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Old 2008-09-18, 15:12   Link #12061
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Old 2008-09-18, 17:23   Link #12062
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"Come! Join with me and let us rebuild the world in our image together!"
I like this one.

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Where do I fit into this pretty picture? : <

And the phrase should be,

"Normal humans don't interest me at all! If anybody here is a time traveller, an alien, or an esper, then come - join me! Help me shape... the world! That is all."

I hate using the word 'esper' - 'psychic' is a much better word - but you Yanks all use it, so I'll bow to your will on this matter. I'll still think 'psychic' though.

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Well, while I do agree that psychic may be a better word. . .it really doesn't apply to this case since. . .

Well, actually, Koizumi isn't REALLY an Esper by any definitions of the word. . .then again he/she could be since he/she always responds to Kyon's supposed thoughts. . .but I never could figure out if it was just a case of Unreliable Narrator or not. . .
Kyon is actually saying those things... he just forgets to put quotations around most of his sentences.

Koizumi isn't a psychic by any definition of the word, either... I think that "esper" fits a lot better...

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Actually, if I'm not mistaken, "slider" came from the show "Sliders", which was about traveling between realities.

EDIT: Also, I just realized another possible voice actress for Itsuko (checked to see if she was included in some previous lists of potential voice actors, but didn't spot her name): Sayaka Ohara.

In particular, the voice she used for Hatsune Arisaka (from Tonagura!) is almost exactly how I would think Itsuko would sound. The voice is similar to Kikuko Inoue's voice, but it's different enough to work as an alternate possibility (in my opinion, at least).
Wait, wait, you want Milly Ashford as Itsuko...?

AWESOME.

And yes, the term "sliders" comes from the TV show. The manga translators used "off-worlders", which doesn't have QUITE the same ring to it...

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What's wrong with Haruhi's original line? Oh well, I'm game:

"If there are any aliens, time travelers, sliders or espers; heed my call, join me. The power of Haruki compels you! Alae iacta est! Vedi veni vici!"

Esper is the english loanword for psychic to the japanese, along with other words like "skinship"; that the english speaking world doesn't actually use. Watch the introduction narration of the last episode in the broadcast order, where Kyon refers to Koizumi and the organization as "shounen esper sentai"
Which is the only time they're referred to as "espers" in the whole show. The actual translation is "those who were given paranormal abilities" most of the time.

I have no idea what "isakajin", which is the actual word for "sliders", means...

For that matter, if we were actually directly translating "chuujin" and "miraijin", we'd end up with "space person" and "future men", so why not just accept "esper"?

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Old 2008-09-18, 17:40   Link #12063
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I have no idea what "isakajin", which is the actual word for "sliders", means...
Are you sure it isn't "besekaijin" which would mean "another-world person"? I've run "isakajin" through two different dictionaries in all the variations I could think of and got nothing.
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Old 2008-09-18, 17:57   Link #12064
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Are you sure it isn't "besekaijin" which would mean "another-world person"? I've run "isakajin" through two different dictionaries in all the variations I could think of and got nothing.
I dun know Japanese.

That's probably it then. Yes, that is what it means.

So yeah, point is made. We use our terms because the original japanese sounds stupid in english.
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Old 2008-09-18, 18:31   Link #12065
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The word I believe Haruhi uses is "chounoryokusha" (I could be romanizing it incorrectly), which translates into "super ability user". In Japanese pop culture, this is synonymous with the loanword "ESPer" (or "esper" or however you want to capitalize it).

When the US promo videos for the R1 MoHS release first came out, they used the word "psychic". By the second video, they were using "ESPer", apparently due to fan feedback. I mention this to (neutrally) point out that some people seem to feel strongly about this.

I forgot what word Haruhi uses for "sliders", but I think it's probably "besekaijin" (again, possibly incorrect romanization), judging from my (Japanese) copy of that Newtype special from way back when. Translates to "different world person", and since "people from another world/dimension" is unwieldy, I can't think of anything better than "slider".
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Old 2008-09-18, 18:34   Link #12066
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The word I believe Haruhi uses is "chounoryokusha" (I could be romanizing it incorrectly), which translates into "super ability user". In Japanese pop culture, this is synonymous with the loanword "ESPer" (or "esper" or however you want to capitalize it).

When the US promo videos for the R1 MoHS release first came out, they used the word "psychic". By the second video, they were using "ESPer", apparently due to fan feedback. I mention this to (neutrally) point out that some people seem to feel strongly about this.

I forgot what word Haruhi uses for "sliders", but I think it's probably "besekaijin" (again, possibly incorrect romanization), judging from my (Japanese) copy of that Newtype special from way back when. Translates to "different world person", and since "people from another world/dimension" is unwieldy, I can't think of anything better than "slider".
Thank you very much.

I also notice the dub didn't even touch the "slider" issue, probably due to copyright infringement. Wonder how the novels will handle this, given the (possible) importance of sliders later.
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Old 2008-09-18, 18:43   Link #12067
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The word I believe Haruhi uses is "chounoryokusha" (I could be romanizing it incorrectly), which translates into "super ability user". In Japanese pop culture, this is synonymous with the loanword "ESPer" (or "esper" or however you want to capitalize it).

When the US promo videos for the R1 MoHS release first came out, they used the word "psychic". By the second video, they were using "ESPer", apparently due to fan feedback. I mention this to (neutrally) point out that some people seem to feel strongly about this.

I forgot what word Haruhi uses for "sliders", but I think it's probably "besekaijin" (again, possibly incorrect romanization), judging from my (Japanese) copy of that Newtype special from way back when. Translates to "different world person", and since "people from another world/dimension" is unwieldy, I can't think of anything better than "slider".
異 is い, so 異世界人 is "isekaijin".
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Old 2008-09-18, 18:45   Link #12068
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異 is い, so 異世界人 is "isekaijin".
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Old 2008-09-18, 18:47   Link #12069
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I stand (well, sit) corrected. Should have looked it up in the dictionary.
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Old 2008-09-18, 21:42   Link #12070
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I would also like to point out that anime fandom has been using "esper" for a long time. Earliest that I could think of is Kimagure Orange Road.

Other possible translations;

"Chounoryoukusha" - Supermen, metahumans? (with regards to DC comics)

"Isekaijin" - Otherworlder?
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Old 2008-09-19, 01:02   Link #12071
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異 is い, so 異世界人 is "isekaijin".
Lousy unreliable electronic dictionary... It has 異 in the kanji dictionary, but won't actually let it come up anywhere else.
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Old 2008-09-19, 03:00   Link #12072
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Of course if I had my way it'd be "Psychonaut", not Esper, so naff.

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Old 2008-09-19, 03:13   Link #12073
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Of course if I had my way it'd be "Psychonaut", not Esper
Well if we're going to play that game, I'd rather see "Planeswalker" than "Slider"
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Old 2008-09-19, 03:40   Link #12074
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I don't see MTG coexisting with Haruhi at all. Whereas I would love to see Suzumiya viewed through a Tim Schafer lense.

It would be WILD.
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Old 2008-09-19, 06:53   Link #12075
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Yes esper has been around in japanese anime for a long time. Since the golden age of super robots, Gundam, Reideen and such, espers have been used to describe people with special abilities, not just limited to its original meaning of 'Extra Sensory Perceptioners'.
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lol if there were sliders, Konata would come to Haruhi's world... as a slider XD
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Yes esper has been around in japanese anime for a long time. Since the golden age of super robots, Gundam, Reideen and such, espers have been used to describe people with special abilities, not just limited to its original meaning of 'Extra Sensory Perceptioners'.
Yeah, in Japanese culture. I think it sounds really quite awkward in English.
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lol if there were sliders, Konata would come to Haruhi's world... as a slider XD
Nonono... After a certain dating sim, Konata's would be Haruki's Servant Saber.
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Nonono... After a certain dating sim, Konata's would be Haruki's Servant Saber.
At this point, I'll bet Konata is more looking forward to the planned remake of the first game by the same company (from before the company turned pro).

And by the way, it's not a dating sim. Yes, it has romantic elements (and H-scenes in the PC version), but "action/adventure story" is a much better description (despite being a visual novel and not having actual action gameplay, like in other VNs such as the one with all the animal-eared and -tailed people and the main character having a mask he couldn't remove).
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I don't see MTG coexisting with Haruhi at all.
Yuki is a Blue Wizard(same for the other interfaces, really) that has the power to remove anything that damages her from the game.
Mikuru is a 1/1 White Citizen with flash and some bizarre way to suspend herself.
Itsuki is a Blue/Red somethingorother with "Threshold - ~ gets +3/+3 and gain flying"
Kyon is a Green Human vanilla creature with flavor text questioning why he doesn't have any abilities.
Haruhi... is a face-down Akroma, Angel of Fury

*e* I'd like to make a correction: Kyon's a 1/3 Green Human (whatever) with the ability to flip red legendary creatures with morph face-down.
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