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The Epic List of 250 Anime Words and Phrases (With Kanji!)

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Here are 250 commonly used words and phrases from anime.

Here are 250 commonly used words and phrases from anime.

Learning Japanese Through Anime

Considered one of the most difficult languages in the world, mastery of Japanese often requires years of intense learning and practice.

If you are still learning but would like to enjoy your anime binges with less reliance on subtitles, here are 250 anime words and phrases you’d frequently hear. This list includes slang, cool dialect variations, fighting phrases, and even expressions to use for love.

As with many other languages, the first step to understanding dialogue spoken by native Japanese is identifying keywords and phrases. Doing so might not grant you a full understanding of what’s said. However, you would at least grasp the gist and context of the conversation.


  • This list of anime phrases and words is arranged alphabetically, with several entries beginning with ellipses (…) and lower caps. Such entries are phrases or words that invariably follow others. For example, at the end of a sentence, or tagged to nouns.
  • Unlike English, Japanese verbs are conjugated by modifying the tail of a “dictionary form.” Given there are well over ten ways to modify a Japanese verb, this list is primarily sorted using the dictionary form. With some entries highlighting relevant conjugations.
  • In Japanese, the suffix nai is used to transform a verb into the negative. Many anime characters tend to pronounce nai as ne, though, to project a more informal or masculine manner of speech. This is especially so during combat scenes.
  • All textbooks spell the Japanese present affirmative verb stem as masu, even though the “u” is frequently very softly pronounced. For example, tabemasu is not pronounced as ta-be-ma-su but ta-be-mass. Take note of this if you can’t find a particular word you’ve just heard.
  • Some textbooks also spell the “ou” sound as “ō” or simply as “o.” For this list, the extended spelling is used.
  • If you are completely new to learning Japanese, note that the language pronounces every syllable. Shine is thus not how we would say it in English, but shi-neh.
  • With thousands of Japanese words and phrases in active use, this list of commonly used anime words and expressions is naturally nowhere near comprehensive. To include as many relevant words and phrases as possible, common greetings, numbers, etc, are presented in the appendix.

250 Common Anime Words and Phrases to Know

  1. Aho (あほ): Moron in the Kansai dialect. Could also be used to state that an action is stupid or meaningless.
  2. Aikawarazu (相変わらず): As usual. The same as always.
  3. Aite (相手): Opponent.
  4. Aitsu (あいつ): Rude way of saying THAT person.
  5. Akan (あかん): The Kansai way of saying "no use" or "no good." Or, “oh no!”
  6. Akirameru (諦める): To give up.
  7. Akuma (悪魔): Demon.
  8. Arienai (有り得ない): Unbelievable. Impossible. Ariehen is the Kansai slang version.
  9. Arubaito (アルバイト): Part-time work. Sometimes shortened to baito. Derived from the German word arbeit, which means “to work.”
  10. Arukimasu (歩きます): Walk.
  11. Ashi (足): Leg
  12. Atarimae (当たり前): Of course. Naturally.
  13. Atsui (熱い): Hot.
  14. Ayamaru (謝る): To apologize.
  15. Ayashii (怪しい): Suspicious. Very often heard in detective anime series like Conan.
  16. Baba (ばば): Old woman. The male version is jiji. Depending on the context of the conversation, this could carry a negative connotation.
  17. Baka (バカ): Stupid. Probably the most well-known vulgar Japanese swear word. The most well-known rude anime word too.
  18. Bakemono (化物): Monster.
  19. Benkyou (勉強): Study. To learn.
  20. Betsu Ni (別に): It's nothing. Nah. Nothing in particular.
  21. Bijin (美人): Beauty.
  22. Bikkuri Suru (びっくりする): To be shocked. Suru is often omitted.
  23. Bimbo (貧乏): Poor. Lacking money. The opposite is kane mochi.
  24. Bishounen (美少年): A beautiful young guy.
  25. Bocchan (坊ちゃん): In anime, you’d sometimes hear this term used as a semi-derogative slang for rich boys. Also, the title of one of Japan's most famous novels.
  26. Bouken (冒険): Adventure.
  27. Bouzu (坊主): Small boy. The word actually means young monk but it came to be associated with young boys because young male Japanese students used to shave their heads bald. (Many nowadays, such as those in sports teams, still do)
  28. … chatta (… ちゃった): This suffix is tagged to verbs to indicate something as done and irreversible. Could also imply regret. For example, tabe-chatta (ate, with regret).
  29. Chibi (チビ): Slang that means small cute thing.
  30. Chigau (違う): Wrong. In the Kansai dialect, this becomes chau.
  31. Chiisai (小さい): Small.
  32. Chikara (力): Strength.
  33. Chinpira (チンピラ): Hoodlum. Young street punk.
  34. Chotto Ii (ちょっといい): Do you have a moment?
  35. Chou (超): A prefix that means “super.”
  36. Chousen (挑戦): Challenge.
  37. Daijoubu (大丈夫): This means "fine/okay" and could be used in a variety of situations, including, "Are you daijoubu (fine) with that?" One of the most frequently heard anime phrases, regardless of story genre.
  38. Dakara (だから): Therefore.
  39. Dame (駄目): Ineffective. No use. No good. Or simply, no.
  40. de gozaru/gozaimasu (…でござる/ございます): A highly formal, largely archaic way of ending a sentence. (Consider it the medieval form of … desu) Nowadays, often used in anime for comedic and cute effects. Such as to portray a character as unnaturally polite, or obsessed with medieval chivalry, or pretending to be a samurai.
  41. Dekkai (でっかい): Huge.
  42. Densetsu (伝説): Legend. Densetsu no otoko. The legendary guy.
  43. Deshi (弟子): Disciple.
  44. Dete Ke (でてけ): Exclamation for “get out!”
  45. Doki Doki (ドキドキ): An onomatopoeia indicating the rapid thumping of one's heart, such as when near one's absolute true love. One of the simplest anime phrases for love to know too.
  46. Don Don (どんどん): Progressively.
  47. Fukuzatsu (複雑): Complicated. The opposite is kan tan (簡単).
  48. Fuzaken (ふざけん): A very rude way of saying, don't mess with me. Often spat as fuzakenna too, such as during fighting scenes. After baka, probably the most famous rude anime exclamation.
  49. Gaki (ガキ): Slang for brat, or kid.
  50. Giri Giri (ぎりぎり): Just in time. There are many such repeated words in the Japanese language, and linguistically, they are known as onomatopoeias.
  51. Gyaru (ギャル): Hot babe and derived from the English word “girl.” Also refers to a certain female fashion subculture involving heavy make-up and tinted hair.
  52. Hakai Suru (破壊): To destroy. Suru is often omitted to create a noun form.
  53. Hamon (破門): Excommunication. Expulsion from a clan or guild, or Yakuza family. A frequently used term in gangster anime and gangland video games.
  54. Hashiru (走る): Run.
  55. Hayai (速い): Quick. Fast.
  56. hazu (… はず): Tagged to end of sentences to imply uncertainty.
  57. Hazukashii (恥ずかしい): Embarrassing.
  58. Heiki (平気): I'm fine.
  59. Hentai (変態): Pervert. Abnormal. Ecchi (エッチ) means the same thing.
  60. Hidoi (ひどい): Awful. Terrible.
  61. Hikari (光): Light.
  62. Hisashiburi (久しぶり): Long time no see.
  63. Hizamakura (膝枕): Hisa means lap while makura means pillow. When combined together, it's that heavenly scenario when a crestfallen boy can rest his head on the lap of a girl to be soothed.
  64. Hontou (本当): Really? In the Kansai dialect, this becomes honma.
  65. Hora (ほら): Hey!
  66. Ii Kagen Ni Shinasai (いいかげんに しなさい): A frequently heard anime expression that means “enough of that!” “Stop your nonsense!” And so on.
  67. Ii Kangae (いい考え): Good thinking. Smart idea.
  68. Ikemen (イケメン): A suave, handsome, and charming guy. The staple of any decent Shoujo (少女) anime or manga.
  69. Ikuze (行くぜ): Let's go.
  70. Imi (意味): Meaning
  71. Iranai (いらない): I don't want it.
  72. Irasshaimase (いらっしゃいませ): A Japanese phrase world-famous for being the greeting heard when one enters a Japanese shop or restaurant. Within the language, though, it is also an important keigo i.e. polite language. Tanaka-san wa irrashimase ka means "is Mr. Tanaka around?"
  73. Isekai (異世界): An alternate world or dimension. In recent years, the premise for numerous popular anime series.
  74. Isshokenmei (一所懸命): To give it your all.
  75. Itadakimasu (いただきます): Formally, this means, "I humbly receive." Nowadays, this is also one of the most well-known Japanese phrases worldwide, renowned as what Japanese people say before eating.
  76. Itai (痛い): Painful. Or, it hurts!
  77. Ittai dou iu imi desu ka (一体どういう意味ですか): An often heard, forceful anime phrase that translates to “what on earth is the meaning?” Imi could be replaced by tsumori to change the sentence to, “what on earth do you want?” Tsumori (つもり) means intention.
  78. Jya Nai (じゃない): It's not. This is usually placed at the end of a sentence.
  79. Jibun de … (自分で): Different verbs could follow this, with the phrase translating to "by yourself."
  80. Jikoshoukai (自己紹介): Self-introduction. A must-do when a new student joins a class in high school rom-com anime series. Often, the beginning of convoluted relationships and romances too.
  81. Joudan (冗談): Joke
  82. Junbi (準備): Preparation.
  83. Jyama (邪魔): Obstruction, hindrance, a bother.
  84. Kachi (勝ち): Victory.
  85. Kagayaki (輝): Brilliance.
  86. Kakkoii (カッコイイ): Cool. The masculine version of kawaii.
  87. kamoshirenai (…かもしれない): Tagged to end of sentences to mean, "I think."
  88. Kanashii (悲しい): Sad.
  89. Kanben Shite Kudasai (勘弁して下さい): “Please forgive me” or “please spare me.” This isn't necessarily a plead for forgiveness. Without kudasai, it could be a retort the likes of, "Oh, spare me that nonsense!"
  90. Kanzen (完全): Completely
  91. Kareshi (彼氏): Boyfriend. The opposite is kanojo (彼女).
  92. Kashikomarimashita (かしこまりました): A very formal way of saying "I understand" or "certainly" in business and service industries.
  93. kashira (… かしら): Used by females at the end of sentences to indicate uncertainty. It is roughly equivalent to, "I think."
  94. Kashira (頭): Slang for boss or chief
  95. Katagi (気質): While the dictionary meaning is that of temperament, this also refers to people who live a clean, honest life. Or just commonplace folks.
  96. Katte Ni Shiro (勝手にしろ): Do as you please. An exclamation often heard during argument scenes.
  97. Kawaii (かわいい): Cute. Adorable. Aww!!!!!
  98. Kawaisou (可哀相): Pathetic.
  99. Kega (怪我): Injury.
  100. Kesatsu (警察): Police.
  101. Ki Ni Naru (気になる): To get worried, curious, or intrigued about something.
  102. Ki Ni Shinai (気にしない): Do not worry.
  103. Ki O Tsukete (気を付けて): Take care. Be careful.
  104. Kimi (君): One of many Japanese words for "you." It could both imply intimacy between the speakers, or a condescending attitude.
  105. Kimoi (キモい): Gross. The shortened form of kimochi warui.
  106. Kisama (貴様): Yet another rude way of saying "you" in the Japanese language.
  107. Kizuita (気付いた): To have realized.
  108. Koibito (恋人): Lover.
  109. Kokoro Atari (心当たり): To know something. This Japanese phrase literally means "to have something in your heart."
  110. Kokuhaku (告白): To confess. Or a declaration of one's love.
  111. Korosu (殺す): To kill. Zettai korosu means “to definitely kill.” The latter is practically a staple proclamation in anime fight scenes.
  112. Kouhai (後輩): Junior.
  113. Koukousei (高校生): High school student.
  114. Kowai (怖い): Scary
  115. Kurae (くらえ): An anime fighting phrase that means “behold” or “eat this!” Often shouted before the execution of a deadly technique in fights, and sometimes sounding like "ku-rake" in the heat of everything.
  116. Kuremasu (くれます): In short, kuremasu and its variants of kuremasen and kurenai are polite suffixes tagged to the end of Japanese sentences when asking for permission. It roughly means “to hand down to me.” For example, misete kuremasen ka? Could you let me see it?
  117. Kuso (くそ): An expletive that simply means, shit!
  118. Kuuki Yomeru (空気読める): This translates to “reading the air,” but what it actually means is to note the situation and ambiance, such as during a conversation. (In other words, read the room) The negative version is kuuki yomenai. A famous anime psychic often laments about being unable to do this.
  119. Machi (町): Town.
  120. Mahou (魔法): Magic
  121. Maji (まじ): Really? You serious?
  122. Makasete Kudasai (任せて下さい): Please leave it to me. Entrust that to me.
  123. Makeru (負ける): To be defeated. To lose. You will, however, more often hear this as the classic anime fighting phrase zettai makenai, which means "I wouldn't be defeated!"
  124. Mamoru (守る): To protect. Shouting minna o mamoru (to protect everybody) will more often than not, suddenly fill a Shounen anime protagonist with incredible power.
  125. Maniau (間に合う): To be in time. The negative form is maniawanai.
  126. Masaka (まさか): Impossible! No way!
  127. Mattaku (まったく): This is best understood as a mild expletive that expresses annoyance. Frequently pronounced without the first sound too.
  128. Mazui (まずい): Adjective for something that's highly troublesome or bad tasting.
  129. Me No Mae Ni (目の前に): Literally, before one's eyes.
  130. Meccha (めっちゃ): Kansai slang meaning "very."
  131. Meiwaku (迷惑): While the kanji suggests bewilderment, the word actually means annoyance, irritation, frustration, etc.
  132. Mendousai (面倒さい): Troublesome. Like other Japanese words ending with “…ai,” it is often pronounced as mendouse. Also, one of the pet grouches of Saiki Kusuo. (The other being yare yare, which means sheesh)
  133. Minna (みんな): Everybody.
  134. mitai (… みたい): A suffix meaning, "alike." For example, inu mitai. (Like a dog)
  135. Mochiron (もちろん): Of course.
  136. Moeru (燃える): To ignite.
  137. Mondai (問題): Problem.
  138. Moshi Wake Gozaimasen (もし分けございませ): An elaborate Japanese phrase for “sorry.” Heavily used in business conversations and literally means, “there's no excuse.”
  139. Moshikashite (もしかして): Could it possibly be …
  140. Mou Genkai Da (もう限界だ): At my/his/its limits.
  141. Muri (無理): Undoable, impossible, unachievable. Note that muri could also imply excess. As in, muri o shinai. (Don't overdo it)
  142. Nakama (仲間): Companion. Ally. Compared to tomodachi (ともだち), there is more trusting, deeper connotation.
  143. Naruhodo (なるほど): I see. The best anime phrase to utter when you have spectacularly deduced the criminal in a murder mystery.
  144. ni natta (… になった): Ni natta is the informal form of ni narimasu. It means "has become" or "has changed into." For example, ookii ni natta. (It turned big)
  145. Nigeru (逃げる): To escape. You really should nigeru if you’re barely hitting your opponent.
  146. Ningen (人間): Human.
  147. Nioi (匂い): Scent.
  148. no koto ga suki desu (… のことが好きです): This Japanese phrase always follows the name of a person or entity, and is a declaration of love. Few high school rom-coms are without several tearful mouthings of this classic romantic phrase.
  149. no sei (… の せい ): Fault. Doraemon no sei! It's Doraemon’s fault!
  150. no tame ni (… のために): For the sake of. In Shonen anime, this is almost always hollered by protagonists at the lowest point of a fight. For example, minna no tame ni! (For the sake of everyone!) Ai no tame ni! (For the sake of love!)
  151. Nodo Ga Kara Kara (のどがカラカラ): I'm thirsty.
  152. Nombiri Suru (のんびりする): To take it easy.
  153. Oiishi (美味しい): Delicious! An alternate exclamation is umai (旨い).
  154. Okama (おかま): Homosexual or cross-dresser.
  155. Omae (お前): A very uncouth way of saying "you." Strictly speaking, this pronoun should only be used on someone with a lower social or family status, and in a harsh context. In anime, however, many male characters use it on friends and foes alike.
  156. Omae Kankei Nai (お前 かんけいない): A rather rude phrase that means “none of your business.”
  157. Omoshiroi (面白い): Interesting. The opposite is tsumaranai.
  158. Onaka Ga Peko Peko (お腹がペコペコ): I'm hungry. A more formal way of saying it would be, onaka ga suite imasu.
  159. Onegaishimasu (お願いします): Please! Usually, shorten to onegai in anime.
  160. Onushi (おぬし): An old way of saying "you." Used with equals or inferiors.
  161. Ookii (大きい): Big.
  162. Oppai (おっぱい): Breasts.
  163. Orei (お礼): An item or action intended as gratitude.
  164. Oshare (おしゃれ): Stylish. Again, note that Japanese words such as this are pronounced as ­o-sha-re­­. Not o-share.
  165. Osoi (遅い): Slow.
  166. Osoraku (おそらく): Probably.
  167. Ossan (おっさん): An informal and sometimes rude way of referring to a middle-aged man.
  168. Owabi Mono (お詫びもの): A gift intended as an apology.
  169. Oyaji (親父): Dad. Mom is ofukuro (お袋ふくろ).
  170. Pinchi (ピンチ): A borrowed word from English that means exactly what it sounds like: a pinch. As in, a horrible situation with no easy way out.
  171. Ryoukai (了解): I understand! Roger!
  172. Saiko (最高): The best.
  173. Saitei (最低): The worst.
  174. Sakusen Ga Aru (作戦がある): I got a strategy. The first “u” is very softly pronounced.
  175. Samui (寒い): Cold.
  176. Sansei (賛成): Agreed!
  177. Sasuga (さすが): As expected. Used at the beginning of sentences.
  178. Satsujin Han (殺人犯): Murderer. Don’t you want to be the tensai (天才) i.e. genius that identifies the satsujin han in a Kindaichi-like anime?
  179. Sawagi (騒ぎ): Disturbance.
  180. Sawaru (触る): Touch. The negative form is sawaranai.
  181. Sempai (先輩): Senior.
  182. Sessha (拙者): The olden way of referring to oneself. In anime, heavily used by samurais like Himura Kenshin. The word roughly means a clumsy person.
  183. Shihai Suru (支配する): To dominate.
  184. Shikkari Shiro (しっかりしろ): Pull yourself together! Buck up!
  185. Shinjirarenai (信じられない): Unbelievable.
  186. Shinjiru (信じる): To believe in. Ore no anime listo o shinjiru. Please believe in my list of anime phrases and words.
  187. Shinjitsu (真実): Truth.
  188. Shinu (死ぬ): To die. It’s extremely stylish to shout the slang version of shi-ne!!! before pulverizing your opponent
  189. Shishou (師匠): Master. As in the person who imparted a skill to you.
  190. Shoubu (勝負): Showdown.
  191. Shouganai (しょうがない): Can't be helped. I have no choice. This phrase is the shortened form of shikata ga nai.
  192. Sodan (相談): Discussion. Talk.
  193. Soko Made … (そこまで): Used at the start of sentences to mean "to the extent of."
  194. Sonna (そんな): What many anime characters would exclaim when told of an unfortunate or upsetting event. Although the word sounds like and resembles the word for “that thing,” it is actually a condensation of sono you na, which means “like that?!?”
  195. Sugi/Sugiru (過ぎる): To overdo. For example, tabe-sugiru means to overeat. Nomi-sugiru means to overdrink.
  196. Sugoi (凄い): Fantastic! Incredible. Often spoken as suge too.
  197. Suru (する): A most powerful Japanese verb that means "to do." It could be combined with many other words to form new verbs. Often used as shite (participle) and shita (past) too.
  198. Taihen (大変): While this means "extremely," used by itself, it could also mean something terrible has happened.
  199. Tanomu (頼む): To rely on. When used in Japanese speech or writing, this becomes polite language, such as when asking for a favor or when giving instructions.
  200. Tantei (探偵): Detective.
  201. Taosu (倒す): To defeat.
  202. Tatakau (戦う): To fight.
  203. Te (手): Hand.
  204. Temee (手前): An extremely rude way of saying "you." In anime, often shouted by combatants before fights.
  205. Tenkousei (転校生): Transfer student.
  206. to iu (… という): Called. For example, Inaba to iu machi. A town called Inaba.
  207. to moushimasu (… と申します) : Said after a name as a very polite way of introducing oneself. For example, Watashi wa John to moushimasu. “My name is John.”
  208. to omoimasu (… と思います): I think. Often also simplified as to omou.
  209. Tonari (隣): Beside. Next to. Tonari no Totoro. The Totoro next to me.
  210. Tondemonai (とんでもない): Outrageous, incredible, unbelievable.
  211. Tonikaku (とにかく): Usually used at the beginning of a sentence to mean, "anyway."
  212. Toriaiezu (とりあえず): Usually used at the beginning of a Japanese sentence to mean, "meanwhile, I will …" Could also mean “I will try doing …” or “Let’s begin with …”
  213. Tottemo (とっても): Very
  214. Tsugi (次): Next.
  215. Tsumetai (冷たい): Chilly. Could also be used to describe a person as distant, aloof, uncaring, etc. Such as the male lead of Itazura Na Kiss.
  216. Tsundere (ツンデレ): Used to describe a person who puts up a cold exterior, but is actually nice and affectionate inside. For some, the most ideal type of anime waifu (wife).
  217. Tsuyosa (強さ): Power.
  218. Ue (上): Ue literally means up, or above. However, it could also be added to nouns as an honorific. For example, chichi-ue, which means "Father." Or ani-ue, which means "Older Brother." Some uniform groups, such as the police, also use this to refer to superiors.
  219. Umai (うまい): Informal way of saying delicious.
  220. Unmei (運命): Fate.
  221. Uragiri (裏切り): Betrayal.
  222. Urayamashii (うらやましい): Jealous. You will be very urayamashii if your JSDF superior keeps getting cute isekai girls on his lap.
  223. Urusai (うるさい): Noisy. Most anime characters say this as uruse.
  224. Uso (噓): Lies! I don't believe it. Etc.
  225. Uwasa (噂): Rumor. Uwasa to iu… According to rumors…
  226. Wakai (若い): Young. Combined with mono i.e. wakamono, it refers to young people.
  227. Wakaranai (分からない): I don't understand, or, I don't know. In the Kansai dialect, this becomes, wakarahen.
  228. Wana (罠): Trap.
  229. Yabai (やばい): Oh no! Shit! Argg!
  230. Yada (やだ): This is a condensation of iya da, and simply means “yucks.” “No! I don't like it! I hate it!”
  231. Yahari (やはり): As I thought. When used as yappari, it means as suspected.
  232. Yakusoku (約束): Promise.
  233. Yameru (やめる): To stop. Used by itself, it implores the recipient to stop whatever he or she is doing.
  234. Yanki (ヤンキー): Young punk or young gangster. Despite how it sounds, it doesn't remotely mean American.
  235. Yare Yare (やれやれ): Oh dear.
  236. Yarou (やろう): Uncouth way of referring to someone else.
  237. Yaru (やる): To do. This is the less formal, borderline uncouth, and limited version of suru. In anime, often conjectured into yatte.
  238. Yasashii (優しい): When used to describe a person or a group of people, it means "kind," "caring," splendid," all the nice things, etc.
  239. Yatsu (奴): A very derogative way of referring to another person.
  240. Yatta (やった): I did it! Yes! Alrighty! A very positive and cool exclamation.
  241. Yokatta (よかった): Great! As in, "that’s great!"
  242. Yo no naka ni (世の中に): A Japanese phrase that means “in this world.”
  243. Yoshi (よし): An exclamation meaning, "all right then!" "Let start!"
  244. Yougisha (容疑者): Suspect in a crime.
  245. Youkai (妖怪): Japanese supernatural creatures that could be cute, adorable, helpful, or terrifying.
  246. Yowaii (弱い): Weak. A yowaiimono is a weak thing.
  247. Yume (夢): Dream. Fantasy.
  248. Yurusu (許す): This is more often heard within anime as yurusanai. Shouted in anger, it means "I wouldn't forgive you!" Or, "I wouldn't tolerate what you did!"
  249. Zannen (残念): Too bad for you. This could also be said in a sympathetic or sarcastic way.
  250. Zettai (絶対): Absolutely.

The Curious Case of “You” In the Japanese Language.

There are many ways of saying “you” in Japanese. However, all carry some degree of negative or awkward connotation. In real life, most Japanese just stick to using titles or family names with honorifics.

The Curious Case of “I” In the Japanese Language.

Like the case of “you,” there are numerous Japanese words for “I.” For example, watashi, watakushi, boku (for guys), atashi (for ladies), wagahai, and so on. Note that ore, which is heavily used by anime male characters, is considered rude in real life.

Appendix: Basic Japanese Phrases and Words

1: Common Japanese Greetings and Responses

  • Good Morning: Ohaiyou
  • Good Day/Afternoon: Konnichiwa
  • Good Evening: Kombanwa
  • Good Night: Oyasumi Nasai
  • Goodbye: Sayounara
  • Thank you: Arigatou
  • I’m Back: Tadaima (Said when returning home)
  • Welcome Home: Okaeri (Welcoming someone back home)

2: Japanese Numbers

  • One: Ichi
  • Two: Ni
  • Three: San
  • Four: Shi/Yon
  • Five: Go
  • Six: Roku
  • Seven: Shichi/Nana
  • Eight: Hachi
  • Nine: Kyuu/Ku
  • Ten: Juu
  • Eleven: Juu Ichi
  • Twelve: Juu Ni
  • Hundred: Hyaku
  • Thousand: Sen
  • Ten Thousand: Man

3: Colors

  • Black: Kuro
  • Blue: Aoi
  • Brown: Chairo
  • Green: Midori
  • Orange: Orenji
  • Purple: Murasaki
  • Red: Aka
  • White: Shiro
  • Yellow: Kiiro

4: The 5W and 1H

  • What: Nani
  • When: Itsu
  • Where: Doko
  • Who: Dare/Donata
  • Why: Naze
  • How: Douyatte

5: Common Nouns Used In Anime

  • Car: Kuruma
  • Drink: Nomimono
  • Fireworks: Hanabi
  • Food: Tabemono
  • House: Ie
  • Key: Kagi
  • Room: Heya
  • School: Gakkou
  • Spectacles: Megane
  • Weapon: Buki

6: Animals

  • Bear: Kuma
  • Bird/Chicken: Tori
  • Cat: Neko
  • Cow: Ushi
  • Dog: Inu
  • Fish: Sakana
  • Fox: Kitsune
  • Horse: Uma
  • Lion: Shishi
  • Monkey: Saru
  • Mouse: Nezumi
  • Pig: Innoshishi
  • Rabbit: Usagi
  • Raccoon: Tanuki
  • Tiger: Tora
  • Wolf: Oukami

Check out this list of Japanese travel words and phrases for more commonly used Japanese words.

Enjoy your anime binges!

Enjoy your anime binges!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: How do you say "don't stop" in Japanese?

Answer: Tomanai: This is more for situations such as when you're in a taxi. For eg, do not stop (here). Keep driving. Etc.

Yamenai: Stop whatever you are doing. Etc

Question: How do you introduce a friend in Japanese?

Answer: "Kochira wa _____________ desu" generally does it.

Question: How do you say Good in japanese?

Answer: Usually, it's II (double i), or the past tense version of yokatta. Could be yoshi too, depending on context.

Question: How do you say "get away from me" in Japanese?

Answer: I think there are various ways to say this, most of which "get away" is implied rather than explicitly spoken.

1) Hanase: This means let go, such as when a pervert grabs you. Get away is strongly implied too.

2) Deteike: Get out of my room/house, etc.

3) Saru, and its various verb forms could mean go away under some circumstances.

4) Some web guides and Quora suggest using "Acchi e itte!" But frankly, I've never heard this in Anime. (Not that I remember, anyway)

5) Usero: Literally, vanish from me. Disappear.

Question: How do you say "you're stupid" in Japanese?

Answer: Baka! = Stupid!

Baka, ja nai? = Stupid, isn't it?

Aho! = Moronic

Baka bakashi = Ridiculous

(The "you are" is implied, hardly said out loud)

Question: How do you say "should I mix it"?

Answer: Mazeru means "mix." But depending on the sentence, the verb form could change. Still, "ma-ze" would be there.

Question: How to say I love you for anime?

Answer: Aishiteru (愛してる).

In Anime, it's also often said as " no koto ga suki." This literally means I like/love things about you.

© 2018 Ced Yong


samo on March 20, 2020:

im starting to understant most of the words said in anime ty !!!

im glad i stopped learning the katakana it wouldve taken me forever

Ced Yong (author) from Asia on January 26, 2020:

Hi! You are absolutely right in that hiragana “spells” it as se-n-pa-i. When typing in Japanese, you would also have to type that in order to get the Kanji out.

However, many Anime characters pronounces it as sempai, with the m often a muddled mix between m and n. If you were to do a search in google for “senpai or sempai,” you will see the explanation given as there being a phonetic difference between the written and spoken form of the word. To be honest, I was quite at odds at what to put down when writing this list. In this end, I decided listing what most people hear would be more appropriate.

Jojo on January 24, 2020:

I’m pretty sure it’s Senpai not Sempai, but overall great!

Ced Yong (author) from Asia on October 19, 2019:

I'm glad I piqued your interest!

Aaliyah Cortez on October 19, 2019:

I am learning Korean but when I saw this I thought “I have to learn this!”

Stephanie Bradberry from New Jersey on June 13, 2019:

This is an awesome article. Great list and fabulous tie in of some common Japanese grammar and words in anime. I actually just started learning Japanese just so I can understand more anime in its original form.

Ced Yong (author) from Asia on July 19, 2018:

Great to know you enjoyed it!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 19, 2018:

Enjoyed learning a new set of vocabulary. It is amazing how much language has changed because of the Internet.