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The Secret of One Punch Man: All Japanese People Notice

We are all waiting for the premiere of “One Punch Man Season 2”. But just in case you didn’t know let’s talk about the origin for the show. One Punch Man’s original Japanese title is ワンパンマン (wanpanman). “Wanpan” is  a shortened form of “One Punch” that Japanese people pronounce this English word. And there is one thing almost all Japanese people can notice about the title. When Japanese people hear the word “ワンパンマン (wanpanman)” for the first time, they doubt their ears. “Huh? Did you say Anpanman??” That’s how deeply seeded this is in Japanese pop culture. What is the Origin of One Punch Man? Yes, Anpanman was there first. Wanpanman (One Punch …

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Japanese Kanji Joke in Anime: Charmy’s Sleeping Sheep’s One Hit “Black Clover”

Charmy is a cute little girl who uses the Cotton Creation Magic for the popular Anime “Black Clover”. She’s constantly eating food and I’ve never seen her fighting seriously until this episode! In the episode 45, Charmy used her powerful magic to save her FOOD!! Then I found a Japanese kanji joke in her attack, and want to share with you! Hidden Japanese Kanji Joke in Black Clover Charmy used her strong magic “Sleeping Sheep’s One Hit”. She create huge sheep and it hit the enemy. 一撃 (ichi-geki) means “One Hit”. But there is more. Usually Japanese people use this word “一撃” to describe “the strong attack which finishes something …

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Meaning of Kanji Name: Shimura Tenko (Shigaraki Tomura) “My Hero Academia”

I got ANOTHER question about the Japanese kanji name of the character for My Hero Academia (僕のヒーローアカデミア)! Thank you so much. (*’▽’)  The show seems to be very popular recently. I enjoy it, too! What is the meaning of the kanji name “Tomura Shigaraki”? Shigaraki! The first request of a villain is here! Do you know him? He is the guy who usually put a “corpse hand” on his face and call it “Dad”. ((((@_@;) Ha ha ha…! It’s nicely sick! Meanings of “Shigaraki Tomura” in Japanese Kanji The name “Shigaraki Tomura” looks like 死柄木 弔 in Japanese kanji. This name seems to be the Villain Name that he gave himself …

Meanings of Japanese Kanji in Anime

Meaning of Kanji Name: Uraraka Ochako (Uravity) “My Hero Academia”

I got another question about the kanji name of the character for My Hero Academia (僕のヒーローアカデミア). Can you guess whom I will talk about today! What is the meaning of the kanji name “Ochako Uraraka”? The answer is Ochako!(*´▽`*) Her quirk is “Zero Gravity”. As a Japanese name, “Ochako” is the proper spelling but I found a picture that the author spelled it “Ochaco”. Personally I like “Ochaco” too. It looks cuter…. Meanings of “Uraraka Ochako” in Japanese Kanji Ochako’s full name looks like 麗日 お茶子 in Japanese kanji. The last name “麗日 (Uraraka)” is very made up. It doesn’t exist in real life. The word “uraraka (麗らか)” means like …

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Meaning of Kanji Name: Midoriya Izuku (Deku) “My Hero Academia”

Today I’ll answer another question from a follower! Yes! I got a request of the kanji name explanation. What is the meaning of the kanji name “Izuku Midoriya”? Thank you for giving me the opportunity to talk about him! Midoriya Izuku (緑谷 出久) is the main character of the popular Anime “My Hero Academia (僕のヒーローアカデミア)”. Meanings of “Midoriya Izuku” in Japanese Kanji Deku’s full name is 緑谷 (Midoriya) 出久 (Izuku). Midoriya is his last name but sounds very uncommon. According to my research, the Japanese family name “緑谷” does exist in real life but is very rare. The first kanji “緑 (midori)” means “Green” and the second one “谷 (tani …

Meanings of kanji in Anime My Hero Academia

Japanese Kanji in Kirishima’s Room for “My Hero Academia”

Season 3 of “My Hero Academia (僕のヒーローアカデミア) ” is currently airing! Today I’ll answer the question about Japanese kanji from a viewer! Thank you for contacting KansaiChick!! I see so many white papers around the desk in Kirishima’s dorm room. What do they say?  Right! Deku and friends moved into the dorm! …and THIS is the Kirishima’s room in Episode 51 you are talking about. I see. There are 4 small white signs. Let me explain one by one! Meanings of Kanji Signs in Kirishima’s Dorm Room The top one is “気合! (kiai!)” and this Japanese kanji idiom means “Fired Up!“. Then next one says “漢気 (otokogi)” which means “Manly …

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Meaning of Kanji Name: Nomu “My Hero Academia”

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) …

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Meaning of Kanji Name: Yagi Toshinori (All Might) “My Hero Academia”

I watch My Hero Academia for All Might (オールマイト)! (*´Д`) Well, today, I’ll talk about the kanji of his original name 八木 俊典(Yagi Toshinori). Yagi is his last name and Toshinori is his first name. …Am I only one who was shocked when I found out he is Japanese? Man, I thought he is American. The author loves American comics and only All Might has the look and brush strokes like American comic art in My Hero Academia comic books, and that is one of their jokes. All kids in the show say “Only he looks different as if he came from other comic!”. Japanese Name of All Might: Toshinori …

Meanings of kanji in Anime

Japanese Motivational Slogans: Kanji on the Stadium in BORUTO

Boruto is taking the Chunin Exam (中忍試験) to be a middle rank ninja. The last part of the exam is battle and I notice there are so many kanji stickers on the wall of the hallway to the entrance of the arena. The author of Boruto (Naruto) seems to like this kind of kanji decorations a lot. So, what do they say?? Japanese Kanji Motivational Slogan They are traditional Japanese motivational slogans. Whoever designed this stadium wants to motivate fighters who is facing a serious battle. We can see “努力” in the picture above. The kanji idiom 努力(doryoku) means like “Pushing Yourself”, “Great Effort”, “Hard working”, or “Endeavour”. And there is …

Japanese Kanji Motivational Slogan

Kanji of Ki: Captain Yami’s Lecture in Black Clover

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. Ki in Kanji: What is Ki (Qi)? Yami explained to Asta about how he …

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