History UsefulNotes / JapaneseHonorifics

13th Mar '17 2:34:01 PM secretfan14
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* The many different honorifics used in ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' are an important part of characterization. For instance, each member of Kaoru's UnwantedHarem addresses him differently. [[YamatoNadeshiko Aoi]] says "Kaoru-sama"; formal [[HaremNanny Miyabi]] says "Kaoru-dono" (rendered in English as "Sir Kaoru"); easygoing American [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Tina]] says "Kaoru"; younger student [[{{Dojikko}} Taeko]] says "Hanabishi-sempai"; and rich girl [[TheOjou Mayu]] says "Hanabishi-sama". In fact, the respectful honorifics that Aoi and Miyabi use should really be a problem for their cover story -- clearly Kaoru is more than just a tenant to them.

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* The many different honorifics used in ''Manga/AiYoriAoshi'' are an important part of characterization. For instance, each member of Kaoru's UnwantedHarem addresses him differently. [[YamatoNadeshiko Aoi]] says "Kaoru-sama"; formal [[HaremNanny Miyabi]] says "Kaoru-dono" (rendered in English as "Sir Kaoru"); easygoing American [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl Tina]] says "Kaoru"; younger student [[{{Dojikko}} [[CuteClumsyGirl Taeko]] says "Hanabishi-sempai"; and rich girl [[TheOjou Mayu]] says "Hanabishi-sama". In fact, the respectful honorifics that Aoi and Miyabi use should really be a problem for their cover story -- clearly Kaoru is more than just a tenant to them.
26th Feb '17 2:16:47 PM nombretomado
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:''-sensei'': Literally means "one who has come before". Usually heard in English referring to martial arts masters. Also applies to doctors, teachers, and masters of any profession or art. It is also standard for professional writers who are classed as teachers. In short, the rule of thumb runs thus: doctors, teachers, lawyers, writers and scientists who got their doctorates are called "sensei" automatically; with the others it's debatable. In recent years this has become an all-purpose suck-up word, and is now more often used sarcastically than as a genuinely respectful term. This has brought complaints of DudeWheresMyRespect from real masters and artists. Those who routinely read the liner notes of manga will notice that this is still used as a term of respect for - and between - prominent manga artists (e.g. "Akamatsu''-sensei''" for KenAkamatsu).

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:''-sensei'': Literally means "one who has come before". Usually heard in English referring to martial arts masters. Also applies to doctors, teachers, and masters of any profession or art. It is also standard for professional writers who are classed as teachers. In short, the rule of thumb runs thus: doctors, teachers, lawyers, writers and scientists who got their doctorates are called "sensei" automatically; with the others it's debatable. In recent years this has become an all-purpose suck-up word, and is now more often used sarcastically than as a genuinely respectful term. This has brought complaints of DudeWheresMyRespect from real masters and artists. Those who routinely read the liner notes of manga will notice that this is still used as a term of respect for - and between - prominent manga artists (e.g. "Akamatsu''-sensei''" for KenAkamatsu).
Creator/KenAkamatsu).
26th Feb '17 1:55:00 PM nombretomado
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** Same goes for "''-san''", especially ever since [[TheKarateKid Miyagi-sensei]] started calling Daniel Larusso "Daniel-san".

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** Same goes for "''-san''", especially ever since [[TheKarateKid [[Film/TheKarateKid Miyagi-sensei]] started calling Daniel Larusso "Daniel-san".
24th Feb '17 7:34:54 AM Mhazard
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** Sayaka, being a tomboyish girl, calls everyone ([[HeyYou except Homura]]) by their first name and rarely uses honorific to anyone, the only occasion is during ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', where she addresses herself as Sayaka-''san''.

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** Sayaka, being a tomboyish girl, calls everyone ([[HeyYou except Homura]]) by their first name and rarely uses honorific to anyone, the only occasion is two occasions are during ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', where she addresses herself as Sayaka-''san''. Sayaka-''san'', and in the first Drama CD, where she addresses Homura as Akemi-''san'' [[spoiler:in the first timeline]].
2nd Feb '17 10:03:34 PM superkeijikun
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* The English translations of the ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza}}'' series used honorifics inconsistently. This is largely reflected in Goro Majima, who refers to protagonist Kazuma Kiryu with the affectionate "Kiryu-chan". In the first game's English Dub, Majima calls him "Kazuma-chan", while later games translate Majima's pet name as "Kazzy". ''VideoGame/{{Yakuza 0}}'' features honorifics in its English subs [[spoiler:along with the first instance of "Kiryu-chan" appearing in an English script]].
24th Dec '16 5:54:13 PM SonSon
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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', Wapol's subordinates typically address him as "Wapol-sama," before and during his return to Drum Island. This causes a slight DubInducedPlothole in the English manga, when they initially address him as "Captain Wapol" when he appears to be a mere pirate, but change to "King Wapol" after he is revealed as the former king, and when he makes landfall to reclaim his throne.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece'', ''Manga/OnePiece'':
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Wapol's subordinates typically address him as "Wapol-sama," before and during his return to Drum Island. This causes a slight DubInducedPlothole in the English manga, when they initially address him as "Captain Wapol" when he appears to be a mere pirate, but change to "King Wapol" after he is revealed as the former king, and when he makes landfall to reclaim his throne.


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** Kin'emon uses "dono" when talking to others (mostly the main characters and Law), since he is a {{samurai}}.
** Bartolomeo, being a fan of the Straw Hat Pirates, adresses everyone in the crew with "senpai".
20th Dec '16 3:05:30 AM Mhazard
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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Madoka, being a NaiveEverygirl, has a habit of addressing virtually every girl she knows as "[[FirstNameBasis first name]]-''chan''" even towards [[TheStoic Homura]], with the exception of Mami, whom she addresses as Mami-''san''. On the other hand, she addresses the boys as "[[LastNameBasis last name]]-''kun''", showing that she's more closer to girls than to boys. Sayaka calls everyone [[HeyYou except Homura]] by their first name and rarely uses honorific to anyone, the only occasion is during ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', where she addresses herself as Sayaka-''san''. Mami always goes for "last name-''san''" due to her age and emotional distance to the others. Homura at one point addresses her friends as "last name-''san''" before switching to FullNameBasis without honrifics to distance herself from the others, with the exception of Madoka, whom she refers by her first name without honorifics [[spoiler:out of Madoka's request]]. Kyoko [[HeyYou rarely calls someone by their name]], even when she does [[spoiler:towards Sayaka]], she does not use any honorific. Kyubey never use honorific because he [[spoiler:[[BlueAndOrangeMorality may simply not understand the need to be polite]], as opposed to being direct.]]

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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'':
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Madoka, being a NaiveEverygirl, has a habit of addressing virtually every girl she knows as "[[FirstNameBasis first name]]-''chan''" even towards [[TheStoic Homura]], with the exception of Mami, whom she addresses as Mami-''san''. On the other hand, she addresses the boys as "[[LastNameBasis last name]]-''kun''", showing that she's more closer to girls than to boys. Sayaka
** Sayaka, being a tomboyish girl,
calls everyone [[HeyYou ([[HeyYou except Homura]] Homura]]) by their first name and rarely uses honorific to anyone, the only occasion is during ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', where she addresses herself as Sayaka-''san''. Sayaka-''san''.
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Mami always goes for "last name-''san''" due to her age and emotional distance to the others. others.
** Kyoko [[HeyYou rarely calls anyone by their name]], even when she does [[spoiler:towards Sayaka]], she does not use any honorific, this is due to her arrogant, cynical and selfish nature.
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Homura at one point addresses her friends as "last name-''san''" before switching to FullNameBasis without honrifics to distance herself from the others, with the exception of Madoka, whom she refers by her first name without honorifics [[spoiler:out of Madoka's request]]. Kyoko [[HeyYou rarely calls someone by their name]], even when she does [[spoiler:towards Sayaka]], she does not use any honorific. This is [[spoiler:an act of her deliberately distancing herself from the others and her shift from a ShrinkingViolet into TheStoic.]]
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Kyubey never use honorific because he [[spoiler:[[BlueAndOrangeMorality may simply not understand the need to be polite]], as opposed to being direct.]]
20th Dec '16 2:58:12 AM Mhazard
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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Madoka, being a NaiveEverygirl, she has a habit of addressing virtually every girl she knows as "[[FirstNameBasis first name]]-''chan''" even towards [[TheStoic Homura]], which the exception of Mami, whom she addresses as Mami-''san'', and she addresses the boys as "[[LastNameBasis last name]]-''kun''", showing that she's more closer to girls than to boys. Sayaka calls everyone [[HeyYou except Homura]] by their first name and rarely uses honorific to anyone, the occasion is during ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', where she addresses herself as Sayaka-''san''. Mami always goes for "last name-''san''" due to her age and emotional distance to the others. Homura at one point addresses her friends as "last name-''san''" before switching to FullNameBasis without honrifics to distance herself from the others, with the exception of Madoka, whom she refers by her first name without honorifics [[spoiler:out of Madoka's request]]. Kyoko [[HeyYou rarely calls someone by their name]], even when she does, she does not use any honorific. Kyubey never use honorific because he may [[spoiler:[[BlueAndOrangeMorality simply not understand the need to be polite]], as opposed to being direct.]]

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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Madoka, being a NaiveEverygirl, she has a habit of addressing virtually every girl she knows as "[[FirstNameBasis first name]]-''chan''" even towards [[TheStoic Homura]], which with the exception of Mami, whom she addresses as Mami-''san'', and Mami-''san''. On the other hand, she addresses the boys as "[[LastNameBasis last name]]-''kun''", showing that she's more closer to girls than to boys. Sayaka calls everyone [[HeyYou except Homura]] by their first name and rarely uses honorific to anyone, the only occasion is during ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', where she addresses herself as Sayaka-''san''. Mami always goes for "last name-''san''" due to her age and emotional distance to the others. Homura at one point addresses her friends as "last name-''san''" before switching to FullNameBasis without honrifics to distance herself from the others, with the exception of Madoka, whom she refers by her first name without honorifics [[spoiler:out of Madoka's request]]. Kyoko [[HeyYou rarely calls someone by their name]], even when she does, does [[spoiler:towards Sayaka]], she does not use any honorific. Kyubey never use honorific because he may [[spoiler:[[BlueAndOrangeMorality may simply not understand the need to be polite]], as opposed to being direct.]]
20th Dec '16 2:56:18 AM Mhazard
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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Madoka, being a NaiveEverygirl, she has a habit of addressing virtually every girl she knows as "[[FirstNameBasic first name]]-''chan''" even towards [[TheStoic Homura]], which the exception of Mami, whom she addresses as Mami-''san'', and she addresses the boys as "[[LastNameBasis last name]]-''kun''", showing that she's more closer to girls than to boys. Sayaka calls everyone [[HeyYou except Homura]] by their first name and rarely uses honorific to anyone, the occasion is during ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', where she addresses herself as Sayaka-''san''. Mami always goes for "last name-''san''" due to her age and emotional distance to the others. Homura at one point addresses her friends as "last name-''san''" before switching to FullNameBasis without honrifics to distance herself from the others, with the exception of Madoka, whom she refers by her first name without honorifics [[spoiler:out of Madoka's request]]. Kyoko [[HeyYou rarely calls someone by their name]], even when she does, she does not use any honorific. Kyubey never use honorific because he may [[spoiler:[[BlueAndOrangeMorality simply not understand the need to be polite]], as opposed to being direct.]]

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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Madoka, being a NaiveEverygirl, she has a habit of addressing virtually every girl she knows as "[[FirstNameBasic "[[FirstNameBasis first name]]-''chan''" even towards [[TheStoic Homura]], which the exception of Mami, whom she addresses as Mami-''san'', and she addresses the boys as "[[LastNameBasis last name]]-''kun''", showing that she's more closer to girls than to boys. Sayaka calls everyone [[HeyYou except Homura]] by their first name and rarely uses honorific to anyone, the occasion is during ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', where she addresses herself as Sayaka-''san''. Mami always goes for "last name-''san''" due to her age and emotional distance to the others. Homura at one point addresses her friends as "last name-''san''" before switching to FullNameBasis without honrifics to distance herself from the others, with the exception of Madoka, whom she refers by her first name without honorifics [[spoiler:out of Madoka's request]]. Kyoko [[HeyYou rarely calls someone by their name]], even when she does, she does not use any honorific. Kyubey never use honorific because he may [[spoiler:[[BlueAndOrangeMorality simply not understand the need to be polite]], as opposed to being direct.]]
20th Dec '16 2:56:00 AM Mhazard
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* In ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'', Madoka, being a NaiveEverygirl, she has a habit of addressing virtually every girl she knows as "[[FirstNameBasic first name]]-''chan''" even towards [[TheStoic Homura]], which the exception of Mami, whom she addresses as Mami-''san'', and she addresses the boys as "[[LastNameBasis last name]]-''kun''", showing that she's more closer to girls than to boys. Sayaka calls everyone [[HeyYou except Homura]] by their first name and rarely uses honorific to anyone, the occasion is during ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'', where she addresses herself as Sayaka-''san''. Mami always goes for "last name-''san''" due to her age and emotional distance to the others. Homura at one point addresses her friends as "last name-''san''" before switching to FullNameBasis without honrifics to distance herself from the others, with the exception of Madoka, whom she refers by her first name without honorifics [[spoiler:out of Madoka's request]]. Kyoko [[HeyYou rarely calls someone by their name]], even when she does, she does not use any honorific. Kyubey never use honorific because he may [[spoiler:[[BlueAndOrangeMorality simply not understand the need to be polite]], as opposed to being direct.]]
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