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I just watched a video where Thomandy (a youtuber who plays games) plays two Mario Maker levels, and one of them is called:

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My transcription of this level by Daiki is:

挑戦者現れろ!!!  爆絶級

Assuming I didn't miscopy, the first part should be:

挑戦者現れろ!!! | Chousensha arawarero!!! | Let the challengers appear!!!

The second part is my problem. The last character should be -kyū, meaning "class", but the rest seem to form a word which is nowhere to be found in my references, and indeed Google won't transliterate it. From JEDict, my guess would be:

爆絶級 | bakuzetsu-kyū | bomb-sever class

However, besides being uncertain about transliteration (just look at how many readings the Wiktionary lists for the first character!), this translation makes little to no sense to me. So:

What does 爆絶級 mean? And how do I read it?

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「爆絶級」 seems to be a coined word to express a degree of difficulty. It is fairly likely to read 「[爆]{ばく}[絶]{ぜつ}[級]{きゅう}」, which is obtained by simply concatenating on-yomis.

Firstly, 「級」 is for "class," as you guessed.

Secondly, 「爆」 is for explosion rather than bomb, in my opinion. Explosion is employed to express its fierceness. Though there is no strict rules, 「爆」 impresses us as the level is fairly high.

Lastly, 「絶」 is likely to come from the word 「[超絶]{ちょうぜつ}」 ("transcendence"). If 「超絶」 is used for expressing difficulty, it would be "absolutely high." The kanji 「絶」 itself has a nuance of "absolutely" or "definitely" (as in 「絶対」), "separate" (as in 「隔絶」) or "the highest" (as in 「絶景」) The basic idea of 「超」 is "super" and it has the nuance of "great" or "very high," so 「超絶」 is a combination of two kanjis both expressing "very high."

Here 「爆絶」 is created by replacing 「超」 with 「爆」. I'm not sure (and there's no answer) which of 「超絶」 and 「爆絶」 is higher, but both should be really high.


Edit: as for the reading of 「[爆]{ばく}[絶]{ぜつ}[級]{きゅう}」, on-yomis other than 「ばく」 for 「爆」 are really rare (indeed, I can't recall them). In Wiktionary, all of them are marked "non-Jōyō reading" or "historical." The same applies to 「絶」 and 「級」. 「ぜつ」 and 「きゅう」 respectively are only on-yomis commonly used.

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  • fairly (かなり) が fairy (妖精) になってるのは、意図的にそう書かれていらっしゃるんでしょうかね・・前にもそう書いていらしたんで(japanese.stackexchange.com/posts/42555/revisions)・・・
    – Chocolate
    Jan 22, 2017 at 3:19
  • @Schokolade すいません、無意識下で間違えていました。別に意図していたわけではないです。前に直していただいたのも気付いていませんでした。 Jan 22, 2017 at 3:44
  • @FailyFeely perhaps it's just meant to mean "Super Expert", which is one of 4 levels of the 100 Mario Challenge. Indeed, this level was found in Super Expert IIRC.
    – MickG
    Jan 22, 2017 at 13:34
  • @MickG But the 4 levels of 100 Mario Challenge are 「かんたん」, 「ふつう」, 「むずかしい」 and 「とてもむずかしい」. Sorry but I'm not sure what is Super Expert IIRC. If 「爆絶級」 was used somewhere, I think explanation of this word creation (even it might be a wordplay) is still needed... Jan 22, 2017 at 18:12
  • @FailyFeely IIRC is an initialism for "If I Recall/Remember Correctly".
    – MickG
    Jan 22, 2017 at 19:33

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