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Learn Japanese with Anime - Even If You Get Eaten By Me, That Cannot Be Helped, Right?

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Learn Japanese with Anime - Even If You Get Eaten By Me, That Cannot Be Helped, Right?

In this video we’re going to analyse Ken Kaneki's quote from Tokyo Ghoul (anime scene edited).

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Analysis

僕を喰おうとしたんだ

僕 means “I” only used by men. It’s less formal than 私 but more formal than 俺.

を indicates the direct object of the following verb.

喰おうとした is the past tense of 喰おうとする. A verb volitional form followed by とする means “to try to do something”. 喰おう is the volitional form of 喰う which is the rough way to say 喰べる meaning “to eat“. So 僕を喰おうとした means “you tried to eat me”.

There is the other kanji for eating (食) which is more commonly used. When it’s combined with the kanji, “口” meaning “a mouth”, it means “to eat in order to live or survive” so it’s often used for animals. It’s also used for ghouls as they eat in order to live rather than for fun.

んだ is the broken version of のだ which is used when giving an explanation about the context. So he’s explaining the good reason for what he’s going to do. So 僕を喰おうとしたんだ means “you tried to eat me“ in an explanatory tone.

僕に喰われても仕方ないよね

僕に喰われても means “even if you get eaten by me”. “A verb te-form followed by も” means “Even if one does something”. 喰われて is the te-form of 喰われる which is the passive form of 喰う so 喰われても means “even if you get eaten” and 僕に means “by me”.

仕方ない literally means “there is no way to do something” and it’s often translated as “it can’t be helped”. It’s mainly used when an unpleasant situation cannot be avoided and must be accepted. 

Lastly, よね is the sentence ending particles meaning “right?” used when you want confirmation from the listener.

Ken Kaneki’s Quote

You tried to eat me. Even if you get eaten by me, that cannot be helped, right?

Volitional-Form + とする (to try to do something)

When I was about to leave the house, The phone rang.
A cat is trying to climb the tree.
I tried to escape but I got caught.

んだ & Verb Passive Te-Form + も + 仕方ない

You are always lying. Even if you are suspected by everyone, that can’t be helped.
You have broken your mother’s favourite vase. Even if you get scolded, it can’t be helped.
You hit me first. Even if you get hit, that can’t be helped, right?
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Vocabulary

boku
pronoun, no adjective
  1. I; me
kuu
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to eat
shikatanai
i adjective
  1. it can't be helped; it's inevitable
tosuru
expression, suru verb (irregular)
  1. (after volitional form of verb) to try to (verb)
toki
adverbial noun, noun
  1. occasion; moment
denwa
noun, suru verb, no adjective
  1. telephone
naru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to ring
noboru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to climb
nigeru
ichidan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to escape; to run away
tsukamaru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to be caught
shimau
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to do something completely
tsuku
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to tell (lies)
minna
adverb, noun
  1. everyone
utagau
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to doubt; to be suspicious of
okaasan
noun
  1. mother
okiniiri
expression
  1. favorite
kabin
noun
  1. (flower) vase
waru
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to break
shikaru
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to scold
socchi
pronoun, no adjective
  1. that person (someone close to the listener)
sakini
adverb, noun
  1. before; earlier than
naguru
godan verb, transitive verb
  1. to strike; to hit
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Kanji

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。
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4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. tree, wood
Readings
Kun'yomi: き、こ、こ-。
On'yomi: モク、ボク。
Stroke Count
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
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. before, ahead, previous, future, precedence
Readings
Kun'yomi: さき、ま.ず。
On'yomi: セン。
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. flower
Readings
Kun'yomi: はな、わ。
On'yomi: ケ、カ。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. direction, person, alternative
Readings
Kun'yomi: かた、まさ、-かた、-がた。
On'yomi: ホウ。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. mama, mother
Readings
Kun'yomi: はは、も。
On'yomi: ボ、ム、モ、ボウ。
Stroke Count
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。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. time, hour
Readings
Kun'yomi: とき、-どき。
On'yomi: ジ、シ。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. tale, talk
Readings
Kun'yomi: はな.す、はなし。
On'yomi: ワ、エ、カ。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. electricity
Readings
Kun'yomi: いなずま。
On'yomi: デン、テン。
Stroke Count
14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. chirp, cry, bark, sound, ring, echo, honk
Readings
Kun'yomi: な.く、な.る、な.らす。
On'yomi: メイ。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. attend, doing, official, serve
Readings
Kun'yomi: つか.える。
On'yomi: ジ、シ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. ascend, climb up
Readings
Kun'yomi: のぼ.る、のぼり、のぼし、あ.がる、のり、たか。
On'yomi: ト、トウ、ドウ、ショウ、チョウ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. proportion, comparatively, divide, cut, separate, split
Readings
Kun'yomi: わり、わ.る、わ.れる、さ.く、わ.り。
On'yomi: カチ、カツ。
Stroke Count
14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. doubt, distrust, be suspicious, question
Readings
Kun'yomi: うたが.う。
On'yomi: ギ。
Stroke Count
6 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. spit, vomit, belch, confess, tell (lies)
Readings
Kun'yomi: は.く、つ.く。
On'yomi: ト、ツ。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. assault, hit, beat, thrash
Readings
Kun'yomi: なぐ.る、う.つ。
On'yomi: ウ、オウ。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. all, everything
Readings
Kun'yomi: みな、みんな、むな。
On'yomi: ケ、カイ。
Stroke Count
9 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. escape, flee, shirk, evade, set free
Readings
Kun'yomi: に.げる、に.がす、のが.す、のが.れる。
On'yomi: ドウ、トウ。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. catch, capture
Readings
Kun'yomi: つか.まえる、つか.まる、と.らえる、と.らわれる、と.る、とら.える、とら.われる。
On'yomi: ブ、ホ。
Stroke Count
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. cat
Readings
Kun'yomi: ねこ。
On'yomi: ビョウ。
Stroke Count
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. flower pot, bottle, vial, jar, jug, vat, urn
Readings
Kun'yomi: かめ、べ、ぺ、へい。
On'yomi: ビョウ、ヘイ、ビン。
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
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. eat, drink, receive (a blow), (kokuji)
Readings
Kun'yomi: く.う、く.らう。
On'yomi: ジキ、ショク。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
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English Meaning
  1. scold, reprove
Readings
Kun'yomi: しか.る。
On'yomi: シチ、シツ。
Stroke Count
14 Strokes
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English Meaning
  1. lie, falsehood
Readings
Kun'yomi: ふ.く、うそ。
On'yomi: コ、キョ。

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