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Bregalad

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Phoenix Wright's japanese name
« on: May 04, 2013, 05:53:30 am »
So, his name in japanese is 成歩堂龍一 ( Ryuuichi Naruhodou ).

The "naruhodou" part is supposed to be a pun meaning "I see".

And as far I know, Ryuu means dragon and ichi means one, which means his name is :
Dragon One I seee.

How does this make any sense at all ?!

Also is it some sort of tradition that Capcom always calls their heroes Ryuu ?

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Re: Phoenix Wright's japanese name
« Reply #1 on: May 04, 2013, 06:24:07 am »
なるほど is a Japanese phrase that does indeed mean "I see", however not in the literal sense but rather "Oh, I understand (now)!/That's how it was!/That's how it happened!/...".

According to Wikipedia, "Ryuuichi" seems to come from musician Ryuuichi Sakamoto, whom Phoenix Wright's Japanese voice actor seems to like (at least that's what I read on some fan site).

What's interesting is that apparently the character was supposed to be named "Souka Naruhodo", which would translate to something like "Oh, now I see!" or "So that's how it was!".

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Re: Phoenix Wright's japanese name
« Reply #2 on: May 04, 2013, 06:28:37 am »
I thought you're going to ask "Where Phoenix Wright" came from?
Capcom and their localizations. Also, swapping M.BisonxVegaxBalrog names is just plain ugh! (Sagat was left out of the name-game for some reason)

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Re: Phoenix Wright's japanese name
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2013, 01:58:37 pm »
So ryuichi is actually a common surname in japan ? It's really weird to have a number in the name I think.

Imagine if you were named cat3 or dog7... would this make any sense ?

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Re: Phoenix Wright's japanese name
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2013, 04:42:56 pm »
Uh... Most names in English have crazy meanings if you look at word origins... Japanese names aren't meant to be translated literally.

That would be like someone in Japan trying to translate the English name "Nicholas" as its Greek meaning "Victory of the People".
"Man, why would someone name their kid 'victory of the people'? That's so weird."

It can also be argued, if you insist on breaking down the kanji of his given name, that ichi also means "the best" or "number one". It may have had an impact on picking the name, but I doubt it.

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Re: Phoenix Wright's japanese name
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2013, 05:04:37 pm »
There's the uncommon surname 一二三 - one two three. It's often read as hifumi.

Numbers are pretty common in Japanese first names, especially one (ichi) and three (often read as zou). I couldn't tell you why, though.

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Re: Phoenix Wright's japanese name
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2013, 05:19:12 pm »
There's the uncommon surname 一二三 - one two three. It's often read as hifumi.

Numbers are pretty common in Japanese first names, especially one (ichi) and three (often read as zou). I couldn't tell you why, though.

Perhaps it has to do with birth order of the sons. I seem to recall reading something akin to that before.
I mean, other languages do it, but only for generations. (Lupin the Third, King Henry the Eighth, etc.)

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Re: Phoenix Wright's japanese name
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2013, 06:05:53 pm »
I think it could make sense if it is the birth order of the sons. I think it is said somewhere that Phoenix is an only child (I can't tell exacly where but I remember some attack attorney insulted his sister and then you see him saying he's an only child or something like this). This would have explained why his parent would have put "1" in his name.

"123" sounds really stupid as a name.

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Re: Phoenix Wright's japanese name
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2013, 08:02:42 pm »
"123" sounds really stupid as a name.

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