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Learn Japanese with Anime - I Have To Become A Hero!

In this video we’re going to analyse Shinra Kusakabe's quote from Fire Force (Enn Enn no Shouboutai).

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Analysis

俺は悪魔なんかじゃない

“Noun A は Noun B じゃない” means “Noun A is not Noun B” as the particle は indicates the topic and じゃない shows the statement is negative.

Noun A is 俺 meaning “I” which is only used by men and Noun B is 悪魔 meaning “a devil” so 俺は悪魔じゃない means “I am not a devil”.

なんか (particle) shows that one is looking down on the preceding word.

So if it’s 俺は悪魔じゃない he’s simply saying that he’s not a devil, but by adding なんか he’s also showing that he has negative feelings towards 悪魔.

俺はヒーローにならなきゃならない

俺は shows he’s going to talk about himself.

ヒーロー means “a hero”.

The に particle used with verbs that express change such as なる (to become), 変わる (to change) and so on, indicates a target of change.

A stem of the verb nai-form followed by なきゃならない means “have to do something”.

なら is the stem of ならない which is the nai-form of なる meaning “to become“, so ならなきゃならない means “have to become”.

なきゃならない is a broken version of なければならない which directly means “If one doesn’t do it, it’s no good” so it means “one has to do it”.

Sentences

Shinra Kusakabe’s Quote

I am not a devil! I have to become a hero!

Noun + なんか (shows one is looking down on the preceding word)

I hate you!
I don’t want to eat wasabi ice cream!
I won’t lose to a virus!

NOTE

なんか can also be used for something out of your reach.

Gucci bags are too expensive to buy.

なんか is also used to show the preceding word is only an example

What are we going to do? – How about a movie or something?

Stem of Nai-Form + なきゃならない

I have to leave home at 7 tomorrow.
I have to work harder to get a promotion.
To lose weight, I have to run 5km a day.

Vocabulary

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akuma
noun
  1. devil
ashita
noun (temporal)
  1. tomorrow
ichinichi
noun
  1. one day
eiga
noun, no adjective
  1. movie
omae
pronoun, no adjective
  1. you (formerly honorific, now sometimes derog. term referring to an equal or inferior)
ore
pronoun, no adjective
  1. I; me (rough or arrogant-sounding first-person pronoun, formerly also used by women)
ganbaru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to try one's best
kirai
na adjective, noun
  1. hate
shoushin
noun, suru verb, no adjective
  1. promotion
sugiru
ichidan verb, intransitive verb
  1. (often used after adjective stems or the -masu stems of verbs) to be excessive
taberu
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to eat
tameni
conjunction
  1. for the sake of

Kanji

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10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. I, myself
Readings
Kun'yomi: おれ、われ。
On'yomi: エン。
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12 Strokes
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English Meaning
  1. get thin
Readings
Kun'yomi: や.せる。
On'yomi: シュ、ソウ、シュウ、チュウ。
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1 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. one, one radical (no.1)
Readings
Kun'yomi: ひと、ひと.つ、はじめ、てん、かづ、かつ、いる、まこと、かず、おさむ、か、かた、くに、さね、すすむ、たか、ただ、ち、のぶ、はじむ、ひ、ひじ、ひで、ひとし、まさし、もと、もろ、ひと-。
On'yomi: イチ、イツ。
Stroke Count
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. 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
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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9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. in front, before
Readings
Kun'yomi: まえ、さき、-まえ。
On'yomi: ゼン、セン。
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9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. eat, food
Readings
Kun'yomi: た.べる、く.う、く.らう、は.む、やしな.う。
On'yomi: イ、ジキ、ジ、ショク、シ。
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10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. time, hour
Readings
Kun'yomi: とき、-どき。
On'yomi: ジ、シ。
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10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. tall, high, expensive
Readings
Kun'yomi: たか、たか.い、-だか、たか.まる、たか.める。
On'yomi: コウ。
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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7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. run
Readings
Kun'yomi: はし.る、はしり、かける、ゆき。
On'yomi: ス、ソウ。
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8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. bright, light
Readings
Kun'yomi: あか.るい、あき.らか、あ.ける、あけ、-あ.け、あ.く、あ.かす、あ.かり、あ.くる、あか.らむ、あか.るむ。
On'yomi: ミョウ、メイ、ミン。
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8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. brush-stroke, picture
Readings
Kun'yomi: えが.く、か.く、かぎ.る、はか.る、かく.する、はかりごと。
On'yomi: エ、ガ、ワク、カイ、カク。
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9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. reflect, reflection, projection
Readings
Kun'yomi: うつ.す、うつ.る、は.える、ば.え、てる、あきら、-ば.え。
On'yomi: ヨウ、エイ。
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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。
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11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. bad, vice, rascal, false, evil, wrong
Readings
Kun'yomi: わる.い、にく.む、いずく.にか、いずく.んぞ、-にく.い、あ.し、ああ、わる-、にく.い、いずくに、いずくんぞ。
On'yomi: アク、アク、オ。
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12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. buy
Readings
Kun'yomi: か.う。
On'yomi: メ、バイ。
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9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. defeat, negative, -, minus, bear, owe, assume a responsibility
Readings
Kun'yomi: ま.ける、ま.かす、お.う、そむ.く。
On'yomi: フ、ブ、フウ。
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11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. advance, proceed, progress, promote
Readings
Kun'yomi: すす.む、すす.める、のぶ。
On'yomi: シン。

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