What is the meaning of ara ara in Japanese?

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Have you seen in Japanese Anime or Streaming the characters say ara ara? In this article we will understand the true origin and meaning of the term ararara [あら‐あら] often seen in anime like Kimetsu no Yaiba and Hataraku Saibou.

What does ara ara mean?

あらあら、こんなに泥んこになって
araara, konnani doronko ni natte
Jeez, I was full of mud!

The meaning of Ara [荒ら]

The expression ara ara is spoken when you are impressed or surprised by something. It is mainly used by women.

Ara ara not only expresses a little surprise but also a lovely feeling. It can sometimes be used sarcastically, to make fun of and incite someone.

This idiomatic expression is intended to present a tone of surprise and may contain a slightly sarcastic intent. It would sound like “Oh”, “Oh well”, “Oh heavens” and “Oh my god”.

When consulting the Japanese dictionary, we have the following definition for ara [あら]: oh; ah

Concerning the junction of ara ara, we can find words that approximately, but combined with [し] become an adjective meaning rough, hard or wild.

What does ara ara mean?

Different Meanings of Ara

The term ara separately can mean many things, especially if it is written with different ideograms. It can refer to the name of a fish or even the a person's last name.

In the southern region of Japan, mainly in the Okinawa region, dialects such as Miyako and Ryukyuan use the word ara written in hiragana to indicate the skin of a fruit.

What does ara ara mean?

When is Ara Ara used?

Older women often use Ara Ara when they find pets, children or younger people doing something wrong and she thinks this is funny or adorable.

The phrase can also often be used to suggest a woman's sexual intentions. female character compared to a younger man.

It may carry little or no extraneous connotations. Anyway, I would be careful with that word as memes and otaku culture further heightened the meanings of the word.

This expression is usually accompanied by a hand on the character's face or mouth with eyes closed and a smile on his face.

What does ara ara mean?

What is the origin of Ara Ara?

The expression is ancient and can be found in many records from the 1200s, but its original meaning may differ significantly from the present one.

The phrase is often used in a seductive and flirtatious way, but in reality it has always been on the lips of the people, especially Japanese ladies. Only today, because of anime and manga, the word ended up falling more into the vocabulary of young people.

Although the exact origin of the phrase is unknown, the expression “Ara Ara” has appeared in countless manga and anime series and became popular on the internet after 2008 by the forums like 4chan.

Despite the expression being seen in anime since before 2000, only now the term has gone viral as a meme, mainly because of TikTok and Streaming games from TV channels. anime characters.

Recently, characters from Kimetsu no Yaiba and Hataraku Saibou were also responsible for making the expression ara ara even more viral.

Ara ara - what does ara ara mean?

Characters who speak Ara ara

Speaking of classic and old anime, in Anime Love Hina the character Mutsumi Otohime usually says ara ara putting the hand in the mouth as a traditional gesture of expression.

The characters that stand out the most for their expression are Shinobu from Demon Slayer and Kurumi Tokisaki from Data A Live and Kaguya from Kaguya Sama Love Wars. Recently, characters from Hataraku Saibou have also become popular.

Some characters often speak ara ara, others often use ara in their sentences, but are not popular for speaking ara ara often.

Ara ara - what does ara ara mean?
Characters who speak Ara ara
  • Alicia Florence – Aria The Animation;
  • Benio Yonomori – Engaged To The Unidentified;
  • Elsa Granhiert – Re:Zero;
  • Jahy – Jahī-sama wa Kujikenai!
  • Kasumi Tendo – Ranma 1/2;
  • Kongou Mitsuko – A Certain Scientific Railgun;
  • Kurumi Tokisaki – Date A Live;
  • Lucoa – Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid;
  • Macrophage – Cells At Work;
  • Majo – Goblin Slayer;
  • Mamako Oosuki – Okaa-san Online;
  • Mirajane Strauss – Fairy Tail;
  • Raphiel – Gabriel Dropout;
  • Rin Kashii – Battle Game In 5 Seconds;
  • Satou’s Aunt – Happy Sugar Life;
  • Shinobu – Demon Slayer;
  • Shizuka Marikawa – High School Of The Dead;

Compilations and Videos by Ara ara

Below, see some compilations of characters speaking ara ara:

Alternatives to the expression Ara Ara

This expression of feeling of surprise is very common in the Japanese language and you have probably seen different expressions that have practically the same meaning as:

  • あれあれあれ [are are are]
  • あれー [aree]
  • あらー [araa]
  • あららららら
  • あらあらー
  • ありありー
  • ありゃりゃりゃりゃ
  • あれ~ あら~
  • おやおや あれあれ~ 
  •  あれれ 
  • あれれれれれ 
  • ありゃりゃ 
  • あんりまあ 
  • あらやだ 
  • あらあらあらー 
  • あらあら ヒューヒュー だ ね !
  • あらあら ごきげんよう。
  • あらあら 見ては駄目。
  • ダメよあらあら。

Meaning of Are Are

It means pretty much the same thing as ara ara, is it a word that is spoken when you are surprised or disappointed by something like “this again”?

Meaning of Araara kashiko [あらあらかしこ]

At the end of the letters, it is common to find the expression ara ara kashiko, which conveys the idea of something like the words in this letter are not enough to share my thoughts. We apologize for the inconvenience but thank you for your broad, warm, and sincere understanding of what you would like to convey.

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