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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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 language do they speak in KonoSuba?

Now, at first this seems like a no-brainer. It's a fictional language, and that's it. At the start of the series, kazuma got a brain-blast, and now he speaks a new language. But there are some issues ...
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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 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 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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 is Japanese version of the pun word, “slife”? … and term for adult friend?

At time code 21:40 of Episode 1 of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, the protagonist Satoru refers to his new life as a slime as a "slife" (sub). I'm guessing there was similar word play in ...
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Was golden oozaru cumber's blast power what made Super Saiyan Blue Vegito defuse?

In Dragon Ball Heroes anime episode 4, golden oozaru cumber fires a blast against Super Saiyan Blue Vegito and at that time Vegito defuses. Was golden oozaru cumber's blast power what made Super ...
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What is the book referred to in Episode 4 of Asobi Asobase?

Towards the end of episode 4, around the 18th minute mark, the girls are discussing the title of book(that is supposedly BL). Hanako suggests Anal Bum Cover (according to the subtitles). At that point ...
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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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What does this symbol that looks like a stylized “P” mean in each of Hajime no Ippo's matches?

What does the symbol resembling a stylized "P" in each of Hajime no Ippo's matches mean? Is it a Japanese symbol for cheering maybe?
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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 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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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 does Onii-Chan mean?

I watched Himouto!Umaru-Chan and Umaru calls her brother Onii-Chan. Since Chan is a suffix after female names I was confused. At first I thought that it meant big brother, but I turned on a dubbed ...
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Is it usual in anime/manga/japanese to use ブツ as onomatopoeia of mumbling?

In My Hero Academia we see that when Midoriya is mumbling they use ブツ to symbolize it. Is this the rule for anime/manga/japanese or does it only happen in My Hero Academia?
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In the Made in Abyss manga, why does Bondrewd sometimes refer to Prushka with the formal “anata” and sometimes with the intimate “kimi”?

I was looking through some raws and I noticed that Bondrewd consistently uses "kimi" when talking to others, but there are a few cases where he uses "anata" with Prushka. Looking through more raws, I ...
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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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