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Setup: Other


This page contains all setup steps that are purely optional, as well as random miscellaneous info. It is expected that you have Anki and Yomichan already setup, and the note is already working.

Yomichan Appearance

If you want to follow my exact Yomichan popup appearance:

  • Go to (Yomichan settings) → Popup Appearance.
  • Set Compact glossaries to ON.
  • Set Compact tags to OFF.

There are also plenty of css customizations for Yomichan listed out in the JP Resources page.


If you are planning on using the JMdict dictionary, the ones provided from most sources (TMW's google drive, Matt's video on Yomichan, and Yomichan's main github page) are all somewhat outdated, which usually means less accurate definitions and less coverage.

To get the most recent version of JMdict, download it from the official site (download JMdict_e.gz) and use yomichan-import to get the latest JMdict version available.

If you don't want to compile it from source, I provide a download link here, which should only be a few months stale at most.

Other dictionaries

  • JMdict Surface Forms

    This is a dictionary placed in the UtilityDictionaries field by default. Although I don't use it when studying Anki, it helps to use this when creating Anki notes for monolingual definitions. See this for more information.

  • I highly recommend getting some pitch accent dictionaries and frequency lists if you have not already, as these will be shown and used in the note type. See TheMoeWay's folder to browse through some examples.

  • JPDB frequency list

    I personally recommend using the JPDB frequency list as one of your frequency lists, because it has high word coverage, and seems very high quality (particularly for fiction content).

  • JPDB Kanji dictionary

    This dictionary is extremely useful to see the most popular words where a particular kanji is used. I like using this to see how rare a kanji is at a glance.

    This synergizes well with kanji frequency dictionaries.

Local Audio Server for Yomichan

See here if you want to be able to create Anki cards nearly instanteously, and fetch audio without a working internet connection.

I personally recommend using this setup if you can.

Various Anki Resources

This documentation is primarily focused on how to use this note, rather than Anki itself, so little will be written about the details of Anki here.

Instead, here is a small list of resources on setting up and using Anki itself:

Note that every website here has different recommendations. You will likely have to play with the settings and actually use Anki for an extended period of time to find the most optimal setup for yourself.

Other Anki Add-ons

If you're interested in copying my setup, I provide the list of addons I personally use here. I also provide a small list of other popular add-ons that I don't use, but may be useful for you.

List of Add-ons I use (click here)

Documented above (I use all required and optional addons for the note type):

Algorithm Changing:




Useful Add-ons that I don't use (click here)

Separate Pitch Accent Deck

If you want card types to go to a different deck by default, you can change it by doing the following:


Browse (top middle)
Cards... (around the middle of the screen, right above first field of the note. This is NOT the Cards dropdown menu at the top right corner)
Card Type dropdown (top of the screen)
→ (choose pitch accent card type)
Options (the first Options you see at the very top of the screen)
Deck Override...

Last update: March 8, 2023