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Surusu: A Review

The more I use Surusu, the more I find myself falling in love with it—having officially transferred all of my Mnemosyne decks (except the writing ones, there’s a reason for that). Images and full review below the cut! That being said, there is a LOT of images below. I prefer images because it helps to give a clearer picture, especially if you’re unsure whether or not to use it.

The main interface is what I like: simplicity. Everything you need to do is right there.



Card front:


Card back:


I love the facial expressions instead of numbers; it’s more ‘feeling based’, which is good since you can tell how you FEEL more than rate it by number. Example: D”id this make me feel like a 4?” –or- “Did this make me feel (>_<) ?” Works for me anyway 😛

Adding material:


It even adds support for HTML Ruby! Awesome! Now I can have my ZhuYin on top of the characters!


One thing I like is that it is always being updated, changed, or edited. These come without any pomp and circumstance. You’ll log in and notice random tweaks to the interface. I like that. I imagine it is just the author changing things to best fit his own changing ideas on how the program should function. I think that is great—organic updates, it keeps it from getting stale. Some may say “Well, I was JUST getting used to it too!”, but the changes are actually improvements. Though, if you ever have any issues, the “Hotline” function works great—and he’ll get back to so blinkin’ fast too.

So, I strongly suggest giving it a shot. It’s a great thing to have, especially if you’re on the go. Since most cell phones have internet access now, you don’t have an excuse not to study when commuting to work, SRSing at work (which is how I fit it in my schedule!).

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2 thoughts on “Surusu: A Review”

  1. That’s a good point actually…

    I’ve been using Anki, and I haven’t checked out Surusu since Khatz first brought it out, but after reading this, I’ll probably give it a shot again. Always being on the go is convenient.

    Besides, the faces are pretty awesome.

    1. I started off migrating to it very slowly, but I would suggest, for any media cards (audio/images/etc) keep them in Anki. I think Anki does the best job handling those. In Surusu, images are linked and not displayed directly on the card; audio is the same as way. And I’m having trouble getting the audio to work properly.

      Other than that, I’m glad I’ve switched over. I just like the ease of access from anywhere.

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