Anime Underground A Glossary Of Anime Terms You Really Have To Know To Be An Otaku  

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Ever been in the middle of a heated conversation with an otaku and find yourself stumped over whatever anime terminology they're talking about? Well, you'll never have to scour the web for whatever that otaku jargon meant because you have your anime dictionary right here. Here, you'll find anime terms and common words that you'll hear at every single convention, so be sure to pay attention to the otaku terminology that you need to know in order to survive out in the nerd world. Seriously, get ready to beef up your anime vocabulary.

This repository includes both Japanese and American super-geek-charged terminology, and everything's a necessity for navigating your way around anime fandom. After all, you don't want to be a lost and confused wannabe-weeaboo. 

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Senpai


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Japanese terminology used as the title for an upperclassman, usually being someone who is older. This person is typically a mentor of some sort, but is below the rank of sensei. The word can often have a silly or affectionate meaning behind it.

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Otaku


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Otaku is a Japanese term used for a die-hard fan of anything, not just anime. If you're obsessed with something geeky, then you're an otaku.

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Manga


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Manga are Japanese comics that are typically read from back to front, and from left to right. When they're localized for the West, they're called graphic novels.

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Sensei


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When a person is called sensei, it means that they are a teacher in some form. Most commonly seen in martial arts or classroom settings, the sensei is the person who has a profession or skill that is higher than another. It is also a Japanese honorific which means one who is born before another.