Okay so I am just starting WaniKani (hi!) though I’ve been learning Japanese on-and-off for… a really long time. But I honestly feel like one of the most helpful resources out there are radio shows done by seiyuu for either anime they’re starring in/promoting, or just because they are very entertaining and charismatic personalities. I have them playing in the background for like 85% of my day and they’ve proven so, so valuable for passive learning. I haven’t really seen them cited as a listening resource on this forum, so I thought I’d give people my top three recs in case they might be helpful!
1. Dear Girl Stories (Hiroshi Kamiya, Daisuke Ono)
Probably the most famous seiyuu radio program, this one is hosted by the voice actors for Levi Ackerman (Kamiya) and Erwin Smith (Ono) in Shingeki no Kyojin, though they each have incredible careers outside that very amazing show. It airs weekly, it’s hilarious and incredibly entertaining, but has also proved so effective in my listening practice, probably more than any other resource - and many times, the videos are kindly transcribed. Get started by clicking this playlist, or click here (for advanced listeners) to view the weekly uploads, which go back to 2007.
2. Kimetsu no Radio (Natsuki Hanae, Hiro Shimono)
From the stunning anime Kimetsu no Yaiba, here’s Tanjiro and Zenitsu hosting a weekly radio program that aired for the duration of the series. Hopefully there’s more to come, but for now, listen and adore it. I’ve cried laughing at this, and again, it proves very helpful with the transcriptions.
3. The World Only I Know (Yoshimasa Hosoya)
One of my favorite people and one of the most talented seiyuu out there (think Kunikida in Bungou Stray Dogs, Reiner in Shingeki no Kyojin, Tokoyami in Boku no Hero Academia, etc. etc.), this solo radio program is a lovely meditation on gentle everyday matters as well as an easy listening practice since he’s speaking on his own. Highly recommended for beginners, and also anyone who wants a little bit of sweet introspection in their everyday life. All episodes are updated weekly and available here.
That’s it so far, but if anyone has any other shows they love, or any other types of series they’d like to listen to, please either reply here with recs or reach out and I’ll do my best to help! Enjoy! x