We’ve received a lot of responses regarding how to say “you” from many of our readers in the article “How to say “you” in Japanese?”.
Thank you for your overwhelming response. “あなた anata”, “君 kimi”, “お前 omae”, “てめえ temee”, “貴様 kisama” all mean “you”. So today, we’re going to answer all your queries regarding the different usage.
As you have seen above, second person pronouns in Japanese are rarely used in real life. Anime can be very effective for learning Japanese but one must careful to see if words used in anime can be actually applicable in real life.
References: Keiko Takahashi “自然な敬語が基本から身に付く本 Shizen na Keigo ga Kihon kara Minitsuku Hon” (A Book on Mastering Natural Keigo), Kenkyuusha, 2016
Hideo Satake & Remi Nishio “日本語を知る・磨く敬語の教科書 Nihongo o Shiru/Migaku Keigo no Kyookasho” (A Keigo Textbook on Knowing and Polishing Japanese), Beret Publishing, 2005