Questions tagged [terminology]

For questions about anime/manga-related jargon like "moe", "visual novel", and "AMV". Avoid using this tag for questions about words that only have meaning in the context of a particular work.

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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?
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Where does the term "waifu" come from?

I was stalking a forum looking for images to nab to use as wallpapers, and there was a post where posters were claiming characters as their "waifu". Seeing how it is spelled, I would assume that what ...
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What are Type A and Type B viewers?

I keep hearing the terms Type A viewers and Type B viewers in discussions and chat. What do they mean? What is a Type A viewer and what is a Type B?
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What is the difference between an OVA and an OAV?

I've heard the terms OVA and OAV used interchangeably with one another, but is there a distinct difference between the two? Do the definitions differ in Japan versus overseas? Where did the two ...
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What exactly is a "Light Novel"?

I am only familiar with this term when I know about the anime. Is this term only used in Japan? Sometimes I read light novels on the internet but I never see the book myself. How is a light novel ...
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What are the differences between visual novel, eroge, gal game, and a dating sim?

In The World God Only Knows, games in which you conquer girls are defined as dating sims. But in Oreimo, it is called eroge. Some forums seem to use the term visual novel a lot, even though I thought ...
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What is a "cour"?

I often hear shows talked about as being some number of "cours". For example, Evangelion is apparently "two cours", while Madoka is "one cour". But what on earth does "cour" mean? I can't find it in ...
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What is gap moe?

I often hear the word gap moe, but I do not know what it means. So what does the word gap moe mean?
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What is the difference between doujinshi and manga?

Doujinshi seem to represent usually works of amateurs, but that is a subjective measure. What is the objective difference between both works?
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Is chuunibyou syndrome real?

"Chuunibyou" or "eighth-grade syndrome" is a condition where people believe they have super powers. The first time I heard this term is in the anime Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! Is this syndrome ...
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Why are romantic events sometimes called "flags"?

Anyone familiar with dating sims and romance visual novels will recognize the term "flag" in that context. In these games, when you are presented with choices which affect how the other characters ...
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Is the term Otaku derogatory?

I know the term is widely used in America as a term for someone who has a love and anime and all things related to it. So in the US it's a term of endearment. However in Japan the term is known more ...
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Are MAD and AMV synonyms for Anime Music Video?

On youtube and elsewhere it's frequent to find "MAD" video, a sort of Anime Music Video (AMV) composed by anime sequences on a music track. Are MAD and AMV synonyms? If not, how these differ from each ...
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Is there official terminology for anime series that run less than the standard length?

I'm referring to the shorter-in-duration anime, such as Aiura, Recorder and Randsell, and Morita-san is Quiet. These anime do not run for the "normal" duration of 22 or more minutes. Is there any ...
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What is the equivalent of "seme" and "uke" in yuri culture?

As mentioned in this answer, the terms seme and uke are used in yaoi to describe a duality: Yaoi fans have adapted these terms to describe the roles in a male/male relationship: the seme is the one ...
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What is a "character song"?

I have heard of these things called "character songs", but I don't know what they are. Is a "character song" just like a theme song for a character? Can you give me some examples of character songs? (...
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Are tsundere/yandere/kuudere unisexual terms?

The terms "tsundere", "yandere" and "kuudere" are most often used when describing female characters. However, all the definitions of them start with "a person, who...", which kind of suggests that ...
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What is the difference between yuri and shoujo-ai, yaoi and shounen-ai and ecchi and hentai anime genre?

Yuri and Shoujo-ai are anime themes which are related to girl-to-girl relationship, while yaoi and shounen-ai are related to boy-to-boy relationships. But what are their distinct difference? When can ...
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What are the differences between types of anime?

The terms "shoujo", "shounen", "seinen", and "josei" are used to classify anime/manga. I know that the general meanings are as follows: Shoujou: for girls Shounen: for boys Seinen: for men Josei: for ...
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Where did the concept of multiple endings originate?

A lot of games (and even anime like Oreimo) have multiple endings in addition to the Normal Ending -- most commonly the Good End, Bad End, and True End. Which series or what medias first popularized ...
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When did otaku become a derogatory term?

Related: Is the term Otaku derogatory? I have been reading The Moe Manifesto lately, and noticed in a lot of the interviews, the term otaku was never really used in a derogatory form. One of the ...
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What's the difference between manga, manhwa, and manhua?

I understand that manga is from Japan and read from right to left, whereas manhwa is from Korea, read from left to right, and manhua is from China, and read from right to left (If I'm not mistaken). ...
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Is Avatar: the Last Airbender an anime? [closed]

Valid points are stated in this video. In Western countries, anime is thought of as Eastern animation. In Eastern countries, all animation are thought of as anime. So this question kind of leads ...
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What is the name of an "interrruption screen" element in the middle of an anime episode?

Very often, in the middle of an anime episode, I can see some screens lasting just a few seconds. They very often consist of some drawing/aesthetic element or gag element. It is very often combined ...
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What is an ONA?

Searching through MAL and other anime sites, I found an unfamiliar type of anime. What is an "ONA"? Is it different from a OVA?
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What is noitaminA?

I only know that noitaminA is "Animation" written backwards. It sometimes appear at the beginning of episodes of anime. But does it mean anything? At Anime-Planet, it is considered a tag/genre. At ...
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Doujin, doujinshi, doujinshika and doujinka. What's the difference?

In a world of self-published manga/anime/other related stuff, there are doujin, doujinshi, doujinshika and doujinka. What's the difference between those four? Also, are these term used exclusively ...
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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 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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How are ditzy characters classified?

How are ditzy/airhead characters classified in anime/manga? For example, while Lucky Star's Kagami is a tsundere, her airhead sister, Tsukasa, is a ________?
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Is there any equivalent to the "fujoshi"/"fudanshi" descriptors for yuri fans?

A woman who consumes and enjoys boys' love publications might describe herself as a fujoshi (腐女子), literally "rotten girl". There is an equivalent term for men: fudanshi (腐男子). Does an equivalent ...
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What exactly does "best girl" mean and where did the expression originate from?

I've seen the expression "best girl" being used several times, and I find it quite self-explanatory. However, some people seem to define it in slightly different ways. Here are some different ...
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Why is pornographic anime and manga referred to as "hentai" by non-Japanese sources? And when did it start?

If you try to google "hentai definition" most result would define hentai as a Japanese genres of manga and anime with sexually explicit images and plots. But Wikipedia explains it otherwise: ...
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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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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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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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English-English term for "Shōjo manga"

Is there a standardised English-English (as opposed to English that borrows words willy-nilly from Japanese) term for Shōjo manga (少女マンガ) used when describing it to people not familiar with manga and ...
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What does it mean for animation to be done "on ones" or "on twos"?

Animation is sometimes described as being done "on ones" or "on twos" or "on threes". What does that mean?
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What is the simplified art style called that is often used when a character is emotional?

If there's even a name for it? I saw this question that explains why but I'd love to know if there's a name for it. The linked question mentions superdeformed but I figured there's a Japanese name, ...
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What is the block used to symbolize the end of a chapter called?

What do they call this bar? Is there official terminology for it? Sometimes they add filler text to explain the predicament the heroes are in inside of it or surrounding it. It also somewhat seems ...
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Definition of a reverse trap

I am confused at how people describe gender roles and their trope classification in anime. I understand that traps are characters appearing to be girls but are actually guys. One of my favorite traps ...
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Is the term 4koma a generic term?

I know the term 4koma only from the .hack series, in which it normally relates to the parody manga .hack//4koma, and it's also the title of the bonus videos unlocked in .hack//G.U. on the desktop. ...
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What is COMITIA? Is it different than Comiket?

In Pixiv, sometimes I saw that as title. Here is the example: [ COMITIA119 ] 星の花束. Seems like it's a doujin. This is the first image (cover) - if anyone interested. I found from Google that Comitia ...
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What is it called when an anime character is emotionless on the inside and sweet/kind on the outisde?

Emotionless on the inside meaning literally that, and sweet/kind on the outside as in being completely fake and pretending to like someone or be a happy person just for personal benefit or similar. ...
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On the origins of the term "forced drama" as it is used in discourse about anime

User /u/JekoJeko5 has recently posted on /r/anime his observation that the term "forced drama" is almost exclusively used in discussions of anime. It is difficult to give a concrete description of ...
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Is there such thing as a "Host Club" from Ouran High School Host Club?

I was recently watching Ouran Host Club and it seems to centre around, how should I describe it? Listening to girls talking about themselves and watching the girls go distraught in love over guys ...
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Just what does the word "canon" mean when referring to anime?

I've been wondering for quite a while. Each time I have questions about either anime or manga, someone always refers to the word "canon", or "non-canon". I've searched up what the ...
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Is ecchi used for humor or is it sexually playful?

The definition of ecchi is sexually playful, right? But I heard it is almost always used for humor. Can someone explain please?
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What is an OMAKE?

I've noticed in Casual Romance Club and Katahane that on the disk there is an OMAKE folder, inside the OMAKE folder there were added images and sound files, Casual Romance Club has images of each of ...
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Are anime that air before a manga adaptation considered filler anime?

In the question Has an anime ever come out before the manga was published? it became quite obvious that there are indeed several animes that air before their manga has been made. But this also made me ...
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