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 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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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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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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Lost a name of an anime [migrated]

The anime works like this. Basically not having magic means death and only those with magic can live The scene i saw is a princess in that city secretly doesn't have magic and is later found out (she'...
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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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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 does 'Akame ga Kill' mean and why is it called that?

Just what the title says, why is the show called Akame ga Kill! and what does it even mean? Akame was just an ordinary member of Night Raid, yet the show is named after her. She wasn't the main ...
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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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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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What is the original text of Black Hanekawa's tongue twister?

Bakemonogatari episode 14 has a fairly famous tongue-twister in it, which Black Hanekawa recites with her cat voice. It was translated as: "Can you imagine an imaginary menagerie manager ...
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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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"I want to forget the little nuts"

In the Ending animation sequence of Jintai, the song Yume no Naka no Watashi no Yume (My Dream Within a Dream) plays with the following lyrics in romaji: Wasuretai tte kimochi Sore mo uso ja nai ...
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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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Why does Kumagawa talk in Japanese quotation marks?

「In the manga, Misogi Kumagawa talks with his words inside quotation marks, just like this.」 「Here's a typical example:」 「Why is this? Is there a specific reason he has this notation while talking?」
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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 does Krillin's "Tacos" shirt refer to?

In Dragon Ball Super, Krilin wears a t-shirt with the word "Tacos" on it. What does it mean? Is it the Mexican "tacos" food, or is it the Japanese "takos" (which means ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 it mean when Kenshin says 'oro'?

Throughout the series Kenshin has added 'oro' somewhat comedically to his sentences. Is there any actual meaning to this or is this just a speech style/pattern that he has? In episode 62 he says it ...
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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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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'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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