Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hikikomori 引きこもり

Some hikikomori 引きこもり characters in anime are kind of creepy, aren't they? Always being hikkii ヒッキー and stuff... wait a second, are you a hikikomori? No? Are you sure about that? Do you even know what is hikikomori in Japanese?

Otaku オタク & Otome 乙女

Have you ever been called an otaku オタク or otome 乙女 and had no idea what the word meant? Or, maybe, you've started calling other people otaku but now you're not really sure you know what it is? Well, worry no more, I'll tell you exactly what otaku means.
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Moteru, Motenai and Motetai - Meaning in Japanese

One word that comes up in anime from time to time in moteru モテる. Most of the time it's conjugated as motenai モテない, which is its negative form. Thus, any person is their moteru or motenai, but what does that mean exactly?

Ikemen and Ikumen - Meaning in Japanese

You might have noticed a girl character or another calling some random guy character ikemen イケメン in anime. It's a rather rare word, and often comes translated as "hot guy" or "pretty guy," but what does it really mean in Japanese?

Friday, July 29, 2016

Bishoujo

In anime, a bishoujo 美少女 is, literally, a "beautiful girl," or less literally, a "pretty girl." Characters called bishoujo or introduced as bishoujo are supposedly more beautiful than the average anime girl.

A bishoujo anime girl.
Character: Teruhashi Kokomi 照橋心美
Anime: Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan 斉木楠雄のΨ難

Body Parts in Japanese - Vocabulary

Characters in anime are people just like everybody else, as such, they have human bodies with its human body parts. Obviously, the Japanese language has words for these human body parts, and here are they.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Moon Phases in Japanese - Vocabulary

There are many anime which talk about the "Moon phases," or gessou 月相, for a reason or another. Like the full Moon, for example. Or the full Moon. The full Moon. And... the full Moon. And also, of course, the red, blood Moon. Anyway, this time I'll talk about these and the other lesser moon phases nobody ever cares about.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

おまけ, Omake - Meaning in Japanese

Everyone loves omake おまけ, right? The omake in manga, the omake in anime, even the omake in games. Even the omake in real life! Wait, what? What does omake mean again?

気持ち, Kimochi - Meaning in Japanese

In Japanese, kimochi 気持ち means literally "feeling," a noun, but it's used in some weird ways that don't make much sense. In this article, I'll explain what kimochi means, how it's used, and the difference between kimochi, kimochi ii, and kimochi warui.

Example of kimochi 気持ち in Japanese.
Manga: Prison School, Kangoku Gakuen 監獄学園 (Chapter 168)
Monday, July 25, 2016

Shounen, Shoujo, Seinen, Josei

If you read manga or watch anime, you may already know they're divided into four categories: shounen 少年, shoujo 少女, seinen 青年, and josei 女性. But what do these words mean in Japanese? How is a shounen anime different from a shoujo anime? What are these genres?
Sunday, July 24, 2016

Oniichan, Oneechan, Otouto, Imouto

Brothers and sisters, we are here united on this day to talk about the difference between "brother" and... "brother"... in Japanese. And "sister" and "sister." Of course I'm talking about the words oniichan 御兄ちゃん and otouto 弟, and oneechan お姉ちゃん and imouto 妹, and some other words related to siblings.
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Animals in Japanese - Vocabulary

If you watch anime, you might know that a neko 猫 is a "cat" and that an inu 犬 is a "dog", but what about the others? What are the animals' names in Japanese? Well, I've put together a list of them!
Friday, July 22, 2016

San, Chan, Kun, Sama さん, ちゃん, くん, 様

Have you ever noticed how every time someone says someone else's name in anime they add a san さん, chan ちゃん, kun 君, sama 様 or something else at the end? No? Well, have you ever actually watched anime? They do that all the time! The question is... why?
Thursday, July 21, 2016

Dere Types: Tsundere, Yandere, Kuudere, Dandere + Others

Some words you may often hear when talking about girls in anime are tsundere ツンデレ, kuudere クーデレ and yandere ヤンデレ. Besides being used only when talking about girls and being mostly words made-up by fans, they also got this dere デレ there at the end, so, clearly, they're related somehow. But what do they mean exactly?

Baka

In Japanese, baka バカ, also spelled baka 馬鹿, means "stupid," or "idiot." In some more complex phrases, it can mean other stuff too.

Example of baka バカ in Japanese.
Character: Nendou Riki 燃堂 力
Manga: Saiki Kusuo no Psi-Nan 斉木楠雄のΨ難