Boku Ore Watashi Watakushi orekko bokukko

There are many ways to express "I (First Person)"in Japanese amine and comics! ~Ore,Boku,Watashi~

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Man-chan@MaDeLa

Jul 24 ,2018

In everyday speech, people use the First Person to call himself or the Second Person to call the other person. For example, in English, people only need to use the single expression such as "I" and "You". But do you know that there are a lot of expression for the First Person in Japanese? Then, here, we take anime and comics as the example to introduce to you the varied "I" that can not be expressed in English.

ANIME manga character comic First Person  ore orekko

"Ore"is the First Person which is widely used in Japanese anime and comics."Ore" is mainly used by the male characters with lively and cheerful or masculine personality. Compared with other First Person, when saying "Ore", it may give others a little impression that "I am great". In addition, a very small number of female characters also use "Ore" to call themselves. We call them "Orekko".

Instance of character using "Ore" as the First Person
・ONEPIECE, Monkey·D·Luffy
・Pocket Monsters / Pokemon, Satoshi
・FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, Edward Elric
・NARUTO, Naruto
・Code Geass, Lelouch
・A Voyage of Chihiro / Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi, Rin

ANIME manga character comic First Person boku  bokukko

"Boku" sounds softer than "Ore", which is usually used in the First Person of male characters with calm and intelligence. The person who uses "Boku" will give people a lot of impression such as seriousness, narcissism and sincerity. In addition, many little boys like to use "Boku" to call themselves. Just like the "Orekko", there are many "Bokukko" who are used to call themselves the "Boku".

Instance of character using "Boku" as the First Person
・Doraemon Doraemon/Nobita
・NEON GENESIS EVANGELION, Ikari Shinji /Nagisa Kaworu
・My Hero Academia, <Izuku Midoriya>(Nickname:<Deku>)
・Gintama, Shimura Shinpachi
・The Basketball which Kuroko Plays, Kuroko Tetsuya
・Revolutionary Girl Utena, Utena

ANIME manga character comic First Person  watashi atashi watakushi

"Watashi / Atashi" is the First Person used by both female and male characters. Most women like to use "Watashi / Atashi", but if man use it, may like an adult, and there will be a little mystery.

Instance of character using "Watashi / Atashi" as the First Person
・DEATH NOTE, L
・MononokeHime, San/ Moro
・Zatch Bell!, Zatch Bell
・Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon, <sailor moon>(<Tsukino Usagi>)
・Your Name / Kiminonawa, Miyamizu Mitsuha
・Cowboy Bebop, Faye·Valentine)

These three types of First Person are most-used, but actually there are many other self-proclaimed types.

ANIME manga character comic First Person sessha

"Sessha"...is usually used by the First Person of samurai.
・Lupin III / Rupan Sansei, Ishikawa Goemon
・Rurouni Kenshin, Himura Kenshin

ANIME manga character comic First Person ora Dragon Ball

"Ora"...the First Person used by the male characters with strong personality.
・Crayon Shin-chan, Shin-chan
・Dragon Ball, Son Goku

ANIME manga character comic First Person boku ore watashi orekko bokukko

"Uchi"...often used by the Kansai girls. ・Urusei Yatsura, Ramu

ANIME manga character comic First Person boku ore watashi orekko bokukko

In addition, it is amazing that even the same First Person in Japanese, when respectively expressed in kanji, hiragana, and katakana,it will give people different impressions and feelings. For example, if using "私", it must be an adult male with mystery, but if using "アタシ", then it must be a wild high school girl...

The expression of Japanese is really rich and colorful, you can change your self-proclaimed names on different occasions or when you talk to different people with different ages.
If it were you, what kind of First Person do you want to use to call yourself?

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