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Posted 11/3/15

SGStiles wrote:

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.


In The Lord of the Rings spells were said and written in a separate language from the normal English. It goes all the way back to the Roman Catholic Church, which used Latin as a way to protect their hegemony from the questions of serfs and commoners.
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Posted 11/3/15

Lukewolf40 wrote:


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.


The Britanian Anthem is in English and I doubt that the students at Ashford Academy were speaking Japanese seeing at how racist they were towards Suzaku.
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No wonder the dub really came off to me as much more natural than the sub.
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lol I give up on these shows dubbing in japanese but in the anime world they're speaking "english".
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Posted 11/4/15

Lukewolf40 wrote:


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.)




It is in Britania ruled Japan. But the MC is Brittanian born and attends a Brittanian school for nobles (or something along those lines) so it would be understandable for the majority of th echaracters to be "speaking" english. Brittanians were rather racist towards the native japanese as well.
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odaplaX wrote:

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?


He's more asking of the context of the world and language of the show in conflict with the language spoken. His example is that in Fairy Tail, the characters speak English, since they cast spells in English and one character could not read a block of text that was Japanese in the series. This conflicts with the fact that the language for the show to the viewer is Japanese because it is a Japanese series.

a reverse example for English speakers would be shows such as Lucky Star, or playing games such as Persona 4.

In the case of Lucky Star, the dubbed version is in English, however the context in the show is all of them are actually speaking Japanese, as evident when they meet tourists who speak english and one of them cannot understand.

In the case of Persona 4, the American version is voiced in English, however the context is they are speaking Japanese, as evident when they complain that they do not need to actually learn english when they are stressing over exams since they live in Japan and only need to speak Japanese.

Language of the audio vs. context of the series' universe
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