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Common terms used in the Anime World

» Articles, Features, Rant-ON | posted by Wai Yung (Wayne) Chim on 01/29/2006 [Discuss]


Common terms used in the Anime world —————————-

By: Alpha

Have you ever seen a term used to address something that’s Anime related and you’re not so sure what it means?  Well have no fear, because Da Man Wit Da Planz is here.  

Anime - this word came from a French term for Animation and now it is commonly used to address Japanese Animation.

Manga - this word can be either relating to the company Manga, or Japanese comic books.

Hentai - the word defines as pervert in Japanese, but when applied to an Anime, hentai is an adult Anime.  In other words, ONLY suitable for persons ages 18 or over.  

Ecchi Humor - this is a genre that pretty much contains sexual scenes or comedy that is suitable for persons ages 13 and up. 

OAV/OVA - this abbreviation stands for Original Animation Video.  OAV are either sequels or prequels of a specific series.  Everything for an OAV is usually upgraded from the TV series.  OAV is also often mixed up with OVA, which stands for Over View Animation.  OVAs are a quick recap of the entire series, usually done in two hours or less.

Shoujo - the term means little girl, but when applied to Anime, this term is used to describe a certain type of Anime.  Such as, Fushigi Yuugi, where there is a female character with a lot of male characters surrounding her.

Shounen - the term means little boy, but when applied to Anime, this term is used to describe Anime. Such as, Love Hina, where there is a male character surrounded by a few female characters. 

Doujinshi - is a fan created work of an existing Anime/Manga.

Seiyuu - voice actor or actress.

Otaku - used to address an Anime Fanatic. 

Super-Deformed - also known as SD.  SD’s are well… deformed characters.  They are usually cute, such as in Magic Knight Rayearth or the end sideshows in Record of Lodoss War:  Chronicles of the Heroic Knight.

Kawaii - used to say something is cute in Japanese

Ribon - When properly translated Ribon is Ribbon.  Ribbon is a huge magazine that contains many manga series. It is released once a month. The magazine is aimed for young girls. The stories ranges from middle-school to high school themes. 

Tankubon - When enough chapters are produced, the manga ka (manga artist) usually puts them into paperback form, or a tankubon of the chapters.


Main Idea of this Rant?! - What rant?  I didn’t type any rant. *laughs*


Closing Statement(s) - Well there you have it.  I might have missed a few, but hey no one is perfect.  If I missed some, please email me with the definition and I’ll gladly add it.

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