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Questions tagged [japanese-language]

For questions which are likely to require knowledge of the Japanese language to answer. Note that generic questions about the Japanese language are off-topic here. Questions with this tag must still be primarily about anime or manga.

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Why does Rudy know so much English/Japlish?

Rudy is always spouting random English words, but I can't think of an in-story reason why he would know them. If you're unfamiliar with the phenomenon, Japanese people insert random English words ...
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Is Gogeta super saiyan blue confirmed in the new Dragon Ball Super movie?

There are many people talking about not only that they think Gogeta will appear in the new movie, but they are refering to a supposed tweet where a japanese animator said he's going to do Gogeta in ...
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What does this symbol that looks like a stylized “P” mean in each of Hajime no Ippo's matches?

What does the symbol resembling a stylized "P" in each of Hajime no Ippo's matches mean? Is it a Japanese symbol for cheering maybe?
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Why do characters repeatedly say other characters names?

I'm watching Blood C, and I'm reminded that in anime, dialog can often consist of characters just saying other character's names. In this example, most of Tadayoshi Kisaragi's lines towards Saya are ...
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What does Ghoul mean in japanese?

I know what a Ghoul is in the context of the Tokyo Ghoul series, but I was wondering what does Ghoul mean in japanese. Is it a made up word or it is the same "Ghoul" from Arabic? What do the kanji ...
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Is the gun mention a subtitling error?

I'm rewatching the Naruto Chuunin exams, and in the Crunchyroll subs in episode 40, when it's being explained by Zaku's arms blew out, the explanation mentions gun barrels. However, as per this answer,...
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What does Onii-Chan mean?

I watched Himouto!Umaru-Chan and Umaru calls her brother Onii-Chan. Since Chan is a suffix after female names I was confused. At first I thought that it meant big brother, but I turned on a dubbed ...
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Is it usual in anime/manga/japanese to use ブツ as onomatopoeia of mumbling?

In My Hero Academia we see that when Midoriya is mumbling they use ブツ to symbolize it. Is this the rule for anime/manga/japanese or does it only happen in My Hero Academia?
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In the Made in Abyss manga, why does Bondrewd sometimes refer to Prushka with the formal “anata” and sometimes with the intimate “kimi”?

I was looking through some raws and I noticed that Bondrewd consistently uses "kimi" when talking to others, but there are a few cases where he uses "anata" with Prushka. Looking through more raws, I ...
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What does it mean the “Tacos” t-shirt of Krilin?

In Dragon Ball Super Krilin uses a t-shirt with a "Tacos" inscription. What does it mean? It's the mexican Tacos food, or is it the japanese "Takos" (which I guess it could also be written tacos which ...
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What does it mean that Gintoki and his friends are “Yorozuya”?

In the Gintama series they mention a lot of times about Gintoki and his friends are "Yorozuya". What does this mean?
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Why is “bioroide/bioroido/bioroid” used in different animes?

In the 1984 anime series Super Dimensional Calvary Southern Cross, there are some alien mechas called "bioroid/bioroido/bioloyd" (depending on the translation) Bioroids SDC. In Appleseed there is an ...
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Reason for kanji and reading in 頂の座 Hecate

Character of Shakugan no Shana, Hecate, has a title of 頂の座, which is supposed to be read いただき・の・くら (and is pronounced as such in anime) being translated as "Master/Supreme Throne". Info about about ...
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Does “group date” mean something else other than “a date with many people”?

In the first episode of Steins;Gate 0, Okarin says something about going on group dates, with Feyris and Rukako yelling at him for doing that. Is a group date any different from what I think it is, ...
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What's the right english translation of the name of Hit's new technique in the manga?

In the Dragon Ball manga, Hit shows a new technique, but it's been translated different in different sources. Some calls it "time shift", and other calls it "time lag". What's the right english ...
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Goku SSJ Berserker in Dragon Ball Heroes?

According to this video (in spanish) Goku SSJ Berserker a magazine has showed a capture of a Dragon Ball Heroes card and it states Goku is going to achieve the super saiyan berserker form. Is this ...
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Is this poem about frogs from Non Non Biyori Repeat a common poem/rhyme?

In Non Non Biyori Repeat episode 4, Ren-chan sings this poem/rhyme which goes (translated/subtitled version) Frogs Frogs Frogs are grown-ups, Tadpoles are children When they grow hind legs they ...
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What is written on the schoolboy's pink shirt on the ending credit?

On the ending credit, what is written on the guy's pink shirt which he is trying to show so badly?
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What are the poltergeists whispering in Episode 11?

In episode 11 of Pop Team Epic, we see Popuko and Pipi parody The Shining by haunting a winter cabin as poltergeists. Throughout the segment there are audible whispers that sound like Japanese spoken ...
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What does the original Japanese title of “Spirited Away” mean?

The original title of the Japanese anime "Spirited Away" is "千と千尋の神隠し". I know that 千尋 is the name "Chihiro" and 神隠 means "spirited away", so the phrase "千尋の神隠" makes sense to me. But what is the ...
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What's with the claim that Anna pulled a knife on Nobuko?

In Ghibli's When Marnie Was There, there's a scene around 27:00 where Anna calls Nobuko a "fat pig". Pretty rude, but Nobuko does provoke her quite a bit. Later, around 35:00, Nobuko's mother is ...
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At the start of 6th Spice and Wolf light novel, what's up with the discrepancy between “like” and “love”?

Note: Please no spoilers beyond the start of the 6th novel. At the very end of the 5th Spice and Wolf novel, Lawrence says "I like you". Love is never once used by Lawrence toward Holo so far in ...
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What is the Independence Day that Inoue Marina has been tweeting about lately?

Lately Inoue Marina has been tweeting about Independence Day. For example 2018-02-05 she tweeted, 独立記念日全公演全て終了! 今回は女子2人が交互にストーリーテラーとなっていく構成でかなりの集中力を要しましたが大変にやり甲斐のあるものでした。回を追う毎にキャスト皆の絆が深まって行って、...
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What was the relation of Urahara's Bankai's name with its ability?

Urahara Kisuke's Bankai is "Kannonbiraki Benihime Aratame", which means Modification of The Crimson Princess' Dissection at the Doors of Avalokiteśvara. Does the name have any meaning/significance to ...
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Is Asta speaking a specific dialect?

In Black Clover, at least in the anime, Asta frequently shortens します (shimasu) into しゃす (shasu). Is that supposed to be indicative of an accent or dialect, or is there some other reason for him to do ...
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Why are reading fairy tales so lewd?

In Chapter 2, when Eto is wondering what she could do for Iono-sama (seeing how everyone has unique skills that served her and she didn't have anything), Iono-sama suggests reading fairy tales to her ...
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Does the word “chuunibyou” originate from the anime “Chuunibyou”?

I was reading Black Lagoon and realized that Lotton is a bit like a chuunibyou. He called himself "The Wizard" and he always wanted to make a cool entrance before a fight but usually got his ass ...
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English, Hepburn, English, Hepburn, alternating in OP and ED. Why?

The anime series Big Windup has a full English dub, and it does it does something interesting with its openings and endings. (I just checked, and the same thing occurs in the sub.) By "full dub", I ...
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What does “padoru padoru” mean?

In the short Nero in a Santa outfit sings a "Jingle Bells" with some rather casual lyrics. Hashire sori yo, kaze no you ni, tsukimihara wo, padoru padoru The lyric is a song of this clip (for the ...
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How does Haru choose name honorifics?

In episode 1 of Akuma no Riddle, Ichinose Haru reads names from the Kurogumi attendance register. The page only lists names and otherwise it's empty. She either uses -kun or -san with a name, how does ...
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So, where does Grandma work?

In episode 1 of Tsuritama Grandma Keito has a new job and she moves to Enoshima with Yuki. She now works here (time mark 7:11): The old-timey font defeats me, and I can't read it. The best I can do ...
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Is Yamoshi a pun on something?

All saiyan names are pun on vegetables. Kakaroto (carrot), Vegita (vegetable), Tarble (vegetable), Bardock (Burdock), Totepo (potato), Broly (broccoli), Cabba (cabbage), etc. Now Akira Toriyama gave ...
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What does Yoshimura mean by “sugar” in chapter 92?

On chapter 92, there's a conversation between Yoshimura and Roma inside Anteiku that goes like this: Yoshimura: What do you have to be careful about in both "the coffee you served to ghouls" and '...
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What meaning does the nickname “Kyon” has?

In the Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, the main character's nickname is "Kyon" (キョン). From the novel, the origin of the name is explained: By the way, Kyon would be me. My aunt was the one who first ...
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Is it “Aogiri Tree” or “Aogiri Wood”?

I've seen it translate to both in different sources when reading the manga. I think in the Anime it was "Aogiri Tree" but I can't quite remember.
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“Only God knows God's miso soup”. Is this a pun?

In this chapter Buddha got cold, so Jesus tried to cook something for him. So he came up with a miso soup, and a joke. Or so it seems. But I don't understand this joke. "Only God knows God's miso soup"...
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Is it true that Toei mentioned 3 months ago that Caulifla has an infinite power/potential?

This video from a Spanish speaking dragon ball youtuber with close to 900,000 subscribers mentions Toei has said in a Trailer Caulifla potential is infinite. Youtube video 1 This another video from ...
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To what degree does Vados say Kale and Caulifla's power increases when fused?

In this video with Spanish subtitles about Kefura's fight vs Goku, Vados says: her power (the power of Kale and Caulifla fused) isn't the double, it is at least ten times bigger. Video 1 However,...
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What does genki (from genki dama) means?

So from the previews from the following episodes we get to know that (spoilers) So what does Genki (from Genki Dama) mean?
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What's on the sign behind the guy with all the weapons in episode 8?

In episode 8 of Hajimete no Gal, at around 12:59, Ranko mentions that there's tight security around the women's bath at the inn they're staying at, and then there's a cut to this sign: It reads ...
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What does Shouko said to Ishida on the bridge in chapter 54?

What did Shouko sign to Shouya in Koe No Katachi volume 7, chapter 54? Note: the below images are the signs that she used, in the order that they appear (right to left).
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What Japanese books/piece of literatures that are shown in Psycho-Pass? [duplicate]

On this scene and other bookshelves of a Psycho-Pass AMV, there are some Japanese books. What are they?
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What is the Juralian referring to by “that day”?

In episode 3 of Chargeman Ken, a Juralian speaks to some of the flesh-eating butterflies that have been plaguing Japan (and perhaps, elsewhere): Oh, my lovelies. The Earthlings are in a panic over ...
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What is the true meaning of “I want to eat your pancreas”?

Ok, I think that most people have heard of this strange title of the anime movie which is due to come out... I've read the novel and the manga. But I just don't understand what the title actually ...
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Doujin, doujinshi, doujinshika and doujinka. What's the difference?

In a world of self-published manga/anime/other related stuff, there are doujin, doujinshi, doujinshika and doujinka. What's the difference between those four? Also, are these term used exclusively ...
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Does “Evening Get” correspond to a real-life television show?

In chapter 2 of Orange, Hagita tells his friends that he has go home to watch Evening Get. The text outside the speech bubbles explains it as: Evening Get! It's a Nagano TV show that starts at 4:30....
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Why are only some of the characters “color-coded”?

Action Heroine Cheer Fruits is one of those shows where the names of the lead characters contain names of colors, and those names match up to some color theme that the character has (in this case, it'...
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Does the super saiyan god return to Dragon Ball Super ? (possible spoilers)

Can anyone confirm it or deny it by reading what the japanese magazine says in this text? (or through other source?)
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What does Midorima Shintarou's “-nanodayou” mean?

Midorima says "-nanodayou" a lot in the anime and the subs just put it as "-nanodayou" but what does it actually mean ? Does it have anything to do with Oha-Asa ?
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Was “defenestrated” simply a literal translation, or part of a bigger concept or joke?

WorldEnd: What Are You Doing at the End of the World? Will You Save Us? (aka Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? (終末なにしてますか? 忙しいですか? 救ってもらっていいですか?), commonly ...