I'd like this to be a go-to place for basic Japanese Question/Answers, Script viewing, Players References & Video viewing.
I've got my hands around most of this stuff (after loads of time) and hopefully, consolidating all this information will aid newcomers struggling with the same questions all of us once had.
WHY ALL THE JAPANESE?:
Because the strongest media, players base and tournaments are located there. Don't forget the titles were created in Japanese as well.
VIEWING JAPANESE SCRIPT:
If you see loads of "question Marks" and "Funny Squares": It means you haven't enabled Japanese Script for your operating system.
I found success with this site's suggestions to enable my Script:
If anyone else has reliable resources, please post up and I will append. =)
The major hub for Japanese videos is a site called NicoVideo. It is VERY similar to our Youtube.
I have found this resource to help me register @NicoVideo:
I found this to help me download NicoVideos:
Here is the Redirect to avoid signing in to NicoVideo:
I'm also under the impression, there is a generic Login & password established for Dustloop members. If anyone has this info, please post up and I will append. =)
This is really good for searching certain players. many times a player will write his name in katakana one day and hiragana the next. never miss a vid from your favorite player!:
JAPANESE PLAYER BASE:
I will be using this section to create a list of common Japanese characters throughout each title, as well as strong players for each character. This will take time & I do need help, everyone please contribute and I will keep this updated.
English/Phonics: Japanese Scripts
Super Battle Opera Tougeki (闘劇)
Guilty Gear (ギルティギア)
A.B.A (officially A.B.A, but informally/in practice アバ)
Anji Mito (闇慈)
Lime Key/Raimuki (ライムキー) 2nd place SBO 08'
ANG (ANG) Super Flashy, From Acho
Domi (ドミー) 2nd place SBO 06'
Son Makoto (村亮)
Axl Low (アクセル)
Shuuto (シュウト) 2nd place SBO 06'
Woody / Uddi (ウッディ)
Maruken (マルケン) Destroyed Ogawa @ SBO 08'
Sharon (シャロン) 1st place SBO 04'
Lark / Lurk (ラーク)
Bridget Buri (ブリジット)
Mugen/Mocchi~ (夢幻)/(もっちー) 2nd place SBO 09', 2nd place SBO 08'
Yukinose (ゆきのせ) 1st place SBO 03', 1st place SBO 04'
Chipp Zanuff (チップ)
Kazuki (カズキ) Longest winning streak 23v23 09'
Ogawa (小川) 1st place SBO 05', 1st place SBO 07'
Osaka B (大坂B) Developed a very funny Anti-Eddie strategy.
ElvenShadow (ElvenShadow) Originally from Chicago, IL.
Pachi (パチ) 1st place SBO 05'
Nemo (ネモ) 2nd place SBO 05', 2nd place SBO 04'
Jam (紗夢 / ジャム)
KA2 (KA2, read "ka-ni" / "kah-nee") 1st place SBO 06'
mike (mike) 2nd place SBO 07'
Kaqn (かきゅん) 2nd place SBO 04'
BLEED (BLEED) 2nd place SBO 06'
Kabegiwa no DC (壁際のDC) Spends all his money. Great laughs.
Satu~ (usually さとぅー, likely comes from "Satou" 佐藤) 2nd place SBO 09'
Roz (ロズ) Flashy & from Acho.
Kedako (けだこ) Flashy & from Acho
Moriyama (森山) Very effective simplistic play style.
Efute (えふて) 1st place SBO 08'
Millia Rage (ミリア)
Woshige (ヲシゲ) 1st place SBO 09'
Matsu (マツ) 1st place SBO 04'
GNT (GNT) 1st place SBO 06'
Kaqn (かきゅん) 1st place SBO 03', 1st place SBO 05'
Satoshi (サトシ) 2nd place SBO 07',
Dogura (どぐら) 1st place SBO 08'
Nezu (ねず) Developed 278 hit Combo.
Arisaka (ありさか) 2nd place SBO 05'
En (エン) 2nd place SBO 08'
Niga (にが) 1st place SBO 07'
Arisaka (ありさか) 2nd place SBO 07'
Kusoru (クソル) LOL Sol. Mega Laughs, purposefully plays "Scrubby".
Shounen (少年) 1st place SBO 09'
Yukinose (ゆきのせ) 1st place SBO 06'
Niku-Q (Niku-Q) 1st place SBO 07'
N-O (N男) 1st place SBO 08', 1st place SBO 09'
Chonari (ちょなり) 2nd place SBO 09'
Eki-chan (ekiちゃん) Very flashy, from Acho.
Imo (いも) 2nd place SBO 05', 2nd place SBO 04'
GG CHARACTER KANJI:
雷(kaminari/lightning) = Ky
炎(honoo/fire) = Sol
鯨(kujira/whale) = may
髪(kami/hair) = Millia
影(kage/shadow) = Eddie
肉(niku/meat) = Potemkin
紙(kami/paper lol) = Chipp
医(i/doctor) = Faust
梅(ume/plum) = Baiken
紗(sa or ja in this case/gauze, often silk) = Jam
霧(kiri/mist) = Johnny
鎖(kusari/chain) = Axl
闇(yami/darkness) = Anji
玉(tama/ball) = Venom
罠(wana/trap) = Testament
翼(tsubasa/wings) = Dizzy
髭(hige/beard) = Slayer
音(oto/sound) = I-no
霊(rei/spirit) = Zappa
鰤(buri/type of fish, also used for "cutesy girl") = Bridget
機(ki/machine) = Robo ky
聖(saint) = Order-Sol
鍵(key) = A.B.A
Fumo (ふも) 1st SBO 09'
Bang Shishigami (usually バング, but the full name in kanji is 獅子神萬駆, just for reference)
Nezu (ねず) Developed Bumper loops, will attempt to use FRKZ every round!
Carl Clover (カルル)
Kyaku (客) implemented Clap-Trap first. 2nd place SBO 09'.
Yuuki (ゆ-き) Christmas Colors from Acho
Haku-men (白面 / ハクメン)
Artei (あーてぃ) [some say "Ertai", not 100% though]
Iron Tager (テイガー)
Bomb Hei (ボム兵)
Yuumura (ゆーむら )
Jin Kisaragi (ジン)
Ren / Len (レン)
Litchi Faye Ling (ライチ)
Makoto Nanaya (マコト＝ナナヤ)
Tsujikawa (つじかわ or 辻川)
Mu12 (ムー/μ－１２) or ( ミュー)
Noel Vermillion (ノエル)
Rachel Alucard CS (レイチェル)
Rachel Alucard CT (レイチェル)
Yume (AKA Halloween/ハロウィン)
Rise, Hatsune Piku (初音ピク)
Lark / Lurk (ラーク)
Ragna the Bloodedge (ラグナ)
Tsubaki Yayoi (ツバキ)
BB CHARACTER KANJI:
兄(ani/Brother) = Ragna
氷(hyou/Ice) = Jin
銃(jyuu/Bullet) = Noel
磁(ji/Magnet) = Tager
猫(neko/cat) = Taokaka
兎(usagi/Rabbit) = Rachel
(∵）(;_;/Face) = Arakune
乳(chichi/bUbs) = Litchi
姉(nee/Sister) = Carl
忍 (nin/Ninja) = Bang
白 (haku/White) = Hakumen
VAMPIRE SAVIOR (ヴァンパイア セイヴァ)
Aulbath (オルバス) *English name changed to Rikuo
Bulleta (バレッタ) *English name changed to B.B. Hood
Megane (メガネ) *Also plays I-No in Guilty Gear
Gallon (ガロン) *English name changed to John Talbain
Haneman (ハネマン)/(ロン ハネマン)
LeiLei (レイレイ) *English name changed to Hsien-Ko
Sakamoto (さかもと) *Often called Saka-Q
Zabel (ザベル) *English name changed to L.Raptor
T2ya *Sometimes named Tetsuya
Persona 4: Arena (???)
Akihiko (真田) *"Sanada"
Leo (Leo)/(P4UPlayer) (れお)
Hae-chan *SBO-2nd place
Kirisame (きりさめ) *NEC qual 1st place
Purepure (SBO Qualifier)
P3U Player (P3U)
Densetsu no Nsei (伝説のＮ井)
Shadow Labrys (シャドウラビリス / シャビリス)
Teddie (クマ) *Often refereed as Kuma*
Souji (ソウジ) *SBO qualified
Maddo (まっど) *SBO qualified
Zombie (zombie) *SBO qualified
P4U Player/edo (P4U)
Nise Pachi (パチ)
Yu Narukami (番長) *Often refereed as Narukami*
Ho-chan/StunEdge (ほーちゃん）*SBO 2012 Qualified Player*
Shooting Sensu Obasan (シューティング扇子おばさん) this is the name on his nesica card / Kotsubu (こつぶ)
The P4U JBBS lists match ups like this
＼|悠.||花.||雪.||千.||ア.||完.||直.||熊.||美.||明.||ラ. ||エ.|| 影.|
For the most part, they just use the first character of the names listed above. But there are some exceptions.
悠 = Narukami
熊 = Teddie/Kuma
明 = Akihiko
影 = Shadow Labrys
Great or awesome (すごい, すげぇぇぇ-)
Cool (かっけ, カッケ, かっこい-)
Good (in the sense of "skillful") (うまい, or うめぇぇぇ-) -- also overlaps with "tsuyoi", below
Strong (つよい, or つえぇぇぇ-)
詐欺跳び（さぎとび・Sagitobi） = Safe Jump
直前ガード Or 直ガ（Chokuzen Gaado/Chokuga for short） ＝ Instant block
パンピー (Short for 一般ピープル） ＝ Literally, normal people, in games = Scrub or someone who doesn't REALLY play the game.
This section is for the more fluent speakers to give their 2-cents and possibly answer a few Frequently Asked Questions.
Abare ("ah-bah-reh", 暴れ)
"Abare", in the sense of fighting games, refers to the act of trying to interrupt the opponent's attacks when you are being pressured with an attack that is invincible and/or has very fast start-up.
This is contrast with the more "dictionary" sense of the word, which means to "run rampage or riot", and also contrasts with the somewhat confused notion that "abare" refers to the average damage a character can do off of a random poke (although one can see where the confusion originally occurred in this explanation/translation).
Thus, an example of abare would be something like a good "uppercut" (be it Sol's VV or Johnny's overdrive), or a very fast normal attack (like many characters' 2P or 2K or something), although since throws in GG are instant, throwing is also considered to be a form of abare.
Okizeme ("o-kee-zeh-meh", 起き攻め)
Okizeme refers to the act of attacking the opponent after they rise from a knocked down state, giving the attacker the opportunity to force a mix-up on the defender.
I will keep this updated as the thread grows.
Hope this helps everyone,