charmian said: ….Have they even read what the American reaction is? If they think that Americans only buy American things, they really haven’t been paying attention.
…..They’ve read SOME of the American reactions, mostly the easily-understood gifs and the Amazon Versus thing, so they know that the US reception is also rather bad but I doubt they’ve read the bulk of our discussion on it. That’s why they still think it’ll still be successful in the West. (And frankly? I don’t think they’re entirely wrong on that front, if rather far from right. Brand loyalty is powerful, and the game lending/TV feature is probably useful to US urbanites.)
Some people seem to know what the West are talking about in the discussion, but most of them seem to rely on other people to carry newsworthy discussion topics from Reddit/4chan to them. Which tend to be, ah, adjusted for maximum hilarity/schadenfreude rather than for factual consistency.
I mean, they were really pissed off about the whole ‘Windows 7 Demo machine’ thing, without even ONE mention in the threads that it’s basically old news at E3, so their knowledge seems a bit lacking more in-depth discussions.
(That said, the PS4 did use the real dev build.)
They sound pretty tame when turned into English, but various shades of ‘owakon’ ‘hahahaha omigod can this get even more crappy’ and ‘oh look American hubris’ and ‘Just what we expected out of America’ and ‘only Americans would buy this piece of crap, they only buy American things’.
Nevermind that Japan’s got Galapagos syndrome, of course.
Today I’d like to speak up on Equality. More specifically, the Equality of Asses and Rectums.
Case in point : you see a lot, lot of complaining, nose-wrinkling and other displays of physical and mental disdain at the tendency in BL/slash to treat the gay ass as a glorified vagina. I can understand this sentiment. Gays are a prosecuted group, and they likely feel a bit creeped out with being objectified and romanticised by women, of all things. Bad sex is also painful to read even if you’re not particularly turned on or off by sex in general, and I can only imagine what it’s like for people who are usually turned on by them. Not to mention that in some cases, you can only wince in the sheer ‘but, but I don’t think human biology is capable of that’ of it. (It should be noted, however, that BL in general has made great strides towards relatively possible anal sex since the 90’s, unless you’re reading one of the shoujo manga expy BLs, in which case, shame on you).
However, there is very little care about the health and safety issues of asses in male-oriented hentai. There’s just a lot of crickets chirping, shrugging, and ‘eh, it’s porn, we’ve got tentacles, it doesn’t need to be realistic, let us guys have our thing/let the guys have their thing’.
And if you’ve read any hentai involving anal sex at all, you’ll notice that all the tools that have became common in BL just doesn’t exist there. Lube? God forbid, the female asshole is just another vagina, don’t you know? It exists to stick a penis in. It autolubes. It has immense elastic properties. It doesn’t have the usual contents of large intestines in it, either, and hentai being hentai, the objectification of these asses/vagina tend to be a lot more prominent than Porn For Girls.
I don’t really think female asses are physically more elastic than male asses.
I demand that asses be treated more equally.
There’s a bit of pressure on the slash community that one type of ass is more equal than the other, and more worthy of a careful treatment. And if you don’t see the implications of greater things in there….well, you might want to rethink the matter a bit.
I understand the prosecution. I’m genderqueer, although as someone who doesn’t need to talk about that ever IRL I understand that my genderqueer is basically a First World Problem. However, to object to the objectification of one group and turn the blind eye to the objectification of another group (who has, let me point out, only recently gained the right to vote and the right to property and the right NOT to marry and still lead a productive life—-the latter of which is still being criticised in both Japanese/Western/any culture ever, when people thought political correctness is not looking) is not really the way to go.
Of course we’re not going to stop porn having ridiculous things in it. It’s porn, after all.
The question is, can’t we just deal with the fact that every group has the right to have their own porn? (That said, down with the argument that Women Shouldn’t Be Reading Porn It’s Not Womanly in general.)
Either object to the issue (or any issue you find squicky) in all porn, or don’t object at all. Let people have their fantasies and fetishes.
tl;dr, I’m fascinated by sex and the emotional baggage people brings into the subject of sex, which, in the end, seems like Much Ado Over Nothing. I’m upset when these Ado’s hint at thought processes that shouldn’t really be here in this day and age.
Hi! The Hetalia Kink Meme finally has a Tumblr! This blog will be used to post news about the kink meme, as well as to keep tabs on the request freeze rotation.
I’d greatly appreciate if this post could be reblogged as widely as possible—the more KM users follow this blog, the more useful it is as a resource! (But we’re also on Twitter, if that’s more convenient for you.)
IT’S ON DW.
For most of America, Psy is a funny name, a funny face, and a funny personality. He doesn’t sing in English and most people just don’t get it leaving most of them to not take him seriously. It’s easy to strip the significance behind “Gangnam Style” down if you don’t know what it means and solely find entertainment in the Asian guy shaking his hips. But what most people don’t realize is that Psy doesn’t take himself seriously. He’s a satirist and political dissident. “Gangnam Style” was a commentary, not just a fun pop tune with a silly dance.
Gangnam is Seoul’s wealthiest and flashiest neighborhood. For South Koreans, Gangnam represents the ideal life of excess and consumerism. Psy’s character in the video is a wannabe Gangnamite. He dreams he’s living the flashy, excessive lifestyle while he’s really just like everyone else, swimming in a public pool and riding the subway. But never in the video does it seem that Psy’s character is unhappy. He’s content to play in a children’s playground and meet the girl of his dreams in the subway. “Gangnam Style” is much more that we have made it, but that’s not surprising considering Psy’s background and how little we know about it.
In America, it seems like “Gangnam Style” was Psy’s big break when in fact the song had been released on his sixth studio album and his music career hadn’t been about making flashy and catchy songs. He believes music is the key to overcoming the intolerance embedded in his country’s political systems. Throughout his career, his songs have been banned for inappropriate content and have been surrounded by controversy, not to mention the fact that he fought his mandatory military draft.
Psy is a voice for his people. He’s fighting the oppression and intolerance he sees in his culture through his music. And by ignoring his worth and his value, we’re reducing the culture of South Korea into a short man with funny pants doing a ridiculous dance.” —
THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS
This, but it goes in all directions, really.
When I was a kid, I remember that everyone was saying American pop culture is all about masturbating in public, because Michael Jackson was doing his concert here with that crotch-touching thing of his.
Even now, we still think American culture is so much more sex-related than it really is, and we think Europeans are prudes. It’s kind of funny.
(In other news, reading Japanese thoughts on Microsoft’s PR stumbles has been….interesting. In related ways.)
Note: As the title suggested, this is a brief translation for the short story with Shigure featured on the game website in honor of his birthday. I have to note beforehand that my knowledge in Japanese is actually pretty crap. I depended on my current knowledge in the language and my Japanese dictionary book to translate this LOL. But I’m pretty sure I got most of them correct. There were also a few sentences that were EXTREMELY hard for me to translate so feel free correct me if you spot any mistakes! I guess I can take this as part of some sort of training to improve my Japanese LOL.
Hope you enjoyed the story as much as I did! I love Shigure so much. ;-;
‘Teito’ should be ‘Imperial Capital’ instead of Teito. It’s just the era-specific nickname for Tokyo, so if you want to go for a name, use ‘Tokyo’. (Japanese people typically didn’t call their capital by its actual name until post-WWII. It’s always just ‘the Capital’.)
It’s not ‘it’s a loving act’, it’s ‘it’s a beautiful act’. It’s not putting the item in your sleeves, it’s ‘gently, softly, slip the item into your beloved’s sleeves’. ‘Kimi’, in this case, is not ‘kimi’ as in ‘you’, but ‘kimi’ as in ‘itoshii no kimi’, ‘the esteemed person of your love’. Thusly, it’s very much not ‘Saga-kun’, it’s ‘Saga no Kimi’. If that sounds weird to you, go with ‘the Lady of Saga/The Lady of the Mountain Peaks’.
It’s not ‘is still done between girls’, it’s ‘I wonder if it’s the popular thing right now’, because prior to the Westernization, birthday gifts wasn’t a thing.
This should translate to, sans edits, ‘For starters, though the customs of celebrating birthdays may be well known among the highest of the social order, let alone having permeated down to the common folk. And for a mostly male organization like the Gohongatana, there was likely little room for such melancholy or sentimentalism.’
Shigure’s grandmother didn’t say that he’s born during the harvest season. She said ‘Of all the seasons you had to be born in it had to be the busiest time in the fields, you little rascal’. Otherwise, his next sentence wouldn’t even make sense.
This is more accurately “aging is no cause for celebration, it is merely the result of winning battles in the long war with hunger, cold and disease, nothing more.”
It didn’t say three sons. It says, ‘Though our boy has lived to be three, how can we know if he would to be four’. And it doesn’t exist ‘somewhere’, Kyou just says that it’s still the reality of this country, and for Shigure.
Also, ‘read the movement of the stars’ is more accurate to what Omi did than ‘studied astrology’. It sounds like it’s the easy way out of the translation, but the Gohongatana clan is based on Onmyoudou in some ways and that’s what they do.
Sorry for the long list, I’m a Nazi when it comes to translations. D: Shigure’s past and Kyou’s understanding of it always makes me wibble, though.
EDIT : Oops, made a mistake myself. Corrected. >_>
So according to Nakajo Rosa….the Shigure CD will have Omi saying the words for the resurrection spell.
WHICH resurrection spell.
Rewind : PS3 vs. Xbox 360 reveal
PS3 : “Our platform doesn’t just play games! Look at this Blu-ray and multimedia options. It’s an all-in-one multimedia platform for your living room! You’re going to want this because we said so! Also it’s a wee bit expensive but look at the value you get, it’s totally worth it. If you can’t afford it, just go get a second job or something!”
Xbox 360 : “LOL. Dear gamers! We’re about gaming the way you want it, no strings attached! And at a price you can afford! We know what you want and we’re not going to force stuff down your throat because it’s what we want or anything!”
Fast Forward : PS4 vs. Xbox One reveal
Xbox One : “Our platform doesn’t just play games! Look at this skype and NFL and TV integration! It’s an all-in-one multimedia platform for your living room! You’re going to want this because we said so! Also it requires internet and is a wee bit expensive but look at the value of the Kinect you get with it, it’s totally worth it. If you can’t use it because you don’t have internet or don’t live in a supported country, just go get a 360 or something!”
PS4 : “LOL. Dear gamers! We’re about gaming the way you want it, no strings attached! And at a price you can afford! We know what you want and we’re not going to force stuff down your throat because it’s what we want or anything!”
Conclusion : Sony staff were actually body snatchers who are now inhabiting the bodies of Microsoft staff. Nintendo might be next.
Reading over my old translations, I’m struck by how much they need editing for flow and smoothness. There’s quite a road ahead XD
My current translations read like a brick whenever I look at them for editing. *sigh*
One Box to rule them all
One Kinect to find them
One COD to bring them all
And in Xbox Live bind them
In the clouds of Microsoft, where region-locking lies.
(P.S. I don’t hate MS since I’m primarily a PC gamer and thus am using an MS platform by default, but since I don’t live in the 21 countries, MS is making my console choice for this gen awfully easy.)