Wednesday, January 24, 2018

do-S ドS

In Japanese, do-S ドS, "super sadistic," may refer to a romantic personality type, may be a complaint about someone who likes to boss people around, or may refer to someone who is a sadist in the S&M sense.

ドS
Anime: Blend S, ブレンド・S (Episode 2)

Meaning

The word do-esu ドS is composed by the intensifying do~ ド~ prefix, "super," plus the katakanized letter S, esu エス. It's also spelled do-esu 弩S.

Personality Type

In Japan, someone who is an S and is someone who is sadistic—a super S, super sadistic. Stereotypically, do-S refers to someone who:
  • Likes bossing others around.
  • Enjoys teasing others.
  • Is romantically assertive.

In other words, the very opposite of do-M ドM, "super masochistic." They're supposed to complete each other as romantic personality types.

In anime, both sadistic and masochistic personality types are often exaggerated to weird levels. A do-S character ends up being one that:
  • Likes ordering others around like slaves.
  • Verbally abuses others, treats them like garbage.
  • Makes unwarranted romantic advances.

In particular, many do-S characters in anime treat the heroine (or hero) coldly.

Kotegawa Chisa 古手川千紗, example of disgusted face, gomi wo miru you na me ゴミを見るような目.
Anime: Grand Blue, ぐらんぶる (Episode 2)

Someone who is just romantically assertive in general is called nikushokukei 肉食系, passive soushokukei 草食系. In regards to a single ship, the terms end up being seme 攻め and uke 受け.

Complaint

The word do-S may also mean "sadistic" in the sense of domineering or overbearing.

For example, if a character who's a superior, manager, boss, or so on, demands work non-stop, or work overtime, or is too strict with rules and punishments, they're going to be called "super sadistic," do-S, regardless of whether they enjoy making others suffer or not.

Consequently, calling someone an M may imply you think they're cute for having a submissive personality, but calling someone an S often implies you dislike them instead.

Furthermore, if the domineering character isn't anybody's boss, if it's just a random character demanding too much, they may sarcastically get addressed with the ~sama ~様 honorific, as if they were someone important.

The term goshujinsama ご主人さま, which may mean "master," including in BDSM, can also be used similarly. Similarly: joousama 女王様, "queen," in particular a BDSM mistress.

S&M

Lastly, do-S ドS can also refer to someone who is a sadist in the sadomasochistic sense, which means they enjoy seeing other people's suffering.
  • do-esu onna
    ドS女
    A super sadistic woman.
  • do-esu otoko
    ドS男
    A super sadistic man.

Vocabulary

For reference, some related terms:
  • sadhisuto
    サディスト
    Sadist..
  • sadhizumu
    サディズム
    Sadism.
  • sado
    サド
    (either of the above)
  • mazohisuto
    マゾヒスト
    Masochist.
  • mazohizumu
    マゾヒズム
    Masochism.
  • mazo
    マゾ
    (either of the above)

The missing B/D, plus native Japanese counterparts:
  • bondeeji
    ボンデージ
    Bondage. (BDSM lingo only)
    (in English, "bondage" also means to be owned as slave by someone, for example, "bondage in Egypt" may refer to the slaves who built the pyramids. This meaning isn't shared by the Japanese katakanization)
  • kousoku
    拘束
    Restraint.
  • sokubaku
    束縛
    (same meaning, but more in the binding sense.)
  • shibari 縛り
    The "tying up" of something. (from the verb shibaru 縛る, "to tie up.")
  • dhishipurin
    ディシプリン
    Discipline. (again, BDSM lingo)
  • fukujuu
    服従
    Submission. Obedience.
  • shihai
    支配
    Domination. Rule. Control.

And the staple vocabulary known by practically every S/M character ever in manga:
  • goshujinsama
    ご主人様
    Husband.
    Lord of the house.
    Master. Mistress. (in servant-master sense)
  • joousama
    女王様
    Queen.
    Mistress. (BDSM.)
  • dorei
    奴隷
    Slave.
  • petto
    ペット
    Pet.
  • pochi
    ポチ
    "Spotty" or something. Extremely unoriginal common name for a pet dog.
  • kau
    飼う
    To keep an animal as a pet.
  • choukyou
    調教
    To break (or train) an animal. (for example: a dog or horse)
  • shitsuke

    The teaching of manners. Training. Disciplining.
  • shitsukeru
    躾ける
    To teach manners, etc.
  • purei
    プレイ
    Play.
    "Activity engaged in for enjoyment and recreation." - Oxford Dictionary
    ("What kind of play you're into?" etc.)
  • esu-emu-purei
    SMプレイ
    SM play.
  • meirei
    命令
    Order. Command.
  • meirei wo kikanai
    命令を聞かない
    To not listen to orders.
  • oshioki
    お仕置き
    Punishment.
  • gohoubi
    ご褒美
    Reward. (may or may not be synonymous with the above)

Gear:
  • muchi
    ムチ (also 鞭)
    Whip.
  • kubiwa
    首輪
    Collar. (literally "neck ring")
  • te-kase
    手枷
    Hand shackles. Hand restraints.
  • tejou
    手錠
    Handcuffs.
  • ashi-kase
    足枷
    Feet restraint. Legcuffs.
  • kuchi-kase
    口枷
    Mouth restraint. Ball gag, bit gag.
  • me-kakushi
    目隠し
    "Eye-hiding." Blindfold.
  • sankaku mokuba
    三角木馬
    Triangular wooden horse.
  • rousoku
    ロウソク (蝋燭)
    Candle.

Situations:
  • muchi-uchi
    鞭打ち
    Whip-hitting.
  • supankingu
    スパンキング
    Spanking.
    • oshiri-tataki
      お尻叩き
      Butt-slapping.
  • kotoba-zeme
    言葉責め
    Word attack.
    Verbal abuse.
  • goumon
    拷問
    Torture.
  • mizu-zeme
    水攻め
    Water attack.
    Water torture.
  • ryona リョナ.
    Anime slang: virtually any situation with characters getting hurt.

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  1. I'm always surprised by all the neat things there are to learn about Japanese, especially when katakana is involved.

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  2. The one that makes me laugh the most is エム猫ーちゃん。It's so cutesey but at the same time perfectly encapsulates the mentality of masochism. Plus it is Mukami Kou (Kimura Ryohei) saying it! <3 <3

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