ANIME AND MANGA GENRE'S AND SUBCULTURES PART TWO N - Z

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ANIME AND MANGA GENRE'S AND SUBCULTURES PART TWO N - Z

Anime and Manga in the West has adopted many Japanese words and phrases. Some of these words have been misinterpreted, re-interpreted and undergone significant drift in there meaning. In addition a variety of terms relating to Anime and Manga and the associated fandom have arisen either by translation/transliteration from Japanese, or as part of the subculture's shared slang or jargon.


In some cases English and Japanese have contributed in complex ways to the formation of new words in either or both languages. Other subcultures have also adapted Japanese loan words through contact with Anime and Manga media and fans. In addition there are a great many Japanese words and phrases that fans and the curious come across in relation to Anime and Manga.


I have researched quite a bit on this subject and have compiled a list that may help new people and regulars to Anime and Manga, and also put an end to the missinterpretation of genres and subcultures. This is not a definitive list and will at times be added to and rehashed.

YOU WILL FIND PART 1 A - M BY FOLLOWING THIS LINK.

ANIME AND MANGE GENRES PART 1 A - M

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OMAKE:

Some kind of add on bonus on an Anime DVD, like a regular extra in Western DVD's. A Japanese word used to describe things that don't really fit into categories. Often used to describe hidden DVD extras, random sketches and bizarre extras that appear in Anime and Manga.

OTAKU:

Anime new comers like to consider themselves Otaku when they start liking Anime, their definition of Otaku is 'Anime fan'.  Long term Anime fans, however, tend not to call themselves Otaku because of its negative Japanese connotation.  The literal translation of the word is  your house, but in Japanese slang the word is used to describe someone who is obsessed with something that they never leave the house. Basically it means geek.

OVA:

Original Video Animation, or OVA is a type of Anime which is intended to be distributed on Video or DVD and not shown in the movies. It can also less frequently be referred to as OAV, or Original Animated Video. Not to be associated with Adult Live Porn which is some times referred to as OAV, Original Adult Video.

OWA:

Stands for Original Web Animation.  OWA  is an occasionally used term for the few Anime shorts and bonuses released directly to the internet, often for promotional use.

OWARI:

'End' in Japanese. used by some Fan Fiction writers at the end of their works.

OYAJI:

Daddy - Older male such as a teacher or other role model. Often slightly perverted, but usually portrayed as affectionate.


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PARODY:

As a well established field, Anime has earned its share of parody. From titles that  parody the common themes to titles which use well known Anime characters in other titles in humorous guest cameos.

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RONIN:


SCIENCE FICTION:

Deals with advanced technology set in the future. Sci-Fi is usually about technology turning against mankind, or some sort of alien technology threatening the earth and the end of the world.


SCHOOL LIFE:

Revolves around ones educational life. The relationships that develop, the school oriented events that take place etc. and can be associated with almost any other genre.


SEINEN:

Japanese for man, it is aimed at teenage boys and young men. It is generally more complicated and sophisticated than Shounen anime, with more psychological and sexual elements, and puts more focus on plot rather than action ( if the show is also under the action genre, which it usually is) . In it's character development and relationship side, it is similar to Shoujo, but is usually darker (more like the Drama genre).


SENTAI:

Japanese for fighting team, it deals with super hero's and super hero teams, closely associated with Shounen and Kodomo genres.


SHOUNEN:

Japanese for boy, it is aimed at young boys, usually fighting anime like Mecha/Transformer type shows. The age range for the targeted audience is quite broad from young children to young teens.


SHOUNEN-AI:

Directly translated as Boy Love, and deals with relationships between males. Shounen-Ai is of a romance type not Gay Porn (which means it is different from Yaoi).


SHOUJO:

Anime aimed at young girls, which have more focus on plot and character development with idealised love stories. The age range for the targeted audience is quite varied from young girls to young teens.


SHOUJO AI:

Literally means girl love. Deals with relationships between females, the opposite of  Shounen Ai but more common.


SPORT:

Focuses on sport. The main character playing a particular sport and rising in status.


YAOI:

Pornographic anime featuring men with men, otherwise known as gay porn, which focuses on the sex and has no real plot.


YURI:

Although many sources will say that Shoijo Ai and Yuri are the same thing, they are not. Yuri is pornographic anime featuring women with women and like Yaoi has little necessity for story and focuses more on the visual details.


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