Dur Hur

Jul. 14th, 2009 08:40 pm
amae: (the world)
So lately I've been having fun figuring out how characters in Overland would speak in Japanese. Sometime in the future I'm going to work on a short one-shot Overland comic to show to an editor in Japan (not for any big career purposes obviously, just for a portfolio review since it's possible to make appointments and since I'll be in Japan why not)

In any case, figuring this out is kind of fun because if there's one thing I love about Japanese it's the really different ways people can talk (I once considered referring to myself as "boku" until I realized that that was dumb and people would probably think I'm just incapable of speaking anyway). I figure Ari would use "boku" because he's polite (and I just...can't see him as an "ore" user), though in general he's probably a pretty casual speaker when he's not talking to higher-ups. Viktor is definitely "watashi", and would probably speak very politely, but in that...uh, faux/threatening polite way that you tend to see a lot (慇懃無礼, I think? Bitingly polite). Sophia is clearly "watakushi", and super polite. She was probably the easiest to figure out. Lily is another "watashi" ("atashi"?), but I can't figure out if she's polite or not when speaking generally (though the more I think of it, the more it seems she'd be pretty casual since she's an excitable kid).

Nagi (she appears in chapter 2, though I've drawn her...once, I think?) is a "boku" user and speaks casually. Noir (also in chapter 2, and yes, he's the same Noir from Cursed Blessings) is casual and uses "ore"...and I think that's it for the important characters so far. Not like any of this is really important in the long run, but I was bored and it made for amusing thoughts.

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