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 the phrase “Rokkon Shojo” mean?

In one of the most popular anime of this season, Koutetsujou no Kabaneri, before, in the middle or after a battle, the human combatants yell "Rokkon Shojo" or the Princess says it after a battle. I ...
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Where can we find dialogues related to anime?

I remember that the actual way that I learned to be fluent in English were by watching a lot of English movies. Since, I stepped foot on Japanese anime and I wanted to learn Japanese in the same way. ...
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Ano Hana's opening mentions “misanga”. What exactly is that?

In Ano Hana's opening theme "Aoi Shiori", the word misanga was mentioned a few times. Ichipeeji mekuru tenohira kuchibiru de musunda misanga Nee kyou mo kawaranai kyou de ame fureba denwa ...
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What does the note from chapter 14 say?

Here's the note from the last chapter:
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What kind of luck are Hanako and Botan getting in the opening?

In the opening sequence of Anne-Happy, Hanako and Botan are both shown holding omikuji, those little papers that Japanese people draw at shinto shrines that forecast their luck. I know that omikuji ...
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What's up with Mioko's speech pattern?

Mioko (voiced by Kana Hanazawa) uses some kind of unusual speech pattern which the subtitles translate into vaguely US Southern dialectal English: Specifically, I can hear her using ora to refer to ...
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What's “an OB” in the Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru manga?

I have started reading Karate Shoukoushi Kohinata Minoru manga, and there is this title "OB" for some kind of teacher or guardian, like I supposed to understand what it means. Google ...
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What's the meaning of the title “B Gata H Kei”?

I've been watching B Gata H Kei, and, let's say, it occupies little enough of my attention that I have time to worry about what the title means. I know it doesn't mean "Yamada's first time", the ...
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Name or tag for kana phrase videos

I'd like to know the Japanese name or tag of a type of video that used to be popular on Nico Nico Douga on 2007-2010 (maybe there are still some people making these videos but I can't find them ...
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Why does Takeshi Yamamoto have a interesting naming sense?

In Katekyo Hitman Reborn, Haru mentions that Takeshi has a interesting sense of naming. Now I were wondering, is this only because he added the 'Ko' character to the name? Or is there a deeper, ...
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What does Hondo Eisuke mean when he says, “I think I stood up on the wrong leg as a child.”

In Episode 462, Hondo Eisuke says, "I think I stood up on the wrong leg as a child." I tried searching for this idiom online but couldn't find anything, most likely because I was searching the ...
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Why does Mustang address Hawkeye informally after dispatching Envy?

Awhile ago I was re-watching some of the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood episodes in French (specifically 54) to reference something else, I noticed that in 54, Mustang uses the "tu" form (the ...
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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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Why does Satsuki address everyone using “kisama”?

I'm rewatching Kill La Kill and I've noticed that the word "kisama" is used by every one of the bad guys (Student Council, Satsuki Kiryuin, Ragyo, and so on) to address basically every good character (...
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Are there any Japanese words for “deport” and “incest” that sound similar enough for a bird brain to confuse?

In monster musume, Papi the Harpy confuses the word "deport" for "incest" a couple of times in the English subtitles. I could see "arrest" and "incest", but I am aware the work is not natively English,...
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Does the title of Bobobo-bo bobo-bo mean anything?

Bobobo-bo Bobo-bo (ボボボーボ・ボーボボ) is certainly a strange anime, but does the title mean anything? The main character's name is also Bobobo-bo Bobo-bo (Bo-Bobo for short - but not Bo). Some of the other ...
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What character is missing from Lio Shirazumi's name to allow him be called Lion?

In Kara no Kyoukai, Araya comments to Lio saying that he just needed one character to be called a lion. English-wise, this would be very correct, but given that these characters are talking in ...
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Where did it become known that Rin's and Len's names have different first letters?

According to the answers here and this chat post there's one sound in Japanese which is somewhere between L and R, though probably closer to R. Luffy/Ruffy (One Piece) Lio/Rio (Kara no Kyoukai) 2 ...
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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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Why did Miss Monochrome become a bear?

In Episode 4 of Season 2 of Miss Monochrome, Miss Monochrome wants to have an action figure made as merchandise for her concert tour. Her manager tells her it might be difficult, so she decides to ...
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Which clockwisality should the swastika be in Bleach-related contexts?

In the context of Bleach, which clockwisality should the swastika have? Should it be "卍解", or "卐解"? Or are both valid? Doing a google image search for both of them gets Bleach-related hits.
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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 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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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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What did Guy say in his fight vs Madara?

If you have seen the English subbed version of Naruto Shippuden, then you probably remember the word "Flow!!!" that Might Guy said just before using Night Guy on Madara. My question is, what does he ...
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What are the “Angels” called in the original Japanese version?

The entities attacking Nerv and attempting to reach Lilith are universally referred to as "Angels" in the English dubs, subs and translations of the NGE manga. In Japanese, the opening song ("Cruel ...
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Why is it that some anime use language exclusive to the Yakuza?

I was reading an article on language-learning hacks recently, and #13 of that list states (emphasis mine), Some popular anime (popular in America at least, and mostly reserved for little boys in ...
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What is the significance of the lottery box in Yuru Yuri Nachuyachumi! OVA? And why are some of the words crossed out?

In Yuru Yuri Nachuyachumi!, in the scene where the girls draw lots from the lottery box, the lottery box is shown with some characters crossed out: Searching for めだちた leads me to the dictionary entry ...
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How does Shingo's use of “osu” in this particular dialogue differ from its use elsewhere?

In the manga Osu!! Karatebu the word "osu" is used quite frequently, and from context I have so far assumed that it is a way for the junior members of the karate club to respond to their seniors in a ...
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What's written behind the makeshift club sign?

I don't know if you answer these type of questions, but it would help if you could answer this. Japanese schools have signs outside their rooms. For example, there's 資料室 for "resource room". In the ...
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Why does text in anime read horizontally?

It is my understanding that Japanese text is written top-to-bottom. I think the Japanese manga also follow this format: That was a quick Google search so not even sure it is real. However, watching ...
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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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Why does Bakemonogatari exclusively use katakana?

I noticed that in all of the typography (except for the episode titles), the anime Bakemonogatari exclusively uses kanji and katakana, instead of the usual combination of kanji and hiragana. For ...
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What is the Japanese word they are talking about?

In EtoTama ep 4, around 11:40, Rabbit introduces herself as a Production Pro, or "P.P.". Boar then goes and gently pushes the 4th curtain aside (note: it is just episode 4 and there is no longer a 4th ...
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What is the meaning of “Cross” in the title Cross Ange?

"Ange", apart from the obvious reference to the main character, also means "angel" in French and implies the connection between Ange and Vilkiss, which has an angel sculpture on ...
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What's up with the name “Zerozaki Hitoshiki”?

Inspired by this question asking about the Fire Sisters' boyfriends' ridiculous names, here's another question about the bizarre names that Nisio Isin assigns his characters. I'm trying to find any ...
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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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Name Suffixes: Does Yaten (Sailor Star Healer) ever refer to Usagi (Sailor Moon) by her civilian name?

Would Yaten use "Tsukino-san" to indicate his emotional distance from her, or merely "Tsukino" to indicate his penchant to be rude? Is there any episode in which Yaten Kou (Sailor Star Healer) either ...
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What is the reference Kanbara made in episode 4 of Kyoukai no Kanata: Mini Theater special?

At 01:53 of episode 4 of Kyoukai no Kanata: Mini Theater special, after Hiroomi said that Mitsuki was his only idol, this conversation happened (transcribed to the best of my ability): Kanbara: おい、...
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What is the difference between “arc”, “hen” and “season” when categorizing anime series sub-stories?

I always see that different stories in the same anime series are usually called with either "hen", "arc" or "season" as seen in the examples below. Hen (編) JoJo no Kimyou na Bouken - Stardust ...
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What is the “-shi” ending's meaning?

This isn't the first time I hear this peculiar ending "-shi" added to words. It usually appears at the end of sentences. From the looks of it, the ending is supposed to make the speaker sound ...
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What is Mii Fujibakama saying?

I would like to know what Mii Fujibakama is saying in romaji in the anime is "Date to a Live". At minute 15:15 of episode 1 of season 2 she says something like " Majikku " but it isn't that!! I been ...
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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 would 《 and 》 be used in a translation?

In Shikkoku no Sharnoth ~What a Beautiful Tomorrow~, some words like Metacreature, Illuminati and Old One have 《 and 》 on either side. you can see them on Part 3-1 of the Web Novel I feel like this ...
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What is the meaning of the Yellow balls in the second episode of Denki-Gai?

One of the events of the episode is rolling a huge yellow ball. Hiotan is chosen to represent Umanohone, and there is some gag I did not get by that part. What is the yellow ball supposed to ...
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How is 'Kuronue' spelled in kanji?

The only place outside of fanfiction I've seen the name "Kuronue" is in Yu Yu Hakisho, so I suspect they made it up. How is it spelled in kanji in the original media? Or is it ever spelled out?
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Does Peggy's speech in the Tokyo ESP previews follow some pattern?

The Tokyo ESP next-episode previews are pretty simple. They're just a mostly static screen on which the title of the next episode appears, and Peggy (the penguin) says something which seems to be the ...
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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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How are Kars' features described in this image?

When Kars becomes the ultimate life form, There is an image which points out each of Kars' new features - 400 IQ, 18m jumping etc. Can someone help translate what his other skills are?
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How realistic are the names of Japanese characters? [closed]

Sometimes, Japanese (as opposed to foreign, e.g Lelouch from Code Geass) characters in anime and manga get given names which seem un-Japanese, at least as far as I can tell. I have three different ...