Surely you have seen these marks 〇 and × in anime.
〇 is maru (まる) which means yes, right, correct,etc
× is batsu (ばつ) which means no, wrong, bad,etc.
You may know these gestures.
When you take a exam, your teacher will mark it like this.
And we can write “×” in another style.
So check mark ✔ is NOT for correct in Japan.
It may confuse you.
A new anime series “Nana maru san batsu” will be aired from July 2017.
This title means 7〇 3× and its logo is composed with 〇 and ×.
Its story describes about competitions of quiz.
Ok, you should join it.
You keep 2 plates in your hands.
Pose you a question.
Your answer ?
Yes, you are correct !
And I add one more mark, △(sankaku).
It means not good.
△: not good
It confused you more?
When you learn very well, teacher gives you special maru called hanamaru (flower + maru).
Hanamaru is an honor for kids!
You can find it in anime.
The anime series of Touken ranbu is given the name “Touken ranbu – Hanamaru-“.
One of the girls in Love Live Sunshine is Hanamaru Kunikida.
So we thank you very much for your visiting to our site.
We send you maru !
Batsu has a homonym that is written as 罰.
It means punishment or penalty.
This word play is found in O Maidens in Your Savage Season (荒ぶる季節の乙女どもよ。 Araburu Kisetsu no Otome-domo yo).
When they say batsu (ばつ), it means “that’s wrong” and “that should be punished” at the same time.
The writer Mari Okada (Anohana, etc) likes such a joke.