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アニメ. Language used in Japanese animation.

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Why would a Japanese adult be embarrassed to use the word “friends”?

I am watching a current anime, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime ( 転生したらスライムだった件 ). The protagonist, now a reincarnated slime in the isekai story, is making friends with a dragon. The specific ...
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Naming suffix -氏 (-し) used by an otaku character in anime

In the anime Steins;Gate 0, the male otaku-character Hashida Itaru calls female characters with suffix -し. For example: Makise Kurisu - Makise-shi Kiryuu Moeka - Kiryuu-shi What does this ...
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How is 「何者でもなくなった」 translated?

I saw the meaning of the words individually, but when I've tried to join them it doesn't make sense. 何者 = who; what kind of person なくなった= lost
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The meaning of この+own personal name

One of the villains of ジョジョの奇妙な冒険, Dio, frequently refers to himself as「このディオ」 (to the point it became a meme). What's the meaning of this grammar: この+own personal name? Is it just emphasis? Or are ...
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What is the meaning of っ on its own

Does it mean Tch or does it have another meaning ?? Like in here.
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What is the meaning of nda kore [duplicate]

What is the meaning of ンだこれ nda kore I hear the characters in the anime say it and i dont understand Can someone give me the meaning ??
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What does “ニセサマ” (nisesama) mean? It was in Chuunibyou

I was watching Chuunibyou and noticed this writing on Nibutani's back: "ニセサマ". I looked up what that meant and found nothing, so my question is what does ニセサマ translate to? Note: I know kana very ...
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Does 上鳴 mean shut up?

Does 上鳴 mean shut up? I didn't find a good meaning of this in the dictionary.
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What does nda ンだ stand for?

I know that kore means “this” but i didn’t understand what does this sentence/word means i also didn’t know what is the meaning of nda
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What does “Ho Ho” mean in English?

I hear this frequently when I watch anime. Google digging suggests it means cheek 頬. But this does not make contextual sense to me for the times I've heard it used. For example, at 14:45 in episode 2 ...
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What does she says in this video?

Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro Chan Season 2 EP1 5:16 I think she says something like 読んでこようだ or maybe 呼んでこやった or a lot o possibilities, I'm just a begginner so I can't differentiate exactly what she says, ...
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なんだけど Meaning and grammar patterns [duplicate]

I would like to know what (なんだけど / なんですが) means? I think these two forms are the same, but when I asked in class their meaning, I was told that they mean nothing, so I'm kinda confused. For example, ...
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ことに… at the end of a sentence

I've seen in an anime (tsurezure children, episode 1, minute 2:00) a boy who was saying this in his mind: "でも、それじゃ こいつ の 告白 を 横取りする ことに…", and I would like to know what that "ことに…" with that ellipsis ...
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In what ways is the Japanese used in anime different from real world Japanese?

I've heard/read countless sources explain that the Japanese used in anime is quite different from real world Japanese. However, I haven't seen an explanation of what ways it's different (at least, not ...
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Why concatenate three names into “PiPoPa”?

[copied from Anime SE at moderator's suggestion] There is a 2008 anime-original series called Net Ghost PiPoPa. (For some reason, the version streaming on Crunchyroll is called "Web Ghosts PiPoPa", ...
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How do you say “My respects.” in Japanese?

I was watching "Garo - Vanishing Line" and the main character says "My respects." but his romanization it sounded similar to him saying "gosumpai" or something close to that. Nothing remotely close to ...
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How does はっとばすぞ translate as “Don't make me hit you”?

I was watching some Nichijou, and in this one scene where Mai and Yuuko are helping Mio with her manga, Mai wrote in one of the text bubbles, "はっとばすぞ" and on the screen it translates to "Don't make me ...
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Fullmetal Alchemist “let's go” translation

In Fullmetal Alchemist season 1 episode 15 ("The Ishbal Massacre") at the 22:00 minute mark Person A says to Person B something that sounds to me like: ないぎましょう It is translated as "let's go" in ...
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What is the function of よ in this context, and is this よ a deliberate imitation of “feminine” てよだわ言葉?

In the Ghibli film The Castle of Cagliostro, there is a scene where Lupin, a male character who mainly makes use of stereotypical-masculine language throughout the whole movie, utters the following ...
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そらのおとしもの - “Heaven's Lost Property” or “What fell from the sky?”

I am watching an anime called そらのおとしもの (Sora no Otoshimono). There are two translations: the one is "Heaven's Lost Property" and the other is "What fell from from the sky?" I'm pretty sure that the ...
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What is the meaning of “僕にだって 見えってものがあるさ”?

This is from the opening of an episode of Sazae-san: Kazuo is buying a necktie for his father (who is bald) store clerk: 父の日の贈り物ですか? Kazuo: ええ。 store clerk: どんなタイプの方かしら? Kazuo: あの すらっとした ...
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Quiz question on keigo

While stumbling across Lucky Star episode 15 (26-second clip, from 8:51 - 9:17), I found that there was a scene where the characters were watching a quiz show, where one of the questions asked was on ...
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What does she say in this dialogue?

What does the character "Historia" say in the dialogue in minute 1:41 of this video? I can only understand the first part but not the last words. She starts saying Ymir... watashi no namae ... ...
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Use of に in a list of names? [duplicate]

In this funny scene from the anime Kiniro Mosaic (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIauXFVABIQ), the character Karen is listing peoples' names to get familiar with them and says, "陽子、忍に、えっと…" What is ...
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孫悟飯 - Songohan, why non-Japanese say it comes from “gohan = meal/cooked rice”?

As a French I've always heard that Songohan's name comes from gohan meaning meal/cooked rice. The English Wiki says the same and even mentions ご飯. But I don't understand why, since the names in the ...
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How are made up words for anime/manga formed (reading and kanji)?

EDIT: Eiríkr Útlendi has answered my question mostly in regards to readings. What remains is how kanji are chosen for their meanings and why certain words are selected over others e.g. 実 versus 果実. ...
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What does this usage of 'ち' represent? [duplicate]

One currently-airing anime series has the title 「小林さんちのメイドラゴン」, with the official English translation of "Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid." It's not hard to see how the English comes fairly directly from ...
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(one piece) バウンドマン means Bounce man or Bound man?

If you never watch one piece, I need to tell you this first: Gear Fourth in One piece anime is a technic where luffy's body get bigger like a balloon (luffy is a gum man) and during that form he is ...
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What does 君って mean here?

Surprise surprise, I have another scene from Death Note: じゃあその中学チャンピオンと互角{ごかく}に戦ってる流河{りゅうが}君ってなんなの? [episode 10, 3:55mins] Context: The speaker is talking about people playing Tennis. And is ...
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What does 判断裁量 mean here? [closed]

I have another sentence I'm grappling with *[see footnote for context]: キラかどうかの判断{はんだん}裁量{さいりょう}にはなりえない I'm pretty sure from my dictionaries that 判断 means "judgement" but cannot figure out what ...
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How is the と particle being used here?

I’m trying to understand the use of the と particle in the bellow quoted passage. I understand the sentences overall, but am lacking a complete understanding that would be provided by understanding ...
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What does なんて mean in these sentenes?

Once again I have some examples from a Death Note episode [10]. The main character says: しかしおどろいたよ流河{りゅうが}。親睦{しんぼく}を深{ふか}める為{ため}に、突然{とつぜん}テニスなんて。[Note, Ryuuga is a character's name, the one he's ...
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と quotation particle: Omission and the で particle

I have two questions about the と quotation particle. One about it's omission together with connected verbs and the other about how it operates with the で particle. I believe the bellow sentence ...
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Any hints on how to translate the 'Nanny' in Totoro?

I'm working through translating となりのトトロ and I was doing ok until the Nanny starts talking. Going through her sentences and translating them piece by piece is an exercise in extreme patience. I find ...
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Trouble with a sentence

I'm having trouble with the following line from Death note (anime): Light: これはお互いが、「深まった」と了承しあう為の儀式だ! (context is that 2 characters are playing tennis to try to psychologically out do the other) ...
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Counters 本 and 話 within the context of anime production (need sakuga fans' insight)

We know 話 can be used as a counter for, including but not limited to, anime franchise episodes. But if I understand it right, 話 refers to an episode as a completed, ready-for-consumption work. That ...
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Polnareff & Kakyoin`s Speech to J.Geil, せるふ?

I was watching JoJo`s Bizarre Adventure and during Polnareff's speech to J.Giel(link here: https://youtu.be/y-Ov19GvGo0?t=22s) he says 22 seconds in: この場合そうゆう and then he says what i hear as: "...
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What is the equivalent Japanese term for “Anthropomorphize/Anthropomorphic”

In English, we have two distinct concepts "Anthropomorphization" and "Personification". The former, meaning to impart some human traits onto an object or animal is often seen in Japan/Japanese media:...
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Gruff translation of ん

I am trying to translate the following line: 「ン…そこにすわっていろ」 This line occurs after the gruff villain of the story is handed some files he asked for. It seems that "Yes...sit down over there." ...
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Usage/context of 「私ね…」

Surely the biggest issue here is that I'm trying to learn usage from anime dialogue, which should almost always be taken with the biggest grain of salt possible. But it comes up often enough that it's ...
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What is the verb ending of われん mean?

I am reading the Fullmetal Alchemist manga and came across the following in the first volume: 祈り信じよ されば救われん The subtitles of the anime translate this to be: "Pray and you shall be saved." ...
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What is the most correct translation of “nyoi bō” (如意棒), “compliant pole” or “mind stick”?

The nyoi b­ō is the power pole Goku uses to extend it at will and connects Korin Tower to Kami's Lookout.
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Translating 受け継ぐ as “released” or “inherited”?

How would you translate the following sentence? 今、千年パズルを解き闇のゲームを受け継いだ少年がいた。 I'd translate it this way: Now a boy has solved the millennium puzzle and inherited the dark games. But in the ...
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南北銀行 (North-South Bank) meaning

I was watching an anime called Ganbare Goemon and there was this sign that I found a bit strange: How exactly are you supposed to understand it? I mean, north and south are in opposite directions so ...
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What does やれ{HL}やれ{HL} “yare yare” mean?

I would like to know what the meaning of the expression やれ{HL}やれ{HL} Yare Yare is? I hear it often said in anime. some people said "that yare yare is another japanese onomatopoeia. Kind of like pera ...
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Tokyo Ghoul “Unravel” Translation

The quote 変わってしまった 変えられなかった The translation says "I've changed, I can no longer change back" But where does that "change back" come from? The verb is just "to change yourself". Also, what verbal form ...
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How do you use ”~じゃんよ。” and what exactly does it mean?

At the end of sentences in casual form I know you can use ~じゃない or ~じゃん to say "~isn't it?" similar to ~ね. And I know ~よ at the end of a sentence can be used like "I tell you" or for emphasis, but ...
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What is Naruto saying in this video?

I need the Japanese transcription. Here's the link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6IXWhFAD4SQ#t=2m04s (from 02:04 to 02:42). Here's what I could understand so far (mistakes included... ...
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Are there any terms used to refer to people of the anime/manga fandom in a non-derogatory manner?

In the Western world, anime/manga fans are commonly referred to as otaku (Hiragana: おたく, Katakana: オタク). [1] In Japanese however, this is a (mildly) derogatory word for a geek, nerd, or any person who ...
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Why are words sometimes broken into syllables when said?

This occurrence appears to happen when the speaker is trying to sound cute, or is possibly under the influence of something... They break one of the words into syllables or characters, with pauses in ...