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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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? (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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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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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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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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What does the dialog related to Nanami's quote in the last episode of Bokura Ga Ita mean?

In the last scene of the final episode of Bokura Ga Ita (ep. 26), Yano repeats a quote that Nanami made in an earlier episode. The quote was In the earlier episode, where the quote originated, Nanami ...
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What are the translation of these two tanzaku in Date A Live II OVA?

In this scene in the OVA episode of Date A Live Season 2, the main setting is what appears to be a Tanabata Festival. In this first picture, Kotori was writing a wish on her tanzaku but as Tohka ...
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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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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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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 ...