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Old 2006-09-04, 22:20   Link #41
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Self-mockery. It is a term used by many otakus and in the industry alike to self-mock their social status.

Lately, many jigyaku anime and manga are coming out which makes a self-mockery of the otaku industry. "NHK ni Youkoso," and "Genshiken" are good examples in which they depict the nerdy and geeky lives of otakus to a level that can be considered to be jigyaku.

However, the term jigyaku does not only apply to industry terms as many otakus will self-mock themselves as well.

Another example of this is how female BL lovers refer to themselves by using the term fujoshi with pride and self-mockery.

Usage example:
I see many foreigners wearing "I am an Otaku" T-shirts. I wonder if they realize that by wearing them, they are actually pitting themselves into jigyaku...

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Old 2006-09-04, 22:27   Link #42
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Social Phenomena

Or in Japanese, they are called "shakai genshou." These are anime that start out otaku-ish, but its popularity reaches to the masses through mass media reviews, word of mouth, and interest.

Not many anime have reached the pinnacle of a social phenomena status. In the past thirty years, we've only had three: "Uchuu Senkan Yamato," "Kidou Senshi Gundam," and "Neon Genesis Evangelion."

The factors of becoming a social phenomena are very difficult to say. For one, it must not be confined to just the average otaku fanbase, it must reach out the masses. Secondly, it needs to be a title that no one knew about before its airing. As I have said before, normal Japanese do not watch anime (yes, I still get gasps and surprises when I explain this to foreigners!) Hence, it is a VERY BIG DEAL when an anime that no one knew about explodes into popularity that becomes a social phenomena.


Some claim that "Suzumiya Haruhi" might've become a social phenomena given the right time of episodes. I tend to disagree. Sure, while the sales of the original light novels skyrocketed after the initial airing, it was still confined to the otaku populace.

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Old 2006-09-04, 22:39   Link #43
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Anime Production Staff

x Producers
o Anime production staff (or just plainly, staff)

I see this misusage frequently on these forums.

Producers are the people that go around looking and obtaining sponsors to develop an anime. They are the ones that do the dealings with TV stations, agree to time slots, appease sponsors, set up a staff team for anime, etc. etc. They are NOT the ones who sit down and draw genga or sakuga. Basically, they are the ones that give birth to an anime project to start in the first place - hence the name "producer."

The directors, writers, editors, genga and sakuga artists, composers, music and sound recorders, QCers, and douga process personnel - basically all the people that actually do the work to make the anime itself are known as anime production staff. The staffs are the ones that does the actual animation and recording work to bring you the anime onto the TV screen (well, in your people's case - the computer screen).

Please make a note of it. There's a big difference between a "producer" and a staff.
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Old 2006-09-05, 11:08   Link #44
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Gyaku-gire (逆ギレ)

When a person who would normally be the target of an angry outburst instead gets angry themselves.

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Old 2006-09-05, 12:22   Link #45
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Drama CD

It seems many have begun to understand what light novels are, what the term moe~ means, and the increasing usage of the term ero-games over the blasphemous "hentai." I'm glad to hear that these terminologies are beginning to plant ground overseas.

Now we go onto "what the heck exactly are drama CDs? Are they any different from sound novels, etc. etc.?

Way back in the 1920s, many people listened to....the radio. Go ask your grandparents and they'll tell you that they avidly listened to radio dramas. If they are old enough, they'll know about Richard Hughes' Drama, or Orson Welles' War of the Worlds based on H.G. Wells' novel. People were grasped with the acting that these performers played out on the radio. And with no visuals to go along, people had to imagine what was happening - which meant the people acting out the drama were extremely talented artists in their own field. If you are interested about the mass hysteria that occurred to those that believed the War of the Worlds radio drama was a real event, I suggest you read the English wikipedia article.

Japan was no exception to the popularity of the radio drama era. During the Taisho Democracy Era, many radio dramas were aired on the radio which depicted the glorious golden age of democracy and upbeat economic growth. And as the war loomed over the horizon, radio dramas were gradually changed to those with propaganda overtones. In any case, the national public broadcaster NHK saw a market for this and began recruiting actors primarily for radio drama shows. These became the predecessors to the seiyuus (voice actors) that we all know today.

After the war, Japan was pretty much laid into ruins. Yet the populace were determined to rebuild Japan to its prosperous pre-war economic status. Radio dramas was one form of medium which helped reach out the populace. Kids listened to children's radio shows such as Akadou Suzunosuke which gave them hope that through hard work and perseverance, they can overcome anything. One interesting form that developed during this era was the inclusion of background music to radio shows. Music added a more dramatic effect to certain scenes than just actors reading and acting out the scripts. Supposedly, the Soviets were able to listen to these dramatic Japanese radio shows through the airwaves. They saw a potential for using this technique, and they began using a similar form to spread their ideologies to its Eastern Europe bloc....or so I've heard.

Sadly, the age of radio shows began its decline once the TV began to infiltrate the household.

But the medium once again was brought back to life in the mid-1990s in the otaku market. The format called the audio CD was cheap and widely available which opened up new ways for the market to suck more money out of otaku's pockets. Coupled with increasing popularities of seiyuu idols and the technological advancement of internet streaming radio, companies began cashing in on making things called drama CDs.

Drama CDs are basically audio CDs that you play on your home CD player. Except instead of music, you have seiyuus acting out the story. Much like radio shows at the time, background music and sound effects are mixed in to give a more dramatic effect for the listener to imagine what is going on. Drama CDs are usually sold as a complement to the anime that is airing. Or, drama CDs might be sold right before an anime airs to give people a sort of "sneak-preview" of what to expect. The episodes or stories that are recorded onto the drama CDs are usually behind-the-scenes antics of the main storyline in the anime/manga/light novel. That, or it can plainly amusing to listen to with the comedy and all (if you listen to Suigintou going moe~ over Kunkun in the Rozen Maiden Traumend drama CD, you'll know what I mean).

Of course, not all drama CDs are alike. Some drama CDs are re-recordings of seiyuu radio shows (which are called Radio CDs, but that's another topic). Other drama CDs are included as bonus tracks to regular anime CDs (i.e.: those infamous Mahou Sensei Negima! OP CDs have small drama tracks in them). Others, like Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni are audio CDs where the seiyuus act out exactly what was written in the original doujin game (the doujin game did not have voice tracks, and some people have no time to read the text, so they made drama CDs so that people can listen to the story on their way to work, etc.)

So, a drama CD is a medium in itself just like anime, manga, light novels, and games. With no visual effects, a drama CD is a medium where seiyuus are given their ultimate test since they need to bring out their skills to their fullest. Listening to these CDs will give you a renewed respect for how seiyuus bring life to characters.

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Old 2006-09-05, 13:05   Link #46
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Twin Tail

In English, pigtails. I normal Japanese use, they are called "two tails." But in otaku terminology, people refer to them as twin tails.

Twin tails are a highly moe~ trait. Some say twin tails + over-knee socks + tsundere traits + goth loli fashion = ultimate character. Many characters nowadays feature these traits to sucker in otakus for their uber moe~ consumptions.

Examples of girls with twin tails:

Sanzen'in Nagi (Hayate no Gotoku)
Sawachika Eri (School Rumble)
Kagurazaka Asuna (Mahou Sensei Negima!)
Shinku (Rozen Maiden)
Daikuuji Ayu (Kimi ga Nozomu Eien)
Nanase Rumi (ONE)
Hiiragi Kagami (Raki Star)
Tohsaka Rin (Fate/stay night)

....why do the above examples look very similar to my character examples of tsundere?
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Old 2006-09-27, 23:42   Link #47
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Some animators are so l33t that they go simply by surname or by a nickname among fans. Here are some:

カリスマ (Charisma)
Toshiyuki INOUE 井上俊之

磯 (Iso)
Mitsuo ISO 磯光雄 (It's said most of current anime animation is influenced by him in one way or another)

吉成 (Yoshinari)
Refers to either 吉成鋼 (Kou YOSHINARI) or 吉成曜 (You YOSHINARI) who are brothers and absolutely great animators. They're good at illustrating as well.

Kou (also known as 吉成兄, elder Yoshinari) is easily spotted nowadays because he goes to the extent of doing the composite and post-processing for his shots. See the 4th FMA OP, the part where Ed jumps off the waterfall. As well as the really smooth shot in ep 49 of Eureka 7. Typical otaku are most familiar with that table scene in the first ep of Nanoha that stuck out very much...

You Yoshinari (the younger of the two) is more associated with Gainax. Think there's some good stuff from him in Re: Cutey Honey and FLCL.
One of them is refered to as 鼻毛 (hanage, nose hair) but I can't remember which. Or why, even.

鬱 (Utsu - depression)
Refers to Satoru UTSUNOMIYA うつのみやさとる Many others (even some sakuga-otaku) don't look at him kindly because he never sticks to the character models and while his movement is great, his pictures look "ugly". So they all feel depressed....

ゆたぽん (yutapon)
Refers to Yutaka NAKAMURA 中村豊, a typically Sunrise/Bones action animator. Is seriously leet. Go look up for an AMV/MAD on him on Youtube or stage6. He's in most BONES works. Check out the Bebop movie especially.

コンカツ (Konkatsu)
Refers to Katsuya KONDOU 近藤勝也, a Ghibli animator. He did the animation the very popular Minna no Uta song Kaze no Toorimichi.

キムタカ (Kimutaka)
Refers to Takahiro KIMURA 木村貴宏, more well known as a character designer who does very detailed, sometimes extravagant designs usually with a sexy touch. See Gun X Sword, The nickname reminds one of "kimutaku" (Takuya Kimura...)

師匠 (Shishou - Master!)
Refers to the Takeshi Honda 本田雄, sometimes incorrectly called Yuu Honda. Is involved with most well-animated films and most people don't dare touch his work. See the first Naruto film, Millenium Actress and Beyond in the Animatrix. Was also quite involved in Eva.

ゴッキー (Gocky)
Refers to Keiji Gotou, a rather well-known character designer (esp. for Nadesico) who later started doing directing/storyboarding; he's done series direction for Kiddy Grade and Uta Kata. The first work by him I watched was Gate Keepers.. He does very detailed drawings full of shadows and highlights and what not. If I'm not wrong, pictures like that are described in Japanese as 濃い.
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Old 2006-10-04, 17:09   Link #48
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Mecha (メカ)
Reference to robot anime.

Gattai (合体)
Refers to the sequence where robots combine into one (i.e. Goddaner, Power Rangers, etc)

Visual Kei (ヴィジュアル系)
Type of Japanese Rock~ Wiki link

Oniichan (お兄ちゃん)
An affectionate way of addressing an older brother.

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Old 2006-10-14, 06:31   Link #49
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Itano Circus

Itano Ichiro is a genius amongst mecha animators. He is best known for his inventing the Itano Circus which is coined after his name. Many of you have seen such aerial scenes; trailing missiles (or projectiles) dancing in the skies like a circus trapeze.

See example: (although some of the latter half isn't done by Itano-san, but I guess the person who created this video wanted to show how much he had made an impact in anime)

He noted that he first came up with the idea of such acrobatic aerial combat animation sequences when he ignited rocket fireworks that were tied to his motorcycle's handlebar and saw that "the rockets seemed to be dancing around him" as he rode his bike into the smoke that was ahead of him.

He refined his projectile dogfight scenes and aerial acrobatic sequences as he worked as an animator from Danguard A to Ideon, and then onto the original Gundam. His style became popular when he (well, according to many fans) "perfected it" in the anime Macross. Since then, he would go onto work on Macross Plus, Megazone 23, and the live action Ultraman.

His technique has lived on in various anime throughout the years, surviving the ages of cel-animation and importing such technique into CG animation. Without a doubt, many animators were inspired by this great man, as seen the stage6 video link above shows. The Itano Circus was introduced over twenty five years ago...which still looks spectacular now as it did back then, even when comparing them to much recent homages to his style as portrayed in Eureka 7.

So know you know the term of such animation sequences, remember: all this was due to a single animator who had the bizarre idea of riding his motorcycle through rocket fireworks after igniting them.

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Old 2006-11-07, 00:28   Link #50
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Kagikko (鍵っ子)

A term used to refer to a "loyal" fan of the famous bishojo game company, Key (the creator of Kanon, AIR, CLANNAD, Planetarian, etc.).

Kagikko literally means "key child", it is a pun since it's also the Japanese equivalent of the western term latchkey kid.

While other terms used to describe a devoted fan of a bishojo game company (such as 月厨 (Getchu, a TYPE-MOON fan)) are usually sarcastic or derogatory in meaning, Kagikko is generally not considered to be offensive. Although derivitive of the term exists, called Bakagikko (バ鍵っ子) (a combinition of baka (idiot) + kagikko), which is used to refer to ignorant or impolite kagikkos on discussion forums or BBSs.
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Old 2006-11-28, 19:44   Link #51
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Tokusatsu SFX

I guess the best example that most Americans are familiar with is Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (you do realize that "Power Rangers" are originally Japanese, right?). That's a prime example of a super-sentai type tokusatsu SFX.

Of course, if one is from Hawaii, you're probably more familiar with Kikaider.

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Old 2006-11-28, 20:02   Link #52
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It's like tsundere from what I can tell but sort of, how do I say it, loving but goes psycho... like Kaede from Shuffle.[/QUOTE]
Yandere? Well, it's a derivative of tsundere (kinda), by combining 病んでる (yanderu, being sick) with デレ(dere). It refers specifically to heroines who's in love with the main character, but becomes mentally sick or unstable due to certain developments in the story, resulting in a "psycho lover" kind of character (Kaede from Shuffle is the classic example).

However, as far as I know, this word is not very widely used (I don't even recognize it myself). More commonly, the "psycho" version of the heroine is referred to as "Black/Dark (character name)" (ex. Dark Kaede), while the process is called 黒化 (kokka, blackening/darkening).

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Old 2006-12-18, 17:51   Link #53
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TMA - Total Media Agency

Abbreviation of "Total Media Agency," ( an AV maker who specializes in making live action pornography.

They are also known for creating high-quality (laughs) AVs based on highly popular anime. Most of these titles are altered subtlely, which causes the buyer to buy it as a gag item.


A: Hey look! There's a AV for Haruhi!
B: Wait a minute...look at the title more says Hahiru!
A: WTF?!! OMG! I gotta buy it! Shit, funny wwwww
B: Me too! This'll be a great gag! wwwwww

So far, TMA has released three titles that are known to otakus as a gag line-up:

"Maria-sama ga Miteiru" (as opposed to "Maria-sama ga Miteru")
"Faith / Stay Knight" (as opposed to "Fate / Stay Night")
"Suzumiya Hahiru no Yuutsu" (as opposed to "Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu")

Hence, you can say that a title that is very popular is big enough to become "TMA'd" wwww

Interestingly, the AV is made closely to the original which makes it very funny. It's like watching a badly-written skit, with ugly looking guys pretending to be teenagers. Like I said, otakus are suckers - they'll spend cash on a whim. Besides, Hahiru's DVD sold out in Akiba, and the AV actress Kousaka Yuri even held an autograph session there! www
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Old 2007-06-22, 13:36   Link #54
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Ouch-Cars (痛車)

痛車 (pron: "Ita-sha") are cars whose exteriors have been modified to an anime any other two dimesional moe~ theme. The term comes from normal people making fun of otaku's cars in disgust by coining them to be an 痛い車 (pron: "itai-kuruma" lit trans: cars that make people say "ouch" in disgust).

"itai-kuruma" then became abbreviated to "ita-sha" (痛車). This abbreviation is some what intentional as it is cynically a homonym for an "Italian car" (イタ車). Italian cars (イタ車) are known to be liberal and intriguing in design, and so are Ita-sha (痛車)....more or less in the wrong way.

Rather than trying to propogate the term "ita-sha" into the English otaku masses, I'll use the literal translation "ouch-car" onward.

One can find a whole parking lot full of said ouch-cars at most anime type events around Japan. And since Comike is the largest gathering of otakus in Japan, one can expect to find many ouch-cars parked outside. While it may not be as cool as seeing souped up cars or duels of which car has the largest bass from their sub-woofers, one can find a mini-car show of "who has the most ouchest-car" in the lot. wwwww

Well I know all of you like visual references so here are some from youtube (or feel free to search with the term "痛車" at

Good how-to video if you are interested in making your own ouch-car:

Some ouch-cars from Comike 71:
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Old 2007-08-03, 12:43   Link #55
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Yangire (ヤンギレ)

Yangire is referring to characters who snap all of a sudden out of jealousy or irritation or something similar. It comes from the words yanderu (病んでる - being sick from something) and kire/gire (切れ - to cut, slice, "to snap"; 逆ギレ - being angry at someone who would normally be angry at you).
Most yangire references include Takamachi Nanoha from Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, specifically the development in its 8th episode when Nanoha has a mock battle against Teana and Subaru. When the two girls almost outsmart her during battle, she snaps, goes all freakishly quiet and gives a fair beating to Teana.

Yangire most likely stems from yandere, but yandere refers specifically to heroines who are in love with the main character, but become mentally sick or unstable due to certain developments in the story. Still, the term is fairly new and not as popular as tsundere or yandere, but recently a few high-profile Japanese weblogs have started pimping the new term. Hopefully, Nanoha might be snapping some more, now that the 18th episode of Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS has a new opening sequence portraying Subaru as the main character.

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Old 2007-09-20, 18:21   Link #56
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Old 2007-09-20, 18:30   Link #57
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Nice Boat

1. To divert attention from chaos or dissatisfaction.
2. To comment that the boat looks cool.
3. Increase of total aired episodes.

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Old 2007-10-10, 20:52   Link #58
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Niconico douga (ニコニコ動画)


Niconico is a Japanese onomatopoeia for smiling.
Douga is Japanese for video.

Add them together, and it means video that makes you smile.

That is exactly what happens when you join and start viewing videos that are uploaded onto niconico douga.

The concept is simple that is similar to youtube; one can upload and view hilarious videos made by amateurs. Of course, the other gray-area use is being able to view the latest anime MINUTES after it was aired (obviously with no subtitles).

But niconico takes a step further than youtube in which it allows members to start adding comments to the uploaded video itself. The English wikipedia sums it up as "youtube meets Mystery Science Theater 3000." This gives an added plus of indirectly watching the video amongst others while laughing at some of the funny comments that they made at a certain scene. Of course, you have the option of disabling the comment feature so you can watch the video without seeing massive texts scrolling through the screen.

Here's a sample screenshot of niconico:

Title: I let my friend play the Super Mario World that I created Version II. (自作の改造マリオを友人にプレイさせる 第二作)

As you can see, people are commenting on how Mario died by falling into the lava by accidentally hitting the hidden block. The kanji word koumei (孔明) is a slang that the viewers made for those articulately placed hidden blocks which leads to Mario's death. The wwwwws is similar to LOLOLOL.

Unfortunately, there is no English version of this highly popular online video-sharing site, so you need to have a good understanding of Japanese to join.
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Old 2007-10-15, 16:51   Link #59
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Well, since kj1980 posted about NicoNico douga maybe it'll be helpful to add some NicoNico douga lingo?

I highly suggest taking a look at 2ch lingo as well.

Some terminology / trends about NicoNico
(almost all of them do come from 2ch tho).

First, 弾幕 danmaku - roughly translates to Bullet Curtain.
This is when comments flood the screen.
For a good example, look up 組曲 on NicoNico.
The word danmaku itself come from Touhou Projects.

Calling someone a 職人 shokunin is a compliment on their skill.
自重 jijyuu is used to cation (often harshly) other people.
うp means upload. うp主 is uploader.
otu = お疲れ様

Trends (this may not be worth posting...)

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Old 2007-10-16, 09:13   Link #60
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foo-san is a name you'll probably see a lot. When a douga is removed, the admins upload a douga in its place explaining the reason for removal. These douga are typically have foo-san (a staff member) playing a recorder flute in the background.
Spoiler for Well, if it's not needed...:

Oh, and there's also 工作 (manipulating) which in a niconico context tends to refer to ランキング工作 (manipulating the video rankings). By default the rankings will show that day's most "favourited" videos in descending order, and sometimes a group of diehard fans/people with no time will get together and purposely add it in their list for one day, remove it before the next day and then add it in again so it keeps staying in the rankings list, even though it may not actually be such an interesting video. For this reason I always look at the "playback" list because it's much more accurate for seeing what people are really interested in.

Maybe this should go to the otaku lingo discussion thread or the Niconico Douga thread in General Chat. I wouldn't mind helping people understand if there are any strange slang words/puns (that is, if I understand them myself... -_-) I could totally go on about the Fuchagi series of cat videos, but that's definitely not otaku lingo.
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