Context: MC is facing against 3 monsters/ demons at night, and he's about to lose the battle. But then a girl rush in , killed 2 demons with her spear and saved MC. He's very surprised ad don't know what to say.

Hope someone can explain to me the meaning + grammar of this sentence : 「ぁんだよ、手応えねぇなぁ~……」 (the girl speaks with a weird dialect + no subject in the sentence so it's hard for me to understand. I can only guess :"The hell ...You guys are so weak ..." )

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ぁんだよ is a version of なんだよ. It is more slurred than dialectical, where the な is almost dropped.

Depending on the way of pronunciation (or transcription) and contexts, なんだよ can also be

  • あんだよ
  • んだよ
  • っんだよ

なんだよ literally means "What?", expressing surprise/disappointment.

I don't know what exactly corresponds to 手応え in English, but literally it is like tangible response (note 反). In the particular case, it means attack from the enemy (as response to the girl's attack). So 手応えがない means weak, as you understand.

Overall, the phrase translates like what? is this it?.

  • but the girl attack the monsters 1st ? Like she made a surprised attack
    – 4chan user
    Commented Mar 4, 2023 at 3:06
  • @casualreader It wouldn't matter. Whichever is the first to attack, a strong enough (手応えのある) monster would fight back. So more precisely, 手応えがない is too easy rather than weak. It describes a property of fighting with them rather than of monsters themselves.
    – sundowner
    Commented Mar 4, 2023 at 3:33
  • oh so she meant something like : "The hell ....This fight end so fast ~ / I didn't even break a sweat ~"
    – 4chan user
    Commented Mar 4, 2023 at 3:53
  • @casualreader Yes. FYI 歯応えがある means hard, stiff for food, the opposite of which is things like tofu.
    – sundowner
    Commented Mar 4, 2023 at 4:06
  • thanks , i thought at first that she's talking about the monsters
    – 4chan user
    Commented Mar 4, 2023 at 4:22

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