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I was wondering about this. I kind of doubt a katamari is a real thing, so maybe the word "katamari" is a made up, compound-y kind of word? That's what I'm guessing.

Anyway, does katamari damacy actually mean anything?

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    Sounds like you are missing out on the awesomeness of Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katamari_Damacy Oct 4, 2012 at 3:17
  • Ah. How did I miss that.
    – tesselode
    Oct 4, 2012 at 3:19
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    @JamesJiao Why not make that an answer? =)
    – Niro
    Oct 4, 2012 at 3:30
  • And now, the main theme is stuck in my head. Thank you.
    – Wilerson
    Oct 4, 2012 at 16:31
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    Naaaaaa na na na na na naa naa na ka-ta-ma-ri da-ma-sheeeeeeee
    – tesselode
    Oct 4, 2012 at 20:42

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Katamari Damacy is the English adaptation of the Japanese romaji Katamari Damashī (kanji: 塊魂, hiragana: かたまり だましい), which means lump/chunk soul.

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    The two Kanji are not used together usually. The originality of the title is that it is made of two Kanji that share a common radical, 鬼 (おに, oni).
    – wip
    Feb 17, 2019 at 9:08
  • @wip That's actually the phonetic not the radical. Radicals indicate the meaning and phonetics give clues to the pronunciation. Mar 6, 2020 at 3:20
  • Thank you for the information. In the material I had availalble 旁(つくり) was translated as "radical", like is also done here for example: kanjialive.com/214-traditional-kanji-radicals You raise an interesting point regarding prononciation, I searched and it seems the 旁 "鬼" has a number of 音読み: kanji.jitenon.jp/cat/bushu10004.html
    – wip
    Mar 6, 2020 at 7:26

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