Useful Notes / Anime Fan Speak

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.

See also: Japanese Media Tropes and Visual Novel Fanspeak
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Fandom Terms
  • Baka → Just the Japanese word for "dummy" or "idiot".
  • 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.
  • Dark History (Kuro Rekishi) → An embarassing time in someone's past which they would rather forget, or a collection of works they created in that time. Originates from Turn A Gundam, where "The Dark History" referred to The Beforetimes and investigating it was considered taboo.
  • Densha Otaku → A major fan of trains.
  • Doujin → Amateur works created by a "doujin circle" and distributed through Fan Conventions, most famously Comiket. Are often, but not always, Fan Works based on an existing property. Doujin are a popular medium for novice creative types to gain experience, as well as for professionals to produce works that they couldn't release commercially. Many are published only once, though a number of specialist reseller shops have sprung up which cater to collectors.
  • Fujoshi → The stereotypical female yaoi fan. Literally means "rotten woman". Male yaoi fans are sometimes referred to as fudanshi ("rotten man"). See also Yuri Fan.
  • Kawaisa → Japanese cuteness
  • Lolicon and Shotacon (Lolita Complex and Shotarou Complex) → An adult romantically or sexually attracted to young or young-looking girls or boys, respectively (most commonly fictional ones, even In-Universe). Sometimes used more in a big-brother or big-sister kind of way. The terms loli and shota refer to young-ish girls and boys themselves. Also refers to the genre of media aimed at such people. Not to be confused with goth-loli (gothic lolita), which is an unrelated fashion style, or the unshortened Shotarou which is still a common Japanese name.
    • Siscon → A person (usually a man, but not always an adult... or male) attracted to their sister. Usually shows up as a jibe directed at someone displaying a Big Brother Instinct, rather than being intended seriously. The Spear Counterpart is called "brocon".
  • Nakama: A group of mostly unrelated people that have bonded into something like a family. Not used that way in actual Japanese, where it typically just denotes allies or teammates.
  • Occidental OtakuAffectionate 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 — over there, the word carries the connotation of someone who's let their love for something go to unhealthy and obsessive extremes.
  • Otaku O'Clock → the Watershed
  • Pettanko → Flat-chested character, normally always that of a girl's chest. A Fan Nickname is DFC (Delicious Flat Chest) on image boards.
  • Takahashi CoupleBelligerent Sexual Tension
  • Zettai Ryouiki → The area between the hem of a mini-skirt/hot pants and socks; also graded depending on socks length. Only considered "true" if it's thigh-high or overknee socks (grades A and B, respectively). Rank Inflation to Grade S happens by combining Grade A with Girlish Pigtails and Tsundere.


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