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Hello Guys! Here is a thread in which we will mention basic anime terminology... We looked out for the most used terms in anime and words that may probably confuse you and add them here in this "dictionary"...
Otaku: (in Japan) a young person who is obsessed with computers or particular aspects of popular culture to the detriment of their social skills.
Anime: a style of Japanese film and television animation, typically aimed at adults as well as children.
Manga: a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels, typically aimed at adults as well as children.
Light Novel: it's a style of Japanese novel targeting teenagers and young adults. These novels contain illustrations in anime or manga style.
Visual Novel: a Japanese novel read as a game-like application on a computer.
Sensei: used to refer or address teachers, doctors, politicians, and other authority figures. It is used to show respect to someone who has achieved a certain level of mastery in an art form or some other skill, and is also applied to novelists, poets, painters, and other artists, including manga artists.
Senpai: an upperclassman, someone of a higher age
Kohai: opposite of senpai; a junior, someone younger in age.
-san: title of respect added to a name. It can be used with both male and female names, and with either surnames or given names.
-kun: used to address men who are younger or the same age as the speaker. A male might address female inferiors by "-kun," usually in schools or companies. It can be attached to both surnames and given names. It is less polite than "-san".
-chan: often attached to children's names when calling them by their given names. It may also be used for babies, young children, and teenage girls , lovers, close friends, or any youthful woman.
-sama: more respectful version of san. It is used mainly to refer to people much higher in rank than oneself, toward one's customers, and sometimes towards people one greatly admires. When used to refer to oneself, sama expresses extreme arrogance.
Okaa-san: Also haha, kaa-san, okaa-chan, etc is the japanese term for "mother".
Otou-san: Also chichi, tou-san, otou-chan, etc is the japanese term for "father".
This is really a spoiler, proceed with caution
Onii-chan: Also Ani, Nii-san, Aniki, etc is the japanese term for "older brother"
Otouto: is the japanese term for "younger brother".
Onee-chan: Also Ane, Nee-san, Aneki, etc is the japanese term for "older sister".
Imouto: is the japanese term for "younger sister"
Ojii-san: is the japanese term for "grandpa".
Obaa-san: is the japanese term for "grandma".
Kami: often paired with -sama is Japanese word for a god, deity, divinity, or spirit.
Hime: is the japanese term for "princess".
Oji: is the japanese term for "prince".
Shishou: is the japanese term for "mentor" or "master".
Bocchan: is the japanese term for "young master".
Goshuujin: is the japanese term for "master" also used by wives to address their husbands as they hold a 'masterly' position in the household. Used by maids.
Boku: is the most formal term that young boys should use.
Ore: only used when your conversation partner is of equal or lower standing, or in a casual setting between people very close. Has a masculine ring.
Watashi:a polite and the most general expression, both women and men use it everywhere from formal occasions to business and public situations.
Tsundere:sStandard ‘Harsh outside, soft inside’ type, acts rudely but is really a huge softie after you break through their shell. Name is derived from ‘tsuntsun’, meaning ‘ponted’, and ‘deredere’ meaning ‘sweet’.
Yandere: initially sweet and affectionate, with their love eventually turning into an obsession and occasionally a murderous fixation on ‘getting rid of competition’ over time. Name is derived from ‘yanderu’, to be ill, and ‘deredere’, meaning ‘sweet’.
Kuudere: an anime/manga slang term for a character that is cold, blunt, cynical, and pretty much doesn't care if her beloved dies. That's what she is on the outside but she is actually caring and nice on the inside. Kuudere is when the character only occasionally shows her caring side.
Dandere: is an abbreviation of ‘danmari’, to be calm, and ‘deredere’, sweet. She doesn’t speak at all mostly, but when there’s no one else but you two, she would be sweet to you.
The following video shows how a Kuudere usually acts
Himedere: a character that demands to be treated like royalty by his or her loved ones and may or may not actually be royalty.
Yankees: japanese term for juvenile delinquent or gang member.
Lolis: often young female characters that are ridiculously adorable and cute. Lolis aren't just little girls. They can also be fully grown women with the appearance or attitude/menatlity/personality of a child.
Shotas: often young male characters between 5-13. These characters are short, cute, and innocent.
Trap: guys that look like girls and girls that look like guys.
Shounen: is aimed at a young male audience. The age group varies with individual readers and different magazines, but it is primarily intended for boys between the ages of 8 to 18.
Seinen: a term that refers to the target demographic marketed to late teenage and adult male audiences.
Shoujo: aimed at a teenage female readership. The name romanizes the Japanese (shōjo), literally "young woman".
Josei: a term that refers to the target demographic for mostly by women for late teenage and adult female audiences.
Harem: a single guy is liked and followed by bunch of girls (3 or more) who are all madly in love with him. The girls often fight each other to get the guy's attention.
Ships: is the concept of a fictional couple; to "ship" a couple means to have an affinity for it in one way or another; a "shipper" is somebody significantly involved with such an affinity, and so forth. There are a wide number of terms used among fans who practice shipping.
Waifu: A fictional character from non-live-action visual media that one is attracted to and considers a significant other.
Doujin: the Japanese term for self-published works, usually magazines, manga or novels.
Cosplay: Literally "Costume Play." Dressing up and pretending to be a fictional character.
OVAS: Original Animation Video & Original Video Animation (OAV / OVA) are interchangeable terms used in Japan to refer to animation that is released directly to the video market without first going through a theatrical release or television broadcast.
ONAS: An original net animation, known in Japan as Web Anime, is an anime that is directly released onto the Internet. ONAs may also have been aired on television if they were first directly released on the Internet.
AMV: An Anime music video, typically is a fan-made music video consisting of clips from one or more animation shows or movies set to an audio track, often songs or promotional trailer audio.
Vocaloid: is a singing voice synthesizer. In other words, a piece of software that enables users to synthesize singing by typing in lyrics and melody. One of the better known vocaloids is Hatsune Miku. At the moment there is no anime with vocaloids.
OP and ED: OP stands for "Opening" which refers to the opening song in an anime. ED stands for "Ending" which refers to the ending song in an anime.
World is Mine
World's End Dancehall
OST: means "Original Sound Track" Which is usually background songs shown in the anime including theme character songs, and bonus songs.
Seppuku: Also harakiri is a form of ritual suicide that originated with Japan’s ancient samurai warrior class. The act involved cutting oneself with a short sword, and an assistant cutting their heads off.
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