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27th Oct '17 1:38:53 AM LaughingGiraffe
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* James Fallows of The Atlantic recalls a time when a Japanese person once asked if there was an English counterpart for [[InTheOriginalKlingon the Japanese concept]] of ニュアンス, or nyuansu. That is, "nuance."

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* James Fallows of The Atlantic recalls a time when a Japanese person once asked if there was an English counterpart for [[InTheOriginalKlingon the Japanese concept]] of ニュアンス, or nyuansu. That is, "nuance."" Which is from the French, er, "nuance".
17th Sep '17 3:16:28 AM Doug86
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* Some creatures in ''[[Videogame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]'' had their names wrongly transliterated from the Japanese, from simple things like "Arc Demon" (which is just missing an H to the proper form, "archdemon") to stuff like "Skull Millione" (which should be "Scarmiglione", one of the demons in Dante's ''Literature/DivineComedy'') and "Alura Une" (it should be "Alraune" - this error carried over to ''Dawn'' as well). One that's particularly funny, though, is an enemy called "Curly", which should actually be "Kali", as in, the four-armed Hindu goddess after whom this enemy is patterned. Another demon got the {{Unfortunate Name|s}} of "Lubicant". ''Videogame/FinalFantasy'' fans should immediately recognize Rubicante.

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* Some creatures in ''[[Videogame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]'' had their names wrongly transliterated from the Japanese, from simple things like "Arc Demon" (which is just missing an H to the proper form, "archdemon") to stuff like "Skull Millione" (which should be "Scarmiglione", one of the demons in Dante's ''Literature/DivineComedy'') ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'') and "Alura Une" (it should be "Alraune" - this error carried over to ''Dawn'' as well). One that's particularly funny, though, is an enemy called "Curly", which should actually be "Kali", as in, the four-armed Hindu goddess after whom this enemy is patterned. Another demon got the {{Unfortunate Name|s}} of "Lubicant". ''Videogame/FinalFantasy'' fans should immediately recognize Rubicante.
17th Jul '17 12:14:12 PM Kogarashi
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** The W-item and W-summon materia are called such because W is used to represent "double" in Japanese (and is frequently pronounced that way), even though the same isn't true for English, and they would be properly localized as "double-item" and "double-summon."
8th Jul '17 4:30:05 PM nombretomado
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* TheOtherWiki does this occasionally; for example, their article on ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' gives the Japanese "name" in katakana, and then romanizes it to "Metaru Gia Soriddo Suri Suneku Ita".

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* TheOtherWiki Wiki/TheOtherWiki does this occasionally; for example, their article on ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' gives the Japanese "name" in katakana, and then romanizes it to "Metaru Gia Soriddo Suri Suneku Ita".
4th Jul '17 7:18:22 PM WillKeaton
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* TheOtherWiki does occasionally; for example, their article on ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' gives the Japanese "name" in katakana, and then romanizes it to "Metaru Gia Soriddo Suri Suneku Ita".

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* TheOtherWiki does this occasionally; for example, their article on ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' gives the Japanese "name" in katakana, and then romanizes it to "Metaru Gia Soriddo Suri Suneku Ita".
1st May '17 11:45:12 AM pinkdalek
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** It ''might'' have been a {{Woolseyism}} but the late-game enemy "Gighee" was probably supposed to be "Ziggy", as its look and moves are a ShoutOut to Music/DavidBowie. However, its horse-like appearance comes from how in Japanese, "Ziggy" is a homophone with "geegee", as in a bad horse.

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** It ''might'' have been a {{Woolseyism}} but the late-game enemy "Gighee" was probably supposed to be "Ziggy", as its look and moves are a ShoutOut to Music/DavidBowie. However, its horse-like appearance comes from how in Japanese, "Ziggy" is a homophone with "geegee", as in a bad horse. ("Gighee" is still referred to with this name in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXV''.)
23rd Feb '17 3:50:58 PM rjd1922
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* Some creatures in ''[[Videogame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]'' had their names wrongly transliterated from the Japanese, from simple things like "Arc Demon" (which is just missing an H to the proper form, "archdemon") to stuff like "Skull Millione" (which should be "Scarmiglione", one of the demons in Dante's ''Literature/DivineComedy'') and "Alura Une" (it should be "Alraune" - this error carried over to ''Dawn'' as well). One that's particularly funny, though, is an enemy called "Curly", which should actually be "Kali", as in, the four-armed Hindu goddess after whom this enemy is patterned. Another demon got the unfortunate name of "Lubicant". ''Videogame/FinalFantasy'' fans should immediately recognize Rubicante.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' had this problem with "Celadon Mansion", which is very clearly an apartment building, not a mansion. The loanword "mansion" in Japanese refers to exactly that kind of building. Even weirder, the burnt-out building on Cinnabar Island, which more correctly fits the English definition of the word, is also called a "mansion" in the English version, and it wasn't until the VideoGameRemake of ''Gold and Silver'' that Celadon Mansion was corrected to "Celadon Condominiums".

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* Some creatures in ''[[Videogame/CastlevaniaChroniclesOfSorrow Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow]]'' had their names wrongly transliterated from the Japanese, from simple things like "Arc Demon" (which is just missing an H to the proper form, "archdemon") to stuff like "Skull Millione" (which should be "Scarmiglione", one of the demons in Dante's ''Literature/DivineComedy'') and "Alura Une" (it should be "Alraune" - this error carried over to ''Dawn'' as well). One that's particularly funny, though, is an enemy called "Curly", which should actually be "Kali", as in, the four-armed Hindu goddess after whom this enemy is patterned. Another demon got the unfortunate name {{Unfortunate Name|s}} of "Lubicant". ''Videogame/FinalFantasy'' fans should immediately recognize Rubicante.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' had this problem with "Celadon Mansion", which is very clearly an apartment building, not a mansion. The loanword "mansion" in Japanese refers to exactly that kind of building. Even weirder, the burnt-out building on Cinnabar Island, which more correctly fits the English definition of the word, is also called a "mansion" in the English version, and it wasn't until the VideoGameRemake of ''Gold and Silver'' ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' that Celadon Mansion was corrected to "Celadon Condominiums".
11th Feb '17 2:25:20 AM nngnna
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*In a similar vain, some Hebrew purists hold that instead of 'sarcasm' (which is borrowed from English) people should say tsiniuth (ציניות, cynicism) which is both not the same thing and comes from Greek.
16th Nov '16 5:11:42 PM BigKlingy
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* ''VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue'' had this problem with "Celadon Mansion", which is very clearly an apartment building, not a mansion. The loanword "mansion" in Japanese refers to exactly that kind of building. Even weirder, the burnt-out building on Cinnabar Island, which more correctly fits the English definition of the word, is also called a "mansion" in the English version, and it wasn't until the VideoGameRemake of ''Gold and Silver'' that Celadon Mansion was corrected to "Celadon Condominiums".
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures'' has a fat NPC running a ball-passing {{Minigame}}, hoping this "ball diet" helps her lose weight. This sounds weird in English unless you know that in Japanese, the English loanword "diet" means ''exercise'' and has nothing to do with eating.
24th Oct '16 5:21:25 AM Zeke
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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' has a classic example at the very start, where you play alongside [=NPCs=] named Vicks and Wedge. They're meant to be '''Biggs''' and Wedge, a ShoutOut to ''Film/StarWarsANewHope'', but the translator missed the reference and went with a more normal-looking transliteration.
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