Character types appearing in Anime and Manga (Guys)
Mobile phones, mails, emoji
Behaviour of characters dealing with unrequited love
Shouyu-kei (Soy sauce-style) / Soosu-kei (Thick worcester sauce-style) These are broad expressions used to describe mens' looks. In essence, the two categories given to men's faces come from the basic premise that "shouyu"= easy/thin and "soosu"= thick/strong. A "soosu-kei" face is characterised by wide, thick eyebrows and strong, chiselled features. Herbivorous / Carnivorous "Soushokukei", which translates as "herbivorous" in English, describes someone who is conservative when it comes to romance - not the type to readily go up to a member of the opposite sex and ask them out straight away. On the other hand, "Nikushokukei"(carnivorous) types are positive and assertive when it comes to romance. They can happily approach a member of the opposite sex they want to hook up with without fear or embarrassment. In recent years, the number of "soushokukei" individuals is said to be on the increase. "Dame-o" (Good-for-nothing, loser) Someone who has a hopeless element to them, i.e. unemployed, unable to hold down a job for long, someone burdened by loans, a liar and so on. "Chara-o" (Show-off) Someone whose speech, actions and appearance seem somewhat frivolous, superficial and flippant. "Femi-o" (Effeminate male) A boy/young man whose body shape, fashion sense, language and behaviour have a certain femininity to them. "Otomen" (Cool guy in touch with his female side) This term refers to a (young, handsome) male who combines an outward manliness with a penchant for girlish pastimes and a 'girly' way of thinking, displayed in his talent for general household tasks such as cooking, sewing and so on. The term was coined in a manga of the same name. "Shikemen" (Uncool guy, dork, dweeb) This term refers to Japanese boys with no particular hobbies, skills or strengths, and no real eagerness to try, either.