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Learn Japanese with Anime - I Would Give Up My Life But Not My Manhood!

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Learn Japanese with Anime - I Would Give Up My Life But Not My Manhood!

In this video we’re going to analyse Ranma Saotome’s quote from Ranma 1/2 (Ranma Nibun-no-Ichi, Ranma One-Half), (anime scene edited).

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Analysis

命は捨てても

命 means “life”.

This は is the contrastive particle, used instead of the を particle, in order to contrast 命 with something in the main clause. So let’s move on for now and we will come back to this later.

捨てて is the te-form of 捨てる meaning “to throw away” and a verb te-form followed by も means “but” “although”, or “even if one does something”.

So 命は捨てても means “Even if I would throw away my life” or “I would give up my life but”.

男を捨てる気はなかったわい

男 means “man”.

The を particle indicates the direct object of the verb 捨てる so 男を捨てる literally is “to throw away man” which can be translated as “to give up my manhood”.

気 in this case is used to mean “intention” or “motivation”. And here is the other contrastive particle は used instead of the が particle and なかった is the past negative form of ある meaning “to have” and 気がある following a verb dictionary form means “to feel inclined towards doing something” or “be willing to do something”.

So 男を捨てる気はなかった means “I was not willing to give up my manhood” or “I did not want to give up my manhood”.

So 命 and 男を捨てる気 are compared as he is saying that he would give up his life but he wasn’t willing to give up his manhood.

He could also say 命は捨てても男捨てる気がなかった which is simply comparing 命 and 男. But the は particle also has the function of emphasising the predicate.

Let’s compare these sentences.

  • 捨てる気がなかった – the emphasis goes onto 捨てる気がなかった meaning “I didn’t want to give up”
  • 男を捨てる気なかった – the emphasis only goes onto なかった which makes the negation stronger, so it’s like “I DID NOT want to give up”.

Lastly, わい is the softer and comical version of the sentence ending particle わ which is used to emphasise your opinion and make it sound more assertive.

Ranma Saotome’s Quote

I would give up my life but not my manhood!

Contrastive は & Verb Te-Form + も (but, although, even if)

Even if I fail, I don’t want to give up.
Someone who does eat fish, but does not eat meat is a pescatarian.
I do not have money but I do have a dream.

Verb Dictionary-Form + 気がある (to feel inclined towards doing, be willing to do …)

He is not willing to marry me.
Do you really have any intention to study?
She doesn’t seem like she wants to go on a date with me. She never texts me back.
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Vocabulary

inochi
noun
  1. (mortal) life
temo
conjunction, particle
  1. even though
  2. even if
suteru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to throw away; to abandon
wai
particle
  1. (sentence end, mainly male) indicates emotion
kiganai
expression
  1. to be uninterested
shippai
noun, no adjective, suru verb
  1. failure; mistake
akirameru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to give up; to abandon
taberu
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to eat
nakutemo
expression
  1. even if not; even without
watashi
pronoun, no adjective
  1. I; me
kekkon
noun, no adjective, suru verb
  1. marriage
hontouni
adverb
  1. really
benkyou
noun, suru verb
  1. study
kigaaru
expression, godan verb (irregular)
  1. to have an interest (in something)
kanojo
pronoun
  1. she
  2. girlfriend
boku
pronoun, no adjective
  1. I; me
deeto
noun, no adjective, suru verb
  1. date
iku
godan verb (iku/yuku), intransitive verb
  1. to go
zenzen
adverb
  1. not at all (with neg. verb)
henshin
noun, suru verb
  1. reply
kureru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to give
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Kanji

Stroke Count
3 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. woman, female
Readings
Kun'yomi: おんな、め、をとめ、むすめ、なんじ。
On'yomi: ニョウ、ニョ、ジョ。
Stroke Count
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. male
Readings
Kun'yomi: おとこ、お、み。
On'yomi: ナン、ダン。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. gold
Readings
Kun'yomi: かね、かな、-がね、かな-。
On'yomi: コン、キン、ゴン。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. hit, right, appropriate, himself
Readings
Kun'yomi: あ.たる、あ.てる、あ.たり、まさ.に、まさ.に・・・すべし、たい、あ.て、まさ.にべし。
On'yomi: トウ、トウ。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. meat
Readings
Kun'yomi: しし。
On'yomi: ニク、ジク。
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
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
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. strong
Readings
Kun'yomi: つよ.い、つよ.まる、つよ.める、し.いる、こわ.い、すね、したた.か、あなが.ち、しい.て。
On'yomi: ゴウ、キョウ、ガン。
Stroke Count
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. fish
Readings
Kun'yomi: さかな、うお、お、な、-ざかな。
On'yomi: ゴ、ギョ。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. whole, entire, all, complete, fulfill
Readings
Kun'yomi: すべ.て、まった.く。
On'yomi: ゼン、セン。
Stroke Count
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. return, answer, fade, repay
Readings
Kun'yomi: かえ.す、かえ.る、-かえ.す、-かえ.る。
On'yomi: ヘン、ホン、ハン。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. fate, command, decree, destiny, life, appoint
Readings
Kun'yomi: いのち、みこと。
On'yomi: ミョウ、メイ。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. hold, have
Readings
Kun'yomi: も.つ、-も.ち、も.てる。
On'yomi: ジ、チ。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. exertion
Readings
Kun'yomi: つと.める、はげ.ます、やつ、ひこ。
On'yomi: メン、ベン。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. lose, error, fault, disadvantage, loss
Readings
Kun'yomi: うしな.う、う.せる。
On'yomi: シチ、シツ。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. faith, truth, fidelity, trust
Readings
Kun'yomi: のぶ、まこと。
On'yomi: シン。
Stroke Count
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. failure, defeat, reversal
Readings
Kun'yomi: やぶ.れる。
On'yomi: ヘ、ハイ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. nothingness, none, ain't, nothing, nil, not
Readings
Kun'yomi: な.い。
On'yomi: ム、ブ、モ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. sort of thing, so, if so, in that case, well
Readings
Kun'yomi: しか.り、さ.る、しこう.して、さ、しか、しか.し。
On'yomi: ネン、ゼン。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. tie, bind, contract, join, organize, do up hair, fasten
Readings
Kun'yomi: むす.ぶ、ゆ.う、ゆ.わえる、ゆう、ゆい。
On'yomi: ケチ、ケツ。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. dream, vision, illusion
Readings
Kun'yomi: ゆめ.みる、くら.い、ゆめ。
On'yomi: ム、ボウ。
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。
Stroke Count
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. discard, throw away, abandon, resign, reject, sacrifice
Readings
Kun'yomi: す.てる。
On'yomi: シャ。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. he, that, the
Readings
Kun'yomi: か、かれ、か.の、かの。
On'yomi: ヒ。
Stroke Count
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. marriage
Readings
On'yomi: コン。
Stroke Count
14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. me, I (male)
Readings
Kun'yomi: しもべ、やつがれ。
On'yomi: ボク、ホク。
Stroke Count
16 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. abandon, give up
Readings
Kun'yomi: あき.らめる、あきら.める、つまびらか、まこと。
On'yomi: タイ、テイ。

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