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 meaning is there behind the World Martial Arts Tournament logo?

Everybody knows the World Martial Arts Tournament, which has a logo that you can see in flags, on the wall, in the arena, and at a lot of places during the tournament. But what does the logo exactly ...
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Why does Yomi relate 3661 with “Samurai”?

In the last episode of Azumanga Daioh, Yomi relates 3661 with samurai word. I know is a mnemonic technique to remember things, so things should be something like: 3 ~> sa ~> san 6 ~> mu ~&...
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What do vertical dots in a speech bubble mean?

When I read manga, I sometimes stumble on speech bubbles like the one below. What does it mean? I have never seen something like this in other comics or graphic novels.
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Does the usage of katakana in manga have any specific meaning? [closed]

I don't read japanese, but I can distinguish katakana/hiragana./kanji I've noticed that some mangas use a mixture of both. Does the usage of katakana in a primarily hiragana/kanji manga mean anything?...
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Yobisute (no honorifics) at the end of Monogatari Series Second Season Episode 24

At the end of the episode Kaiki doesn't use any honorifics... This is highly unusual since they have never spoken with each other before. What is the significance of him deciding to use yobisute?
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What is a more accurate translation of the title of Legend of the Galactic Heroes?

Several people have mentioned to me that the title of Legend of the Galactic Heroes is based on a rather "interesting" translation. What would be a more accurate translation of the original title (...
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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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What is the Japanese Dialect Spoken in Ghost Hound?

What is the Japanese dialect spoken by Taro, Makoto and Miyako in Ghost Hound? It doesn't sound like Kansai Ben or the standard Tokyo dialect.
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What was the shop that Subaru went into?

In Ro-Kyu-Bu! SS episode 6, Subaru and the team makes a stop at a local shop while on a class field trip. Aoi is with them as well, and reads the sign out as "Youjiya": In the next cut, she says it ...
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What is the disease called “Tsurarekia (ツラレキア)”?

In the episode 2 of Kino no Tabi, Kino hunts a rabbit for the three starving men. The men are so hungry that they say they would like to eat it raw rather than waiting for it to be cooked. Then Kino ...
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Why is Ana embarrassed by her surname?

In Ichigo Mashimaro, Ana is embarrassed by her surname "Coppola". It's implied that it has some meaning (or perhaps sounds like something) in Japanese, but I couldn't figure out what. What does Ana's ...
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Did Sakamoto really write in cursive?

At the end of the translated version of the first chapter of Sakamoto Desu Ga?, Sakamoto agrees to write a report, provided he can write it "in cursive": Given that the manga is set in Japan, I ...

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