February 20, 2013

Garakuse!

In Mondaijitachi there's something that Izayoi shouts when his opponent has used a finishing move which doesn't actually finish Izayoi. We hear it first when he and again when and yet again when

It sounds to me like garakuse. Variously it gets translated as "Not happening!" or "Little too soon for that!" or "That's all you can do?!" I can't find it in the dictionary; what is it he's saying?

瓦落多 garakuta means "trash, junk, rubbish". So I imagine it's related and actually means something like "That's really crap!"

So?

UPDATE: I can believe that it's sharakusai.

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February 07, 2013

Language subtleties

Japanese has opportunities for tremendous subtleties. I just ran into one in Fairy Tail, ep 69. Spoilers below the fold.

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February 03, 2013

Translation comments

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Dog Days Dash, ep 2, 03:59

The girls have gotten MCSA'ed by Rico and Yuki, and are back at the aid station looking for a change of clothes. They encounter Godwin there, and turn around. "Don't look, you perv!" more or less.

Crunchyroll translated his response as "Like I would." Commie made it "Not much to see."

That's enough of a difference so that I listened to it several times to find out his real words. What he says is dare ga mieru ka.

I think that means "what is there to see?" so I have to give the win to Commie this time.

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January 13, 2013

Semi-understanding

I've gotten to the point where I keep spotting places where I think the subs translated the Japanese badly.

One example of that is in the second episode of Dog Days 2, at 13:00. Calloway says kokoroimashita, I'm pretty sure it is, in response to an order from Couverte. Commie translated that as "Understood", but it seems to me that "It would be my pleasure" or "I'd be happy to" would be more accurate.

And in fact, all through this series I keep running into places where I think Commie's translator just filled in something that made sense in context but which wasn't really a translation of what was said.

It's frustrating, because I'm not remotely good enough yet to watch without subtitles, so I'm dependent on them.

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January 10, 2013

Japanese: "ikemen"

Here's an interesting thing: the word イケ面 ikemen means "hunk, cool looking guy".

And the word 逝け面 ikemen means "exceptionally ugly man".

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November 01, 2012

Tasteful, or tasteless? Or something else?

Peter Payne has posted the cover of something that's probably a porn title of some kind, whether manga or animated.

I find myself bemused by it. I can see where some might find it offensive, even sacrilegious, but it doesn't affect me that way. My first reaction to it was "Yoshika's panties are the wrong color." (Which tells you where my mind is.)

I am curious as to what it is. Anyone know? (For instance, someone who can read the title?)

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October 18, 2012

Corback kyu

In Mouretsu Pirates, there's a strange word or something I can't figure out. When they're talking about the Corback class destroyers, they often refer to corubako kyu.

What's that kyu? I can't find anything in the dictionary that makes sense, no matter how I try to spell it. (kyuu kiu kiyu etc.)

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October 02, 2012

Yakuza

Peter has an interesting post about the yakuza, including some stuff I didn't know. Like where the name "yakuza" comes from.

UPDATE: He's got a bunch of Japanese fan magazines for sale.

The original Nanoha series was 2004. A's was 2005. StrikerS was 2007. And Nanoha, Hayate, and Fate are still popular cover girls for these kinds of magazines. That's really rather surprising after all this time! (It's the loli versions, and maybe that's why. Ick.)

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September 12, 2012

Uchi dose ka?

In episode 5 of Dog Days 2, Nanami is wandering around a town at night trying to be bait. To that end, she's in disguise and she's wearing a veil, and she is affecting a strange accent I can't place. Obviously she's trying to sound like someone who's rich, so as to make herself seem like a better target for robbery, but...

...but the main think I pick out is that she's pronouncing the copula as "dose" instead of as "dess" or "desu". I don't recall ever running into that before, affected or natural. What is it?

UPDATE: By the way, I ordered the first Japanese BD of Dog Days 2. It should be delivered in about 2 weeks.

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September 10, 2012

Dog Days 2 -- a couple of word questions

First question: In episode 3 at 09:57, Couverte shouts something that sounds to me like "Leo-nee! Dettekoi!" The translation was "Leo-nee, come out!" What is it that she actually said?

Second question: In episode 10, 10:09, Nanami says something that they translate as "Bright Power Charge". It begins with ki but I can't work any of the rest of it out; she speaks too fast for me. I've been wondering for a while just what Japanese term they've been translating as "Bright Power" and this seems like a good example of it.

Third question: Episode 10 11:07, Nanami says something that they translate as "Finishing blow". It sounds to me like ichigeki hiisutou where "ichigeki" means "single blow". What's the rest of it?

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