[b]Bishonen/Bishojo:[/b] In Japanese bishojo/bishoujo means pretty/beautiful girl and bishonen/bishounen would be pretty/beautiful boy.
The characters with the sexual aspect or sex appeal to them, though isn't always blunt. Bishounen characters are many times also effeminate or may (sometimes but not as much ) be confusing to people about their gender or sexuality. If you see a specific younger character that attracts fangirls, that'll likely be this kind of character.
These words are useally meant for youth, as in 18 or younger. Including kids.
[b]Bootleg:[/b] Illegal anime DVDs and merchandise. It including making, profit, and distribution of such. Many times you'll hear Hong Kong Bootleg, as there were certain places where making such was perfectly legal. They then would be sent to other countries. Fansubs and translations are also bootlegs if they're sold.
Characteristics? Non-English/Japanese languages, odd box art, poor quailty, and are really, really cheap.
[b]Chibi/CB:[/b] Characters in child like body form. Useally to show humor, cute, or embarrassing moments. Some anime uses that look for it's style.
[b]Chikara:[/b] In it's basic meaning, it's power/strength. Now depending on the anime that uses that term, it can be in all sorts of forms.
[b]Doujinshii:[/b] Fan made manga. Doujinshii is also a way to get into the official anime/manga industry. Many manga ka have done it that way. Many who make manga still make doujinshii. By fan made, it means it can be based off another series, but not always. Mainly means manga released non-commercially... A lot of it is hentai.
[b]Drama CD:[/b] In anime manga, sometimes the voice actors (or others) create CDs that uses sound instead of visuals for a show. They're useally based on anime or manga, but sometimes novels and video games.
[b]Dubbie:[/b] Used to describe people who haven't gotten into subtitled anime or believe subs are too much effort to read. Used useally by sub only anime fans as an insult. If it's not used like that, it basically means you prefer dubs.
[b]ED and OP:[/b] These are the fancy looking intros and endings you see on nearly every episode of anime.
Sometimes has better animation and music in the intro with something softer for the ending. Though, that's an over generalization.
[b]Eye Catch:[/b] Pictures/scenes shown before and after commercials, or around the middle of the episode in anime and other Japanese shows.
[b]Face Fault:[/b] Exaggeration of a characters face. Shock, suprise, joy, etc. Sometimes has the characters fall over or appear to fall dead.
[b]Fair Use law:[/b] Fair use is a law set up in the United States. You can use and give out copyrighted material without permission to a limited extent. You'll here anime sites use Fair Use often, especially if the owners or host is American. Basically, it's not illegal to have downloads or using content when you're normally not allowed to because the material in question is not copyrighted or licensed in that country. This is one reason why most fansub groups stop when an American country decides to pick up an anime to release. The problem is the law is complex and can be viewed differently.
[b]Foley:[/b] Any sound effects a voice actor does with their voice. Body sounds, laughing, etc.
[b]Harem:[/b] A genre of anime and manga in where a single boy or male is surrounded by many females. Harem anime tends to have very colorful characters and the whole genre is filled with fan service. The male is useally single and doesn't really want to be around so many females. Or is not yet come of age. Lots of seinen is of this kind of stuff.
The females tend to sometimes be stereotypes. Smart, rich, sporty, house wife, etc.
[b]Hentai:[/b] In modern Japanese, the word hentai means pervert or perverted. So the word is exchangeable with etchi and sukebe. Etchi tends to be a much softer version and sukebe is more for being too sexual than dirty or trouble making. Hentai in anime useally means the anime, manga, or game has explicit sexual anime content. Hentai has many sub-genres like toddlerkon. Hentai with boys and girls under the age of 4-5. Yaoi and yuri, males and females in homosexual themes. Even tentacle rape and guro, grotesque forums of hentai.
[b]Josei:[/b] Manga and related material targeted to women. It still somewhat looks like shoujo, but more conservitive. Useally dealing with a grown womans life and more realistic romance and plot. It's basically the female seinen. You may hear male characters in anime or manga use it to describe preference for older females. Not as common of a genre as shounen...
[b]Kodomo:[/b] In Japanese it basically means kid or child. In anime and with western watchers it's related to a genre for kids. Without fanservice or much of any violence. Stories that kids can get into and family friendly.
[b]Loli/Lolicon:[/b] Anime, art, fan fics, or manga of pre-puberty girls in cute or sexual ways. The characters have flat chests and have no body hair. Loli tends to have more focus on cute than age than similar genres.
[b]Mangaka:[/b] A comic artist. Useally used for manga, so it would mean the manga author. Keep in mind, though, some manga have one do the art and someone else for plot, etc.
[b]Mook:[/b] A Japanese book that is designed, looks like, and has the set up just like a magizine. Not really a magazine, as the content and amount of content is more like a book.
[b]Oekaki:[/b] Computer drawings/doodles that aren't limited to but have a lot of anime related. Just that a lot of it is anime related. They even have special boards/sites you can make for it, but aren't limited to them either. The have computer pens sometimes and programs for such art.
Many look like this Ueda Hajime styled image.
[b]Otakugari:[/b] Basically, it mean otaku or nerd hunting. In Japan it's widely known that otaku carry much cash. They're useally the first ones to be mugged.
Don't hang out too long at a doujin shop.
[b]Otakusexual:[/b] Males who act like stereotypical fangirls or males acting/dressing like female Japanese. Or a male being attracted to androgynous anime such as shotacon or futanari.
[b]OVA/OAV:[/b] OVA-Original Video Animation OAV-Original Animated Video. Anime released straight to DVD instead of as a move or TV. Useally for missing parts of an anime series or is hentai related. Useally short in episodes and the animation is many times better then the series that's it's based on, if any.
[b]Randoseru:[/b] Traditional styled Japanese backpack for schooling. Useally have a very clean and conservitive look to them. Useally made of leather materials and are made to last through all of elementary school and beyond sometimes, though people of other ages where them. These days they're more symbolic, as they're nothing new. Expect people to think you're hard working and determined when you have one of these on. Randoseru types of backpacks can be seen in many anime and manga.
[b]Shotacon/Shota:[/b] Anime, art, fan fics, or manga of pre-puberty boys in cute or sexual ways. Useally shown with little or no muscles and are useally, but not always between the ages of 6-12. The characters can be paired, such as a boy with a boy or a boy with an adult. A boy with females is called straight shota by some.
Hentai anime examples would be Boku no Pico and non-hentai anime with shota elements would be Loveless or Negima.
[b]Shotaru:[/b] A young boy in a shotacon pair. See above.
[b]Shoujo / Shojo:[/b] A genre of anime or manga targeted to girls. It's a deverse type of anime and some shoujo can easily be confused with others. One clear type is magical girl anime. Females in the anime or manga have special magical powers to useally fight evil or crime. More action than general shoujo, fancy transformation parts, and cute colorful characters.
[b]Shounen/Shonen:[/b] Anime and manga targeted to young boys. Always with action and adventure. Useally, shounen has a certain repetitive parts to it. Action in every episode and some anime studios may recycle power up or fight scene clips. The basic term of shounen is boy.
[b]Shounen ai/Shoujo ai:[/b] Shounen ai being boy love and shoujo ai being girl love. Basically love/romance between the same gender in anime, though, in the past it had other meanings. Not usually too perverted, hentai, or such. Loveless and Sukisho being examples of shounen ai.
[b]Soft subs / Soft subtitles:[/b] Soft subtitles are a type of fix mixed in with the media file of seperatly. When viewing anime with your media player, you would then be able to switch the type of subtitles (style, languages, etc.) or even set them off. The opposite would be hard subtitles which are added right into the anime, which makes it nearly impossibe to remove. Soft subs you may have to worry about media player support, but they're much better if you plan to use the content for an anime music video. Either that or raw.
[b]Tachiyomi:[/b] Stand reading or standing while you read. Useally in bookstores, like when reading manga. In Japan, many stores don't allowed sitting, which is one reason why they have the word tachiyomi.
[b]Tan:[/b] Females that represent an operating system, tech toy, or program. Like Opera, FireFox, OSX, etc. You'll see section of it on large Japanese image boards. Each female is suppose to have attributes in look and personality to the OS or program they stand for.
[b]Tankobon:[/b] The word tankobon basically means compilation volume of a fanchise or series. Used a lot in manga, as it's has a similar meaning to release, volume, or komikku. The word does not include manga that's found in magazines. They're closer to what is found in other countries, which is higher quality. The paper and ink used is better.
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Last update: 6/22/07
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