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Learn Japanese with Anime - What Do I Have To Fear?

In this video we’re going to analyse Rintaro Okabe’s quote from Steins;Gate.

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Analysis

俺は狂気のマッドサイエンティスト、鳳凰院凶真

俺 (noun) means “I” in a manly way.

は is the particle indicating the topic of the sentence.

狂気 (noun) means “insanity, madness or crazy”.

The particle の enables the preceding noun (狂気) to modify the following noun (マッドサイエンティスト).

マッドサイエンティスト is a loanword taken from English, “mad scientist”.

鳳凰院凶真 is his self-proclaimed name as the mad scientist. 鳳凰院 is the last name meaning “phoenix institution” and 凶真 is the first name meaning “ominous truth”.

何を恐れることがあるというのだ.

“何を + Verb Dictionary-Form + ことがある” is the rhetorical question used to convince someone that there is no need to do something. Let’s break it down for a deeper understanding.

何 means “what”.

The particle を indicates the direct object of the following verb which is 恐れる meaning “to fear”. So 何を恐れる means “What do I fear”.

こと has various meanings such as things, occasions, experiences and so on depending on the usage. And in this usage, it means “necessity”.

Noun がある means “something exists” or “there is something”.

So 何を恐れることがある means “What do I have to fear?” which is a rhetorical question pointing out “there is no need to fear” or “there is nothing to fear”.

という (collocation) is used to make the preceding word or clause stand out and emphasise it.

のだ (collocation) in a question sentence is used when the speaker wants to clarify something based on the context. In this case the context is the fact that he is the insane mad scientist, which helps to explain that he doesn’t have to fear.

So 何を恐れることがある is a complete sentence by itself but he added のだ to clarify it and という to emphasise it.

Sentences

Rintaro Okabe’s Quote

I’m the insane mad scientist Hououin Kyouma. What do I have to fear?

何を + Verb Dictionary-Form + ことがある (Rhetorical Question)

In such a wealthy country, what makes you pessimistic? (You shouldn’t be so pessimistic)
Everything is fully prepared. What makes you worried? (There’s no need to worry)
You did very well. What more can you do? (You don’t have to try hard anymore)

NOTE

If it’s not a rhetorical question, it’s “何も + Verb Dictionary-Form + ことはない” (there is nothing to …).

You have nothing to worry about.

という for Emphasis

What the hell can I do?
“Japanese language” is truly difficult.
Why are “you” so selfish?

NOTE

  • という is usually followed by a noun or the nominaliser の
  • Without という, there is no emphasis;
Why are you so selfish?

Vocabulary

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anata
pronoun
  1. you (trad. polite in ref. to someone of equal or lower status, now oft. regarded as rude or distant)
ijou
noun, adverb
  1. ... and upwards; ... or more
osoreru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to be afraid of
ore
pronoun
  1. I; me (rough or arrogant)
ganbaru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to persist
kyouki
noun, no adjective
  1. madness
koto
noun
  1. thing; matter
  2. occurrence
kotogaaru
expression, godan verb (irregular)
  1. (for something) to have occurred; to have done (something) (after the past tense form of a verb)
  2. (for something) to happen on occasion
kore
pronoun
  1. this (indicating an item near the speaker, the action of the speaker, or the current topic)
jibunkatte
noun, na adjective
  1. selfishness; (being) self-centered
junbi
noun, suru verb
  1. preparation
shinpai
noun, suru verb, na adjective
  1. worry; anxiety
sonnani
adverb
  1. so much; like that
nanimo
expression
  1. nothing (with neg. verb)
nihongo
noun
  1. Japanese (language)
bantan
noun
  1. all; everything

Kanji

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Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. I, myself
Readings
Kun'yomi: おれ、われ。
On'yomi: エン。
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11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. female phoenix bird
Readings
Kun'yomi: おおとり。
On'yomi: オウ、コウ。
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3 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. ten thousand, 10,000
Readings
Kun'yomi: よろず。
On'yomi: マン、モン、バン。
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3 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. above, up
Readings
Kun'yomi: あ.げる、-あ.がり、-あ.がる、-あ.げる、-うえ、よ.す、あ.がり、あ.がる、うえ、かみ、うわ-、のぼ.す、のぼ.り、のぼ.る、のぼ.せる。
On'yomi: ジョウ、ショウ、シャン。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. part, minute of time, segment, share, degree, one's lot, duty, understand, know, rate, 1%, chances, shaku/100
Readings
Kun'yomi: わ.け、わ.かつ、わ.かる、わ.ける、わ.かれる。
On'yomi: ブ、フン、ブン。
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4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. day, sun, Japan, counter for days
Readings
Kun'yomi: -か、-び、ひ。
On'yomi: ジツ、ニチ。
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5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. book, present, main, origin, true, real, counter for long cylindrical things
Readings
Kun'yomi: もと。
On'yomi: ホン。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. spirit, mind, air, atmosphere, mood
Readings
Kun'yomi: いき。
On'yomi: ケ、キ。
Stroke Count
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. what
Readings
Kun'yomi: なに、なん、あが、なに.の、なん.の、なん.ぞ、いず.れ、なに-、なん-。
On'yomi: ガ、カ。
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8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. country
Readings
Kun'yomi: くに。
On'yomi: コク。
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14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. word, speech, language
Readings
Kun'yomi: かた.る、かた.らう。
On'yomi: ゴ、ギョ。
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4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. heart, mind, spirit, heart radical (no. 61)
Readings
Kun'yomi: こころ、-ごころ。
On'yomi: シン。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. hand
Readings
Kun'yomi: -て、て、た-、て-。
On'yomi: ズ、シュ。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. by means of, because, in view of, compared with
Readings
Kun'yomi: もっ.て、もち。
On'yomi: イ。
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6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. oneself
Readings
Kun'yomi: みずか.ら、おの.ずから、より、おの.ずと。
On'yomi: ジ、シ。
Stroke Count
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. private, I, me
Readings
Kun'yomi: わたくし、わたし、わたくし.する、わし、ひそ.か。
On'yomi: シ。
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10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. fear, dread, awe
Readings
Kun'yomi: おそ.れる、おそ.ろしい、おそ.る、こわ.い、こわ.がる。
On'yomi: ク、キョウ。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. distribute, spouse, exile, rationing
Readings
Kun'yomi: くば.る。
On'yomi: ハイ、ヘ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. equip, provision, preparation
Readings
Kun'yomi: そな.える、そな.わる、つぶさ.に。
On'yomi: ビ、ヒ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. victory, win, prevail, excel
Readings
Kun'yomi: か.つ、まさ.る、-が.ち、かつ、すぐ.れる。
On'yomi: ショウ。

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