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I found it a little odd at first but I suppose since wizards and those types of dragons are more European it makes sense. Is this the only one though where they speak english? They write everything in english, say spells in english, letters, not one thing is Japanese.
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Erm they very clearly are talking japanese??????
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Yes because it's a japanese show. It's like in the Book thief when you read the whole thing in english and everyone spoke in english to the reader but they were speaking German and couldn't understand the downed british fighter.
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Or you could look at the anime Hellsing Ultimate where they were also all english speaking. Kinda the same thing.
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Probably in Black Butler, since it takes place in Victorian England...
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Or like in Gosick, they were in a fictional English speaking colony. ~(=w=")~
It's not really a uncommon occurrence when it comes to communication.
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It's the same with Code Geass and why I prefer the dub.
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Here's the thing: it's not that the sort of wizards we see are more a European kind of thing, it's that they're wizards. In addition to being well-studied and experienced in a broad range of subjects as part of the package (which could include knowledge of spoken/written languages both foreign and domestic) they also often have the benefit of being able to cast a spell that lets them communicate with pretty much anything in its native tongue, or at least to be able to understand what is being said.

This is a case where "A wizard did it" is a perfectly acceptable answer.

Edit: Oh, right. An alternative example. Got too buried in the minor details.

I'd have to look at some episodes where the papers and stuff people are looking at are more visible to be sure, but FMA might be a candidate.
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BlueOni wrote:

Here's the thing: it's not that the sort of wizards we see are more a European kind of thing, it's that they're wizards. In addition to being well-studied and experienced in a broad range of subjects as part of the package (which could include knowledge of spoken/written languages both foreign and domestic) they also often have the benefit of being able to cast a spell that lets them communicate with pretty much anything in its native tongue, or at least to be able to understand what is being said.

This is a case where "A wizard did it" is a perfectly acceptable answer.

Edit: Oh, right. An alternative example. Got too buried in the minor details.

I'd have to look at some episodes where the papers and stuff people are looking at are more visible to be sure, but FMA might be a candidate.


One wizard even used japanese characters and Levy said she couldn't read them, all her attack were english words.
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English is the dominant language like brown eyes.
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One wizard even used japanese characters and Levy said she couldn't read them, all her attack were english words.


This is actually kind of a fun thing to look for. I point to FMA because it's set in what is probably a reverse Wutai (a "Wutai" being some Asian mishmash society) version of Germany, and because it's a reverse Wutai it might have English floating around somewhere. Actually, a better thing to check would be Hetalia: Axis Powers. If Britain's ever seen reading something it might be worth it to see if the text is in English in the original.
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I don't understand what you're asking. Do you mean anime set in worlds where the settings/objects looks as though everyone speaks English like seeing books, signs, etc in English? But of course everyone speaks Japanese?
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Posted 11/3/15 , edited 11/3/15

HuastecoOtaku wrote:

It's the same with Code Geass and why I prefer the dub.


Its been a while since I have seen Code Geass but I'm 100% sure the show took place in Japan... therefore they would still be speaking Japanese even if they were taken over by Britania. Also even if they were forced to abandon Japanese how can you prove that, or how can you prove that Britanians speak English? Again its been a while I might be overlooking something. Who knows.

Also on topic of this post, I always thought spell names were in English but they were not 'speaking' English. I thought it was just the language most magical spells and such are named in. I can't say I can recall seeing written writing which was not said to be in some archaic writing system so I could be wrong. However, I can't really see much evidence that they are speaking English and not Japanese or even some language specific to their realm. (Well if you were to show me a book that was not from some archive that was in English I would be inclined to agree. I don't think Levy's books would really count as most of her books fall under archaic languages category.)
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Plus they say most magic in english and when Lucy was writing a letter to someone it was completely english.
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