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Anime Reviews 2
Manga Reviews 2
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Frequently, when a fan is watching anime, reading manga or fanfiction, he/she might come across Japanese words that he doesn't know the meaning of. I've made this page to remove such difficulties that especially newcomers might have. If you see any mistakes, please let me know!
-chan: a suffix attached to the name of a person one is close to, generally used when referring to young people and between females
-kun: same as -chan, but generally when referring to males
-sama: this suffix indicates great respect and formality
-san: the same as -chan, except -san is more respectful and is used
when referring to older people
arigato/doumo arigato: thank you
bishounen: refers to androgynous young people
doujinshi: manga made by amateurs
fushigi: secret, mystery
ganbare: a term of encouragement
kami: god. Note that Japan doesn't have a monotheist religion like Christianity.
kitsune: a spirit that is usually represented as a fox. Kitsune may not always be malicious but they are believed to be great tricksters.
mangaka: an author of manga
moshi moshi:hello. Used only when picking up the phone
ningen: human being
ohayo: informally, good morning.
oni: malicious spirits
onsen: hot springs
otaku: a fan. In Japan, the term carries a negative connotation since it refers to people whose social life is nonexistent due to their hobby, be it anime or something else. In western cultures, most anime fans refer to themselves as otaku, which isn't strictly true.
ronin: historically, a vagabond samurai. Nowadays also used for people who fail university exams.
sailor fuku: the school uniform for girls. It does look like the marines' uniforms.
sakura: cherry tree. Watching the sakura bloom in spring is a tradition in Japan.
seiyu: voice actor or actress
sempai: students must refer to elder students by this term to show respect.
senshi: soldier, fighter
shimatta: a mild swearword, like darn or damn
shoujo manga: manga made by women for girls, usually romantic stories where the characters have huge eyes, the boys have feminine looks, and the backgrounds are full of flowers.
shounen manga: manga for boys, usually action or sports manga
sugoi: the most accurate translation is "wow".
tankoubon: in Japan, manga is published in weekly magazines, a chapter at a time. A tankoubon is a collection of these weekly chapters which make up one volume.
ten: heaven, sky (I'm not sure if this is a prefix or a word by itself)
tsuki: the Moon