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User Info: Grand_Blue

Grand_Blue
3 years ago#1
Localization is when they translate a series into the language of where it will be released so that people can understand it (duh) but sometimes they even change names so that people can relate and remember them better. English speakers would better remember Bulbasaur than Fushigidane so why didn't they decide to call Pikachu something else like Ratzap?

I suck at coming up with names, but if Pikachu had a localized name what do you think it would be?
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animesonicx
3 years ago#2
Grand_Blue posted...
Localization is when they translate a series into the language of where it will be released so that people can understand it (duh) but sometimes they even change names so that people can relate and remember them better. English speakers would better remember Bulbasaur than Fushigidane so why didn't they decide to call Pikachu something else like Ratzap?

I suck at coming up with names, but if Pikachu had a localized name what do you think it would be?


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DoctorJimmy133
3 years ago#3
Since Pikachu was to be a mascot they decided to keep its name to make it more global and to bring people all over the world together blah blah blah
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HeyWheresKel
3 years ago#4
The phonemes in "Pikachu" are soft and cute to match the cuteness of Pikachu. If they localized Pikachu to "Ratzap", which has harder sounds, it might not have been received well as a cute mascot. Especially when the Japanese voice actor for Pikachu did such a good job. Moreover, "Pikachu" doesn't sound overly Japanese, whereas "Fushigidane" certainly does.
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GoldenFantasy
3 years ago#5
HeyWheresKel posted...
The phonemes in "Pikachu" are soft and cute to match the cuteness of Pikachu. If they localized Pikachu to "Ratzap", which has harder sounds, it might not have been received well as a cute mascot. Especially when the Japanese voice actor for Pikachu did such a good job. Moreover, "Pikachu" doesn't sound overly Japanese, whereas "Fushigidane" certainly does.


Only chu in Pikachu sounds remotely Asian. A pika is a small mammal found in North America.
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kirbydude385
3 years ago#6
GoldenFantasy posted...
HeyWheresKel posted...
The phonemes in "Pikachu" are soft and cute to match the cuteness of Pikachu. If they localized Pikachu to "Ratzap", which has harder sounds, it might not have been received well as a cute mascot. Especially when the Japanese voice actor for Pikachu did such a good job. Moreover, "Pikachu" doesn't sound overly Japanese, whereas "Fushigidane" certainly does.


Only chu in Pikachu sounds remotely Asian. A pika is a small mammal found in North America.


its pronounced differently though, like pie-kah (pie like the pie you eat)
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TheWayofPie
3 years ago#7
PIKACHU!
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NessEggman
3 years ago#8
Grand_Blue posted...
Localization is when they translate a series into the language of where it will be released so that people can understand it (duh)


This is only a fraction of what localization is. There's a lot more than just translation. And a lot of time, things are rewritten rather than translated.

Anyway, to answer the original question, I had thought "Zaprat" before opening this topic. I doubt I'm the first person to come up with that, but it sounds catchy enough and sounds kinda like a Pokemon name.
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Grand_Blue
3 years ago#9
NessEggman posted...
Grand_Blue posted...
Localization is when they translate a series into the language of where it will be released so that people can understand it (duh)


This is only a fraction of what localization is. There's a lot more than just translation. And a lot of time, things are rewritten rather than translated.

Anyway, to answer the original question, I had thought "Zaprat" before opening this topic. I doubt I'm the first person to come up with that, but it sounds catchy enough and sounds kinda like a Pokemon name.


Me too, but I thought Ratzap would be easier to say.
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3 years ago#10
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