Integra: Straighten up and give your report, Police Girl.
Seras: Sorry, sir.
It’s just…it’s pouring and I’ve been out all night…and I’m soaked and…
Integra: Say no more.
Oh, one that I forgot – hentai. A very important one, because Hirano-san used to draw hentai manga. (It means “perverted”, i.e. pornography.)
This strip is especially for my foreign readers, and for those of you who aren’t into manga/anime in general as much as some fans.
Email: I’m from Germany, and for that I don’t understand every single word. But there’s one word I can’t find in any dictionary: “bishounen.”
Email: How come in manga (usually) they call people by their names, then with a weird ending?
Erin-hime no Ai no Otaku-Japanese Guide Punch!
Shounen means boy and shoujo means girl. You can get a lot from those two. For example, shounen manga (like Hellsing) is manga specifically targeted at boys. Bishounen are pretty boys (usually the long-haired feminine type.)
Bishoujo are, likewise, pretty girls. And shoujo manga like (Sailor Moon) is for girls. And shounen-ai (boy love) is male/male relationships. Less common is shoujo-ai.
Yaoi is used to refer to m/m porn, but yuri is used for anything with f/f relationships, no matter what the rating.
As for suffixes, they go after names in Japanese to denote degrees of respect. The most common:
Alucard-san: The standard respectful form of address.
Seras-chan: More familiar, used when addressing a friend or someone younger.
Walter-kun: A bit less familiar than -chan. Also, more commonly used to address males.
Integra-sama: Used to show a very high degree of respect. (Equivalent to “Sir Integra.”)
Pip-[blank]: Not using a suffix at all is only used to be every familiar. Say, between a married couple.
A few other words that you’ll see among otaku (anime/manga fans):
Kawaii – Cute
Chibi – Little. Specifically, those miniature figures with big heads are called “chibis.”
Sugoi! – Wow!/Amazing!
Baka – Stupid
Nani? – What?
Neko – Cat
Sayonara – That’s all, folks!
Seras: Sir Integra! Officer Victoria, ready to report!
Integra: Come in.
Seras (thinking): She’s been up all night too! How has she not lost any of that poise?
Walter: Oh my…You look like something the cat dragged in.
Seras: It’s raining.
Walter: Rain? In England? My word.
Walter: Don’t worry; we’re used to it.