What do you think about NISAmerica's localization of Ouma's lines in general, especially in chapter 5?
Both of these questions deal with pretty much
the same issue, so I’ll be answering them both together. Also, Ouma’s
localization in particular is something I’ve been wanting to discuss ever since
I got to about midway through Chapter 4 in particular, so now that I’m finally
finished playing the localization in general, I’m glad to have a chance to talk
about it specifically. I’ll be saving my thoughts on the rest of the
localization for other posts, but for this one in particular, I really do want
to talk about what happened to Ouma’s characterization in particular.
First and foremost, I want to say: these are my
personal thoughts on the matter. I’m not here to bash on other people’s
translation work, moreso with the amount of effort and detail that’s required
for translation. Some of the errors that occurred throughout the course of the
localization were not, in fact, due to any one translator but were instead the
natural result of what happens when you have four translators working on
different characters—that is to say, a simple lack of context and communication.
Several lines were drastically mistranslated simply because the translators
didn’t know what the character immediately beforehand had said, and this caused
some confusion in the process.
However, it is a fact that much of Ouma’s
characterization, particularly in Chapter
5, suffered as a result of this localization and the translation choices that were
taken. In fact, some of the most important, plot-relevant scenes concerning
Ouma were translated in a way that I believe makes it much more difficult for
people who have only played the localization (and therefore had no access to
the original lines) to understand his motivations, his thought process, or his
character in general.
This entire post is going to be very, very long,
namely because I tried to go in-depth and double-check all the original
Japanese text before writing. I’ve bolded some of the points I felt were most
pivotal to what the localization messed up. Huge spoilers for the whole game
are under the read more, so be careful if you’re trying to stay spoiler-free!
Aphasia: The disorder that makes you lose your words
It’s hard to imagine being unable to turn thoughts into words. But, if the delicate web of language networks in your brain became disrupted by stroke, illness or trauma, you could find yourself truly at a loss for words. This disorder, called “aphasia,” can impair all aspects of communication. Approximately 1 million people in the U.S. alone suffer from aphasia, with an estimated 80,000 new cases per year. About one-third of stroke survivors suffer from aphasia, making it more prevalent than Parkinson’s disease or multiple sclerosis, yet less widely known.
There are several types of aphasia, grouped into two categories: fluent (or “receptive”) aphasia and non-fluent (or “expressive”) aphasia.
People with fluent aphasia may have normal vocal inflection, but use words that lack meaning. They have difficulty comprehending the speech of others and are frequently unable to recognize their own speech errors.
People with non-fluent aphasia, on the other hand, may have good comprehension, but will experience long hesitations between words and make grammatical errors. We all have that “tip-of-the-tongue” feeling from time to time when we can’t think of a word. But having aphasia can make it hard to name simple everyday objects. Even reading and writing can be difficult and frustrating.
It’s important to remember that aphasia does not signify a loss in intelligence. People who have aphasia know what they want to say, but can’t always get their words to come out correctly. They may unintentionally use substitutions, called “paraphasias” – switching related words, like saying dog for cat, or words that sound similar, such as house for horse. Sometimes their words may even be unrecognizable.
So, how does this language-loss happen? The human brain has two hemispheres. In most people, the left hemisphere governs language. We know this because in 1861, the physician Paul Broca studied a patient who lost the ability to use all but a single word: “tan.” During a postmortem study of that patient’s brain, Broca discovered a large lesion in the left hemisphere, now known as “Broca’s area.” Scientists today believe that Broca’s area is responsible in part for naming objects and coordinating the muscles involved in speech. Behind Broca’s area is Wernicke’s area, near the auditory cortex. That’s where the brain attaches meaning to speech sounds. Damage to Wernicke’s area impairs the brain’s ability to comprehend language. Aphasia is caused by injury to one or both of these specialized language areas.
Fortunately, there are other areas of the brain which support these language centers and can assist with communication. Even brain areas that control movement are connected to language. Our other hemisphere contributes to language too, enhancing the rhythm and intonation of our speech. These non-language areas sometimes assist people with aphasia when communication is difficult.
However, when aphasia is acquired from a stroke or brain trauma, language improvement may be achieved through speech therapy. Our brain’s ability to repair itself, known as “brain plasticity,” permits areas surrounding a brain lesion to take over some functions during the recovery process. Scientists have been conducting experiments using new forms of technology, which they believe may encourage brain plasticity in people with aphasia.
Meanwhile, many people with aphasia remain isolated, afraid that others won’t understand them or give them extra time to speak. By offering them the time and flexibility to communicate in whatever way they can, you can help open the door to language again, moving beyond the limitations of aphasia.
going to wait to see Armin’s Titan form properly before posting
this, but that might be never, so here it is now! I’ll
update if we ever do get to see it.
lore is something I hope Isayama will reveal in more detail, as there is still so
much of it we don’t know. One of the most controversial moments in
the story was when Armin gained the power of the Colossal Titan.
Let’s see what Isayama did to set up this story event, and if it can
reveal anything about the Nine, the Colossal Titan specifically.
Bertholdt are unique in that they’re thrown against each other, in
a similar way to Eren and Reiner. During the Clash Arc, while the
rest of the 104th try to appeal to Reiner and Bertholdt,
they question why they would betray them, calling back on their times
in training. Mikasa is purely antagonistic towards them, she pushes
past that and is focused on getting Eren back, ignoring Bertholdt’s
pleas. Armin’s antagonism towards Bertholdt is something different.
He is notably the only one who doesn’t say anything in this scene,
but he is the focus of a panel when Bertholdt says “Someone has to
stain their hands in blood” (to that effect).
faces Bertholdt later, he takes advantage of Bertholdt’s feelings
for Annie. This attack is such a deeply personal thing, beyond attacking “humanity’s enemies”. In doing
so, he shattered whatever friendship they had beyond repair. No one
else in the story does this with Bertholdt. Armin goes further than
needing to get the job done, he toys with Bertholdt, he’s gratuitous
in his words, shocking even Eren who knows Armin better than anyone.
The distraction works; Bertholdt is furious. He loses his temper and
tries to attack Armin. “Children of the devil”, the first time we
have any indication of why the Warriors believe the people in the
walls should die. This is the first time he deliberately targets
Armin, but wouldn’t be the last.
significant confrontation they have is in the Return Arc, and the
confrontation on the roof.
is a different character at this point, and this is a different
situation to the Clash Arc. This time he has allies, they have a plan, they
have the clear advantage, they’re so close to finishing their job.
Bertholdt in this arc has a clear head, he’s calm, to the point of being unnerving. Armin makes the mistake of thinking he’s the
same as when they last met, which ignites Bertholdt’s anger again,
but he’s learnt from his mistakes and is very aware of the soldiers
around him. He listens to Armin, he tells him that he will accept
nothing less than handing Eren over and everyone dying. This goes
against what they’ve said in previous arcs: that they would leave
the walled people alone if they handed Eren over. Bertholdt also attacks
Armin exactly where he needs to: he goes straight for Armin’s
insecurities, something he has not been able to deal with.
know, as long as you’re standing there shaking, you aren’t able to do
Armin harder than I think even Armin expected, and he freezes up,
going so far as to ask Jean to take over command for him. Where Armin
had previously tormented Bertholdt by using his feelings for Annie,
so Bertholdt uses Armin’s insecurities against him. They both use deeply intimate and personal traits against one another.
transforms, and after a time Armin comes up with a plan, sacrificing
everything he has to give Eren the opening to defeat Bertholdt.
interactions between Bertholdt and Armin throughout the story have
built up to this scene. Armin is horrifically burnt by the steam of
the Colossal Titan, and it is through doing this that Bertholdt meets
his downfall. Armin receives the serum, and Bertholdt is eaten by the
very person he had tried to kill.
As we can
see from previous interactions, Armin has been singled out numerous
times when it comes to Bertholdt. Isayama specifically focuses on
Armin when he reacts to Bertholdt eating a person during their
Armin is focused on during Bertholdt’s “hands stained with
blood” scene. The concept of descendants of the devil is introduced
through the reaction that Bertholdt has to Armin’s words.
wise, Bertholdt and Armin are quiet and unassuming. They don’t draw
attention to themselves, they fade into the background when around
their louder, more extroverted and confident friends. They both have
the same mannerisms, they both are the only male characters in the
series to use “boku” rather than “ore”, a reflection of their
personalities and how they present themselves.
of passing on shifter powers is shown to be as intimate as it is
(I’d go as far to say it’s violating, especially considering the context of how it happened here). It’s mentioned numerous times in the narrative that the
previous shifters live on in the current one, their memories alive in
them. Bloodlines play a role in that memories are more easily
accessible when a Titan power is inherited into the same family, but
as we see with Porco in chapter 93, the memories are still very much
accessible without that. That Armin and Bertholdt, two characters who
are so very much alike, yet on opposite sides on the battlefield,
have been placed together like this is no coincidence. We don’t know
if Bertholdt’s memories will affect Armin, or if he will even receive
them at all but, narratively speaking, that Armin, out of all the
characters, was chosen is no coincidence at all. The sheer irony that
Armin inherited the very same power that so nearly killed him
brings us to the Colossal Titan.
The CT is
the icon of the series. Characters call it “The God of
Destruction”. It’s capable of massive devastation, levelling entire
battlefields during transformation alone. It was the catalyst that
began our story. It was also in the possession of a shy, quiet boy.
It was passed on to another shy, quiet boy, coincidentally the first
of the main cast to lay eyes on it.
me wonder if the shifters are determined by fate already, before
they’re born; everything already decided for the past, present and
future. The Attack Titan has been inherited by people whose “eyes that could burn the world to ashes”. The Armoured Titan was
inherited by Reiner, who we learn was never meant to have it. If
Reiner has his way, it’ll be inherited by Falco, who would have also
only received it by way of intervention. Were these people always
destined to host the Titans? With Armin and Bertholdt’s antagonistic
relationship all leading up to the final battle and the similarities
between them, one could almost think it was all destiny.
the Titans themselves could be sentient, only “awakening” rarely. The
145th King made a deal with the Founding Titan. Eren has a dream of the Attack Titan after hardening for the first time. Armin sees
the Colossal Titan looking down at him while weeping.
Was this a
vision of Bertholdt, or perhaps the Colossal Titan itself, weeping
for the tragedy the Eldian people have to endure? What is it about
Armin and Bertholdt that this Titan was passed on to them? Is it
fate, or all just an unhappy coincidence that both the inheritors
share so much?
Hopefully these questions will be answered at some point in the future.
although weirdly enough out of all the people i can remember pete interacting with in the show, as far as i can tell, hes only taller than sonny and daniela,, which is weird to think about, he just seems really tall because he literally only stands by tiny tiny sonny
even so! he’s the perfect height,,
the perfect height difference for hugs and forehead kisses,, how lucky we all are
Summary: You’re a historian who agreed to help Lin through his writer’s block. You’re taken with him immediately and spend a lot of the time being distracted by the charming company you’re keeping.
Word Count: 1,127
Warnings: y i k e s. nothing really though.
A/N: Literally, @gratitudejoyandsorrow is a blessing and patiently played my soundboard all day and @l-nmanuel is absolutely a m a z i n g. This fic would’ve found a new home in the trash bin if not for these two. __________________________
It was a friend of a friend, who had this friend, who knew someone who needed your assistance. They told you that he had ideas that he couldn’t possibly get down on paper without help and you were the perfect person to do it. You normally would brush the idea off but after having spent weeks pent up with your newest research paper, getting out and about didn’t seem like such a bad idea. You figured if nothing else, some fresh air and coffee out of a cup that wasn’t your Columbia University mug would do you some good.
That’s how you found yourself walking into the coffee shop that you had been instructed to be at, at the exact time you were instructed to be there. The soft chime of the bell drew a few eyes to you but no one stood up so you figured he wasn’t there yet. You took the opportunity to order coffee and find a table by the window, pulling out your notebook and scrawling down anything you thought might help the paper you were returning to tonight.