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 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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What does もっとたゆたゆver. mean in AT-X shows' broadcast information?

NSFW Warning: The anime mentioned below is something that I think would qualify as borderline hentai or close to something like hentai. Anyway, I came across this manga called Nande Koko ni Sensei ga!...
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Is this poem about frogs from Non Non Biyori Repeat a common poem/rhyme?

In Non Non Biyori Repeat episode 4, Ren-chan sings this poem/rhyme which goes (translated/subtitled version) Frogs Frogs Frogs are grown-ups, Tadpoles are children When they grow hind legs they ...
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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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In the Made in Abyss manga, why does Bondrewd sometimes refer to Prushka with the formal “anata” and sometimes with the intimate “kimi”?

I was looking through some raws and I noticed that Bondrewd consistently uses "kimi" when talking to others, but there are a few cases where he uses "anata" with Prushka. Looking through more raws, I ...
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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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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 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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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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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 symbol that looks like a stylized “P” mean in each of Hajime no Ippo's matches?

What does the symbol resembling a stylized "P" in each of Hajime no Ippo's matches mean? Is it a Japanese symbol for cheering maybe?
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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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Why are reading fairy tales so lewd?

In Chapter 2, when Eto is wondering what she could do for Iono-sama (seeing how everyone has unique skills that served her and she didn't have anything), Iono-sama suggests reading fairy tales to her ...
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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 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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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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Is the gun mention a subtitling error?

I'm rewatching the Naruto Chuunin exams, and in the Crunchyroll subs in episode 40, when it's being explained by Zaku's arms blew out, the explanation mentions gun barrels. However, as per this answer,...
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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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“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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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 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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What does the word “jiken” on young Luffy's shirt mean in Japanese?

In One Piece manga, young Luffy wears a shirt containing the word "jiken". What does "jiken" mean in Japanese?
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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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Love Live: Yon, nana, and not shi, shichi? (Counting from 1 to 9)

In the anime Love Live, when the nine girls count from one to nine in Japanese, they say: Ichi ni san yon go roku nana hachi kyuu And not: Ichi ni san shi go roku shichi hachi kyuu What is the ...
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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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What is Japanese version of the pun word, “slife”? … and term for adult friend?

At time code 21:40 of Episode 1 of That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, the protagonist Satoru refers to his new life as a slime as a "slife" (sub). I'm guessing there was similar word play in ...
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Why is “bioroide/bioroido/bioroid” used in different animes?

In the 1984 anime series Super Dimensional Calvary Southern Cross, there are some alien mechas called "bioroid/bioroido/bioloyd" (depending on the translation) Bioroids SDC. In Appleseed there is an ...
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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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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 does it mean that Gintoki and his friends are “Yorozuya”?

In the Gintama series they mention a lot of times about Gintoki and his friends are "Yorozuya". What does this mean?
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What does the original Japanese title of “Spirited Away” mean?

The original title of the Japanese anime "Spirited Away" is "千と千尋の神隠し". I know that 千尋 is the name "Chihiro" and 神隠 means "spirited away", so the phrase "千尋の神隠" makes sense to me. But what is the ...
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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'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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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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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 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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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 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 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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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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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 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 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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What does Onii-Chan mean?

I watched Himouto!Umaru-Chan and Umaru calls her brother Onii-Chan. Since Chan is a suffix after female names I was confused. At first I thought that it meant big brother, but I turned on a dubbed ...
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Why does Iida call Ochako Uraraka-Kun?

This might just be a general Japanese-Language question, but I noticed, that Iida calls Ochaco with the honorific "kun", instead of "chan", or "san" for example. Why is that and what does it say ...
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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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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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Does “group date” mean something else other than “a date with many people”?

In the first episode of Steins;Gate 0, Okarin says something about going on group dates, with Feyris and Rukako yelling at him for doing that. Is a group date any different from what I think it is, ...
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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 is written on Minato's cloak?

I searched for what is written on Minato's cloak and I found different answers. What does it really mean?