FE Heroes: Sakura’s Kitty Paddle? [JPN vs ENG]

Today is a quick post from a reader question regarding Sakura’s “Kitty Paddle” and what it is in Japanese.

So I took a  look:

Kitty Paddle
猫の暗器
Cat’s Anki*

You will notice I didn’t translate “anki” as there is no real descriptor for it. Most literally, it means “hidden weapon” (or dark weapon, or illusive, etc).

According to the Japanese wikipedia, “anki” is described as:

暗器(あんき)は、中国武術における身体に隠し持つ事が出来る小さな武器の総称

“A generic name for small arms/equipment that could be concealed under clothing used in Chinese martial arts.”

It goes on to mention this moniker of weapons was adapted by Japan by the end of the 20th century thanks to the term’s popularity in film/manga/etc. It’s been a semi-recent way to define a category that previously did not have a definition in Japanese.

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FE Heroes: Does Dorcas acknowledge the mutton meme in Japanese? [JPN vs ENG]

Fire Emblem Heroes featured an update that includes new characters such as Dorcas, Lute, and Mia. You may recall Dorcas being the most surprising of these three to place high on the Fire Emblem Heroes popularity poll (Choose Your Legends) that took place some months ago.

It had been attributed to a particular meme involving a US commercial for the game he appears in, Fire Emblem: Blazing Blade on Game Boy Advance (and seventh installment in the series, first to come to the US).

Fans noticed very quickly that he in fact references this commercial directly (twice!) in his English dialogue in Fire Emblem Heroes, and I received multiple requests to look into what he says in Japanese instead.

So let’s take a look!

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FE Heroes: “Farfetched Heroes” [JPN vs ENG]

Today is a quick post about the new (as of this writing, Nov 15th) hero banner in Fire Emblem Heroes.

When I saw the title and characters involved, I wondered why the translators may have chosen “Farfetched” as their word of choice for the title. I’ve always liked the English word farfetched (thanks to a particular Pokemon), so it made me wonder what the Japanese was.

So I took a quick look:

Farfetched Heroes
大いなる英雄再び
Great Heroes Once More

Well, from the above you can see the Japanese seems to be stating the banner for what it is, and the translation seemingly went for a more colorful approach.

So what could be going on here? Let’s speculate.

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FE Heroes: Loki’s Gender Pronouns in Japanese? (as of Nov. 15th) [JPN vs ENG]

Today is a quick post about the character Loki in Fire Emblem Heroes.

A reader sent me the following via email:

…yesterday Fire Emblem Heroes got a big information update, in that update they showed off Loki, a so far minor character in the story of FEH, in their, presumably, true form:

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Now since the mythological Loki was known to shapeshift into different genders some players are wondering if this is really Loki’s true form and if the FEH Loki is female unlike his mythological counterpart.

They very helpfully provided a sample video of the Japanese dialogue (also seen below) where they refer to themselves in the first person a lot. Japanese does have gendered (or, at least gender inflecting) first person pronouns which may provide a hint, so I took a look to see what Loki uses!

Please note this post is written as of November 16th. This means that if an update comes out which does confirm Loki’s gender after this, this article likely won’t be updated beyond a simple mention of the news.

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FE10: Radiant Dawn Localization: Naming the Goddesses of “Order” & “Chaos” [JPN vs ENG]

Today’s post is a quick look at the word choice of the localization going for naming the goddesses after “order” and “chaos.” There are some nuances that may be fun to look at.

It’s really trivial, and mostly insignificant. But still pretty notable to when translating countless blocks of text from Tellius Recollection Volume 2.

Slight spoiler warning for those who have yet to play this game. Putting this here just in case I mention something near the end.

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FE9/10: Tellius Games Localization: The Black Knight’s Fate at Nados [JPN vs ENG]

This post is part of a series on reader requested (and personal curiosity) comparisons between various games’ Japanese and English scripts. Last time, I looked at a death quote from Schaeffer, a level boss in Path of Radiance.

Today’s post however concerns an exchange from the middle of Fire Emblem: Radiant Dawn, but concerns late game events in Path of Radiance as well.

As such, I’m putting in a spoiler warning for those who have yet to play this game! I kept the title vague as a result, but please be wary of spoilers from here on out.

 


 

In celebration of the Black Knight’s appearance in Fire Emblem Heroes, I take a look at one major change known to some fans that happened in Radiant Dawn. It revolves around a conversation Ike and the Black Knight have in Chapter 3-7 (Rivals Collide). The localization had made a major change (often cited as for the better), so let’s take a look at what that change was.

(It’s also hard to find it side by side, which is why I want to make this post for reference).

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FE9: Path of Radiance Localization: Schaeffer’s Death Quote [JPN vs ENG]

This post is part of a series on reader requested (and personal curiosity) comparisons between various games’ Japanese and English scripts. Last time, I looked into a scene from the demo of the upcoming RPG Project Octopath Traveler.

Today’s post concerns Fire Emblem: Path of Radiance. Specifically, the boss of Chapter 22 (Solo). There are very minor spoilers, none to the overall story.

A reader said the following:

Can you translate the Japanese version of Schaeffer’s defeat quote in Chapter 22 of PoR? The English version is pretty (in)famous…

This should be interest, let’s take a look!

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