Everyone and their dog is making these “How To Speak English” or “Internet” or “American” videos. But I haven’t seen an anime one yet, so here’s my guide to anime tropes.
An attractive member of the female species.
Defined by his/her (generally her) shyness. Often a Moe as well.
Cute, but very clumsy. Think Bella Swan, but actually cute. Uh, and clumsy.
Genki means energetic. As in, if you don’t move, she’ll bounce right over you.
A historical drama, often set in feudal Japan.
Kawaii doesn’t translate exactly to English. It’s not cute per se, more the concept of cuteness. Anything ending in -ko is female, so… a cute little girl. Sugar and spice and all that.
A sexy, sadistic boyfriend. Think Edward Cullen. But sexy.
A sexy, sadistic boyfriend with adorable little glasses. That makes everything better, right?
Bitchy on the outside, sweet on the inside. Like my dear friend X*, but, you know, nice.
A young female superhero gains powers and fights evil, rarely without her favourite Kichiku.
The many subgenres of mahusive robot animes, and/or the robots they’re based on.
Boys with glasses, who are therefore cute. Squee.
Means ‘glasses girl’, but pretty much a Moe with glasses. Note that without the glasses, she probably wouldn’t be a Moe.
The cutest girl possible. Which is apparently sexy, if you ignore the fact that most of them are under fourteen.
An anime nerd. Note that in Japan, this term isn’t exactly a compliment.
The dominant guy in a yaoi anime.
Bitchy one minute, sweet the next, pissed off, apologetic, hot-tempered, wouldn’t hurt a fly… you get the idea.
Like a Tsundere, but instead of being sweet half the time, she’s depressed.
The submissive guy in a yaoi anime.
She’s cute, but she’s also a psychopath.
A gay romance.
A lesbian romance, often fanservice-heavy.