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Do you watch the newer popular anime “Black Clover”? The main Character Asta’s funny manly stupidity is very lovable.

By the way, we finally saw Captain Yami’s magic power, yay! F.Y.I. he is also a personal favorite of mine from this series. And also we found out that he is from a country obviously based on Japan. His first name is Sukehiro and it also sounds like Japanese.

However, his last name “Yami (ヤミ)” means clearly 闇 (yami: Darkness) and he might decide the word as his last name in the Clover Kingdom after his power.

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Ki in Kanji: What is Ki (Qi)?

Yami explained to Asta about how he blocks the super fast light magic arrows. The trick is “Ki” that is energy around all living things. In fighting-related Anime shows, you might have heard the word “ki”.

It’s a very common idea that many Japanese martial artists are conscious about. There are many definitions and interpretations about Ki, and it seems to have been originally taught from China and brought to Japan.

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The kanji we saw in Black Clover is “氣 (ki, qi)”. This is the original kanji from China. In Japan, most people use the easier version of the kanji, and it looks like this “気 (ki)”.

Anyway, the kanji contains a meaning “Atmosphere”. Just image something invisible but it definitely exists there. “空気 (Air)” and “気持ち (Feeling)” are the good examples of this kanji idiom.

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No way! Asta mastered the “Ki” trick immediately. Sooo impressive!


Today’s Kanji Shirt is “Training”! I hope this shirt motivate Asta even more.

training tanren kanji shirt


If you want to know the meanings of any Japanese kanji that you don’t see English subs for in a particular animation or live action movie, tell me “Name of the Show”, “Season and Episode #” and “the Exact Moment (Minute: Second) if it’s available”!

If it’s just Japanese kanji that you see around you, like a shop sign or a tattoo, you can send me the photo as long as you are allowed to take picture of it.

I can’t promise to reply to everyone but I’ll try my best!

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