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    1. Stuart Woodward on December 27, 2017

      I'm sad that this Kickstarter didn't work out. This looks like a great addition to the Japanese App and I would really enjoy using it on a daily basis.

    2. Deepra Smith
      on December 27, 2017

      Do consider relaunching this KS if not funded. I think you need to make Chinese version available too in the rewards section.

    3. CorbinInJapan on December 19, 2017

      Even if the Kickstarter is not successful, please continue working on this!!

      I think this will come to be known as an invaluable resource in the future of Japanese language learning.

    4. Outlier Linguistic Solutions 3-time creator on December 14, 2017


      We'll keep working on it, but it will take longer to release.


      Thanks for your continued support!

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      Ahmed Fasih on December 13, 2017

      In a world where engaging with general audiences is almost anathema in the academy, the Outlier team has earned my eternal gratitude for bringing so much learning to the rest of us. I still remember how mind-blowing your earliest blog posts deconstructing modern hanzi were. I can't wait to see the kanji edition.

      The campaign goal seems very reasonable, considering they have to pay several researchers, full-time and part-time, over at least a couple of years. If a mainstream publishing house undertook this, it would cost them ten times as much—and they would of course pass on those expenses to the consumer.

      Let me find a turtle plastron and do some divinations, asking the ancestors to help this campaign succeed!

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      Jim Zorn on December 12, 2017

      I'd really like this to succeed, and I've shared it with everyone I know who is interested in Japanese, but what will you do if the funding doesn't succeed?

    7. Outlier Linguistic Solutions 3-time creator on December 12, 2017


      Keep in mind, we’re working on this full time, and it’s a huge project. There are several hundred kanji which either differ from their Chinese counterparts (and thus require further research on our part), or aren’t common in Chinese (and thus need to be done from scratch), or are used only in Japanese (the kokuji 国字, kanji created in Japan). Not to mention the meaning section for each kanji will have to be more or less done from scratch due to the issues specific to learning Japanese. Then there’s also the cost of adapting, printing, and shipping the printed posters, not to mention software subscriptions, Renzo’s revenue share for each copy sold, Kickstarter’s cut, accounting and legal, etc.

      Of course, we could do it with less money, but it would take longer.

    8. Ved Uttamchandani
      on December 11, 2017

      I must admit, having shared this with an entire community of Japanese learners, the feedback has resoundingly been that the level of funding asked for appears to be high. I too was surprised when I saw how high how was but assumed you'd be fine given your previous product.

    9. Outlier Linguistic Solutions 3-time creator on December 10, 2017


      We'll announce some stretch goals once we're closer to the goal!



    10. Yan Fan on December 10, 2017

      Looks pretty cool! Looking forward to using it :D

    11. CorbinInJapan on December 7, 2017

      Also, any proposed stretch goals if things go well enough?

    12. CorbinInJapan on December 7, 2017

      I would also like to see 1-kyuu kanji kentei!

    13. Elias on November 27, 2017

      Oh, I would definitely love to see the 1-kyū level of the kanji kentei being applied to the dictionary! Hopefully, there will be a good amount of demand for it.

    14. Ved Uttamchandani
      on November 27, 2017

      Got it, thank you.

    15. Outlier Linguistic Solutions 3-time creator on November 27, 2017


      The Japanese app ( already has a built-in flash card system, and they'll be adding even more robust study functionality soon. Our dictionary will integrate with all of those features.

    16. Ved Uttamchandani
      on November 27, 2017

      Given the level of funding requested, are there plans for an in-built SRS system to teach people the Kanji too? As a dictionary, seems it'll be useful for reference but with limited structured learning.

    17. Outlier Linguistic Solutions 3-time creator on November 27, 2017

      I've added an image to the main page which shows a comparison between the two editions. Note that the main entry is the same, but the Expert Edition will contain an extra "Expert info" section which goes into much more detail.

    18. Outlier Linguistic Solutions 3-time creator on November 27, 2017


      Yes, if you back the Expert Edition, you'll get the Essentials Edition and regular updates until Expert is finished.

      @Jim & Ved,

      Both editions will include both the Joyo and Jinmeiyo kanji. The difference is in the amount of detail in each entry. We may eventually expand it to include all the Kanji Kentei 1-kyuu kanji if there's enough demand for that.

    19. Ved Uttamchandani
      on November 27, 2017

      I agree with @Jim.

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      Jim Zorn on November 27, 2017

      Will the expert edition include only the Joyo Kanji or will it include the Jinmeiyo kanji as well? Ideally, I would like it to contain all of the kanji included in 1-kyuu level of the kanji kentei.

    21. Ved Uttamchandani
      on November 27, 2017

      The expert package is meant to be delivered a year after the essentials package?
      In which case people pledging for the expert package would have access to all essentials features while waiting for the expert features, correct?