Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Cat Boy

In anime, a cat boy is a character that has cat-like features, such as feline body parts"cat ears," nekomimi 猫耳, "cat eyes," nekome 猫目, "cat mouth," nekoguchi 猫口, and a "cat tail," neko-shippo 猫しっぽ—and ending their sentences in nyaa にゃー, "meow."

Ferris フェリス, example of cat boy.
Character: Ferris フェリス
Anime: Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活 (Episode 12)

In Japanese

The most common way to say "cat boy" in Japanese would be nekomimi-danshi 猫耳男子, "cat-ears boy." In general, if a character has cat ears they probably have a cat tail, too, but that's not necessarily true.

You can combine either neko 猫, "cat," or nekomimi 猫耳, "cat-ears," with a noun that means "boy" to create a word that means "cat boy" or "cat-ears boy." Unfortunately, there are various words that mean "boy" in Japanese. For reference:
  • nekomimi-shounen
    Cat-ears boy.
    • shounen
      Underage person. (legal term.)
      Boy. (normal usage.)
  • nekomimi-otokonoko
    Cat-ears boy.
    • otokonoko
      Male child.
  • nekomimi-otokonoko
    Cat-ears trap.
    • otokonoko
      Male girl. A girl that's actually a boy. A boy that looks like a girl. A trap.
  • nekomimi-seinen
    Cat-ears boy.
    • seinen
      A young adult man.
  • nekomimi-shota
    Cat-ears boy.
    • shota
      Boy anime character. (male counterpart of loli.)

Similarly: neko-danshi 猫男子, neko-otokonoko 猫男の子, neko-shounen 猫少年, neko-seinen 猫青年, neko-shota 猫ショタ, and so on.

The same thing also works if you switch "boy" for "man."
  • neko-otoko
    Cat man.
  • nekomimi-otoko
    Cat-ears man.


See: Cat Girl for common things and terms related to cat boys.

It's worth noting that neko ネコ is a LGBT slang for "bottom" in a homosexual relationship.

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