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 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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What is written on Minato's cloak?

I searched for what is written on Minato's cloak and I found different answers. What does it really mean?
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Is Yuri as a genre ever referred to to using Katakana or is it only just kanji?

I know that the yuri genre is written with kanji and I was wondering, is katakana ever used to write or refer to the genre when used in a discussion. I myself have never seen it, but I wanted to know ...
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Was Raditz faster than the speed of light?

In one English dub (there are at least 3 IIRC), Piccolo says Raditz it's faster than the speed of light. But in the spanish dub, he doesnt say so. How about the original japanese dialogue and the ...
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Is Gogeta stronger than Vegito in Dragon Ball Heroes?

In the next episode of Dragon Ball Heroes, Goku and Vegeta did the metamor dance to fuse and face Hearts. The potara fusion , Vegito, using super saiyan blue kaioken couldn´t defeat Cumber, a warrior ...
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Love Live: Yon, nana, and not shi, shichi? (Counting from 1 to 9)

In the anime Love Live, when the nine girls count from one to nine in Japanese, they say: Ichi ni san yon go roku nana hachi kyuu And not: Ichi ni san shi go roku shichi hachi kyuu What is the ...
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How can 蛙 be read as あ (“a”) in Asui Tsuyu's name?

In Japanese, Asui Tsuyu's name is written as 蛙吹 梅雨. Most of the kanji in her name makes sense. 梅雨 is read as つゆ ("tsuyu"), and 吹 is read as すい ("sui"), but from what I know 蛙 is read primarily as かえる (...
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Does Lelouch vi Britannia speak with a Japanese accent?

Jun Fukuyama obviously has a Japanese accent, and we don't necessarily know about Johnny Yong Bosch's Japanese accent from the Code Geass dub alone. Regardless, I'm talking about the character Lelouch ...
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Why does Iida call Ochako Uraraka-Kun?

This might just be a general Japanese-Language question, but I noticed, that Iida calls Ochaco with the honorific "kun", instead of "chan", or "san" for example. Why is that and what does it say ...
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What does もっとたゆたゆver. mean in AT-X shows' broadcast information?

NSFW Warning: The anime mentioned below is something that I think would qualify as borderline hentai or close to something like hentai. Anyway, I came across this manga called Nande Koko ni Sensei ga!...
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What does “Daimadoshi” mean in “Dai no Daibouken” (Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai)?

One of my favorite character in Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai is Pop the Magician. Toward the end of the series, he battles with Hadler's chess squad and has a one-on-one fight with the horse ...
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Is Kid Buu twice as strong as Super Buu?

I was watching the fight between Goku and Kid Buu in English, and in a moment Goku says Kid Buu is "twice as powerful as he was before". Is this something of the dub or is this a literal japanese ...
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Where does the phrase ecchi sketchy one touchy come from?

In several anime, a character will yell this on despise to something perverted. It even shows up in non anime media like Yakuza Kiwami 2. What’s the origin of this phrase?
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Are there power levels mentioned in Dragon Ball Super Broly?

In Dragon Ball Super Broly there are some scenes where characters are scanning other warriors for power levels with scouters. But since the movie is only in japanese for now, it's hard to know if ...
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Why does the text of Shino-sensei's math problems look different from normal Japanese?

In episode 5 of Boruto, we see Shino-sensei testing Boruto on "Ninja Academy Math" or something along those lines, but when I look closely at the texts, they don't seem like the usual Japanese ...
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What is Japanese version of the pun word, “slife”? … and term for adult friend?

At time code 21:40 of Episode 1 of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, the protagonist Satoru refers to his new life as a slime as a "slife" (sub). I'm guessing there was similar word play in ...
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Was golden oozaru cumber's blast power what made Super Saiyan Blue Vegito defuse?

In Dragon Ball Heroes anime episode 4, golden oozaru cumber fires a blast against Super Saiyan Blue Vegito and at that time Vegito defuses. Was golden oozaru cumber's blast power what made Super ...
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What is the book referred to in Episode 4 of Asobi Asobase?

Towards the end of episode 4, around the 18th minute mark, the girls are discussing the title of book(that is supposedly BL). Hanako suggests Anal Bum Cover (according to the subtitles). At that point ...
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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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What is the official name for Liore?

I'm currently watching the FMA live action movie, which has Reole on its maps/subtitles. It seems as though this might also be true in the manga, at least according to this Wikia. However, Liore or ...
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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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