What does ‘Ara Ara’ mean in Anime/Manga?

If you are an anime fan then you must have heard this word or phrase before; if you haven’t, stop calling yourself an Otaku (pun intended). Don’t worry, if you already don’t know then stay with this article. In this post, we are going to discuss what ‘Ara Ara’ actually means and why many fans actually mistook it with something completely irrelevant.


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So, what does ‘Ara Ara’ mean? Does it show any se*ual intention?

The word is used to hint at a mature female character’s se*ual intentions for a younger male, who is generally below the age of consent; this is the definition most so-called otakus actually thinks the word has. This is not completely wrong. We know it is mostly used by the female characters to show the gentle utterance, intending mild surprise.


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The word is used by many female anime characters which shows gentle and polite interjection, signifying mild surprise. It does not have a clear definition. However, it is similar to ‘oh’ or ‘my’ in the English language. In a similar sense, the word ‘ara ara’ means ‘my, my’ or perhaps  ‘Oh… my’, yet the meaning might change depending on the circumstances and the tone in which the line is presented.


Japanese is a very emotionally expressive language, which is harder to explain using English. There are many words in the Japanese language, which don’t have any specific definitions. If you want to be pro in identifying in what manner these words are being used, consider watching a lot of anime in sub.

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What are some Anime or Manga where this phrase is used?

Some Anime or Manga series where we have seen this phrase; this can be seen in the ‘Love Hina’ anime series, in Aria anime series’ character Alicia Florence uses this often. Another example is the light novel ‘Date a Live’ and it’s anime series. In this light novel, the character Kurumi often uses this catchphrase. If you know any other anime or manga series where the character uses the same phrase, let us know in the comment section below.

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