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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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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What does "padoru padoru" mean?

In the short Nero in a Santa outfit sings a "Jingle Bells" with some rather casual lyrics. Hashire sori yo, kaze no you ni, tsukimihara wo, padoru padoru The lyric is a song of this clip (for the ...
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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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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 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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What meaning does the nickname "Kyon" has?

In the Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi, the main character's nickname is "Kyon" (キョン). From the novel, the origin of the name is explained: By the way, Kyon would be me. My aunt was the one who first ...
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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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"Only God knows God's miso soup". Is this a pun?

In this chapter Buddha got cold, so Jesus tried to cook something for him. So he came up with a miso soup, and a joke. Or so it seems. But I don't understand this joke. "Only God knows God's miso soup"...
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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 ...
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To what degree does Vados say Kale and Caulifla's power increases when fused?

In this video with Spanish subtitles about Kefura's fight vs Goku, Vados says: her power (the power of Kale and Caulifla fused) isn't the double, it is at least ten times bigger. Video 1 However,...
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What does genki (from genki dama) means?

So from the previews from the following episodes we get to know that (spoilers) So what does Genki (from Genki Dama) mean?
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What's on the sign behind the guy with all the weapons in episode 8?

In episode 8 of Hajimete no Gal, at around 12:59, Ranko mentions that there's tight security around the women's bath at the inn they're staying at, and then there's a cut to this sign: It reads ...
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What does Shouko said to Ishida on the bridge in chapter 54?

What did Shouko sign to Shouya in Koe No Katachi volume 7, chapter 54? Note: the below images are the signs that she used, in the order that they appear (right to left).
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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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What is the Juralian referring to by "that day"?

In episode 3 of Chargeman Ken, a Juralian speaks to some of the flesh-eating butterflies that have been plaguing Japan (and perhaps, elsewhere): Oh, my lovelies. The Earthlings are in a panic over ...
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What is the true meaning of "I want to eat your pancreas"?

Ok, I think that most people have heard of this strange title of the anime movie which is due to come out... I've read the novel and the manga. But I just don't understand what the title actually ...
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Doujin, doujinshi, doujinshika and doujinka. What's the difference?

In a world of self-published manga/anime/other related stuff, there are doujin, doujinshi, doujinshika and doujinka. What's the difference between those four? Also, are these term used exclusively ...
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Does "Evening Get" correspond to a real-life television show?

In chapter 2 of Orange, Hagita tells his friends that he has go home to watch Evening Get. The text outside the speech bubbles explains it as: Evening Get! It's a Nagano TV show that starts at 4:30....
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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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Does the super saiyan god return to Dragon Ball Super ? (possible spoilers)

Can anyone confirm it or deny it by reading what the japanese magazine says in this text? (or through other source?)
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What does Midorima Shintarou's "-nanodayou" mean?

Midorima says "-nanodayou" a lot in the anime and the subs just put it as "-nanodayou" but what does it actually mean ? Does it have anything to do with Oha-Asa ?
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Was "defenestrated" simply a literal translation, or part of a bigger concept or joke?

WorldEnd: What Are You Doing at the End of the World? Will You Save Us? (aka Shūmatsu Nani Shitemasu ka? Isogashii Desu ka? Sukutte Moratte Ii Desu ka? (終末なにしてますか? 忙しいですか? 救ってもらっていいですか?), commonly ...
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What does it mean by 大地を見る in Kotomi's essay?

At the start of Seitokai Yakuindomo OVA episode 19, there is this scene where it shows Kotomi's essay: In text: 「家族」…。その中でも兄妹とは…禁断の一線を超えさせない理性の言葉。私の家は両親は仕事の事情などで留守に成りがちでよく兄とは二人きりになる。特に休日や平日の夜。...
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What was text in final frame of Magi? [closed]

Here is the final frame of episode 25 of Magi: The Kingdom of Magic: It is the final end card of not just the episode, but the series. It shows after the credits and ending song. The exclamation mark ...
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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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Why is "Sousei no Onmyouji" translated to "Twin Star Exorcists"?

How exactly does Sousei no Onmyouji translate to Twin Star Exorcists? I tried Google Translate, but that didn't give me any satisfactory results. So what do Sousei and Onmyouji literally mean?
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What or who is "Minami" in "Search for Minami"?

In chapter 63 of Kare Kano, Arima appears on a television show called Search for Minami after he is recognised for his academic and athletic prowess. The beginning of the show is depicted in the manga,...
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Did Gohan ask Piccolo to do fusion?

In Dragon Ball Super episode 88, around 20:15 mark, Gohan said something to Piccolo about the idea to become more powerful. In one subtitle, I've read Gohan asked Piccolo to do some attack or ...
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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 the meaning and significance of the word "Sunagimo Umataro" (砂肝うま太郎) in Yuyushiki?

In Episode 2 of the anime Yuyushiki, Nonohara Yuzuko drew something in response to Hinata Yukari's drawing of a strange penguin-like creature, and wrote down "Sunagimo Umataro" (砂肝うま太郎) on the same ...
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Why do Japanese names change within a manga to have various forms at different times?

So after reading some manga, I came to realize that many names change over the course of the story. For example: One Piece: The princess of Alabasta had her name written as Bebe BB vv And ...
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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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Why is "aku soku zan" used in different animes?

In Rurouni Kenshin, Hajime Saitoh had a philosophy of life or something like that called "aku soku zan" that was something like "kill the evil immediately" which he mentions when fighting Makoto ...
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Why do Conan and the Detective Boys call Ai "Haibara-san"?

Since a few months, I'm watching Detective Conan in Japanese with subtitles (because only the first 308 episodes are available in German). After a few episodes, I did some research on japanese names, ...
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Does the Chobits title "ちょびっツ" intentionally look like the word "STUDY"?

This text from the Chobits title screen looks to me like a Japanese-English ambigram. An ambigram is an art form that may be read as one or more words not only in its form as presented, but also ...
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What's the meaning behind ZQN designation for the zombies in I Am A Hero?

In the series I Am a Hero by Hanazawa Kengo, the designation for zombies was previously translated as "zombfags," presumably as an adaptation of the word for "normalfag," which if I'm not mistaken is 「...
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What is Darkness saying while standing in front of Wiz's shop?

In episode 6 of season 2 of Konosuba, Darkness says she didn't dislike Vanir before opening the door to the shop. I've replayed that bit of audio over and over and I just can't pick out what the ...
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Hilarious, but is it a "burger"?

The team is eating breakfast at cycling camp in Yowamush Pedal episode 13, beginning at about time mark 2:45. We see the MC Onoda eating: One of his third year senpai, Tadokoro, sees this, and isn't ...
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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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Is "The Best Meat Buns" a double entendre in Japanese?

Here is a shot from Baby Steps, episode 20 at time mark 16:46: I think "The Best Meat Buns" is the English translation of the sign Nat-chan is wearing on her back. She is considered one of the ...
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What are the markings used above some song lyrics?

I believe lyrics are shown to both the first opening and ending songs of the tennis anime, Baby Steps. Here is a partial shot from the ending: You can see that the normal credits are single rows of ...
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Why does Mayoi get embarrassed about this tongue twister?

In Bakemonogatari, Mayoi says a tongue-twister that goes 「生ムミ、生モメ、生ママモ」 ("namamumi, namamome, namamamamo") then gets embarrassed because they sound like another word. What's the reference they're ...
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Where did Asuka think "Monaka" came from?

In the bonus episode, the group of players who don't make the cut to play in the competition form a B-Squad named Monaka, after the first character of their three second-year members' names. When ...
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What does this symbol represent on this payphone?

In the sixth episode of the second season of Darker than Black, Hei hung up a payphone. On this payphone there is some symbol. They’re supposedly in Russia; however, the Russian currency symbol is ₽. ...
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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 the Japanese well-translated to "kalos" here?

In episode 9 of Kamigami no Asobi, time mark 6:54, the following conversation occurs in the English subtitles: (Yui) Um, Apollon-san, are you ok? (Apollon) I'm just fine. I'm kalos. I had to look ...
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The pun worked in English, but what was it in Japanese?

The series Kamigami no Asobi is a reverse harem involving a mortal girl, Yui Kusanagi, who is tasked with teaching six of the ancient gods about the meaning of love. Episode 4 focuses on Hades. He ...
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What does "dog's circle" mean?

I just watched an anime where the phrase dog's circle was used in the English subtitles. The sentence was, "We are the dog's circle." Is that a well known Japanese expression? The anime was episode ...
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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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Does the name Jiraiya mean something that connects these 2 instances?

While I was playing Tales of Phantasia, in the Future where the vocal impressionists are (nearby to where the Elven Forest is) there is a guy dressed up like a frog. When you talk to him he says (...
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