QUOTE (Heidern @ Jul 7 2009, 01:02 PM)
King Bradley is always referred to as "Fuhrer" in the subs.
Why did they use this word to denote his rank? In Japanese voiceovers, he's never referred to as "fuhrer" (his rank sounds like "dai-soto", doesn't that translate into something like "commander in chief" or "high commander"?).
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Japanese word Soutou
(総統) or Daisoutou
(大総統) ..that means Great Soutou ^^.. is often translated as Fuhrer (most often so for the German Fuhrer during Hitler era.) Hence that is a standard translation, IMO. Long-winded answer
The words "commander in chief" in Japanese would be translated something like, "最高司令官" (Saikou Shireikan) if you take the meaning of the "commander in chief" literally, as in someone who is the top of the military type State run organization. I'm guessing you're somewhat referring to the U.S. custom of calling the President (= Daitouryou 大統領) also as "Commander in Chief", to denote the position as THE top boss for the U.S. military. And, while this could be true for describing Daisoutou
(大総統) in Taiwan and such, but normally, if "Commander in Chief" is used in this way, then usually it is translated as Daitouryou
大統領 (= President) and NOT into Daisoutou
(大総統) IMO, and certainly this happens much less in the other direction, as you suggested, of translating Daisoutou
大総統 as "commander in chief," and as far as I know, Daisoutou
大総統 is more often translated as "Fuhrer," or if that name is not appropriate for the describing country, then as "President" because Daisoutou
大総統 usually has not just the command of the military, but he has the leadership in politics, economy, and other aspects of that nation.
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ETA: July 16, 2009 Thread merged.
QUOTE (Heidern @ Jul 7 2009, 02:01 PM)
Couple things I can't understand from the anime, maybe they were lost in translation?
- Why is it forbidden to transmute gold? And what would stop some alchemist from doing it anyway? State Alchemists have to abide by the rules, but someone can do it in secret...
- Also, why was Red Stone necessary to create gold in Xenotime? Was it so hard to transmute a bunch of rock?
- And what is so awful about the Red Stone anyway? The Red Water is toxic - so what... You don't have to sacrifice people to make it (though the process is slower of course). And the Red Water isn't terribly rare it seems since there was a fountain of it in Xenotime and a ton of it stored in the 5th Laboratory. Why didn't the Military just mass-produce the Red Stone for its State Alchemists?
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