Something I don't get about people who refuse to use the Japanese names
by, 17th September 2010 at 07:22 PM (2043 Views)
So a common argument I hear for why people only use the English names for Pokemon is because they don't want to have to bother learning two sets of names. They already know all the names for the version they play, they argue, so why should they have to then learn 500+ Japanese names on top of that? It seems like a lot of unnecessary extra work.
Here's the thing, though. Right now, we're being flooded with the names of all the pokemon / humans / cities debuting in Black and White. Hundreds and hundreds of Japanese names. And the fans are learning them.
Yet, when the English names for all these pokemon / humans / cities get released, fans are going to learn all of those, too. They've been using the Japanese names for about half a year or so, but they're willing to throw those all away and relearn all their names.
So basically, people are going to end up learning two sets of names; Japanese, and then, six months from now, English. These are the same people, remember, who use the "I don't want to have to learn two sets of names" argument to explain why they don't call Piplup by its Japanese name.
Seems pretty hypocritical to me.
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