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Is the word 「やんな」positive or negative?

The particle な indeed has both meanings: "Don't do ~" and "Do ~". From デジタル大辞泉: 1 動詞・動詞型助動詞の終止形、ラ変型活用語の連体形に付く。禁止の意を表す。「油断する―」「まだ帰る―」「かの尼君などの聞かむに、おどろおどろしく言ふ―」〈源・夕顔〉 2 《補助動詞「なさる」...
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What is the meaning of 金〇

This 金〇 is 金麦, a well-known beer brand by Suntory Ltd. You can see the character 麦 on the can. Here 麦 is masked by the circle in order to avoid issues regarding trademarks or conflict of interest. ...
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孫悟飯 - Songohan, why non-Japanese say it comes from "gohan = meal/cooked rice"?

It's a pun. In fact, many, many of Dragonball's characters are puns on food (or food-related) items: サイヤ人 Saiyajin from [ヤサイ]{野菜}人 "vegetable people" ベジータ Vegeta from ベジタブル "vegetable" ウーロン Oolong ...
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Is this character a そ?

Sure it is, there's two legit ways to write そ in Japanese. Two strokes so One stroke so I suspect that the two strokes version is historical but usage made the one stroke version more common. It is ...
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What do the triangles, circles, and squares mean in the context of manga?

Those are just placeholders. You should understand that instead of a meaningful text those symbols were inserted in order to avoid putting actual text. That can be done for various reasons: censor a ...
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Dakuten used in non-standard ways (like with vowels)?

あ゛ used to be commonly used in manga to express an exclamation — "aagh!" or something like that. I feel it has become less common (if not rare) these days. え゛、い゛、お゛、の゛ and so on are sometimes ...
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Meaning of ちはース

This is just "Hi". こんちゃ/こんちわ/ちわ/ちは/etc is a very casual version of こんにちは. Of course this は is pronounced "wa". For "ーす", see: What does っす at the end of a sentence mean? Jisho.org also has an entry ...
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What do these symbols in manga mean?

This seems to be an encoding/typesetting issue and the "symbols" are indeed Greek letters Ψ, Π, π that seem to be displayed instead of !, ?, 〜. There is another typographical oddity that suggests ...
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What is the verb ending of われん mean?

救われん is made of 救われる and the archaic suffix ん, which came out of む. む・ん had similar roles to よう・おう today; that is to say, 救われん in modern style would be 救われよう or 救われるだろう. It is not related to the ん ...
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What does "なにしに" mean?

It's a truncated 何をしに来たんだ? (What did you come here for?) With the back half cut off and the particle を omitted, it becomes なにしに
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Why is ば in this sentence?

ば is the accusative particle used in wide area of (northern, as I remember) Kyushu as much as を in Standard Japanese. Etymologically it's from を + は contracted but no longer has share the は sense in ...
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ガードがばがばになっから meaning

バカが: "You fool!" が: not a subject marker but a vocative-like particle; see this ガード: [noun] "guard" (in this context, refers to psychological defense or skepticism against the seducer) がばがば: [...
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Weird usage of dakuten

Does this have some special meaning? No. I've never encountered a dakuten with a special meaning. ... or is it just some sort of printing error? A printing error in this case is unlikely. I ...
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Is 明朝 a typo for 早朝?

4日目の明朝 technically might mean "the 4th day's next day's morning" or "the morning after the 4th day". If everyone understands that "the 4th day" is much more important ...
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What is the meaning of 「まちいな」?

In some dialects spoken in the western part of Japan, you can elongate the last vowel of the masu-stem to make an imperative form: 歩きい。 (dialect) = 歩け。 Walk. 見い。 (dialect) = 見ろ。 Watch. [待ちい]{...
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Usage and meaning : 寝ろ vs 寝てろ?

This type of いる is called a subsidiary verb, and what it means roughly depends on the context and the verb type. For details, see: When is Vている the continuation of action and when is it the ...
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What does どうなちきつたんだよオ mean?

It's not どうなちきつたんだよオ but どうなっちまったんだよォ, which in this context roughly means "What happened to you!" or "What has become of you!" I don't know how much you know about Japanese, but assuming you can read ...
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How do you say "canon" as in "official for a story universe"?

Official as opposed to fanfiction/dojin is simply 公式. But do you want to refer to the canonical story line as opposed to that of a spin-off based on an alternative/what-if story? Like "main" Attack ...
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Meaning of 小せェもんに縛られてる

This 小せえもん ("trivial things") is a paraphrase of 国のため(とか). It's read like trivial things such as "for our country" or "For our country"... such trivial things. In other words, this guy is making light ...
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What is the non-slurred version for 叫んどんねん? 叫んでおらない?

叫んどんねん is short for 叫んどるねん, which is short for 叫んでおるねん, which is 叫んでいるんだ(よ) said in Osaka-ben. There is no negation. おる is used instead of いる in many western dialects to denote progressive aspect. ...
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What is the purpose of putting 「のは」 at the end of a sentence?

Basically the sentence has been reversed. よしな くだらねえなぐりあいなんぞやるのは! is the same as くだらねえなぐりあいなんぞやるのは よしな! Stop it with all that stupid fist-fighting! This な, by the way, is different from the ...
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Is there a triple vowel extension in this character name?

This type of combination (adding ァィゥェォ after a katakana of the same vowel) is fairly rare, but I occasionally see it in fictional names. (Sometimes creators want odd-looking names...) Basically ァィゥェォ ...
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Deconstruction of "一緒できなくなっちゃって"

朝ゴハン一緒できなくなっちゃって。 This looks pretty informal. The で you are seeing is not a particle, but the start of the verb できる. できる (to be able to do) -> できない (to be unable to do). The next verb is なる (to ...
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Is "爿" a 略字--if so, how is it pronounced/written normally?

Sure looks like 先に to me. You can see the two horizontal lines for the character in your image both come out the other side of the vertical line they cross, unlike 爿, which I had never seen before ...
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Confusing on understanding【知ってるであるか】

It's 100% ungrammatical in standard Japanese, but some fictional characters speak like this. This is a キャラ語尾 that is sometimes referred to as である口調. A typical user of this 語尾 is an eccentric doctor or ...
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