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17th Nov '17 2:30:53 AM TommyTiger
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*** In one episode, the bad one misheard "Great Moth" for "Great Mouth" and, yes, that giant moth thing was called "Great Mouth" (in Portuguese) for the rest of the episode. Weird? You have no idea how much.

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*** In one episode, the bad one misheard "Great Moth" for "Great Mouth" and, yes, and that giant moth thing was called "Great Mouth" (in Portuguese) for the rest of the episode. Weird? You have no idea how much.episode.



** The Italian translation of the manga is a complete mess. Between [[SpellMyNameWithAnS wrong romanizations]] (Bandith Keith became "Bandit Kierce", a name that doesn't exist anywhere, and also many names that were GratuitousEnglish in Japanese were romanized in the wrong way - such as "Dynausor" instead of "Dinosaur" or "Ribaiasan" instead of "Leviathan"), [[InconsistentDub card names changing between chapters]], the translator thinking that minds and souls are the same thing (every GratuitousEnglish usage of "Mind" had a footnote translating it as "Anima", which is Italian for "Soul"), changing Yen with Euros in two random, unrelated chapters while talking about Yen in every other chapter...

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** The Italian translation of the manga is a complete mess. Between [[SpellMyNameWithAnS wrong romanizations]] (Bandith Keith became "Bandit Kierce", a name that doesn't exist anywhere, and also many names that were GratuitousEnglish in Japanese were romanized in the wrong way - such as "Dynausor" instead of "Dinosaur" or "Ribaiasan" instead of "Leviathan"), [[InconsistentDub card names changing between chapters]], the translator thinking that minds and souls are the same thing (every GratuitousEnglish usage of "Mind" had a footnote translating it as "Anima", which is Italian for "Soul"), changing Yen with Euros in two random, unrelated chapters while talking about Yen in every other chapter...chapter.



* ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' and ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'' were created on so rushed a schedule as to feature first-draft translations as finalized scripts, and even unfinished animation used for broadcast. Translation errors fly about freely, characters are regularly referred to with the wrong name, there are typos in the ''[[TyopOnTheCover title cards]]'', and a hugely disappointing proportion of dialogue, put simply, does ''not make sense''. This is especially problematic in ''Energon,'' in which ''every single episode'' has plot points that are obscured by dialogue that apparently got most of the words but missed the point. Thankfully, their sequel series, ''[[Anime/TransformersCybertron Cybertron]]'', received a competent localization, appropriately peppered with {{Woolseyism}}s and other cleverness that, y'know... made sense. Even so, in one episode Thundercracker famously referred to himself as Starscream and Crosswise was called by his working-name Smokescreen for a while. Although these were later corrected, most foreign dubs were produced based on the erroneous dialogue.

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* ''Anime/TransformersArmada'' and ''Anime/TransformersEnergon'' were created on so rushed a schedule as to feature first-draft translations as finalized scripts, and even unfinished animation used for broadcast. Translation errors fly about freely, characters are regularly referred to with the wrong name, there are typos in the ''[[TyopOnTheCover title cards]]'', and a hugely disappointing proportion of dialogue, put simply, does ''not make sense''. This is especially problematic in ''Energon,'' in which ''every single episode'' has plot points that are obscured by dialogue that apparently got most of the words but missed the point. Thankfully, their sequel series, ''[[Anime/TransformersCybertron Cybertron]]'', received a competent localization, appropriately peppered with {{Woolseyism}}s and other cleverness that, y'know... y'know, made sense. Even so, in one episode Thundercracker famously referred to himself as Starscream and Crosswise was called by his working-name Smokescreen for a while. Although these were later corrected, most foreign dubs were produced based on the erroneous dialogue.



** And then there's the ''Polish'' ''over''dub of Armada, which failed so badly that it is to this day considered the worst Polish translation of a Transformers series ''ever''. Characters would often get new names that were so ridiculous it made you think whether the translators were doing it on purpose. Example: "Hot Shot" became "Piorunus", which, when translated back into English, becomes "Lightningus".....which is just plain wrong. It even more wrong when you realize that his character has ''nothing to do with lightning whatsoever''. And to make it even worse, the translators were somehow able to make Armada's already nonsensical dialogue make ''even less sense'' at times. *coughCyclonusisnotaplanetcough*

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** And then there's the ''Polish'' ''over''dub of Armada, which failed so badly that it is to this day considered the worst Polish translation of a Transformers series ''ever''. Characters would often get new names that were so ridiculous it made you think whether the translators were doing it on purpose. Example: "Hot Shot" became "Piorunus", which, when translated back into English, becomes "Lightningus"....."Lightningus", which is just plain wrong. It even more wrong when you realize that his character has ''nothing to do with lightning whatsoever''. And to make it even worse, the translators were somehow able to make Armada's already nonsensical dialogue make ''even less sense'' at times. *coughCyclonusisnotaplanetcough*times, like says Cyclonus is a planet, when it is a Transformer.



* Before ''Armada'' and ''Energon'', ''Transformers'' suffered a particularly infamous instance of this trope. The SoBadItsGood English ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'' dub changed dialogue so nonsensically that you got translations like "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Fortress Maximus has come himself]]". There were also bizarre and completely pointless name changes, like renaming Blurr "Wally" and dubbing Spike as '''SPARKLE''' of all things. The whole dub has become a minor meme in the ''Transformers'' fandom and is often considered a good example of what can happen with incompetent dubbing elsewhere.

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* Before ''Armada'' and ''Energon'', ''Transformers'' suffered a particularly infamous instance of this trope. The SoBadItsGood English ''Anime/TransformersHeadmasters'' dub changed dialogue so nonsensically that you got translations like "[[CrowningMomentOfFunny Fortress Maximus has come himself]]". There were also bizarre and completely pointless name changes, like renaming Blurr "Wally" and dubbing Spike as '''SPARKLE''' '''sparkle''' of all things. The whole dub has become a minor meme in the ''Transformers'' fandom and is often considered a good example of what can happen with incompetent dubbing elsewhere.



* And then there's ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD: Bloodlust'', which transliterates "dhampir" (half-vampire) as "dunpeal", and carries the same mistransliteration into the English version, to the point FanFiction continues using the term... Streamline's dub of the original movie also had this mistake. It wasn't fixed until Sentai Filmworks' 2015 redub of the original movie.

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* And then there's ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD: Bloodlust'', which transliterates "dhampir" (half-vampire) as "dunpeal", and carries the same mistransliteration into the English version, to the point FanFiction continues using the term...term. Streamline's dub of the original movie also had this mistake. It wasn't fixed until Sentai Filmworks' 2015 redub of the original movie.



** In the MIXX magazine, Hotaru was called Jenny... for all of ''one'' page in the Dream Arc, long after her name was known and manifested as Hotaru.

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** In the MIXX magazine, Hotaru was called Jenny... Jenny for all of ''one'' page in the Dream Arc, long after her name was known and manifested as Hotaru.



** The Russian dub occasionally fell victim to this, mainly due to very obvious lack of any research on the translators' part. Probably one of the best examples: in a first season episode that featured a cat Youma, the cat in question was named (in the dub) "Red Hunter". Except... his original name was supposed to be a pun on "Rhett Butler", ''not'' "Red Battler" (whatever the translators might have heard); apparently, the massive amount of ''Gone with the Wind'' jokes in this episode was missed by the dubbing team... And you'd think the fact that the cat in question is '''light blue''' could give them a clue that something is wrong (amusingly, Luna's comment about the name not fitting was left intact in the dub...).

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** The Russian dub occasionally fell victim to this, mainly due to very obvious lack of any research on the translators' part. Probably one of the best examples: in a first season episode that featured a cat Youma, the cat in question was named (in the dub) "Red Hunter". Except... Except his original name was supposed to be a pun on "Rhett Butler", ''not'' "Red Battler" (whatever the translators might have heard); apparently, the massive amount of ''Gone with the Wind'' jokes in this episode was missed by the dubbing team... And you'd think the team. The fact that the cat in question is '''light blue''' could give them a clue that something is wrong doesn't help at all (amusingly, Luna's comment about the name not fitting was left intact in the dub...).dub).



** When Sailor Venus introduces herself to the rest of the Senshi for the first time, one of the girls refers to her as "Sailor Five". While she ''is'' technically the fifth team member introduced, "Sailor Five" is likely a misinterpretation of "Sailor V" via Roman numerals... never mind she was constantly called Sailor V up until that scene.

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** When Sailor Venus introduces herself to the rest of the Senshi for the first time, one of the girls refers to her as "Sailor Five". While she ''is'' technically the fifth team member introduced, "Sailor Five" is likely a misinterpretation of "Sailor V" via Roman numerals... numerals, never mind she was constantly called Sailor V up until that scene.



** Another case of a crazy translation happened in episode 144. Tuxedo Mask, whose speeches were always given a somewhat... loose interpretation, ended his introduction by suddenly offering the listeners some "magic powder". Cue fandom jokes about what it could be and whether it could be the reason for such translation quality. [[http://www.freudsmagicpowder.com/ Really fits it]].

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** Another case of a crazy translation happened in episode 144. Tuxedo Mask, whose speeches were always given a somewhat... somewhat loose interpretation, ended his introduction by suddenly offering the listeners some "magic powder". Cue fandom jokes about what it could be and whether it could be the reason for such translation quality. [[http://www.freudsmagicpowder.com/ Really fits it]].



** The Swedish dub gives the first four generals names that, spelling aside, are mostly similar to their origin word ("Jedyte", "Neflite" and "Zoysite")... then they turn around and name Kunzite "Kunta" (the four sisters in R became Petzite, Calver, Bertesite and Kermasite, so it seems they had figured out the theme naming by then... though "Calver" still doesn't entirely fit). It also exclusively referred to Sailor V as "Sailor Five" whenever her name was spoken out loud.
** The Hungarian dub was likewise fond of terribly bizarre translations. Again, it was re-translated from the French version. One sentence became notably legendary among anime enthusiasts: in one of the episodes when Sailor Moon has just been saved by Tuxedo Mask, the dub has her reciprocating by angrily shouting "Go away, you filthy man!" While the animation, of course, still shows her being all happy. In fact, the translator has openly admitted that his (her?) French was far from good, so for the most part, the dubbing script was really just a bunch of guesswork based on the few words the translator understood.

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** The Swedish dub gives the first four generals names that, spelling aside, are mostly similar to their origin word ("Jedyte", "Neflite" and "Zoysite")... "Zoysite"), then they turn around and name Kunzite "Kunta" (the four sisters in R became Petzite, Calver, Bertesite and Kermasite, so it seems they had figured out the theme naming by then... then, though "Calver" still doesn't entirely fit). It also exclusively referred to Sailor V as "Sailor Five" whenever her name was spoken out loud.
** The Hungarian dub was likewise fond of terribly bizarre translations. Again, it was re-translated from the French version. One sentence became notably legendary among anime enthusiasts: in one of the episodes when Sailor Moon has just been saved by Tuxedo Mask, the dub has her reciprocating by angrily shouting "Go away, you filthy man!" While the animation, of course, still shows her being all happy. In fact, the translator has openly admitted that his (her?) their French was far from good, so for the most part, the dubbing script was really just a bunch of guesswork based on the few words the translator understood.



** And inexplicably renamed Kilala "Roger", and had people falling into the malaria...
** How about one where Kikyo had her name inexplicably rendered as "Jugen"?

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** And inexplicably renamed Kilala "Roger", and had people falling into the malaria...
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** How about one where Kikyo had her name And inexplicably rendered Kikyo's name as "Jugen"?"Jugen".



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V413_i-HGg This Mazinger Z sub]]. [[Anime/MazingerZ Tall Evil God]]. Doctor Hill. Asla. It just... it just keeps going.

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5V413_i-HGg This Mazinger Z sub]]. [[Anime/MazingerZ Tall Evil God]]. Doctor Hill. Asla. It just... it just keeps going.And more examples



* In an early episode of the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' manga, there is an elaborate pun on "panda", "pan da" and the sound effect "pan". The English translation turns this into a slightly less elaborate pun on the sound effect "pop" and "I'm Ranma's pop", which got literally translated in the French version to the pun-less "Je suis le père de Ranma, pigé?" (in English: "I am Ranma's dad, got it?"). What the...
* ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'' examples...

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* In an early episode of the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' manga, there is an elaborate pun on "panda", "pan da" and the sound effect "pan". The English translation turns this into a slightly less elaborate pun on the sound effect "pop" and "I'm Ranma's pop", which got literally translated in the French version to the pun-less "Je suis le père de Ranma, pigé?" (in English: "I am Ranma's dad, got it?"). What the...
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* ''{{LightNovel/Slayers}}'' examples...examples:



** Their dub of ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' and ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'' is quite worse in translating the names of characters. And the voice actor of Heero Yuy is the same as Garrod Ran and Chibodee Crocket!

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** Their dub of ''[[Anime/MobileFighterGGundam G Gundam]]'' and ''[[Anime/AfterWarGundamX Gundam X]]'' is quite worse in translating the names of characters. And the voice actor of Heero Yuy is the same as Garrod Ran and Chibodee Crocket!



* The episode summaries on the back of the European releases of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' seem to have been written by someone whose primary language is not English. Or they forgot to proofread them. The worst ones:
** For episode 11, the summary is "Whilst suffer from headaches, the link between Eureka and the Nirvash seems to be weakening. In the meantime, the Gekko-Go prepares to meet the mysterious thing, the Coralian". Internet translation engine, anyone?
** In the case of episode 21 the second sentence reads "Meanwhile aboard the Gekko-Go, Talho tells the crew some shocking revelations, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment that will shock everyone]]..."

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* The episode summaries on the back of the European releases of ''Anime/EurekaSeven'' seem to have been written by someone whose primary language is not English. Or they English, or forgot to proofread them. The worst ones:
** For episode 11, the summary is "Whilst suffer from headaches, the link between Eureka and the Nirvash seems to be weakening. In the meantime, the Gekko-Go prepares to meet the mysterious thing, the Coralian". Coralian", which sounds awfully similar to what you'd get in an Internet translation engine, anyone?
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** In the case of episode 21 the second sentence reads "Meanwhile aboard the Gekko-Go, Talho tells the crew some shocking revelations, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment that will shock everyone]]...everyone]]."



** The Spanish dub of ''Frontier'' was okay, some voices too feminine and no translation of the text at the end making some of it's meaning to scare go away as Spanish kids can't read japanese. But the dub of Zephyrmon takes the cake, being dubbed by a man with BadassBaritone...

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** The Spanish dub of ''Frontier'' was okay, some voices too feminine and no translation of the text at the end making some of it's meaning to scare go away as Spanish kids can't read japanese. But the dub of Zephyrmon takes the cake, being dubbed by a man with BadassBaritone... BadassBaritone.



*** This is an issue with the English dub, too. It obviously uses the (usually expertly done) name localizations from the games, but doesn't always understand why the game localized it the way it did, and what the pun is supposed to be, thus screwing up the pronunciation. Thus, the tiny rock Pokemon that resembles a bonsai tree in a flowerpot, named "Usohachi" (from "uso" (=fake) and "hachi" (=flowerpot)) in the original, got cleverly localized to "Bonsly" in the games (from "bonsai", "sly" and "lie")... and the dub goes ahead and pronounces it "Bon-slee".
*** The pronounce issue was made worst after the release of ''Pokédex 3D Pro'', where Pokémon names are pronounced out loud, and those pronounciations became the official Italian ones... often replacing correct pronounces with wrong ones. Good examples are Charmeleon, Muk and Wobbuffet: Until 2013 were pronounced "Char-ME-lee-on", "Muck" and "WOB-bah-fett", now are pronounced "Char-MAY-leon", "Mook" and "Wob-BOO-fett".

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*** This is an issue with the English dub, too. It obviously uses the (usually expertly done) name localizations from the games, but doesn't always understand why the game localized it the way it did, and what the pun is supposed to be, thus screwing up the pronunciation. Thus, the tiny rock Pokemon that resembles a bonsai tree in a flowerpot, named "Usohachi" (from "uso" (=fake) and "hachi" (=flowerpot)) in the original, got cleverly localized to "Bonsly" in the games (from "bonsai", "sly" and "lie")... "lie") and the dub goes ahead and pronounces it "Bon-slee".
*** The pronounce issue was made worst after the release of ''Pokédex 3D Pro'', where Pokémon names are pronounced out loud, and those pronounciations became the official Italian ones... ones, often replacing correct pronounces with wrong ones. Good examples are Charmeleon, Muk and Wobbuffet: Until 2013 were pronounced "Char-ME-lee-on", "Muck" and "WOB-bah-fett", now are pronounced "Char-MAY-leon", "Mook" and "Wob-BOO-fett".



* The brazilian dub of ''Pokémon'' translated String Shot as "Tiro de Estilingue", which means Sling Shot.

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* The brazilian Brazilian dub of ''Pokémon'' translated String Shot as "Tiro de Estilingue", which means Sling Shot.



** Ever wondered why the Pokémon League championships are called conferences? You can thank a mistranslation for that. Their Japanese name is ポケモンリーグの大会, which translates "Pokémon League Tournament". However, the last word, 大会, can also be translated as "conference", depending on the context. Given that the event is question is a tournament in which league participants battle each other, it's clear that that's not the intended meaning here. Unfortunately, the dubbers couldn't be bothered to apply some context, so they translated it as Pokémon League Conference, and never bothered correcting it in later seasons.

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** Ever wondered why the The Pokémon League championships are called conferences? You can thank conferences because of a mistranslation for that.mistranslation. Their Japanese name is ポケモンリーグの大会, which translates "Pokémon League Tournament". However, the last word, 大会, can also be translated as "conference", depending on the context. Given that the event is question is a tournament in which league participants battle each other, it's clear that that's not the intended meaning here. Unfortunately, the dubbers couldn't be bothered to apply some context, so they translated it as Pokémon League Conference, and never bothered correcting it in later seasons.



* The English translation of the second part of ''Manga/CountCain'', titled ''Godchild'', actually gets the '''title''' wrong! When, towards the end of the story, the significance of the title is finally explained, it's clear from the context that it ought to be translated as ''Grandchild''. Elsewhere in the manga, the translation is quite poor, with odd decisions such as pocket watches being referred to in dialogue as "clocks".

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* The English translation of the second part of ''Manga/CountCain'', titled ''Godchild'', actually gets the '''title''' wrong! wrong. When, towards the end of the story, the significance of the title is finally explained, it's clear from the context that it ought to be translated as ''Grandchild''. Elsewhere in the manga, the translation is quite poor, with odd decisions such as pocket watches being referred to in dialogue as "clocks".



* Sentai's subtitle for episode 20 of ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld'', right at the beginning, translates "Aitsu da yo" ("It's them," or in context "It's the [[spoiler:ogre]]") as... [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "It's it."]] In addition to being grammatically bizarre, that phrase happens to be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s-It_Ice_Cream a brand of ice cream sandwich.]] The dub does a better job, translating it as "It's coming."

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* Sentai's subtitle for episode 20 of ''Literature/FromTheNewWorld'', right at the beginning, translates "Aitsu da yo" ("It's them," or in context "It's the [[spoiler:ogre]]") as... as [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment "It's it."]] In addition to being grammatically bizarre, that phrase happens to be [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%27s-It_Ice_Cream a brand of ice cream sandwich.]] The dub does a better job, translating it as "It's coming."
11th Oct '17 7:56:36 PM BlackKnight359
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*** Which is understandable, since the most suitable-sounding translation ("March of the Titans") is already the name of a well-known, ''quite'' racist book.

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*** Which is understandable, since the most suitable-sounding translation ("March of the Titans") is already the name of a well-known, well-known (in Britain, at least), ''quite'' racist book.
14th Sep '17 1:18:09 AM shadowmanwkp
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* The Dutch subtitles on GhostInTheShellStandaloneComplex are an incomprehensible mess. It appears that they were the English subtitles run through a machine translator, because they make more sense if you constantly translate the text to English. One might as well listen to the English dub.
10th Sep '17 1:50:08 PM nombretomado
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*** Also, since the French dub had already used Satan as a name for Piccolo (based on his title being great demon king - daimao - and because it probably sounded more threatening than a musical instrument), they were in a bind when a character whose name actually ''was'' Satan showed up; so they renamed him Hercule (no 's' at the end in french). You can guess where this is going, making this a very convoluted subversion, despite being just as idiotic. This name was also used in FUNimation's edited English dub for religious censorship reasons.

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*** Also, since the French dub had already used Satan as a name for Piccolo (based on his title being great demon king - daimao - and because it probably sounded more threatening than a musical instrument), they were in a bind when a character whose name actually ''was'' Satan showed up; so they renamed him Hercule (no 's' at the end in french). You can guess where this is going, making this a very convoluted subversion, despite being just as idiotic. This name was also used in FUNimation's [=FUNimation=]'s edited English dub for religious censorship reasons.



** Then there's the subtitles on Manga UK's release of the same series, which seem to constantly straddle the line between this and TranslationTrainWreck. Practically every other line is mistranslated, even the most basic things that one would assume couldn't possibly be misinterpreted, and these translations range from "Well they kinda got the nuances wrong" to "Holy shit that is not even close to what was being said do you even know Japanese translator." Just as a random example, the final line of the first opening theme is translated as "The blood red of twilight pierces through". A more accurate translations would be "The crimson bow and arrow pierces through the twilight". And this is one of the ''less'' glaring errors in their subtitles. One wonders why they even bothered making their own script rather than just using the subtitles from Creator/FUNimation.

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** Then there's the subtitles on Manga UK's release of the same series, which seem to constantly straddle the line between this and TranslationTrainWreck. Practically every other line is mistranslated, even the most basic things that one would assume couldn't possibly be misinterpreted, and these translations range from "Well they kinda got the nuances wrong" to "Holy shit that is not even close to what was being said do you even know Japanese translator." Just as a random example, the final line of the first opening theme is translated as "The blood red of twilight pierces through". A more accurate translations would be "The crimson bow and arrow pierces through the twilight". And this is one of the ''less'' glaring errors in their subtitles. One wonders why they even bothered making their own script rather than just using the subtitles from Creator/FUNimation.{{Creator/FUNimation}}.
4th Sep '17 2:10:40 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* A Chinese bootleg version ''[[Anime/NeonGensisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' that was floating around on Website/YouTube and other video streaming sites, had attached an English fansub, which were clearly very literally translated, leading to several hilarious examples of English that while grammatically sensible, was otherwise complete nonsense. Most notably, is when Asuka confronts Shinji with the line "I know about your jerk-off fantasies of me." In the original Japanese, Asuka actually uses the idiomatic phrase "I know you've been using me as a side dish." In Japanese lingo, "using something as a side dish" is an expression for using something or someone for one's erotic fantasies, but with the underlying implication that the person using the "side dish" is too scared to actually act on their feelings. In the fansub, however, the line comes out as "I know you only think of me as food!"

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* A Chinese bootleg version ''[[Anime/NeonGensisEvangelion of ''[[Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion The End of Evangelion]]'' Evangelion]]'', that was floating around on Website/YouTube and other video streaming sites, had attached an English fansub, which were clearly very literally translated, leading to several hilarious examples of English that while grammatically sensible, was otherwise complete sensible most of the time, often ended up as nonsense. Most notably, is when Asuka confronts Shinji with the line "I know about your jerk-off fantasies of me." In the original Japanese, Asuka actually uses the idiomatic phrase "I know you've been using me as a side dish." In Japanese lingo, "using something as a side dish" is an expression for using something or someone for one's erotic fantasies, but with the underlying implication that the person using the "side dish" is too scared to actually act on their feelings. In the fansub, however, the line comes out as "I know you only think of me as food!"
4th Sep '17 2:08:50 PM TheAmazingBlachman
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* A Chinese bootleg version ''[[Anime/NeonGensisEvangelion End of Evangelion]]'' that was floating around on Website/YouTube and other video streaming sites, had attached an English fansub, which were clearly very literally translated, leading to several hilarious examples of English that while grammatically sensible, was otherwise complete nonsense. Most notably, is when Asuka confronts Shinji with the line "I know about your jerk-off fantasies of me." In the original Japanese, Asuka actually uses the idiomatic phrase "I know you've been using me as a side dish." In Japanese lingo, "using something as a side dish" is an expression for using something or someone for one's erotic fantasies, but with the underlying implication that the person using the "side dish" is too scared to actually act on their feelings. In the fansub, however, the line comes out as "I know you only think of me as food!"
11th Aug '17 12:19:21 AM Dere
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* The English dub: Ever wondered why the Pokémon League championships are called conferences? You can thank a mistranslation for that. Their Japanese name is ポケモンリーグの大会, which translates "Pokémon League Tournament". However, the last word, 大会, can also be translated as "conference", depending on the context. Given that the event is question is a tournament in which league participants battle each other, it's clear that that's not the intended meaning here. Unfortunately, the dubbers couldn't be bothered to apply some context, so they translated it as Pokémon League Conference, and never bothered correcting it in later seasons.

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Ever wondered why the Pokémon League championships are called conferences? You can thank a mistranslation for that. Their Japanese name is ポケモンリーグの大会, which translates "Pokémon League Tournament". However, the last word, 大会, can also be translated as "conference", depending on the context. Given that the event is question is a tournament in which league participants battle each other, it's clear that that's not the intended meaning here. Unfortunately, the dubbers couldn't be bothered to apply some context, so they translated it as Pokémon League Conference, and never bothered correcting it in later seasons.seasons.
** Similarly, ever wondered why such cartoony villains as Jessie and James have a heroic sounding motto? That's right, another mistranslation. The original Japanese version of the motto stated that Jessie and James pretend to be good but are actually lying villains. Yup, the dub's mangled translation resulted in the motto gaining ''the opposite context'' from the intended one.
25th Jul '17 10:41:52 AM Dere
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* The English dub: Ever wondered why the Pokémon League championships are called conferences? You can thank a mistranslation for that. Their Japanese name is ポケモンリーグの大会, which translates "Pokémon League Tournament". However, the last word, 大会, can also be translated as "conference", depending on the context. Given that the event is question is a tournament in which league participant battle each other, it's clear that that's not the intended meaning here. Unfortunately, the dubbers couldn't be bothered to apply some context, so they translated it as Pokémon League Conference, and never bothered correcting it in later seasons.

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* The English dub: Ever wondered why the Pokémon League championships are called conferences? You can thank a mistranslation for that. Their Japanese name is ポケモンリーグの大会, which translates "Pokémon League Tournament". However, the last word, 大会, can also be translated as "conference", depending on the context. Given that the event is question is a tournament in which league participant participants battle each other, it's clear that that's not the intended meaning here. Unfortunately, the dubbers couldn't be bothered to apply some context, so they translated it as Pokémon League Conference, and never bothered correcting it in later seasons.
10th Jul '17 5:37:15 AM jormis29
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** At an anime convention, Taliesin Jaffe (ADR director and scriptwriter of the English dub) addressed the "Arucard" issue. They knew "Alucard" was correct, but the Japanese licensors insisted that they use "Arucard" in the subtitles on the grounds that "It's Dracura backwards". Cue facepalm from the localizers.

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** At an anime convention, Taliesin Jaffe Creator/TaliesinJaffe (ADR director and scriptwriter of the English dub) addressed the "Arucard" issue. They knew "Alucard" was correct, but the Japanese licensors insisted that they use "Arucard" in the subtitles on the grounds that "It's Dracura backwards". Cue facepalm from the localizers.
20th Jun '17 7:05:25 PM FallenAngelII
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** The Swedish dub gives the first four generals names that, spelling aside, are mostly similar to their origin word ("Jedyte", "Neflite" and "Zoysite")... then they turn around and name Kunzite "Kunta" (the four sisters in R became Petzite, Calver, Bertesite and Kermasite, so it seems they had figured out the theme naming by then... though "Calver" still doesn't entirely fit).

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** The Swedish dub gives the first four generals names that, spelling aside, are mostly similar to their origin word ("Jedyte", "Neflite" and "Zoysite")... then they turn around and name Kunzite "Kunta" (the four sisters in R became Petzite, Calver, Bertesite and Kermasite, so it seems they had figured out the theme naming by then... though "Calver" still doesn't entirely fit). It also exclusively referred to Sailor V as "Sailor Five" whenever her name was spoken out loud.
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