Romaji: fu – tou – fu – kutsu
Literally: never – bend – never – yield
Meaning: Indomitable, unbroken regardless of the hardship encountered.
Akemi Homura, representing Puella Magi Madoka Magica, is the one to open the yojijukugo series. With her indomitable spirit, she sets out on the quest to save her only friend, never giving up or slowing down regardless of the pain and hardship she has to face along the way.
Time travelers often shoulder a burden heavier than a single human should ever be allowed to, and so other candidates might include a certain mad scientist of Steins;Gate fame, or maybe a small miko trapped in the eternal June of Showa 58.
But the strength to conquer any and all adversity is of course not limited to those jumping across different timelines. What characters does this week’s yojijukugo make you think of?
Yojijukugo are four-kanji idioms representing some of the most important ideas and concepts in the Japanese language.
In this weekly series, I see how those ideas are represented in the anime world, and invite readers to share their own examples of series, characters and scenes best illustrating those concepts.
For other posts in this series, look for the Yojijukugo Series under the Category section on the right.