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Why is using english words so prevalent in anime songs?
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Posted 1/26/15
I was just wondering,why do most anime openings use so many english words?Is it to attract some english speaking audiences or does it just sound better to Japanese fans?
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Posted 1/26/15 , edited 1/28/15
I guess because it sounds cool. Or maybe for extra emphasis.
Posted 1/26/15 , edited 1/26/15
I seriously have no idea.

I'm guessing it would be similar to how English speaking songwriters use other languages in songs.. e.g. Lady Marmalade, "Voulez vous couches avec moi". Is it necessary? No. Does it make the song sounds more exotic? Yes.

English words are probably exotic to Japanese viewers. Of course it isn't exotic to international viewers... they only get made fun of... due to the... accent.

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I have not seen an anime where an aspect is catered for English-speaking people. If they do something, it's mainly to attract their own local audience :-/
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Posted 1/26/15
The English and Japanese languages have a peculiar relationship that none of my language professors was ever quite able to explain. Perhaps because of so much contact between Japanese and American culture over the past century and a half?
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There are a lot of English words used in normal conversation in anime as well. They just slip in there right in the middle of the Japanese words like it's completely normal. What I find fascinating is which English words often get used. For instance, I've noticed that "rival" is often spoken in English. I would love to have some insight on why certain English words get used. Is it a lack of a Japanese equivalent? Is it just that they like the sound of the English version? Is it all an elaborate prank on us simple anime lovers? I'd love to know.
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Posted 1/26/15
Simply because it sounds cool i guess
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The same applies to MOST Japanese Pop. It's a practice that the japanese have I guess. They like the language of english enough to include sometimes horribly butchered english phrases and titles in their songs.
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Posted 1/26/15
"Let's Fighting Love" comes to mind.
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Posted 1/26/15
As others have said, their are multiple reasons:
1. It just sounds better to the song writer and Japanese audiences,
2. Maybe it expresses the concept better, in the context, than could be done in Japanese.

All living languages that have contact with other language groups end up incorporating words from other languages. Their are various reasons this occurs. But, overall, it is a good thing because it increases understanding between cultures.
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Posted 1/26/15
I guess it's something with the language or something? Or they just want to?
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Posted 1/26/15 , edited 1/28/15
Most Japanese people have never been outside of Japan, hearing foreign words and languages are pretty cool and interesting to them.

I also wouldn't use anime as a basis to judge Japanese culture and the way they focus on foreign cultures.

There are very few Japanese people who actually throw English words in everyday speech.

You also need to realize, learning english is becoming more and more mandatory in the Japanese educational system. Alot of schools are making english courses mandatory; given that fact, its not all that far fetched for kids to replace simply words like "hai" with yes, and "Ohayou" with morning. Usually basic words are replaced for the unique sound it gives. Japanese students enjoy foreign cultures and languages because of how VASTLY different their culture is, from that of english speaking ones.

(This was basically how it was explained to me a few years ago when I was learning Japanese in order to apply to the JET program)
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Posted 1/26/15
You'd be surprised to see how a lot of things in the japanese language are inspired by english.
For example, bedside table translates into ''beddo saido teberu'' ...so exactly the same thing.

Like pointed out above, it could be just because it sounds cool, or because they want to show their linguistic versatility.
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Posted 1/26/15 , edited 1/28/15
Its the same thing when American singers use Spanish words, it sounds more charming and romantic. (;
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Posted 1/26/15
I still remember being a kid and running around the house saying "we got power dragooonball Z!",lol...
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Posted 1/26/15
Because it's kakkoii
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