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 does 'moe' mean?

I've now watched quite a few anime and I'm still at a loss as to what the term moe represents. Is there an agreed upon definition for it? If a character is moe, what does that mean?
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Why does Himura Kenshin say ~ござる (~gozaru) at end of every sentence?

Why does Himura always end almost every sentence with gozaru in this show? Is this normal for people in that time period?
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What is the paper at Saki's desk in From the New World about?

I've been wondering this for ages: At the end of From the New World, Saki has this piece of paper on her desk. Below you can see it (and somebody translated them to Spanish). Apparently these are ...
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Why do Japanese names change within a manga to have various forms at different times?

So after reading some manga, I came to realize that many names change over the course of the story. For example: One Piece: The princess of Alabasta had her name written as Bebe BB vv And ...
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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 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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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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Why all the “Re” in titles?

There have been quite a number of series whose English titles use peculiar forms of Re. I don't mean normal usages like Rebirth or Requiem. Here's some I chose from an alphabetical listing at MAL: Re ...
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Is there a name for the abbreviated (usually three syllable) title?

Surely the act of abbreviating an anime title to three syllables has a name...? And what is that name? (some of these will show my age) ╔═════════════════════════════════════════════╦═══════════╗ ║ ...
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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 is the opposite of “seme” according to otakus?

I don't understand the joke behind "opposite of seme" scene. Can you please explain it to me?
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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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What did Light write before killing Shibuimaru Takuo?

So I decided to rewatch Death Note. In the first episode, there's a motorcyclist called Shibuimaru Takuo - Light's second victim. In the scene where he is about to kill him, according to my subtitles, ...
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How does “at all” mean “no hair”?

In Aoishiro, on the 2nd day during Lunch, Momoko is complaining about the lack of animal protein in the meals Yasumi has prepared, who has been trying to keep to vegetarian Buddhist Meals. Momoko ...
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What does this katakana above Black Star's autograph say in episode 2 of Soul Eater?

Here is a picture: I think the katakana used are "ダンナミエ" which would be "dannamie" but I'm not sure since it doesn't make any sense to me.
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What is the actual meaning of “denpa”?

After watching a lot of "Ryuusei no Rockman", I've come to know the word "denpa" as meaning "wave", or "EM wave". Though I have heard it used in Katekyo Hitman Reborn as well. Is the rough translation ...
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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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Why is katakana used for the onomatopoeia/sounds in the background? [closed]

In Japanese, katakana is used for loan words/foreign words, but it shows up a lot in backgrounds of manga as what seems to be onomatopoeia. Is this manga-specific, and where did it originate? The ...
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Why does Kojirou say “white hole” in the Japanese version of Team Rocket's motto?

Torisuda mentioned he'd be interested in how the joke went in the Japanese version of Pokemon on my question about why Team Rocket's motto seems so nice. This prompted me to listen to the Japanese ...
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Is “Bakabon” written in English and translated to Japanese?

The The Genius Bakabon has jokes like (after Bakabon is mistaken for a bear by a nearsighted hunter) Don't make that mistake again- I couldn't bear it. 気をつけてくれないクマっちゃうな~~~と And many many other ...
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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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Did Gohan ask Piccolo to do fusion?

In Dragon Ball Super episode 88, around 20:15 mark, Gohan said something to Piccolo about the idea to become more powerful. In one subtitle, I've read Gohan asked Piccolo to do some attack or ...
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Does the super saiyan god return to Dragon Ball Super ? (possible spoilers)

Can anyone confirm it or deny it by reading what the japanese magazine says in this text? (or through other source?)