How do you say characters' names?

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How do you say characters' names?

Post by Wolpard » Sun Sep 13, 2020 4:56 am

Since the Ginga anime have never been dubbed in English, and our fandom is very text based, I'm curious how people pronounce certain character names in an English-speaking context since there's no official pronunciations. I guess this is more of a question about characters who have Western names (George, Jerome, etc.), since characters with Japanese names are probably universally pronounced the original Japanese way (with maybe some exceptions, since I know some nordic folks call Daisuke "die suki" because thats how it was in the dub).

For example I've heard Jerome pronounced with an "uh" at the end of his name by some fans, more similar to the way his name is pronounced in Japanese, but I've always just said it the English way, with a silent e.

George I also pronounce as George instead of Jouji, since Jouji is just the best way to pronounce George in Japanese iirc.

I say Mel instead of Mer too because I think Mel just sounds better in English... I know his full name is Mercedes, but if I remember correctly he was named after a dog Yoshi had who was nicknamed "Mer/Mel" because of Mel Gibson. The whole l/r thing in Japanese makes it a weirder translation of the nickname in English but I think Mer just doesn't work that well in English, personally.

The star sibs I also pronounce all of their names the English way. Rigel like the words rye and gel. Orion like oh and Ryan. Sirius like serious. Bellatrix like bell a tricks..... I thought this was universal with the English speaking fandom until I learned on the discord people pronounced some of their names differently (mainly Rigel and Orion).

Weed I also just say as Weed instead of "Weedo/U-ido", though I think that goes for most of the English fandom unless people are trying to be cute about his name and saying it the Japanese way? Dunno.

Anyway, how do you pronounce certain character's names? :orion3:

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Re: How do you say characters' names?

Post by Kasi » Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:51 am

I pronounce Orion the Japanese way O-ri-on.

Rigel as Re-gal ... I don't know why for this one, that's just how it rolls in my head, and I've never heard the constellation brought up to know otherwise.

Sirius as Si-re-us

English Mel, George, Weed... but I'm a dumb-ass and didn't know that Jerome, is not an alternate spelling of the name Jeremy... so I try hard now to remember to pronounce his name as Jer-rome now.
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Re: How do you say characters' names?

Post by Wolpard » Tue Sep 15, 2020 4:50 pm

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Sun Sep 13, 2020 8:51 am
I pronounce Orion the Japanese way O-ri-on.

Rigel as Re-gal ... I don't know why for this one, that's just how it rolls in my head, and I've never heard the constellation brought up to know otherwise.

Sirius as Si-re-us

English Mel, George, Weed... but I'm a dumb-ass and didn't know that Jerome, is not an alternate spelling of the name Jeremy... so I try hard now to remember to pronounce his name as Jer-rome now.
You don't seem to be the only one to pronounce Rigel that way! I know when it was brought up in the discord several people said thats how they pronounce it. Not sure where it comes from either other than I guess that's how a lot of people read that string of letters in their head. My roommate pronounced the star with a hard g as well (rye gyell) when we were talking about star themed stuff (coincidentally her cat is named Orion so she is into star themed names).

Also when I was a kid I thought Jerome was an alternate spelling of Jeremy too (also in the context of Ginga, it doesnt help that in Japanese they do pronounce an "uh" after so the anime pronunciation added to that belief), or something similar, until I heard my dad say the name out loud. XD

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Post by Arano » Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:05 pm

I'm surprised the Rigel pronunciation can be seen differently... I always think of Nigel Thornberry when I read his name as it's the same pronunciation apart from the N of course.

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Re: How do you say characters' names?

Post by Wolpard » Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:23 pm

Arano wrote:
Sun Sep 20, 2020 7:05 pm
I'm surprised the Rigel pronunciation can be seen differently... I always think of Nigel Thornberry when I read his name as it's the name pronunciation apart from the N of course.

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Same, I mean that's the correct way to say it in English. :p I was surprised at first to learn some people say it differently!

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