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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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What is the meaning of 金〇

I wanted to ask what the '◯' symbol underneath the 金 means below? It seems the black-haired guy is asking the other guy something that's to do with drinking?
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Is the word 「やんな」positive or negative?

I found that in a website 〜やんな is a colloquial form of 〜やるな meaning 'Don't do...' However, I have seen the word in a manga with the following sentence. A: おい あかりを消してやんな。新入りさんがまぶしくてねむれんといかん。 B: じゃあ ...
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手えふった - what is the "え” here?

Context: Why "え" is used here? What does it mean?
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アニメと漫画で日本語を勉強することについて (On learning Japanese from anime/manga) [closed]

最近、漫画好きな外国人が増えたので、日本のアニメや漫画で日本語を勉強する外国人も多くなっています。アニメの日本語が日常の会話であまり使わないので、アニメで日本語を勉強することで日本語をちゃんと学べると思いますか。 (Many foreigners have been learning Japanese through manga and anime due to its popularity ...
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What do the triangles, circles, and squares mean in the context of manga?

I was reading Crayon Shin-chan—a Japanese manga—and came across a frame where the characters' speech bubbles contain circles, triangles, and crosses where words should be. I asked a couple of my ...
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The order after 男女比

Here is a short text I've encountered in a manga I'm reading: The main character talks about his school where 男女比 (the sex ratio) is 9 to 1. At first I thought it means that it has 9 times more boys ...
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What is this form : Verb + はせん?

I am currently trying to read Bleach in Japanese. So far I haven't ran into any difficulty that a good dictionary cannot overcome. However in this particular scene I am puzzled by a particular scene, ...
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meaning of: ういっく

I'm reading a manga and ういっく has come up three different times. Unfortunately, it's the only word/phrase so I can't garner what it means based on context. I've attached the three panels in which I've ...
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Can タコ be an offensive word?

In a manga I found the following sentence: ひき戻すな、タコ。 The person to which the word タコ refers to is a secondary character that rarely appears. His name was never mentioned before. Since the person ...
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What does the word 「ぶったてる」mean?

Here is the sentence including the word. このドヤがいの西{にし}のはずれにりっぱな総{そう}合{ごう}病{びょう}院{いん}をぶったてること!
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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 does “のでは” mean at the end of a sentence?

Below is a sentence I've come across in a manga that I'm unsure of how to translate. The context is some girls are watching a voyeur video of one of the girls undressing. もう早送りで / よいのでは! (the / ...
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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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Why is ば in this sentence?

そんなトコで何ばしよる。 I'm reading a manga and from the context of the pictures I think this sentence reads, "What are you doing up there," but I have no idea what part ば plays. The character speaks in a ...
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Can アジアンビューティー be negative?

In a scene from a manga classmates are talking about an arrogant pretty girl who's only popular with boys. One of the girls says:「これからアジアンビューティーって呼ぼーよ」. Is that supposed to sound negative? How so? My ...
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Symbol for smiling

I've often seen a symbol that is used in context of smiling or happy expressions. It is sort of a circle with three lines above it. Can anyone tell me what it's called and where it comes from? ...
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What does the word 「のたのたして」mean?

Here is the context including the word. I put the blank spaces according to the column line breaks. なんでえ 大の男が まっぴるまから 酒くらって のたのたしてよう For this word, I have no clue to guess at all what it should ...
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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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Is this character a そ?

I'm learning Japanese and decided to pick up some manga in Japanese to improve my reading. I found a preview of a manga I'll be receiving and had a look inside. I found the following character, and ...
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What is 殺虫剤たいたら?

I have problem understanding the following sentence from the lower right panel: そう思ってあわてて殺虫剤たいたら私がいられなくなって 殺虫剤 is pesticide, but I don't know how to parse たいたら. My bad guess is that it's a ...
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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 ...
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What is the nuance of お人好し vs いい人?

I'm reading the manga 僕だけがいない街 where the following is thought about a character who is kind towards the protagonist: 相変わらず{あいかわらず}お人好し{おひとよし}。。。いやいい人{ひと}だ。 The implication is that the guy is a ...
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Dakuten used in non-standard ways (like with vowels)?

Sometimes in manga I encounter dakuten used in unexpected ways. For example, I've seen it used after あ. I wonder what effect it has on the pronunciation. Does it basically mean that the voice is ...
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Meaning of 重なる in this sentence

Context: a young criminal is not a member of a yakuza clan (半グレ) but he is happy to be their dogsbody (使いっぱしり). After he kills a member of an enemy yakuza clan, a member of the clan he works for ...
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What is the literal context of 御手 in this instance?

In the manga and light novel series, A Certain Scientific Railgun and A Certain Magical Index there are some in-series technical terms that have English epithet attached to them, such as Level Upper (...
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What is the meaning of 「まちいな」?

Here is the sentence said by Kansai speaker who was capturing 2 boys who were chasing another guy. まちいな あんさんたち。 I think the word would mean 待つ with particle な emphasizing the emotion but I would ...
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What is the purpose of repeated words?

I came across 2 sentences that include the repeated words. 1) 流れ流れたドヤ街で へんなおやじにつきまとわれて... 2) マスコミ利用し世間からせしめた黄金百万両! 御用御用とむらがる捕り手あたるをさいわいぶったおし... I would like to know if there is any meaning other ...
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What is the significance of 如き in this conversation?

I'm currently reading the manga "Fruits Basket" volume 5. Background The protagonist of the manga is Tohru Honda (本田透). Strange circumstances brought her to live in the same house as her (male) ...
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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 does the word 「なりたかねえ」 mean?

It is said by a boy who was straddling on a running pig among other of them. せんべいになりたかねえやつあ おとなしくわきへ どいてろっ。 I think it would mean 「なりたくない」 or 'not to become'. Is it changed because of dialectal ...
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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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Does くだく mean “destroy”? What does いい mean at the beginning of a line?

Would the following be a good translation of the text in the above two speech bubbles? "Everything in this universe is composed of atoms. Destroying something is equivalent to destroying the ...
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What does "ああ こいつ ひろわれっ子なんで かーちゃんいないんだ”

I have problem understanding the following scene from a manga (Yotsuba&! vol. 1 pg. 196): Person A: Oh yeah, what about Yotsubas mother? Person B: ああ こいつ ひろわれっ子なんで かーちゃんいないんだ (I put ...
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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's the difference between 変態 and 痴女 (or 痴漢)?

In a manga, a girl is being accused of being a 痴女【ちじょ】, at which she replies: 私変態だけど痴女じゃないもん!! What's the difference between the two words? Is 変態 just a pervert and 痴女 someone that actually ...
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Metaphorical meaning of 骨

Context: in the last round of a match, a boxer realizes his opponent is just repeating the same combination over and over. I think 骨 in the following sentence has a metaphorical meaning, but I don't ...
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Meaning of かませるワンちゃん

Context: boxer A tells boxer B that the president of the gym, who is also boxer B's father, cannot come to watch boxer B's match. Boxer B doesn't have a good relationship with his father. Boxer A: ...
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Weird usage of dakuten

Reading manga, I came across this speech bubble: I noticed the dakuten in ず is on the wrong side of the horizontal line, does this have some special meaning or is it just some sort of printing error? ...
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Meaning of 閉店ガラガラガラ in the following sentence

An American boxer has been living in Japan for 3 years. He lives in the Kansai area, so he speaks Kansai dialect. He complains that after 3 years in Japan he still hasn't fought against a really ...
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What does すがすがしいな mean?

I am reading Yotsuba&! manga Ch.82, Pg.12 (source) What does the last bubble on the lower left side (おまえすがすがしいな) mean? What does すがすがしいな mean in this context? Dictionary meaning is ...
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What does そうするの mean here?

I came across this phrase in Yotsubato! manga. (ch.82, pg.35) Source: http://raw.senmanga.com/Yotsubato!/82/35 What does そうするの mean here (middle panel)? As far as I can tell, it の is most probably ...
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Structure and meaning of もう少しなんとかならんかったもんかね

The sentence is from a manga in which the character, after saying this : オレの細胞がてめえみたいなみにくいバケモノに使われているなんてショックだぜ。 What a shock that my cells were used for an ugly monster like you. Says this : ...
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What is the meaning of the phrase 「歯のたつ相手」?

It is a situation that a boy who wanted to retaliate to another one but was prevented by an officer. The first boy: はなせっ あのやろうとケリをつけるんだ こないだの借りをたたきかえしてやるんだっ The officer (said to the first boy): ...
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What does the 「な」 do in this sentence?

Here is the sentence said by Kansai speaker. He said this because his companion has annoyed other persons in the same room until they woke up. そら見い いよいよおきなはったあ。 I think it would work as a filler. ...
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Question about repeating the object after だ

I am a total noob when it comes to Japanese, so I am reading よつば Vol.1 to try and pick up some simple words/phrases. On page 4, Yotsuba's father says, in response to her asking if there is a festival ...
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Meaning of 拝む in the following sentence

Context: after winning a match, a boxer goes at the hospital to visit the opponent he defeated, but there he finds the loser's girlfriend too. The boy tries to ask how his opponent is doing, at which ...
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Meaning of 欲ばっから and help with the following sentence

Context: Riku, the protagonist boxer of this manga, is fighting against an evasive opponent that is really good at dodging punches and who always tries to win on points rather than KOs. Riku tries to ...
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Why いた is used instead of いる here? [duplicate]

Why いた is used instead of いる in the dialogue below? なんでえ 生{い}きてたのか 楓{かえで}ばばあ。
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What does the word 「まかせとき」mean?

Here is the sentence said by an old man. (I think that he tried to be the first one to show something before all others.) よし先発はわしがいこう まかせとき! I tried to find the word in online dictionaries but I ...
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Why are some loanwords written in kanji in certain manga?

In One Piece for example I've noticed that the word "Log Pose" is written as 記録指針{ログポーズ}. Another example, also found in One Piece, is the word "Poneglyph", written as 歴史{ポーネ}の本文{グリフ}. Why do words ...