Christmas episode… in September? What?
Episode 11: Torrent
“Merikuri” (which is what she says, short for Merry Christmas) isn’t actually that unusual, but we didn’t think “Merrymas” sounded that bad. We couldn’t find good English shortenings for “Akeome” (short for “akemashite omedetou”, “Happy New Year”) and “kotoyoro” (short for “kotoshi mo yoroshiku etc.”, “let’s get along this year as well”) so those just got turned into Happy New Year later in the episode.
If you have a good memory and stuff you don’t need this explained, since Karen explains it for you in episode 3 (I think). Karen’s name means “beautiful” (well, more like the dainty kind of beautiful, but whatever).
I’m like 90% British people do use “holiday” like that, but I’m not sure.
In the first episode, we dealt with the English lines (namely the ones that came with Japanese subtitles) by translating the Japanese subtitles into English. Obviously, this sometimes resulted in a line that wasn’t exactly the same as what was being said. The reasoning behind this is that the Japanese scriptwriter most likely wrote the Japanese line first, and then had it translated into questionable English, so the Japanese line is closer to the creator’s intention. Therefore, we decided to translate the subtitles into our subtitles (thus maximizing information as well).
However, we received countless complaints and flames about “changing” the lines. To me, there wasn’t anything to change — only lines to translate. And we could do a better job than whoever translated the writer’s original Japanese lines into English. Unfortunately, pretty much no one agreed. Therefore, this time, we presented the lines just as they are spoken in the audio.
There are some places where the English audio straight up doesn’t make sense. The Japanese subtitle says その通りです (“that is the way it is”, roughly), meaning that the events Karen just described actually happened. But that isn’t “that’s right”. “That’s right” (when combined with our translation of the previous line) implies that Alice is saying “it is correct that Karen dreamed about that stuff”.
So let’s see, how could we have worded the first line to make “that’s right” make sense?
Nope. Pretty sure any way you do it, Alice’s “that’s right” ends up referring to the entirety of whatever Karen’s trying to say. And Karen is trying to talk about her dream. You either have to leave out the bit about the dream or change Alice’s line. And leaving out the bit about the dream is a little too, well, not right.