Do you watch “Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma (食戟のソーマ)”? Whenever people try yummy food, their reactions go WAYtoo far. But I understand that’s a very important feature for boys, fan service.

Calligraphy in “Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma”

I like the the Japanese kanji brush arts in this show. They look very nice. Sometimes kanjis look very different depending on each calligrapher and his or her calligraphic style but the kanjis, in this show, are very neat and readable.

Japanese kanji in anime

I saw “勝負(shoubu)” when Soma and his dad compete each other. The kanji “勝” means “win” and this one “負” means “lose”. Both together, “Match”.

Japanese kanji in anime

However, we Japanese use this kanji “敗” when we count loses. This one also means “lose”. 500敗 is pronounced as “gohyappai(5-100-敗,go-hyaku-hai)”.

500 matches and 500 loses…. I hope Soma eventually beat his dad.


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

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