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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What is a Moopie?

I’m reading Tezuka’s Phoenix, Yamato book and in it there is a species of shapeshifter called “Moopie” in the English translation. Is this just a nonsense word picked by the translator or does it have ...
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1st episode: Why does Raiha call Itsuki by 1st name (presumably without knowing the existence of the other quints until S01E04)?

What I understand is that the quints are called by their 1st names, in situations where they would normally be called by their last names, for obvious reasons (that they're quints. Extend in general ...
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What do witches say when they refuse a repetition request (復唱 要求)?

For example Episode 18, Eva-Beatrice refuses a repetition request by saying 'I refuse!' Sounds like 'kyohi suru wa'. In episode 9, Beatrice says 'I refuse.' Sounds like 'kyohi suru'. In episode 14, ...
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Kaiji in Kaguya-sama S03E04: Why is zawa (ざわ) translated as 'ecstasy'?

From S03E04, there's this 1 second Kaiji reference/similarity where Miko Iino's face goes nobuyuki Fukumoto-style and either Miko or the narrator or some sound effect whatever says 'zawa (ざわ)'. ...
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Why is Kaiji referred to by 1st name while Akagi is referred to by last name?

Kaiji and Akagi similarities They are both gambling manga series written by Nobuyuki Fukumoto. They were both adapted into anime series and live action series/movies. They both have a single word ...
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What's the katakana for the 'down' in kabedown instead of kabedon that Miyuki Shirogane 'invented'?

S01E02 Miyuki gives advice to Tsubasa Tanuma. Part of the advice includes the 'kabe-down', an original invention of Miyuki. Wait no actually as Kaguya points out it's something that's been around ...
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Why does Nagisa call Kaguya 1st Kaguya-sama then later Shinomiya-san and then later Kaguya-san?

S01E05, S01E10, S02E05 In S02E05 that Nagisa (Kashiwagi), in h own thoughts, refers to Kaguya as Kaguya-san. Probably if you check the scene again Nagisa will also address Kaguya as Kaguya-san. In ...
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Why does the narrator call Kaguya by 1st name but everyone else by either last name or full name?

(If your answer is 'because the manga does it', then I'll just convert my question about the anime to a question about the manga.) In both sub and dub, what I recall is that the narrator calls Kaguya ...
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What is Battler saying in Japanese whenever e asks a witch to repeat something (in red)?

It sounds like 'shoyukyu'. For example, here, in episode 18 of the anime (part of the 3rd arc of the anime, which corresponds to the 3rd episode of the VN Banquet of the Golden Witch), Battler (or ...
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Difference between the 2 'true love' that Kaguya says

In the pilot/premiere (specifically Kaguya Wants to be Stopped, ch12 of the manga), Kaguya calls 'true love' as 真実の恋 (I think shinjitsu no koi しんじつのこい). Later in the sleep-deprived fetish episode (in ...
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What does 'konnichi sappo' mean in episode 8 of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War?

In season 1 episode 8 of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Miyuki's sister Kei and Chika say to each other 'konnichi sappo'. (A YouTube video showing the scene) What does this mean?
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The Quintessential Quintuplets (aka 五等分の花嫁) : Is 届くんです (it reaches) a mondegreen that should be 五等分です (It's divided into five equal parts)?

In animesonglyrics, you can see in the season 1 opening (Gotoubun no Kimochi) for the anime adaptation of The Quintessential Quintuplets the Romaji: Go-tōbundesu, demo (...) --> the Kanji of which ...
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What is the document that Horikita Manabu saw in episode 4?

I was watching Classroom of the Elite on Muse Asia YouTube channel where I encountered this scene in episode 04 time ~08:22. After seeing this document, president Horikita Manabu started laughing. ...
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Why does Zero Two use 'boku' when referring to herself?

As far as I know, 'boku' is a male pronoun in Japanese, and is usually used by young boys. But, in the series Darling in the Franxx, the female lead character, Zero Two, consistently uses 'boku' to ...
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Why are Maki and Nobara surprised by Megumi's response that Panda smells like the sun ('ohisama')?

In the "Jujutsu Stroll" short at the end of episode 5 "Curse Womb Must Die—II—" (Transcription: "Jutai Taiten—Ni—"; Japanese: 呪胎戴天—弐—), Zenin Maki asks Fushiguro Megumi ...
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What does Hanami mean by the words, "Die and become a sage"?

In Jujutsu Kaisen's episode 18 "Sage" (Transcription: "Kenja"; Japanese: 賢者), Hanami disrupts the Goodwill Event and engages Fushiguro Megumi, Inumaki Toge and Kamo Noritoshi in ...
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What exactly does Sukuna say when Itadori breaks into Mahito's Domain Expansion?

In Jujutsu Kaisen's episode 13 "Tomorrow" (Transcription: "Mata Ashita"; Japanese: また明日), when Nanami Kento is trapped in Mahito's Domain Expansion "Self-Embodiment of ...
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Why do people think people with Good Knife Skills are hiding things?

When i was playing Tales of Graces f, if Pascal and Cheria where in the party there would be a victory scene where Pascael would comment on Cheria's knife work and questions if she's hiding anything ...
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In Erased, why does Satoru refers to his mother as "okaasan"?

In Erased, when Satoru got transported back to 1988, he mistakenly referred to his mother as "kaasan". However, when pointed out, he quickly switches to "okaasan". Why is that? As ...
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What honorific does Panda use when speaking to Yaga Masamichi?

In Jujutsu Kaisen's episode 16 "Kyoto Sister School Exchange Event—Group Battle 2—" (Transcription: Kyōto Shimai-kō Kōryū-kai—Dantai-sen ②—; Japanese: 京都姉 妹校交流会—団体戦②—), during a flashback ...
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Why is cafe pronounced "kisa" in Kobayashi's Dragon Maid?

In the first episode of Kobayashi's Dragon maid, Tohru joins a maid cafe. But, in Japanese, Tohru refers to maid cafe as "maido kisa". How does cafe become "kisa" if I consider ...
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What does Kano mean by "having intercourse with Lukuss" in the ending of Texhnolyze?

At the end of Texhnolyze, Kano gives the following dialogue: I became free of all genes by having intercourse with Lukuss. What does the above mean? How can he have intercourse with a city? Did he ...
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What did White Fang tell Kakashi about Might Guy in episode 421?

In episode 421, White Fang and Kakashi meets Maito Dai and Might Guy. Kakashi kind of despises Might Guy because he didnt get into the Academy. After that, Might Guy smiles, makes a thumb up with his ...
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How does Vegeta new transformation name translates to English?

I've seen over half a dozen names for Vegeta's new transformation in English. The Japanese name is 我儘【わがまま】の極意【ごくい】 (Wagamama no Gokui) but in English people calls it Ultra Ego, Mega Instinct, ...
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Are Japanese watermelons crispy?

In the anime Haikyuu (second season to be specific) when Karasuno High goes to tokyo for a week for practice matches, there is a scene where some high school girls brings watermelons for the players. ...
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Why is "Hope and Despair" (希望と絶望) such a common theme? [closed]

It seems to be popular in a lot of Japanese writing, actually. The exact words 希望 and 絶望 are very common. Just look at Danganronpa. Anyone know the origins of such a theme, specifically of the ...
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When people talk about Princess Sapphire's male and female "hearts"... Is it possible it's supposed to be "souls"?

When people talk about Princess Sapphire's male and female "hearts"... Is it possible it's supposed to be "souls"? Because it seems that memories are tied to her "hearts",...
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Why is "Uso Da!" used in Higurashi?

I haven't heard "Uso Da!" used to mean "Liar!" in any other anime from what I can remember, and when I type the phrase into google, it seems to exclusively be a Higurashi thing. ...
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What is "One Piece" called in Japanese?

Attack on Titan = Shingeki no Kyojin Food Wars = Shokugeki no Soma Jojo's Bizarre Adventure = JoJo no Kimyou na Bouke Darker Than Black = Kuro no Keiyakusha Fighting Spirit = Hajime no Ippo ...
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Why does 定命 have the furigana さだめ in the Oreimo: Kuroneko manga?

I was trying to read a raw copy of the Ore no Kouhai ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai and on the page shown below, there's this kanji, 定命: As seen, it has the furigana さだめ. However, when I tried looking ...
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What is the Japanese term for an old man/grandpa who is into anime/is otaku?

Is there a casual/slang term in Japanese for an old geezer who's a hardcore otaku? I know terms like erojiji and such but there are more referred to old men who are just perverted in general, but what ...
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What is the difference between "weeb", "weeaboo", and "otaku"?

I would like to know why people would like being called a weeb instead of an otaku and why there is so much drama about "weeb", "weeaboo", and "otaku".
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What is the significane of 8 in Anime and Manga?

I have recently noticed 8 is a pretty common number in the manga I have been reading. Like Samurai 8 and Kaiju NO.8 have the number in their title. There are also 8 gyms in pokemon. Like the number 8 ...
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Are some unusual honorifics used in Shougeki no Soma actually used in regional dialects?

I noticed some unusual honorifics used in the Shokugeki no Soma anime series: Yuki Yoshino tends to use "-cchi", as in "Erinacchi" or "Takumicchi" Terunori Kuga tends to ...
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What is this symbol called which is used to denote "II" in the second season of "The Quintessential Quintuplets"?

The Japanese title for "The Quintessential Quintuplets 2nd season" is 5-toubun no Hanayome ∬. I assume "∬" to be number 2 or "II". But this symbol looks more like the ...
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What kind of demon is in "My Status as an Assassin Obviously Exceeds the Hero's"?

In the manga My Status as an Assassin Obviously Exceeds the Hero's, the English translation refers to a "Demon Kingdom" and a "Demon King". Based on the wording in the original ...
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Is the proverb "When a man steps out of the gate, he faces seven enemies" a real one?

Recently I watched again the Kenichi anime, and I went several times through this proverb. "When a man steps out of the gate, he faces seven enemies" (e.g. episode 5) Looks like a ...
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Is the GoShogun OP being translated correctly?

Out of a mix of nostalgia and curiosity (since I watched Macron 1 as a kid), I started watching the ye olde GoShogun anime on Amazon, which I think uses Discotek's localization. The subtitles for the ...
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Was "archaic Japanese" used to narrate historical anime series?

By historical anime series, I mean shows that portrayed important historical characters and has a storyline set during monarchial and feudal period of Japan. Japanese language has undergone a vast ...
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Did Vegeta ever talk about the super saiyan 5 in Dragon Ball GT?

In this video Vegeta talks about super saiyan 5 in Spanish Vegeta says Kakaroto, miserable, you can turn into super saiyan 4 or super saiyan 5, do what you want, I dont intend to stay with my arms ...
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Why Vegeta's energy wasnt able to reactivate Goku's Ultra Instinct but Uub's energy was?

In chapter 66 of the Dragon Ball Super manga Vegeta's energy wasnt able to refill Goku of energy to reactivate his Ultra Instinct technique, but after receiving Uub's energy he was able to. Goku hints ...
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Weird translation in One Piece Episode 132?

In One Piece's Episode 132, when Luffy tries to apologize to Nami for messing up her drawn map, from what I can get (I may be wrong), Nami (gets frustrated and) says (in romaji), Gomen de sundara, ...
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Why was "Mr. Raindrop" transliterated into hiragana rather than katakana?

Gintama's ending song from Ep.14 to Ep.24 is "Mr. Raindrop" by Amplified. It is the only theme which is in English. As you can see, the transliteration above the English words is done in ...
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What is the meaning of the title, "Dorohedoro"?

I just finished watching Dorohedoro and loved it, but I am confused as to what the title means exactly? I searched Google to see what it meant and something comes up saying "doro" means &...
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What's wrong with Kagura's pronunciation of "ka-wa-wi-i"?

This is more of a Japanese language question, but since it's based on goofy anime scene, I thought I'd ask here. The scene is from episode 88 of Gintama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mBS9-EQbqw ...
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What is this kanji in Kaguya-sama's anime?

In the anime Kaguya-sama wa Kokurasetai, Season 2, Episode 2, when Kaguya gives a fan for the Shirogane's birthday it shows that she wrote a kanji that, according the subtitles, is "Unyielding ...
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What is Sebastian's catchphrase 'A Phantomhive butler who can't do this much isn't worth his salt' in Japanese

In Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler), Sebastian commonly uses the phrase "A Phantomhive butler who can't do this much isn't worth his salt" It's in about every episode of season one. But it's at least ...
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How common is it to use the lily flower/yuri 百合 to represent girls love in japanese anime?

So I've seen some say using lilies is very common for author to show that a girl is lesbian for example. However I've heard that the whole lilies= lesbian thing is not mainstream. So I was wondering, ...
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What is the relationship between Odin, Seifer and the Kanji that appears?

in Final Fantasy VIII, if you have the Odin GF (i don't know if this still happens if you don't have him, i always got him), when you go to fight Seifer at the end of Disk 3, Odin appears. generally ...
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What does the word "jiken" on young Luffy's shirt mean in Japanese?

In One Piece manga, young Luffy wears a shirt containing the word "jiken". What does "jiken" mean in Japanese?
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