Show by Rock – Tips


Thought I’d translate some tips I found since they are very useful. Again, I claim none of this information and am merely translating it for English speakers’ comprehension.

Official site:

Official site (anime):

Show by Rock wiki:

Show by Rock walkthrough wiki:

Regarding daily events: Easy mode will net you the most rewards for the stamina cost. However, it does take a lot of time.

*A personal tip regarding daily quests (thanks to Marzi pointing this out to me!):

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Play the song enough to beat the boss, and then you can stop playing and do other stuff while the song continues. The starting tension is generally enough to be sufficient for easy songs, and you won’t lose enough heath to “die”. This fulfills both the normal clear requirement (don’t lose) and the challenge (defeat the boss) for all the rewards you’d normally get!! The biggest downside of doing this is by getting a low rank, your exp earned will be very low, but it is a very useful trick if you want to play a LOT of low level boss stages and don’t want to pay full attention to it.

Tips for leveling cards for the bingo sheets: There are certain N cards that require 20 exp to level to level 2 [image not created by me]. These are the easiest to max, since they require 2030 exp in total to reach level 15. After you max a card, you can sell it or feed it to another card, and you don’t need to keep it in your box.

Here is a table showing the exp requirements of all card rarities. [image not created by me] To tell which card is which column, look at how much exp you need to level from 1 to 2 and you can find out its type. 20 exp is the 1st chart, 30 exp is the 2nd, and 29 exp for the 3rd.

Can I reset to get a good card?: Yes. The best method to do this is to reach the 2nd bingo card, and you should be able to pull the gacha at least three times. If you keep at one account for about a day, then you may be able to earn 50 stones to pull the 10-card gacha (and guarantee at least 1 SSR).

Regarding gacha:
For the friend point gacha, Arisugawa’s (egg guy) outfit is irrelevant.
If you’re pulling the 50x melodician gacha, you are guaranteed one card that is at least SSR.
Red clothes Arisugawa->Red light = You may get an SSR.
Gold clothes Arisugawa->Red light = SSR guaranteed.
Rainbow light = UR

Song time/BPM list: [image not by me]


SB69 Getting Started Guide


SB69 = Show By Rock

Download the game via Qoo

[NOTE: This guide is relatively outdated. The game has gone through several updates at this point and some of the information is a little more scattered, and new things have been added. Apologies for not yet updating.]

To get started, there’s a small “tutorial”. The first entry screen is for you to put your name, and then it’ll ask you if you want to see a tutorial. If you’re not used to rhythm games, I’d suggest hitting the blue button and it will show you the tutorial. Otherwise, it’s pretty simple, so I skipped it personally. You need to set your timing next, which is pretty important, but you can change it again later in the options menu if it’s not working. Proceed to set the timing, hitting the note on the beat. Once that’s done, you can hit “check” and it’ll play a little test track to see if the timing is right now. Lastly, you’ll have to do one normal stage and then a boss stage in order to move on and go to any other menus.

Bottom rowHome | Tour | Cards | Gacha | Shop | Menu

Bingo board (upper left): This is AWESOME and you will want to go to it whenever it has an update. You have to complete certain tasks and it’ll fill in a bingo space, and you get money, friend points, exp cards, and melodician (crystals) like crazy when you get bingos. Some of them you may have to complete a certain tour quest, look at a tutorial explanation somewhere, max out a certain number of cards, login a certain amount of days, etc. But the rewards are absolutely amazingly worth it.

If you’re not sure what to do, and you click on the square and it shows two options, click the right one and it will lead you to where you need to complete it. If you’re on the 1st or 2nd bingo board, it might just be simply clicking around and looking at tutorials, or pulling the gachas for the first time.

Egg guy (bottom right): Chatting scenes between band members. Click through to see these and you’ll get rewards at the end. Money, friend points, and even more melodician. Worth it to speed through when you get updates. (They’re also cute, but I don’t know if/when I’ll personally ever translate them unless someone specifically wants me to for a certain band or something.)

Present: Your item box. The button at the top is for collecting everything at once.

Tour: The “quest” line of the game. You have to play these songs in order to unlock them for band practice, for which you can play to level up your bands quickly. You also get melodician if you’re able to defeat the boss in the boss stages at the end of each area.

Event: Holiday events/special events, daily events, and the daily free play songs.
Daily events: (Changes 12am Japan time.)
Sunday: Money cards
Monday: Dark soul exp cards
Tuesday: Fire soul exp cards
Wednesday: Water soul exp cards
Thursday: Wood soul exp cards
Friday: Light soul exp cards
Saturday: Sheet music (used for evolving bands)
Daily free play songs: One song offered per day, changes each day. No stamina cost, but also no rewards.

Band: This is where you level up your bands. Click on the band name, and you can either practice (top) or evolve (below). Leveling and evolving bands will get you more “tension” (your HP) and allows you to hit bad/miss (or good during boss attacks) without losing as quickly. Tension is specific to the band, and songs are specific to each band. If you want lots of HP for all the songs, you’ll need to level each and every band.
Practice: You have to practice with the band in order to level them up to max before you can evolve them. Practicing costs money (potentially a lot of it) but no stamina. Once you max out the band’s current level, you can evolve. You also get EXP by playing songs normally through the tour or events, but you can get a SHIT TON of exp through this practice area depending on how well you rank and how much money you spend on the studio.
Studio: You’ll need to switch between studios to determine how much you want to spend and how much exp you’re going to get. Here’s the breakdown. The columns listed there are: Studio | Cost | Rank | Full Combo | Master | EXP. You can look at the cost and rank and see how much exp you can get per studio.
Evolve: You need sheet music from the Saturday event quest in order to evolve bands. Your band also needs to be at their current maximum level. More info here. Columns are: Evolve level | Max level they need to be at | And the required amounts of the three respective types of sheet music.
Note– once you evolve a band, you can change their appearance back to whichever form you like by going to the band menu, scrolling to the band, and hitting the bottom button, use left or right arrows to pick, and press the blue button to select the style you want.

This screen shows up when you’re about to start a song. Reiterating some important things:
Tension = HP
Souls = Attack power (*The ONLY color that matters for the song you’re about to play is the color that’s shown. Pick a friend/guest and your deck with a high amount of it.)
The amount of souls in black text is the souls that this particular band has, and the red is the amount that your deck(+friend) adds to it.
Each song has a normal clear condition and a challenge. The normal clear is generally easy, and challenge can be difficult. Usually (IMO) the challenge does not even matter since you’ll generally just get 1000 coins or something. EXCEPT FOR THE BOSS STAGES. Clearing the challenge (killing the boss) is so important because that’s the only way you get a melodician from a boss stage.
You can only get the challenge bonus once. You can’t just grind the same boss over and over for melodician.
The recommended amount of souls is for clearing the normal condition, not the challenge.

Card area:
The pink section appears to be under construction, and may contain new features sometime soon. I have no idea what it’ll be for…

General card tips:
Feed same color to same color and get extra exp.
Winged egg angel things are great exp feed.
What you want to build is your number of souls PER COLOR. This number is your attack power. It’ll get you better scores the higher it is, and kill bosses faster. Do not try to build one single “well-rounded” deck, it’s inefficient. Build five different decks for each of the five colors to get the highest amount of souls you can for that one color at a time. You do NOT need high power in more than one color at a time since I am unaware of any songs that use more than one color.

1st button: Rearrange your decks. I suggest using the auto-build (top right in the deck arrange screen) and use your five slots to build a deck for each color.
2nd button: Level up your cards. Click on the card you want to level up, proceed, and then add in what you want to use up. Use feed cards (and egg angels) of the same color for better exp. No need to level up the feed.. as far as I know. I tried it once and got lower exp using one leveled up card than if  I’d just used em individually. Try to keep anything 2 star and up, at least when you’re starting out. Even fully leveled 2 stars give pretty great souls for their dominant color.
3rd button: Sell. I don’t particularly sell anything but the egg guys holding money that you can get from the Sunday quest, since they’re specifically for selling.
4th button: View your cards.

2nd row 1st button: Your card gallery by band.
2nd row 2nd button: UR+ menu. I haven’t actually done this yet so I’m not familiar with it. But this is where you can upgrade your UR cards.
2nd row 3rd button: God gacha point exchange. This menu is where you can “sell” your cards of rarity R or higher for god gacha points. This god gacha pulls you a guaranteed UR. However, it costs a lot of points, so you’ll need to exchange a lot of R/SR/SSR cards for points.

[Gacha screen, sorry no screencap at the moment]

Super bromide gacha: This costs 5x for 1 card or 50x melodician for 10 cards. I will always recommend the 50x pull.
Super bromide gacha [event]: Same as above, but may contain different URs.
God gacha: This costs god gacha points that are earned through exchanging R/SR/SSR cards in the card menu. See above. 1 pull is 300 god gacha points (I am not sure if this number changes). Guaranteed UR.
UR gacha: Guaranteed UR. You can only get UR gacha tickets through doing well in certain events (like, REALLY well), or certain special promotions if you buy a lot of melodician with real currency.
SSR gacha: Guaranteed SSR. You can get these tickets through events sometimes if you do well.
Normal gacha: This costs friend points. You get friend points through song rewards, having people use your leader for their songs, bingo, event rewards, etc. You pull by using 100 points for 1 card, or up to 1,000 points for 10 cards at once. You’ll generally get N rank cards, sometimes R, and rarely SR.

This is where you can (in order), buy melodician with actual money;
Recover your stamina by using a melodician;
Use a melodician to increase your friend slots by 5;
And use a melodician to increase your card slots by 5.

[Options menu: this screen has completely changed. I’ll update the pic eventually.]

Menu: (left to right, top to bottom)
Friend [accept/delete friend requests, enter friend referral code]
Profile [change greeting, highlighted song]
Band member gallery

Card gallery
Change device
SB69 ID [create an account]

Enter code [I don’t know much about this area]
Set twitter account [like for when you pull the gacha you can post the result to twitter, or post your referral code]
Official twitter account

Official facebook account
Send inquiry
Update game data

Usage policy
Close the game

Friend submenu:

Friend list
Search for a user
Friend requests (incoming and outgoing)
Referral code (entering one in or giving out your own)

Options submenu:

Volume controls
Display skill names
Display guidelines (show horizontal lines on the track during a song)
Low spec mode (if you have trouble with your phone not recognizing input and skipping notes during songs, put this on and connect your phone to your charge cord. it should help.)
Restore to default
Adjust timing settings


Feel free to ask me any questions!

Japanese learning resource post


Gonna compile together a lot of the resources I used (am still using) while learning Japanese.

Anki – I love this so much. It is my primary learning tool and #1 recommendation. I have it on my home computer, my work computer, my laptop, my phone… I try to use it every single day even if it’s only a few cards here and there.

Anki decks:

Heisig’s Remember the Kanji (Edit: deck has been removed, here are alternatives) – Best used with Reviewing the Kanji and/or Remembering the Kanji.

Japanese corePLUS (Edit: deck has been removed, not sure of an alternative but here) – DOWNLOAD THE SOUND FILES. Read the description for information about sound files for this deck. I test myself with this deck by gauging whether I know the word immediately by sight and sound (easy), whether I have to think about it for a while based on the kanji meanings (normal), or if I only figure out the meaning by closing my eyes and flipping the card to listen to them say the sentence with the word in context (hard). It was harder for me to go through this deck before I added the sound files.

Tae Kim’s Guide to Japanese Grammar (Edit: deck has been removed, not sure of an alternative but here) – Best used with A Guide to Japanese Grammar.

Japanese Core 2000 (Edit: deck has been removed, not sure of an alternative but here) – This link is only for step 1, but there are multiple decks and multiple steps. Great listening practice. I use this for easy review or taking a break, but it may be helpful for learning too.

Websites: – Feels more like I’m playing a game. Get enough points, level up, stuff like that. Information, quizzes, flashcards, reading exercises, etc.

Guide to Japanese (web) – Very helpful, easy to understand grammar tips.

Reviewing the Kanji – Much more helpful (IMO) kanji stories than the ones provided in the RTK textbook. MUCH more helpful, really, considering how the RTK textbook literally stops providing stories halfway through the book anyway.


A Guide to Japanese Grammar (book) – The book form of the “Guide to Japanese” website. I love this book. It’s been a LOT of help to me, especially when paired with the Anki deck that lets you type in the answer and check if you’re right or not.

Remembering the Kanji – Looking back on it now, I probably would not actually buy this book. It’s helpful for learning the stroke order of the kanji, but otherwise, the stories provided in this book are not as helpful (to me) as the user-submitted stories here.

Genki – Just a link to the first book, but I have Genki I and II. These books are what would have been required if I’d taken actual Japanese classes at my college (which I did not do). As such, they are confusing as SHIT at first if you don’t have an instructor, and they mainly teach polite language. They’ve still helped me, and were a nice change of pace if I ever got tired of my other study regimen, but they were not my main study tool. A Guide to Japanese Grammar by Tae Kim was a LOT easier for me to understand and much more enjoyable, given that I’m learning by myself and not with a class/instructor.


Denshi Jisho – I use the bookmarklet for this site all the time.

Rikaisama (Firefox)/Rikaikun (Chrome) – I use this when I have a lot of text I want to read but am too lazy to look up the words I don’t know individually, like when I’m reading fanfics. Otherwise I’ll use the Denshi Jisho bookmarklet to highlight one word and check its meaning.

weblio – Still by no means perfect, but a good translator tool that gives you multiple suggestions, example sentences, lets you choose whether you want to translate with polite or casual Japanese.

goo – A great Japanese-only dictionary, when you’re at the point you can use this sort of thing.

Google translate(?) – I don’t.. really… recommend google…… But it does know some slang that other sites may not recognize. It’s pretty shitty unless you know what you’re looking for… Do not rely on this site.

Other resource lists: Some other resources I did not list in this post.


I’ll add to this post as I remember more stuff.


I haven’t.. posted here in a while…

I haven’t had altogether much time to sit down and /study/ Japanese lately in general. I’ve been too preoccupied with school this semester, since it is my last semester before I graduate. I’ll pick up my studies again once the semester is over with in May, most likely. I’ve been going to every so often but that’s also been fairly uncommon.

I have been making more of an effort to read tweets on my Japanese twitter list though, especially now that I’ve gotten into Bravely Default and followed a lot of BDFF fans. It’s so nice.. being in a fandom again… Ys is so dead and barren even with the release of Celceta, people just don’t care…

It’s been a shock to draw a BD-related doodle and post it on my JP tl and get like 7 favorites on it //// from really great artists too..!! I can’t believe so many really great artists followed me back on twitter…!!! And seem to like my art too..!!!!!

Speaking of Bravely Default in general, I’ve started playing it entirely in Japanese and it’s really, really nice. Since I know the basic story in English already, thanks to my girlfriend playing it and talking about it and showing me scenes here and there in English, I can follow along pretty well. Sometimes I switch it to English temporarily if I want to be sure about what’s being talked about, but each time I do that, it’s shocking how different the translations are from the original script, and how much content is really lost in translation. I’m so, so glad they included the Japanese text in the English release so I could follow along the story as it was originally intended…

On the other hand though.. I kinda wish I’d had to buy the Japanese version so I could actually redeem these codes!! I bought the Pocketbook of R books, the official complete guide, and the art book, and I didn’t realize it but I got costume codes in each one, so I could theoretically have all the special costumes. But I am pretty sure I can’t redeem them if I only buy the eshop version of the game..

Ah! I started up dmmd the other day and I was so happy!! I haven’t played it for months and months and I was so shocked at how much I actually understood. The last time I played it, I could only pick out a word here and there and didn’t even bother reading the text that wasn’t voiced. But this time..! This time…!! I was able to read the MAJORITY of it without looking anything up, the unvoiced text included! It’s so, so nice to see that all my studying is paying off!


I will still be using this blog to keep track of my studies though. I have been remiss lately in posting about what I’ve been learning and I would like to focus on it again. I would also like to begin using this blog as a diary as well, but of course, I want to try to write entries in Japanese since I already have an English diary. Ideally, I want to transition this blog from being almost entirely written in English to being written entirely in Japanese.

I have been studying a lot lately, actually, and feeling pretty good about it. I talked to someone on skype in Japanese for the first time in the past week and it was pretty fun. I’ve been really happy being able to have a few simple conversations on twitter and IM.

I also joined a couple of local Japanese study groups. Neither of them have had a meeting since December last year but I’m hoping they’ll meet sometime soon and I can go and try to speak a bit in Japanese.

One of the study groups I joined had a loooot of nice resources! I’ll post a few of them here too.

Japanese short stories

Children’s stories

Genki self-study help

Listening practice I have not used this yet but it seems cool.

Audiobooks with transcripts

NHK Japanese lessons

ALC Apparently a dictionary made by translators. I haven’t used it yet.

Read/buy manga: Jコミ and eBookJapan

I added this deck to my Anki and will be adding the other steps as I complete them.

I’ve also been adding a lot of kanji compounds to a custom deck of mine and I have to write out the kana to answer it. I have so many Anki decks but they all help me practice different things.

[weekly progress]



I decided once year-end hits, I’m going to stop doing weekly posts like this and do monthly updates instead. Basically I’ve been thinking and these flashcards are getting more stressful than fun. My reviews have backed up so much to where I have 541 in my RTK deck and 742 in my corePLUS deck. Let’s just say every 100 reviews takes me a full hour to do. I used to be perfectly fine doing 30-50 reviews per deck per day, but as time went on, and I didn’t study during weekends, I’d come back on Monday with a full 100 reviews to do per each deck.. wouldn’t feel like doing that.. and it’d pile up further and further…. I need to reduce the amount of cards I learn per day and I need to spend a good full couple of days knocking out all these piled up reviews, and then I can get back on track on a slower pace.

#1842. I have 158 kanji to learn in two weeks. Will I succeed? Probably not at this point haha. I’d have to study for 11 of the next 13 days. I don’t really care anymore I guess. At this point, my goal has gone more towards “learn these kanji as quickly as possible so I can have 2k by the 31st” and less about “learn these kanji thoroughly so I don’t forget them,” which is a terrible thing to compromise.

So, because of that, I’m going to say here and now that I give up and I did not reach my goal. But it’s okay, because I’m giving up speed in order to try to learn my kanji more thoroughly. I’ll probably try to do 5 a day per deck now rather than 15, and I’ll probably reduce all my reviews in each deck to.. 15 or 30 or something per day, because seeing 500+, 700+ is really intimidating.

It was fun though, working towards that goal. :) Hell, ending up with ~1900 at the end of the year is still gonna be impressive huh? I’ll have only been studying for about 9 months. Apparently it takes other people /years/ to learn that many. So, I’m still pretty happy.

I’ve been watching more Doraemon and some Japanese variety shows, food/cooking shows, etc. It’s a lot more fun than flashcards haha.

[weekly progress]



Forgot to post last night because I got a sudden migraine and fell asleep early. I’m on #1822, still headin’ towards 2k by the end of the year. Almost there..! Just 178 more… :D

It’s really nice lately, among the kanji I’ve been learning lately, there have been a few here and there that I already know, so it made it easier/quicker to go through some days.

Though I have been getting lazy and not doing much reviewing. u_u I need to pick back up this week. I’ll probably be getting some time off of work next week or the week after, which’ll give me a bunch of free time to study more. Woo!

Oh and my coworker had taken a vacation to Japan recently, and this past Monday she came back and gave me a 3DSLL, MH4, and the 3DS Taiko no Tatsujin game (that I asked for her to get and paid for haha). TwT Both games are so much fun.. I’ve been having a lot of fun with those, and practicing my Japanese by trying to read stuff, which I’ve been mildly successful at and makes me incredibly happy.

[weekly progress]



(#1762) I just checked, and apparently there are 3030 kanji in the Reviewing the Kanji website. After realizing that (I thought there’d be thousands, like 7000 or something), I think I’m going to considerably slow down my RTK studies after I hit 2000. I’ve gotten to the point where I can recognize a lot of kanji while I read things now, but I am still frustratingly unable to figure out how to say/type them. After year-end, I’m going to focus a lot more effort into reading manga with furigana so I can further familiarize myself with kanji usage aside from just learning from my flashcards.

I told my boss the other day that I was trying to learn 2000 by the end of the year, and that I was learning 60 a week to do so, and she was very amused. Kept saying that I’d probably end up being more proficient in Japanese than she is, at this rate. :’D Also told me that she used to work with someone else who took a very intensive course and learned how to speak Japanese in six months. …man. That’d have only been possible for me if I focused all my attention on it and didn’t have a job or school to take up time.

I’ve also changed the way anki presents new cards, so this will make it much easier for me to deal with. I’d previously had it to where the new cards for the day were mixed among the reviews, but that meant that I /had/ to do /all/ of my flashcards in order to learn all of my new words that day. That…. didn’t always happen. But now, I’ve changed it so it shows all the new cards first, and then it shows the reviews. This way, I can learn new cards quickly, and then if I have time, I can review later. I think this’ll help a lot. Sometimes I’m in the mood to learn new stuff, sometimes I’m in the mood to review a bunch. I don’t know why I kept it the previous way for so long, since it jumbled everything together and just made it more stressful and time consuming to deal with.

[weekly progress]



Didn’t post last night because I fell asleep with my cat again, haha. I’m on 1702. Meant to do more than that, but I kept falling asleep with my cat when I got home…..;; About 300 more to go in the next 5 weeks…!

[weekly progress]



Alright I’m not even going to try to bluff it this week. #1642. Basically didn’t do shit. Weekends really throw me off lately.. I get into a groove during the week and then I don’t study Saturday or Sunday and then I don’t feel like doing anything Monday either etc. and the more I put my studies off, I have to spend longer and longer on my reviews once I pick back up again. It’s really frustrating.

As it is, I have 6 weeks left in the year and 358 kanji left to study to get to 2000 by year-end. Fucking up this past week and only studying 15 means that I have to study more now… I think I’m really going to have to study during the weekends now too just so I don’t lose so much motivation anymore….

Well, plus the fact that I’ve been translating other things, but I can’t let that get in the way of my flashcards.. :/