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[QUOTE]Most of the English Pokémon names pale in comparaison to the French ones. [/QUOTE] The French Pokemon names sound more dignified to my American ears, probably because so many of our more proper terms come from French (cow vs beef, chicken vs poultry etc), but the American names have a wholesome Saturday morning feel to them that i find pleasant. [QUOTE] I was about to say "I always found the naming system of DB lame", but then I have to admit it had its very good points. Vegeta would never have been as good with a regular, "let's try to find a good nemesis-sounding name for this guy".[/QUOTE] I've always liked Toriyama's naming conventions. They are fun and playful (and not overly cute or ironic). Most importantly, they just work phonetically. For instance, in Toriyama speak, Brocolli becomes Brolly, the true super saiyan of lore. I realize that alot of it is just running English words through a Japanese filter, but it totally works. [QUOTE]Jojo[/QUOTE] Yup yup and yup. Vanilla Ice and Spice Girl should sound totally lame, but they work! "Stone Ocean" is such a mysterious, evocative name for the arc. [QUOTE]Also worthwhile is attention to quality subtitles (if that's the word), both goofy and good. I remember it being Tactics Ogre~Let Us Cling Together and other Queen-inspired lyrical titles, which is outstanding. And I think that the subtitle on Lunar 2~Eternal Blue is among the most gorgeous I've ever heard. Dragon Quest has always done a nice job with this, too--there's a real feeling of storybook aventure unfolding with each subtitle description. [/QUOTE] OOOooooo yeah subtitles! "Eternal Blue" conveys a great feeling of wonder and tranquility. Really stirs my wanderlust in the way that every RPG ought to. "March of the Black Queen" "Journey of the Cursed King" Really great, evocative titles! Here are some other favorites of mine from literature. [URL=http://shelflove.files.wordpress.com/2010/05/till-we-have-faces.jpg]Till We Have Faces[/URL] - bitter emotional devastation [URL=http://bestuff.com/images/images_of_stuff/210x600/raise-high-the-roof-beam-carpenters-and-seymour-an-introduction-51976.jpg?1176629574]Raise High The Roofbeam Carpenters[/URL] - nostalgic, neurotic, scholarly, and oddly sweet [URL=http://interpolations.files.wordpress.com/2010/04/blood-meridian.jpg]Blood Meridian, or The Evening Redness In The West[/URL] - PROFOUND VIOLENCE The best titles are like shorthand poetry.
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