In the popular Japanese Anime “My Hero Academia (僕のヒーローアカデミア)”, we see a strong manmade monster “Nomu”. That got created by All-for-One to defeat All Might.

By the way, do you know why they spell “Nomu” that way?

When I heard it for the first time, I thought they are saying “Norm”. But I realized that they translated the name “Nomu” in subtitle. Then, I saw Japanese name. …Ah-hah! (@_@)

Meanings of “Nomu” and Japanese Kanji

First of all, the monster’s name “Nomu” is originally written in a Japanese Kanji “脳無”. The first kanji “脳” means “Brain” and the second one “無” means “Nothing” or “Naught”.

So, the name 脳無 (Nomu) means like “No-Brain”. If you are watching the show, you’ve already come to understand how the monsters work. All they can do is obey the order as if they don’t have brains.

Meanings of Kanji in Anime

Well, I see the juicy brain right there though, because its head is open…anyway, that “brain” seems to be useless.

The pronunciation of “脳” is technically “nou (のう)”, however it sounds more like “no” or “noh”. Then, “無” is “mu”. So, when somebody translate the kanji name into English name, she or he picked “no” and “mu” then stuck them together.

Now you know why they don’t spell Nomu “Norm”.

Meanings of Kanji in Anime

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Today’s Kanji Shirt is “Certain Victory”! Now Deku and friends must get way stronger to beat Nomu.

Japanese Kanji T-Shirt Certain Victory


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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