The Japanese-media-by-dialect Project

Hello everyone! This is going to be a collaborative project. So please join the efforts.

Dialects are still a bit of a mystery to me, and maybe to many others as well. So this is a place for people to check what’s the dialect of this thing they’re spending time with, or to find something with a specific dialect, to practice. All is good: anime/manga, videogames, doramas, novels, films, podcasts, Vtubers, if it’s in Japanese it goes in here. Second post will be a wiki, I’ll start with the only item I’m pretty sure of.

help me

Tagging @Mods in case this is something the WK writers can help with; if it is, please let them know about it. Also, if the project gains traction and the wiki gets more and more items, it might be a good idea to pin this thread :blush:

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List of dialects and works. Please note that some works feature more than one dialect.

Fukuoka dialect

Yakuza 7

Gifu dialect

Yuru Camp

Hiroshima dialect

Manabi Ikiru wa Fuufu no Tsutome (学び生きるは夫婦の務め)
Yakuza 6

Hokkaido dialect

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Hokkaido Gals Are Super Adorable!
Yakuza 7

Nagoya dialect

Yakuza 7

Okinawa dialect

Yakuza 3

Ōsaka dialect

Azumanga Daioh
Cardcaptor Sakura
Jarinko Chie
Lovely Complex
Yakuza games in general

Saga dialect

Zombie Land Saga

Sasebo dialect

Kids on the Slope

Tokyo; Yamanote dialect

Death Note (?) - note: like most anime, characters in Death Note speak run-of-the-mill standard Japanese, not exactly Tokyo dialect (there are differences); maybe remove this entry?

Tokyo; Shitamachi dialect

Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

Tsugaru dialect

Flying Witch
Mashiro no Oto

Yamagata dialect

Swing Girls

There might be more specific details about the works below (in fact, this is encouraged), so please use the search feature if you’re interested in anything in particular, or ask if you can’t find what you’re looking for :blush:

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ましろの音 - Tsugaru-ben (Aomori) spoken by one main character and a few supporting ones.

Are you sure, I don’t recall the characters speaking a dialect?

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Maybe not all of the main cast, but Sakura and Saki definitely do. So do a lot of the background random mob characters, like the policeman and other townspeople.

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I thought Saki was speaking 不良 slang? Sakura I don’t recall really, it’s been a while. Need to re-watch.

Yeah, that must be the case but they don’t have much screen time at all.

She did, but that’s just vocab. It was definitely mixed with a strong regional dialect as well.

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Swing Girls is delivered almost entirely in Yamagata-ben.

Every second Asadora is made in Osaka, and generally set somewhere in western Japan, while every other one is made in Toyko and set somewhere in eastern Japan. I did a translation of one of them, and had to learn both Osaka dialect and Hiroshima dialect.

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Yeah this kind of info is really useful, precisely what people unfamiliar with the dialect need to learn to spot it :star_struck:

I’ll add Swing Girls to the wiki! Also, is this the Asadora manga? :thinking:

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No, it’s asadora.

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You’re not referring to a person’s spouse, are you? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

I’m not sure there’s a single thing called Kyuushuu dialect, though… There are just so many dialects in Kyuushuu, e.g. Hakata-ben, Kumamoto-ben, Kagoshima-ben, just to name a few that come to mind. Here is a much better classification of them: Japanese dialects - Wikipedia

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Nicole to the rescue! Thanks. The wiki will gradually get more and more accurate and expansive, slow and steady wins the race

Hmm, it could be, I think @Nemuitanuki would probably benefit from this lol
Let’s help her :rofl:

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If you know which one of those dialects is spoken in Sasebo City in Nagasaki Prefecture, that’s the exact city where Kids on the Slope takes place, I’d be happy to correct it. I’ll change it to Sasebo dialect in the meantime.

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Yeah I think either Sasebo or Nagasaki are good

Thank you @Greya!

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Hey hey! Thanks for letting us know. Seems like a cool collaborative project :raised_hands:

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Also, I heard you were on vacation mode for a while? Welcome back! Now go do your reviews :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

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For anyone interested, I posted a Fukushima dialect deck on Kitsun. They are mostly from LINE stickers of common phrases along with a few other youtube samples. They have a bunch of dialect regions to choose from though I would trust a native from that region to clarify the standard Japanese unless you are a dialect wizard.

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@Maulrus make yourself at home :blush:

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Who hath summoned me? :face_with_monocle:

And for what purpose? Checks thread OP.

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Does Okinawan count as a Japanese dialect or separate language?

It’s kind of like what Scots is to English I guess. Either way, I’m adding this link to Imabi’s Okinawan guide:

https://www.imabi.net/okinawanscript.htm

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Hm, I’m no expert, but I skimmed that link and it looks distinct enough to be considered its own language. Still, it is spoken in Japan, and if there are works that use it, they can go into the wiki with the “another language” caveat.

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