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Popular manga and anime genre, ‘Isekai,’ among the newly added words in the Oxford English Dictionary

Heads up, manga and anime fans! The term “Isekai” has just been added to the Oxford English Dictionary.

The term “Isekai” is defined as a noun meaning “A Japanese genre of science or fantasy fiction featuring a protagonist who is transported to or reincarnated in a different, strange, or unfamiliar world. Also: an anime, manga, video game, etc., in this genre. Frequently used as a modifier.” Although the term has been borrowed for inclusion in the English dictionary, its meaning remains unchanged. In addition to “isekai,” two more words reflecting Japanese literature have been added such as “Tokusatsu” and “Mangaka.” OED editors collaborated with researchers from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies for the latest batch of Japanese words.

Popular manga and anime genre, 'Isekai,' among the newly added words to The Oxford English Dictionary pop inqpop
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The influence of Japanese on the English language can also be seen in other cultural aspects. Japanese words have also been adapted in naming foods (such as karaage, onigiri, tonkatsu, etc.).

To know more about the others that are now included in OED, their website offers a list of the entire Japanese that they had already included through time.


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