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Would be great except for one major flaw
on December 3, 2017
This would be great except for one major flaw - all the kanji characters have smaller katakana listed above them, on the *front* of the flashcard! If you are unfamiliar with Japanese writing, the katakana is the list of (about) 46 characters that you can memorize in a day or two, and which have phonetic values. The kanji number in the thousands, and unlike the katakana, you cannot tell how they are pronounced just by looking at them. The point of flashcards is to test yourself to see if you can remember (in part) how the kanji is pronounced. Having the pronunciation listed right on the front of the flash card defeats the purpose. I had to go through all 400+ cards with a sharpie and blot out the katakana in order to make the cards actually useful in memorization testing.
Also, I don't know if it's just me or if others found this, but there were two duplicate cards in my set.
Overall, I'm still buying volume 2, because I'm not aware of anything better.