Pokémon – “I Love Koiking [Magikarp]” Lyrics Translation [Literal]

Earlier, the Pokémon Company posted a new song much like the Slopoke/Yadon song. This time, it features Magikarp. See it above!

I translated the lyrics (literally) below. I really want to work on a version that works rhythmically too, and that keeps a few puns. But as that will take a bit longer, I give the literal translation for those curious.

The original Japanese lyrics can be found right here on the official website.

I assume there will be an official English translation that comes out… but that remains to be seen.


Helpless and pathetic
Famous for being incredibly weak

Was it extremely powerful in ancient times? There are legends that say so, but
Today it’s extremely weak. So weak that it makes you cry!

The weak Pokémon Magikarp, the weakest of them all
The weak Pokémon Magikarp, so shockingly weak

Splashing about, always splashing
It can splash and splash up and through entire mountains

Why does it splash? Splashing for no reason, splashing even in battle with no purpose
Splashing in rhythm, on and on, and sometimes getting caught by a Pidgeotto!

The splashing Pokémon Magikarp, splashing the most of them all
The splashing Pokémon Magikarp, always jumping with a “flop flop!”

You can first encounter it anywhere
Using an old rod will make you fish out way too many

The sea, river, or even a dirty puddle –It will be found swimming in any body of water
It paddles along regardless of if the river is calm or flowing

If you manage to catch one: “Catch and release?” will probably cross your mind soon
If you manage to catch one: “Catch and eat?” What nonsense!

Even when it is shiny, with a golden color
It is still exactly the same on the inside

When it evolves into Gyarados, it becomes super strong. But waiting until then is really tough!
That old guy sold it for 500P! And with no refunds!

The unfortunate Pokémon Magikarp, it gets booed even when trying to help people
The unfortunate Pokémon Magikarp, nowhere near the top ranks

My Pokémon Magikarp, the one I’ll still continue to raise!
My Pokémon Magikarp, I’ll raise a party of six and fight with them!

The Magikarp we love, the one we love most in the world
The Magikarp I love, I dedicate this love song to you!

Notes:

  • By literal, I mean the overall meaning is literally translated. So it will not sing in rhythm, but just give a meaning.
  • Despite the literal meaning, however, I still translated Koiking to the name “Magikarp.” Likewise, I translated instances of “haneru (hop)” to “splash.” Even if that is not entirely accurate, it will ease the meaning for Pokemon fans.
  • I translated “yen” to “PokeDollars” as they were in Gen I as well.

 

Pokémon Move: “Splash” VS “Haneru”

Time for some more Pokémon move trivia. Today’s post is a brief comparison of the Pokémon move name: “splash.” Many have written on the subject already, I’m sure, but I thought to add my own post about it.

This Normal-type move has caused a little bit of confusion and is an example of where better word choice could have been used in the translation. However, to be fair, there are reasons it was chosen to become “splash” which made more sense at the time.

In Japanese, the move is called はねる (haneru). It is a verb that can be used to mean “to splash,” but is more often than not used for “to jump” or “to hop.” That covers a much broader range in terms of actions in English, as many things can hop, but splash implies it has to do with water somewhere along the way. Note that the move itself is a Normal-type move too, and not of the Water-type.

Now it makes more sense why Pokémon like, say, Hoppip (Grass/Flying) can use “splash.” (Hoppip’s Japanese name is Hanekko too, with it being a likely pun that includes “haneru” for “hop” above). That makes it more interesting how it was translated as Hop here for the name, but not for the move.

So then, where did that all go wrong? I would not blame the translators, because one must simply look at Generation I to understand why.

In Generation I, the only Pokémon that could learn “splash” was Magikarp, a Water-Pokémon. It was its signature move, even. As a translator wanting to convey a meaning, they could have used hop, but when faced with a fish doing a hopping motion, they likely opted for “splash” because that would make sense for a fish to do, right? It seemed the better word choice in English. Without any context or future sight, this made perfect sense to do at the time.

Then as the next Generation came around, suddenly more than Water Pokémon were “splashing” rather than hopping. I guess it was left for the sake of consistency. It probably didn’t help that future animations showed the little blue pixels flying to the side. Is that water, or is that sweat?

Regardless, it made both words work for their respective languages. It just causes a bit of wonder in English, but nothing seriously wrong with it.

I hope this explains why non Water-types or those with any affiliation with water can use this move for those who were unaware. : )

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Pokemon Cards: 004

The final batch of Pokemon card translations.

I bought an old deck of Japanese Pokemon cards off of Ebay. I scanned them, translated them, and digitally edited them with my own translation. All of these have been officially translated already, however, I made sure to provide my own translation.

  I looked at the official translations afterward in order to compare the Pokedex lore that is on the card (which changes drastically), but I made no edits to adjust to the official translation. The only exception is move names and Pokemon names –those I purposefully lined up with the officially localized English names.

The heights/weights I converted from centimeters/kilograms to feet/inches and pounds myself.

Below is the original Japanese card (top), and my translated version (bottom). Notes will be below them if applicable. They are in the order I translated them rather than in any specific card order.

In this batch, in order of number rather than appearance. You may use Ctrl + F to skip to them for ease of search:

#010 Caterpie / キャタピー (Kyatapii)
#027 Sandshrew / サンド (Sando)
#063 Abra / ケーシィ (Keesi [Casey])
#129 Magikarp / コイキング (Koikingu)
Trainer Card: Energy Retrieval / エネルギー回収 (Enerugii Kaishuu)
Trainer Card: Gust / 突風 (Toubuu)

#063 Abra / ケーシィ (Keesi [Casey])

Keeshi

Abra

-This one came out fairly well. More organized than most of the ones I translated thus far.

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