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    Default Which English Names Do You Think Are Better?

    This mainly applies to Pokemon, but I feel it can extend to people, cities, places etc as well.

    Is there anything where you felt that the English version/Dubbed version was superior to the Japanese? For example, I feel that Gardevoir is a much more fitting name than Sirknight.
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    Pretty much every single one. Not a fan of blatant japanese.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teleport View Post
    Pretty much every single one. Not a fan of blatant japanese.
    What does "blatant Japanese" mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jabberwocky View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by teleport View Post
    Pretty much every single one. Not a fan of blatant japanese.
    What does "blatant Japanese" mean?
    I don't know. Possibly I've seen so many japanese stuff on the internet I've grown a hate for it :l I'm weird, you know.

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    Probably all of them. I don't even bother to learn any names of Pokémon, characters, places, etc. outside of my own language since I'll never use them anyway.

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    I have learned almost every english names for Pokémon on top of the french ones. Aside of Blitzle, I'll stick with baguette-power when it comes to Pokémon names :V
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    I really cannot think of an answer to a question like this, only because like so many people here, I play the English-language games and go by the English names all the time. It's just easier.

    I think a better question would be what Japanese names we prefer over the English ones.

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    I don't know what you mean when you say "blatant" Japanese, either. I can understand being frustrated at the thought of people who think everything Japanese is superior and being close-minded about everything else, but I really don't get your comment, especially considering Pokemon is a Japanese franchise.


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    I prefer Barrierd over Mr. Mime. I'd be fine with it if Mr. Mime was a male only Pokémon, but it isn't.....

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    In Japanese, Articuno is known as Freezer, Zapdos is known as Thunder, and Moltres is known as Fire.

    Considering how undeniably unoriginal and uninspired it sounds, Articuno, Zapdos and Moltres were definitely the better choice... :D

    Not to mention Zapdos and Jolteon almost share a Japanese name, as Jolteon's Japanese name is Thunders, another name I don't like.
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    Rapidash >>>> Gallop
    Arcanine >>>> Windie
    Off the top of my head.

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    I prefer the English names a lot more than the Japanese names, there are some Japanese names that are really boring and uncreative like Thunder for Zapdos, the only English name i find uncreative is Talonflame, they could have come up with a much better name for it.

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    Jolteon, Vaporeon and Flareon
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    Thunders, Showers and Booster

    Yeah... Those aren't really the best jap names around :U
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    Default Re: Which English Names Do You Think Are Better?

    I mean, like everyone else said, basically all of them. I also think this question would be better posed the other way around since there are only a handful of Japanese names most people who play the games in English know. :P

    The Eeveelutions and the Legendary birds are great examples of superior English names. Specifically the Eeveelutions, since the Japanese names don't sound related as a whole, but, rather, related in groups.

    Showers, Booster, and Thunders
    Eifie and Blacky
    Leafia, Glacia, and Ninfia

    There's no consistency and, as an Eeveelution fanatic, it just bothers me~ XP

    I also really prefer the English names of the Lake Trio. They just seem more "Pixie-y" than the Japanese names.

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    I actually prefer the Japanese names for the lake trio, and nicknamed them the Romaji names before transfer to gen V.

    Also Satoshi > Ash. Don't even know why.

    The fact that Japanese substitutes B for V and W sounds makes for some amusing (yet inferior) names, like Beedle and Bictini.

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    Default Re: Which English Names Do You Think Are Better?

    Actually in my case:
    Kanto/Johto/Hoenn/Shinnoh: Japanese
    Unova/Orre: English
    Kalos: French

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