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Learn Japanese with Anime - Even If You Get Eaten By Me, That Cannot Be Helped, Right?

In this video we’re going to analyse Ken Kaneki's quote from Tokyo Ghoul (anime scene edited).

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Analysis

僕を喰おうとしたんだ

僕 means “I” only used by men. It’s less formal than 私 but more formal than 俺.

を indicates the direct object of the following verb.

喰おうとした is the past tense of 喰おうとする. A verb volitional form followed by とする means “to try to do something”. 喰おう is the volitional form of 喰う which is the rough way to say 喰べる meaning “to eat“. So 僕を喰おうとした means “you tried to eat me”.

There is the other kanji for eating (食) which is more commonly used. When it’s combined with the kanji, “口” meaning “a mouth”, it means “to eat in order to live or survive” so it’s often used for animals. It’s also used for ghouls as they eat in order to live rather than for fun.

んだ is the broken version of のだ which is used when giving an explanation about the context. So he’s explaining the good reason for what he’s going to do. So 僕を喰おうとしたんだ means “you tried to eat me“ in an explanatory tone.

僕に喰われても仕方ないよね

僕に喰われても means “even if you get eaten by me”. “A verb te-form followed by も” means “Even if one does something”. 喰われて is the te-form of 喰われる which is the passive form of 喰う so 喰われても means “even if you get eaten” and 僕に means “by me”.

仕方ない literally means “there is no way to do something” and it’s often translated as “it can’t be helped”. It’s mainly used when an unpleasant situation cannot be avoided and must be accepted. 

Lastly, よね is the sentence ending particles meaning “right?” used when you want confirmation from the listener.

Sentences

Ken Kaneki’s Quote

You tried to eat me. Even if you get eaten by me, that cannot be helped, right?

Volitional-Form + とする (to try to do something)

When I was about to leave the house, The phone rang.
A cat is trying to climb the tree.
I tried to escape but I got caught.

んだ & Verb Passive Te-Form + も + 仕方ない

You are always lying. Even if you are suspected by everyone, that can’t be helped.
You have broken your mother’s favourite vase. Even if you get scolded, it can’t be helped.
You hit me first. Even if you get hit, that can’t be helped, right?

Vocabulary

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utagau
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to doubt; to be suspicious of
okaasan
noun
  1. mother
okiniiri
expression
  1. favorite
kabin
noun
  1. (flower) vase
sakini
adverb, noun
  1. before; earlier than
shikatanai
i adjective
  1. it can't be helped; it's inevitable
shikaru
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to scold
shimau
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to do something completely
socchi
  • that person (someone close to the listener)
  • tsukamaru
    godan verb, intransitive verb
    1. to be caught
    denwa
    noun, suru verb, no adjective
    1. telephone
    tosuru
    expression, suru verb (irregular)
    1. (after volitional form of verb) to try to (verb)

    Kanji

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    English Meaning
    1. scold, reprove
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: しか.る。
    On'yomi: シチ、シツ。
    Stroke Count
    12 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. eat, drink, receive (a blow), (kokuji)
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: く.う、く.らう。
    On'yomi: ジキ、ショク。
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    14 Strokes
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    English Meaning
    1. lie, falsehood
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: ふ.く、うそ。
    On'yomi: コ、キョ。
    Stroke Count
    2 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. enter, insert
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: い.る、はい.る、-い.り、-い.る、-い.れ、い.れる。
    On'yomi: ジュ、ニュウ、ジュウ。
    Stroke Count
    4 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. tree, wood
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: き、こ、こ-。
    On'yomi: モク、ボク。
    Stroke Count
    5 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. exit, leave, go out, come out, put out, protrude
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: -で、-だ.す、だ.す、で.る、い.だす、い.でる。
    On'yomi: スイ、シュツ。
    Stroke Count
    5 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. mama, mother
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: はは、も。
    On'yomi: ボ、ム、モ、ボウ。
    Stroke Count
    6 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. before, ahead, previous, future, precedence
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: さき、ま.ず。
    On'yomi: セン。
    Stroke Count
    6 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. spirit, mind, air, atmosphere, mood
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: いき。
    On'yomi: ケ、キ。
    Stroke Count
    10 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. time, hour
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: とき、-どき。
    On'yomi: ジ、シ。
    Stroke Count
    13 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. tale, talk
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: はな.す、はなし。
    On'yomi: ワ、エ、カ。
    Stroke Count
    13 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. electricity
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: いなずま。
    On'yomi: デン、テン。
    Stroke Count
    4 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. direction, person, alternative
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: かた、まさ、-かた、-がた。
    On'yomi: ホウ。
    Stroke Count
    5 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. attend, doing, official, serve
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: つか.える。
    On'yomi: ジ、シ。
    Stroke Count
    7 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. flower
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: はな、わ。
    On'yomi: ケ、カ。
    Stroke Count
    10 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. house, home, family, professional, expert, performer
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: いえ、や、うち。
    On'yomi: ケ、ク、カ、コ。
    Stroke Count
    9 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. all, everything
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: みな、みんな、むな。
    On'yomi: ケ、カイ。
    Stroke Count
    9 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. escape, flee, shirk, evade, set free
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: に.げる、に.がす、のが.す、のが.れる。
    On'yomi: ドウ、トウ。
    Stroke Count
    10 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. catch, capture
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: つか.まえる、つか.まる、と.らえる、と.らわれる、と.る、とら.える、とら.われる。
    On'yomi: ブ、ホ。
    Stroke Count
    11 Strokes
    English Meaning
    1. cat
    Readings
    Kun'yomi: ねこ。
    On'yomi: ビョウ。

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