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 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 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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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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What does Minato's teleportation kunai say?

So I've been wondering what Minato's teleportation kunai said, but I have found nothing. I can only recognize the first and second characters. The first one means Shinobi, and the second one means ...
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What does the dialog related to Nanami's quote in the last episode of Bokura Ga Ita mean?

In the last scene of the final episode of Bokura Ga Ita (ep. 26), Yano repeats a quote that Nanami made in an earlier episode. The quote was In the earlier episode, where the quote originated, Nanami ...
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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'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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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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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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Where did “dattebayo” come from?

In Naruto, at least in the early show, he uses the catchphrase "dattebayo" in the Japanese. This question answered on a canon-level where it came from (his mother), but I was wondering where (if ...
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What is the proper romanization of the wolf-girl's name?

There is a debate between fans as to the romanization of the name of the wolf-girl character in Spice and Wolf. Some claim it should be romanized as Holo, whilst others say Horo. Is there official ...
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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 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 is the meaning behind Mana Ryougi's name?

During the Type-Moon Fes 10th Anniversary, there was this question: Q: Who named Ryougi Mana? Was it Shiki, or Kokuto? Or was it someone else? A: The one who named Mana was Mikiya. Mikiya himself ...
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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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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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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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In Laputa, does “バルス” have any meaning or etymology?

Does "バルス", which is popular in tweeting during Laputa, have any meaning or etymology, or rationale for being in katakana?
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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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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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“The World Will Turn To Ash” - How did this differ in the original Japanese?

In Pokemon: The Movie 2000, part of the legend that tells of the balance of nature being wrecked goes "The World Will turn to Ash". This is the sort of pun-legend I'd expect from Japanese writing......
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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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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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How can Sebastian use “I am a butler and a devil” so casually?

To my ears, the Japanese means: I am an akuma (demon), and a shitsuji (butler). I guess it must have a pun meaning, too. On one occasion, a bad guy cried out "a-a-akuma?", but that's the exception:...
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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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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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Do the words used to transform into a Magical Garment Girl actually mean anything?

In Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka (Is This A Zombie?), whenever one wants to transform into a magical girl, he says the following words: Nomobuyo, Oshi, Hashitawa, Dokeda, Gunmicha, De, Ribura! Do those ...
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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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Can someone explain the term “oranyan”?

I had never heard the word "oranyan" before reading this question. The question made it sound like the term referred to a male tsundere. I searched this site for more mentions of "oranyan", but only ...
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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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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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What do “sama” and “kun” mean? Are they related to the shinobi rank? [closed]

In Naruto, Yamato called Kakashi as Kakashi-sama, whereas Naruto as Naruto-kun. Previously, I thought that sama was for equal or higher rank shinobis while kun was for junior rank shinobis. But I ...
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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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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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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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Has the “It's over 9000!” meme spread back to Japan?

Has the "It's over 9000!" meme from DBZ spread back into Japan? Is it referenced in other manga or anime? If it is, do they use 9000 (which is, depending on who you ask, a translation error or an ...
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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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Why was Darui sucked into the Benihisago?

In episode 269 of Naruto, while fighting Kinkaku and Ginkaku, Daru got sucked into the Benihisago. I thought you could only be sucked in if you said your most said word or if you remained silent. ...
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What does Ni no Kuni mean exactly?

The full title of the PS3 game is Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Google Translate fails when I try to use the kanji, and the closest I can get is by writing the whole phrase in hiragana, which ...
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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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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 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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Why do Conan and the Detective Boys call Ai “Haibara-san”?

Since a few months, I'm watching Detective Conan in Japanese with subtitles (because only the first 308 episodes are available in German). After a few episodes, I did some research on japanese names, ...
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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 does “tsukkomi” mean?

Once, I read a manga with the following description: A perverted President who likes girls, a tsukkomi Vice-President, an over-zealous Treasurer and a quiet, brooding Secretary. This unlikely ...
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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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