Explaining the English fandom's shipping names to Japanese fans
by, 12th June 2012 at 10:15 PM (1188 Views)
Don't do it. It's just frustrating and confusing.
And yet it's what I spent the last couple days doing on Twitter. :V
Basically, I was discussing with sato-san (a prolific doujinshi artist who is fairly well-represented in my doujinshi collection) about an unauthorized redistribution of one of her fanarts that I had seen. (If you're interested in the conversation leading up to this, you can find it here.) And from there we got onto the subject of shipping names.
WARNING: I make some deriding comments about some shipping names and even the process by which our fandom names ships. For the former, I am by no means insulting the ships themselves, nor whoever chose the names for them - I am merely expressing bewilderment over the names and how much sense (or lack thereof) they make to someone seeing them for the first time. For the latter, it's more self-deprecating humor than anything - after all, I've coined the names of a few (totally weird) ships myself. :P
On to the conversation!
(note here: for whatever reason I misread her "I wonder if it wasn't a good way to search?" as "I wonder if it wasn't explained to me very well?" Dunno how I misread it that way, but I did, thus the first part of my following response.)Originally Posted by sato-san
After this I pretty much curled up in a ball and laughed myself silly because it has always seemed - and I reckon will always seem - ludicrous to me to imply that the English fandom's usually-totally-random-and-verbose shipping names can be considered translations of the Japanese fandom's consise-and-logical ones.Originally Posted by Me
And then sato-san started musing on our shipping names in general. XDOriginally Posted by sato-san
And so I wrote a veritable essay on the matter.Originally Posted by sato-san
Originally Posted by MeOriginally Posted by Mesato-san quote-retweeted the first and third of those tweets, adding "(ﾟДﾟ )I see, I see..." to each. XDOriginally Posted by Me
And... apparently she got something out of it! I'm not sure what, because frankly I was doing nothing but confusing myself during my pathetic attempt to explain, but I suppose I did something right yeahhhhhhhh!!!Originally Posted by sato-san
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