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Learn Japanese with Anime - The One Who Gets To Decide Is Me

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Learn Japanese with Anime - The One Who Gets To Decide Is Me

In this video we’re going to analyse Escanor’s quote from The Seven Deadly Sins (Nanatsu no Taizai).

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Analysis

This is the basic grammar AはBだ meaning “A is B”.

The A: 決めるの

決める is a verb dictionary form meaning “to decide”. The particle の is what is called the “nominaliser” which makes a verb or adjective before work as a noun. So 決めるの means “the one who decides”.

The B: 我

It means “I” or “me” which is hardly used in real life as the first person pronoun. It is very old and archaic so in anime it’s often used by high ranking samurai or kings. So if you call yourself 我 in a real conversation, you might sound very arrogant, or it just sounds funny.

NOTE

我 is actually used in real life as the second-person pronoun “you” when insulting someone, especially in the Kansai region. It is very rude and offensive so you’d better avoid using it. In this usage, it’s often written in hiragana or katanaka.

ワレ、何なにしとんねん!

ware, nani shiton nen!

What the f**k are you doing?!

* しとんねん (Kansai dialect) = してるの

In Japan, there are many ways to say “I” or “me” depending on gender, age, situations, regions, and so on. So I will introduce some of the first person pronouns commonly used in real life.

The most common first person pronoun is 私. For females, It can be used in both casual and formal situations, so if you are a woman, you can just stick to this. If you are a man, 私 is usually used in formal situations such as job interviews, formal speech, or whenever you talk to clients or superiors. In casual speech, men tend to use 俺 or 僕. So what’s the difference between them?

俺 sounds masculine and informal, whereas 僕 sounds softer and more formal than 俺. 俺 is often used when they talk to their family or close friends as they want to be cool and manlike rather than being “a good boy“. 僕 can also be used in semi-formal speech but when you’re not sure which pronoun to use in a formal situation, just use 私 as it never sounds rude.

決めるのは我だ

It means “The one who gets to decide is me” or “It is me who gets to decide”. As you know, in Japanese a noun usually comes first and a verb comes on the end of the sentence, but by using this grammar “verb or adjective plain form + のは + noun + だ”, you can emphasise the noun. 

More First Person Pronouns

  • わたくし: more polite than わたし, used in very formal situations.
  • あたし: more informal than わたし, used by females in casual speech.
  • うち: used by girls in casual speech in western Japan.
  • わし: used by men in casual speech especially in the Chūgoku region. In anime, it is often used by old people but you rarely hear old people using わし in the Kanto region.

Escanor’s Quote

The one who gets to decide is me.

Verb/Adjective Plain-Form のは Noun だ (it is N that …, the one that … is N)

This is the book that I was looking for!
It is always me who suffers a loss.
It’s you who is noisy!

First Person Pronouns

(When introducing yourself) My hobby is cooking. Nice to meet you.
Shut up and just follow me!
Please allow me to marry your daughter! (lit. please give me your daughter)
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Vocabulary

kimeru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to decide
no
particle
  1. verb and adjective nominalizer (nominaliser)
ware
pronoun, no adjective
  1. I; me
sagasu
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to search (for something lost)
watashi
pronoun, no adjective
  1. I; me
sonsuru
suru verb (special class)
  1. to lose
omae
pronoun, no adjective
  1. you (formerly honorific, now sometimes derog. term referring to an equal or inferior)
jikoshoukai
noun, suru verb
  1. self-introduction
shumi
noun
  1. hobby
ryouri
noun, suru verb
  1. cooking
yoroshikuonegaishimasu
expression
  1. please treat me well
damaru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to be silent
ore
pronoun, no adjective
  1. I; me (rough or arrogant-sounding first-person pronoun, formerly also used by women)
ojousan
noun
  1. daughter
boku
pronoun, no adjective
  1. I; me
kudasai
expression
  1. please give me
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Kanji

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. 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
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
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. logic, arrangement, reason, justice, truth
Readings
Kun'yomi: みち、まろ、まさし、まこと、ひ、のり、に、とおる、ただし、さとる、おさむ、ことわり、よし、あや。
On'yomi: リ。
Stroke Count
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. decide, fix, agree upon, appoint
Readings
Kun'yomi: き.める、き.まる、ぎ.め、さ.く、さだ.める、-ぎ.め。
On'yomi: ケチ、ケツ。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. flavor, taste
Readings
Kun'yomi: あじ、あじ.わう。
On'yomi: ミ、ビ。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. fee, materials
Readings
On'yomi: リョウ。
Stroke Count
19 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. petition, request, vow, wish, hope
Readings
Kun'yomi: ねが.う、ねがい、-ねがい。
On'yomi: ガン、ゴン、ゲン。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. damage, loss, disadvantage, hurt, injure
Readings
Kun'yomi: そこ.なう/そこな.う、そこ.ねる、-そこ.なう、-そこ.ねる、そこ.なう、そこな.う。
On'yomi: ソン。
Stroke Count
3 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. self, snake, serpent
Readings
Kun'yomi: な、おのれ、つちのと。
On'yomi: おのれ、キ、コ、つちのと、み、し。
Stroke Count
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. ego, I, selfish, our, oneself
Readings
Kun'yomi: われ、わ、わ.が-、わが-。
On'yomi: ガ。
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. grope, search, look for
Readings
Kun'yomi: さが.す、さぐ.る。
On'yomi: トン、タン。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. jammed in, shellfish, mediate, concern oneself with
Readings
Kun'yomi: ゆき、すけ。
On'yomi: ケ、カイ。
Stroke Count
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. introduce, inherit, help
Readings
Kun'yomi: つぐ。
On'yomi: ジョウ、ショウ。
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
15 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. gist, proceed to, tend, become
Readings
Kun'yomi: おもむき、おもむ.く。
On'yomi: ス、ソク、シュ、ショク。
Stroke Count
15 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. silence, become silent, stop speaking, leave as is
Readings
Kun'yomi: だま.る、もだ.す。
On'yomi: モク、ボク。
Stroke Count
16 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. lass, girl, Miss, daughter
Readings
Kun'yomi: むすめ。
On'yomi: ニョウ、ジョウ。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. I, myself
Readings
Kun'yomi: おれ、われ。
On'yomi: エン。

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#2 Posted by filmkartun about 2 months ago

thanks for the details explanation.

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