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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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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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 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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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 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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“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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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 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 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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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 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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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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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 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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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 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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“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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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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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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