might have a leech between two items
  • Tons of little bug fixes to the SRS system and the stat tracking already in place

I’m sure there will be a few bugs here and there, but overall this is a massive release and I think it dramatically improves the usefulness of the app. Enjoy!

Home page:

Animated review summary page:

XP + SRS rank notification during reviews:

New setting to hide animations:


Looks good. Thanks. Here’s my page:

Do you have plans to add other features?

Thanks! Yes, I plan on implementing 2 or 3 more really major features. I also have about 50 items in my backlog, most of them small bug fixes or tweaks

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Are the major features a secret?

Yeah, I don’t like talking about work I want to do, because the sense of having committed to others both anchors me from changing my mind if I get a better idea and demotivates me, because it feels like a job.


Hello! Just joined the WaniKani community recently and chanced upon your KameSame application. Saw that there are updates to the website today. However, I can no longer find the time remaining to next reviews. Has it been removed?

Yep, it’s still on the review page. You just have to have 0 reviews available and more than 0 lessons completed

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Unfortunately, I am still unable to see it. I have tried on Chrome for both Android and on PC. Also, I am unable to complete my reviews today. I have tried to finish up the reviews that I have. Upon finishing the very last item of the review, I was brought back to the home page but the number of reviews remaining is still the same and not updated. It was fine for me yesterday though.

Anyone else having issues with the site? I’ve got a review session of 8 items which I’ve done like 20 times, but they just won’t go away. :@

Sounds like you and @PandoraLock are encountering the same issue. I’ll take a look

Thank you :slight_smile:

Thank you for looking into it. :smile:

I fixed the issue. Unfortunately any reviews that have been done in the last few hours won’t be persisted. I am tremendously sorry for this.

I carelessly committed a line of code while debugging an unrelated error that would effectively not persist any lessons or reviews. I’m sure it affected dozens or hundreds of users. If anyone did any unrewarded learning today on my account, I’m sorry!

cc / @udonbaka


That’s not a problem; I don’t mind redoing them. Thanks very much for fixing! :smiley:

Anyone have any advice on what would be a good alternate label for this? する-able?

I can’t think of anything that’d be helpful.