Terms used by anime fandom (not all of which are real Japanese words). The links on the left lead to definitions of the term. The links to the right go to the more general term, which is where the examples go.
- Hentai -> Means "pervert" or "perversion", used by English fans to label porn. (The usual terms in Japanese are "ero-manga" for comics, and "ero-anime" for animation.)
- Ecchi -> The moonspeak pronunciation of the English letter "H", which, in Japan is a catch-all term for naughty stuff, but in the west usually refers to Fanservice-heavy, but non-explicit anime and manga.
- Jidai Geki -> Historical drama, usually feudal Japan.
- Magical Girl (Mahou Shoujo) -> Young female superheroes, often an Ordinary High-School Student, gain powers and fight evil.
- Mecha -> Referring to the genre and many subgenres of robot shows as well as the robots that star in them. Usually divided into two categories.
- Real Robot: Mecha Anime the usually runs on 'hard' science, or at the very least a general adherence to what would happen in real life. Hard specs for mechs are common, as are darker themes. (Examples include most iterations of Gundam, Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Armored Trooper VOTOMS, Code Geass, etc.)
- Super Robot: Hard specs are usually thrown out the window in favor of Rule of Cool, Rule of Drama, and other such "soft" science like powering your robot with love, courage, friendship, or, in a pinch, high velocity music. Generally Lighter and Softer, though not always. (Examples include Mazinger Z, GaoGaiGar, G Gundam, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, and the like.)
- Netorare -> A genre involving the Cuckold trope.
- Bishoujo -> An attractive girl or woman.
- Bokukko -> A Tomboy that refers to herself with the masculine Japanese Pronouns.
- Dandere -> Shrinking Violet
- Dojikko -> Cute Clumsy Girl
- Genki Girl -> Genki means "energetic". Very energetic.
- Kawaiiko -> Little-girl cuteness personified, to Tastes Like Diabetes and beyond
- Kichiku -> Sexy, sadistic boyfriend
- Kichiku Megane -> Sexy, sadistic boyfriend with hot little glasses
- Kuudere -> A Sugar and Ice Personality, icy with a sugary interior.
- Megane -> Boys with glasses, for glasses-fetish fangirls. Available in several flavours.
- Meganekko -> Literally "Glasses Girl", mixed with a good dose of Moe; unlike the western stereotype, the glasses are essential to her attractiveness.
- Moe -> Tooth-achingly cute and Woobieish, which some apparently find very sexy.
- Seme -> The dominant male partner in a yaoi story.
- Tsundere -> She says she's not your girlfriend, but she alternates between swooning over you, sulking at you and dishing out physical abuse.
- Tsunshun-> Acts rude and haughty, but in reality is very depressed and probably lonely.
- Uke -> The submissive male partner in a yaoi story.
- Yandere -> She loves you. She really does. She just has a peculiar way of showing it.
- Yangire -> Cute but insanely homicidal girl. Non-romantic.
- Baka: Just the Japanese word for "dummy."
- Boys Love Notes: Contains a list of fanspeak terms commonly used in Yaoi.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl - A girl who really likes to play dress-up.
- Densha Otaku - A major fan of trains.
- Doujinshi -> Fan comics and fanzines; Fan Fic elevated to its own cottage industry in Japan.
- Doujin Soft -> A sub-genre of doujinshi with self-published video games made by indie Japanese game developers; Often considered as fan games as some doujin circles creates games based around popular franchises, although there are some original works as well.
- Fujoshi -> The stereotypical female yaoi fan. Literally means 'rotten girl'. See also Yuri Fan.
- Kawaisa -> Japanese cuteness
- Lolicon -> A person romantically or sexually attracted to young or young-looking girls (most commonly fictional, even In-Universe). Sometimes used more in a big-brother or big-sister kind of way. Loli usually refers to a young-ish girl instead. Also refers to the genre of media aimed at such people.
- Nakama: A group of mostly unrelated people that have bonded into something like a family. Not used that way in Japan.
- Occidental Otaku - Affectionate Parody of non-Japanese fans of Japanese stuff.
- Otaku -> Hardcore nerd. English anime fans adopted the term to refer to themselves, but it is not a compliment in Japan.
- Otaku O'Clock -> the Watershed
- Pettanko - Flat-chested character, normally always that of a girl's chest. Is also known as DFC (Delicious Flat Chest) on Image boards.
- Shotacon -> A person romantically or sexually attracted to young or young-looking boys (most commonly fictional, even In-Universe). Sometimes used more in a big-brother or big-sister kind of way. Shota usually refers to a young-ish boy instead. Also refers to the genre of media aimed at such people.
- Takahashi Couple -> Belligerent Sexual Tension
- Zettai Ryouiki -> thigh-high socks fetish