japanese translations of DWJ

christian nutt ferricide at hotmail.com
Wed Sep 26 07:24:16 EDT 2001


hi. i've been off the list for awhile, but i decided to rejoin because i 
wanted to share some of the info i'd just dug up. =)

i'm so, so very excited about the ghibli production of howl's moving castle. 
if anyone else is curious about how DWJ's books are presented in japan, i've 
been combing amazon.co.jp and using my meager japanese skills to come up 
with some interesting things:

witch week came out 29 august 2001 in japan.
its cover: http://images.amazon.com/images/P/4198614040.09.LZZZZZZZ.jpg
its japanese title is "mahoutsukai wa dare da" ... translation: "who's the 
witch?"

howl's moving castle had already been out, which i imagine is no surprise to 
anyone at this point. =)
its cover:
http://images.amazon.com/images/P/4198607095.09.LZZZZZZZ.jpg
its title: "mahoutsukai hauru to hi no akuma"
tranlsation: "wizard howl and the fire demon"

castle in the air:
cover: http://images.amazon.com/images/P/4198607516.09.LZZZZZZZ.jpg
title: "abudara to soratobu juutan"
translation: "abdullah and the flying carpet"

i particularly like the illustration on the cover of castle in the air. the 
translated titles sound a little boring, but japanese people tend to title 
things rather differently than westerners. the titles don't sound so 
exciting in english when literally translated. ghibli, the studio that's 
producing the HMC film, usually has seperate japanese and english titles for 
its films. "majo no takkyuubin" is known as "kiki's delivery service" in the 
west when the literal translation is more like "witch's delivery service." 
their latest film, "sen to chihiro no kamikakushi" which would be translated 
as something like "the spiriting away of sen and chihiro" is known as simply 
"spirited away" in the west.

incidentally, i think kiki's delivery service would be a hit with DWJ list 
members. it's available dubbed on VHS in the US. i don't think it's out in 
the UK, judging from amazon.co.uk. it's also available on DVD in japan with 
japanese or english dialogue spoken dialogue and english subtitles. well, 
this message is getting pretty off-topic. i'll leave it at that...  if 
anyone's curious about kiki, there's lots of data at www.nausicaa.net. i 
wouldn't mind talking about it, either. =)

[ christian nutt - ferricide at hotmail.com ]


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