December 17, 2011

Kore wa Zombie Desu Ka -- question

I'm working on a review of Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka and I'm including a section on the end about some of the language used in the show. One thing I wanted to talk about is Haruna's transformation spell.

As romanized in the subtitles of the versions I have, it goes like this:

nomobuyo yoshi hashitawa dokeda gunmicha de ribura

But to me the second word sounds like "oshi". Anyway, what they did was to convert a regular sentence into hiragana and then read it backwards. But I'm having a hard time parsing it. Here's what I got:

raburi de chamingu dakedo watashi ha shi oyobu mono

which I translate as:

Even though I am lovely and charming, I am a person who brings death.

Is that right? I think I've botched the last part of it.

The Kira-subs translated it as "Lovely and charming but a harbinger of death" but that seems stilted. And I can't figure out how they get "harbinger" out of the Japanese.


UPDATE: I just noticed that the seiyuu who did Sera's voice also did Junko in Daimaou and Brioche in Dog Days. I sure wouldn't have guessed.

Posted by: Steven Den Beste in Japanese at 04:55 PM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Both are more or less right.  Best not to overthink these things.

Posted by: tellu541 at December 17, 2011 05:05 PM (cNDe3)

2 What's the proper word divisions for the Japanese? Did I get that right?

Posted by: Steven Den Beste at December 17, 2011 05:23 PM (+rSRq)

3 Well, you can say "shi o yobu mono", if you want, of course (死を呼ぶ者). That would means a death-calling person or such.

Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at December 17, 2011 06:20 PM (G2mwb)

4  Yeah, I assumed you were just kind of parsing it oddly.
It would be 'shi wo yobu mono'. 

Posted by: tellu541 at December 17, 2011 06:30 PM (cNDe3)

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