Slang, swearing, insults and vulgarities in anime


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Hello everyone, everything good? Watching anime I often see some vulgar words and insults used mainly at the time of anger and other diverse occasions. Thinking about it, in this article we will learn more about those words. Let's learn some slang, bad words, insults and vulgarities present in anime.

Swearing in Japanese is one of the most popular things on the internet, so much so that we already have an article on Japanese insults and profanity. Only this time we will go into details about these bad words, being more specific, we will talk about the most heard in anime. To help navigate the article we will leave a summary below:

Kuso - 糞 - Shit

Kuso means crap or shit. This is one of the most versatile in the language, it can be used in many situations. This word is informal and is an insult, but it fits in situations like when you tap your little finger on the corner of the sofa or when you spill juice on your new shirt, who knows where you will use it.

The ideogram [糞] of the word kuso literally means bullshit, shit, damn, feces, excrement, manure, damn it, stupid, bastard and things like that. There are several variations of words that can slightly change the meaning of the expression. It is one of the most heard insults in anime.

Gírias, palavrões, insultos e vulgaridades nos animes

Uzai - ウザイ - Annoying

Uzai literally means annoying or loud in Japanese. I see this word being used a lot when the female characters are angry with someone and throw a tantrum. It is common but it is not the only way to use it.

If we take a look at the word we will see that it has several ways of being used, whether or not it can be used as an insult. And not only this one, but several others also follow this route. And this is the interesting thing about some insults, they are derived from common words.

Note: You can also use "uzai" as "shut up". This expression is likely to be derived from the word urusai which we often hear in animes, and which also means shut up or loud.

Damare - Another word that means shut up. We can classify it as an aggressive word because of its nature. But it does not apply in all cases.

Gírias, palavrões, insultos e vulgaridades nos animes

Chikushou - 畜生 - Damn, animal

Chikushou literally means a despicable person. But daily use is quite different. When used as a sudden interjection, it looks like kuso! So, you can use it in the same way as "drug" or "crap". This is an example of an ambiguous insult.

The word is written with the ideograms [畜] which means cattle, domestic animals and [生] which means life. That is, we are literally saying that the person leads an animal life, a despicable life. Variations of that word can give the meaning of son of a bitch, incest, unforgivable action and the like.

Baka - バカ - Language, donkey

Baka is a very common Japanese word. If you use it on a person, you can use it to say stupid, foolish or stupid. I think it's the best known because I haven't seen an anime yet, that word isn't mentioned at least 5 times.

Although, after hearing this insult in Japanese so much, I even use it daily and do not realize that I am using it, I only notice it after what happened. It's simple, quick and easy and very useful, how can I not use it?

Bakayarou - There is not much difference when analyzed superficially, but there is a marked difference between Bakayarou and Baka. When using Bakayarou, it means not just an idiot, but a complete idiot.

To explain it better we can say that this is an upgrade from Baka. Or rather, something far beyond a "normal" idiot. I don't think I have a better explanation for this, and I ended up remembering that the easy things are the most difficult to explain.

Gírias, palavrões, insultos e vulgaridades nos animes

Aho - 阿呆 - Idiot

Well, the Japanese language definitely has many ways to call someone stupid. Aho means Idiot, senile, simpleton or mentally slow. Aho is similar to Baka, despite using different ideograms. The main difference is that aho is usually used in the kansai region while baka in other central regions and in the north as in Tokyo.

It is not one of the best ways to be insulted. I don't think anyone likes to be compared to a senile person. But nobody likes to be insulted, which is why it is called an insult. Disagreements always occur and it is good to always be prepared for those hours.

Yatsu - 奴 - Dude

The Japanese language has several secrets and mysteries, and some of them are formed in subtle things like this insult. Yatsu only means "face", but it carries a lot of negative air. So, while you are not insulting them, you are putting them at levels below you, referring to them as that (Yatsu can be used to refer to things).

In order to explain better, we can make an analogy to the “brat” here in Brazil, if we go to research it means only a boy, but it is also a way of demeaning other people. For this reason it is good to be careful with the translations that are done, they can leave you in a big misunderstanding.

Fuzakeru na - ふざけるな - Don't play!

Fuzakeru means to play and the particle is used to deny the word. That is, do not play with me! When used aggressively, it used to alert, intimidate, warn or threaten others.

It may not be an explicit insult, but the reference is implied in the sense and the way it was used. And for this reason I like to classify it as an aggressive word. How can you not be an aggressive word when someone intimidates you like that?

The word fuzakeru [巫山戯る] literally means playing in the sense of cheating, making fun, laughing at something, making a joke with someone. It is composed with the ideograms [巫] which means sorcerer, [山] which means mountain and [戯] which means to play and play.

Gírias, palavrões, insultos e vulgaridades nos animes

Shinee - 死ねえ - Die!

Literally die! It doesn't need much explanation for this, because the word itself says it all. I usually see it being used right after the protagonist's cliché sees the girls' panties or enters the room when they are naked. But not only in these situations.

Debu - デブ - Gordo

This word literally means fat or chubby, whether or not it is an insult. Other ways to speak fat in Japanese are futoi [太い]; marumaru [丸々] that gives the idea of a circle, plump; and chuubutori [中太り] which literally means overweight.

It fits perfectly to describe the protagonist of accel world, being the best known Debu of anime, and also the luckiest Debu of all because I got what many dreamed of getting. It is a tip to watch, it is also very worth reading the light novel since there is no forecast of a second season.

Gírias, palavrões, insultos e vulgaridades nos animes

Hentai - 変態 - Perverted

Speaking of classic words, this means sexually perverted. Its use is quite common, and it is a tip not to confuse it with the adult anime genre. You have to pay attention to context. To deepen the subject we wrote an article below explaining why in the West Hentai is used to refer to adult content in anime.

Nanda - なんだ - What the hell?

What the hell? I would classify it as an aggressive question, if such a name exists. But it is also common to see this question in anime, I think it is more used than the more formal words. It is also accompanied by others to add more emphasis to phrases or even to ask other questions.

An example is “Nanda yo omae-wa?” which means "Who the hell do you think you are?" But it also has other forms.

Gírias, palavrões, insultos e vulgaridades nos animes

Temee - 手前 - You!

To rescue the discussion of words to be careful when translating, this is an example of them and it is an alert for those who think it is nothing too much. It can literally mean just "you", but in practice it is a different story. This “you” is used as an insult, but I do not use an analogy I can make to better explain.

The word temee is written with the ideograms [手前] which means hand and front, thus indicating the person in front of me. It is mainly used by men and has a very vulgar and aggressive tone.

Other slang and profanity in anime?

It's all for this article. There are several other insults, aggressive words and the like that are not on this list. I tried to put only the most popular and well-known, for that I used my experience with anime to remember everyone I had heard before, and with that I made the selection that I presented.

I believe that this topic has its controversies, but not everything in life is flowers and every language has its bad words just as a garden has its weeds. But if you have any suggestions, doubts, criticisms or the like, just leave your comment. In addition, thank you, my dear reader, for reading this article so far. See you next time!