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 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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What is the opposite of “seme” according to otakus?

I don't understand the joke behind "opposite of seme" scene. Can you please explain it to me?
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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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Can someone explain the term “oranyan”?

I had never heard the word "oranyan" before reading this question. The question made it sound like the term referred to a male tsundere. I searched this site for more mentions of "oranyan", but only ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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 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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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 is the paper at Saki's desk in From the New World about?

I've been wondering this for ages: At the end of From the New World, Saki has this piece of paper on her desk. Below you can see it (and somebody translated them to Spanish). Apparently these are ...
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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 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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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 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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Where did “dattebayo” come from?

In Naruto, at least in the early show, he uses the catchphrase "dattebayo" in the Japanese. This question answered on a canon-level where it came from (his mother), but I was wondering where (if ...
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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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What does “tsukkomi” mean?

Once, I read a manga with the following description: A perverted President who likes girls, a tsukkomi Vice-President, an over-zealous Treasurer and a quiet, brooding Secretary. This unlikely ...
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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 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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What does the symbol 油 on Jiraiya's headband mean?

Jiraiya is shown wearing a headband with 油【あぶら】 drawn onto it. I know that 油 is the symbol for abura, and that it means "oil". But how is it related to him? Does it have anything to do with the fact ...
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“The World Will Turn To Ash” - How did this differ in the original Japanese?

In Pokemon: The Movie 2000, part of the legend that tells of the balance of nature being wrecked goes "The World Will turn to Ash". This is the sort of pun-legend I'd expect from Japanese writing......
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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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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 was Darui sucked into the Benihisago?

In episode 269 of Naruto, while fighting Kinkaku and Ginkaku, Daru got sucked into the Benihisago. I thought you could only be sucked in if you said your most said word or if you remained silent. ...
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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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How can Sebastian use “I am a butler and a devil” so casually?

To my ears, the Japanese means: I am an akuma (demon), and a shitsuji (butler). I guess it must have a pun meaning, too. On one occasion, a bad guy cried out "a-a-akuma?", but that's the exception:...
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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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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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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 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 meaning behind Mana Ryougi's name?

During the Type-Moon Fes 10th Anniversary, there was this question: Q: Who named Ryougi Mana? Was it Shiki, or Kokuto? Or was it someone else? A: The one who named Mana was Mikiya. Mikiya ...
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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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Can anyone explain the ending of “Koe no Katachi” one-shot?

In Koe no Katachi (OOIMA Yoshitoki) (one-shot version), at the end of the story, My question is about the exchange in sign language between them in the last 3 pages of the story. What do the signs ...
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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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Why does Ruriko get angry when she's called as “Rurippe”?

Why does Ruriko get angry whenever Shun calls her as "Rurippe" when according to this, 'Rurippe' holds no real meaning except that Shun relates it to her childhood appearance as a sniveler (or ...
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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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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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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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What is the proper pluralization of “anime” and “manga”?

The words "anime" and "manga" both originate from Japanese, and have no English roots (though "anime" comes from French). To me, it doesn't make sense for an "s" to be attached ("animes" and "mangas")....
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Why is “I won't forgive you” a commonly used threat?

In a number of shows, "I won't forgive you" or some variation is used as a threat. Rukia uses it when she is trying to keep Ichigo to follow her into the Soul Society, saying, "If you follow me, I ...
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Why is Edward Newgate called Whitebeard?

Why do they call him "Whitebeard"? He doesn't even have a beard!
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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?