It's probably easier to pick Japanese by ear than by reading, since listening to Japanese is considerably easier than reading it (especially because of kanji), but I can't come up with a suitable easy-to-understand-in-japanese anime or drama. I tried watching Koko ga Uwasa no El Palacio jDrama, but poor writing and LA fanservice are a turn off for me (I ended watching barely one and a half episode). I decided to pick something better to watch (mainly Yankee-kun To Megane-chan jDrama), but I found out that I don't understand half as much as I did in Koko ga Uwasa no El Palacio.
On a whim I got my hands on RAW chapter of Tsuki Tsuki! and Maga Tsuki and with a shock I found out that I can actually read both. Of course there is still a great deal of looking words up in the dictionary, but the sentences are relativly simple and so are the words. There is furigana for every kanji and my dictionary actually shows the right words when I type in the pronunciation (my previous expirience with reading mang told me that's not always the case), so I don't actually have to redraw the kanji using MS IME and hoping that I got the stroke order right (draw some of them in the wrong order and the IME won't be able to figure out what character it is).
I actually read a chapter of Maga Tsuki in japanese before, but it never occurred to me to try reading another.
Let's face it neither Tsuki Tsuki! or Maga Tsuki is an excellent manga (though Tsuki Tsuki! scores some points for the male lead), but I guess that's the whole point. Since neither of thpse manga is very deep, the dialogs are as shallow as the rest of it. Some characters keep repeating the same word every two panels so you end up remembering it rather quick.
And the word the we learned from Maga Tsuki is:
気持ち （きもち - kimochi） which some of you probably already know and which means feelings. The interesting part about the word is, the fact that it consists of the character 気 （き ki which means a great deal of many things, but it basically means ki) and the kanji 持 which is the same as in the verb 持つ （もつ - to hold）. So what's interesting about that aside from the meaning? Knowing what other words a Japanese word consist of helps you memorize it and makes learning kanji slightly easier.
So if you want to start learning Japanese by reading manga, Tsuki Tsuki! and Maga Tsuki might be a good place to start.
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