Sunday, March 22, 2020

tameiki ため息

In Japanese, tameiki ため息 means a "sigh," like a sigh of relief or a weary sigh. In manga and anime, these are generally rendered as a little cloud of smoke coming out of the character's mouth.

It's also spelled tameiki タメ息, tameiki 溜め息, or tameiki 溜息 without okurigana.

The "red blood cell," sekkekkyuu 赤血球, AE3803, sighing.
Character: AE3803
Anime: Hataraku Saibou はたらく細胞 (Episode 2)

"To Sigh" in Japanese

The word tameiki ため息 is a noun. It means a "sigh," not "to sigh," which would be a verb. To say "to sigh" in Japanese, you would say:

  • tameiki wo tsuku
    To blow a sigh.
    To sigh.
    • tsuku
      To blow. To breathe out.
    • uso wo tsuku
      To blow lies.
      To lie.
  • tameiki wo tsuku to shiawase ga nigeru
    If [you] sigh, happiness escapes.
    • A Japanese saying meaning that if you sigh you'll become unhappy, used when telling someone to stop sighing.


For reference, some examples of characters sighing in anime.

Aioi Yuuko 相生祐子, sighing.
Character: Aioi Yuuko 相生祐子
Anime: Nichijou 日常 (Episode 1)
Kawai Sumiko 河合住子, sighing.
Character: Kawai Sumiko 河合住子
Anime: Bokura wa Minna Kawai-sou 僕らはみんな河合荘 (Episode 1)
プハー 仕事終わりの1杯は最高だね!! 小林さんかわいい
Manga: Kobayashi-san Chi no Meidoragon 小林さんちのメイドラゴン (Chapter 4, トールと嫉妬)
  • Context: Kobayashi 小林 goes to a nomikai 飲み会 in the company of Tohru トール.
  • puhaa
    *sigh used after gulping down a lot of beer*
  • shigoto-owari no ippai wa saikou da ne!!
    The one glass [after]-work is the best, [isn't it]!!
    • owari - noun form of owaru 終わる, "to end."
    • shigoto-owari - end of work, i.e. after one's work ends.
  • Kobayashi-san φ kawaii
    Kobayashi-san is cute.

Beware that sometimes the character isn't sighing. Instead, the smoke is their soul is coming out of their mouths.

Dino ディーノ, soul coming out of his mouth.
Character: Dino ディーノ
Anime: Blend S, ブレンド・S (Episode 5)

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