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    Final Fantasy Adventure/Seiken Densetsu 
    Translation Differences FAQ
    By Gouki of Borg
    Table of Contents
    I. Introduction
    II. Version History
    III. General Differences
    IV. Name Changes
        a. Key Terms
        b. Characters
        c. Places
        d. Items
        e. Spells
        f. Weapons
        g. Armor
        h. Bosses
    V. Closing Remarks
    I. Introduction
    The first game in the Seiken Densetsu ("Holy Sword Legend") series was 
    released for the Game Boy in June of 1991, designed as a "gaiden" or
    sidestory to the Final Fantasy series and combining many familiar elements
    from that series with action-RPG style gameplay. It was released in North
    America that November, having been renamed Final Fantasy Adventure for
    marketing purposes. This series would come to be known as the "Mana"
    series among NA players. 
    Subsequent games in the series would move away from the "Final Fantasy
    Gaiden" aspect, and Seiken Densetsu became a popular series in its own
    right. Seiken Densetsu 1 was even remade in 2003 for the Game Boy Advance,
    with many of the Final Fantasy influences changed to reflect later games
    in the series (Cannon Travel instead of the Chocobo, etc). The remake was
    titled Seiken Densetsu: New Testament in Japan and Sword of Mana in 
    There were a number of changes made in the game's translation, which are
    listed here for those who are curious. Spoilers abound, so I recommend
    completing the game first. 
    A bit of trivia: The Seiken Densetsu title was copyrighted by Square as
    far back as 1987, before the release of the original Final Fantasy. They
    planned on producing a game for the Famicom Disk System called "Seiken
    Densetsu: Emergence of Excalibur", but it proved too ambitious a project
    and was cancelled. Customers who pre-ordered the game received a letter
    telling them to look forward to Square's upcoming release, Final Fantasy.
    II. Version History
    Version 1.0  (9/10/09)
    First version, more or less complete unless anyone has any corrections
    or new information.
    III. General Differences
    -The gameplay between Seiken Densetsu and FFA is identical as far as I
    can tell.
    -Because of how short the English names were forced to be, icons were used
    to show item type. In the original Japanese, all the names are written 
    out with no icons.
    -In the JP version, the level-up types were called "Job Types" and were
    named as follows: 
        Strength - Warrior Type (Senshi no TAIPU)
        Stamina - Monk Type (MONKU no TAIPU)
        Wisdom - Wizard Type (Madoushi no TAIPU)
        Will - Sage Type (Kenja no TAIPU)
    -The teleporter symbols in the Mana Palace (and elsewhere) were pentagrams
    in the original, changed to a different symbol for the NA version. 
    -You may already know this if you've played Sword of Mana, but it was
    originally Medusa's blood and not her tears that are needed to break
    Lester's curse.
    -Marcie identifies itself as a "Mummy Seeker". 
    -The English translation did the job well enough, although it left out
    some nuances that added to the story's emotional edge. For example:
        -Mr. Lee kidnapped the heroine because he wanted a virgin's blood.
        -Before the battle with Shadow Knight, the hero once again vows to
    avenge Willy. In the NA translation, Willy is never mentioned again after
    the hero's escape, despite the fact that they were best friends. 
        -The hero admits to Lester that he killed Amanda (he says something
    like, "She fell into Davias' trap, but she died by my hand"). In the NA
    translation he just says she sacrificed herself.
        -The hero mentions Amanda's death during his momentary breakdown to
    Bogard in Ish, as one of the reasons why he's not cut out to play hero.
    As with the Willy example above, it's refreshing to see the death of a
    friend have a lasting impact on an early RPG hero. 
    IV. Name Changes
    a. Key Terms
    FFA           Seiken             Trans
    ---           ------             ------
    GP            RUKU               Luc
    Boy           HIIROO             Hero
    Girl          HIROIN             Heroine
    b. Characters
    FFA           Seiken             Trans
    ---           ------             ------
    Bogard        BOGAADO            Bogard
    Dark Lord     SHADOUNAITO        Shadow Knight
    Julius        JURIASU            Julius
    Willy         UIRII              Willy
    Amanda        AMANDA             Amanda
    Hasim         HASHIMU            Hasim / Hashim
    Lee           RI                 Lee
    Cibba         SHIIBA             Cibba
    Watts         WATTSU             Watts
    Chocobo       CHOCOBO            Chocobo
    Davias        DEBIASU            Davias
    Lester        RESUTAA            Lester
    Sara          SARA               Sara
    BowWow        BONBOYAJI          Bon Voyage
    Marcie        MAASHII            Marcie
    c. Places
    FFA             Seiken             Trans
    ----            ------             -----
    Glaive          GURANSU            Grans/Glance 
    Topple          TOPPURU            Topple
    Kett's          BINKETTO no Kan    Vinquette's Hall
    Wendel          UENDERU            Wendel
    Gaia            GAIA no Dokutsu    Gaia's Cave
    Menos           MENOSU             Menos
    Jadd            JYADO              Jadd
    Mt. Rocks       Kigan Yama         Strange Rock Mountain
    Ish             ISHU               Ish
    Lorim           RORIMAA            Lorimar
    Crystal Desert  GARASU no Sabaku   Desert of Glass
    Dime Tower      DAIMU no Tou       Dime Tower
    d. Items
    Note: Items listed as [None] were removed entirely from the NA version.
    In the JP version, only the name remains and they don't do anything 
    even if acquired through hacking. Most of them appear to be unused
    story items.
    FFA            Seiken              Trans
    ----           ------              ------
    Cure           POOSHON             Potion
    X-Cure         HAIPOOSHON          Hi-Potion
    Ether          Mahou no Kusuri     Magic Medicine
    X-Ether        MAJIKKUBOTORU       Magic Bottle
    Elixir         ERIKUSAA            Elixer
    Pure           Dokukeshi           Antidote
    Eyedrop        Megusuri            Eyedrops
    Soft           Kin no Hari         Gold Needle
    Moogle         MOGURA no Hige      Mogra Whisker [item1]
    Unicorn        YUNIKOON no Tsuno   Unicorn Horn
    Silence        MONKIIBEIBII        Monkey Baby (?)
    Pillow         RAMUJII no Makura   Ramsey's Pillow [item2]
    Flame          FAIABOORU           Fireball
    Blaze          FAIAROKKU           Fire Rock
    Blizzrd        AISUMISAIRU         Ice Missile
    Frost          AISUROKETTO         Ice Rocket
    Litblt         SANDAAAROO          Thunder Arrow
    Thunder        SANDAABORUTO        Thunderbolt
    Candy          Manmaru DOROPPU     Round Drop
    Key            KAGI                Key
    Bone Key       DOKURO no Kagi      Skull Key
    Bronze Key     Gin no Kagi         Silver Key
    Mirror         Tsuki no Kagami     Moon Mirror
    Amanda         AMANDA no Chi       Amanda's Blood
    Oil            Sabi TOREERU        Rust Trail [item4]
    Crystal        KURISUTARU          Crystal
    Nectar         BAKKASU no Sake     Bacchus' Wine
    Stamina        ADAMANDORINKU       Adaman Drink
    Wisdom         EA no Namida        Air Tear
    Will           ATENA no Kisu       Athena's Kiss
    Gold           Sakinbukuro         Golddust
    Fang           KIBA                Fang
    Mattock        MATOKKU             Mattock
    Ruby           RUBII no Hajiki     Ruby Marbles
    Opal           DAIYA no SAIKORO    Diamond Dice
    [None]         FUREAUEEBU          Flare Web
    [None]         FUREABAZUUGA        Flare Bazooka
    [None]         Ahou YOBI2          Dummy Spare 2 [item3]
    [None]         Hi no Yubiwa        Fire Ring
    [None]         Sabitsuita Kagi     Rusted Key
    [None]         Aoitama             Blue Orb
    [None]         Akaitama            Red Orb
    [None]         MANA no PENDANTO    Mana Pendant
    [None]         MISURIRU            Mithril
    [None]         SUTAASAFAIA         Star Sapphire
    [None]         BARANSAA            Balancer
    [None]         MUUNKURISUTARU      Moon Crystal
    [None]         SHINARIOYOBI2       Scenario Spare 2
    [None]         SHINARIOYOBI3       Scenario Spare 3
    [None]         SHINARIOYOBI4       Scenario Spare 4
    [None]         SHINARIOYOBI5       Scenario Spare 5
    [None]         Taimatsu            Torch
    [None]         DOWAAFU no RANPU    Dwarf Ramp
    [None]         Daichi no DORAMU    Earth Drum
    [None]         MOOGURI no Fue      Moogle Flute
    [None]         RIZAABU             Reserve
    [item1]: Curious, as the Japanese word for Moogle is usually "Mogri".
    [item2]: I'm unsure as to what "Ramsey" this is referencing.
    [item3]: Obviously "dummy" as in "placeholder", appears to be a rude
    joke by the programmer as "Ahou" means "Dummy/Idiot/Retard". 
    [item4]: Unsure of how "trail" has to do with dissolving rust, but there
    it is. Note that this is the same name given in FF6j to the Rust-Rid
    you buy in Zozo, so you could translate it as Rust-Rid or Rust Solvent
    if you wanted to.
    e. Spells
    FFA            Seiken              Trans
    ----           ------              -----
    Cure           KEARU               Cure
    Heal           HIIRU               Heal
    Mute           SAIRESU             Silence
    Slep           SURIPURU            Sleepel/Sleep
    Fire           FAIA                Fire
    Ice            BURIZADO            Blizzard
    Lit            SANDAA              Thunder
    Nuke           FUREA               Flare
    f. Weapons
    FFA             Seiken              Trans
    ----            ------              -----
    Broad Sword     BUROODOSOODO        Broad Sword
    Silver Sword    MISURIRUBUREEDO     Mithril Blade
    Blood Sword     BURADDOSOODO        Blood Sword
    Ice Sword       AISUBURANDO         Ice Brand
    Dragon Sword    DORAGONBASUTAA      Dragon Buster
    Rusty Sword     Sabita Tsurugi      Rusty Sword
    XCalibr         EKUSUKARIBAA        Excalibur
    Battle Axe      BATORUAKKUSU        Battle Axe
    Were Axe        UEABASUTAA          Were Buster
    Zeus Axe        Majin no ONO        Demon's Axe
    Wind Spear      UINDOSUPIA          Wind Spear
    Thunder Spear   SANDAASUPIA         Thunder Spear
    Chain Flail     CHEENFUREIRU        Chain Flail
    Flame Flail     FAIAFUREIRU         Fire Flail
    Star            MOONINGUSUTAA       Morning Star
    g. Armor
    FFA             Seiken              Trans
    ----            ------              -----
    Bronze Armor    BURONZUAAMAA        Bronze Armor
    Iron Armor      Tetsu no Yoroi      Iron Armor
    Silver Armor    MISURIRU no Yoroi   Mithril Armor
    Gold Armor      Ougon no Yoroi      Gold Armor
    Opal Armor      DAIYA no Yoroi      Diamond Armor
    Flame Armor     FUREIMUAAMAA        Flame Armor
    Ice Armor       AISUAAMAA           Ice Armor
    Dragon Armor    DORAGONMEIRU        Dragon Mail
    Samurai Armor   Genji no Yoroi      Genji's Armor
    Bronze Shield   BURONZU no Tate     Bronze Shield
    Iron Shield     Tetsu no Tate       Iron Shield
    Silver Shield   MISURIRU no Tate    Mithril Shield
    Gold Shield     Ougon no Tate       Gold Shield
    Opal Shield     DAIYA no Tate       Diamond Shield
    Flame Shield    FAIASHIIRUDO        Fire Shield
    Ice Shield      AISUSHIIRUDO        Ice Shield
    Aegis Shield    IIJISU no Tate      Aegis Shield
    Bronze Helmet   BURONZU no Kabuto   Bronze Helmet
    Iron Helmet     Tetsu no Kabuto     Iron Helmet
    Silver Helmet   MISURIRU no Kabuto  Mithril Helmet
    Gold Helmet     Ougon no Kabuto     Gold Helmet
    Opal Helmet     DAIYA no Kabuto     Diamond Helmet
    Samurai Helmet  Genji no Kabuto     Genji's Helmet
    h. Bosses
    FFA             Seiken             Trans
    ----            ------             -----    
    Hydra           HIDORA             Hydra
    Vampire         BANPAIA            Vampire
    Megapede        ANKUHEGGU          Ankheg
    Medusa          MEDYUUSA           Medusa
    Metal Crab      FURUMETARUHAGAA    Full Metal Hugger
    Cyclops         SAIKUROPUSU        Cyclops
    Golem           GOOREMU            Golem
    Chimera         KIMAIRA            Chimera
    Kary            MARIRISU           Marilith
    Kraken          KURAAKEN           Kraken
    Iflyte          IFURIITO           Ifrit
    Mantis Ant      MANTISUANTO        Mantis Ant
    Garuda          GARUUDA            Garuda
    Dragon          DORAGON            Dragon
    Red Dragon      REDDODORAGON       Red Dragon
    Dragon Zombie   DORAGONZONBI       Dragon Zombie
    Note: Davias' boss form is called Mindflayer in official materials,
    though it's never referred to as such in dialogue. 
    V. Closing Remarks
    Some links I found incredibly useful:
    Jeffrey's Japanese-English Dictionary Server: This is the best Japanese
    translation site I've come across on the web so far. I could not have done
    these translations without it.
    Text dumps of item/enemy names, allowing me to 
    check my romanizations and provide quick lists for translation.
    Questions? Comments? Contributions? E-mail me: unlimited_justice@yahoo.com
    Final Fantasy Adventure/Seiken Densetsu and all related names are copyright
    1991 Squaresoft. This document is copyright 2009 by Gouki of Borg.