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Learn Japanese phrases from Bakuman part 1

The following quotes are from Bakuman manga volume 1.

Mashiro Moritaka’s quotes

義務教育9年目の僕たちに大人たちはいつも「進路は?」「将来の夢は?」と聞く。
gimu kyouiku kyuu nen me no bokutachi ni otonatachi wa itsumo shinro wa shourai no yume wa to kiku.
When we’re in our 9th year of compulsory education, the adults usually ask us “What are you plans?” “What are your dreams for the future?”

僕、真城最高、14歳はこう答える「わからない」「まだ決めてない」
boku, mashiro moritaka, yonjuu sai wa kou kotaeru. wakaranai. mada kimetenai.
I, fourteen-year-old Mashiro Moritaka, would answer, “I don’t know,” “I haven’t decided yet.”

親に迷惑をかけたくない。引き籠りと言われたくない。
oya ni meiwaku o kaketakunai. hikikomori to iwaretakunai.
I don’t want to cause trouble to my parents. I don’t want to be called a shut-in.

亜豆から手を引けか?どうせこっちは告る気も勇気もない。
azuki kara te o hike ka. douse kocchi wa kokuru ki mo yuuki mo nai.
Stay away from Azuki? It’s not like I have the guts or intention to ask her out.

マンガ家なんてなれねえよ。
mangaka nante narenee yo.
We won’t be able to become Mangaka.

なれるのは本当に才能を持って生まれたごく一部の天才。
nareru no wa hontou ni sainou o motte umareta goku ichibu no tensai.
Only a small percentage of geniuses who were born with talent can make it.

あとはただの博打打ち。
ato wa tada no bakuchiuchi.
The rest are just gamblers.

俺なんかより絵の上手いやつは世の中にいっぱいいる。
ore nanka yori e no umai yatsu wa yo no naka ni ippai iru.
There are many people who can draw better than me in this world.

中3で夢もって進もうとしてるおまえの方が珍しいんだよ。
chuusan de yume motte susumou to shiteru omae no hou ga mezurashiin da yo.
You’re the weird one for trying to follow your dream when you’re in 9th grade.

俺がふつうだよ。
ore ga futsuu da yo.
I’m normal.

小学生の頃僕はマンガ家になりたかったんだ。
shougakusei no koro boku wa mangaka ni naritakattan da.
I wanted to become a mangaka when I was in elementary school.

おじさんの死この瞬間からだ。僕の頭の中からマンガ家という道が消えたのは…
ojisan no shi kono shunkan kara da. boku no atama no naka kara mangaka to iu michi ga kieta no wa.
From the moment my uncle died, any thoughts I’d had of becoming a mangaka disappeared.

僕の将来なんてほっといてくれよ。
boku no shourai nante hottoite kure yo.
Just leave my future alone.

あんな大人しい顔してそんな恥ずかしい事してんのか?
anna otonashii kao shite sonna hazukashii koto shiten no ka.
She looks so quiet, yet she’s doing such an embarrassing thing?

みんなもっと現実を冷静にみようよ。
minna motto genjitsu o reisei ni miyou yo.
Can’t everyone be more realistic?

その夢が叶ったら結婚してください。
sono yume ga kanattara kekkon shite kudasai.
If that dream comes true, please marry me.

俺はマンガ家になるがまだおまえと組むとは限らない。
ore wa mangaka ni naru ga mada omae to kumu to wa kagiranai.
I said I’d become a mangaka, but that doesn’t mean I’m gonna do it with you.

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亜豆と同じ教室にいると胸が締め付けられるっていうか…
azuki to onaji kyoushitsu ni iru to mune ga shimetsukerareru tte iu ka.
Being in the same classroom with Azuki makes my chest feel tight…

そんな簡単に話しかけられるくらいならこんな苦しくないって。
sonna kantan ni hanashikakerareru kurai nara konna kurushikunai tte.
If I could talk to her that easily, it wouldn’t be so hard.

マンガ家目指してるのに何でそんな勉強してんだ。
mangaka mezashiteru noni nande sonna benkyou shiten da.
Why are you studying so hard if you want to become a mangaka?

おまえクラスのやつみんな馬鹿に見える?
omae kurasu no yatsu minna baka ni mieru.
You think everyone in our class is stupid?

クラスで一番頭いいと思ってる?
kurasu de ichiban atama ii to omotteru.
You think you’re the smartest in our class?

マンガ家ってやっぱ頭良くないとなれないって思わない?
mangaka tte yappa atama yokunai to narenai tte omowanai.
Do you think you’ve gotta be smart to become a mangaka?

やっぱり俺より全然頭いいじゃん、高木秋人。
yappari ore yori zenzen atama ii jan, akagi akito.
Just as I thought, Takagi Akito is way smarter than me.

なぜか涙が出そうになった。
nazeka namida ga desou ni natta.
I felt like I was going to cry.

でも母親に涙は見せたくなく堪えた。
demo hahaoya ni namida wa misetakunaku koraeta.
But I didn’t want my mother to see it so I held my tears back.


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面白いマンガって天才にしか描けないのかも…
omoshiroi manga tte tensai ni shika kakenai no kamo.
Maybe only a genius could draw an interesting manga…

俺絶対この夢現実にするよ。
ore zettai kono yume genjitsu ni suru yo.
I’ll definitely make this dream come true!

俺こんなに時間がもったいないって思ったことない。
ore konna ni jikan ga mottainai tte omotta koto nai.
I’ve never thought that time can’t be wasted like this.

こんなに真剣に何かに打ち込んだことも…
konna ni shinken ni nanika ni uchikonda koto mo.
I’ve never been so serious about something.

ホント1秒も無駄にできねえ。
honto ichi byou mo muda ni dekinee.
I can’t waste even one second.

Takagi Akito’s quotes

そんな深刻な顔するなよ。
sonna shinkoku na kao suru na yo.
Don’t look so serious.

安心しろよ。ノートは返すし、この中の秘密は誰にも言わない。
anshin shiro yo. nooto wa kaesu shi, kono naka no himitsu wa dare ni mo iwanai.
Don’t worry. I’ll give the notebook back to you, and I won’t tell anyone about the secret inside.

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ただしひとつ条件がある。
tadashi hitotsu jouken ga aru.
But I have one condition.

俺と組んでマンガ家になってくれ。
ore to kunde mangaka ni natte kure.
Work with me to become a mangaka.

ガキの頃からマンガが好きでマンガ家になるのが俺の夢なんだ。
gaki no koro kara manga ga suki de mangaka ni naru no ga ore no yume nan da.
I’ve always loved manga and dreamed of becoming a mangaka ever since I was a kid.

いろいろ考えたがおまえしかいない。おまえの絵が必要なんだ。
iroiro kangaeta ga omae shika inai. omae no e ga hitsuyou nan da.
I’ve thought a lot about it, but you’re the only one. I need your artwork.

確かに博打かもしれないけど宝くじだって買わなきゃ当たらない。
tashika ni bakuchi kamoshirenai kedo, takarakuji datte kawanakya ataranai.
This may be a gamble, but you can’t win a lottery without buying the tickets.

早く始めた方が得なんだって!
hayaku hajimeta hou ga toku nan da tte.
We should get started early!

皆決められずずるずる生きちゃってるんだって!
minna kimerarezu zuruzuru ikichatterun da tte.
Everyone’s just dragging their feet, unable to decide anything.

真剣に考えてみろ。このままでいいのか?
shinken ni kangaete miro. kono mama de ii no ka.
Think about it carefully. Is this really all you want?

俺とおまえなら絶対できる。
ore to omae nara zettai dekiru.
We can definitely do it.

俺、おまえの絵に惚れてるし、おまえが好きだし…
ore, omae no e ni horeteru shi, omae ga suki da shi.
I’m in love with your art and I like you…

俺もやるよ。サイコーと組んで日本一のマンガ家になる。
ore mo yaru yo. saikou to kunde nihonichi no mangaka ni naru.
I’ll do it. I’ll team up with you and become the best mangaka in Japan, Saiko.

おまえ本当に亜豆の事好きなんだなあ。
omae hontou ni azuki no koto suki nan da naa.
You really like Azuki, don’t you?

俺だって100%なれるとは思ってない。
ore datte hyaku paasento nareru to wa omotte nai.
I’m not 100% sure we can make it.

俺だって絵が上手いだけじゃ誘ってない。頭もセンスも必要。
ore datte e ga umai dake ja sasotte nai. atama mo sensu mo hitsuyou.
I didn’t invite you just because you’re good at drawing. You need to be smart and sensible too.

俺たち恵まれてるよな。皆が応援してくれてる。
oretachi megumareteru yo na. minna ga ouen shite kureteru.
We’re really blessed, aren’t we? Everyone’s rooting for us.

駄目だ。もはや冗談も通じない。
dame da. mohaya joudan mo tsuujinai.
This is bad. He can’t even take jokes any more.

エイジには適わないかもしれないけど、才能を見てもらう作品としては上出来だよな。
eiji ni wa kanawanai kamoshirenai kedo, sainou o mite morau sakuhin toshite wa joudeki da yo na.
It might not surpass Eiji’s, but it’s good enough to show them our talent.

Miyoshi Kaya

ミホの好きな人って誰?
miho no suki na hito tte dare.
Who do you like, Miho?

ミホってたまに先生口調になって面白いよね。
miho tte tama ni sensei kuchou ni natte omoshiroi yo ne.
Sometimes you talk like a teacher. You’re so funny, Miho.


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