February 10, 2011

Battle cry

There's something that you hear people scream when making some sort of attack. Sakamoto shouts it in the second episode of Strike Witches 2, and later in that same episode Barkhorn does the same. And I've heard it in other shows, too.

It sounds like arie. Does it mean something?

Well, あり得ない arienai means "impossible". But arie isn't a word. Still, I wonder if it's a back formation that implies "possible" and thus the scream means "I can do this!"

Does that make any sense?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Japanese at 09:22 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 I always thought it was "urya!", which may actually be borrowed from Russians in 1905, because the traditional "banzai!" was harder to anounciate in combat.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at February 10, 2011 10:53 PM (9KseV)

2 You may be right. What does it mean in Russian?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at February 10, 2011 11:06 PM (+rSRq)

3 I think it's the same stem as English "hurray". It means nothing as a word, and is only used to yell out, when troops charge. Also, 3-time yell "ura" is used in reply when a superior officer congratulates ranks.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at February 10, 2011 11:12 PM (9KseV)

4 It's probably "Uryah!" or something.
Arie doesn't work grammatically.

Posted by: tellu541 at February 11, 2011 04:22 AM (pJ1uW)

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