(This is sort of a
compilation of other fan-based glossaries, including those at
, with some additions and edits.)
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love / I love you; this is one of the many ways to say "I love you" in
Japanese. The term ai denotes a very passionate love, often physical in
nature. Although it is very common among fanfic authors to use this term, in
anime it's not used that much. Also, from what I understand, there’s no real
way to translate it into English. It’s supposed to mean something like ‘I
love you now, and will keep loving you forever.’
You (Familiar) Often used in songs
anxiety, heartbreak, agony; usually used when describing what characters may
go through in fanfics
in general, animation that is created in Japan; also refers to the overall
Japanese animation industry and related companies (equivalent to the older and
less-used term, japanimation)
Say, well, er
a book of pictures from an anime or manga series; some are
"official", from the series creators, others are done by doujinshi
beautiful young adult; in anime refers to a very pretty or handsome young man,
usually over the age of 17-18 but no older than mid-twenties; e.g., 15-year-old Duo
is a bishounen, but 19-year-old Zechs is a biseinen.
pretty girl; usually refers to an animated female character with a pretty face
and other attractive body parts adj - bishoujo series: anime
starring one or more bishojos (Sailor Moon is a classic bishojo anime)
pretty boy; usually refers to an animated male character whose features may be
somewhat feminine or androgynous, usually includes large eyes, long eyelashes,
and may includes long hair or hair that sweeps over the eyes; n, derogatory(Japanese):
in Japan, bishounen is sometimes used in a derogatory fashion to refer to boys
or young men who are overly-feminine in looks or behavior.
when bubbles (usually pastel in color) appear in back of, beside, and over
characters in a scene, it means that someone is experiencing one of the
following emotions: love, ecstasy, infatuation, romantic fantasy
One of two water-based mobile suits seen in Shin Kidousenki Gundamwing; they
have the ability to fight underwater and are used somewhat like nuclear
submarines, but for one person.
Chikusho Damn it (you, him, her)! Beast!
‘Duo-chan’. Used for Chibis, kids, or among school-girls. Guys don’t use
it unless they want somebody’s fist crammed down their throat
short for character (as in "anime character")
kid in Japanese; also derogatory term for "short person"; in anime chibi
refers to a particular style of drawing characters that makes them look very
young and somewhat chubby
To differ from, i.e that’s not it
little; just a moment (as in 'Chotto Matte' - 'Wait a minute')
a meeting of two or more anime or manga, with characters interacting based on
their personalities in their own series; usually refers to fanfics
Alright, OK, safe
desu ka? AH. DAIJOUBU. Are you Ok? Yes, I’m OK
Are you alright, everyone?
broadly, refers to a class of manga, books, and artwork that are
produced by people or groups other than the series creators. Almost all
published yaoi work for anime is found in doujinshis.
Er, let me see
Smile, smiling face
facial expression of shock/surprise seen in characters; involves the entire
jaw dropping open several inches, in a manner that is completely impossible
just what it says; done by characters to express shock, surprise (pleasant or
unpleasant), dismay, elation, severe embarrassment
artwork created by fans of an anime or manga series; usually centers around
images of a character (or characters interacting)
the larger community of anime and manga, that includes fans from all over the
world and the communities (often virtual) that they inhabit
(also known as a fic) a story involving characters and (sometimes)
situations from anime or manga series; these may follow closely to the
original series information or be in a completely alternate universe; other
fics may include characters placed in other anime series (known as a crossover
fic) or in common stories such as fairly tales;
videotape of an anime series, made by fans of the series and subtitled by them
just like it sounds, refers to fics that are sugary-sweet or have no real
someone who is not from Japan
do your best!
good luck! (but also more equivalent to 'doing your best')
to come up to another person and throw yourself onto him/her in a massive
bear hug, often putting your cheeks together and hanging on long enough to
make the other person irritated
I'm sorry, excuse me; it can be made more fervent by adding nasai (na
sa´ee) at the end
Dusk, sunset, faint light
a mythical place from which female anime characters pull large mallets (and
sometimes other weapons) when they become angry
to a fanfic with heterosexual pairings
Hilde Finds Out about Duo & someone (normally Heero)
Dusk, sunset, twilight
Really? Usually heard in anime as a question
in character; the state where a character is written, drawn, role-played in a
manner that is consistent with his/her behavior in a series
ITAI painful; used as an interjection that is roughly equivalent to
"ouch!"; I’m pretty sure it also means ‘corpse’ Eew.
Lovely, beloved, dear child
Some day, later on, in the future
da, dame, yamete, hanase
No, no, stop, let me go
(Like ‘later’ or ‘bye’)
(also "ja") see ya; casual way of saying goodbye
"ju-neh". This is the correct term to use for a serious m/m story, be
it professional or amateur, and usually refers to original character creations.
Long-standing m/m stories with a solid base are considered june. Quickie fics
and PWP's are not.
Completed (aka ninmu kanryou, mission compl.)
Raven or Crow
you (impolite form); generally translated as ‘bastard’
I love you; the use of koi denotes an affectionate, rather than
passionate, bond is being denoted.
boyfriend or girlfriend; koi is a shortened form used a lot by certain
fanfic authors, *but*, according to my dictionary it does mean ‘love,’ not
lover/boyfriend/girlfriend. It also means fish, or a type of carp -_- I'll BE
ASKING MY Japanese TEACHER ABOUT THIS WHEN I WORK UP THE NERVE TO SAY 'so,
WHAT SHOULD I CALL MY LOVER?'
kara zutto... itsumademo
For always and forever
please (used as a sentence ending when the speaker is asking another person to
group; team; also, the group of students who are in the same classroom in
school; antiquated, 1) a group of samurai who fight for one lord; thread,
Honorific used for boys, in school etc. ‘Duo-kun’
Expletive (vulgar); 'Shit!'
story scenes that involve graphic descriptions of sex; lemon differs from lime
in its highly detailed and graphic descriptions of genitalia and sensitive body
parts as well as specific sexual acts
in Gundam Wing, a type of mobile suit used in combat by the Federation and OZ.
This is a land-based suit that looks somewhat like a gundam, but is vastly
inferior to them in fighting ability, strength, and armored ability.
parts that appear on anime characters, usually when they are slightly SD, to
signify that the character is feeling mischievous or sexually frisky
story scenes that involve strong inferences about sexual behavior; lime
differs from lemon in its avoidance of graphic descriptions of
genitalia and sensitive body parts and specific sexual acts
an ordinary female elementary/junior high/high (pick one) school student who
is usually reluctantly recruited by either alien beings or a supernatural
agent to fight evil and help restore peace, justice, and /or happiness to the
the body position a magical girl assumes at the end of her incantation; all
magical girls have poses.
Japanese comic books; manga come in various genres from simple children's
stories to romantic shojo dramas or comedies to shounen war
epics and sexually explicit stories
broadly, refers to anything having to do with technology or machinery; specifically
refers to any machine used by a character to fight (usually in war);
a Shinto priestess who acts as an assistant to a priest within a particular
god's shrine; in anime refers to a girl or woman who is passionately devoted
to a particular character
everybody; can be made more polite by adding san to the ending;
in the Gundam universe, a large machine that a pilot sits in and directs to
fight in battle; mobile suits often resemble robots, but are almost always
controlled by a human pilot who "wears" the suit and directs its
movements and fighting;
What is it
Add-on that demands agreement. Baka ne? Gomen ne?
occurs to characters in anime and manga when they have lustful thoughts,
usually to quite humorous effect
At, is, on
original character; also may include a "Mary Sue" element, which is
generally author insertion.
Daughter (honorific); sometimes implies that the girl is sppoiled
"I'm going to kill you." In Gundam Wing, Heero's second favorite
line and now famous reply to most people who get in his way or who annoy him.
wa ore no mono da
You belong to me
usually used quite derogatorily by Wufei towards any woman he has to fight
and/or work with
Original Character (The author inserts a character of his or her
for "out of character"; refers to behavior that is inconsistent with
the personality of a character as established by the anime he/she is from;
often used when describing fanfics.
think this comes after lime, but before lemon. I could be wrong, and it comes
before both. I dunno. It's not used often, so it probably won't come up.
you; in Japan used as a derogatory term for obsessive anime fans who are so
far gone that they no longer have any social skills and may even be neglecting
personal hygiene in order to get more of their addiction; in U.S. fandom, used
less derogatorily to refer to a passionate anime/manga fan who has a great
deal of knowledge about anime and who spends most of his/her time
studying/acquiring/using/admiring anime/manga and its related merchandise.
/OAV acronym for Original Video Action, refers to anime (often
for an established series) that is released directly to video as opposed to
being a television series or a cinematic release; although OAVs exist in the
U.S., they tend to be for lower-status titles that are not equated with motion
picture or television releases. In Japan, however, OAVs are often better
than the television series they are based on.
of two water-based moblie suits seen in Shin Kidousenki Gundamwing;
they have the ability to fight underwater and are used somewhat like nuclear
submarines, but for one person.
favorite Japanese snack food that are basically thin cracker sticks that have
been dipped in chocolate, strawberry, vanilla, and other flavors.
for "Plot? What Plot?"; refers to fanfics that have no storyline (or
just a meager one); often used in reference to fics in which the primary
reason for the fic is to describe sexual encounters between the characters
Relena Finds Out about Heero & someone (normally Duo)
Acknowleged, accepted, OK
Honorific. Respectful, often used for people older than 'kun'.
just like it sounds
particular drawing style that makes a character look very young and
somewhat chubby; the use of SD within anime and manga is an art form in and of
itself, as it seems to be a way to express strong emotions in a character.
Usually a character is drawn in SD when he/she is very
In a general sense, shota-con stories center around the relationship between a
grown man and a prepubescent boy.
girl; shojo anime is created explicitly for young girls in Japan. There are
many sub-genres of shojo - romantic comedy, romantic tragedy, romantic epics.
boy; shonen anime is created explicitly for young boys in Japan. Shonen
stories usually revolve around warfare, crime, science fiction (usually with
warfare) or quests (often with warfare).
refers to anime or manga stories that portray a romantic relationship between
two boys, who are usually bishounen.
sparkles serve two basic functions in anime: in general, sparkles around a
character's face are usually tears. In shoujo anime, sparkles around a character
and all over a scene represent either beauty (or that someone looking at the
character finds him/her beautiful) or happiness (often romantic in nature.)
a fic set to a song, so to speak
to something, usually sexual in nature, that may be considered gross to the
reader (i.e. using cheese wiz as lube, or eating cum-filled cookies ^_^)
just what it says; a big huge drop of sweat appears on an anime character's head
(or in that vicinity) when he/she experiences dismay, embarrassment (on someone
else's behalf, usually), or disbelief
‘I care about you’ OR ‘love you’
Sorry, excuse me
Here I am, I’m home
Timeline? What Timeline? (A fic that doesn't fit into the
GW timeline at all (including the series and Endless Waltz))
Wolf (I've seen other words for Wolf BTW)
‘Impossible, I can't believe it, never, it can't be.'
a songfic, too, focuses on action
Stop (rougher, less..er..civilized?)
Stop (more polite, kinda uke-ish)
YAma nashi, Ochi nashi, Imi nashi – No peak, No point, No meaning
Rascal, i.e Bakayaro
Emphatic particle. Greeting also
if you like
(yosh) Good, all right
Good!; Yes!; Let's do it!;
relationship, the physical equivalent of shoujo ai
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