Tatakai and Tatakae Meaning

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Have you ever asked what the meaning of Tatakae is? Or rather, what is the meaning of Tatakai? Despite being similar words, there are differences between these words quite pronounced in action animes like Shingeki no Kyoujin (Attack on Titan).

These words are referred to as a personal command or to others and are often captioned as "fight!" or in English “fight”.

One of the iconic scenes that viralized this expression and its extensive internet search is in the fourth season of Attack on Titan. In the video below you can find the scene spoken in multiple languages:


Ikusa and Tatakau – The Word of War

So much tatakai like tatakae in fact they are words composed of the ideogram [戦] which means war, battle or departure. The ideogram also makes up the famous word ikusa [戦] which has the same meaning but can also refer to troops and forces.

Other words that also use the Ideogram is sen [戦] or senzou [戦争] which means war. The words Tatakae and Tatakai are composed of the verb godan "U" type tatakau [戦う];

The verb tatakau [戦う] means to battle, fight, war, go to war, make war, make war and the like. It can also indicate fighting an opponent or resistance.

O que significa tatakae e tatakai?

What is the meaning of Tatakae?

Tatakae can be translated as:

  • Go to fight;
  • Fight!
  • Go to battle!
  • Strength!
  • Now! Do it!

The word tatake [戦え] is the imperative form of the verb tatakau, this form is mostly used by men to ask or order someone to do something (can be used for yourself).

See the sentence below:

  • 戦えばすなわち勝つ
  • tatakaeba sunawachi katsu

The translation of this expression can be: to win all battles (which are fought); always be victorious. We recommend reading our article about war anime.

O que significa tatakae e tatakai?

What is the meaning of Tatakai?

Tatakai [戦い] is a noun meaning struggle, battle, war and conflict. So the differences between tatakai and tatakae is that one is a substitute and the other is a verb.

Both words are mentioned a lot in anime, but generally tatakai is used to refer to the war in question, some kind of fight that is going on or has happened before.

Tatakae, Tatake, Tatakae!

Fight, fight and fight! This repeated expression caused curiosity in anime fans, some even believed that such expression appeared in Shingeki, but it is actually a very common expression, including its repetition.


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