...Fanfiction Dictionary



Aibou:    Partner

Aishiteru: I love you

Anata:    Literally the word for you, but it is only used with one's spouse or someone very close so in fanfiction it is often used as a term of endearment

Aniki:    Brother (older)

Ano(u):    What or “Um…”

Arigato: Thank you

Baba: way to adress an old woman

Ba-chan: way to address an old woman

Baka:  Idiot

Betsuni: It’s nothing

Bishounen: Handsome young man

Bishoujo:  lovely young woman

Bouzo:  rude way to refer to a male

Chan: (suffix) title given to a female friend

Daijobu: are you alright

Demo: but

Dono: (suffix) title higher than sama or "lord"

Doshite: why

Gaki:  Brat

Gomen nasai:  Sorry

Goshinbuko: God Tree (IY)

Hai:  Yes

Hakama: really loose pants (like Kenshin wears -samurai pants- and I have heard Inuyasha and Sesshoumaru's pants referred to as hakama as well, but I don't know if that is correct usage)

Hanyou: Half demon

Hentai:  Dirty, explicitly sexual

Hikari: light

Hoari: upper piece of clothing

Honto ne: really

Hoshi/houshi: monk, holy man

Iie: no

Inu: dog

Itai: Sorta like “ouch”

Jaki: Evil energy

Ji-chan: way to address an old man

Jiji: way to address an old man

Josei: a genre of manga or anime created mostly by women, for late teenage and adult female audiences. The male equivalent to josei is seinen. In Japanese, the word josei means only "female" and is not directly indicative of sexual matter. The stories tend to be about everyday experiences of women living in Japan. Though there are some that cover high school, most cover the lives of adult women. The style also tends to be a more restrained, realistic version of shoujo, keeping some of the wispy features and getting rid of the very large sparkly eyes. There are exceptions in the style described above, but what defines josei is some degree of stylistic continuity of comics within this particular demographic (the same is true with different demographics that have different stylistic tendencies). In addition, unlike shoujo manga, josei comics can portray realistic romance (as opposed to mostly idealized romance).

Kaiju: Monster

Kazanna: wind tunnel (IY)

Kaze: wind

Kimono: long robe-like dress, generally worn by women, but also by men in formal situations (not currently, but in anime set in the distant past) or men of very high status.  I believe it can also refer to the very short, single piece, open front, tied tunics peasant men wore.

Kitsune: fox

Koi/Koiishi/Koibito: Term of endearment (the second two... the first one refers to a man, the second to a woman)

Kohai: (suffix) the opposite of sempai, a way to refer to someone at a lower level in an organization (ie. an underclassman or new employee)

Konichiwa: a greeting of some sort

Kun: (suffix) title given to a male friend

Mankaka: literally comic artist, generally used to refer to the author or creator of a manga (this person is generally, but not always, also the artist)

Miko: shrine maiden/priestess

Minna: everyone

Mononoke: demon

Mou: Sorta like "geez"

Nanda: “What is it?”

Nani: what

Neko: cat

Nekomata: Two-tailed cat with magic powers, Kirara’s species

Ningen: human

No: (as in, Yami no Yugi) of

Obi: elaborate tie around the waist of a woman's kimono

Ohayo(u): morning, hello

Oi: Hey

Oka-san: Mother

Onegai: please

Oni: demon

Onna: woman

Osuwari: Sit ("Sit Boy" in Inuyasha)

Ota-san: Father

Ototou: Brother (younger)

Sakura: cherry

Sama: (suffix, ie. Sesshoumaru-sama) Lord/Lady (generally lord)

San: (suffix) Mr/Mrs/Ms, term of respect for someone older

seinen: a subset of manga that is generally targeted at an 18–30 year old male audience, but the audience can be much older with some comics aimed at businessmen well into their 40s. It has a wide variety of art styles and more variation in subject matter, ranging from the avant-garde to the pornographic.  However, it is also given to manga that are more serious or more intellectual than a minor would generally appreciate/understand. The female equivalent to seinen manga is josei manga. The genre is comparable to the English terms and genre "adult".

Sempai/senpai: (sufix) used toward a person who is one's senior in an organization (ie. an upperclassman, a seasoned employee)

Sensei:    Teacher (can be used as a suffix - in place of English Ms./Mrs./Mr. when referring to a teacher.  ie 'Mr. Terada' becomes 'Terada-sensei')

Sengoku Jidai: Feudal Era

Shakujou: Miroku’s staff

Sukebe: Perverted, a perverted person

Taijiya: demon huntress/hunter

Taiyoukai: Demon Lord

Yaoi/ Shonen ai:  homosexual (male+male)

Yami:    Dark

Youkai: demon, apparition, spirit, ghoul, goblin...

Youki: demonic energy

Yukata: a loose under kimono

Yuri/ Shojo ai:  homosexual (female+female)

*suffixes for friends (ie. kun, chan,) are a part of Japanese culture.  Acquaintances are called by their last name, friends may be called by their first name and the proper suffix, only very close friends or relatives use a persons' first name alone. The lack of a suffix implies great intimacy.  Where intimacy is not present the lack of an honorific is insulting.



AU: Alternate universe (uses characters but not storyline of show)

OC: own/original character

OoC:  out of character



Lemon: Explicit sexual content (rated  M, R, NC17)

Lime: Implied/mild sexuality (PG 13)

Citrusy: mild sexuality

* There will be no citrus content on this site!  This is provided merely as a guide for your other fanfiction reading.



<   >    thoughts

*   * sound effect/word representing an action/action taken by author

~  ~   I sometimes use this instead of <   > to indicate Yugi talking to Yami, or Yoko talking to Kurama, etc.

large portions of text in Italics generally represent something outside the actual timeline of the story ie. flashbacks, letters, dreams, etc.