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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Is Moeha the 2nd person Kaguya has addressed by 1st name only?

I ask here about how in S03E10, Kaguya addresses Moeha (Chika Fujiwara's imouto) by 1st name only after previously, in S02E02, A - expressing reluctance to do the same for Kei (Miyuki Shirogane's ...
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How Kaguya addresses Moeha Fujiwara

In S03E10, why does Kaguya address Moeha (Chika Fujiwara's imouto) by 1st name only after previously, in S02E02, A - expressing reluctance to do the same for Kei (Miyuki Shirogane's imouto) and B - ...
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S01E03: What's up with Chiho addressing Emi as onee-san? Is it like sarcastic or something?

See here 1:18 - 1:32 Chiho and Emi meet for the 1st time when Emi interrupts Chiho's profession (confession?) of romantic feelings to Maou. Chiho assumes Emi is Maou's ex-romantic partner. In the part ...
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Why when being romantically affectionate do these ex-romantic partner step-siblings call each other by last name? (Motokano S01E01)

1st episode of new anime adaptation of light novel series My Stepmom's Daughter Is My Ex aka Mamahaha no Tsurego ga Motokano datta: Yume Ayai and Mizuto Irido have recently become step-siblings. ...
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Do new Japanese step-siblings or new step-siblings in Japan often change their last name?

From here. Mizuto Irido's dad Mineaki Irido married Yuni Ayai who is the mom of Yume Ayai. Yuni's last name changed from Ayai to Irido. For some reason Yume Ayai became Yume Irido too. Is it common ...
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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 were in the party, there would be a victory scene where Pascal would comment on Cheria's knife work and questions if she's hiding anything ...
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Why does Yor call Loid as Loid-san when with others?

I thought it was part of Yor's politeness trope, but this is what ConMan said: To each other, probably just Loid-san. When I said she would call him anata, I was thinking more in the situations where ...
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Why does Yor call Anya as Anya-san instead of Anya-chan?

In this pretend family, Yor is Anya's step-mom even though in a way Loid is like Anya's step-father in adopting Anya. I guess this is why Yor calls Anya as Anya-san? Idk.
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What is the kanji on the fan that Kaguya gives to Shirogane in season 2 episode 2?

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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Why is Kaiji referred to by 1st name while Akagi is referred to by last name?

Kaiji and Akagi similarities They are both gambling manga series written by Nobuyuki Fukumoto. They were both adapted into anime series and live action series/movies. They both have a single word ...
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What do witches say when they refuse a repetition request (復唱 要求)? [closed]

For example Episode 18, Eva-Beatrice refuses a repetition request by saying 'I refuse!' Sounds like 'kyohi suru wa'. In episode 9, Beatrice says 'I refuse.' Sounds like 'kyohi suru'. In episode 14, ...
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What is a Moopie?

I’m reading Tezuka’s Phoenix, Yamato book and in it there is a species of shapeshifter called “Moopie” in the English translation. Is this just a nonsense word picked by the translator or does it have ...
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Why does the narrator call Kaguya by 1st name but everyone else by either last name or full name?

(If your answer is 'because the manga does it', then I'll just convert my question about the anime to a question about the manga.) In both sub and dub, what I recall is that the narrator calls Kaguya ...
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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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Why does everyone laugh at Mina when she talks during the "buying toilet paper" scene?

In episode 4 of High School Fleet, the girls are running out of toilet paper and decide to go buy some but they don't have enough money so they ask the crew member to donate some of their money. Some ...
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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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1st episode: Why does Raiha call Itsuki by 1st name (presumably without knowing the existence of the other quints until S01E04)?

What I understand is that the quints are called by their 1st names, in situations where they would normally be called by their last names, for obvious reasons (that they're quints. Extend in general ...
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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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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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Kaiji in Kaguya-sama S03E04: Why is zawa (ざわ) translated as 'ecstasy'?

From S03E04, there's this 1 second Kaiji reference/similarity where Miko Iino's face goes nobuyuki Fukumoto-style and either Miko or the narrator or some sound effect whatever says 'zawa (ざわ)'. ...
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What is Battler saying in Japanese whenever e asks a witch to repeat something (in red)?

It sounds like 'shoyukyu'. For example, here, in episode 18 of the anime (part of the 3rd arc of the anime, which corresponds to the 3rd episode of the VN Banquet of the Golden Witch), Battler (or ...
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Why does Nagisa call Kaguya 1st Kaguya-sama then later Shinomiya-san and then later Kaguya-san?

S01E05, S01E10, S02E05 In S02E05 that Nagisa (Kashiwagi), in h own thoughts, refers to Kaguya as Kaguya-san. Probably if you check the scene again Nagisa will also address Kaguya as Kaguya-san. In ...
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Difference between the 2 'true love' that Kaguya says

In the pilot/premiere (specifically Kaguya Wants to be Stopped, ch12 of the manga), Kaguya calls 'true love' as 真実の恋 (I think shinjitsu no koi しんじつのこい). Later in the sleep-deprived fetish episode (in ...
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What's the katakana for the 'down' in kabedown instead of kabedon that Miyuki Shirogane 'invented'?

S01E02 Miyuki gives advice to Tsubasa Tanuma. Part of the advice includes the 'kabe-down', an original invention of Miyuki. Wait no actually as Kaguya points out it's something that's been around ...
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Why does Naegi call Togami "kun" and Aoi "san"?

In Japanese, "kun" is more casual and usually used for friends or those on the same level or lower in the "hierarchy" while "san" is more formal and used for those higher up in the "hierarchy" (older, ...
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What does 'konnichi sappo' mean in episode 8 of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War?

In season 1 episode 8 of Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Miyuki's sister Kei and Chika say to each other 'konnichi sappo'. (A YouTube video showing the scene) What does this mean?
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The Quintessential Quintuplets (aka 五等分の花嫁) : Is 届くんです (it reaches) a mondegreen that should be 五等分です (It's divided into five equal parts)?

In animesonglyrics, you can see in the season 1 opening (Gotoubun no Kimochi) for the anime adaptation of The Quintessential Quintuplets the Romaji: Go-tōbundesu, demo (...) --> the Kanji of which ...
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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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"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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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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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? Full Name Shortened Kodomo no Omocha Kodocha Jungle wa Itsumo Hare nochi Guu Hareguu Ore no ...
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Why is "Hope and Despair" (希望と絶望) such a common theme? [closed]

It seems to be popular in a lot of Japanese writing, actually. The exact words 希望 and 絶望 are very common. Just look at Danganronpa. Anyone know the origins of such a theme, specifically of the ...
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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 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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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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Why does Last Order state her name twice?

I understand that the regular clones speak in third person from the answer here. But Last Order actually has emotions, so there is no reason to speak in third person or repeating her name over twice. ...
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What is the document that Horikita Manabu saw in episode 4?

I was watching Classroom of the Elite on Muse Asia YouTube channel where I encountered this scene in episode 04 time ~08:22. After seeing this document, president Horikita Manabu started laughing. ...
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Where does the word "Nyanpasu" come from?

Renge usually greets people with "Nyanpasu". The sub says "Meowning" which probably comes from "Morning" as a greeting. But "Morning" as a greeting in Japanese is Ohayo which is quite different than "...
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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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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 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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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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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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