This is a glossary of Japanese romaji terms used in the Gintama 銀魂 Wiki only.
- This refers to the ruling Shogunate. Pronunciation is similar to bark-foo.
- This refers to the funny man or idiot in a comedic skit, typically with another partner delivering the penetrating riposte in the role of the tsukkomi.
禿び or チビ
- This refers to smaller and/or cuter versions of the manga/anime characters, typically with over-sized heads.
- Refers to a column-free hall used for martial arts or sword-skill training. The English language has assimilated this phrase as dojo.
- Professional name adopted by hostesses and geisha.
- Actor (male), though increasingly being used to refer to actresses as well.
- It is a hip- or thigh-length kimono jacket which adds formality. Haori were originally reserved for men, until fashions changed at the end of the Meiji period. They are now worn by both men and women, though women's kimono jackets tend to be longer.
- Actress. Cannot be used to refer to male actors.
- Single-edged sword used by Japanese swordsmen for combat, usually 60cm in length or more and technically called 大刀 daitou aka Big Sword. The names given to the swords typically follow the family name of the swordsmith or family of swordsmiths who made the particular series of swords. See Wikipedia Link for more details.
コンビニ or コンベニ for short, コンビニエンスストア kon-bi-ni-en-su su-to-a in full
- Convenience store.
漫画家 or マンガ家
- This refers to the comics author or artist, manga is the romaji for Japanese comics, ka referring to author/artist.
羅馬字 or ローマ字
- This refers to the romanised spelling of Japanese Kanji or Kana characters used primarily in, though not limited to, the English Lanaguage.
- Voice-actor (genderless). See also 俳優 haiyuu, 女優 joyuu.
- This refers to the ritual of self-disembowelment as a form of punishment meted out by superiors to subordinates.
- Refers to a single-volume publication that can be a one-off publication or separate volumes in a series, typically by the same author. For Gintama 銀魂 in particular, each tankoubon published by Jump comics is typically released only after a number of manga chapters have been serialised in the Weekly Shounen Jump (hereafter referred to as WJ). However, tankoubon contents may not be exactly identical to the WJ, as there may be some minor re-draws/re-annotation or touching up of the artwork prior to publication. For more details on this type of literature, refer to Wikipedia Link.
- This refers to the straight man's role in a comedic skit, typically with another partner playing the boke role.
やくざ or ヤクザ
- Commonly used to refer to the Japanese mafia members or groups, though it can refer to professional gambler or being good-for-nothing. Pronunciation is similar to yark-za.