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アニメ. Language used in Japanese animation.

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Is the '最高の女' (saikou no onna?) the thing that 'best girl' memes/terms are based on?

I'm kind of an anime/manga n00b, but I notice people on forums always talk about like who is 'best girl' (or 'best boy' or 'best guy' Idk) in any particular anime/manga series. Then I noticed in this ...
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What is もしくは doing in this comparision

I saw this sentence in an episode of Attack on Titan ライナーができないと言うようにもしくはライナーでさえここで休まざるを得ない現状を鑑みるに The speaker is referencing something that ライナー said they can't do I don't understand why you would ...
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What does よう知らん mean in その辺の仕組みはあんたらと違って よう知らん

I saw this sentence in an episode of attack on titan the speaker is referencing a power she has and that she doesn't understand how it works unlike the listeners who do The english sub translation was ...
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Translation of 'Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita' is 'Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove It'?

This anime/manga called Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita (seemingly an anime/manga version of the Sheldon and Amy parts of The Big Bang Theory) is translated as 'Science Fell in Love, So ...
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What's the difference between Kaguya's 'O kawaii koto' and Miyuki (Shirogane)'s 'O kawaii yatsu-me'?

From Kaguya-sama: Love Is War: As you know (Gasai) from memes, Kaguya often says (either actually or in Miyuki's imagination) 'お可愛いこと' (o kawaii koto). You can even see like a compilation here. ...
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Is there a Japanese term or slang for "[something specific] piqued my interest after watching an anime"? [closed]

I remember long ago that there was a term for "some hints or actions that spark your curiosity when watching anime", but I can't remember it. Do you know it? For example, I have watched some ...
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Interesting expression in an anime that I can find only there and there is no information on the internet, that I can find, about its origin&history

In the Anime Honzuki no Gekokujo season 2, episode 4 from 19:56 onward the main protagonist says "Arigatou Gozaimasu", to thank the high priest and is immediately corrected by him with ...
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"no" in "Chōsa Heidan" - Shingeki no Kyojin [duplicate]

In Attack on Titan, Survey Corps Japanese name is (Chōsa Heidan) (調査兵団) Chōsa (調査) means "Survey" and Heidan (兵団) means "Army Corps' My question is why are Heidan written directly after ...
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In Demon Slayer, what are the "upper" and "lower" rank words and numbers? [duplicate]

The Demon Slayer show has these inscriptions on eyes that mean "upper 6" or "lower 12" etc. I haven't seen these "upper" and "lower" rank words in my studies. ...
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Use of まま in Japanese

I was watching an anime and the character said something along the lines of "私{わたし}は、このままでいいの". This translated into something like "Do I really want things to stay like this?" But ...
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わからないし vs わからねいし

I was watching some anime and realised that some character says わからねいし instead of わからないし. Is this just a slur kind situation where they change it so it's easier to pronounce, like how native speakers ...
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What does Eren mean by 誰かを?

Watching the preview for the second part of the 4th Attack on Titan season, Eren can be heard saying: 待っていたんだろう,ずっと [I've been waiting it seems, throughout] 二千年前から [since 2,000 years ago] 誰かを [who's ...
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Synonym of もちろん?

In Fruits Basket S2E5, around 20:30, Hanajima says something that sounds like "mochi atabou yo", which is subbed as "of course". I guess from this and her character that it's ...
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Why use the negative ない in 自分のことしか考えてない男のはずだ [duplicate]

I saw this sentence in an episode of Attack on Titan A character that is believed to be selfish does something perceived to be selfless by the the speaker, and the speaker says 自分のことしか考えてない男のはずだ ...
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what is ございまする?

Watching Gintama, ep. 35. Teenage girl, talking to her date (and also previously, other characters), have used でございまする as a sentence ending "desu" phrase. Is this an archaic / made up ...
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what does では do in それが人の本質だからでは

what is the difference between それが人の本質だからでは and それが人の本質だから saw this in an episode of attack on titan
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Can anyone break this sentence down for me 有能な人材がそろっているのも また事実? I mainly don't understand what のも means here

It also seems strange to put and adjective 有能な (capable) before 人材 (capable person). This is a sentence from anime series so I guess all kinds of slang is possible.
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What does ここはどことも知れぬどこででもある国 mean

The person is narrating a stage play. とくとご覧あれ ~ !‌ ここはどことも知れぬどこででもある国‌。勤勉質素を奨励するおもしろみのない王様が国を治めておりまし た‌。 The part that confuses me the most is "どことも知れぬ". As for the part that follows, I ...
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て Ending, Short Phrase, and Possibly Fake Saying

In this anime clip: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=4iN2N8KgAw4 Gabriel uses poor Japanese to convey that Japanese is difficult and mentions a saying. As for the first sentence, what is the purpose of ...
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Is ないとだ correct Japanese?

A: めっちゃ好き かっこよすぎ B: だね A:あッ 来週ドラマ出るし 見ないとだよ From the context (them talking about a celebrity), I understood that "見ないとだ" is similar to "見ないといけない". But when I searched for it ...
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Why the movies Space Battleship Yamato title don't use Kanji for Yamato but katakana?

The movies wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Space_Battleship_Yamato The movies title (宇宙戦艦ヤマト) write Yamato (ヤマト) as katakana. However, Yamato is Japanese word, which is available in Kanji (大和). 大和 ...
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What's the meaning of キレてるよ?

In the opening song of the anime 「ダンベル何キロ持てる?」, the phrase 「キレてるよ!」 can be heard e.g. at 00:12 in the linked video. According to this website, it gets translated as "You're doing it!". ...
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"Nameattemo" 舐め合っても Lyrics from Macross Frontier 『LION』

I am confused as I learned from the other thread in this forum, where 舐める means to lick but there's also slang version of it, which means to look down? Regarding that I was wondering which could be ...
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I heard this word/compound in an anime and I can't find a single example of it online, am I understanding it correctly? (参加出)

During an exchange in which a character asks another to participate in an event, the other character replies さんかで。(I'm writing it in hiragana 'cause I'm still not sure of the kanjis.) Context-wise the ...
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Who can explain the pun/wordplay on “onitada” in the story “Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun”

In the Light novel / Manga / anime : 弱キャラ友崎くん (Jaku-Chara Tomozaki-kun), the main heroine regularly says “ONItada !” (translated by “HEXactly !”). What would be the “de-pun-ed” word or how (from what ...
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what's the meaning of だもん

Yamato and Takeo are discussing why their friend Suna is acting strange lately and Yamato suggests that Suna may be lonely. I heard this expression a lot lately and was wondering what it could mean.
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meaning of だけど in this context

recently I started watching samurai champloo & someone asked mugen for his name. he answered: ムゲンだけど I was wondering what the role of だけど in this context was. I thought maybe it's the same as ...
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how does 何の部活もやってこなかったもんね mean you've never been in any kind of club

I was watching the first episode of the anime k-on and I saw this こうやってニートが出来上がっていくのね、何の部活もやってこなかったもんね the subs said that the sentence meant that's how people become neets I'm confused by this ...
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what does に do in いつの間にこんな自立した子に…

I don't understand why に is used in this sentence I saw this sentence in the second episode of the anime k-on いつの間にこんな自立した子に...うれしいような悲しいような the English subs said that it meant She's all ...
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What does きた do in this sentence

What is the difference between 中学生になってもずっとボーッと生きてきたけど 中学生になってもずっとボーッと生きたけど What does きた do in this sentence this is from the second episode of the anime K-On! the character is telling a story about ...
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Why use で in「私でよければ入部させてください」?

What's the difference between these sentences: 私でよければ入部させてください 私はよければ入部させてください 私をよければ入部させてください I was watching the first episode of K-On! anime and I saw this line 私でよければ入部させてください. The English ...
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Is おたくじじい a proper term to describe an old man who's into anime or is there another slang term for it?

So as the question states, is おたくじじい a proper term to describe an old geezer otaku or is there a better alternative?
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What exactly does ロリコン mean in Japanese?

I have heard it means pedophile in japanese and all but in english fandom, the term mainly refers to liking little children/pre or pubescent people. In japan, I was wondering does the term apply to ...
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A dialogue from 『狼と香辛料』

ロレンス: 俺、いや、俺達は商人だ。儲かれば何でもいい、笑うのは金が入ってから、泣くのは破産してからだ。そして俺達は笑うんだ。 ホロ: ああ すっとした。ま、ここ数百年まともに会話しとらんのじゃ喜怒哀楽に脆くなっとる。これでぬしの前で二度泣いたがな、ぬしの前でなくても泣いたじゃろう、何か言いたいか分かるかや? ロレンス: 勘違いするなと ホロ: うむ ロレンス: ...
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この世に生まれてきてしまった - How does this translate to "born into the world"?

The full phrase is: ですが私は死にたくありません (but I don't want to die) この世に生まれてきてしまったからです (because I was born into this world) I think I understand the vocabulary break down. I just don't understand how this ...
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Noun-も+Noun-も+Noun-が construction?

From: No Game No Life ep2, timestamp 04:35 Context: The character is explaining that they are basically broke. その代わり ささいな願いを聞いてくれ ぶっちゃけ俺らこれ使い果たすと宿も食い物も当てがなくなるんだわ How does 宿も食い物も当てがなくなる work, exactly?...
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Understanding「。。。すべてのもう」

From: No Game No Life ep.2 timestamp: 04:02 Context: Characters discuss bets before the game of rock-paper-scissors. …で 何を賭けるんですの? お前が勝ったらお前の要求をすべてのもう Netflix translation: "If you win, we'll do ...
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Please explain「何が? 」

From: No Game No Life ep.2 timestamp: 00:05 Context: One of the characters is asking what's going on, and the other is confused about what exactly is being asked. どういうことですの? え?何が? What's supposed to ...
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Understanding「把握できればだ」

From: No Game No Life (Anime) ep1 06:33. Context: The main character is explaining the difficulty of Chess. 無量大数以上の局面をすべて把握できればだ I've never seen this ればだ construction before. Can somebody explain ...
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Grammar behind 「...だって知ってんだ」?

From: No Game No Life (Anime) ep.1 timestamp 05:47 Context: Someone sent the main characters an anonymous email and addressed them as siblings. This is their reaction: なんで俺ら「空白」が兄妹{きょうだい}だって知ってんだ? I ...
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Understanding やったろうじゃねえか [duplicate]

From No Game No life (Anime) Context: this gamer guy is pretty pissed that his sister is falling asleep and afraid that he's gonna die in the game, but then she falls asleep, and gets hyped/irritated ...
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~に~ある , unusual usage of に?

From the anime ノーゲーム・ノーライフ Context: internet rumors and urban legends are being discussed あまたの都市伝説の1つにこんな話があるのを聞いたことはあるだろうか My interpretation: あまたの都市伝説の1つ = "one of many urban legends" ...
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What does に vs と mean in やっぱり俺はお前と同じだ?

This is a (no spoilers) line from the recent Attack on Titan S4E5 (ep64). やっぱり俺はお前と同じだ And I understand it, but I'm just a bit confused because I expected it to be: やっぱり俺はお前に同じだ Because the ...
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Does anyone know what this onomatopoeia means?

So, I watch a lot of anime but one scene in an anime called "Jojo's Bizarre Adventure" uses onomatopoeia very often, I'm trying to find out the meaning of this one in particular (I don't ...
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Are the handwritten 漢字 in this anime 栗 or 菓 or something else?

I am currently learning Japanese and I started analyzing some anime images containing handwritten 漢字 in order to get used to reading these, in addition to learning new ones. However I am stuck with 漢字 ...
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What is the difference between キミ and キミの事? [duplicate]

In songs and anime (yes, I know that they're not always good representations of normal spoken Japanese) I see キミの事 used (for example キミの事が大好き), and I'm pretty sure that it doesn't mean the literal ...
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How can I understand というくらい / ってくらい

How can I understand any sentence with ってくらい ''脳みそうが耳から溶け出すんじゃないかってくらい柔らかい'' <--- Context: MC was talking about his master ''師匠が言うには'' ''ガキのうちは足が早いだけでモテる'' ''中坊じゃ喧嘩がつよい奴がモテ'' ''そっから先は頭がいいやつはモテる''...
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Meaning of ''とね''

I was reading a novel and then I saw this following sentence: ''でも、まぁ草薙にはいろいろ迷惑かけてるし、なんか今日はサービスしてあげてもいいかなぁ、とね'' What's the function of とね?
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Unusual words in anime

This is more of a curiosity, and I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask or meta would be better (but I didn't find any appropriate tags there), but lately while watching anime with Japanese ...
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What does ''食べろっていう'' mean

ちょっとこれ1本でどうやって食べろっていうのよイヤがらせ? I was watching Gabriel Dropout, Episode 2, and then I came across with that sentence, but I don't get the logic behind it. Why is taberu even in imperative form? What ...
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