Category: Terminology / Slang

Terminology – Kuro-rekishi (黒歴史)


Kuro-rekishi (黒歴史) is often cited in anime and other sub-culture media and resembles “dark history” – or a period during your youth where you may have acted/produced content that when you look back in several years makes you want to put your face in the pillow and scream. Typical references of Kuro-rekishi include situations such as pretending to have a different personality within or having special powers. The term for acting these ways are also […]

Terminology – Chuunibyou (中二病)

Remember when you imagined that you had some hidden superpower to summon dragons from the hells, or you are actually a secret descendent of a forgotten god? We’ve all been there – just around when you are in the 8th grade – or a disease (byouki) that you get in Chuuni (2nd grade in middle school), thus “Chuunibyou”. Chuunibyou is reference often made for characters who are caught in this era and are associated with […]

Terminology – Narou-type (なろう系)

There’s a whole genre in Japan known as Narou-type (なろう系). These are anime/manga/novels that originated from a site called Shousetsu-ka ni Narou (小説家になろう) which is one of the largest sites in Japan where people can publish their original stories. There are approximately 800,000 stories published as of February 2021, and many well-known titles have originated from this site including the Overlord series, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime (転生したらスライムだった件), and the Re: Zero […]