Driftwood in the Internet Sea: Translations of Foreign Comments

As a US fan of anime, I can’t help wondering what “the other side of the pond” thinks. It took me a long time to realize, though, that the Japanese feel the same way. There’s a surprising number of Japanese blogs translating the comments of foreign anime fans into Japanese; I list some at the end of this article. What’s even weirder, though, is seeing your own comments translated back into Japanese. I hope I don’t give a bad impression…!:

Responding to a criticism of Strike Witches, “without the moe, nobody would watch it”:

http://seichi-nippon.com/anime/strikewitches/s2-ep1

俺はこのアニメのすべての要素を楽しんでる。萌え要素がなかった時は、一般的な第二次世界大戦の事件を。軍事ネタがなかった時は、一般的な百合ファンサービスアニメとして。このアニメがユニークなのは様々な要素が調和しているからだね。

一方で、俺はストーリーやアニメでのポジティブな教訓なども心から楽しんでいる。このアニメには癒しの効果があるね。そして戦争や歴史が女性中心化しているのは記号論的にとっても魅力的だよ。俺はストライクウィッチーズを多くの視点から楽しんでいる・・・これからもファンを続けていくだろうね。SW(ストライクウィッチーズ)のことを素晴らしいアニメだと思っていないと書いている人がいたけど、俺は正直言って素晴らしいアニメだと思っているよ。

(俺がストライクウィッチーズの抱き枕を3個持っていることについては触れるべきなのだろうか?そして他のキャラの抱き枕も手に入れたいのを我慢しているということも?)

Original English:

“I enjoy all the parts of the show. If it didn’t have the moe aspect, it’d be some generic WWII drama. If it didn’t have the military aspect, it’d be some generic yuri fanservice show. It’s their union that makes the show unique.

On the other hand, I also genuinely enjoy the story and the show’s positive messages. The show has a healing effect. And the whole feminization of war and history is just really fascinating on semiotic level. I enjoy Strike Witches on tons of levels…I could fanboy on and on about it. Someone else said they don’t think SW is a “brilliant” show. I honestly do think it’s brilliant.”

(Should I mention that I own three SW dakimakuras? And I’m trying to restrain myself from getting more of the cast?) (Their emphasis)



When news broke of Gonzo (the animation studio) having financial problems:

http://suzacu.blog42.fc2.com/blog-entry-36.html

私はゴンゾを最後まで愛する。たとえたった一人になっても。ゴンゾが厳しい経営危機を乗りきってくれることを心から願っている。ゴンゾは大好きなスタジオの一つなんだ。

大勢の人がここぞとばかりゴンゾを叩きまくっているが、まったく同意できない。

今期のアニメに限定しても、シャングリ・ラはまだ見ていないが、咲-Saki-はとても良く出来ている。

Original English:

“Well, I’m at least one person who loves Gonzo and wishes them well in this tough economic climate. They’re one of my favorite studios, and I think a lot of the bashing they get is completely unwarranted. I haven’t been watching Shangri-la, but Saki is coming out pretty darn well this season.”


On the first episode of “Hanamaru Kindergarten”:

http://animeng.blog5.fc2.com/blog-entry-403.html

1話観たよ

ユニークだし,絵や色もカラフルで良かった

プロットはこれから発展していくんだろうけど男性保母さんの奮闘ぶりが面白い

エピソードを観てエロゲ設定みたいだとは思ったね,桜ルート,山本ルート,名前は知らないけどメガネの先生ルート

Original English:

“That certainly was unique. It’s funny how a late night anime is so reminiscent of the typical early morning kids slot.

The art direction is alright; it’s a really bright and colorful show. So far it seems to favor comedy over plot, but the “struggles of a male kindergarten teacher” angle is pretty good. We still have a lot more time to get acquainted with and grow to care about the other characters. I couldn’t help thinking throughout the episode “This is like an eroge set-up!” Sakura route, Yamamoto route, route with one of the other 2nd-year Kindergarten teachers (the glasses one seemed kind of interested in him, ww).”


When Haruhi randomly appeared for a few seconds in a Canadian Tylenol commercial (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMo_dmUrW2A):

http://shirouto.seesaa.net/pages/user/iphone/article?article_id=124576456

あのビッチが頭痛薬のコマーシャルに出てくるなんて完全に筋が通ってるじゃないか。

Original English:

“And of course it makes perfect sense that the bitch is in a commercial for a headache medication.”

…Yeah, I’m a Yuki Nagato fan. But some people in the comments found it funny enough to “ワロタww” (“I lol’ed”) about.


Here are a few Japanese blogs which translate the comments of overseas fans; even without speaking Japanese, Google Translate makes them interesting reading:

http://mistranslationdialy.blog49.fc2.com
http://seichi-nippon.com
http://shirouto.seesaa.net
http://honyakulespaul.blog134.fc2.com
http://animeng.blog5.fc2.com
http://overseasreaction.blog2.fc2.com
…or videos on NicoNico Douga with the tag “海外の反応シリーズ

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