Saturday, November 11, 2017

kyun きゅん

In Japanese, kyun きゅん has multiple meanings.

Cute Male Honorific Suffix

After a character's name, kyun きゅん is a honorific suffix, a cutesy to say kun くん. It's used by fans, in particular fujoshi, to refer to cute male characters.

For example: Aichi-kyun アイチきゅん, from Cardfight!! Vanguard. This usage is similar to the honorific ~tan ~たん,

よせよ 朱里君 お前だって「総受けの小十郎きゅん」とか言われて一部の女子にだ大人気らしいぞ きゃーー お世辞じゃないって
Manga: Masamune-kun no Revenge, 政宗くんのリベンジ (Chapter 1, 豚足と呼ばれた男)
  • Context: Shuri Kojuurou 朱里小十郎, a boy that looks like a girl, i.e. a "trap," or otokonoko 男の娘, compliments Makabe Masamune 真壁政宗 for being intelligent, humble, and kind, to which Makabe responds:
  • yose yo, Shuri-kun
    よせ 朱里君
    Stop [it], Shuri-kun.
  • omae datte "sou-uke no Kojuurou-kyun" toka iwarete ichibu no joshi ni daininki rashii zo?
    [I] hear you, too, are called [stuff like] "the total bottom Kojuurou-kyun" and are very popular with one portion of the girls?
    • In the sense of him being popular, too, with girls, like Masamune, except Masamune is popular for being a "hot guy," ikemen イケメン, while Kojuurou is popular only some girls (the fujoshi) for being an otokonoko.
    • sou-uke - a type of uke 受け, the "bottom" in a fictional homosexual relationship, which is always the bottom no matter what character he's paired with.
  • kyaa
    *fangirling noises*
  • oseji janai tte
    [I'm telling] [you] [it] isn't flattery. (i.e. Kojuurou really means the stuff he said about Masamune, they weren't insincere or joke compliments.)

Falling in Love

It's a mimetic word for one's chest or heart compressing, used when a character falls in love with another character or finds them extremely cute.

See also: mune-kyun 胸キュン.

きれいだしやさしいし明るいし可愛いし・・・ オレ胸キュン!だぜ
Manga: Glass Mask, Garasu no Gamen ガラスの仮面 (Chapter 10, 冬の星座)
  • Context: the audience watching the theater play Futari no Joou ふたりの女王, "the two queens," is charmed by the adorable queen Ardis.
  • kirei dashi, yasashii shi, akarui shi, kawaii shi...
    きれいだし やさしい 明るいし 可愛いし・・・
    [She] is pretty, is gentle, is cheerful, is cute...
    • akarui
      Bright. Well-lit. The opposite of dark.
  • ore, mune-kyun! daze
    [I'm in love!]
Honorific Suffixes

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