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ANOTHER BLOG ABOUT LOCALIZATION

Posted November 23rd, 2010 at 10:17 AM by Ursula
Updated January 13th, 2011 at 10:30 PM by Ursula

I like them.
At first, I was like, "wat.", but they've grown on me. If you give them a chance, I'm sure they'll grow on you, too ^-^;

I mean, in retrospect, they're not that bad. I mean, in the past, we've had rather..unoriginal names as well.

Grass Localizations:



Fushigidane as Bulbasaur.
It's Japanese name is literally, "It's strange, isn't it?", and is a pun of a "mystery seed".
Bulb [of a plant] + [dino]saur. 'basaur' is similar to "bizarre"

Chicorita as Chikorita
[okay, this is an exemption whatever]
Chicory (plant) + ita [feminine Spanish suffix for something small/young]

Kimori as Treecko
ki (tree) + [ya]mori (gecko)
Tree + [ge]cko

Naetle as Turtwig

nae (sprout) + [tur]tle
tur[tle] + twig

Tsutarja as Snivy
Tsuta (japanese ivy) + ja (snake)
sn[ake] + ivy

Fire Localizations:



Hitokage as Charmander
Hitokage as one word means Salamander.
Hi (fire) + tokage (lizard)
char[coal] + [sala]mander

Hinoarashi as Cyndaquil
Japanese name can be interpreted as Storm of Fire; also reference to yama-arashi (porcupine)
Cinder + quill.

Achamo as Torchic
Ak[ago] (baby) + shamo (Japanese chicken bred for fighting)
Torch + chick.

Hikozaru as Chimchar
hi (fire) + ko (child) + zaru (ape)
chim[p] + char[coal]

Pokabu as Tepig
poka[poka] (warm circulating throughout body) + bu[ta] (pig or oink)
te[pid] + pig

Water Localizations:



Zenigame as Squitle
Zenigame = Japanese word for pond turtle.
squirt + [turt]le

Waninoko as Totodile
Child of a Crocodile
tot of a [croco]dile.

Mizugorou as Mudkip
Mizu (water) + [mutsu]gorō (mudskipper)
mud + skip, as in mudskipper.

Pochama as Piplup
Po[chapocha] (having a splash in the water) + [bot]chama [child]
Pip [baby bird] + plop [rain falling]

Mijumaru as Oshawott
mi[zu] (water) + [mi]ju[ku] (naive) + maru [male suffix]
ocean + water + otter.

It's reasonable to note that some of these translations/etymologies aren't necessarily the truth, just educated guesses.

So, basically, it's not that like it's ~that~ big of a deal! Every time Pokemon is localized, people make such a big fuss about the US names, and say they'll just continue to use the Japanese name.
But, in time, they get over it.
And, so will you.

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    Posted November 23rd, 2010 at 10:19 AM by usami usami is offline
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    Posted November 23rd, 2010 at 10:21 AM by Ursula Ursula is offline
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    "It's strange, isn't it?"


    But the names are genuinely bad. At least the other times they mixed the translations up a bit so that they made sense in an English context. Also, I still think Gen IV names suck. I'm just not Japanese enough to use the Japanese names. So I just avoid talking about them.
    Posted November 23rd, 2010 at 11:33 AM by JakeyBoy JakeyBoy is offline
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    Quote:
    So, basically, it's not that like it's ~that~ big of a deal! Every time Pokemon is localized, people make such a big fuss about the US names, and say they'll just continue to use the Japanese name.
    it's not that like it's ~that~ big of a deal
    it's not that like it's ~that~ big of a deal
    it's not that like it's ~that~ big of a deal
    it's not that like it's ~that~ big of a deal
    it's not that like it's ~that~ big of a deal
    it's not that like it's ~that~ big of a deal
    it's not that like it's ~that~ big of a deal

    Thank you.
    Just making sure people get this before I happen to stumble across another one of these goddamn blogs.
    Posted November 23rd, 2010 at 12:38 PM by Kura Kura is offline
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    Lol at image X)

    Yeah, too many people are just B&W'ing about the names <no pun intended>
    Posted November 23rd, 2010 at 01:27 PM by Gumball Watterson Gumball Watterson is offline
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    C-C-C-Combo breaker!

    I figured these localizations had some semblance of logic in them. People never bothered to look for them. I'm inclined to think that your guesses are quite correct in these cases at least. Of course I won't doubt that there will be at least one localized pokemon name that makes no logical sense at all, but that's just because I recognize the chance for such oddballs. Just because one person does not see the logic in a localized name, that does not make it illogical. This is why I am of the opinion that using the original Japanese name is only appropriate until OFFICIAL localizations in my native tongue are made public/are released.
    Posted November 24th, 2010 at 12:49 AM by Melody Melody is offline
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    But the names are genuinely bad. At least the other times they mixed the translations up a bit so that they made sense in an English context. Also, I still think Gen IV names suck. I'm just not Japanese enough to use the Japanese names. So I just avoid talking about them.


    seriosuly dudes the names are ****ing fine.
    Posted November 24th, 2010 at 03:43 PM by The 100 Mega Shock The 100 Mega Shock is offline
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    .....

    That never happened.

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