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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 5:15 pm    Post subject: Common Anime Terms. Reply with quote
Further to Bing's suggestion elsewhere, here is that thread.

These definitions will be updated and edited as and when I can. This is not in alphabetical order.

OAV - Original Animated Video. An anime released as an OAV is one that was never screened on television or in the cinemas. Usually has a higher budget than TV series but not as high as movies. Does not have the negative connotations that "direct-to-video" has in the West. Fooly Cooly and Macross Zero are recent examples of OAVs.

OVA - Original Video Animation. See above. Basically a different ordering. Terms are interchangeable.

Shoujo - Girl's anime. Anime marketed at girls.

Shounen - Boy's anime. Anime marketed at boys. (the terms actually refer to "girls" and "boys" directly, but this is the context they'll mostly be used in on this forum.

Anime - Japanese animation. Animation that originated in Japan.

Manga - Japanese comics.

DVD - Digital Versatile Disc. A digital video media format with a special place in the hearts of most anime fans.

VHS - Video Home System. Video cassette format. Formerly the most common way of getting anime.

Fansubs - Fanmade subtitles. An illegal way of seeing anime before it's released in the west. Fansubbers used to work on the principle that if no one had licensed a series for western release, then their work was okay. Fansubs offer a good way of seeing a series before its release.

Digisubs - Digital fansubs. Basically as above, but specifically to digital media formats, rather than the fansub's traditional medium of VHS tapes.

Fanservice - "Service for fans". Basically describes a sequence of a show designed to please the fans of that particular genre. Most often refers to sexual fanservice-- the flashing of panties, touching of breasts, nudity etc-- which pleases the fans of most genres of anime. Can also be used to describe gratuitous shots of mecha (ie Gundam) or weaponry (ie Ghost In The Shell), which titillates fans of such programs.

Hentai - Anime of a pornographic nature. Hentai generally means "weird" or "perverted" in Japanese, but when applied to anime refers to particularly sexually explicit series. Much hentai is of a romantic/comedic nature (ie Pia Carrot), while some is of a violent "tentacle rape" nature (Demon Beast Invasion).

Ecchi - Gratuitously sexual. Basically an anime is ecchi if it has lots and lots of sexual references, but nothing explicit, preventing it from being classed as hentai. Ecchi is also a term used to describe something particularly perverted in a series.

Yaoi - Explicit homosexual references. Gay hentai, effectively.

Yuri - Explicit lesbianism. Lesbian hentai, in most cases. Oddly, this is far more common than Yaoi.

Shounen Ai - "Boy's Love". Depicting of strong, often romantic, relationships between two male characters. Shounen-Ai is traditionally the domain of the scary, overly-sex-obsessed fangirl.

Shoujou Ai - "Girl's Love". Depiction of strong, possibly romantic, relationships between two female characters. Because of the predominantly male anime fanbase, scary fanboys don't really apply here.

Fanboy - A male fan. Usually young, and usually far more obsessed with anime than is good for him. Oddly, he repels his opposite number- fangirls- on sight.

Fangirl - A female fan. Usually young, and usually far more obsessed with getting her two favourite male anime characters into bed with each other (rather than, say, herself) than is healthy. Fangirls do not repel fanboys.

Laserdisc - A 12" optical platter that visually resembles an oversized compact disc or DVD. Laserdiscs were the original optical video medium, but were expensive and fragile, meaning they failed in the market against the far more durable, if far poorer quality, VHS format. Considered the "fan's format", anime Laserdiscs are highly prized posessions.

Scanlation - Scanned translation. A translation of a manga where the manga has been scanned, and then a translated scripped added to replace the Japanese text. Scanlations are subject to the same legal quagmire as fansubs/digisubs, but have also not taken off to the same extent yet.

ADV - ADV Films. One of the oldest Western anime companies, ADV have been releasing anime since the early 1990s, starting out with a VHS release of Devil Hunter Yohko. ADV are the largest anime company outside of Japan, and they are both loved and hated by anime fans around the world-- often at the same time. The company was originally known as A.D. Vision. According to Matt Greenfield-- one of the founders-- the A.D. stands for Army of Darkness.

Geneon - Geneon Entertainment. The new name for Pioneer Animation USA, Geneon are one of the most respected anime distributors in the world. The similarity between their name and GENOM Corporation, the large megalomaniacal corporation in Bubblegum Crisis, has not gone unnoticed by fans.

Pioneer - Pioneer Entertainment USA. It's what jelly dreams are made of. No, actually, its what Geneon used to be called.

Rondo Robe - Pioneer LDC's (now Geneon) Japanese production label. Rondo Robe is the label under which most new Geneon releases are put out. They are most well-known for producing Haibane Renmei and Texhnolyze.

Gonzo - Studio Gonzo. A somewhat overrated anime studio based in Japan. (Oi. This is should be IMPARTIAL. Smile - InGram) Gonzo's series are generally full of cheap CG effects, little storyline and freeaky round eyes (this latter due to having Nadesico designer Keiji Gotoh on staff). They've produced the occasional decent series, such as Samurai Girl Real Bout High School, She, The Ultimate Weapon, and Last Exile.

GAiNAX - Studio GAiNAX. The fanboy's studio. Started by a bunch of anime fans back in the early 1980s, GAiNAX have become the most well-known studio outside of Japan thanks to the immense success of their 1995 hit series Neon Genesis Evangelion. This series has done more than any other to further the cause of fanboys and hentai doujin artists the world over. Also responsible for the excellent Gunbuster - Aim For the Top, Fooly Cooly and Nadia of the Seas of Mystery.

Bandai - Bandai Entertainment. The anime-producing portion of the toymaking giant. Bandai have a reputation for being the fan's company, with their commitment to keeping western anime releases as "pure" as possible by not replacing OP and ED credits, preserving in-show text, and providing rather nice extras in their DVD boxes. Responsible for the Western releases of .hack//SIGN, Witch Hunter Robin and Cowboy Bebop among others.

Sunrise - One of Bandai's Japanese studios. Sunrise is the studio responsible for Mobile Suit Gundam, which is probably the most well-known anime series in the world. With over 20 years of history behind it, Gundam series are one of the few anime that are genuinely popular in Japan. Sunrise also produced Cowboy Bebop, The Vision of Escaflowne and Witch Hunter Robin.

CPM - Central Park Media. US licensing company. Not as well-known outside of the US, CPM generally pick up less well-known series, and have an interesting catalogue that includes Patlabor On Television (Patlabor TV), Now And Then, Here And There and Grave of the Fireflies. CPM tend to use "labels" to release things through, and their infamous US Manga Corps label is the bane of many fans' lives now, as it takes almost a full minute to play through on a DVD, and is of MD Geist.

Media Blasters - Often abbreviated as "MB". Media Blasters are another small US company that started out by licensing a heap of really cheap (and incredibly crap) series for western release, building their finances up to support much bigger fish that now includes fan favourite Rurouni Kenshin. As with CPM, MB use labels to release their anime through, including AnimeWorks and the hentai-oriented Anime18.

AnimEigo - The fan's company. Started by fans, run by fans, and featuring release schedules that only a fan could love, AnimEigo have been picking up and releasing fan favourites for many years now. Their catalogue includes such big names as Urusei Yatsura, Kimagure Orange Road, You're Under Arrest, and Ah! My Goddess. The downside to their approach is that they haven't licensed anything new in almost 10 years now.

Viz - One part of the semi-large media corporation of the same name. Viz are one of two companies that are the bane of anime fans' lives. With consistently shoddy releases, slow release schedules and low episode counts, any series licensed to Viz is generally written off by fans as not being worth the trouble. The problem is, most of those series are ones fans want. Catalogue includes Ranma 1/2, Inu Yasha, Maison Ikkoku, Trouble Chocolate and the recently announced She, The Ultimate Weapon. Viz also distribute manga.

Mangle - Manga Entertainment. Possibly the worst name for a company in anime history. Mangle do not, as their name suggests, release manga, but anime. This single naming decision has led to more confusion over the meaning of the two words than any other single thing in anime fandom.

Ghibli - Studio Ghibli. Home to the legendary Hayao Miyazaki, Studio Ghibli are one of Japan's national treasures, and responsible for almost every classic anime film you can name. Titles like Nausicaa of the Valley of Wind, Kiki's Delivery Service, My Neighbour Totoro, Whispers of the Heart, Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away would each be considered the crown jewel of any other studio. That they all come from the same production studio is testament to the talent on display at Studio Ghibli.

Box - the things that are increasingly common to store DVDs in. Because most anime series are released on multiple discs, companies decided that it would be a good idea to provide a box-- commonly with the first disc-- to store the whole thing in. Box sets are also commonly available, providing access to a complete series for a reduced price.

Perfect Collection - A complete collection of something. Originating in Japan to describe often limited edition sets of particular series (the term is often also applied to Japanese pop musicians' "best of" albums), perfect collections are basically full sets of series. At ADV, they have a slightly different meaning, describing a series that is contained in a multi-disc keepcase rather than an actual box. Debate rages as to whether this is a good thing or not.

OP and ED - Opening and Ending. Weird Japanese abbreviations for the opening and ending credits sequences of anime. OPs and EDs are almost always 90 seconds long, and feature a shortened version of a JPop song (often written specifically for the series in question) along with an animated sequence over which production credits are displayed. Creditless OP and ED (the OP and ED without the overlayed production credits) are a popular DVD extra. Many fans dislike western companies habit of replacing the Japanese text with English text, or, in the case of ADV, the title card with an English title card.

JPop - Japanese popular music. Manufactured corporatised pop music featuring Japanese artists. JPop is often catchy and ties in with anime. Well known JPop artists include Ayumi Hamasaki, Utada Hikaru and Morning Musume. Anime fans may also be particularly interested in Maaya Sakamoto and Megumi Hayashibara, who are Japanese seiyuu with burgeoning JPop careers.

JRock - Japanese rock. Harder edged than JPop, JRock bands tend to dress themselves up to creat "visual shock" for their audiences. The music is loud, guitar heavy and incredibly well-structured-- these bands are tight. Popular bands include L'arc~en~ciel, Malice Mizer, Luna Sea and the legendary X Japan.

Seiyuu - Japanese voice actor. The term refers to voice actors in general, but fans use it to differentiate the Japanese voice actors from the English ones. The corresponding term for English voice actors is "VAs".

Dub - English dubbing. While all anime is dubbed (the Japanese audio production is a dub, too), the term refers exclusively to the English (or Spanish, or one one case, Russian) dub of a series. Many fans consider English dubbed anime to be inferior to the "original" Japanese production, and "sub vs. dub" (where "sub" refers to Japanese audio with English subtitles) is perhaps the biggest holy war in anime fandom.

Con - Anime convention. A convention which puts a whole bunch of scary fanboys and scary fangirls in a room together while organisers take bets on the results. Anime is not a particularly social medium, so fans take every chance they can get to enjoy it with each other. This is particularly amusing given how socially repellent many of the more hardcore fans can be. Cons also give fans an excuse to dress up as their favourite characters, thus drawing all sorts of odd looks from the public as they travel by tram towards the con site. Australia has three major anime cons-- Manifest, AVCon and Animania-- and a fourth, larger and more generalised con (it covers comics and other popular culture too) called Supanova. The USA has an entire "con season" running from April to September, and including names such as Project A-Kon, Anime Central and Otakon. In 2003, Manifest and Otakon happened to be on the same weekend.

Cosplay - Costume play. The term used to described people dressing up as their favourite characters from anime. Cosplayers are generally brave people with a dedication beyond that of many anime fans.

Crossplay - Cross-dressing cosplay. This is what happens when cosplay goes too far. As a t-shirt advertising Animania last year said, "where boy meets girl".

Shitajiki - Pencil boards. A particular kind of plastic sheet printed with anime artwork that is very popular in Japan. Used for resting paper on during university lectures, Shitajiki really has no western equivalent. Geneon are known for putting mini-pencilboards in as extras in many of their releases.

Otaku – House. That's literally what the term means, but western fans have commandeered it to refer to themselves, so it means “anime fan” to most people. Unfortunately, it has very negative connotations in Japanese, and so one would never willingly refer to themselves as such.

Kawaii – Cute. Something that is cute is “kawaii”. Cardcaptor Sakura, for example.

Kowai – Scary. What most fanboys and fangirls are.

Jidaigeki (時代劇) - "historical drama". Refers to anything that is based on feudal Japan. Includes anything that involves samurai, ninja, geisha, monks, kabuki et al. Post with more info
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 5:25 pm    Post subject: More have come... Reply with quote
Otaku - Lit. Someone who has an obsession close to the point of being dangerous. This word has negative connotations in Japan and is not considered complimentary to call someone that. Another popular translation is "geek". In our context, we use it to describe an extreme animé fan.

Kawaii - Cute

<edit> changed post to fit in, thanks to TG for description of Otaku.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Let's not forget:

fanservice - usually not full-frontal nudity but rather gratitious shots of cleavage and skin.

hentai - anime with pornographic material as it's central focus. Just because an anime has a sex scene does not mean it is hentai.

ecchi - a middle ground between hentai and fanservice. Not as graphic as hentai, but many suggestive themes and skin. See Puni Puni Poemi as an example of ecchi in it's most unrestrained form.

yaoi - rather graphic boy-on-boy love. Somebody else can post up what it stands for because I can't remember.

shounen ai - more toned down than yaoi, and is usually in the form of suggestive touches and hints and opposed to sex scenes. Sometimes such attraction between males is simply in the vivid imaginations of fangirl's minds.

yuri - like yaoi, except with girls

shoujo ai - like shounen ai except with girls. And replace "fangirl" with "fanboy".
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 5:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I think otaku means something different, or that's the impression I get.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 5:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
As far as i know, Otaku has got 2 meanings. one is what inniss said, which is what it has become more known as, and the second.. ill leave that one up to someone else, as i cant remember it.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Schroedinger's_Cat wrote:
I think otaku means something different, or that's the impression I get.


Otaku literally means "house", and can be used as a polite way to say "you".

However, it can also be used to refer to someone who has an obsession close to the point of being dangerous. This word has negative connotations in Japan and is not considered complimentary to call someone that. Another popular translation is "geek".
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Otaku actually means "house" apparently, but is used to refer to someone who never actually leaves same (and who commonly has the physical dimensions of same). Basically it was a derogatory term applied to geeks and nerds of all kinds, including anime fans.

Unfortunately, a notorious serial killer, who referred to himself as an otaku, and who was a big anime fan, started killing schoolgirls and posing them in scenes from his favourite hentai. Ever since, the term has had really negative connotations, and is not something you'd willingly refer to yourself as.

Incidentally, this particular event is also one of the reasons that anime is nowhere near as popular in Japan now as it was in the 1980s.

Fanservice doesn't just refer to gratuitous panty shots and sexual titillation. Depending on the kind of anime, it can be different things. For example, a lingering panning shot of a Gundam is considered fanservice, as is the incredible weapon detail in Ghost In The Shell.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Laserdisc: A large CD (about the size of a vinyl record) used to store movies before DVD superseeded it. Much more popular in Japan than it ever was in the west.

Scanlation: Essentiallyl a fansub for manga. Manga is scanned, translated and the distributed on the internet. Like fansubbing, it is illegal.

Otaku is used as a term for hardcore anime fan in the west, but in Japan it is used as a insult. It means that someone is obsessed with something so much that they will never leave their house (the house thing is part of the literal meaning).

Stormo, it would be a good idea to edit all these into you original post and make them look nicer e.g. bold the keyword. It will make it look better (that is if it gets stickied).

EDIT: Stormo AND Trunks Girl both beat me to post the house thing Rolling Eyes Razz


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 5:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I might just do that.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
StorminNorman wrote:

Fanservice doesn't just refer to gratuitous panty shots and sexual titillation. Depending on the kind of anime, it can be different things. For example, a lingering panning shot of a Gundam is considered fanservice, as is the incredible weapon detail in Ghost In The Shell.


Hmmmm, I see your point. For traditionally, the definition I put for fanservice is what people automatically think of.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 6:11 pm    Post subject: Re: Common Anime Terms. Reply with quote
StorminNorman wrote:
Further to Bing's suggestion elsewhere, here is that thread.

OAV - Original Animated Video. An anime released as an OAV is one that was never screened on television or in the cinemas. Usually has a higher budget than TV series but not as high as movies. Does not have the negative connotations that "direct-to-video" has in the West. Fooly Cooly and Macross Zero are recent examples of OAVs.

OVA - Original Video Animation. See above. Basically a different ordering. Terms are interchangeable.

Shoujo - Girl's anime. Anime marketed at girls

Shounen - Boy's anime. Anime marketed at boys. (the terms actually refer to "girls" and "boys" directly, but this is the context they'll mostly be used in on this forum.

Anime - Japanese animation. Animation that originated in Japan.

Manga - Japanese comics.

DVD - Digital Versatile Disc. A digital video media format with a special place in the hearts of most anime fans.

VHS - Very High Standard. Video cassette format. Formerly the most common way of getting anime. actually Video Home System

Fansubs - Fanmade subtitles. An illegal way of seeing anime before it's released in the west. Fansubbers used to work on the principle that if no one had licensed a series for western release, then their work was okay. Fansubs offer a good way of seeing a series before its release.

Digisubs - Digital fansubs. Basically as above, but specifically to digital media formats, rather than the fansub's traditional medium of VHS tapes.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 6:14 pm    Post subject: Re: Common Anime Terms. Reply with quote
Will everyone shoot me if I start an argument about the definitions of "hentai" and "ecchi"?

And also, it seems unfair to exclude homosexuals from the enjoyment of yaoi/yuri etc. Seems there is a quite a big contingent of lesbian yuri fans.

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Stormo:

VHS stands for Video Home System. Wink




edit: DVD is originally known as Digital Video Disc, which was also refferred as Digital Versitile Disc later. I prefer Digital Video Disc. Meh...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
DVD actually doesn't have an official expansion anymore, apparently.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yeah apparently. The only thing that's official is the 'DVD' lettering. That's it. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
IMHO, Digital Video Disc makes much more sense than Versatile. DVD isn't exactly the most versatile format anyway.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Trunk's Girl wrote:
yaoi - rather graphic boy-on-boy love. Somebody else can post up what it stands for because I can't remember.


IIRC, it stands for something that translates to No Mountain, No Climax, No Point. That is in reference to the fact that most Yaoi focuses mainly on the shounen-ai bit, and leaves out the story (hence "No Point").

I probably didn't make much sense there. Someone else here explained it much better (perhaps it was Queenie).
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 7:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I've added a couple more definitions to the main post. Mostly with a bias to terms used on this site. Corrections/additions welcome.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 8:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Corrections/additions welcome

See my VHS comment above.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I thought it was quite funny that there was a definition for "Box" in there.

*wonders if anyone has started a topic called "What is a box" Razz *

EDIT: Oh yeah, maybe you should explain what a title card is in the OP/ED section.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I've updated again, adding Inniss' definitions to the main post.

I've also made the definitions available for download from my computer in OpenOffice Writer format here.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 8:50 pm    Post subject: Re: Common Anime Terms. Reply with quote
StorminNorman wrote:
Kowai – Scary. What most fanboys and fangirls are.

I second this.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 10:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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Gonzo - Studio Gonzo. A somewhat overrated anime studio based in Japan. Gonzo's series are generally full of cheap CG effects, little storyline and freeaky round eyes (this latter due to having Nadesico designer Keiji Gotoh on staff). They've produced the occasional decent series, such as Samurai Girl Real Bout High School, She, The Ultimate Weapon, and Last Exile.

Do not confuse with the term "gonzo" used in the porn industry, which refers to low-budget porn, where the same person edits, directs and acts in the film. Rocco Siffredi was a pioneer in that field.



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ewww... sticky.

I'm going to correct all the spelling and grammatical errors in this tomorrow. I'll also throw in some new additions and make minor changes to some I'm not happy with.

Hunter S. Thompson refers to himself as a "gonzo" journalist.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 02, 2004 11:12 pm    Post subject: Re: Common Anime Terms. Reply with quote
mib wrote:
Will everyone shoot me if I start an argument about the definitions of "hentai" and "ecchi"?


Go crazy. Only Western otaku use "hentai" and "ecchi" that way anyway. Mentioning it to a Japanese person with respect to anime would get blank stares and mutters of "baka gaijin" as ecchi is just the romanised pronounciation of the "h" in hentai anyway. At least, that's if I remember correctly or else I'll be the "baka gaijin".

I remember posting a link to such an explanation before the coming of this php board, but this is all I could find...
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2004 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
What would you classify these people?

http://users.tpg.com.au/adsluvbx/ani-pillow-kids-bed.jpg

Fanboys, fangirls, kowais, otakus, or just plain ecchi pillow fans? Shocked Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2004 12:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2004 12:25 am    Post subject: ... Reply with quote
Tachikoma wrote:
What would you classify these people?

http://users.tpg.com.au/adsluvbx/ani-pillow-kids-bed.jpg

Fanboys, fangirls, kowais, otakus, or just plain ecchi pillow fans? Shocked Laughing

Ahh! Otaku Fanboys! The worst kind.
*whacks fanboys away with a large mallet*

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Oh please. If we had money, our room would look like that.

Shut uuuupp.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2004 12:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Very lonely.

Where can I get such a pillow?

I'm kidding. I know where you can get those.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 03, 2004 1:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Remxi wrote:
IMHO, Digital Video Disc makes much more sense than Versatile. DVD isn't exactly the most versatile format anyway.

Neither Digital Video Disc nor Digital Versatile Disc makes sense.

DVD is not a Digital Video Disc because there's also DVD-Audio and you can put any kind of data on it (my MSDN Library DVD comes to mind). DVD is definitely not strictly a video format, so it would be wrong to use Digital Video Disc.

However, Digital Versatile Disc also makes very little sense because a CD is just as versatile (perhaps even more so, considering the number of proprietary CD formats that exist, like CD-i or Photo-CD).

In truth, the best way to refer to a DVD might be HCCD (High Capacity CD) because it's nothing more or less than that. But somebody picked DVD, so we'll have to live with that, as well as all the confusion it brings.

Laserdiscs weren't a complete failure; they were pretty popular in France before the introduction of DVD, especially as format for karaoke systems.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2004 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Finally Smile Good work SN and contributors, though I would like a note saying even though alot of the facts are right, the opinions expressioned are purely of the author of the post Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2004 9:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Common Anime Terms. Reply with quote
Jeranon wrote:
mib wrote:
Will everyone shoot me if I start an argument about the definitions of "hentai" and "ecchi"?


Go crazy. Only Western otaku use "hentai" and "ecchi" that way anyway. Mentioning it to a Japanese person with respect to anime would get blank stares and mutters of "baka gaijin" as ecchi is just the romanised pronounciation of the "h" in hentai anyway. At least, that's if I remember correctly or else I'll be the "baka gaijin".


*shrugs* I was mainly defining the terms as they are usually used in the fandom circle. I never said that there weren't other, more proper uses for them. I remember the link you posted last time that said "ecchi" was just a pronounciation for the "h" in hentai, so I guess you're not the "baka gaijin". Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2004 9:30 am    Post subject: Re: Common Anime Terms. Reply with quote
mib wrote:
Will everyone shoot me if I start an argument about the definitions of "hentai" and "ecchi"?

And also, it seems unfair to exclude homosexuals from the enjoyment of yaoi/yuri etc. Seems there is a quite a big contingent of lesbian yuri fans.

- mib


Backs up mib on this one.

Yuricon (aka Anime Con dedicated to yuri and shoujo-ai in anime and manga) has a relatively small number of male members and atendees and is dominated mostly by women. Also if you check out the forum on Shoujoai.com the split is about even between male and female members on the board (though it can get a little hide with the non-gender specific handls used)

You should also include a definiton of doujin (and maybe fanfiction) as well.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 14, 2004 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
You're absolutely correct.

Write one and I'll correct/edit it into the main post.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 15, 2004 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Remxi wrote:
IMHO, Digital Video Disc makes much more sense than Versatile. DVD isn't exactly the most versatile format anyway.


When DVD was first released it stood for Digital Versatile Disc, it just got misrepresented as Digital Video Disc because DVD found it's niche in the video industry.

The word versatile was used because you can put more than just video on it - DVD Audio, for example, computer data, hell, anything that can be put on a CD can also be put onto DVD. And today's popular consoles use DVD as their game disc medium too.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 16, 2004 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
On Otaku [this one's messy and complex; bear with me]:

"otaku" does not mean "house". Quite.
"o" is an honourific marker[1], and "taku" means house [but isn't used by itself with that meaning] [why it's otaku and not gotaku I cannot comprehend]. Obviously, it can't mean *your* house [because you don't use honourific terms to refer to your own stuff], so it must mean someone else's house. By extension, the possessive form [otakuno, your house's] came to mean "your", and then it was further extended to mean, simply, "you" [although this is less common than the possessive version]. [otaku no video -> your video].

Now, honourific words usually used in formal situations[2], and "otaku" is quite a formal word [it's not common in anime; you'll occasionally hear it in business conversations, or when the busybody obasan next door dobs the hero in to his mother].

Now, this is where the geeks come in. Whether it was as a sign of their distinctivness, or because they had poor social skills, or for whatever other reason, it came to pass that [extremely] geeky high-school students came to use this word in their conversations. Remember what I said about "quite formal"? [OnV translates it as "thee/thou/thy", which is hardly accurate, but nearly as wierd]. People noticed, and started calling these sad pathetic examples the "otakuzoku", or the "otaku tribe", and then simply "otaku". I don't believe hard-core japanese geeks still use the word, but the word is still used to refer to them.

This is all third-hand stuff; accuracy specifically not guaranteed.

[1] This has a precise meaning in japanese; it means that the word is marked as an honourific word, just as adding "s" marks a noun as plural.

[2] There's actually a whole set of words that are marked as being specifically "formal"; desu/masu vs da/plainform, etc. This marking is entirely seperate [grammatically] from honourific, but it's unusual to use honourific words without also using formality markers.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2004 3:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
White Demon wrote:
Remxi wrote:
IMHO, Digital Video Disc makes much more sense than Versatile. DVD isn't exactly the most versatile format anyway.


When DVD was first released it stood for Digital Versatile Disc, it just got misrepresented as Digital Video Disc because DVD found it's niche in the video industry.

The word versatile was used because you can put more than just video on it - DVD Audio, for example, computer data, hell, anything that can be put on a CD can also be put onto DVD. And today's popular consoles use DVD as their game disc medium too.


Oh yeah, forgot about that. Embarassed

Nargun, you get a cookie for doing quite well in explaining a very complex term Very Happy .
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2004 7:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Doujinshi: (Also called doujin) Essentially fan manga. Frequently Hentai in nature, but not always. Manga drawn by Japanese fans that are sold in book stores in Japan in limited runs. Due to the hand made nature and small runs, major Japanese publishing houses are willing to overlook their production and sale.

Fanfiction: Not restricted to anime fanfiction is largely what the name suggests, fiction written by fans. In anime fandom it is occasionally jokingly reffered to as text doujinshi. Unlike actual doujinshi, fanfiction is freely available on the internet with several dozen mailing lists and archive sites existing for anime fandoms alone. Subjects cover everything, including, H (called lemons after the H anime series Creamy Lemon), drama, romance, humor and nearly every other category imaginiable. As with most literature, Stugeon's Law (90% of everything is #$&@) applies.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2004 7:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Could we have a thread explaining some: Common Anime Clichés eg.
  • Nosebleeds
  • The lady throwing water onto the street
  • The washing lines
  • The cute animal sidekick to the main character
  • Girls in glasses
  • Maids
  • Female robots
  • Students cleaning the school
  • People sitting/lying/fighting on rooftops


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2004 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Adrianw wrote:
Could we have a thread explaining some: Common Anime Clichés


A lot of these things are not so much cliches as Japanese culture. I suspect it would be quite hard to summarise an entire culture in one thread.

- mib
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2004 9:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
mib wrote:
A lot of these things are not so much cliches as Japanese culture. I suspect it would be quite hard to summarise an entire culture in one thread.

Well, I don't really want long explanations - just the significance of some of these things. I'm sure most of us realise what nosebleeds signify. But, what about "throwing water on to the street" and all the scenes showing washing lines.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2004 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Ummm you're mixing some very different things here.
Nosebleeds, Sweat Drops and People falling down when something lame or stupid happens are one thing. They are techniques used to portray certain feelings etc.
The lady throwing water onto the street, washing lines and students cleaning the school are something completely different. These are not techniques like nosebleeds etc are but rather are aspects of Japanese culture.
As for maids and female robots etc these are neither techniques nor aspects of Japanese culture. These are the things I would refer to as cliches and this is because they're popular themes for anime.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 17, 2004 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Nosebleeds - Easier to depict than an erection.
The lady throwing water onto the street - Usually throwing out dirty water. Often shown to indicate some sort of bad thing happening.
The washing lines - Fanservice, or just indication of domesticity, depending on content of the washing line.
The cute animal sidekick to the main character - Because you've just gotta have one.
Girls in glasses - Sexual fetish.
Maids - Sexual fetish.
Female robots - Sexual fetish.
Students cleaning the school - Afterschool activity. Students actually do this in Japan.
People sitting/lying/fighting on rooftops - Because it's cool.

Also, if you see someone sneezing in anime, it's almost always because they are being spoken about by someone else.

The other one is people scratching the back of their head when asked an awkward question. If you've ever been in this situation, you'll understand exactly why it's depicted in anime.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2004 3:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
StorminNorman wrote:

The cute animal sidekick to the main character - Because you've just gotta have one.


Especially in the kaitou (phantom thief) genre.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 18, 2004 10:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
White Demon wrote:
Remxi wrote:
IMHO, Digital Video Disc makes much more sense than Versatile. DVD isn't exactly the most versatile format anyway.


When DVD was first released it stood for Digital Versatile Disc, it just got misrepresented as Digital Video Disc because DVD found it's niche in the video industry.

The word versatile was used because you can put more than just video on it - DVD Audio, for example, computer data, hell, anything that can be put on a CD can also be put onto DVD. And today's popular consoles use DVD as their game disc medium too.


Actually, DVD stood for Digital Video Disc originally, but it officially doesn't stand for anything. See Jim Taylor's DVD Demystified FAQ.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2004 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
what about bishies?
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2004 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Bishounen or bishi: Good looking boy.

Bishoujo: Good looking girl.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 11, 2004 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
StorminNorman: Perhaps you want to put this link

http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/lexicon.php

in the first post. It seems pretty good to me.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2004 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Awesome site! Finnally I can check if half these words I think I know are what I think they are lol. Laughing
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