There’s a long-standing rumor that Lenneth’s iconic battle cry is mistranslated. We break it down word by word to get to the bottom of things.
Final Fantasy’s Onion Knight has a perplexing name. There’s a lot of theories about where it came from, but a 2020 interview full of interesting FF3 anecdotes spells it out.
An explanation of the untranslatable joke from the Japanese version of Xenogears that led to an infamous fourth-wall breaking joke in the English release.
It’s cowboys and robots in this edition of the breakdown of Live A Live’s 20-year-old fan translation. Both chapters are on the shorter side, but have some idiosyncrasies of Japanese to talk about.
Set in historical China, the kung fu chapter contains thematically-appropriate Chinese text even in Japan. But was leaving it untranslated the right choice for Aeon Genesis’ patch?
Set during the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate, the shinobi-focused chapter is filled with regular Japanese words that weren’t localized at all, even in names!
To become the strongest, our worldly warrior will have to face off against the best fighters in each discipline. References to real-world fighters and martial arts abound!
The first chapter of this ancient JRPG is set in a time before language, and all information is communicated with sound effects!