Lazy Guide

Lazy anki/mining guide for people who don't want to bother customizing their settings or knowing everything. So it's on you if you like to trust the files that’s going to come from me. This is basically import everything that I have and done without full explanation.
Plus a lot of other useful resources and guides.

Here's how I mine: Mining Demo (full guide below)
Anki(Features) Format: Bilingual, Monolingual (2-in-1 profile supports and adapts automatically in yomichan/anki/mining)

New to Japanese and want to immerse quickly? See Straightway to learn JP

My contact: Xelieu#8158
If you want to buy me a coffee(Thanks!): Ko-fi (Xelieu)

Shortcut: Bookmark | My Content | My Pastebin


  • Immersion Data Spreadsheet update up to 2025 is in the works
  • Includes automatic time spent at episode input and formula is cleaner and more friendly
  • I will post it around the end of december


Old Changelog here

In Anki (Modern Design): update here or front, back, styling

  • Added Modern design(Simple will still exist): [Light Mode | Dark Mode], reference a lot from medamayaki#0328's grammar deck
  • Fully supports mobile sizing
  • Existing user: easier to update through copy and paste: Browse Deck > Mining Deck > Card... > front/back/styling

Thanks to these guides and people!

Please reference here for fully explained stuff for learning Japanese, Anki, add-ons, or any technicalities.

AnimeCards - Knowledgeable details about anki and add-ons and a compact guide for everything
My Mining Setup - GOOD guide about mining setup and automated things.
Texthooker Page - Anacreon created Texthooker page
Marv#5144 - Helped me a lot in regards to script and formatting -- good guy too!
stegatxins0#7346 - The guy that created the My Mining Setup, where I referenced ShareX automated setup
Rudo#2632 - The guy I referenced from here for multiple monolingual dictionaries that I used for my monolingual profile
ッツ#0176 - The guy that made TTU Reader which I use for my LNs!
Avratzzz#0021 and spork#1039 - Helped me with some formulas in spreadsheet and skipped me some manual labor :)
megadziobak#0911 - The guy who made manga_ocr and Manga Yomichan
KamWithK#0634 - The guy who made AnkiConnect for Android
medamayaki#0328 - I completely referenced his deck design from his grammar deck

All my anki related content are a mixed of guides/people who helped me towards my settings.

My content

Here are all the guides and resources that I'll be sharing:

Improved Animecards Anki template w/updated yomichan handlebars and ShareX automation

  • 1 click mining, screenshot and audio record, no need to edit your anki card
  • Improved Anki template with both bilingual and monolingual 1 click swap if you use my yomichan settings

Immersion Data Spreadsheet(Clean; up to 2022) | Immersion Data Spreadsheet(Sample; but outdated don't copy)

  • Detailed immersion data with monthly/yearly
  • To use previous year go to View > Hidden Sheets
  • I'm going to update the yearly formula for Overall and Graph Tracker sheet; check back every January
    • Copying these sheet and overwriting it with your existing sheet won't lose your data
  • You can update it yourself by just duplicating Template sheet, into 12 months of that year, e.g. Jan-2023 (make sure its 3 letter per month with capital on the first letter, Mon-YYYY), then update formula in Overall and Graph Tracker sheet by adding the additional year on top of previous year
    • OR wait my update, still duplicate Template sheet but instead of adding formulas by yourself, just duplicate my updated Overall and Graph Tracker
Why is X Missing?

The following are missing because I never used the tool therefore I don't have any lazy/laymann's term to make:

My Lazy Mining Guide

Here's how I mine: Mining Demo


Here's the features of my Anki from this video(Monolingual sample)

  • 1:39 If-else condition {Selected-Text} - If you use this function, it will instead show in glossary and not the default auto-clean JMDict one(it still exists, just not used), no edit needed
  • 0:23 {sentence} with purple colored highlight
  • 2:10 Hover able kanjis (thanks to @Marv#5144 for idea)
  • Colored purple kanji IN sentence for previous cards that doesn't have underlined yomi pasted (thanks to marv's script)
  • 0:52 NSFW auto-tag to blur images (thanks to marv, also marv modified shareX screenshot hotkey from My Mining Setup to put a NSFW tag note)
  • If vocab is furigana; automatically show sentence as hint on the front
  • Pitch accent graph auto adapts to light or dark mode
  • Cleaner format that removes things like〘v5m・vt〙or →さばを読む


  • The rest of the features above and;
  • If {Selected-Text} has text(the one where you highlight then mine), It will show on top of the 1st glossary
  • If 1st glossary(monolingual dict) is empty; 2nd is shown, if empty, 3rd is shown and so on (6 dicts backup total)
  • Dropdown field is Shinmeikei and JMDict(for english) for supplemental info which is clickable and is always available

You need my Yomichan profile for anki to adapt with both bilingual/monolingual mining

To switch to my Anki format from your existing deck, its easy if you already have the AnimeCards, just literally transfer it, I only added new fields, not change. As for other decks, just try to match all the fields with my deck, and it should also be cool.

Here's a sample of my Anki Format(Simple and Modern):

(Modern) Bilingual

Dark Mode

(Modern) Monolingual

Light Mode

(Simple) Bilingual

Light Mode | Alternative Dark Mode

(Simple) Monolingual

Dark Mode | Alternative Dark Mode

  1. Download Anki here, please use v2 scheduling only specially if you're going to use my add-ons, I can't guarantee other versions working with my add-ons
    • Tested and currently using 2.1.49
  2. Here's my Anki Deck and add-ons
    • Only choose between Simple and Modern Anki Deck
    • If you like Dark Mode, just go to Anki Settings and it should be there, it will automatically adjust
    • Download and Install my Fonts if you like, as it affects both anki and yomichan (pc restart needed)
  3. Download addon21 here
    • Extract and Paste it to C:\Users\YourUser\AppData\Roaming\Anki2
    • Restart your Anki

Here's the list of my Anki add-on, Google ‘addon-name Anki’ to know more about them (this is lazy guide)
AJT Mortician is optional, you can edit the config on the toolbar through 'AJT'

Add-ons quick tips:

  • When you are inside a deck, shift click on 'stats' for more info
  • If you highlight and right click a word, you can see some additional features like 'search to google'
  • Ctrl + click to edit inside review
  • On the menu bar, there's "tools" where a few of my addons are also there
  1. Download Mining Deck and open it to add it into Anki
  2. Copy this settings; I recommend using AJT Mortician so you get the shortest anki time possible (by burying card to next day if 'again' 3-5x)
    • Shift + Click your deck's 'option' to see this window
    • Lapses > Leech Threshold > 4-6 is good
    • Refer here for more info about adjustments/retention
  3. Here's how to Mine
    • If you’ve followed ShareX guide, screenshotting/audio recording will be automatically pasted to what you’ve mined and no need to manually paste it
    • By holding 'Alt' (which you can change) by hovering on a word it will display the monolingual window which you can mine with and my anki format will accept both; change profile priority in Configure profiles... if you want the other way around
  4. To see if it worked go to: Anki > Browse > Mining Deck
    • Always have the ‘browse’ window closed if you’re using ShareX automation
    • Make sure when mining, Anki is always open

You need my Yomichan profile for anki to adapt with both bilingual/monolingual mining

Kanji, Reading, and Sentence are hover able + clickable for easy searching

Alternative Anki Design

If you want a Dracula(purple-ish) design like this:

Note: If you only want the card bg color and not whole Anki, skip straight to step 5. (Simple Design only)

  1. On your Anki > Ctrl + Shift + A
  2. Tap Get Add-ons... and paste this 688199788(Recolor Add-on) and restart Anki
  3. In your Anki toolbar go to AnKing > ReColor
  4. Go to Advanced > then paste this code snippet
  5. Go to Browse > Mining Deck > Cards... > Styling > change .night-mode .card to background-color: #282A36; and DONE! (Simple Design only)


  • Download Yomichan
  • Mouse Hover Dictionary
  • Used for mining to Anki
  • My profile has Bilingual/Monolingual/Phone(for VN and LN) profiles and adapts automatically with my Anki format
  • Here's a sample for Bilingual and Monolingual
  1. Go to edge://extensions or chrome://extensions (not needed for firefox)
  2. Make sure Allow access to file URLs is enabled in Yomichan extension
  3. Download my yomichan dictionary then extract the 7z (don't extract the dicts itself after the first extraction)
  4. Yomichan Settings > Dictionary > Import everything (dicts first, before my yomichan settings below)
  5. Download my yomichan custom settings (Bilingual and Monolingual Handlebars included within separate profiles)
  6. Yomichan Extension settings(make sure advanced settings is checked) > Import Settings > Import my file (Don’t sanitize as my customize will be gone)
  7. Follow this order (this is automatic when you import my settings AFTER importing dictionaries)
    • Bilingual follow the photo
    • Monolingual enable everything
  8. Turn on Yomichan Extension
  9. You can now hover to any Japanese characters in your browser
    • If you want stroke order shown go to Yomichan settings > Popup Appearance > Configure custom CSS... > do this
    • Bilingual is default, you can hold alt to use the Monolingual profile, or go to settings and adjust it to what you like
    • Change profile priority in Configure profiles... if you want the other way around
    • If you want mouse button hotkey for one handed mining see ShareX's OPTIONAL portion below
      Bilingual | Monolingual here
  10. If it still doesn't work to mine, make sure:
    • You have my addons specifically AnkiConnect
    • You have my Mining Deck Imported
    • You have your Anki opened along with Yomichan
    • Yomichan settings > Anki > Configure Anki Card Format has 'Deck' as 'Mining Deck' and 'Model' as 'Mining Format' (retoggle it; make sure to recopy the code format)

Optional: Yomichan Local Audio Source
Note: This might take a few hours

  1. Download everything from here or torrent the local_audio.7z
  2. Open and Install localaudio_v07.ankiaddon and restart Anki
  3. Extract local_audio.7z and paste it to C:\Users\YourUser\AppData\Roaming\Anki2\addons21\955441350\user_files and restart Anki
  4. My yomichan settings OR in yomichan settings > audio > configure audio playback sources... > add > custom url (JSON)
    - Paste http://localhost:5050/?term={term}&reading={reading} and make sure its on the top
  5. It should now work with no delay compared to online

Here's the source for more info

Clipboard Inserter

  1. Go to extension options or edge://extensions or chrome://extensions (not needed for firefox)
  2. Make sure Allow access to file URLs is enabled
  3. Use this page: Texthooker Page
  4. Turn on Clipboard Inserter Extension by clicking on it for that ‘specific’ tab
  5. If working as intended it should paste anything you copy or from textractor of any kind:


  • Download ShareX
  • For easier screenshotting/audio recording for pasting to Anki fields
  1. Download my ShareX settings
  2. Application Settings > Settings > Import
  3. Hotkey Settings > Change the keybinds/name if you like
  4. Hotkey Settings > screenshot/nsfw/audio >override screenshot folder > change the path for each one
    • %ApplicationData%\Anki2\**YourAnkiProfileName**\
  5. Make sure you change it for each one screenshot, screenshot-nsfw and audio
  6. For audio; Hotkey settings > screen recorder > screen recorder options
    • Make sure you have FFmpeg downloaded and installed
    • Install recorder devices
    • Video source: none
    • Audio source: virtual-audio-capturer
  7. For easy 1 click screenshot if you have 2+ monitor/fixed display size for your immersion:
    • screenshot & nsfw hotkey settings > Task: Capture pre configured region
    • Capture > Select Region > Select your monitor where your content is

Optional: Mouse hotkey for one-handed mining, download Autohotkey
Alt + Screenshot hotkey
- Forward Mouse button = ALT for monolingual pop-up
- Back Mouse button = Screenshot (non nsfw)


Audio + Screenshot hotkey
- Forward Mouse button = Audio recording
- Back Mouse button = Screenshot (non nsfw)

Ignore the random name files, its just a leftover for when I'm exporting my ShareX settings and can't be removed upon export, actual files is not present, just delete it if you like

If it still doesn't work

Please refer to: My Mining Setup by stegaxins0 for full technical information and follow the full step by step instead

MangaOCR or Manga with yomichan

You have 2 options: Literal Manga OCR(Plug&Play) | Manga with Yomichan(Process first; read after)

Manga OCR
  1. Download python from here
    • Then choose Windows/mac 'INSTALLER' 64bit and install
    • Check 'Add Python to Path'
  2. Open command prompt by winkey/search > cmd
  3. Put pip3 install manga-ocr
    • Then just let it download/install for a few mins until its done and you can type again
  4. Put manga_ocr or manga_ocr "/path/to/sharex/screenshot/folder"(OCR from a folder only) to start the program then just minimize (for clickable program, go below for Optional A)
    • Change hotkey settings too: After Capture: Save image to file and Override screenshot folder
  5. Capture anything using Shift + Alt + Q from ShareX Hotkey (You can use mouse button, go below for Optional B)
    • Make sure Yomichan Search window is opened
    • You can edit it by opening ShareX > Hotkey Settings > OCR (manga_ocr)

ShareX hotkey settings if you are not using my profile:

Video How-to from github page

Optional A: Make a clickable cmd to start manga-ocr (windows only)

  1. Right click in an empty space > new > shortcut
  2. Type the location of the item as: C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /k manga_ocr
    • OCR only from specific folder: C:\Windows\System32\cmd.exe /k manga_ocr "/path/to/sharex/screenshot/folder"
    • Change hotkey settings too: After Capture: Save image to file and Override screenshot folder
    • Next then choose your name and done
  3. Right click > Properties > Run > Minimized Window

Optional B: Scan using mouse button

  1. Download and install AutoHotkey
  2. Download my AHK script then run it
  3. Use mouse5 or forward button to use it
    • Leave Shift + Alt + Q hotkey from ShareX as it is
    • You can edit the hotkey by editing the script if you like

Alternative: stegatxins' My Mining Setup Capture2Text Guide (It is inferior)

NOTE: Since this is trained in manga data, if you are using it in game lines, it is better to scan per sentence than a whole paragraph

Contact megadziobak#0911 for any issues or concern or check out the github page

Manga with Yomichan

Read in your Android using Kiwi Browser with Yomichan installed
Here's a Demo or Video Demo

You have 2 options:

Online Processing Method
  1. Follow this Setup Guide
  2. To be able to mine in android make sure you have:
Local Processing Method
  1. Download python from here
    • Then choose Windows/mac 'INSTALLER' 64bit and install
  2. Open command prompt by winkey/search > cmd
  3. Put pip3 install mokuro
    • Then just let it download/install for a few mins until its done and you can type again
  4. Optional -- to use GPU CUDA
    • Check if your GPU is CUDA compatible
    • Download CUDA package here
    • Put pip3 install torch torchvision torchaudio --extra-index-url in cmd or go here for updated version
    • To check if its existing, put python > import torch > torch.cuda.is_available()
    • If problem occurs reinstall pytorch by pip uninstall torch twice then redo the step above and update to the latest if its after 11.7, if still failed, go here
  5. Two options to Process:
    Specified Manga volume: Put mokuro F:\Manga\Saenai\Vol3 (Replace full directory, Saenai and volume #)
    All Manga volumes: Put mokuro --parent_dir F:\Manga\Saenai (Replace full directory, Saenai with your manga name)
    • Your vol1, 2, 3, etc. should be inside Saenai folder in ascending uniform named order
  6. Once finished, go to the directory, open the .html file, and then you can read (ocr folder is optional but recommended to keep)
  7. To be able to mine on android make sure you have:
Troubleshooting for android
  1. Go to Kiwi's 。。。option > Extension > Yomichan 'Details'
    • Check Allow access to file URLs
  2. Type this URL into Kiwi: file:///sdcard/
    • Navigate to the .html file
Android 11+ Solution

Ways to transfer:
- Via PC
- File browser that can access Android > data folder
- Or use this MiXplorer (open source)

  1. Go to: ~/Android/data/com.kiwibrowser.browser/files/Download
  2. Put your manga files including ocr and .html files (ocr is optional but recommended to keep)
    • If the files came from your android to transfer to data folder, only copy, not cut, it will not paste
  3. In your Kiwi Browser simply navigate to: file:///sdcard/Android/data/com.kiwibrowser.browser/files/Download and open the .html file

Contact megadziobak#0911 for any issues or concern or check out the github page

Read Light Novel ANYWHERE with yomichan and mining


  1. Download AnkiConnect Android from here, click Assets then choose the one with .apk and install
  2. On yomichan settings > Profile > Change default and editing profile to Kiwi for Phone; then skip step 2-4
    OR if you are not using my profile:
    • Go to yomichan settings > turn on 'Advanced' (landscape to show on other devices, check the step below first if you can't find it)
    • Look "Configure custom text replacement patterns" under Translation
    • Add a new pattern "\s" and replace it with nothing
  3. On kiwi browser, 。。。 dropdown, scroll down and select yomichan and go to settings
  4. On audio > configure audio playback sources...
    - replace it with http://localhost:8765/?term={term}&reading={reading}
  5. You should now be able to mine anywhere

IF for a miracle reason you encountered a problem: Github Page - Common Errors and Solutions or contact KamWithK#0634

NOTE: Don't forget to sync Ankidroid and syncing again on your PC if you plan to mine on it afterwards or vice versa

Play Visual Novel ANYWHERE with yomichan and mining


NOTE: You DON'T NEED to have the VN to be on steam or it being a steam game, it is why we set it to Desktop mode in step 3 making it like Teamviewer, which means you can use this for other purpose too, not just VN.

  1. Open your steam settings > Controller > Desktop configuration (you must have your steam link opened in your phone)
  2. Customize your M1-M8 with whatever keybinds you like for your mining or whatever like ShareX e.g. alt + shift + C
  3. Open Steam Link > Settings > Streaming > 2nd page > Launch Mode > Desktop (to disable Big Picture)
  4. Use Steam link > shake your phone(if icon is not there) > open the top left icon > Touch Controller ENABLED > Layout Controls > add your macros wherever, erase controller buttons as you won't need them
  5. Use Mouse Trackpad not direct cursor (or you can't switch monitor)
  6. Launch your VN

Make sure Big Picture is disabled and that you launch your VN out of steam or else, you'll have a problem with controller layout when the steam recognized it as a game

How to mine:

  1. Drag your mouse out of your screen to where your 2nd monitor is (or use alt tab macro)
  2. TAP your screen to switch monitor
  3. Add Yomichan word like usual
  4. Use the macros that you've set for screenshot/audio (ShareX)
  • Macros on my Steam Link
  • Yomichan on my phone

ShareX for easy screenshot using macro

  1. Hotkey settings > Task: Capture pre configured region
  2. Capture > Select Region > Select your monitor where your VN is

Assuming both your game and texthooker is on full screen in 2 monitors

My Yomichan settings so you don't go blind on smaller screen

  • Download Texthooker Page then rename for this specific use only e.g. TexthookerPhone.html
  • My yomichan custom settings already has a Phone (VN) profile, all you need to follow is step 3 and 4 (unless you want to customize it)
  1. PC Yomichan settings > Export Settings
  2. Create a new profile > Import Settings
  3. Configure Profile > Edit conditions > IF URL > Matches RegExp
  4. Put your texthooker page location by copying URL (e.g. file:///E:/TexthookerPhone.html)
  5. Appearance > config custom CSS > copy and paste this
  6. Position & Size > Width: 768, Height: 468 > Scale 110%
  7. Zoom in the texthooker page into 150%

Yes you can combine your normal texthooker and 2nd texthooker, just make sure you refresh the page every time you switch between them, and pause the timer of the other

Straightway to learn JP

Quick tips before:
- Consistency and pay attention are the secret, no actual other cheat
- Don't compare yourself to others, don't give up, don't listen to quick success in x time
- Just do it, many others spend more time figuring out than actually doing, you will never be ready if you never do it
- Time/Number listed is not strict, even if it takes you x10 longer or lesser day/minimum of what I listed, its only average
- No, you are not stupid/too old, if you can learn your native, you can learn other language, even parrots learned

  1. Learn Kana; Hiragana(first) and Katakana(second)
    • Do 15 new Kana/day
    • Skip worksheets and long paragraphs details and go straight to the guide
    • Just do the Kana Quiz(each time you learnt +5 kana) and put a gap between reviews, e.g. 15mins/30mins/1hr/8hrs
    • This should take at most, a week
  2. Download Anki and my Anki add-ons
    • Extract the Anki add-ons and Paste it to C:\Users\YourUser\AppData\Roaming\Anki2
    • Restart your Anki
  3. Download Core 2.3k Deck then copy this settings (Shift + Click your deck's 'option' to see this window)
  4. Do the Core 2.3k deck, start with 10 new cards/day(30 max; don't overdo it) along with the grammar guide below;
    • Kanji is here on the deck; learn vocab not isolated kanji is the motto
  5. Either Tae Kim Text Grammar Guide or Cure Dolly's Video Grammar Guide (First 30 videos only)
    • No, you do not need to perfect the quizzes, you can even skip it
    • What's important is digest the material properly or get a glimpse of it which you will look back on hundreds of times anyways
  6. Once you've finished grammar guide and at least done 1k-1.5k cards, you can now start mining and do actual immersion early on
    • This should take 2-4 months depending on your effort to be able to start immersing
  7. While immersing you can quickly check grammar points from DoJG(Beginner) and Nihongokyoshi(Intermediate+)
    • Read/watch what you like, but only up to medium difficulty, or 4-5/10 on jpdb, its going to be a real pain at first, but do it
  8. Go to Lazy Mining Guide I made for easy setup of latest mining tools for whatever media
    • Mining - is the act of creating cards from media you immerse on like VN/LN, my tools provide a single-click mining

P.S. A very dumb down version hence, it lacks info, just do it along the way and if you have questions you can ask me Xelieu#8158 :) or discord immersion server

P.P.S. No bullshit textbooks, subscriptions or being stuck for years studying thinking you are not ready enough, because you will never be if you don't start immersing

Retention How-to:

(This is entirely my opinion)
Note: Whenever you are making these changes, please observe for a few weeks before tweaking for more

Mining (These are mostly beginners' pointers)

  1. Make sure you only mine i+1 aka only 1 unknown kanji in the vocab or in the sentence it came from, that it should all makes sense but that 1 unknown
  2. Try avoiding rare words/very specific vocab words(e.g. fantasy settings, if you know you won't read it again)
  3. Usually, you can rep with just yomichan in the very common vocabs, try avoiding mining that, unless it took you ages and you still confuse it

Anki Settings

  1. If you're already using my settings, you can also try microstep modified v2 or microstep modified v1
    • Shift + Click 'options' on your deck to get this window
  2. Lapse, make your leech threshold down into 4-6 and suspend card instead of tag only
  3. Use micro steps, my microstep modified v2 has it, it eases recognizing new cards
  4. (Worse case scenario) Decrease your new cards, usually by 3-5 then observe for a few weeks


  • Custom Study > Review forgotten cards > 1 day only
    • I'd recommend doing your anki first thing in the morning, then doing this at night
    • It's good as it only takes less than 5 minutes since there's no step
  • You are actually honest; if you forgot, you forgot, it will be better in long term

Anki Settings to touch if above fails

  • Change New Cards > Starting Ease decrease to 30-50% each time then observe
  • Change Reviews > Interval Modifier by 10% plus or minus(lowest 90%) depending on your retention

Anki Settings full explanation and add-ons: AnimeCards Site and Micro Steps Guide for full explanation.

Note: The settings matter less the further you go in Japanese as you'll get used to it/know a lot to build upon from

Pub: 27 Sep 2021 11:32 UTC
Edit: 28 Nov 2022 01:05 UTC
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