Anime Fan Speak
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Terms used by anime fandom (not all of which are real Japanese words). The links on the left lead to definitions of the term. The links to the right go to the more general term, which is where the examples go.
- Hentai -> Means "pervert" or "perversion", used by English fans to label porn. (The usual terms in Japanese are "ero-manga" for comics, and "ero-anime" for animation.)
- Jidai Geki -> Historical drama, usualy Feudal Japan.
- Magical Girl (Mahou Shoujo) -> Young female superheroes, often an Ordinary High School Student, gain powers and fight evil.
- Mecha -> Referring to the genre and many subgenres of giant robot shows as well as the giant robots that star in them. Usually divided into two categories.
- Real Robot: Mecha Anime the usually runs on 'hard' science, or at the very least a general adherence to what would happen in real life. Hard specs for mechs are common, as are darker themes. (Examples include most iterations of Gundam, The Big O, etc.)
- Super Robot: Hard specs are usually thrown out the window in favor of Rule of Cool, Rule of Drama, and other such 'soft' science like powering your robot with love, courage, friendship, or, in a pinch high velocity music. Generally Lighter and Softer, though not always. (Examples include GaoGaiGar, G Gundam, Gurren Lagann, and the like.)
- Bishoujo -> An attractive girl or woman.
- Bishonen -> An attractive boy or man.
- Bokukko -> A Tomboy that refers to herself with the masculine Japanese Pronouns.
- Dandere -> Shrinking Violet
- Dojikko -> Cute Clumsy Girl
- Genki Girl -> Genki means "energetic". Very energetic.
- Kawaiiko -> Little-girl cuteness personified, to Tastes Like Diabetes and beyond
- Kichiku -> Sexy, sadistic boyfriend
- Kichiku Megane -> Sexy, sadistic boyfriend with hot little glasses
- Kuudere -> A Sugar and Ice Personality, icy with a sugary interior.
- Megane -> Boys with glasses, for glasses-fetish fangirls. Available in several flavours.
- Meganekko -> Literally "Glasses Girl", mixed with a good dose of Moe; unlike the western stereotype, the glasses are essential to her attractiveness.
- Moe -> Tooth-achingly cute and Woobieish, which some apparently find very adorable, and others apparently find very sexy.
- Seme -> The dominant male partner in a Yaoi story.
- Tsundere -> She says she's not your girlfriend, but she alternates between swooning over you, sulking at you and dishing out physical abuse.
- Tsunshun -> Acts rude and haughty, but in reality is very depressed and probably lonely.
- Uke -> The submissive male partner in a Yaoi story.
- Yandere -> She loves you. She really does. She just has a peculiar way of showing it.
- Yangire -> Cute but insanely homicidal girl. Non-romantic.
- Baka: One of the Japanese words for "dummy." In some but not all contexts, "aho" is interchangeable with "baka".
- Cosplay Otaku Girl - A girl who really likes to play dress-up.
- Densha Otaku - A major fan of trains.
- Doujinshi -> Fan comics and fanzines; Fanfic elevated to its own cottage industry in Japan.
- Fujoshi -> The stereotypical female Yaoi fan. Literally means 'rotten girl'. See also Yuri Fan.
- Kawaisa -> Japanese cuteness
- Nakama: A group of mostly unrelated people that have bonded into something like a family. Not used that way in Japan.
- Occidental Otaku - Affectionate Parody of non-Japanese fans of Japanese stuff.
- Otaku -> Hardcore nerd. English anime fans adopted the term to refer to themselves, but it is not a compliment in Japan.
- Otaku O'Clock -> the Watershed
- Pettanko - Flat-chested character, normally always that of a girl's chest. Is also known as DFC (Delicious Flat Chest) on Image Boards.
- Takahashi Couple -> Unresolved Sexual Tension or Belligerent Sexual Tension, depending on whether you're discussing earlier or later Takahashi works.
- Zettai Ryouiki -> thigh-high socks fetish