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Here’s the support conversation between Aqua and Nishiki for the C level. (Original Japanese is included for reference and better transparency.)
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Nishiki: Hey Aqua, how’s it going? / ニシキ: やぁやぁ、アクア。こんにちは。
Aqua: Greetings. / アクア: こんにちは。
Nishiki: What’s this? You’ve got quite a grim look on your face. / ニシキ: んん？随分と真剣な顔をしているね、キミは？
Just looking at you makes me feel like the air around us is fraught with tension. Are you worrying about something? / 周囲の空気がぴりっと張りつめてる感じ。何か考え事でもしているのかい？
Aqua: Nothing’s wrong … really this is how I always am. / アクア: そんなことないわ…\n普通にしているだけよ。
Nishiki: Ooh, I wish I could project that feeling just by being myself. / ニシキ: へえ、普通にしていてもそんな風だなんて、羨ましいよ。
Perhaps it’s because I lived so peacefully in my village for such a long time, / ボクは長い間、里で平和に暮らしてたせいか、
because even when I’m jumping into the fray of war like this, people just think I’ve got no sense of the gravity of the situation. / こうして戦争に参加してても、どうも\n緊張感が無いと思われてしまうんだよね。
Aqua: Now that you mention it, you always seem like you go about life so joyfully. / アクア: 確かにニシキはいつも楽しそうにしているわね。
Nishiki: Ahaha, so that’s how people see me, huh? / ニシキ: あはは。やっぱりそう見えるかい？
I’ve got to be careful not to come across as some sort of hippie fox. / 平和ボケした狐だと思われないよう、気をつけないといけないね。
Aqua: I don’t know, don’t you think you’re better off like that? Here I’m wishing I could come off as amicable as you are! / アクア: 別に、あなたはそのままでいいんじゃない？私は愛想のいいあなたが羨ましいぐらいよ。
Nishiki: R-really? / ニシキ: そ、そうかい？
It makes me happy to hear that. So happy that my tail just starts wagging on its own. Ah ha ha … ha. / そう言われると嬉しいね。しっぽが勝手に揺れてしまうよ。えへへ…
Aqua: ………… / アクア: …………
Nishiki: Aqua? Aqua … what’s the matter all of a sudden? / ニシキ: ん？ アクア…\nいったいどうしたんだい？
Aqua: …Oh, uh, no. Nothing, nothing at all. I started thinking about your big tail and … just lost myself. / アクア: …あ、いえ。なんでもないわ。\n大きなしっぽだと思って…つい。
Nishiki: Oh, is that it? Humans rarely see such a splendid tail, it’s true. / ニシキ: ああ、そうか。このしっぽはヒトには珍しく映るんだったね。
I got all flustered because I thought you were glaring at me. / 睨まれてるのかと思って、びっくりしてしまったよ。
Well, I should go. See you later, Aqua. / それじゃあボクはこれで。またね、アクア。
Aqua: Yes. / アクア: ええ。
Nishiki: Whew … Aqua’s so great. Always cool and calm, with that serious air about her. / ニシキ: ふぅ…いいなあアクアは。常に緊張感があって冷静で。
If I could be seen as cool and calm as her, I would be even an more beautiful fox. / ボクもあれぐらい冷静に見えれば、より美しい狐に…
Aqua: ………… / アクア: …………
Nishiki: Whoa! Whoa! / ニシキ: …わわっ！？
What the? Aqua, what’s going on? I thought you had just gone that way … / あれ？ アクア、どうしたんだい？ あっちに行ったものとばかり…
Aqua: Oh? … I, no, well … for a minute there, I-I guess I lost my way. / アクア: あっ…ええと、いえ、これは…ちょ、ちょっと道を間違えてしまったわ。
Nishiki: Oh, if that’s what it was, okay. / ニシキ: ああ、そうなんだ。
Aqua: Yeah, that’s what it was … sorry … !! / アクア: そ、そうなの…ごめんなさい…！！
Nishiki: I wonder what that was all about … ? She was looking pretty agitated there … / ニシキ: ずいぶん焦っていたようだったけど…なんだったんだろう…？
Translation notes: The big one here is not so much the language, but the cultural context. This whole set of support conversations hinges on the idea that foxes in Japanese folklore are magical and especially their tails. There’s a lot of myth and folklore about fox tails. In general, foxes entrance humans, but if you catch their tail, their true identities will be revealed. Since Nishiki really is a fox creature, catching his tail won’t do anything, but the general outline of the folklore is still maintained. Think of it as how sometimes the image of a little girl in a red riding hood in the forest is maintained, but the specifics are thrown out, that’s how these play out in the Japanese, so one has to keep that in mind when translating. Got some comments on how to improve this? Let me know in the comments below!
If you want to see how Nintendo completely nixed the folklore out of this series of conversation, head on over to Serene’s Forest, where the Fire Emblem fans have transcribed this conversation.
Changelog: None yet.
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