If You Know These Terms, You're an Advanced Anime Fan

You're a true blue Otaku if you know these words.

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If You Know These Terms, You're an Advanced Anime Fan

Okay, so if you've been watching anime for some time, you'll be pretty familiar with some terms that the Japanese use frequently that don't exactly have an exact English translation. Words like 'Senpai', 'Kouhai' and 'Tsundere' are often left untranslated as fans will eventually learn their meaning.

Let's see how many of these words you already know:


One of the newer anime genres that's trending these past few years, which involves the main character travelling to another fantasy themed world. He's often an underachiever in the real world but ends up as a hero in this alternate reality.


Cute anime girls that wear glasses, whereby Megane = glasses.

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Chibi is a word that means 'little' and refers to instances when characters are drawn as a small, large headed version of themselves. This is often done for comedic effect.

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Manzai is a brand of Japanese slapstick comedy that's often difficult for non-Japanese to understand as you'll have to have a deep knowledge of language and cultural tropes.


Bonus or extra animation material often shown at the end of episodes with the characters often behaving out of character for comedic effect.


Ikemen are usually the more mature version of Bishonen ( beautiful boys) and they're often the cool, calm and mysterious male character in a shoujo series.

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Onshota describes an innocent relationship between a younger male protagonist and an older female where 'big sister' vibes are given off. Think Matsumoto Rangiku and  Hitsugaya Toshirou from Bleach.

Dai Pinchi

The most common colloquial expression used by Japanese characters when they land themselves in big trouble. Dai means 'big' and 'pinchi' as in the English word Pinch.


So how many did you get right off the bat? Let us know in the comments.


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