anibee's Guide to Nifty Japanese Words 101! (Vol. 12)

Fighting Words! - Part 1: Before the fight!


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Now don't get us wrong - violence is the last thing we'd condone!

But sometimes, knowing the right word to say at a specific point in a fight, be it real or fictional (we hope), can help improve the situation/atmosphere of the battle, and bag you serious style points too, making you sound totally awesome.

Before anything can proceed, it has to first begin! What you say before a fight can sometimes set the mood for the rest of the event, so don't take it lightly!

(よろしく)お願いします。

(yoroshiku) onegaishimasu)
"Pleased to be your match today" (rough translation)


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Works great if you want to be like - ‘polite' and 'formal' type fighters like Sakura (Street Fighter), Kasumi Todoh (King of Fighters) or Hinata (Naruto). A handy, all-purpose pre-fight phrase to make you seem really nice. Keyword being "seem".

来い!

Koi!
"Come on!"


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Works great if you want to be like - 'determined' and semi-confident fighters like Ryu (Street Fighter) or Goku (Dragonball Z). Not to be confused with the fish.

かかって来い!

Kakatte koi!
"Bring it!!"


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Works great if you want to be like - 'cocky’ and 'arrogant' fighters like Ken Masters (Street Fighter), Kamen Rider Den-O and many more. Try not to lose after saying this - it'd make things a wee bit awkward...

オラオラオラ!!

Oraoraora!!!
"Let's go!!/Come on!!/random noises"


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Works great if you want to be like - fighters who are either extremely showy, or completely bonkers! Ryo (King of Fighters), Jotaro (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure), and literally dozens of characters have been known to utilise this multi-purpose phrase, often with many more 'ora's liberally thrown in. Either way you use it, you're bound to intimidate someone -or at least annoy them!

The battle's only just begun and there's still more to learn! Tune in next time, where we'll cover some handy phrases you can use during a fight, be it from guarding a heavy attack, or launching your ultimate finisher!

- Q

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