Tuesday Terminology: Kaze

Tuesday Terminology is a weekly segment to enlighten the masses with words, phrases, and ideals usually tacked on to today’s anime/manga scene.

This week’s topic: Kaze


Kaze (風邪; かぜ)

Common Cold

So I seem to have caught a cold this week.  Thanks a lot, Dad.  Anyways, that won’t stop me from posting today!

Kaze, which can also mean wind (風) in reference to a “cold wind,” is a recurring trope in anime and manga.  The odd thing is that the when a character catches a cold, it is heavily exaggerated and treated as if said character was going to die from a mere common cold.  Is the average Japanese person’s immune system so poor that they make such an exaggeration?  I don’t know, I’m not a doctor.  But surely, hilarity may ensue, as in harem comedies, when the various love interests try to do their best to “take care” of the sick person in hopes to gain the edge in love.  In many other cases, especially in shoujo series, it opens up an opportunity for the main couple focus to spend some quality time together or share a slight moment in caring for the other.

Anyways, that is all I’ll write today on this subject.  I should go back to bed! LOL



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