Current obsession: Nomenclature for the Fierce Deity in Zelda.
I think it is cool how the name changes depending on what language you play the game in. And by that I don’t mean translation in itself.
There are different implications linked to each name.
Let me give you three examples:
English - Fierce Deity
Japanese: 鬼神 (Kishin)
German: Grimmige Gottheit (Grumpy Deity)
I think it is really interesting how expectations one has for the character, and quite frankly even perception of the character, can change so much with name alone. The behavior and traits one associates with the character as well as underlying implications about motivations one projects onto the Fierce Deity changes depending on localization.
In English, he just sounds powerful, his name pure strength. He sounds almost neutral. Yes, he will obliterate an enemy, but his name does not give away much else.
鬼神 implies a certain madness to the character. 鬼神 used to be human, a fact reflected in Link wearing the mask. The signs by themselves 鬼 (oni) and 神 (god) imply some evil spirit being housed within. Oni are often compared to demons, so dark creatues with ill intentions.
In German, the very name suggests an unhappy camper. This Deity does not want to be messed with. He isn’t kind, he isn’t there to cause good. The implication is that he is a reluctant helper.
All in all, I don’t think this was intended by nintendo or any of the translators. But it’s a neat detail to think about...
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EDIT: please reblog this version which has some clarifications!
EDIT: stop reblogging this at all! leave me alone! if you want it on your blog that bad literally copy paste and repost it idc!
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