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Sword Art Online - Names and Terminology

Postby Darklor » Thu Dec 16, 2010 10:54 pm

This thread is for the discussion about the inconsistencies already found and the new questions which will probably arise in future translations.
Please don't mind my bad english since I'm german.

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Re: Sword Art Online - Names and Terminology

Postby Kenenaa » Sat Mar 05, 2011 9:09 am

When I got to the translations for the picture with Asuna, Liz, Scilica, and Lyfa, I sorta got confused on what names I should use for the races.

Punching in the exact word into wikipedia, I got:
Asuna = ウインディーネ = Undine
Lizbeth = レプラコーン = Leprechaun
Scilica = ケットシー = Cait Sith
and Lyfa being a Sylph as being agreed upon far, far before. But Undine and Cait Sith have several spellings, so which should i use?
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Re: Sword Art Online - Names and Terminology

Postby Mystes » Sat Mar 05, 2011 6:07 pm

Shouldn't it be moved to Lingua Franca Lexicon?
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Re: Sword Art Online - Names and Terminology

Postby KuroiHikari » Thu Mar 10, 2011 5:23 pm

Kenenaa wrote:When I got to the translations for the picture with Asuna, Liz, Scilica, and Lyfa, I sorta got confused on what names I should use for the races.

Punching in the exact word into wikipedia, I got:
Asuna = ウインディーネ = Undine
Lizbeth = レプラコーン = Leprechaun
Scilica = ケットシー = Cait Sith
and Lyfa being a Sylph as being agreed upon far, far before. But Undine and Cait Sith have several spellings, so which should i use?


I don't really think the different spellings will make too much difference as long as the spellings are kept the same throughout the translation.
Why don't you make a choice and put down a list of fixed translated names for translators to follow.
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Re: Sword Art Online - Names and Terminology

Postby Kenenaa » Fri Mar 18, 2011 2:08 pm

I'd personally like to keep them like that since that's what was used to translate the spoilers in vol. 1~4 so far, but since rnn and his team are taking over the ALO arc, I directed him to this forum and...yeah.
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Re: Sword Art Online - Names and Terminology

Postby Hayate-sama » Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:10 pm

Any suggestion for the English counterpart of this In-game Nickname:

シンカー = Simca ?
ユリエール = ?
キバオウ=?
レコン = Rekon or Recon
ジータクス = ? (no idea for this)
アリシャ・ルー = Alicia Rue ? ( Google suggest this)
ユージーン = Eugene ( another Google suggestion)
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Re: Sword Art Online - Names and Terminology

Postby ThinkLife » Sun Apr 10, 2011 5:51 pm

Regarding Asuna's name, should there be a distinction between "亚丝娜" and "明日奈" (from Chinese raws; does this apply to Japanese raws?) in English? And also, why exactly is she called "明日奈"?
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Re: Sword Art Online - Names and Terminology

Postby larethian » Sun Apr 10, 2011 6:30 pm

明日奈 is Asuna. 明(A)日(su) 奈 (na)
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Re: Sword Art Online - Names and Terminology

Postby kuroi_shinigami » Sun Apr 10, 2011 9:47 pm

Hayate-sama wrote:Any suggestion for the English counterpart of this In-game Nickname:

シンカー = Simca ?
ユリエール = ?
キバオウ=?
レコン = Rekon or Recon
ジータクス = ? (no idea for this)
アリシャ・ルー = Alicia Rue ? ( Google suggest this)
ユージーン = Eugene ( another Google suggestion)


シンカー = Sinker
ユリエール = Yuriel
キバオウ= Kiba-ou
ジータクス = The Turks(?), the romanization should be Jiitakusu but ジ could also be read as The
アリシャ・ルー = Alicia Rue or Alisha Rue
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Re: Sword Art Online - Names and Terminology

Postby Asian_InvAsian » Fri Apr 15, 2011 8:44 pm

So I was re-reading Volume 1 of SAO and I came across "Agas" which is the company that designed SAO. I then had a sudden thought that maybe it's actually spelt "Aegis" because I've come across the term numerous times before in anime and JRPGs. Could this be a possibility?
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Re: Sword Art Online - Names and Terminology

Postby Ushwood » Fri Apr 15, 2011 11:34 pm

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It's most probably "Argus"
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Re: Sword Art Online - Names and Terminology

Postby Sharramon » Fri Apr 22, 2011 9:53 pm

No I think it IS Agas.

Since if there was a 'r' in there the Japs would say 'A-ru-ga-su' but it was just 'A-ga-su'.
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Re: Sword Art Online - Names and Terminology

Postby Ushwood » Sat Apr 23, 2011 3:41 am

Sharramon wrote:Since if there was a 'r' in there the Japs would say 'A-ru-ga-su' but it was just 'A-ga-su'.
Look at the novel title :).
In katakana they often omit "r".

Anyway it's just a guess - I think both translations are okay... just need to stick to one of them throughout the novel.
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Re: Sword Art Online - Names and Terminology

Postby Guest » Sat Apr 23, 2011 11:15 am

@Sharramon

Well, Sword Art Online's romaji title is Soodo Aato Onrain and not Sorudo Aruto Onrain. Japan's pronunciation is always like that when there's an "r" after a vowel in most English words, you read them with a long "aa" sound. Example being: Vector = Vekutaa(not Vekutoru), Hard = Haado(not Harudo), Guard = Gaado(not Garudo), Versus = Vaasasu(not Varusasu) or Perfect = Paafekuto(not Parufekuto) etc etc.

So yeah, i think it's Argus instead of Agas.
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Re: Sword Art Online - Names and Terminology

Postby Tap » Tue Apr 26, 2011 12:59 am

Should be Argus.

The original was, "アーガス", which is also the name of several actual companies and a video game.
All which were romanised into "Argus".

If we're going to start changing those, can we consider changing "Full Dive" into "NERDLES" (NERv Direct Linkage Environment System) as well?
I believe it was localised into Korean as "Full Dive" or something, but it's "NERDLES" in the original (Japanese) work.

Also, "Fina" (the tamed dragon) was "Pina" in the original.
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