A nameless monster - Namae no nai kibutibut - Monster

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Monster is a famous manga published in 1994 that received its anime adaptation in 2004 with 74 episodes. Because it is old, few had the chance to appreciate this wonderful work, I myself was very reluctant because of the lines and the square canvas. Finally, I had the opportunity to watch this masterpiece that involves suspense, psychological thriller and questions the existence of a monster inside people. If you haven't already, run and watch!

The anime has nothing supernatural, the story takes place in Germany and shows a doctor named Tenma who decides to choose to save a boy who was shot in the head, but this boy ends up becoming one Serial killer psychopath who manipulates people. The anime shows how simple words and actions can turn people into monsters without feelings.

An unnamed monster

In the anime's back story, an illustrated book appears under the name of Namae no nai Kaibutsu (なまえのないかいぶつ) which literally means an unnamed monster. Original name in Czech is Obluda, Kierá Nemá Své Jméno. This book has an interesting story that was important in anime, especially the sentence:

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Look at me, look at me! The monster growing inside me is so big! (Boku wo mite! Boku wo mite! Boku no naka no kaibutsu ga konnani ookikunattayo)

This story is very complex, just watching the anime you can understand the meaning behind it. In this article, I decided to use it to study some expressions in Japanese. You can see the story by watching the video below:

(I did not find the original video with original audio, but I did find the audio);

You can use this story to learn Japanese. I liked it because it is told in the style of a children's story, with simple words, onomatopoeia, etc. In this article, I want to let you examine the story yourself, sentence by sentence, word by word, ideogram by ideogram. I recommend using the site jisho to search for the meaning of the words if you want to understand them. So you can create your own sentences for Anki and still study at the same time.

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Studying history in Japanese

昔々ある所に名前の無い怪物がいました。
mukashi mukashi, aru tokoro ni namae no nai kaibutsu ga imashita.
A long time ago, there was an unnamed monster.

怪物は名前が欲しくて欲しくて、仕方ありませんでした
kaibutsu ha namae ga hoshikute hoshikute, shikata arimasen deshita.
The monster wanted so badly to have a name that he couldn't take it anymore.

そこで怪物は旅に出て名前を探すことにしました。
kaibutsu soko ha tabi ni deta namae wo sagasukoto ni narimashita.
So he decided to go on a journey to find a name, name.

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でも世界は広いので怪物は二つに別れて旅に出ました。
demo sekai ha hiroi node kaibutsu ha futatsu ni wakarete tabi ni toohita.
But the world was a big place, so the monster split in two to complete the journey.

一匹は東へも一匹は西へ。
ippiki ha higashi he, ippiki ha nishi he.
One went east and the other west.

東へ行った怪物は村を見付けました。
higashi he itta kaibutsu ha mura wo mitsukemashita.
The monster that went east has found a village.

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村の入口にはかじやがいました。
mura no iriguchi ni ha kajiya ga imashita.
there was a blacksmith at the entrance to the village.

「かじやのおじさん、僕にあなたの名前ください。」
"Kajiya no ojisan, boku ni anata no namae kudasai."
- "Senhor Ferreiro, please give me your name."

「名前なんてあげられるものか。」
“Namae nante agerarerumono ka.”
- "I can't give you my name"

「名前をくれたら、お礼におじさんの中に入って力を強くしてあげるよ。」
“Namae wo kuretara, i prayed ni ojisan no naka ni haitte, chikarawo tsuyoku shite ageru yo.”
- "If you give me your name, I will go into your stomach and make you the strongest man in the world in return."

「本当か?力が強くなるなら、名前を上げよう。」
“Hontou? chikara ga tsuyoku naru nara, namae wo ageyou. ”
- "Truth? I will give you my name if you make me stronger in return ”

怪物はかじやの中に入っていきました。
kaibutsu ha kajiya no naka ni haitteikimashita.
And the monster entered the blacksmith's stomach.

怪物はかじやのオットになりました。
kaibutsu ha kajiya in Otto ni narimashita.
The monster became Otto the Blacksmith

かじやのオットは村一番の力持ち
kajiya at Otto ha mura ichiban chikaramochi
Otto was the strongest in the village

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でも、ある日
demo aru hi
but one day:

「僕を見て、僕を見て、僕の中の怪物がこんなに大きくなったよ。」
"Boku wo mite, boku wo mite, boku no naka no kaibutsu ga konnani ookiku natta yo."
Look at me, look at me. The monster in me has grown so much!

*バリバリ、クシャクシャ、バキバキ、ゴクン*
baribari, kushakusha, bakibaki, gokun
Bite Bite, Chew Chew, Grind Grind, Swallow.

おなかの空いた怪物はオットを中から食べてしまいました。
onaka no suita kaibutsu ha Otto wo naka kara tabete shimaimashita.
The hungry monster ate Otto from the inside out

怪物はまた名前の無い怪物にぎゃくもどり、靴屋のハンスの中に入っても
kaibutsu ha mata namae no na kibutibutu ni gyaku modori, kutsuya no Hans no naka ni haitte mo
and went back to being an unnamed monster. Even so it entered the shoemaker Hans's stomach but:

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*バリバリ、クシャクシャ、バキバキ、ゴクン*
baribari, kushakusha, bakibaki, gokun
Bite Bite, Chew Chew, Grind Grind, Swallow.

また、名前の無い怪物にぎゃくもどり、かりゅうどトマスに入っても
kills, namae no nai kaibutsu ni gyaku modori, karyuudo Thomas ni haitte mo
And he went back to being an unnamed monster. Still it entered the hunter Thomas’s stomach but:

*バリバリ、クシャクシャ、バキバキ、ゴクン*
baribari, kushakusha, bakibaki, gokun
Bite Bite, Chew Chew, Grind Grind, Swallow.

やっぱり名前のない怪物にぎゃくもどり。
yappari, namae no nai kaibutsu ni gyaku modori.
And he went back to being an unnamed monster.

怪物はお城の中にすてきな名前を探しに行きました。
kaibutsu ha oshiro no naka ni suteki na nae wo sagashini ikimashita.
The monster went to the castle in search of a wonderful name.

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お城の中には病気の男の子がいました。
oshiro no naka ni ha by ouki no otoko no ko ga imashita.
Inside the castle there was a very sick boy.

「きみの名前を僕にくれたら、強くしてあげるよ。」
"Kimi no namae wo boku ni kuretara, tsuyoku shite ageru yo."
- "I will make you healthy if you give me your name"

「病気が直って強くなるなら、名前を上げる。」
"Byouki ga naotte tsuyoku naru nara, namae wo ageru yo."
- "I will give you my name if you cure my disease and make me stronger"

怪物は男の子の中に入って行きました。
kaibutsu ha otoko no ko no naka ni haitteikimashita.
The monster entered the boy.

男の子はとても元気になりました。
otoko no ko ha totemo genki ni narimashita.
The boy became healthy.

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王さまは大喜び 「王子は元気になった!王子は元気になった!」
ousama ha ooyorokobi “ouji ha genki ni natta! ouji ha genki ni natta! ”
The king was impressed. - “The prince is fine! The prince is fine! ”

怪物は男の子の名前が気に入りました。
kaibutsu ha otoko no ko no namae ga ki ni irimashita.
The monster was pleased with the boy's name

お城の暮らしも気に入りました。
oshiro no kurashi mo ki ni irimashita.
and he was also satisfied with life in the castle.

だから、おなかが空いてもがまんしました。
dakara, onaka ga suitemo gaman shimashita.
For that reason he endured even when he was hungry.

毎日毎日、おなかがペコペコでもがまんしました.
mainichi, mainichi, onaka ga pekopeko by mo gaman shimashita.
Every day, even when his stomach was empty, he endured it.

でも、あまりおなかが空いてしまったので
demo, amari onaka ga suite shimatta node
But, due to the fact that he became very hungry:

「僕を見て、僕を見て、僕の中の怪物がこんなに大きくなったよ。」
"Boku wo mite, boku wo mite, boku no naka no kaibutsu ga konnani ookiku natta yo."
Look at me, look at me. The monster in me has grown so much!

男の子は王様もけらいもみんな食べてしまいました。
otoko no ko ha ousama mo kerai mo minna tabete shimaimashita.
The boy ate his father, the servants and everyone else.

*バリバリ、クシャクシャ、バキバキ、ゴクン*
baribari, kushakusha, bakibaki, gokun
Bite Bite, Chew Chew, Grind Grind, Swallow.

誰もいなくなってしまったので、男の子は旅に出ました。
dare mo inaku natte shimattanode, otoko no ko ha tabi ni toohita.
Because there was no one else, the boy went on a journey and ate everyone he met on his way, until he found no one else.

何日も何日も、歩き続けて。
nannichi mo, nannichi mo, arukitsudsukete.
He walked and walked for days.

ある日男の子は西へ行った怪物を出会いました。
aru hi, otoko no ko ha nishi he itta kaibutsu wo deaimashita.
one day, the boy found the monster that went west.

「名前がついたよ。すてきな名前なんだ。」
“Namae ga tsuita yo. suteki na nae na nan da. ”
- “I have a name. I have a wonderful name. ”

西へ行った怪物は言いました「名前なんていらないは。
nishi he itta kaibutsu iimashita: “namae nante iranai ha.
And then the monster that went west said:

名前なんてなくてもしあわせよ。わたしたちは名前の無い怪物ですもの。」
namae nante nakutemo shiawase yo. watashitachi ha namae no nai kaibutsu desu mono. ”
- “I don't need a name. I'm happy even though I don't have a name. Because we are nameless monsters. ”

男の子は西へ行った怪物を食べてしまいました。
otoko no ko ha nishi he itta kaibutsu wo tabete shimaimashita.
The boy ate the monster that went west.

名前をついたのに名前をよんでくれる人はいなくなりました。
namae wo tsuita noni namae wo yonde kureru hito ha inaku narimashita.
Despite having a name, there was no one left to call him by name.

「ヨハン」すてきな名前なのに。
Johann Suteki at Namae Nanoni.
Johan. It's a wonderful name.