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 does Trafalgar D. Law use 'Ya-や(屋)' suffix while addressing others?

Using ~-san, ~-kun, ~-sama while addressing other people is common in Japanese culture.But Law uses ya as suffix while addressing people, like in the nicknames Strawhat-ya for Luffy and Blackleg-ya ...
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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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Is Asta speaking a specific dialect?

In Black Clover, at least in the anime, Asta frequently shortens します (shimasu) into しゃす (shasu). Is that supposed to be indicative of an accent or dialect, or is there some other reason for him to do ...
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What does Viktor yell in Yuri On Ice?

Is he yelling "kusnav" or like "kusnov"? What does it even mean ... couldn't find anything on the webs - am I heavily mistyping it?
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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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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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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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Goku SSJ Berserker in Dragon Ball Heroes?

According to this video (in spanish) Goku SSJ Berserker a magazine has showed a capture of a Dragon Ball Heroes card and it states Goku is going to achieve the super saiyan berserker form. Is this ...
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What Japanese books/piece of literatures that are shown in Psycho-Pass? [duplicate]

On this scene and other bookshelves of a Psycho-Pass AMV, there are some Japanese books. What are they?
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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 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 imagining ...
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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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What does it mean the “Tacos” t-shirt of Krilin?

In Dragon Ball Super Krilin uses a t-shirt with a "Tacos" inscription. What does it mean? It's the mexican Tacos food, or is it the japanese "Takos" (which I guess it could also be written tacos which ...
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What does it mean that Gintoki and his friends are “Yorozuya”?

In the Gintama series they mention a lot of times about Gintoki and his friends are "Yorozuya". What does this mean?
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Does the theme song “Inochi no Namae” have any meaningful connection to the story of “Spirited Away”?

The theme song いのちの名前 (Inochi no Namae) is the lyricized version of あの日の川へ (Ano Hi no Kawa e), but it was never sung during the film, and therefore it is only included in Kimura Yumi's first single ...
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Why is “bioroide/bioroido/bioroid” used in different animes?

In the 1984 anime series Super Dimensional Calvary Southern Cross, there are some alien mechas called "bioroid/bioroido/bioloyd" (depending on the translation) Bioroids SDC. In Appleseed there is an ...
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Reason for kanji and reading in 頂の座 Hecate

Character of Shakugan no Shana, Hecate, has a title of 頂の座, which is supposed to be read いただき・の・くら (and is pronounced as such in anime) being translated as "Master/Supreme Throne". Info about about ...
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Does “group date” mean something else other than “a date with many people”?

In the first episode of Steins;Gate 0, Okarin says something about going on group dates, with Feyris and Rukako yelling at him for doing that. Is a group date any different from what I think it is, ...
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What was the relation of Urahara's Bankai's name with its ability?

Urahara Kisuke's Bankai is "Kannonbiraki Benihime Aratame", which means Modification of The Crimson Princess' Dissection at the Doors of Avalokiteśvara. Does the name have any meaning/significance to ...
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What's the right english translation of the name of Hit's new technique in the manga?

In the Dragon Ball manga, Hit shows a new technique, but it's been translated different in different sources. Some calls it "time shift", and other calls it "time lag". What's the right english ...
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How does Hiyori figure out Yato's real name?

Hiyori manages to save Yato from the underworld by discovering that his true name was Yaboku. How did she come to this conclusion?
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Is this poem about frogs from Non Non Biyori Repeat a common poem/rhyme?

In Non Non Biyori Repeat episode 4, Ren-chan sings this poem/rhyme which goes (translated/subtitled version) Frogs Frogs Frogs are grown-ups, Tadpoles are children When they grow hind legs they ...
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What is written on the schoolboy's pink shirt on the ending credit?

On the ending credit, what is written on the guy's pink shirt which he is trying to show so badly?
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What's a himouto?

I'm guessing himouto (干物妹) is some kind of pun on imouto since Umaru lives with her brother. But what's the joke? Googling the term in either kanji or romaji just returns results about the series.
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What is a 通信{つうしん} from a manga publisher?

I found this page with a short list of 通信{つうしん} from the publisher Tosuisha for its magazine Ichiraci, and I was wondering what exactly 通信 are. Here's an example cover of one: There are several ...
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What are the translation of these two tanzaku in Date A Live II OVA?

In this scene in the OVA episode of Date A Live Season 2, the main setting is what appears to be a Tanabata Festival. In this first picture, Kotori was writing a wish on her tanzaku but as Tohka ...
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What are the poltergeists whispering in Episode 11?

In episode 11 of Pop Team Epic, we see Popuko and Pipi parody The Shining by haunting a winter cabin as poltergeists. Throughout the segment there are audible whispers that sound like Japanese spoken ...
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Why does Jojo's Bizarre Adventure have so many English references?

In the sub-titled version of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, there are many points in the story where one of the character's repeatedly uses an English phrase. Examples include Mr. JoeStar saying "Holy ...
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What does Yoshimura mean by “sugar” in chapter 92?

On chapter 92, there's a conversation between Yoshimura and Roma inside Anteiku that goes like this: Yoshimura: What do you have to be careful about in both "the coffee you served to ghouls" and '...
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Is it “Aogiri Tree” or “Aogiri Wood”?

I've seen it translate to both in different sources when reading the manga. I think in the Anime it was "Aogiri Tree" but I can't quite remember.
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Is Yamoshi a pun on something?

All saiyan names are pun on vegetables. Kakaroto (carrot), Vegita (vegetable), Tarble (vegetable), Bardock (Burdock), Totepo (potato), Broly (broccoli), Cabba (cabbage), etc. Now Akira Toriyama gave ...
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What does the original Japanese title of “Spirited Away” mean?

The original title of the Japanese anime "Spirited Away" is "千と千尋の神隠し". I know that 千尋 is the name "Chihiro" and 神隠 means "spirited away", so the phrase "千尋の神隠" makes sense to me. But what is the ...
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Why are the translations of 邪王真眼 (jaou shingan) so divergent?

In Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai, Rikka refers to herself as 邪王真眼 (Jaou Shingan). Wikipedia says this translates literally to "True Eye of the Evil King". A while back, I watched a fansub which ...
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At the start of 6th Spice and Wolf light novel, what's up with the discrepancy between “like” and “love”?

Note: Please no spoilers beyond the start of the 6th novel. At the very end of the 5th Spice and Wolf novel, Lawrence says "I like you". Love is never once used by Lawrence toward Holo so far in ...
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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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In yaoi anime, why does the uke always say 'senpai'?

I wasn't exactly sure how to phrase the title but in yaoi animes, why does the uke refer to their love I guess as senpai? For example, wouldn't it make more sense to say 'I love you Takano' rather ...
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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 is the Independence Day that Inoue Marina has been tweeting about lately?

Lately Inoue Marina has been tweeting about Independence Day. For example 2018-02-05 she tweeted, 独立記念日全公演全て終了! 今回は女子2人が交互にストーリーテラーとなっていく構成でかなりの集中力を要しましたが大変にやり甲斐のあるものでした。回を追う毎にキャスト皆の絆が深まって行って、...
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What's significant about a full moon on the fifteenth?

In Joshiraku, Marii enters the room dressed as a Yankee, proclaiming that she's gonna break a load of windows since it's a full moon. Tetora responds with: What's the significance of the 15th and why ...
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English, Hepburn, English, Hepburn, alternating in OP and ED. Why?

The anime series Big Windup has a full English dub, and it does it does something interesting with its openings and endings. (I just checked, and the same thing occurs in the sub.) By "full dub", I ...
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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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Why are reading fairy tales so lewd?

In Chapter 2, when Eto is wondering what she could do for Iono-sama (seeing how everyone has unique skills that served her and she didn't have anything), Iono-sama suggests reading fairy tales to her ...
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Does the word “chuunibyou” originate from the anime “Chuunibyou”?

I was reading Black Lagoon and realized that Lotton is a bit like a chuunibyou. He called himself "The Wizard" and he always wanted to make a cool entrance before a fight but usually got his ass ...
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So, where does Grandma work?

In episode 1 of Tsuritama Grandma Keito has a new job and she moves to Enoshima with Yuki. She now works here (time mark 7:11): The old-timey font defeats me, and I can't read it. The best I can do ...
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Why does Bermuda always address characters as -kun?

In the manga of Katekyo Hitman Reborn! (also commonly just "Reborn!" for obvious reasons) after the future and Shimon Arc ends, the Arcabaleno Arc begins and reveals that: While reading it, I noticed ...
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Is the title, Tanaka-kun Is Always Listless, a good translation?

I have recently started watching the 2016 anime, Tanaka-kun Is Always Listless ( 田中くんはいつもけだるげ ). Plugging the Japanese into the Google Japanese-to-English translator, it comes out as "Tanaka-kun is ...
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Is it true that Toei mentioned 3 months ago that Caulifla has an infinite power/potential?

This video from a Spanish speaking dragon ball youtuber with close to 900,000 subscribers mentions Toei has said in a Trailer Caulifla potential is infinite. Youtube video 1 This another video from ...