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Old 2008-02-03, 19:43   Link #61
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Erementar is a Japanese word. Elemental is just the stupid translation. Who came first, the Japanese title or the translation.
It is STANDARD! it is used EVERYWHERE! who the f*** told you it's THE F***ING LATIN alphabet?!
The letter L does not exist! That specific sound is unpronounceable...

If I told you to write German words so English speakers could read them, what would you do?
You would start converting German-specific-letters to their closest equivalent, same for Latin, French etc etc

It's wrong~ you say? Well it's a Japanese title isn't it.
Why are you not writing it in Kanji and using this meant to be comfortable to you language.
Now who's disrespecting the title? now who is writing titles people can't even memorize or recognize?
It's kinda hard to write Kanji for a word when there is no kanji that ends in r. So is erementar really a Japanese word or are you just making stuff up? Because if it is, I would be interested in what the Japanese definition of erementar is and in what context it is used.

Btw, if I was writing that manga, I would've written the title in kanji (assuming I could) because I'm writing for a Japanese audience, or at the very least, made sure that my spelling was correct. Writing it incorrectly serves no purpose because a Japanese person would still be unable to derive meaning from it, and it looks bad to people who can read english.
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Old 2008-02-03, 20:06   Link #62
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Initial D - Ok, if D is supposed to be Drive, why initial?

its actually initial DRIFT

initial because the first stage showed how takuma started out using the AE 86 trueno.

initial = start


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Please Teacher! - not that the anime is bad(its actually good!), its just when my friends asked what i was watching and i told them, they gave me the "err.. hentai" look.
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Old 2008-02-03, 21:22   Link #63
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Erementar is a Japanese word. Elemental is just the stupid translation. Who came first, the Japanese title or the translation.
It is STANDARD! it is used EVERYWHERE! who the f*** told you it's THE F***ING LATIN alphabet?!
The letter L does not exist! That specific sound is unpronounceable...
Calm down, don't have a conniption.

Actually, the "translation", as you put it, had to have come first. The japanese are using an english word, but adapating it to best fit japanese pronunciation, since it is obviously different from that of english. It depends who's saying it, but Elemental Gelade is a better romanization than is "Erementar Gerad". Your ignorance of the japanese language is astounding. If it were really japanese it would be romanized as "Erumentaru Guredo", due to how it would be pronounced and because every japanese letter must be one consonant sound coupled with a vowel sound. The only exception to this is "n". While occasionally you get bizzare romanizations such as "Tenjho Tenge" (should be "Tenjou Tenge") or "Kyo Kara Maoh" (should be "Kyou Kara Maou"), in general unless you spell out everything of the japanese name, it's just better to convert it completely to its english equivalent, or the closest thing to it.

I don't know why this is such a big deal, people. It's only a difference in spelling because in japanese there is no letter "l" so any japanese title using an english word will use the japanese katakana "ra ri ru re ro".
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Old 2008-02-03, 23:55   Link #64
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its actually initial DRIFT

initial because the first stage showed how takuma started out using the AE 86 trueno.

initial = start


and to get back on the topic:

Please Teacher! - not that the anime is bad(its actually good!), its just when my friends asked what i was watching and i told them, they gave me the "err.. hentai" look.
you can go even further and say it's an initial drift in a way, like with a feint drift (aka scandinavian flick for you rally guys) where you actually have 2 drifts for 2 turn. if you have a right hand turn, you would slide the car slightly to the left, then flick the car to the right, using the inertia to "flick" the car around the turn.

but I like your explanation more. it's simpler.
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Old 2008-02-04, 01:11   Link #65
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Ever since 'Boys Be...' I have lost faith in how Japanese named their shows or manga in English. I mean, let's take that for example. It's supposed to come from the speech made by a certain professor saying 'Boys, be ambitious!'. If the mangaka just left the title to be 'Be ambitious' or left the phrase alone, it would've been fine. But the Japanese being the Japanese, they take the first two and now it hardly tells anything! XD

Titles in full Japanese are usually fine though, as the translators usually just left it romanized or translate it to proper English. But if there's any English in it, vast majority of the time it sucks.

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Lol! I had that problem, but then the song got permanently etched in my mind. I'm pretty sure it's Sumomo mo momo, going by the song in my head lol. Although another way a friend told me how to remember is that some characters are named Sumomo (think chobits), take Momo from Momoko, and join them together with another 'mo' (which translates to something like 'and also' IIRC). Forgot though what Sumomo and Momo meant, but IIRC, they were fruits. ^^;
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Old 2008-02-04, 01:38   Link #66
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Planetes - Not only Engrish, but doesn't really reflect much about the series.
It's actually Greek. ΠΛΑΝΗΤΕΣ . It stands for wanderers or something of the like. I'm not quite sure.
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Old 2008-02-04, 02:25   Link #67
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Sumomo is plum, Momo is peach. So i suppose it translates to "Plum and Peach"
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Old 2008-02-04, 03:40   Link #68
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It makes sense, considering that that is the name of the main group of people. Plus, it was explained why Alice named it that.
That's one point of view. How about the perspective of those who didn't watch that anime? They wouldn't know what sense it is.

The same thing goes for Bleach, etc, on the surface, they sound like another different world, and that is what makes it worst anime titles i.m.o.

Emphasis = Surface

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Not really. Just like Naruto, the title is the name of one of the protagonists. In fact, it's you who just spoiled it for others.
Guess what, I knew from the start the ending is going to be something about Suzuka, hence predictable. Spoiler? I call that common sense

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Sumomo is plum, Momo is peach. So i suppose it translates to "Plum and Peach"
Hmm.. I see..

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Please Teacher! - not that the anime is bad(its actually good!), its just when my friends asked what i was watching and i told them, they gave me the "err.. hentai" look.
Tell them it's "Onegai Sensei!" , not Please Teacher!

If they are not good in Japanese, it works like a charm, lol!

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Old 2008-02-04, 10:28   Link #69
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Strawberry Panic! - I LOVE THIS SERIES, ALOT. BUT, WHY SUCH A TITLE?
I think it's intended to have sexual connotations rather than referring to the fruit. I'll leave it at that.

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It's actually Greek. ΠΛΑΝΗΤΕΣ . It stands for wanderers or something of the like. I'm not quite sure.
The planets were called "wanderers" by the ancient Greeks because they appeared to "wander" around the sky unlike the stars. In Planetes, it's the humans who are the wanderers are they undertake the exploration and colonization of space.
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Old 2008-02-04, 11:13   Link #70
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Tell them it's "Onegai Sensei!" , not Please Teacher!
Except that it isn't. The original Japanese title was Onegai Teacher.

Anyway, Read or Die never really made sense to me. I guess it does fit the series, but still try actually saying that title.
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Old 2008-02-04, 14:56   Link #71
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"Reader Die"

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Old 2008-02-04, 15:01   Link #72
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Azumanga Daioh - Just don't why they called it this.
Azumanga Daioh also makes sense as a mispronunciation of 「あずまんがだよ!」(AzuManga da yo!), which would mean something like "It's Azuma's manga!".

At least that's what I was originally told about it. It could be just a silly conjecture, though.
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Old 2008-02-04, 15:51   Link #73
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Kanon, Kanon is the literal word for Canon in dutch, great anime/game bad title
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Old 2008-02-04, 15:58   Link #74
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Kanon, Kanon is the literal word for Canon in dutch, great anime/game bad title
Not convincing.. I don't get what you're saying.. mind re-phrasing?
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Old 2008-02-04, 16:19   Link #75
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Kanon, Kanon is the literal word for Canon in dutch, great anime/game bad title
I wonder why you concluded that Kanon is a reference to the Dutch word though. A lot of same sounding words can be found in different languages with different meanings if you bother looking hard enough.

As far as Kanon goes, it is believed to be a reference to a term in music.
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Old 2008-02-04, 16:43   Link #76
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Neon Genesis Evangelion
I tried looking it up, and "Evangelion" isn't even a damn word. I don't think it has anything to do with evangelism.
It's a greek word. The evangelions are the holy scriptures or books which comprise the bible. The word literally means "good message". Neon genesis evangelion has many greek and khabalistic references. For example, the Evangelion units are nicknamed "Eva". Eva is the greek name for "Eve", as in Adam and Eve. It's a pun. In the book of genesis god creates Eve with a rib from Adam's side. In the anime the Evas are made with dna from Adam, the first angel. I'm a massive Evangelion fan!

The only anime title that has totally weirded me out was "Bastard!". I haven't even seen the anime... AFAIK the title refers to a bastard sword or something, kinda like Claymore. I dunno, I just find that a title like Bastard! is too "in your face" so to speak...
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Old 2008-02-04, 18:10   Link #77
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The only anime title that has totally weirded me out was "Bastard!". I haven't even seen the anime... AFAIK the title refers to a bastard sword or something, kinda like Claymore. I dunno, I just find that a title like Bastard! is too "in your face" so to speak...
Having watched tons of old Chinese kung fu movies dubbed over in english, I think "Bastard!" is an awesome title.
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Old 2008-02-05, 04:46   Link #78
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Neon Genesis Evangelion
I tried looking it up, and "Evangelion" isn't even a damn word. I don't think it has anything to do with evangelism.
Evangelion is an ancient greek word.
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The Japanese title for the series, Shin Seiki Evangelion, is composed of two parts: "Shin Seiki" (新世紀, ? new era/century) from Japanese and "Evangelion" (εὐαγγέλιον eüaggélion, gospel, good messenger, good news) from Ancient Greek. The decision to call the series Neon Genesis Evangelion in English was originally made by Gainax, and not by translators; the use of the word "Evangelion" in particular was chosen by Anno "because it sounds complicated"[75] It appears in the eyecatches of the original, untranslated episodes, and is used by Gainax to market the series worldwide.
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Old 2008-02-05, 12:41   Link #79
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Full Metal Panic!
I don't know why it's called "Full Metal"... is it a reference to the mecha? Because it's not a very good one. And "Panic" just seems out-of-the-blue. Same goes for titles that have "burn up" in their names.
I always thought it was a reference to the movie Full Metal Jacket
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Old 2008-02-05, 13:08   Link #80
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Bleach
huh..? the show has nothing to do with bleach.

Bastard!
Mum: What anime are you watching now?
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There is some wierd anime names..
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