List of Important Japanese Term in Anime/Manga


ai
love

ansatsu
assassination

bishonen
literally "beautiful" (bi) + "boy" (shonen)
From Bishonen No Miko's Shrine of Bishonen Generally, the term "bishonen" applies to male anime charaters who are young (approx. 13 - 17 years old, very attractive and pretty, and even feminine to some degree (i.e. they have long hair, slender builds, might be gay, etc.)

bishojo
literally "beautiful" (bi) + "girl"(shojo)
Generally, the term "bishojo" applies to female anime characters who are young (aproximately 12 - 18 years old) who are design to apply to male audiences or idealize the female form.
Also used as an adjective, such as, "Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon" (Beautiful Warrior Sailor Moon) or "Bishojo Senshi Knight Sabers" (Beautiful Warrior Knight Sabers). This is mean to emphasis that Sailor Moon and the Knight Sabers are beautiful girl/women warriors...

Bei-jin (alternatively, Bei-nin)
Americans

chi
(suffix/noun) Earth

Counting
Ichi (ee-chee) -- One
Ni (nee) -- Two
San (sahn) -- Three
Shi (shee) -- Four
Go (go) -- Five
Roku (row-koo) -- Six
Shichi (shee-chee) -- Seven
Hachi (hah-chee) -- Eight
Kyu (cue) -- Nine
Ju (joo) -- Ten

denshousha
Successor
Title for the person that takes over a Martial Arts Style, also referred to as Grandmaster of a Style.

dorei
slave; servant

dotei
male virginity, male virgin

doujinshi (doujin)
A fan magazine/publication or collection of fan fiction based on a published anime/manga series.

Family Terms of Relationship
Japanese English Japanese English
o-jiisan grandfather o-baasan grandmother
o-toosan father o-kaasan mother
ojisan uncle obasan aunt
o-niisan elder brother o-neesan elder sister
otooto younger brother imooto younger sister
itoko cousin

gokui
"hidden techniques"
the secrets of a Ryuu
Goshujin-sama
Husband and Master
(noun) (honorific or respectful language (sonkeigo) language)
your husband; her husband;

hadou
(n) surge

honorific suffixes
Japanese Honorifics
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

-san.
-San is the most common honorific, and its use is mandatory when addressing most social outsiders (for example, non-family members). -San is used unless it is superceded by some other title (such as sensei, meaning "teacher"), and is often translated as Mr., Ms., Mrs., and the like, though such a translation is not always accurate. -San is the Japanese honorific most familiar to non-Japanese people. There is a tendency in Japanese to avoid the use of personal names when another title is available, thus oldest brothers and sisters are referred to as "onii-san" (or -chan, see below) and "onee-san", respectively. "-San" may also be used to create other titles; A bookseller might be addressed as "honya-san" (roughly, "Mr. bookseller"), and so on.
-han.
-Han is the equivalent to -san in the Kansai dialect.
-kun.
-Kun is an informal and intimate honorific primarily used by superiors in addressing inferiors, usually male (though in some cases it can be used for women also). Schoolteachers typically address their male students using -kun. -Kun is also used among friends of similar social standing, and by parents and relatives to address older male children (instead of -chan).
-chan.
-Chan is the informal, intimate, diminutive equivalent of -san, used primarily by children to refer to friends and family members but also applied to siblings, to close friends and lovers, and to children by adults.
-tan:
A mispronunciation of "chan" sometimes used by very young children or by adults as "baby talk." Also used by otaku, an example is OS-tan.
-sama.
-Sama is the most formal honorific used in daily conversation in Japanese. It is used primarily in addressing persons much higher in rank than oneself (as long as some other title is unavailable), and is used in commercial and business settings to address and refer to customers. (See uchi-soto for a more in-depth analysis of this.) -Sama is also used after the addressee's name on postal packages and letters, again provided it is not superceded by some other title.
-dono or -tono.
-Tono/-dono roughly means "lord." It is no longer used in daily conversation, though it is still seen on certificates and awards.

Rarer forms

-chama.
-Chama is simply a combination of -chan and -sama, sometimes translated as "young master". It isn't horribly common, it denotes respect, but is not as distant as -sama, implies a closer bond.
-ue.
-Ue literally means "above" and denotes an extremely high level of respect. While its use is not longer very common, it is still seen in constructions like ?? (chichi-ue) and ?? (haha-ue), reverent terms for one's own, or someone else's, father and mother, respectively.

inkyo
The Japanese reckon youth as lasting until 20, and middle age until 40. Old age begins at 41. It is proper for a man of such advanced years to prepare this oul for the next world by becoming a Buddha priest. This step is called inkyo (dwelling in retirement).
---[GURPS Japan p. 12]
It is also, somewhat traditionally, to take a new name upon undergoing inkyo, to reflect one's new status.

ja
"Later"

ja ne
"See you later"

jinja
(n) Shinto shrine (P)

kaizoku
pirate; sea robber

kakokei
(gram) past tense

kawara-ban
an earky form of news tabloid. Roughly printed on wood blocks, these cheap scandal sheets were popular among Edo's working class.

keppan
Blood oath
An strong oath that a student may have to take before being admitted into a Ryuu or Clan.

kenshi
a swordsman (or swordswoman), not necessarily born into the samurai caste.

Keiretsu
a set of companies with interlocking business relationships and shareholdings

Kinbaku
the Art of Erotic Bondage

koohai
(n) junior (at work or school)

Martial Arts Students
Levels:

Martial Arts Student Ranking
  • Rokkyu (Class 6)
  • Ikkyu (Class 1)
  • Shodan (First Degree) Black Belt
  • Judan (Tenth Degree) Black Belt

    mirai
    Future (life, tense)
    Used in Dragonball Z to denote the Trunks that came back through time to stop the Androids #17 and #18.

    mon
    a small coin

    Nawa Shibari (or Hojo-jutsu or Hojojutsu)
    "Japanese Rope Bondage"

    Nushi
    Owner/Master/Lover/God

    ougi
    Succession Techniques of Martial Arts style

    onna
    Woman
    Used in Ranma 1/2 fanfics as a prefix to denote Ranma's female cursed form or that the character has a female cursed form.

    otoko
    Man
    Used in Ranma 1/2 fanfics as a prefix to emphasis Ranma's natural form or that the character has a male cursed form.

    rashamen
    a JApanese woman who slept with foreign men, a contemptous term from the first days of the contact between Japan and the West.

    ryo
    a gold piece

    Ryuu
    Martial Arts School

    satsu
    kill; murder; butcher; slice off; split; diminish; reduce; spoil

    satsu no hadou
    kill intention

    senpai
    (n) senior (at work or school) superior; elder; older; graduate; progenitor; old-timer (P)

    Seiza
    From Wikipedia:
    Seiza (literally "correct sitting") is the traditional formal way of sitting in Japan.

    To sit seiza-style, one first kneels on the floor, and then rests the buttocks on the heels, with the tops of the feet flat on the floor. The hands are sometimes folded modestly in the lap and sometimes placed palm down on the upper thighs with the fingers close together. The back is kept straight, though not unnaturally stiff. Traditionally, women sit with the knees together while men separate them slightly, proportional to body size. Some martial arts, notably kendo and iaido, may prescribe up to two fist widths of distance between the knees. The big toes may rest side by side or are sometimes overlapped.

    senshi
    Meaning "soldier", "warrior", or "combatant".
    The word appears to have less of an emphasis on honor as the "samurai" term, but can still be attributed to a fighter of honorly status.

    sentai
    Meaning "corps", "squadron", or "fleet".
    The term is mainly used in a military context to refer to a battle team or group of soldiers. It can, of course, also be used to describe a team or people working with a common purpose.

    sentou
    A public bath

    Shonen Manga
    Manga written for a (young) male audience

    Shojou Manga
    Manga written for a (young) female audience

    shujin
    Husband, Owner, Master/Mistress

    Social Classes
    Bushi (Warrior) Class
    • Imperial Court
    • Daimyo
    • Samurai, Ascetic Buddhist priest, Healers, Exorsists
    • Ronin ("Wave-Man")
    Heimin ("Base people") Class
    • Farmers, Yamabushi (Warrior-Priests), Shinto Priests, diviners, and mediums
    • Artisans
    • Merchants
    Hinin ("Non-persons") Class
    • Outcasts
    • Ninjas
    • Beggars, Gamblers, Entertainers, Sorcerors, Exiled Criminals, and Survivors of Suicide Pacts
    • Eta

    tate
    Means two things: Turtle and Penis

    Tokusatsu
    JumperPrime01: That's the general term that encompasses sentai, Kamen Rider, Ultraman, Chou Sei Shin, and just about any other live action show that uses special effects and monster suits

    tomadachi
    good friend

    waza
    (noun) art; technique;

    yakamashii
    Expression: Oh, bloody hell

    yaoi
    term meaning Guy-Guy Action/Relationships

    Yojimbo
    "Bodyguard." The name given to a masterless samurai (ronin) who hired themselves out as professional bodyguards.

    yuri
    term meaning Girl-Girl Action/Relationships