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From what I've come to understand is, that the Japanese use English phrases in their songs to provide an emphasis on a particular concept, idea etc. in the song. So for example, in the World Trigger OP (Although how can you call it an OP when it sometimes happens in the middle of the Episode lol) they Emphasize Change is the New World of course referring to the Arrival of the Neighbors and how it changed everything.

In both of the Date A Live openings Date A Live is said in English at the end of lyrics of both OPs for Season 1 & 2.
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"The pain and the pleasure, all come together, there is no reason why."

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Japanese, much like English, is a master at borrowing words. English, German, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese will borrow from any language if it "feels right" or fills a gap in the language not covered by a native word or perhaps is better at conveying the intended meaning than the native word.
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English in Japan is like French in 'Murica. it sounds cool.
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namealreadytaken nailed it. In Trope Speak: Gratuitous English because of Rule of Cool.
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I'm not sure.
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You know how a lot of people get kanji symbols tattooed on them or painted on things so they'll look awesome? It's the exact same thing.
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Well it's not just songs but the language as a whole. Japanese people regularly slip in English words. So I don't think it's weird that there is a lot of English in Japanese songs (but it does seem a little unique to Japanese). Other examples I can attest to is Vietnamese, use a fair amount of English in communication, but not in songs.

And then there's always singlish.......
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cus its cool. duh.
same reason i cuss in spanish, it feels better.
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Attack On Titan uses German.
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American movies, particularly stylized action films, do the exact same things with Spanish. Friend becomes "amigo", understand becomes "comprende", please becomes "por favor"... not to mention the whole "hasta la vista, baby" thing. Why? Because, as so many have pointed out, it sounds exotic and cool.

I'll note that we also wear t-shirts and get tattoos with Chinese characters on them (which most of us cannot identify); again because it looks exotic and cool. But to someone in Asia, they wonder you have a "blanket" tattoo on your right forearm.
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It's because speaking English in japan is 'cool' and makes you look 'smart'. Similarly to how it makes you look cool and smart to write really complicated/rarely used Kanji.

Japan recognizes English as an important language and it's mandatory in pretty much all schools. Seeing how seriously the Japanese take school, and how 'cool' it is to do well in school, it must be cool to speak good English too. There are some videos on youtube of Japanese people who speak fluent English and how their peers think it's really awesome.

Also there's another video I watched where someone living in Japan made a comment stating that for a lot of Japanese parents, they couldn't speak English well so it's an incentive to get their children to speak it well.
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Using english goes well beyond just anime openings so you really can't make a blanket statement about Japanese culture just based off of anime.

That being said, most people have already hit the nail on the head. In a lot of asian countries, speaking english makes you seem more educated so it's pretty prevalent. Since english is largely accepted as the most common language worldwide, most students try to learn english at an early age because it gives you a leg up in the business world, in college, ect. When you travel, a lot of locals get really excited if they find you you speak english and like to practice speaking with you. There is also the fact that a lot of terms are 'borrowed' from the english language as well.
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why do so many American song writers use Spanish and French words in their songs?
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Series5Ranger wrote:

From what I've come to understand is, that the Japanese use English phrases in their songs to provide an emphasis on a particular concept, idea etc. in the song. So for example, in the World Trigger OP (Although how can you call it an OP when it sometimes happens in the middle of the Episode lol) they Emphasize Change is the New World of course referring to the Arrival of the Neighbors and how it changed everything.

In both of the Date A Live openings Date A Live is said in English at the end of lyrics of both OPs for Season 1 & 2.


In my mind "Date a Live" always gets shortend to "Date Alive"... only god knows why^^


xxJing wrote:

Attack On Titan uses German.


Because its evil...!
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