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Learn Japanese with Anime - What Do I Have To Fear?

In this video we’re going to analyse Rintaro Okabe’s quote from Steins;Gate.

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Analysis

俺は狂気のマッドサイエンティスト、鳳凰院凶真

俺 (noun) means “I” in a manly way.

は is the particle indicating the topic of the sentence.

狂気 (noun) means “insanity, madness or crazy”.

The particle の enables the preceding noun (狂気) to modify the following noun (マッドサイエンティスト).

マッドサイエンティスト is a loanword taken from English, “mad scientist”.

鳳凰院凶真 is his self-proclaimed name as the mad scientist. 鳳凰院 is the last name meaning “phoenix institution” and 凶真 is the first name meaning “ominous truth”.

何を恐れることがあるというのだ.

“何を + Verb Dictionary-Form + ことがある” is the rhetorical question used to convince someone that there is no need to do something. Let’s break it down for a deeper understanding.

何 means “what”.

The particle を indicates the direct object of the following verb which is 恐れる meaning “to fear”. So 何を恐れる means “What do I fear”.

こと has various meanings such as things, occasions, experiences and so on depending on the usage. And in this usage, it means “necessity”.

Noun がある means “something exists” or “there is something”.

So 何を恐れることがある means “What do I have to fear?” which is a rhetorical question pointing out “there is no need to fear” or “there is nothing to fear”.

という (collocation) is used to make the preceding word or clause stand out and emphasise it.

のだ (collocation) in a question sentence is used when the speaker wants to clarify something based on the context. In this case the context is the fact that he is the insane mad scientist, which helps to explain that he doesn’t have to fear.

So 何を恐れることがある is a complete sentence by itself but he added のだ to clarify it and という to emphasise it.

Rintaro Okabe’s Quote

I’m the insane mad scientist Hououin Kyouma. What do I have to fear?

何を + Verb Dictionary-Form + ことがある (Rhetorical Question)

In such a wealthy country, what makes you pessimistic? (You shouldn’t be so pessimistic)
Everything is fully prepared. What makes you worried? (There’s no need to worry)
You did very well. What more can you do? (You don’t have to try hard anymore)

NOTE

If it’s not a rhetorical question, it’s “何も + Verb Dictionary-Form + ことはない” (there is nothing to …).

You have nothing to worry about.

という for Emphasis

What the hell can I do?
“Japanese language” is truly difficult.
Why are “you” so selfish?

NOTE

  • という is usually followed by a noun or the nominaliser の
  • Without という, there is no emphasis;
Why are you so selfish?
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Vocabulary

ore
pronoun, no adjective
  1. I; me (rough or arrogant-sounding first-person pronoun, formerly also used by women)
kyouki
noun
  1. madness
nani
interjection, pronoun, no adjective
  1. what
maddosaientisuto
noun
  1. mad scientist
houou
noun
  1. mythical Firebird Goddess (sometimes erroneously associated with 'phoenix')
kotogaaru
expression
  1. (something) has occurred; to have done (something); (something) happens on occasions
osoreru
ichidan verb, transitive verb
  1. to be afraid of
anata
pronoun, no adjective
  1. you (referring to someone of equal or lower status)
shinpai
na adjective, noun, suru verb
  1. worry; anxiety
yutaka
na adjective
  1. abundant; wealthy
koto
noun
  1. thing; matter; experience
hikan
noun, suru verb
  1. pessimism
junbi
noun, suru verb
  1. preparation
bantan
noun
  1. all; everything
yoku
adverb
  1. properly; skillfully
kore
pronoun
  1. this (indicating an item near the speaker, the action of the speaker, or the current topic)
ijou
adverbial noun, noun (temporal)
  1. ... and more; ... and upwards
ganbaru
godan verb, intransitive verb
  1. to persist
nanimo
expression, adverb
  1. nothing (with neg. verbs)
watashi
pronoun, no adjective
  1. I; me
sonnani
expression
  1. so much; like that
jibunkatte
na adjective, noun
  1. (very) selfish; self-centered
nihongo
noun, no adjective
  1. Japanese (language)
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Kanji

Stroke Count
3 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. above, up
Readings
Kun'yomi: あ.げる、-あ.がり、-あ.がる、-あ.げる、-うえ、よ.す、あ.がり、あ.がる、うえ、かみ、うわ-、のぼ.す、のぼ.り、のぼ.る、のぼ.せる。
On'yomi: ジョウ、ショウ、シャン。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. hand
Readings
Kun'yomi: -て、て、た-、て-。
On'yomi: ズ、シュ。
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
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
3 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. ten thousand, 10,000
Readings
Kun'yomi: よろず。
On'yomi: マン、モン、バン。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. part, minute of time, segment, share, degree, one's lot, duty, understand, know, rate, 1%, chances, shaku/100
Readings
Kun'yomi: わ.け、わ.かつ、わ.かる、わ.ける、わ.かれる。
On'yomi: ブ、フン、ブン。
Stroke Count
4 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. heart, mind, spirit, heart radical (no. 61)
Readings
Kun'yomi: こころ、-ごころ。
On'yomi: シン。
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
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。
Stroke Count
8 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. country
Readings
Kun'yomi: くに。
On'yomi: コク。
Stroke Count
14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. word, speech, language
Readings
Kun'yomi: かた.る、かた.らう。
On'yomi: ゴ、ギョ。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. distribute, spouse, exile, rationing
Readings
Kun'yomi: くば.る。
On'yomi: ハイ、ヘ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. victory, win, prevail, excel
Readings
Kun'yomi: か.つ、まさ.る、-が.ち、かつ、すぐ.れる。
On'yomi: ショウ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. grieve, sad, deplore, regret
Readings
Kun'yomi: かな.しい、かな.しむ。
On'yomi: ヒ。
Stroke Count
5 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. by means of, because, in view of, compared with
Readings
Kun'yomi: もっ.て、もち。
On'yomi: イ。
Stroke Count
18 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. outlook, look, appearance, condition, view
Readings
Kun'yomi: み.る、しめ.す。
On'yomi: カン。
Stroke Count
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. lengthen, counter for bows & stringed instruments, stretch, spread, put up (tent)
Readings
Kun'yomi: は.る、は.り、ば.り、わり、はり、-は.り、-ば.り。
On'yomi: チョウ。
Stroke Count
12 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. equip, provision, preparation
Readings
Kun'yomi: そな.える、そな.わる、つぶさ.に。
On'yomi: ビ、ヒ。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. semi-, correspond to, proportionate to, conform, imitate
Readings
Kun'yomi: なぞら.える、のり、ひと.しい、みずもり、じゅん.じる、じゅん.ずる。
On'yomi: ジュン、シュン、セチ、セツ。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. bountiful, excellent, rich
Readings
Kun'yomi: ゆた.か、ほ、ふう、ひろし、と、で、とよ、ゆたか、て、みのる。
On'yomi: ブ、フ、ホウ。
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
7 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. lunatic, insane, crazy, confuse
Readings
Kun'yomi: くる.う、くる.おしい、くるお.しい。
On'yomi: ゴウ、キョウ。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. fear, dread, awe
Readings
Kun'yomi: おそ.れる、おそ.ろしい、おそ.る、こわ.い、こわ.がる。
On'yomi: ク、キョウ。
Stroke Count
13 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. stubborn, foolish, firmly
Readings
Kun'yomi: かたく。
On'yomi: ゲン、ガン。
Stroke Count
14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. edge, origin, end, point, border, verge, cape
Readings
Kun'yomi: はし、は、はた、ばた、はな、みず、ただし、-ばた。
On'yomi: タン。
Stroke Count
10 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. I, myself
Readings
Kun'yomi: おれ、われ。
On'yomi: エン。
Stroke Count
11 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. female phoenix bird
Readings
Kun'yomi: おおとり。
On'yomi: オウ、コウ。
Stroke Count
14 Strokes
English Meaning
  1. male mythical bird
Readings
Kun'yomi: ふげ、おおとり。
On'yomi: ブ、ブウ、ホウ、フウ。

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