This is kind of interesting.
I was randomly browsing for screencaps of Kunizuka and stumbled across a Japanese blog. What’s so interesting about that, you might ask.
Well, it translates reactions/responses to Psycho-Pass from MyAnimeList into Japanese! I found that a bit interesting, since the only instances where I’ve seen people translate non-celebrity-or-important-ish people’s stuff (e.g. not Word of God tweets or seiyuu blogs or stuff from official sources) is translations of random 4chan anon stuff into English.
Source material: http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=544123
Translation (into Japanese): http://cough.cocolog-nifty.com/blog/2013/01/psycho-pass-12-.html
It’s kind of… funny to me, in a sense? That someone out there considers the people on MAL (and their opinions) important enough to translate. You might wonder why — or you might not, and I really don’t care either way — but it’s funny to me because… 90% of the people talking about Psycho-Pass on MAL don’t even know what they’re saying. And I wish this was only me being elitist (which I am, actually) but it’s not. For example, I was terribly confused when someone started talking about a “loved Inspector”. Who were they referring to, in the context of ep 12? Further reading revealed that it was none other than Sasayama. You know, the jerk who kept sexually harassing Kunizuka and Karanomori and then got plastinated by that high school teacher? Yeah, him.
So… there are people out there who can’t even be arsed to remember Sasayama’s a) not an Inspector but an Enforcer, or that b) Kougami already said Sasayama was a bit of a douchebag. I thought (b) was fairly memorable, since people usually don’t speak ill of the dead, and paint a lovely rose-tinted version of how they were. But Kougami speaks frankly to Akane about Sasayama when she asked about what sort of person Sasayama was. And I mean, sure, I hate misogynistic jerkass douchebags as much as the next person, but do I think he deserved to be turned into… that pile of unrecognisable, plastinated flesh and bone because of it? No. And yet these are the people who seem somehow ‘surprised’ that he was a jerk, or that he was ‘loved’ despite being such a jerk. I’m sure we ALL have someone in our lives who is unbearable in some way or another, and yet we still tolerate (and love, and whose death we would mourn) because we just do.
Or — and I admit this is more of a personal pet peeve than anything — someone who doesn’t even remember Kunizuka Yayoi’s name. Despite it, you know, being mentioned like twenty times in the show this episode. She’s just “ponytail woman”. I mean, I can think of a better name off the top of my head: “the (lady/woman/female) Enforcer”. “The woman with the ponytail”. I don’t know. I feel like “ponytail woman” reduces her to something she’s not. Probably would go over as well as me calling Kougami “hedgehog dude”.
Or people who can’t even spell ‘Sibyl’. Or people who think Sasayama’s ‘badass” (???). How… badass is it to treat civilians as “she’s pretty much a criminal, let’s just finish her off along with him too! :D”? How badass is it to be happy about blowing people up? Like, really? And in case Sasayama kind of forgot, he’s a latent criminal too. He could easily be on the ‘being blown up’ side of things. And from his language it sounds like he wants to blow the hostage up instead of subduing her with a paralysing shot — because a) Dominator will /not/ authorise a paralysing shot on her anyway, since her Coefficeint isn’t over 100 (it’s 98.3) and b) Dominator will only authorise a lethal shot because the only person they can shoot is the hostage taker’s, whose Coefficient easily exceeds the threshold for a lethal shot.
And again, this is more of a personal preference sort of thing, but — people are saying this OP sucks like the previous one didn’t. :D (I’ll agree this one sucks more than the previous one though. The previous one was more atmospheric, and this new OP is just cacophonous. I didn’t really like the thinness of the vocals in the old one though.) The EDs by EGOIST were nice though.
Or oh oh oh, this one takes the cake — someone who thought Kunizuka was Akane this episode. Yes, yes, I think Kunizuka looks just like Akane too! You know, if she dyed her hair brown, cut her hair, put in some contacts, completely changed her personality, chopped off her feet to shave off several inches from her height, and had a vocal chord surgery! How amazing is it that great minds think alike?
Or, oh yes, someone who likes Kunizuka’s old look because, and I quote,
cause more of Yayoi’s chest shows. Them I did not think her breasts were that big. That’s pretty big IMO. I will leave at that and Yayoi sure has a nice body. No wonder Yuri Blondie likes it. It’s quite firm too.
Thank you, Mr. Self-professed-34-year-old Neanderthal. Thank you ever so much. I suspect he has either never actually touched breasts in his (self-professed) thirty-four years of existence, or has only felt up women who’ve had breast implants. Breasts, for those not in the know, do not act like a) water balloons, b) wobbly jelly, or c) silicone. Having a firm spot/lump in one’s breasts is probably cause for alarm. And, a cursory check of his MAL profile reveals that he claims to be a ‘proud virgin’. Yes, I rest my case.
Could probably be more of a convincing ‘proud virgin’ if, you know, he wouldn’t actually want to shove his Tab A into the nearest Slot B if he could. Too bad women tend to dislike misogynistic jackasses.
A hint to all virgin heterosexual/bisexual males out there: Please, for the love of everything beautiful and euphonous, do not ever pretend to know how breasts or vaginas feel like unless you’ve actually touched or have had contact with them in any meaningful way. It’s really obvious when you’re just making it up, okay? And it sounds really pathetic, so don’t do it. This might come as a surprise to you, but… anime, hentai, and porn do not represent women’s bodies accurately.
N.B. ‘Proud virgins’ probably don’t call themselves proud virgins. Celibacy, abstinence, etc. are all probably better words. Calling yourself a ‘proud virgin’ is kind of like… stamping your own forehead with ‘I’m a loser who can’t get laid but still desperately wishes to lose my virginity… why won’t (wo)men like me? =(‘ in bright red ink.
Ah, sorry. Before I got so wonderfully derailed by Mr. Neanderthal, I was talking about translating stuff in English into Japanese! I also found it interesting because of said blogger’s views — the blog title says, “The overseas impression of episode 12 is that Sibyl System takes the place of a dictator in a fascist government”. I’ve always found it interesting that in Japan, the only distinction made is “Japan” or “not in Japan”. You see this a lot when you’re signing up for things — either they don’t provide any option for people living out of Japan (like, there isn’t even an “Other” category when you have to choose the location you’re from), or at best they provide 海外 (living abroad). It’s kind of cute… when Japan only takes up 0.074% of the Earth’s whole surface area (377,944 km2/510,072,000 km2, according to The Other Wiki).
Anyway, that whole ‘overseas/abroad’ category… is then further condensed into one individual’s opinions. Even cuter. Even if a) I also live abroad and b) I see it as a fascist government as well.
And it’s interesting to see how translating from English to Japanese works. The blogger/translator in question made a point of checking each person’s MAL profile to see whether they listed themselves as male or female, and translated accordingly (since speech patterns are quite different for those who want to present as masculine and those who want to present as feminine — at the very least you have to know which first-person pronoun to use! e.g. watashi, atashi, ore, boku, and so on).
And the blogger makes really wide generalisations about ‘overseas anime fans’ —
Thus far [overseas fans] have only had praise for this series. Finally we see them express displeasure in their comments.
This extends to other series as well, but overseas fans seem to expect and want series to be fast-paced constantly.
A change of pace is necessary at times too, surely.
Since I’ve linked to the the post in question, it would be really fun (and kind of meta!) if s/he were to read this. :D In any case, I find the wiiiide generalisations amusing. Can’t really help it if the people who post on the MAL discussion forums are impatient and prefer fast-paced stuff, can you? It would probably make as much sense if I went and said something preposterous like, “All Japanese people are pitiful otaku.” <– that’s just… being derisive and racist, really. Gotta love Japan and its xenophobia. <– I’m aware this is a sweeping generalisation, but one that’s actually kind of true for the most part. You don’t know how many times I’ve read things where Japanese people make derisive comments about people “overseas” in Japanese, as though foreigners couldn’t possibly know how to read or understand their language.
Oh and I wish I found this earlier:
Kunizuka Yayoi: 170 cm (5’7″)
Karanomori Shion: 168 cm (5’6″)
Though on second thought, that might not be Shion’s height exactly, since she usually wears heels! And the relative heights here aren’t for how tall they are, but their height in their usual attire.
Oh, and I took a peek at cosplays of Kunizuka over at Curecos as well. Nothing stood out to me as particularly ‘in character’. None of them were… cool enough to be Kunizuka. They stand funny, like they’re trying too hard to be cool. But the MySpace angles don’t really work in their favour either. I’m not that fond of cosplayers who think using the Japanese version of a ‘duck face’ for ALL characters they cosplay is an effective means to anything.
And funnily enough, even though Ginoza is taller than Kougami by 3 cm (see sketch above), a lot of girls seem to like to cosplay as Ginoza (?). And they put their tallest guy as Kougami.
P.S. Does anyone else think Kunizuka looks like she could be some sort of space trooper with that outfit? Come on, I want something cooler for her. =( Punk rock? Goth? Something. Preferably with her hair down.