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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In the Japanese dub, is there any parallel to Baobao's use of Sichuanese?

Near the beginning of the second episode of Hitori no Shita: The Outcast, Baobao reads out details about her new identity as a student supposedly from Taiwan to Zhang Chulan. In the Chinese version of ...
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What is the (historical) significance of the name Kazamatsuri?

In the manga Sengoku Youko (same author of Hoshi no Samidare) a character is asked by Hisahide Matsunaga if he's considered changing his last name to Kazamatsuri, and there's a couple historical ...
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Why is the series called "Amaama to Inazuma"?

The English title of the series Sweetness and Lightning is a pun on the idiom "sweetness and light". The original Japanese title is Amaama to Inazuma (甘々と稲妻). I wanted to find out if there was a ...
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Is Nishikyougoku Ramuko a word play of Toushinou Kyouko?

When writing doujinshi, Toushinou Kyouko goes by the pseudonym Nishikyougoku Ramuko. Now, her name Toushinou Kyouko is written as 歳納京子. I'm not sure how her pseudonym is written since I wasn't able to ...
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How does Yuuki talk like a boy?

In Sword Art Offline 2 episode 7, Asuna comments that Yuuki not only is a rare tomboy female player but also talks like a boy. Now, I watched the English dub and didn't pick that up so I guess it is ...
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Why is Futaba's nickname "Teko"?

In Episode 1 of Amanchu!, Hikari bestows the nickname "Teko" on Futaba, with the following explanation. Hikari: [Gazes longingly into Futaba's eyes] Hikari: Wow! Your eyebrows are so thin. ...
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Why is Hikari's nickname "Pikari"?

In Episode 1 of Amanchu!, Hikari states that her nickname is Pikari. In the English subtitles, she offers this explanation Hikari: Due to my overly peppy nature, people in junior high called me "...
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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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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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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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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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Why does Kojirou say "white hole" in the Japanese version of Team Rocket's motto?

Torisuda mentioned he'd be interested in how the joke went in the Japanese version of Pokemon on my question about why Team Rocket's motto seems so nice. This prompted me to listen to the Japanese ...
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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 Minato's teleportation kunai say?

So I've been wondering what Minato's teleportation kunai said, but I have found nothing. I can only recognize the first and second characters. The first one means Shinobi, and the second one means ...
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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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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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Do the words used to transform into a Magical Garment Girl actually mean anything?

In Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka (Is This A Zombie?), whenever one wants to transform into a magical girl, he says the following words: Nomobuyo, Oshi, Hashitawa, Dokeda, Gunmicha, De, Ribura! Do those ...
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In Laputa, does "バルス" have any meaning or etymology?

Does "バルス", which is popular in tweeting during Laputa, have any meaning or etymology, or rationale for being in katakana?
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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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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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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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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? Full Name Shortened Kodomo no Omocha Kodocha Jungle wa Itsumo Hare nochi Guu Hareguu Ore no ...
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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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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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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 does Kumagawa talk in Japanese quotation marks?

「In the manga, Misogi Kumagawa talks with his words inside quotation marks, just like this.」 「Here's a typical example:」 「Why is this? Is there a specific reason he has this notation while talking?」
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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 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 do "sama" and "kun" mean? Are they related to the shinobi rank? [closed]

In Naruto, Yamato called Kakashi as Kakashi-sama, whereas Naruto as Naruto-kun. Previously, I thought that sama was for equal or higher rank shinobis while kun was for junior rank shinobis. But I ...
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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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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 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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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 Saika constantly posting on the Message Board?

I'm on the first season of Durarara!! (Coalgirls Subs), and on the Message Board Saika often posts random words like Love, Peace, Cut, etc. - All of which are subbed except for this repeated character....
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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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What does Ni no Kuni mean exactly?

The full title of the PS3 game is Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. Google Translate fails when I try to use the kanji, and the closest I can get is by writing the whole phrase in hiragana, which ...
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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 does 'Akame ga Kill' mean and why is it called that?

Just what the title says, why is the show called Akame ga Kill! and what does it even mean? Akame was just an ordinary member of Night Raid, yet the show is named after her. She wasn't the main ...
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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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