Sign In

Lessons

Lists

Learn Japanese with Anime - There Are No Shortcuts To Becoming Hokage (Naruto)

12 Sentences|58 Words|51 Kanji Video Lessons »

Learn Japanese with Anime - There Are No Shortcuts To Becoming Hokage (Naruto)

In this video we’re going to analyse Nartuo's quote from Naruto (ナルト).

If you enjoy the video lessons from Easy Peasy Japanesey, please subscribe to their channel on YouTube.Please Subscribe!

Analysis

The sentence is a bit long but the structure is quite simple. It’s one sentence that consists of two clauses connected with the conjunction particle し meaning “and”. And both clauses have the grammar “Noun A に Noun B はない”. ねぇ is the broken version of ない meaning “nonexistent” so it means “A has no B”.

So the structure of this sentence is simply “A has no B and C has no D”.

火影になる奴に近道はねぇ

Noun A: 火影になる奴

火影 literally means Fire Shadow which is a word that only exists in the Naruto world. It’s the highest class of ninja and often the strongest, representing the Konoha village.

Something になる means “to become something”. So 火影になる means “become Hokage” and it modifies the following noun 奴 which is a rough way of saying 人 meaning “a person”.

So 火影になる奴 can be translated as “One who becomes Hokage”.

Noun B: 近道

Each kanji means “close” and “path” so it means “shortcut”.

So the first clause 火影になる奴に近道はねぇ means “One who becomes Hokage has no shortcut”.

なった奴に逃げ道はねぇ

Noun C: なった奴

なった is the ta-form of なる and it modifies the following noun 奴 so it means “one who has become”. 火影に is omitted this time to avoid redundancy.

Noun D: 逃げ道

It literally means “runaway” “path” so it means “way out”.

So the second clause なった奴に逃げ道はねぇ means “One who has become (Hokage) has no way out”.

よ is the sentence ending particle used to make the listener become aware of what the speaker says.

Notice that a verb ta-form is often used to express the past tense but in this case, it doesn’t mean he’s talking about the past. The form of a verb can also express if an action is incomplete or complete at a certain point of time.

So there is a point in time where someone becomes Hokage and 火影になる奴 indicates the one before that point where the action is incomplete, whereas 火影になった奴 indicates the one after that point where the action is complete.

So he’s simply saying that until you become Hokage there are no shortcuts, and once you’ve become Hokage, there’s no way out.

Sentences

Add to ▼

Naruto’s Quote

There are no shortcuts to becoming Hokage and there is no way out once you become one!

A に B はない (A has no B)

You have no right to refuse.
Love has no borders.
There is no victory for those who do not fight.
NOTE

You can also say A には B ない. The difference between them is what is the topic and what is emphasised in the sentence.

 » A  B ない – [B] is the topic and the emphasis is placed on [ない] (There is NO B for A)

 » A には B ない – [Aに] is the topic and the emphasis is placed on [Bがない] (as for A, THERE IS NO B)

In this quote, Obito mentions “shortcuts” (近道) and Naruto responds to the word, so 近道 is the topic of the sentence and Naruto is emphasising there is NO (ない) such thing.

If they are only talking about Hokage, and Naruto gives Obito information about it, it could be 火影には近道がない (火影に = topic, 近道がない = information).

Clause + し + Clause (and)

When I drink herb tea, my body gets warm and I can relax.
This hotel provides good service and the food is also good, so I stay here often.
My grandma is super healthy. She eats a lot, sleeps a lot, and laughs a lot.
NOTE

し can also be used as a sentence ending particle to imply that there are unstated conclusions.
I want to go shopping but it’s hot outside (so I’m not going).
Why are you wearing your school uniform? Today is Sunday (so you don’t have to)!

In this case, you can also use から instead of し, but し expresses indirect causal connection and implies there are other unstated reasons whereas から expresses direct causal connection and doesn’t have any implications.

Ta-Form for Complete Actions

When I’m tired, I have a bath and go to bed early.
Once I finish this work, I will go home.
Once you buy meat, please put it in the fridge quickly.

Vocabulary

Romaji Hide|Display Default|Add to ▼
ai
noun, noun, used as a suffix
  1. love
atatamaru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to get warm
iku
godan verb (iku/yuku), intransitive verb
  1. to go
uchi
noun, no adjective
  1. one's family (also 家)
obaachan
noun
  1. grandma
ofuronihairu
expression, godan verb
  1. to take a bath
omae
pronoun
  1. you (formerly honorific, now oft. derog. in ref. to an equal or inferior)
owaru
godan verb, intransitive verb, auxiliary verb
  1. to finish
kaimono
noun
  1. shopping (買いもん is col.)
kau
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to buy (in western Japan, 買う conjugates euphonically as こうた, こうて, etc.)
kaeru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to return; to go home
karada
noun
  1. body (からだ is a gikun reading of 身体)
kyou
noun, adverb
  1. today
kyohi
noun, suru verb
  1. refusal
kiru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to wear (in modern Japanese, from the shoulders down)
kudasai
expression
  1. please (do for me) (after te-form of a verb or a noun prefixed with o- or go-)

Kanji

Display Default|Add to ▼
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. now
Readings
Kun'yomi: いま。
On'yomi: コン、キン。
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。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. fire
Readings
Kun'yomi: -び、ひ、ほ-。
On'yomi: カ。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. outside
Readings
Kun'yomi: そと、ほか、はず.す、はず.れる、と-。
On'yomi: ゲ、ガイ、ウイ。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. spirit, mind, air, atmosphere, mood
Readings
Kun'yomi: いき。
On'yomi: ケ、キ。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. going, journey
Readings
Kun'yomi: い.く、ゆ.く、おこな.う、おこな.い、C、-い.き、-ゆ.き、-いき、-ゆき、おこ.なう。
On'yomi: C、A、ゴウ、コウ、アン、ヒン、A、ギョウ。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. country
Readings
Kun'yomi: くに。
On'yomi: コク。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. in front, before
Readings
Kun'yomi: まえ、さき、-まえ。
On'yomi: ゼン、セン。
Stroke Count
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。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. time, hour
Readings
Kun'yomi: とき、-どき。
On'yomi: ジ、シ。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. beginning, former time, origin
Readings
Kun'yomi: もと、はじめ。
On'yomi: ゴン、ゲン、ガン。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. attend, doing, official, serve
Readings
Kun'yomi: つか.える。
On'yomi: ジ、シ。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. early, fast
Readings
Kun'yomi: はや.い、はや.まる、はや.める、そ、さわ、さか、さ-、はや、はや-。
On'yomi: サッ、ソウ。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. meat
Readings
Kun'yomi: しし。
On'yomi: ニク、ジク。
Stroke Count
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. body, substance, object, reality, counter for images
Readings
Kun'yomi: からだ、かたち。
On'yomi: タイ、テイ。
Stroke Count
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. near, early, akin, tantamount
Readings
Kun'yomi: ちか.い、おお、この、おう。
On'yomi: コン、ゴン、キン。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. matter, thing, fact, business, reason, possibly
Readings
Kun'yomi: こと、つか.う、つか.える。
On'yomi: ジ、シ、ズ。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. clothing, admit, obey, discharge
Readings
Kun'yomi: はつ、はら、はっ。
On'yomi: フク、ブ、ブク、フウ。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. thing, object, matter
Readings
Kun'yomi: もの、もの-。
On'yomi: モツ、モチ、ブツ。

Comments for this video

If you have a question or would like to make a comment on this video, please do so below. Your comment will appear in the forum for other users of the site to view and discuss.

When can this website be used in indonesian?

#1 Posted by [email protected] about 6 months ago


Only registered users may post comments. You can register your free 楽しい Japanese account here.