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 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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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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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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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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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 are the poltergeists whispering in Episode 11?

In episode 11 of Pop Team Epic, we see Popuko and Pipi parody The Shining by haunting a winter cabin as poltergeists. Throughout the segment there are audible whispers that sound like Japanese spoken ...
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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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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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What was the relation of Urahara's Bankai's name with its ability?

Urahara Kisuke's Bankai is "Kannonbiraki Benihime Aratame", which means Modification of The Crimson Princess' Dissection at the Doors of Avalokiteśvara. Does the name have any meaning/significance to ...
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Why was “Mr. Raindrop” transliterated into hiragana rather than katakana?

Gintama's ending song from Ep.14 to Ep.24 is "Mr. Raindrop" by Amplified. It is the only theme which is in English. As you can see, the transliteration above the English words is done in ...
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What's wrong with Kagura's pronunciation of “ka-wa-wi-i”?

This is more of a Japanese language question, but since it's based on goofy anime scene, I thought I'd ask here. The scene is from episode 88 of Gintama: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mBS9-EQbqw ...
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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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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 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 does Ghoul mean in japanese?

I know what a Ghoul is in the context of the Tokyo Ghoul series, but I was wondering what does Ghoul mean in japanese. Is it a made up word or it is the same "Ghoul" from Arabic? What do the kanji ...
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What does “Daimadoshi” mean in “Dai no Daibouken” (Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai)?

One of my favorite character in Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai is Pop the Magician. Toward the end of the series, he battles with Hadler's chess squad and has a one-on-one fight with the horse ...
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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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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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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 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 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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Weird translation in One Piece Episode 132?

In One Piece's Episode 132, when Luffy tries to apologize to Nami for messing up her drawn map, from what I can get (I may be wrong), Nami (gets frustrated and) says (in romaji), Gomen de sundara, ...
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Why do characters repeatedly say other characters names?

I'm watching Blood C, and I'm reminded that in anime, dialog can often consist of characters just saying other character's names. In this example, most of Tadayoshi Kisaragi's lines towards Saya are ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the relationship between Odin, Seifer and the Kanji that appears?

in Final Fantasy VIII, if you have the Odin GF (i don't know if this still happens if you don't have him, i always got him), when you go to fight Seifer at the end of Disk 3, Odin appears. generally ...
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Is Yuri as a genre ever referred to to using Katakana or is it only just kanji?

I know that the yuri genre is written with kanji and I was wondering, is katakana ever used to write or refer to the genre when used in a discussion. I myself have never seen it, but I wanted to know ...
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Was Raditz faster than the speed of light?

In one English dub (there are at least 3 IIRC), Piccolo says Raditz it's faster than the speed of light. But in the spanish dub, he doesnt say so. How about the original japanese dialogue and the ...
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What is the Independence Day that Inoue Marina has been tweeting about lately?

Lately Inoue Marina has been tweeting about Independence Day. For example 2018-02-05 she tweeted, 独立記念日全公演全て終了! 今回は女子2人が交互にストーリーテラーとなっていく構成でかなりの集中力を要しましたが大変にやり甲斐のあるものでした。回を追う毎にキャスト皆の絆が深まって行って、...
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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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What does the note from chapter 14 say?

Here's the note from the last chapter:
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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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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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Where does the phrase ecchi sketchy one touchy come from?

In several anime, a character will yell this on despise to something perverted. It even shows up in non anime media like Yakuza Kiwami 2. What’s the origin of this phrase?
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Was golden oozaru cumber's blast power what made Super Saiyan Blue Vegito defuse?

In Dragon Ball Heroes anime episode 4, golden oozaru cumber fires a blast against Super Saiyan Blue Vegito and at that time Vegito defuses. Was golden oozaru cumber's blast power what made Super ...
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What's with the claim that Anna pulled a knife on Nobuko?

In Ghibli's When Marnie Was There, there's a scene around 27:00 where Anna calls Nobuko a "fat pig". Pretty rude, but Nobuko does provoke her quite a bit. Later, around 35:00, Nobuko's mother is ...
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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 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 Sebastian's catchphrase 'A Phantomhive butler who can't do this much isn't worth his salt' in Japanese

In Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler), Sebastian commonly uses the phrase "A Phantomhive butler who can't do this much isn't worth his salt" It's in about every episode of season one. But it's at least ...
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How common is it to use the lily flower/yuri 百合 to represent girls love in japanese anime?

So I've seen some say using lilies is very common for author to show that a girl is lesbian for example. However I've heard that the whole lilies= lesbian thing is not mainstream. So I was wondering, ...
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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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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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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 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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Why does the text of Shino-sensei's math problems look different from normal Japanese?

In episode 5 of Boruto, we see Shino-sensei testing Boruto on "Ninja Academy Math" or something along those lines, but when I look closely at the texts, they don't seem like the usual Japanese ...
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Is Gogeta super saiyan blue confirmed in the new Dragon Ball Super movie?

There are many people talking about not only that they think Gogeta will appear in the new movie, but they are refering to a supposed tweet where a japanese animator said he's going to do Gogeta in ...