Anime is a style of Japanese animation that is known for its unique characters and backgrounds. There are many different kinds of characters, events, and settings that can be used in stories. Manga is the Japanese word for “comics” or “funny pictures.” Manga is a style of drawing that came about when ukiyo-e and Western art styles were mixed. It took its current shape soon after World War II. Manga is usually printed in black and is read from top to bottom and then right to left. Anime and manga have a lot in common, such as exaggerated physical features like big eyes, speech bubbles with big shapes, speed lines, and exclamatory, onomatopoeic fonts.
As a pastime, anime and manga are both simple to begin into and challenging to continue with.
How can I join the conversation because a lot of the Japanese phrases used in anime jargon are uncommon outside of anime communities?
You non-baka undoubtedly know your “nani”s and all that. We’re digging down now. You usually pick up on that memetic information on your own, and it’s also not that helpful on a daily basis.
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This list, which includes definitions and online slang, will teach you the key otaku, weeb, and Japanese terminology and phrases that you’ll hear anime fans use online.
This list is for everyone, regardless of your level of anime knowledge. Since this article is lengthier than normal, feel free to save it and read it whenever you have time.
Many of these phrases contain helpful resources, intriguing historical information, and information ranging from basic information to uncommon words that can lead you down a different rabbit hole. I believe you’ll benefit much from it!
So grab your friends and strap up as we learn 25 common anime fan slang words, definitions, and some humorous anime slang that a manga and anime enthusiast like you must know!
Slang Terms Most Frequently Used in Manga and Anime Shibui
Shibui, a straightforward and beautiful term, is used to express anything that is retro yet stylish. Simply said, it’s what’s known as “vintage cool.”
Original Japanese word is: 外伝
Meaning: A side story or a spinoff of a published work.
Love your favourite series’ spin-offs? Interested in backstories? The Japanese refer to spin-offs as “Gaiden.”
Original Japanese word is: 声優
Meaning: Voice actors and actresses
There is no denying the importance of voice actors in the success of any anime. Because of how sacrosanct their roles are, anime creators never swap out any character’s voice actor. Voice actors for Japanese anime are known as seiyuu.
Original Japanese word is: クール
Meaning: measurement of the length of a television series
This is one that you must not miss! The first twelve episodes of a season of anime are often televised, followed by a brief pause before another batch of twelve episodes from the same season are released. A cour is a collection of twelve episodes. A season of 24 episodes is equivalent to two cour. We hope that’s apparent to you.
Original Japanese word is: ワイフ
Meaning: “Waifu” is a term for a fictional girl or woman (usually from Anime, Manga, or a video game) that you like sexually and would even marry if you could.
Getting sick of the term “wife” in English? Start saying Waifu instead, then. Similar to how we refer to our favourite stars as bae, waifu is used to refer to female anime characters as your wife. Waifu, however, is a term that this generation also uses to describe the best women or even your crush.
Original Japanese word is: ハズバンド
Meaning: A husbando is to males what waifus are to females. A husbando is a male cartoon character who makes you feel attracted to him.
Waifu was previously explained, right? The word “husbando” is used to refer to a figure of the opposite gender, a man. We’ll concede that both of these words are hilarious.
Original Japanese word is: やおい
Meaning: A type of hentai in which two or more men have a gay relationship with each other.
Anyone here a fan of BL? Aren’t those animes beautiful works of art? In essence, the Japanese word for the BL (Boys Love) genre is yaoi. It simply refers to homoerotic stories centred on attractive lads. A sight not to be missed (wink!).
Original Japanese word is: 漫画家
Meaning: “a cartoonist; a comics artist”
Any manga’s creator, whether an artist or a novelist, is referred to as the mangaka. We have all seen snippets of Nanako’s father Shijuurou in Shinchan, which show how stressful their lives can be. Watch Manben (produced by Naoki Urasawa), a documentary series that explores the demanding and interesting lives of manga artists, if you want to learn more about their daily work lives.
Otaku Otaku anime phrase deserves particular attention since you’ll hear it while talking about your favourite characters. It denotes a fetish for something and has a bad meaning. It is more of a source of pride for the English-speaking age to be a “anime geek.” The phrase might be used casually or with serious repercussions.
Original Japanese word is: 百合
Meaning: Japanese jargon term for content and a genre involving lesbian relationships or homoerotic
How can we discuss equal rights without bringing up Yuri, Yaoi’s counterpart? Simply change the term female in Yaoi to guy, and you have Yuri!
Original Japanese word is: 同人誌
Meaning: “fan-produced manga or essay booklets”
Who said that big-name manga authors could only publish their works? People may sell their self-published fan drawings and short mangas at events like the Comiket. We won’t deny that most of them are porn, but there are also some jewels that you won’t find anywhere else. Oh, we almost forgot—they’re called Doujinshi, those fan-made mangas!
If you ever have the opportunity to attend a Comiket, don’t miss it, we assure you.
Original Japanese word is: ウィーブー
Weeb is a short term of weeaboo
Believe us when we say that if you were alive ten years ago, you would not want to be called a “Weeb.” Weebs are looney tunes who prefer to brag about their knowledge of Japan more than they really do. But nowadays, individuals primarily use the term “anime weeb” to describe themselves as die-hard anime enthusiasts. We assume that people have become gentler with time.
Original Japanese word is: 木漏れ日
Meaning: dappled light
Our fave is this one. Light breezes, a sunbeam, and a dazzling sun. Sunlight filters across the lush green foliage. The shadows under the trees dance as the winds play with the leaves. Doesn’t that soothe the soul? We come see such breathtaking beauty in anime. The term “komorebi” is used to describe this exquisite motion of light through leaves.
Original Japanese word is: 敵と
Meaning: Just right, correct, appropriate/suitable
Are you tired of your group members’ constant laziness when it comes to contributing to the project? Call them Tekito and berate them. They won’t understand what you meant, we bet.
Meaning: “Filler” is a term for a story in an Anime that wasn’t in the Manga.
Some anime have ceased adapting from their source manga beyond a certain point since the manga couldn’t keep up with the speed the anime followed. In certain cases, the original mangaka is no longer involved, and the anime producers must start creating their own content to keep the programme going. Because of this, the manga’s original conclusion is radically changed in the anime.
Original Japanese word is: 初年
Meaning: “boy” or “youth”
We’ve all heard of shoujo, or young adult, anime or manga. The complete opposite of shoujo is shonen. Teenage boys are the primary target demographic, and the MC is one of them.
Shonen Jump is a weekly magazine that has been published for manga since 1968. It dominates the shounen genre and has produced several masterpieces.
Original Japanese word is: げんき
Meaning: having energy, pep, or health
Once again, Shonen is the genre. The MC in this situation is a vibrant, upbeat, and full-of-life kind of person. Typically, these protagonists appear on children’s television.
Meaning: When something is “raw anime,” it hasn’t been translated or dubbed yet. Raw anime videos are often used to make AMVs, GIFs, and other types of videos.
There are those of us who despise anime that has been dub. Instead of having the voices translated, we often choose subtitles. Japan likewise believes that certain of its materials should be preserved in their natural, unprocessed state. Nowhere will you find a translated or dub version of such anime or manga.
For fans of westerns, translation is a big part of the hobby. When anime or manga don’t have subtitles or translations, this is often called “raw.”
Original Japanese word is: ツンデレ
Meaning: describe a person or character who swings between emotionally hot and cold
Sounds strange, don’t they, Tsun Tsun and Dere Dere? These are the two terms from which tsundere is formed. The usual protagonist in a manga or anime love tale changes from being initially strict and icy to becoming mushy and sappy after falling in love with the main character (MC). As a result, a tsundere persona has two sides—one that they reveal to the outside world and another, softer side that they save for their partner.
Original Japanese word is: クーデレ
Meaning: A character, usually a girl, who is usually silent and reserved, but opens up to a crush.
Kuudere is the phrase you need to use to describe a character that is emotionless and chilly. Even though they may look stern and blank on the outside, they may be very loving toward the person they love on the inside.
Original Japanese word is: ヤンデレ
Meaning: sick or insane, and deredere, meaning loving or affectionate
Dere dere is slang for love struck and yan indicates unwell. Sickly infatuated? Naturally, no. In public, a Yandere personality is defined as being innocent and charming, yet on the inside, they have a dark, extreme nature. These characters are often aggressive and may or may not be suffering from mental disorders
Original Japanese word is: 受ける
Ukeru, which translates to “funny,” is slang used in anime. It may be used to express laughter or to describe something as funny.
If you have some free time and want to attempt something entertaining, switch your Facebook app’s language to Japanese and look for the “haha” response label.
Meaning: young lady/women or Daughter
Older shoujo is known as Ojou, which means young woman. These folks often have snobbish demeanour and are wealthy. Everything about them, including their laugh and distinctive voice, defines them.
The second season of Do check-Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation will premiere in Fall 2021.
Have you enjoyed learning all these amazing Japanese terminology linked to anime and manga? What follows will undoubtedly be enjoyable for you. It’s simple-peasy Japanese anime lingo! These anime nerd slang phrases were presumably spoken by characters, but you were unable to understand them. So, gentlemen, it’s time to start learning more about the Japanese animation industry.
Original Japanese word is: やばい
Meaning: “Amazing!!!”, “Oh my god or “Crazy!!!”
Yabai is the first Anime slang on our list. Yabai may signify “Amazing” as well as “crappy” and “terrible” depending on the situation. Use it sensibly.
Original Japanese word is: すごい
Meaning: something like “awesome”, “amazing”, “excitement” or “feel overwhelmed”
How frequently do you say, “Wow!” when you see something or someone? Go “Sugoi!” instead, then. You may say “Suge” to make it even shorter.
Meaning: Super cute or very cute
Make fun of that “Super cute” man from your school by calling him “Cho kawaii” in front of onlookers.
Was it enjoyable, then? You undoubtedly discovered something novel and fascinating. We hope you can now contribute to every thread of conversation like a boss. Talk to your friends informally using these Japanese and Anime Slang terms to make yourself stand out as the mysterious and cool one.
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