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A

AMV
am


 

  • (ENG) acronym

    This acronym stands for “anime music video” which is a fan made music video using select video clips from anime and setting them to an audio track of the fan’s choice.

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ANIME

a・ni・me   ˈanəˌmā /   (  アニメ )

 
 

  • (JAP) noun

    The shortened form of the Japanese word "
    animeeshon", which itself was derived from the English word "animation" back in the 1980s. Used when referring to film and/or television programs featuring traditional animation, regardless of its country of origin.


 

  • (ENGnoun
     

    • 1)  In North America the word "anime" is used when referring to animated Japanese movies and/or television exclusively, as its own genre.
       

      • for example:

        "Hey! Wanna come over & watch the new anime dvds I got today?"

         

    • 2)  Additionally, the North American use of the word "anime" can be used to describe particular art stylizations often found in Japanese animation, such as large eyes, small to nonexistent noses, hair color palettes expanded to include the color spectrum in its entirety, etc.
       

      • for example:

        "Wow! I love your picture. The character looks so anime."

         

    • AUTHOR'S NOTE:

      Between friends this word can be used as a compliment. However, in the North American art industry it's commonly used as a slur to demean a work of art by implying that the use of such "anime" stylizations is unprofessional and/or childish; a crutch used to compensate for lack of skill (which not only an insult to the artist but also is hugely offensive to all of the talented and respected artists in Japan who make a good living creating art with those particular stylizations.).

      *I would NOT recommend using this word as a descriptor when addressing an artist you are not acquainted with.



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B

BAKA
baka   / ˈbäkə /   ( ばか )


 

  • (JAP) noun

    Idiot; a term which insults a person's limited intellect in the same way that the English words "idiot" or "fool" could be used for the same purpose.

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brony
/s


 

  • (ENG) noun

    COMING SOON.

 
 

C

CANON
canon   / kan-uh /


 

  • (ENG) noun

    A term used in
    fandom to describe factual information about a part of their fandom (character traits, plot details , etc.) as verified by the original content.
     

    • example 1:

      "I know that Superman and Lois Lane are married in canon, but I can't help shipping him with Batman."

      — A Girl of Many Fandoms

       

    • example 2:

      "Okay. That's not canon."

      — Rey's Mom
       

    • example 3:

      "I'm impressed with all the studying dad did. He has a real mind for Equestranauts trivia— How did this get in here? It's noncanonical. Noncanonical!"

      — Tina Belcher
       

    • example 4:

      "I know you might not have read the tie-ins, but I might be canonically disinterested in any overtures you might be inclined to make, Loki."


      — Leah of Hel
       

for additional information I recommend the following sources:

  • list /  my list of personally verified canons

CHIBI
chibi   / chi-bee /   ( ちび )


 

  • (JAP) adjective

    A word often used by adorable characters in
    anime manga to make their dialect more "かわいい" ( kawaii ) or "cute".

     

  • (JAP) noun

    A derogatory term which insults a person's limited height in the same way that the English words "shorty" or "shrimp" could be used for the same purpose.


     

  • (ENG) noun

    In North America the word "chibi" is used when referring to a very specific 
    anime / manga art stylization: a person/animal/thing is drawn with their head's disproportionately larger than their bodies ( head to body ratios ranging from 1:1 to 4:1 ) for the sole purpose of making the subject appear small and adorable.
     

    • for example:

      "A Girl of Many Fandoms loves to draw chibis."

      — A Girl of Many Fandoms



for additional information I recommend the following sources:

context
/s


 

  • (ENG) noun

    COMING SOON.

 
 
 
 

F

FAN ART

fan・dom   / fan ɑːt /
 

  • (ENG) noun
     

    • 1) An unofficial work of art featuring pre-existing subject matter (usually visual media. ie. novels, movies, television shows, comics, video games, etc.) created by a member of the aforementioned subject matter’s fanbase.

       

      • for example:

        "What do you think of my fan art of Superman as a cute little piggy?"

        — A Girl of Many Fandoms


         

    • 2) It's also known as a 'transformative work', which is defined by the Organization for Transformative Works as...

      "A transformative work takes something extant and turns it into something with a new purpose, sensibility, or mode of expression. Transformative works include but are not limited to fanfiction, real person fiction, fan vids, and fan art."


 

for additional information I recommend the following sources:

FANDOM

fan・dom   / fandəm /

 

  • (ENG) noun

    The fans of a particular subject (ie. a celebrity, a sports team, a fictional series, etc.) regarded collectively as a community or subculture.

     


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FAN FICTION

fan・fic・tion   / fan fˈfɪkʃ(ə)n /
 

  • (ENG) noun
     

    • 1) An unofficial written work of fiction featuring pre-existing subject matter (usually visual media. ie. novels, movies, television shows, comics, video games, etc.) created by a member of the aforementioned subject matter’s fanbase.
       

      • for example:

        “Have you read my fan fiction where Superman is transformed into a cute little piggy?”


        — A Girl of Many Fandoms


         

    • 2) The word is often abbreviated as ‘fan fic’ or simply ‘fic’. It's also known as a 'transformative work', which is defined by the Organization for Transformative Works as...

      "A transformative work takes something extant and turns it into something with a new purpose, sensibility, or mode of expression. Transformative works include but are not limited to fanfiction, real person fiction, fan vids, and fan art."


 

for additional information I recommend the following sources:

 
 

G

GIBBS SLAP
gibbs・slap   /gibz slap/

 

  • (ENG) noun

    'The Gibbs Slap', also known as 'the Gibbs Smack', is a reference to the television show "
    N.C.I.S.". More specifically, it's a reference to Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs's (the protagonist) trademark reaction to an act of stupidity: slapping the person who committed the act of stupidity up the backside of the head. The recipient is usually Agent Anthony DiNozzo.
     

    • for example:

      "I wanted to Gibbs Slap this jerk who asked me to draw him something in exchange for 'free publicity' but I kept my cool & told him I wasn't interested."


      — A Girl of Many Fandoms



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H

HEADCANON

headcanon   / hed kan-uh /

 

  • (ENG) noun

    A term used to describe one's particular idea/opinion about a part of their
    fandom (character traits, plot details, etc) that is either not verified or completed negated by the original content; but the fan believes and/or likes their idea/opinion so much that, to them, it may as well be canon (officially part of the original content).
     

    • example 1:

      "I have this headcanon that the character Bob Belcher, from the television show 'Bob's Burgers', is bisexual."

      — A Girl of Many Fandoms

       

    • example 2:

      "This is... confusing. You are from another timeline."

      "But it's been heavily foreshadowed she's the once and future Queeen of Hel and hence also our mistress come again?"

      "Hush, Gondul. No one has time for your headcanons."

      — Disir and Gondul
       


 

AUTHOR'S NOTE:


I cannot over emphasize that a headcanon is a personal opinion meant solely to increase one's enjoyment of a fandom, regardless of whether it has any basis in canon or not. Which is why, in this particular instance, personal opinions of this nature can neither be correct nor incorrect; because it's a matter of what makes the person (or persons) who ascribe to the opinion happy. Additionally, in this particular instance, personal opinions of this sort are harmless as they are not meant to be considered canonical by anyone except the person (or persons) who ascribe to the opinion.

Therefore, I would NOT recommend correcting a person's headcanon as it would be considered rude.

for additional information I recommend the following sources:

  • article /  definition by Fanlore.org

  • article /  definition by Wikitionary

  • list /  my personal list of headcanons

 
 

K

KAWAII
kawa・ii   kəˈwʌɪ /   ( かわい )

 

  • (JAP) adjective

    Cute; Aesthetically pleasing in terms of innocence and virtue.


     

  • (JAP) noun

    One of Japan's most internationally renowned subcultures centered around a very specific aesthetic: cuteness.

    Also known as the "cuteness culture".


 

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M

MANGA
man・ga   ˈmaŋɡə  /   ( まんが  )


 

  • (JAP) noun

    Comic strips: sequential art usually printed as a stand-alone vertical strip in newspapers/magazines or as a lengthy series of strips in a comic book.


     

  • (ENGnoun

    In North America the word "manga" is used when referring to Japanese comic books exclusively, as its own genre.

     

    • for example:

      "Hey! Wanna borrow the new Yu-Gi-Oh! manga I got today?"

      — A Girl of Many Fandoms

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N

N

N.S.F.W.
ns・f・w 


 

  • (ENG) acronym

    When a content creator feels generous enough to provide their viewers with a 'heads up', this acronym is used in the summaries of online content (ie. fan art, fan fics, fan vids, etc.) to indicate that the material should not be viewed in a public setting because the content falls anywhere between a mature "R" rating to an explicit "NC-17" rating.

    In short, the content is "
    not safe for work".

 

R

r.p.g.
/r


 

  • (ENG) noun

    COMING SOON.

 
 

S

S.F.W.
s・f・w 


 

  • (ENG) acronym

    When a content creator feels generous enough to provide their viewers with a 'heads up', this acronym is used in the summaries of online content (ie. fan art, fan fics, fan vids, etc.) to indicate that the material can be viewed in a public setting because it is safe for all ages.

    In short, the content is "safe for work".

SHIP
ship   / ʃɪp /

 

  • (ENG) noun

    Short for 'relationship', this term is often used in fandom to describe a pair of subjects as a romantic and/or sexual couple.

 

  • (ENG) verb

    To endorse a pair of subjects as a romantic and/or sexual couple.

     

    • for example:

      "I ship Superman with Lois Lane."


      — A Girl of Many Fandoms


       

  • (ENG) related idioms
     

    • 1) "This ship sails itself."

      This expression means that there's so much evidence within the original context and/or subtext that a 
      ship is canon that even though it's not confirmed by the original content, it might as well be.
       

    • 2) "I will go down with this ship."

      COMING SOON.

slash
/s


 

  • (ENG) noun

    COMING SOON.

 

Y

YAOI

ya・o・i   / jɑoʊi /   ( やお )


 

  • (JAP) acronym

    An acronymn for "
    yama nashi, ochi nashi, imi nashi" which translates to "no climax, no point, no meaning." This expression began as a slur—a long story for another time—but it eventually became the name of an entire genre of anime manga which features the romantic andvery graphicsexual love between two men.

     

  • (ENG) noun

    In North America, the acronym is a slang term used to describe
    anime manga with very specific themes: the romantic andvery graphic—sexual love between two men. (Boys Love is the term used for the non graphic version of the genre.)



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yu・ri

 /

  • (JAP) noun

    COMING SOON.

 

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