What are Various Japanese Words in Angel Beats?
“テトラポット” (Tetorapoddo) is a tetrahedral concrete block used to dissipate waves in breakwaters.This structure is called “tetrapod” in Japanese. In fact, Tetrapod is a registered trademark of a specific product made by the Fudo Tetra Corporation (*1).
Fudo Tetra Corporation
Tetrapod is the following image in “In Search of the Lost Future”.
“危” (き, Ki) means danger. In Japan, a vehicle carrying chemicals or flammable liquids must post a sign with this kanji. When you see a vehicle with this sign (like the following in “Another”) on it in Japan, remember to keep your distance from it.
“南紀みかん” (なんきみかん, Nanki Mikan) is a brand of mandarin oranges produced in Mie prefecture.
“松阪牛” (まつさかぎゅう,Matsu Saka Gyuu / まつさかうし, Matsu Saka Ushi) are black-haired cattle (Japanese beef). They are raised in the Matsusaka region of Mie prefecture. It is one of the most famous beef brands in Japan as well as in the world.
“悦” (えつ, Etsu) is to rejoice or to be happy.
“嫁” (よめ, Yome) is a wife. This kanji is a combination of “女” (おんな, Onna, woman) and “家” (いえ, Ie, house). In the olden days, this kanji held the significant meaning that a woman had come into the husband’s household from the outside.
“マニア” (まにあ, Mania) is a person with a lifestyle of devoting themselves to their specialty fields. This word also refers to someone who is enthusiastic about specific matters.
“諭吉” (ゆきち, Yukichi) is Fukuzawa Yukichi. He was a samurai at the end of the Tokugawa period, and was a philosopher and an educator in the Meiji period. He is now printed on ten thousand yen bills. “How much was that figure ?” “I spent three Yukichis on it.” (I spent thirty-thousand yen on it)
“脇” (わき, Waki) means an arm pit or the side. Just so you know, there are people called “脇フェチ” (Waki Fechi, an armpit fetishist) who get sexually aroused by women’s arm pits.
“逆鱗” (げきりん, Geki Rin) is a piece of scale which is said to be attached upside down under a dragon’s chin. According to the legend, if someone touhes this piece of scale, the dragon will get angry and kill that person although they are usually calm. A Japanese saying “逆鱗に触れる” (Geki Rin ni Fureru, to touch Geki Rin), which means to face the wrath of elders like bosses or teachers, originated from this legend.
“謎” (なぞ, Nazo) is a mystery.
“猫大陸” (ねこたいりく, Neko Tairiku) is a place where there are many cats. This word is not commonly used.
“乙” (おつ, Otsu) is the second element of “十干” (じっかん, Jikkan). “十干” is the ten Celestial or Heavenly Stems, which is a Chinese system of ordinals. Nowadays, “乙” is used as Internet slang meaning “Good job/Thanks for your work”. This word derives from the first two syllables of “お疲れ様” (Otsukaresama, Good job/Thanks for your work). However, there is also an ironic sense to this word, so you should be careful when you use it.
“極上” (ごくじょう, Goku jou) means extremely superior.
“極上の牛肉” (Goku jou no Gyu Niku) means exquisite beef.
“極上の時間” (Goku jou no Jikan) means a quality time.