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Questions tagged [manga]

漫画. For questions about language usage in the context of Japanese comics (manga).

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A Question while reading mangas

I love to read manga, and I am always confused when a character uses a spell, and a T/N is written somewhere stating the literal meaning. Example is when Mad Hatter (From Gaitou Alice) uses a spell, ...
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I'm lost in this “thought bubble” of a manga, I don't know what it says

In a manga, one person gets drunk and pushes another person down and the person being pushed thinks of this "酔ってるといえ何かおかしい..." I think it says "there is something wrong for you to be drunk" then ...
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What does the word 「ごねだした」 mean?

I'm not sure if it is a nuance of the word 「ごねる」 which means to make difficulties or to grumble. Here is the sentence containing the word. なんせ... 青山が五人の選手の中に入れてくれってごねだしたのは知ってるんだ
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Can't understand the meaning of a sentence: 「使い物にならなきゃ 素手でやるだけか」

So, I've been reading a manga and there is a phrase that I can't get. It says: 使い物にならなきゃ 素手でやるだけか Those two sentences are separated. So what I understand about is that if the thing is useless he ...
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Is there a difference between 同じ気, 同じの気, and 気の同じ?

https://i.imgur.com/pEzn7lZ.jpg There is debate about whether おなじ気 is referring to the amount of Ki or the general feeling of Ki. I looked up the Japanese text and wondered if the lack of a の ...
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What does the word 「こい」mean?

I'm not sure if it is an adjective meaning strong, a noun meaning intention or neither. Here is the sentence I came across. 僕なんとしても選手になりたかったので申しこむと沼田さんが腕ずくでこいというから... Additional context: The ...
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What does this sound effect mean?

Also can't find out the symbol...
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Translating アンニュイに言われても

I have difficulty translating the phrase アンニュイ言われても: it seems to me that breaking them into pieces that I can use dictionary feels off. Google translate often does better when it is given a full ...
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How do you say “canon” as in “official for a story universe”?

There's specific words out there like 正典 meant for the Bible, but what's the common term for referring to a story. As in "the Christmas Special isn't canon for the Star Wars universe". I figure there ...
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What is the meaning of バキン?

In 亜人 manga I've found the word バキン, at least it seems to me so (look at the picture), but I've only found the translation of the word バキッ baki (crack) and パキン pakin (also crack). But on the picture I ...
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sentence from chibimakuro :) ベタに真珠っていう諺をきくと [closed]

was translating chibimakuro and there is this sentence: ベタに真珠っていう諺をきくと its ends with と, there is 諺(proverb) kanji, from context its easy to say it has to do with "cast pearls before swine" saying. ...
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Meaning of ちはース

Context: a boy shouts 「ちはース」 after seeing that a fan club for a boxer has only female members. He is happy to discover this since he is the kind of guy that always tries to flirt with pretty girls. I ...
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Meaning of 前を歩いてた人

Context: in the manga りくどう, a girl named Naeshiro is thinking over the friendship between her boyfriend Riku and a boy named Mihara. Both of them are boxers, but Mihara is older than Riku and is ...
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Meaning of 一軒 in context

This is from the manga 「腐女子交流記 ~アラサー×JK~ 」, a 4-koma about the life of female otaku. On this page two colleagues are discussing how it’s not easy to be an otaku when one is no longer young and friends ...
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Meaning of 生命線を守る in the following sentence

Context: a boxing champion is arm-wrestling against another boxer. The champion is on the verge of losing, but he still doesn't give up, so the other boxer thinks: このチャンピオン君 ちぎれそうでちぎれへん ...
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How do I write “ワンピースは実在する” vertically?

I'm assuming there's certain punctuation involved in this sentence, but I don't really understand what changes in the process of switching from horizontal to vertical writing.
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Is 寝るの朝 a set phrase? [duplicate]

In a manga I am reading, I found this sentence: "私も最近は寝るの朝の9時くらい" I understand its meaning from context: I also sleep around 9 in the morning these days. But I don't get why there is の ...
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Spaces and end of sentences in まんが

Up until now, I think have I never seen a space in the Japanese textbook I'm using (Genki). However, when I started trying to read this まんが, I realised that, sometimes, there are spaces. Since this ...
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Meaning of メリ and メリ子

Context: in the manga Dead Tube, a girl is being raped while being filmed. Among the comments on the video, some users wrote メリメリメリメリ and メリ子メリ子. What is the meaning of the two comments? To me it ...
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Is やなこった just 嫌な子, or does it mean something as a whole?

Another phrase from 犬夜叉 that is puzzling me is やなこった. Apparently it means something as there is a quite lot of results on the interwebz. They are not much of a help though. I saw it in a comic, where ...
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Can どれ mean plain what/who without selection? [duplicate]

In a comic book (犬夜叉) I found a plain どれ… in a situation when a person sees that something bad happened. Somebody got injured and the spectator apparently asks, who could have possibly done this. ...
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か after short forms

In the Genki textbook, it is said that "In the casual conversational use of short forms, question sentences do not end with the question particle か, but with rising intonation alone." Nonetheless, in ...
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Meaning of 足に来る in sexual joke

Context: a boxer is giving "advice" to another boxer and his girlfriend. He says: 戦う前にイチャつくとぜって〜モチベに影響するからな―― 彼女[と]【・】は足に来るからそれも要注意な 風俗体験記 After this, the boxer laughs and the girl blushes. I ...
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How to interpret 同情 in the following sentence

Context: in the manga リクドウ, the boxer that will win the Level A Tournament will get the chance to challenge the Japanese champion. Some journalists are interviewing the champion about this and one ...
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Would a japanese say “このジョルノジョバーナには夢がある”?

This sentence has become famous lately as the catchphrase of Giorno Giovanna in the JoJo: Golden Wind anime series. Literally, it's translated as "in this Giorno Giovanna there is a dream", but ...
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What is the meaning of カックン in the following sentence?

Context: before a boxing match begins, a boxer named Kamishiro says this referring to his opponent: 勘だけど あのカックン野郎… 刺せるヤツだ What is the meaning of カックン? The opponent was a thug in the past and he ...
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Metaphorical meaning of 買う

Context: in the manga Rikudou, Riku follows his trainer risky instructions in order to win (the trainer had told him to take a lot of punches in order to understand his opponent's fighting style). ...
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what is the meaning of this sfx/onomatopoeia? ダシーン

dashi (ダシ) sometimes is for "run" but this sfx is nothing about running! example (the ball is a dough, they make bread)
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おすすめ品 on Doujins in Akihabara

I have seen おすすめ品 written on stickers on doujins in Akihabara. In one shop this was literally on every single doujin. From what I know おすすめ品 means recommended goods, which makes no sense here, as its ...
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Meaning of たんか when used in a sentence or phrase?

i came across this phrase "酒飲めたんか" and i know that 酒 is probably referring to alcohol and 飲め probably means 'drinking' but the phrase ’たんか’ does not give me any result when i tried to search for it. I'...
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What does the word 「しのう」 mean in this sentence? [duplicate]

It is said by an old man who looks like wanting to teach boxing to a young man. 青山くんよ ふたりきりの人目につかんところにいこう 折り入ってひみつに伝授したいこともあるしのう I'm not sure if it is related to the word 死ぬ in volitional form ...
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Is “爿” a 略字--if so, how is it pronounced/written normally?

If not. . .part of how I help myself learn is to translate things that interest me--comics and art and song lyrics now and then. While reading, I ran into this dialogue, starting with "爿に"--and I've ...
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Other uses of 五分 and understanding にする

Struggling to understand a sentence in the military manga 'Ibuki' I'm currently reading. Some top military brass are discussing China's military capabilities and how quickly Japan could deploy to the ...
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What does the word 「~さ…ねえっ」 mean? [duplicate]

It comes from a conversation a boy talked to a girl about an old man who ignored a story which the girl tried to tell him. Girl: ジョーが約束どおり片手ほりで金あみのところまでたがやしたってちゃんと報告したんよっ それなのにあたいの頭さえ見ようとしないんだ ...
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Deconstruction of “一緒できなくなっちゃって”

I am reading 海街 Diary, and I have come across this dialogue: 朝ゴハン一緒できなくなっちゃって。 I know it means "We can't have breakfast together". I understand (vaguely) the meaning of なっちゃって, i.e. it indicates ...
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Meaning of 天秤に乗せる

In the Dead Tube manga I found this sentence: いいでしょ… たまには自分の命を天秤に乗せたって The protagonist is asking a group of people who usually don't risk their life to participate in a risky game. What is the ...
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What does そっくり mean in this context?

[超]{スーパー}サイヤ[人]{じん}になったオレとそっくりだ... According to dictionaries, "そっくり" can mean "exactly". So could this mean, "You are exactly [as powerful] as I am as a Super Saiyan"?
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Complex sentence with 樣

I'm not sure how to translate this sentence: いかがですかズブロッカ樣ルビーでは最高のピジョン・ブラックございますわ. I think one character is asking another how they like this vodka called "Zebrowka" which the speaker thinks is the ...
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What does “本人と似て” mean?

In this sentence I don't understand the beginning "どうせ 本人と似て軽薄でキラキラしただけの---" For me it's : Anyway, they look alike, brilliant and frivolous But I'm not sure. Could someone please help me ? And if ...
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i don't understand 一人分

I can't understand a sentence. Could you help me please ? アンタ一人分くらい私の稼ぎで回せるっての i don't understand "一人分" I understand that as "I paid your expenses with my income" The previous sentence is "...
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Possible meaning of キズ(kizu)

Panel from manga おじょじょじょ by クール教信者 The text says: 超金持ちの令嬢 地獄巡 春 高飛車なのが主にキズ What does キズ mean here? It does not seem to be 傷 (wound/injury), and since it’s katakana I suspect it’s some kind of ...
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What does どうなちきつたんだよオ mean?

I am trying to learn a lot by reading, but I am having a lot of trouble with this phrase/sentence: どうなちきつたんだよオ Now, this is from a manga (Akira, specifically) so I'm guessing it's some kind of ...
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In what way does ちうわけで serve this sentence?

From my understanding, absent "ちうわけで", this simply means, "Is it OK if I go to break." Is it similar to "こういうわけで"?
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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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Translation request from manga (海街 Diary volume 1)

On page 8, this sentence appears inside a thought / narration bubble from the lead female character: きのう奥さんの叔父さんて人から病院に電話あったの。 After juggling with Google Translate, I believe the character is ...
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How to interpret 「ニッポン死ね」 in the following context

In the manga Dead Tube, the presenter of a gossip video is talking about the adultery committed by a female politician called 山岡. He says that the woman was also the winner of the buzzwords contest (...
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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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trouble understanding usage of なければ in this case

I'm sorry if this is too specific or unclear, if it's a bad question i can delete it. I'm really unclear on how なければ is functioning here, and how と in this case is functioning after 子どもたち. (also i'm ...
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Meaning of どうすんだよ

example: "どうすんだよこの空気をよぉ!?" Is it "What are you doing with this mood?!"? I can't make sense of it. The line is from a manga.
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Is there a triple vowel extension in this character name?

From the manga Hunter x Hunter, one of the character's Japanese names is ウボォーギン. It looks like the ボ is getting its お sound elongated twice, with the small ォ and the ー. In English it gets translated ...