Every thing you ever needed to know about anime terms:
|Here is a dictionary of commonly used words in
the world of anime. It includes words in Japanese as well, so you'll learn some of the traditional lingo.
|Akuma- Japanese word for Devil. The root word "Aku" is also the word
term for animation. Used to describe Japanese animation in
America and other non-Japanese countries. Other
terms for anime:
Baka- Japanese word for "idiot" or "fool"
Chibi- used to describe characters as small, little, or young
Doujinshi- Basically amateur fan manga based on characters not created
Dub- Re-recording of the
sound track of an anime or movie in a different
Ecchi- Japanese word for pervert. Ecchi is usually represented with the
letter "H." Ecchi
is used to describe anime and pictures meant for adults
but is milder than hentai.
Fanfic- A fan written story that features characters from various animes
Fansub- Japanese animes that are given subtitles by fans. Not
Term used to describe parts of anime features that aren't
necessary to the story but enhance the experience. Some
EX: shower scenes, panty shots, over elaborate costumes etc.
Ganbare- Japanese work meaning "go for it."
Hai- Japanese word for
Kawaii- Japanese word for cute
Magical Girl- An anime genere that follows the adventures of a girl
discovers magical powers. EX: Sailor Moon, Fungashigi Yugi, Card Captor
Manga- Official Japanese comic books that share the same basic drawing style
Mahou Shoujo- Japanese term for Magical
Mecha- Term used to describe the giant
robots that appear in anime. Can also
be used to describe the genre of anime that features giant robots. EX:
Japanese word meaning cat.
or OVA- Original Animated Video or Original Video Animation. (You pick)
are short anime series that are released directly to video or DVD.
Otaku- Japanese word for fan boy or nerd. In Japan it's a negative term but
many non-Japanese fans
call themselves anime otaku with pride. Just don't
try saying that in Japan.
Rei- Japanese word for "nothing" or "zero." Commonly used as a name.
Seiyuu- Term for voice actor or actress.
Shojo- A style of anime targeted toward the female audience. "Girly anime"
Shounen- Japanese word for boy. Although not used as often as Shojo is, Shounen
is used to describe animes directed toward male viewers. Ex. Rurouni Kenshin is a shounen anime
Sub- A shortened version
of the word subtitle. This is used to describe
anime in its subtitled format