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Meaning of phrase "バイビー"?

Well, in the original Pokemon game, the character Blue says "Smell ya later!" in English as a farewell. In the Japanese version, it's said that he says "バイビー" or "baibi"...

I assume it is at least approximate to the English localization, but I was curious: what exactly this means, how often it is even used, and if it has inherently negative connotations. It sounds so strange and childish, but I don't know~

March 30, 2018



バイビー is a version of バイバイ (bye-bye) that used to be trendy in the 1980s. People born in the Heisei era (which started in 1989) might not be familiar with it.


Ahhh, I see! That makes sense and explains why I never hear it in other media. Smell ya later is the same way, more or less, thought it's occasionally still used as a "mean" joke.

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In recent Japan , that impression is not used much.


It seems so! バイビー is so cute sounding, though. I wish that my language had cute expressions in the past, too!


it sound a bit like English "Bye-Bye", but I am not sure if it has some connotation.


https://ejje.weblio.jp/content/%E3%83%90%E3%82%A4%E3%83%93%E3%83%BC seems to confirm my suspicion. It says, that is it in colloquial usage only.


Yeah, my assumption of it was certainly that it was derived from bye-bye, at least judging by it being a farewell suspiciously in katakana. It didn't seem very mean like "smell ya later" does, but I was unsure because of the context (the character is rude and competitive, though still only a child).


Immediately brings to mind Akira from Lucky Channel, though she says "Bye-ni!". I think it's essentially the same idea though. Here's what I mean:



Haha, yesss! I almost completely forgot about Lucky Star. So many high school memories~ The reason for her doing that is apparently because its like saying bye squared (ni being two). That might just be random Wikipedia <sub>facts</sub> though.


It’s just a version of “bye bye”.

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