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Why do many people hate Honorifics in subs???
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Posted 11/3/08

glw123 wrote:


p123v567 wrote:

I personally love honorifics. . .I live in the U.S and was born here. . .but I am asian and we use honorifics in our daily routine. . when we talk to english speaking people we use their names but when we're at home with relatives and family members we use it to show respect. . . and it is part of culture. ..so I believe that leaving honorifics in subs and/or dubs is part of the japanese culture just like when they bow, say thanks for the food, saying excuse me when entering a strange home, or saying I am going or coming back. . .it's what gives personality to the characters and where they are from. . .with exact translations of honorifics to english may sound strange but leaving the (for example) "oniichan" or "oneechan" in and then have a translations feature at the end of the episode or beginning with clarify it meanings to non-speakers or beginners to japanese culture is acceptable I think.

But let's not say that english speaking people don't have honorifics they do,it's just not exact but more vague. Would you feel comfortable with calling your teacher "Ann?" or "Morris?" I am sure you would want to add a "mr." or a "ms." on there. I don't think I ever came a across a doctor and address him by his name. . .I need to say Dr. to show the respect for his professionalism. Just because you won't say "Hey big brother alex" doesn't mean you won't introduce him to your friends as your big brother. In the asian cultures reminding oneself that he is older or younger means you are giving him/her the proper repsect he deserves due to the fact that s/he is wiser or more naive than you. That is just the way how it works in a daily asian life.


I TOTALLY AGREE EVEN THOUGH I'M NOT FROM EVEN ASIA OR JAPAN


YES TOTALLI AGREE EVEN THOUGH I'M NOT MEXICO, JAPAN OR UNITED STATES
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Posted 11/3/08
I dont think anyone hates the honorifics. I do believe that the reason they change it in DVDs is because they give a more literal translation. Whereas an Otaku might find it more appealing, someone who just started would probably become a little confused.
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25 / F / Somewhere out the...
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Posted 11/3/08
it's okay to me.. i'm used to honorifics when watching animes.
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31 / F / uNiVeRsE oF d 4GoDs
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Posted 11/3/08 , edited 11/3/08
i love honorific....
and in ur example, i would definitely prefer oniichan than big brother...
i even sumtimes calls my friends younger than me with "chan" or "san" for not so close friends...
if a guy "kun"
i was wishing sumbody would call me regina-sempai... hehehe....
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Posted 11/3/08
I just dislike honorifics, but that must be cause we are not Japanese, not living there at least. It is alright for them, but not for us, non-Japanese people. It's like them, they think calling people they don't know very well by their names is probably annoying, or not acceptable.
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32 / M / You don't need to...
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Posted 11/3/08
i could be wrong but i thought the maker of this thread meant he hates it when the subbers put big brother instead of oniichan, which whould bug me to. He doesn't mean the including Oniichan bugs him, just when they have to write out big brother.
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23 / F / Upstate NY
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Posted 11/3/08
i like the honorifics
it shows the relationship better.
i can't understand why someone would hate it?

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26 / F / America
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Posted 11/3/08
I love honorifics I actually learn japanese from them
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28 / ...in your manga!
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Posted 11/3/08
cuz it's easier to type in. They're much shorter. X3
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24 / F / Singapore
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Posted 11/3/08
i love honorifics.
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22 / at home. .
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Posted 11/5/08
i think that honorifics are better than literally translating something like onii-chan to "big brother". .
"big brother" doesn't sound good to me. .
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