Referring to anime in general as "Chinese cartoons" Explanation Mocking both the type of person who is confused what country almost all anime originates from and the type of person who gets unreasonably frustrated when others refer to anime as "Japanese cartoons", anime fans combine both terms to ironically refer to their hobby. Over time, this started to get snowcloned into [Asian country] [type of visual entertainment], such as Taiwanese zoetropes, Vietnamese rice paper drawings, Cambodian shadowplay, Mongolian tribal dance and so on.
"Animu" and "mango" are deliberately mangled pronunciations used for similar purposes.
Referring to the Japanese language as "Moonspeak" or the written language as "Moonrunes". Explanation A reference to the fact that most Western fans of Japanese works cannot speak or read Japanese, so the Japanese language may as well be "alien moon language" to them.
"Special Feeling" note A newscast interviews a guy with his girlfriend and he comments on how it feels special to be in the snow with his lover; which makes her very cutely embarrassed. Cue derivations of this scene starring every shipping fandom in existence, straight, Ho Yay, Cargo and everything in between.
Watching something for the plot.note Plot means fanservice, in case you couldn't tell.
QUALITYExplanation After the horribly animatedYoake Mae Yori Ruriiro Na -Crescent Love-drew two cabbages as simple green circles, Fan Art with Feena holding one such cabbage was everywhere, and it actually survived a round in the SaiGAR "manly character" competition. The horribly-drawn cabbages would spawn an inside joke within the anime industry to draw cabbages in much more detail compared to the rest of the show. Years after the anime's airing, any instance of glaring Off-Model animation would be referred to as QUALITY (all-caps included).
The male version should be "hasubando" or "hazubando" but is usually just "husbando."
An alternate origin could be the Japanese otaku practice of proclaiming a female (or male) character "ore no yome", which means exactly the same thing. A Shout-Out to this practice appeared in Lucky Star.
There's even a Mai-Waifu Fansubs, the waifu in this case being Enma Ai.
"____ is best girl!"Explanation A derivative of the above. Unlike "mai waifu", "best girl" discussions are less subjective: "best", by definition, requires comparison, leading to plenty of debates, joking or otherwise, over who is best girl within a show or even an anime season or year. This can even overlap with Ship-to-Ship Combat. Sometimes it can create variations like "best boy" or "best bro", and occasionally male characters get suggested as "best girl". Fans who are tired of, or poking fun at the trend, will also suggest truly absurd candidates — "Ramiel best girl" is one of the most well-known variants.
Getting isekai'd by Truck-kun Explanation Many isekai plots use a death by truck accident to set up the protagonist's reincarnation — it's used enough that this method of starting a reincarnation tends to get parodied by other works. The "Truck-kun" term originated from Fuuka and was integrated into this meme.
"Ah, I see that you're a man of culture as well." explanation A reaction image featuring a screenshot of Last Samurai from Arakawa Under the Bridge. This screencap is often accompanied by mock dialogues used to express good taste in a specific hobby or interest, and it was later snowcloned with various Anime characters which had their eyes closed while slightly looking down.
"culture" Explanation The meme has been used to compliment others who appreciate obscure hentai enough times that "culture" has become an euphemism for pornographic content. "Cultured content" can refer to any kind of porn, be it R-18 fanart, doujins, or hentai episodes, while "cultured individuals" describes those who enjoy a wide variety or large collection of such content.
Ara Ara... Explanation An interjection synonymous with "my, my..." and often used by older women. This was popularized (and fetishized) in 2019 when it was associated with flirtatious and buxom big sisters or older women.
FBI OPEN UP!Explanation A response parroted from the enforcers, which is mostly used to comment on sexualized pictures of underaged Anime/Manga/Light Novel female characters.
Hello, officer? Yes, this person right here. Explanation One of the most common translations of the Japanese equivalent of the meme above.
"IT'SATRAP!"Explanation Many Wholesome Crossdressers and androgynous males in anime are drawn really, really pretty, to the point where they can be passed off as actual female characters to new fans with surprising ease. Admiral Ackbar's memetic exclamation was taken to describe this kind of a character as a "trap", in the sense that a highly stereotypical, undersexed, and loudly heterosexual male otaku would be trapped in a conflicting lust for the character. At this point, the jargon is used ironically.
Also used in reverse — a woman hiding as a man or bifauxnen is called a "Reverse Trap".
Funny thing is that it already overlapped with the whole Trap Card meme, so, you'll usually see photoshopped cards of Bridget and Jun, among other lesser known traps.
Similarly, male characters who end up in drag for zany schemes will usually prompt fans to createWholesome Crossdresser or even outright female personas for them. A famous example is 'Ranko', a false persona Ranma Saotome creates which many fans distanced from the male character.
"Spot The Main Character" Explanation A meme 'game' where you post screencaps of anime where the main characters have character designs that stand out considerably amongst the minor and background characters
Anime was a mistake.Explanation This is from a mistranslated interview in which Hayao Miyazaki was actually criticizing the lack of creativity in the modern anime industry. People have run with the misquote as a criticism towards the surplus of Otaku-pandering anime, or simply to rile up arguments.
[X] yen is about [Y] Norwegian krone. Explanation A meme from the English-speaking manga scanlation community. Norway Scans were known for providing footnotes converting the price of something in yen into Norwegian krone, and though they're now gone, other scanlators have continued the tradition, sometimes snowcloning it using other lesser-known currency.
Urusai!Urusai!URUSAI!!!Explanation Another line that is usually expected from a Type A Tsundere, particularly if the said character is a Shana Clone...
Every time you bring up real world physics in a discussion about fantasy anime, God kills a Cat Girl. Please, think of the catgirls. Explanation Anime fandom's version of the MST3K Mantra
"What if 4Kids got ___?" Explanation Fans occasionally make exaggerated guesses as to how the...controversial licensor would Macekre various animes, even after the company stopped licensing and "producing" anime in 2011. Bonus points if it's a violent, family-unfriendly series like Higurashi.
"I hope sempai notices me"Explanation Exact phrasing originates on tumblr, but really just describes Sempai/Kohai romance in a nutshell. Variations of the phrase occur, i.e. "I hope kohai notices me" in Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun
Top 10 Anime Betrayals! explanation This is a play off of (in)famous Top 10 Video Countdown youtube channel, WatchMojo. This specific example is typically accompanined by a character engaging in an action that amounts to Poke the Poodle.
Blonde Hair Girls always win. Explanation Fans pointed out that most Anime (with harem genre) had blonde-haired girls winning the main male character's heart, which also causes dark-haired girls (Brunette, Black) to lose in the end.
Speaking of that; some fans noted a recent trend of the Blue-haired girls losing as well (Though started from previous series like Re:Zero, it was eventually popularized from the Anime DARLING in the FRANXX).
Childhood friend curse Explanation Many Harem Series are bound to include a Childhood Friend Romance, but the protagonist usually chooses one of the other girls at the end (assuming a Marry Them All decision isn't taken). This is exaggerated to a belief that the childhood friend is doomed to never end up with the protagonist. This meme can overlap with the above two harem trends.
It's just a blank picture. explanation An English-translated version of the "白畫面" comment, which is used by the EXTREMELY bitter & pessimistic Chinese viewers on watching a good heteroromantic moment in any Anime series. The picture would go "full color" in their eyes when it comes to Les Yay moments.
This has been brought to you by Ctenosaur Video, no thanks to "Miami Mike" — I remember what you did to me at DragonConnote Before anime became mainstream in the west, there were various amateur fansubbing groups, including Ctenosaur Video, who would circulate their fansubs on homemade VHS tapes. At some point, a person known only as "Miami Mike" slighted the people at Ctenosaur, who proceeded to trash-talk him in their subs. Who "Miami Mike" was and what he did was a matter of speculation for several years until someone managed to track down an old acquaintance of Mike and got to the bottom of the mystery: Mike had resold some fansub tapes he received from Ctenosaur Video fansubbers, and they never forgave him for it.
Sauce? explanation Originally "source?" asked by people wanting to know the original anime or manga where an image or screenshot is from. It got mutated into "sauce?" especially after enough people ask for it after OP has already given the source.
(6 digit number) explanation Inevitably, innocuous panels or scenes from pornographic sources get involved. A popular doujin site catalogs each entry by a unique number, so simply searching that number will easily lead people to the doujin source in question. Some users get subtle by weaving unusually precise 6-digit numbers into their post, and at other times users claim to start interpreting innocuous 6-digit numbers as doujin catalog entries.
177013 explanation The catalog number for a doujin named "Emergence"/"Metamorphosis", which outlines a depressing but unusually believable plot where the protagonist of the doujin, in search for validation, gets led down the path of drugs and abuse and dies alone. Like Boku no Pico, this doujin would get recommended to unwitting people looking for a good fap only to sucker them into a gripping but very downbeat story, and many who have read it get "PTSD" from seeing similar character designs sporting glasses and twin braids. Other numbers with extreme content also get used like a Shock Site, but 177013 is the most well-known.
What are you doing, step-bro? explanation A mainly hentai-oriented phrase that originates from a picture of a girl stuck in a wall with her butt exposed, which makes her wide open for what comes next. Tends to be used in any context of when someone is stuck.
Not exclusively related to anime but the infamous Finnish dubbing team Agapio Racing Team's Macekre-dub of certain series has achieved meme-like qualities in Finland, especially the emotionless expressions of emotion from Digimon.
SETSUMEI SHIYOU!"Allow me to explain" A number of shows made by Tatsunoko Production use this phrase when they're about to explain a part of a show that the viewers might not understand right away; usually said by the narrator. It gets used constantly in "Kyatto Ninden Teyandee" to the point of practically being a Catchphrase.
Dinner, Bath, or Me?Explanation A recurring phrase in anime associated with someone (often a guy) returning home to find an attractive woman at the door who says the aforementioned phrase. This has led to the popularization of the "Dinner, Bath, or Sex" Offer throughout modern media.
Bakemonogatari is a slideshow. note The show's frequent use of still frames, especially during dialogue, lead to many people jokingly claiming this.
Mispronouncing/misspelling Araragi's name, usually by adding more "ra's" than are necessary. If called out on it, they will respond "Sorry, I stuttered."note Came from a Running Gag in the series where Mayoi would mispronounce Araragi's name in increasingly convoluted ways, only to try to cover it up by saying she stuttered.
It's an anime about brushing teeth. note Nisemonogatari somehow managed to make a person brushing another's teeth very erotic and a metaphor for sex. Often brought up as the height of the Monogatari series's weirdness.
Kaiki is best girl note Due to Kaiki's awesome role in Koimonogatari, his popularity increased greatly, generating him a great legion of fans, with many of them calling him "his waifu" and "the purest girl of the cast".
Spooky Ougi note Describing Ougi as such became very popular, particularly around Owarimonogatari's release, due to her bizarre character design and odd mannerisms.
Kami-sama arigatou~note Ren-ai Circulation is very memorable and memetic.
When Roy Mustang becomes Fuhrer, all of his female employees will be required to wear TINY MINISKIRTS! Explanation One of Mustang's actual lines from the first anime. No one has yet discerned whether he was joking or serious - although in one of the manga's yonkoma, Olivier Armstrong agrees to go along with it if it'd boost troop morale.
HE LOVES DOGS!Explanation Another of Mustang's lines. Definitely serious, but still silly.
And is dead sexy... in a miniskirt! Explanation A line Vic Mignogna came up with when asked to say "something nice about Roy Mustang" in Ed's voice. He added the last part as a joke, but it soon became enormously popular among his fans, much to his dismay. Nowadays he feigns ignorance whenever he's asked to say it, but the line got far enough that it's an injoke with the cast.
King Bradley killed a tank. With a sword.Explanation It quickly became popular among fans to describe how badass Bradley is by bringing up the time he took on a tank armed with only a sword and a grenade and won.
The hate for Shou Tucker has pretty much grown to memetic levels, to the point where he is pretty much the weeaboo Antichrist.Explanation Tucker is an antagonist pretty early on who combined his daughter and his dog into a chimera. He is pretty much the only antagonist who didn't feel some kind of remorse over his actions, especially so considering the 2003 anime didn't feature the Gold-Toothed Doctor. He's also the only character outright confirmed to have gone to Hell after his death. By the 2010s, the kids who hated Tucker have become adults on the internet who still hate Tucker.
The pain and sorrow felt for Tucker's daughter and dog is commensurate with the hate Tucker garners. Explanation Tucker's desperation to keep his State Alchemist certification ended with him combining his daughter and dog into a chimera in an experiment meant to impress his commanding officers. Said chimera could barely speak and looked absolutelypitiful.
Making jokes about the fate of Nina Tucker and her dog Alexander in an attempt to Cross the Line Twice is also a common form of trolling.
[Insert show name]: Brotherhood. explanation Due to the colossal success of the Fullmetal Alchemist remake, expect any attempt to re-adapt an older property to be referred to with this format.
"Nyoro~n" Explanation Tsuruya was taken by a Japanese Webcomic artist and made into a Super-Deformed Ditz named Churuya, with a line she said once in the anime made into her Catchphrase, and an affinity for smoked cheese. Spawned countless imitations involving characters from Haruhi or other anime - and is now more emblematic of Haruhi than anything that actually appeared in the show.
And then official Haruhi staff made a series off of it for YouTube, much to the chagrin of the Unpleasable Fanbase, was referenced in the live concert for the show by Taniguchi's voice actor, Minoru Shiraishi, who proclaimed "Nyoro~n! Smoked cheese!", and also in Lucky Star, produced by the same company as Haruhi.
Everyone is Itsuki for Kyon. Explanation Summarising both Itsuki's habit of invading Kyon's personal space and Kyon's in and out of universe status as a sex god.
"You made Mikuru cry!" Explanation From The Melancholy Of Suzumiya Haruhi-chan parody shorts.
Everything makes Mikuru cry. Explanation There are videos where the clip of Mikuru's crying is placed after random other clips, such as L and his potato chip, or Knuckles claiming that they're not buddies.
HaruhiismExplanation Haruhi's Reality Warper status made Itsuki speculate that Haruhi is actually God. Note on just "speculation".
"We've entered an endless recursion of time." Explanation Fan Sub of a repeated line in the infamous "Endless Eight" episodes, as an explanation of what was going on. The line has since become synonymous with Endless Eight, often repeated (multiple times) whenever someone brings up those episodes.
"Kyon-kun, denwa." Explanation Another oft-repeated line in Endless Eight, said by Kyon's little sister as his phone rings in each episode.
Guess what I just caught? I... just caught... YOU. Rip. Van. Winkle. Explanation Alucard says this during his extremely over the top killing of Rip.
"Why can't anyoneher horns?" Explanation One fan's confusion as to why no-one notices that Hanyuu isn't exactly normal. Everybody got on his case for his grammatical error but eventually turned it around to have fun with it.
"I'd her horns◊" (NSFW). Explanation Fill in the missing word yourselves.
Remember kids, you should tell your friends if you shoot kids for fun. Explanation A certain fansub is famous for their comments at each break picture.
Ni-pah! Explanation A nonsense word that Rika often says.
"OMOCHIKAERI~!"Explanation "I want to take it home with me!" Ryuugu Rena is well known for her love of cute things. Sometimes this gets taken a little too far and she'll snatch up some poor soul and carry her off like a kidnapper.
Do you know Oyashiro-Sama? Yes, Hinamizawa. I kill you, you kill me. No, Hinamizawa! Explanation Said in Ooishi and Keiichi's Engrish Rap.
USO DA!Explanation A line commonly used in the anime meaning "that's a lie!". Rena is the most frequent user of this line, though it has also been used by other characters.
Use Soda! Explanation From what some fans think it sounds like.
ANY Evil Laugh in the series will get this. Not only are there a bunch of loop videos of the girls just laughing for ten minutes, there are a bunch of remixes of their laughs, too.
Shion's Evil LaughExplanation This is a still image of one Shion Sonozaki manically cackling after she goads Rika Furude into killing herself. It has spawned a fount of Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter" memes on the Internet.
Rena's Evil LaughExplanation As with Shion, Rena is prone to laughing insanely, especially if she's under the Hinamizawa syndrome. Put the "Laughter" in "Slaughter" memes with Rena cackling (sometimes attacking someone with a machete) are also common.
"Some people who are lactose-intolerant can go to the emergency room!" Explanation "Casey" in the aforementioned video is lactose-intolerant, and when he's about to be given a "taco" with cheese, we cut away to a Public Service Announcement-style narration explaining this in a hilarious way.
"Shall I... cool your head a little?" Explanation Got its memetic status from Nanoha, but the line and pose are actually a Shout-Out to when Freeza kills Krillin in Dragon Ball Z.
White Devil Explanation Nanoha's Fan Nickname, from a line when Vita refers to her as "a devil" and her white outfit. Also a reference to Mobile Suit Gundam, where Amuro Ray has this nickname in-universe.
Playstation Vita. Explanation The fact that Sony named their recent handheld "Playstation Vita" was not lost on the Nanoha fanbase.
The extraordinary popularity of overdubbing scenes from the show with the soundtrack of mecha shows, including but not limited to Subaru's Final Fusion.
Befriending. Explanation Nanoha's practice of making friends of those that survive her attacks is another of her defining characteristics, the term used as a synonym for "beat the crap out of" (as in "you're about to be befriended").
This has reached the point where if it involves making friends, Nanoha becomes a Memetic Badass who could make Chuck Norris wet himself. This naturally makes one wonder, if this is how she treats people she wants to be friends with, what would she be capable of against someone for whom she really wanted to bring the pain.
"Listen or be shot." Explanation During her first fight with Vita, Nanoha calls out to her: "Listen to me!" while Raising Heart announces her attack: "Divine Buster!" A lot of fans use this phrase to sum up Nanoha's general approach to encountering an enemy.
Nanoha is a Gundam disguised as a Magical Girl!Explanation First of all, her outfit looks a lot like the RX-78-2 Gundam, she uses Attack Drones in season 3 like the RX-93 Nu Gundam, and she even shares a similar nickname with the RX-78-2 - The White Devil.
"X! And X again!"Explanation Based off of Sky High's catchphrase, as well as his regular tendency to repeat himself.
Since episode 15, many a crack has been made about Keith Goodman/Sky High's incredibly obvious status as a clueless virgin. The 4th drama CD has only encouraged them.
"Goddammit, Sunrise. Stop doing this to us."Explanation Watching Tiger and Bunny evidently leads to a crippling addiction to purchasing all of the show's merchandise (and not-merchandise. Nobody quite expected that sales spike in Kotetsu alleged cologne). Thus, the fandom curses Sunrise's name every time they come up with a new toy or T-shirt to sell.
"I must have that delicious Oyaji Moe scent!"Explanation 2chan and /a/ have discovered that the cologne Kotetsu owns is a real brand. Things haven't been the same since.
Sold out in X seconds Explanation There's been a notorious tendency for T&B figurines to not only sell instantly after preorders open, but actually crash the sites they're sold on from the surge in orders.
"Is it Saturday yet?"Explanation Tiger and Bunny fans are very impatient for their Superhero Saturday fix. No T&B thread on /a/ ends without this question asked.
Being Bison is suffering. Explanation The writers - head writer Nishida, in particular - have admitted that they're pretty fond of Antonio/Rock Bison - a fondness that paradoxically drives them to relentlessly screw with him. The phrasing is a reference to the "being meguca is suffering" meme from Madoka Magica.
The axe scene from the Christmas specials. Explanation In each Aikatsu Christmas special, a character will chop down a tree with an axe. It's not exactly uncommon to find fanart of Ichigo wielding it for any number of crazy reasons.
"Eyecuts, eyecuts!" Explanation What most people hear "Aikatsu! Aikatsu!" as due to the cast repeatedly saying it way too fast.
"Kiyohara, this is absolutely unforgivable!" Explanation During the original airing of episode 176 had a news telop appear about Kazuhiro Kiyohara being released from jail appear during the scene in which Sumire fails her special appeal. Many fans jokingly blamed her failing on Kiyohara.
Angel Beats!: Itsumo Hitori... Explanation Angel Beats! is very notable for abusing its ending song, Brave Song. Get whacked with a giant hammer? Play the ending theme. Use a rocket chair to smash a victim multiple times? Play the ending theme.
"I GAVE YOU POPSICLES!"note After some of his students learned about Koro-sensei's pornography addiction, he bribed them with ice cream popsicles to keep quiet. Just before the class's latest assassination attempt on Koro-sensei, they reveal his secret on film. He belts out this line in the English Dub when he realizes the betrayal.
Perversion... can save the world.note A observation made by Nagisa over Koro-sensei's (poorly-disguised) porn addiction and how the students could use it as a possible means to assassinate him. Which, as the above meme shows, they certainly did.
Baccano!: THANK YOU, FUCK YOU, THE STAR IS HERE!Explanation Ladd Russo's epic moment of Incoming Ham.
Baoh: "Baoh has a laser cannon!" note When Baoh pulls a giant laser cannon out of nowhere to fight Walken, Dr. Kasuminome, known for his Captain Obvious statements, says something so ridiculously obvious it's hard not to laugh.Became a Running Gag on Bennett the Sage's Anime Abandon review series.
"S stands for..." Explanation The opening featuring title cards for each character is quickly becoming this, mostly through parodies featuring, among other things, the Soviet Union, Adolf Hitler, or just some random character/scene/object,etc, but always consistently in keeping with the "S" Alliterative List of the original opening..
Since the reveal of Sora Tokui voicing Hideri, a male-to-female transvestite who sees himself as an Idol Singer, jokes about Love Live!'s Yazawa Nico being a crossdresser went flying.
BEST COMEDY OF THE YEAR, MAN! Explanation According to some people, the series had WAY too much Narm.
"Protection." Gonna get "protected." Explanation Everyone who Saya says she's going to protect dies.
Boku no Pico:
Don't watch an anime called Boku / YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Explanation A video on YouTube called "Don't watch an anime called Boku" features someone reacting to the Shotacon anime Boku no Pico, gradually freaking out and screaming every word he speaks by the time he finishes watching all three episodes. Notably, his commentary is punctuated by several instances of "YOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!", which has become heavily associated with the series.
Related meme: "Recommend me an anime." (Roughly 90% of answers will be Boku no Pico.)
The second half of Bunny Drop is so infamously hated (let's put it this way: neither the anime nor the live-action film adapted the second half) that it led to the term "Usagi Dropped" (Usagi Drop, of course, being the Japanese name), for when you warn someone that the ending of a series is terrible.
I'm _____, tantei sa! Explanation One of Conan/Shinichi's catch phrases is "Edogawa Conan, tantei sa!", which means "I'm Conan Edogawa, a detective!".
This troper learned to do that in Hawaii! Explanation In a Non-Serial Movie, Conan came up with "my dad taught me in Hawaii!" as a quick excuse to cover up something quialifying as a Deus ex Machina. Therefore, in some fandom corners (specially the Taiwanese fandom) the phrase is often used to either mock or explain plotholes.
Oi oi oi! Explanation Again, one of Conan's catch phrases, this one for deadpan snarking.
Fishing line. Most letal weapon ever! Explanation Fans comment that most of the crimes were done with fishing lines or similar cords.
The ending sequence from , the touching "Dango Daikazoku", has been made into hundreds of different versions.
The opening theme of Clannad ~After Story~, Toki wo Kizamu Uta, has a tendency to be remade with any anime that has a Improbably Female Cast, any other work of Key/Visual Arts, or just any work in general.
Tomoya seems to be known to some as "the Clannadman". (Related expression: "You will never be the Clannadman!")
Fuuko's love of starfish has reached memetic levels. "HITODEEE~~~!<3"
Nana wills it!Explanation Many fans associate this series with how much Nana Mizuki makes and thinks that she has a say on how the anime goes. Alternatively, it also refers to a situation where Ange is gonna have a bad time.
MERELY PRETENDINGExplanation ]Mostly associated with Hilda, though it's also used by quite a bit of characters. Basically, Hilda admits to Ange that she only pretended to be friends with Chris and Rosalie and was pretty much Zola's pet just so she can survive Arzenal so that one day she can go back to her mom. Some also do associate it with Sylvia who at first was a meek Expy of Nunnally until it was revealed that she was an Evil Cripple
What is JesusYamato doing in Cross Ange?!Explanation Tusk's near-semblance to Kira had fans up in arms accusing Creative Producer Mitsuo Fukuda (the same guy behind Gundam SEED) of recycling characters from other shows. Came to head with Tusk's Unexplained Recovery in Episode 22, coupled with a dose of possible TwincestSquick, considering the fact that Ange was also based on a character from SEED - Kira's twin sister Cagalli.
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba unofficially crossed over with The Promised Neverland, Zenitsu X Sister Krone are a thing, really. In Japan a meme surfaced in 2017 that briefly crossed over the two series above, an image edit◊ of Zenitsu being scared witless of Sister Krone made its rounds in Japanese imageboards, to the point Zenitsu somehow was voted the 29th most popular character in The Promised Neverland for its first official poll, while Sister Krone was voted the 59th most popular character in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba for its first official poll; the meme persisted in 2020, as the series 2nd official poll still got its votes for Sister Krone, even rose to 49th place. Going even further the meme was in fact recognized by Shueisha itself in 2019, as they made a gigantic mural with hundreds of Shonen Jump characters being all over a school building, Zenitsu and Krone were paired together alone, creating the same effect of Zenitsu being scared of Krone as she looms behind him.
After currying favor with the village, one of the girls approaches Senku, asking him what type of girl he likes. His response is "a girl who can blow a lot of oxygen into a furnace." The fans then proceeded to take that response and run with it.
Eromanga Sensei: Megumi likes dicks. explanation The main character of the show is visited by a girl called Megumi, with whom he discusses about girls. At the end of the conversation, she says his dick is useless and states that she likes dicks.
F-Zero: GP Legend: "WATASHI WA SHINAN- SHINAN ZO!" "FARUKON PAUNCH!" Explanation Black Shadow's final stand against Captain Falcon.
It's all Sting's fault! Explanation One chapter begins with two characters noting that Sting's guild has moved down in the rankings in a competition due to Sting's poor performance earlier, and one of the two cheerfully declares "It's all Sting's fault." Since Sting is a bit cocky he wasn't too popular anyway, and fans started messing with previous pages to add the line to the end of negative events, or just blame him for whatever in forum posts.
______ is actually Jellal! Explanation On two separate occasions, a character is revealed to actually be Jellal (though the second time was his otherworld counterpart). Fandom took this to mean that every character who covers their face or has a mysterious past/objective is actually Jellal in disguise.
Wow~!Explanation A strange sound effect that tends to play when something fanservicey or raunchy happens, which found further use in video editing whenever something sexy (or not) happens.
Food Wars! is a cooking manga Explanation The phrase originated in-work during a particularly heated table tennis match, but was picked up by the fandom in reference to the cooking duels, which, aesthetically speaking, draw so heavily on shonen action cliches there is a very real risk of forgetting that, well...
Foodgasm. Explanation The word isn't new, but the depictions of people's reactions to eating good food are so Freudian there is no other way to describe them.
Poor turtle. Explanation A turtle was decapitated and (literally) turned into hamburger on page by Arato Hisako. Since then, this is the reaction whenever Hisako does something badass.
The creepy face◊ Yuno makes at the end of the first episode of Future Diary. It's gotten to the point where it's gotten its own tags on Pixiv (恍惚のヤンデレポーズ, lit. "yandere pose of ecstasy") and Danbooru (yandere_trance).
GONNA PROTECT THE SHIT OUT OF YOU Explanation The screenshot made into an image macro.
The Laughing Man is an in-universe example. Explanation (spoilers) The original Laughing Man was a genius hacker who found out the medical industry was screwing the public over concerning a particularly nasty disease and its cures. He kidnapped one of the major presidents of said industry to make a statement, culminating in a rather public outburst in public, digitally replacing his face with a logo. Since he was never caught, various people took his persona to commit various crimes, all under the impression that they were the original Laughing Man. Eventually, one of them threatened to kill a police chief at a public event. The attempt took place, but at least two dozen people came out of the woodwork to do so, each claiming to be the original Laughing Man. It was eventually determined through insanely complex philosophical, psychological, and technological babble that the Laughing Man had become a meme, and spread into people's minds due to their ability to directly interact with each other's brains on the net.
He's become quite the meme in Real Life, too. Especially his unmistakable logo.
"This too is sensha-do" Explanation Maho says this when Erika protests her decision to loan Mako their helicopter so she can get to her grandmother in the hospital. She ends up repeating this line in many fan works, especially versions of the scene in which she acts more affectionately to Miho than she does in canon.
"Golden Kamuy is a cooking manga" Explanation There's lots of Food Porn and the characters often cook, making it a pretty decent cooking manga when it's not a gory Action-Adventure. That the group scanlating it is also scanlating actual cooking mangas doesn't exactly help, too. Comes from a snowclone of "Food Wars! is a cooking manga".
Is this Bara? Explanation Despite being a seinen series, a lot of the fanservice comes from the very macho and muscular male cast, even for more comedic scenes, and the tone of each scene contrasts the tone of the entire rest of the manga. Even those who aren't into the beefcake have been seeing a trend in the story to focus on it. The Hot Springs Episode comes with a two-page spread of all the male characters, nude and positioned suggestively, which became popular to parody in Japanese fanart.
Anime viewers will often complain about the bad CG work used for bears, even though the production team tried to justify it.
The fact that Shiton Anehata's name is a pun of Ernest Thomson Seton, a founding member of the Boy Scouts of America.Explanation In popular culture, the Scouts are too often portrayed as full of sexual predators.
Dropped every week. Explanation Its fandom complains bitterly about every episode, and states that they'll drop it; and yet the same people are there the next week complaining again and saying they'll drop it.
Shoe... Explanation Because of the protag's name, Shuu.
Haikyuu!!: "You should have come to Shiratorizawa." explanation From the two times Ushijima Wakatoshi said that to Oikawa Tooru, despite the latter's hatred of the former and complete disinterest on the offer.
Farmer!Ushijima. explanation From the time Ushijima compared volleyball teams to fertile soil, fans took it to mean he has farming as an interest.
Oya? Oya oya. Oya oya oya. explanation From the way Bokuto and Kuroo greet Tsukishima when he walks into the 3rd gym.
"OW MY NUTBLADDER!" Explanation Apparently, the levels of cuteness caused an /a/non (so he claimed) to masturbate so hard to this show they burst their "nut-bladder". Used to summarise anything absurdly cute, though the video game meme "HHNNNNNNGGGG!" has almost completely replaced it. Although, everywhere online, if you see a Hidamari discussion (including on This Very Wiki), you're almost guaranteed to hear at least one mention of the word "nutbladder".
|___________| Explanation Emoticon of a typical wide-face Super-Deformed expression that Hidamari Sketch is infamous for. Often goes hand-in-hand with mentions of nutbladders.
Itadaki! Seieki♥ (Vampire Vixen in English): "Hot stuff is coming out" explanation a line from the hentai; the word "hot" is usually swapped out depending on context
COMEDY!Explanation The anime was marketed as aRomantic Comedy. Viewers were first whamed by the Downer Beginning, and after that, the manga spoilers that started to circulate. Rom Com elements still exist in this series, but it's just half what this story was about.
MOTHER OF THE YEARExplanation The Downer Beginning started it, but some translated manga has cemented her status. A similar meme exists for the father and even Hiyori Moritani, Manabe's childhood friend. A Sincerity Mode version also exists for Manabe, mainly due to the fact he's one of the rare decisive anime boyfriends in the past few years.
The ride never ends!Explanation (Spoilers warning!) Some people might be fooled into thinking that after the Downer Beginning or even episode 2, the anime becomes a pure Rom Com. Simply put, it never does. The line itself is taken from a RollerCoaster Tycoon meme (Mr. Bones Wild Ride).
Kotoura-san has 12 seasons.Explanation A mainly Chinese meme. Because of the Cerebus Rollercoaster / Mood Whiplash nature of this work, viewers find what they had every episode can be as much as a whole season in other shows; so they often call "episode X" as "season X".
Macross Frontier: Ranka Lee is the source of at least two memes: The "Nyan Nyan" DanceExplanation A dance she performs in the first episode when she tells Alto where she works at. and the "Kira Pose"Explanation Her Memetic Hand Gesture, which she performs in the song "Seikan Hikou"..
"You should tie your scarf in a proper knot." Explanation These are words Sachiko says to Yumi when fixing Yumi's scarf, and which sets in motion all of the events in the Light Novels and subsequent anime. This gets referenced and parodied in many manga and anime, especially when hinting at romantic involvement between girls.
↑←↑Explanation The first opening prominently features Kaine shifting a lever in that pattern, synced with the music. Thus many people will bring it up when the show or the opening theme are mentioned.
Milf Coded Explanation A Tumblr user, attempting to take the series to task over its sexual content, called Lucoa this. The phrase was just so nonsensical that fans of the series started spamming it in relation to her.
I'm going to jail! Explanation A copypasta that originated from Twitch's week-long anime marathon stream, referring to fans jokingly being worried about enjoying Kanna being lewded too much.
"Sai-shou-dou-kin!?". Explanation Nodoka's character-defining Covert Pervert moment, in which she discovers her solution to the Love Triangle in which she finds herself between herself, Negi and Yue is an OT3.
Pactioooooooo!!' Explanation In this series Pactio is a magical Pact between a mage and his guardian that allows him to empower the guardian and sometimes creates a powerful artifact. Naturally this is done by having the two kiss, and so far over half of Negi's class had Pactio'd.
Everyone is Shotacon for Negi. Explanation Negi has a potential harem to rival Tenchi Muyo!, nearly everyone falls in love with him in one way or another (including lesbians and two of his mortal enemies), and he is only ten years old.
Akamatsu's really hot wife demands HIATUS. Explanation The series is a stunning example of Shown Their Work, and writer Ken Akamatsu instigates a lot of hiatus to perform research. Fans have another theory, however.
No. 6 is filled Ho Yay between Sion and Nezumi, so its fans sarcastically remark "THIS ANIME IS VERY HETEROSEXUAL."
Sion's sperm is all for Nezumi. Explanation In the first episode, Safu propositions Sion by saying she "Wants his sperm." The fandom has taken this and run with it in regards to the aforementioned Ho Yay between Sion and Nezumi.
Not from the anime itself, but from the English dub outtakes of Noein:
"She's an Eldritch Abomination, not your waifu!" explanation A variant of "She is a cartoon, not your waifu". Nyarlathotep in the Cthulhu Mythos' is a malicious trickster of inhuman nature, here turned into a pretty girl... but still shows signs of being dangerous.
(」・ω・)」うー！(／・ω・)／にゃー！ explanation This chant is found in the opening lyrics of the song "Taiyou Iwaku Moeyo Chaos". Also pronounced as "Uhh! Nya!".
＼(・ω・＼)ＳＡＮ値!(／・ω・)／ピンチ! ＼(・ω・＼)ＳＡＮ値!(／・ω・)／ピンチ! explanation The chant from the equally catchy opening song of season 2, "Koi wa Chaos no Shimobe Nari" ("Love Is The Servant Of Chaos"). Also pronounced as "SAN-chi, pinchi!" ("Your SAN points are in trouble!"/"Sanity Level Critical!")
Sons of bitches! Sons of bitches! explanation A mishearing of the chant above.
GOD! MY! OOOOOOH! Explanation Garterbelt's inverted Big "OMG!" in the final episode.
GAINAX RUINED CHRISTMAS Explanation (spoilers) The PSG finale had, for all its weirdness, been heading towards a Here We Go Again! ending—when out of nowhere, with less than a minute left in the episode, a Gainax Ending was thrown in. It all went downhill from there. Even the characters were shocked with the turn of events, and fans were set all afrenzy. The airing of the episode? December 24th. Merry Christmas!
SURVIVAL STRATEGY! Explanation The translation of possessed!Himari's catch phrase. (Doubling as Wham Line when said by somebody else.)
VIVA MUFFLER! Explanation A line in Engrish that Kanba shouts in episode 10- while this sprang up after that episode's premiere, it became even more useful after Himari began knitting scarves for Double H and episode 20's flashbacks.
FABULOUS MAX! Explanation Yuri Tokikago's own catch phrase.
As of episode 16, doing the same with a certain shot◊ that shows the return of the Princess of the Crystal is starting to go that way too.
Shouma is mai waifu. Explanation Shouma has become, er, very well-known among males in 4chan, and his Yamato Nadeshiko traits have made him one of the VERY rare males that 4channers would consider as "waifu" material.
Lol wut? u mad? Explanation A certain fansub's, er, rather "special" translation of one of Sanetoshi's lines (in which he used very outdated slang) in episode 13.
Everyone is getting NTR'd. Explanation After Kanba noticed Sanetoshi and Himari's growing closeness in episode 16 and showed jealousy about it, people immediately jumped onto the parallels with the Netorare genre, in which a male steals somebody else's girlfriend from under the other guy's nose specifically to invoke jealousy in the cheated-on guy (and the audience). The meme started solely focusing on Kanba as the "victim", but as the series went on, the growing Love Dodecahedron made the term relevant to basically every single character, to the point that it has become somewhat of a 4chan tradition to type at least one variation of the "NTR SHIT" phrase in a Penguindrum-related thread.
HEY MR. PRESIDENT, WATCH OUT!Explanation Many of Masako's scenes in episode 16, especially her dream sequence, contain a bodyguard of her grandfather's who speaks completely in hilarious Engrish. It's actually surprisingly well-done, as he's voiced by a professional English-Japanese translator.
Himari no tame ni! Explanation It means "For Himari's sake", and Kanba and Shoma say it on a regular basis.
Shibireru darou? Explanation Sanetoshi's own Catchphrase, which means "Isn't it electrifying?".
Mario will never be relevant. Explanation The longer the series has gone on, the more obvious it's become that Masako's younger brother Mario was never nearly as important as he was made out to be. The fandom has quite a few jokes about it.
The Pet Girl of Sakurasou: Plan CExplanation In Episode 5 of the anime, Sorata and Mashiro talk about how not to let Nanami misunderstand their relationship after the latter agrees to move into Sakura Hall. Sorata's plan it to bribe Mashiro withbaumkuchen with a promise that she would take care of herself. Jin suggests they tell Nanami they're dating, which Sorata immediately rejects. Mashiro then innocently invokes Murder the Hypotenuse by stating that she should kill Nanami to keep their secret safe, which he also immediately dismisses. Sorata decides to try his idea, which he calls Plan A, calls Jin's idea Plan B, and Mashiro's Plan C. The entire "Plan C" thing has became such a Running Gag in the anime that it became a byword for killing in some circles.
Similar to the Loituma Girl cartoon, a looped short clip of Mai and Mii dancing from the Popotan H-game opening was set to "Caramelldansen" by the Swedish Eurodance group Caramell. Thus the Caramelldansen Vid meme. Any videos that fit that trope should be listed there.
Laala being shocked as two layers of text cover her head◊. Explanation An aftershock of the Kumamoto earthquake happened in between a home shopping program and the premiere of episode 92. TV Tokyo decided to display warnings about the aftershock throughout the episode, with one of them covering the "please sit away from the TV" warning. The image became popular after it was posted by a fan of the series on a clip from Out of Context VeggieTales involving an Emergency Broadcast System banner playing during a qubo airing of the show, comparing the video in question to said screenshot.
Glitch MiraiExplanation Mirai Momoyama was included as an Early-Bird Cameo on the Nintendo Switch port of PriChan's predecessor PriPara, which had many glitches. The most notable was Mirai being rendered incorrectly. Many fans decided to make fanart based on this glitch.
"YABAI CAUTION!" Explanation The first line of Emo's solo song "Suki Suki Sensor". It's common for people to quote this line in threads about PriChan.
"Congratulations!" "Huh? You were waiting for me to come out of the bathroom?" Explanation A weird scene in Episode 14 where Mirai's fans try to give her presents, but she is in the bathroom. This scene was quoted online when it aired because it was unexpected.
"A-ka-gi..." "Growl!" "A-ka-gi..." "Growl!" "Animal park!" "Opening soon-desuwa!" Explanation At the end of episode 20 of Kiratto PriChan, we see a brief clip of Anju on the beach watching a commercial for Akagi Go Go Animal Park on her PriChan Cast. This scene is one of the first things that shows up when you search for "Anna Akagi" in Japanese, and many fans have talked about the scene on Twitter and YouTube.
"The earthquake caused Meltic Star to win!" Explanation An earthquake banner for a magnitude 5 earthquake in Shinshiro appeared when the first chorus of "SUPER CUTIE SUPER GIRL" played in episode 27 of the show. When the rival team, Meltic Star, performed after Miracle Kiratts' song, they were revealed to have won the idol tournament they were competing in, causing fans of opposing team Miracle Kiratts to blame the earthquake as to why they lost. The incident later became a trending topic among Japanese Twitter users the day the episode aired.
For some reason, the plush of Daia sold at Prism Stone became a meme across Twitter, with many people editing images of the plush into other images and making jokes about it. People even made fan-edits of a version based on the "image change" Daia has later on in season 2.
"Bros before quints".explanation A variation on "bros before hoes" that comes from Fuutarou choosing to form a group with his male classmates instead of with the quintuplets.
Ranma ½: Rumiko's Reply: "I don't think about such things, and neither should you!"Explanation Rumiko Takahashi famously gave this response to being asked whether or not Ranma could get pregnant. Now anytime a question regarding Gender Benders and pregnancy comes up, this is usually the immediate reply.
"Who's Rem?" explanation (spoilers) Rem gets subjected to Ret-Gone after having memories of her erased from the populace due to plot events. Any discussion of the character would inadvertently have people feign ignorance of the character or act like she's not in the video/image.
"It's a bodily fluid of mine" explanation Echidna offers Subaru tea that she says contains this. Naturally, comparisons to the infamous "Abbachio Tea" from Golden Wind emerged..
Requiem from the Darkness: It has become popular on several sites to, whenever Ogin gets mentioned, talk about her amazing assets by ending the sentence with "and that is a very good thing." Explanation The meme comes from the ridiculousness of Ogin's rather obviously large cleavage and how that it's a wonderful thing to look at.
In any nonserious artbook or doujin for Ronin Warriors - and even some of the serious - one of two things from the image CDs is bound to be referenced: Seiji/Sage really loves pumpkin, and Touma/Rowen is a terrible singer.
"desu". Explanation Suiseiseki's Verbal Tic. Even though this is a fairly common speech pattern in lots of characters it became highly associated with her. It's not so much the word itself that's peculiar to Suiseiseki, but how she pronounces it: "desuuh" as opposed to the usual "dess".
You mean de geso? Explanation With Squid Girl getting an anime adaptation, Ika Musume's verbal tic became just as popular as desu for a short time.
You mean the inknovative translation? Explanation And with the anime came the fan translation which went to great length to include ink and other squid-related puns in order to relay that verbal tic in the subtitles too. This would later cross over into Ascended Meme when the anime's English dub did it too.
Rurouni Kenshin: "FUTAE NO KIWAMI, AAAAAAAAAAH!" Explanation Based on the various dubs (the English one being the most popular).
"DANCEN ROSAS PIRAÑAAS, AAAAAAAAH!" Explanation From the Latin American Spanish dub "Dance, Piranha Roses!", which is the phrase Piscis Aphrodite says when he uses his rose projectiles.
ANOTHER DIMENSION! Explanation Gemini Saga's trademark attack, which warps you to a Pocket Dimension. Started in the aforementioned Latin American Spanish dub due to the INCREDIBLY hammy delivery, but it's also been spotted in other fandom corners. Video link.
Shiryu amigo! Explanation It's a Brazilian Saint Seiya meme from a scene in which Shun is pulled from a cliff by Shiryu and thank him by saying that. It translates roughly as "Shiryu pal!" and sounds really weird. The voice acting makes it hilarious.
Que bom, Hyoga. Explanation From the same scene; after the aforementioned line, Hyoga blurts, out of nowhere, "I'm also ready", to which Shun answers this (it translates roughly to "That's good, Hyoga"). It became a useful demeaning line; something like "uh, yeah, good for you".
What happens in the Libra Temple stays in the Libra Temple. Explanation This one refers to the infamous Intimate Healing scene between Shun and Hyoga in the Libra Temple.
Thanks to the characters in Saki never showing any panties even in angles where a Panty Shot should appear (naked flesh is shown instead), Japanese fans in 2chan have declared that "Saki is not wearing any".
Sally the Witch: "Mahariku Maharita Yanbara Yan!" Explanation These are the magic words Sally uses whenever she uses her magic. They have about as much meaning as ""Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo".
Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei: Make yourself taller Explanation Euphemism for suicide by hanging. Named after Kafuka's bizarre explanation that Nozomu was not trying to kill himself, but merely trying to increase his height.
I'm in despair!X has left me in despair! Explanation Nozoumu's snowclone-able rant about the G.I.F.T phenomenon.
NICE BOAT! Explanation The final episode of the School Days anime was replaced with thirty minutes of peaceful landscape scenery, including a boat on a lake, after it was deemed too close to home due to violent incidents in the news. A 4channer decided to mess with 2ch by making a thread with screenshots of the scenery video describing the "nice boat". In a rare scenario, both the Japanese and American viewers had a good laugh and a meme has been born. Used to describe anything from censorship to being murdered. The real last episode coincidentally did end with a Nice Boat.
The "Magical Heart Kokoro-chan" OVA episode gives a quite deliberate Shout-Out to the meme, featuring a lifeboat labeled "NICE BOAT" drifting down a river of blood...
And then Kadokawa posted up a short clip of a (admittedly quite nice looking) sailboat with the words "It's not finished yet" (or something to that effect) the day Haruhi-chan was supposed to start.
Sonic X: GOTTA GO FAST! Explanation The name of the American opening song of Sonic X, which is quite an ear worm. It also refers to a silly picture of a Waddling Head Sonic. This fits nicely with the Dumb Running Sonic meme.
Space Battleship Yamato: "Earth has only [X] days to live!" Explanation At the end of each episode, a countdown of how long the crew had to save Earth appeared
Space Runaway Ideon: "Ideon destroyed the universe!!!"Explanation Distorting the message behind the famous ending, and in fact is what made it famous. Granted, "Ideon blew up while the Big Bad exploded so large it blew up a galaxy" isn't quite as impressive.
It doesn't help that in Super Robot Wars Alpha 3, they said the universe would be destroyed if Ideon went out of control.
"CHRISTINA"Explanation Kurisu is often called "Christina" by Okabe due to the fact she lives in America.
"Dr Pepper"Explanation The characters are often seen drinking actual bottles of Dr Pepper in the show. The drink is described as being "an intellectual drink for the chosen ones" Fans of the show will often reference Dr. Pepper or Stein's Gate when either is mentioned
Super Robot Wars Alpha 2: Symmetrical Docking Explanation A phrase commonly used to describe a picture of two girls standing so close together their breasts are squished against each other. Originated from a Super Robot Wars Alpha 2Yonkoma where, instead of showing ChoRyuJin's Symmetrical Docking Transformation Sequence, a picture of original characters (with huge breasts) Kushua Mizuha and Seolla Schweitzer are shown in this position.◊
Several Love Live! fans jokingly note Alexandra Magritte's resemblance to Maki Nishikino.
Many fans joked about that one ending from Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi (or Aldnoah.Zero) after they realized that Teresa needs to return to her hometown to marry Charles instead of staying with Tada. The comparison came to a halt after Teresa finally decides to stay on Tada's side in the finale.
Taisho Baseball Girls: "KOUME! It's eight of clock! WAKE UP!" Explanation Inspired by a scene near the beginning , /a/ previously had a tradition of posting a picture of Koume every day with this text at 8:00 board time. It still surfaces from time to time.
Tekkaman will deactivate that giant robot with his SPACE LANCE! Maybe the SPACE LAN- Oh, it slipped! I've got to get this GIANT ARM off me! IT'S SO HEAVY! Explanation The Tekkaman dub has Tekkaman yell out "SPACE LANCE! every fricken' time he uses it . He also states the obviousconstantly.
More known in Japan, but the final shot in Tomorrow's Joe where Joe slumps over in the ring in his corner, dead after his final match has become one of the most well known and well remembered images in Japanese pop culture history.
Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-: "JUST AS CLAMPED!" Explanation The Tsubasa equivalent of "just as planned", it came into being after Kurogane cut Fei Wong Reed in half, only to find out that he had actually killed Kyle disguised as Fei Wong Reed, leaving the heroes injured and tired while he is perfectly fine. Applied to just about every twist Tsubasa has taken since Acid Tokyo.
Tsubasa's manga also brings us the fan pairing of Apple-kun/Freckle-chan. Explanation In one flashback arc, we see an adorable little girl with freckles who was once kind to Fai (she looks about ten). In a completely different arc, in a different world and time period, we meet a little boy who cheerfully offers the heros some apples, and later lets them stay at his house. The fans dubbed them Freckle-chan and Apple-kun, respectively, and decided they make a cute couple. Even though there's no possible way for them to meet in canon.
Yo-Kai Watch: "This has to be the work of a Yo-Kai!" Explanation Similar to JoJo's Bizarre Adventure blaming everything on an "Enemy Stand", Nate blames every instance of weirdness on Yo-Kai interference.
Blue Eyes White DragonExplanation Some anime viewers have noticed that given the color of her eyes (blue) and her hair/dragon form body (white), Kanna fits the description of Seto Kaiba's signature Duel Monsters card and have done fan works that make reference to that. An example.◊