Character Profile – Forrest Kaysen

Posted in Character Profile Translation, Website Translation with tags , , on February 11, 2012 by Wynyard

Military Intelligence Data 

Basic Physical Strength: 6

Insight: 3

Instantaneous Judgement: 2

Emotional Strength: 1

Charisma: 1

Hand-to-hand fighting, Marksmanship: 0

Disguise, Infiltration: 0

Engineering, Development: 8

Favourite gun: —

Hand-to-hand Fighting Style: —

Affiliation Data

Organization Affiliation: Nanotechdyne Inc.

Rank / Role: Nanotechdyne Inc. Pharmaceutical Research Laboratory Chief Architect

Physical Data

Age: 39 (self-styled)

Blood Type: A+

Sex: Male

Eyes: Dark Brown

Hair: Dark Brown

Height: 178cm (5’10”)

Weight: 133kg (293 lbs)

Chest Measurement: 120 cm

Foot Size: 33.5 cm (Size 14.5)

Dominant Arm: Right

Grip: Right: 45kg (99 lbs)/ Left: 42 kg (93 lbs)

Eyesight: Right: 0.1 / Left: 0.1    When corrected Right: 1.5 / Left: 1.5

Hearing Ability: Right: Normal / Left: Normal

Personal Data

Real Name: Forrest Kaysen

Birth date: May 23rd, 19XX

Birthplace: Australia

Family Structure: Mother

Hobbies: General Gambling / Parasailing (1 time only experience)

Favourite Things: Mayonnaise / Peanut Butter

Disliked Things: Low-fat Mayonnaise / Alice Coleman

Important things: Wealth / Fame / Power

Favourite Phrase: It’s worthy of research!

Personality: A sneaky and clever emissary*-like being. The root of all darkness, he can only feel happiness when immersing himself in research. In addition, he has a severe complex regarding bright and intelligent Alice.

Source

*The word used here, 使い, can mean either an emissary or a familiar spirit.

Oh my God! Kaysen was a demon in Spy Fiction too! I wonder if it was a joke SWERY took too far…

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Character Profile – Douglas Lysander

Posted in Character Profile Translation, Website Translation with tags , , on February 11, 2012 by Wynyard

Military Intelligence Data 

Basic Physical Strength: 8

Insight: 8

Instantaneous Judgement: 9

Emotional Strength: 9

Charisma: 8

Hand-to-hand fighting, Marksmanship: 10

Disguise, Infiltration: 2

Engineering, Development: 2

Favourite gun: GOLDEN BUTTERFLY

Hand-to-hand Fighting Style: Green Beret Style Assassination Technique

Affiliation Data

Organization Affiliation: Ultra-left Guerrilla Organization “Mundo Caliente”

Rank / Role: Leader and Military Instructor

Physical Data

Age: 63

Blood Type: O+

Sex: Male

Eyes: Ash Blue (the Japanese translates to “ash blue”, but the website calls it “sweet-gray”)

Hair: Wheat (again, kanji means “wheat”, but the website calls it “slate”)

Height: 185cm (6’)

Weight: 72kg (159 lbs)

Chest Measurement: 92 cm

Foot Size: 27 cm (Size 9)

Dominant Arm: None in particular (ambidextrous)

Grip: Right: 71kg (156 lbs)/ Left: 72 kg (159 lbs)

Eyesight: Right: 1.5 / Left: 1.5

Hearing Ability: Right: Normal / Left: Normal

Personal Data

Real Name: Douglas Lysander

Birth date: July 24th, 194X

Birthplace: United States of America

Family Structure: None

Hobbies: Gun Maintenance / Knife Maintenance

Favourite Things: Torture / Training / Hemingway

Disliked Things: Conspiracies

Important things: Love gun (taking care of his gun?)

Favourite Phrases: Many of Hemingway’s books

Personality: A man obsessed with the sense of fulfillment of surviving the intensity of the battlefield. He believes that self-identity can only be established through fighting. His wording is unrefined and rude, but at the same time feels like it has a certain kind of honesty.

Source

Look at those hobbies! What a scary guy! Who knew he loved Hemingway so much?

Well, apparently Billy/Sheila did, but how did they know to compare him to Hemingway? Dumb luck? (Edit: A native explained this to me. In Japan, the name “Hemingway” is used similar to how Westerns use “Shakespeare”. Billy/Sheila didn’t have to know anything about Lysander, it was just a general term. A Japanese-ism that doesn’t have the same connotations in English.)

Whatever the case, it adds a whole ‘nother facet to Lysander’s character. But, if it’s so important to him, I wonder why the Greenvale version of Lysander didn’t like Hemingway?

Character Profile – Dietrich Troy

Posted in Character Profile Translation, Website Translation with tags , , on February 1, 2012 by Wynyard

Military Intelligence Data 

Basic Physical Strength: 5

Insight: 10

Instantaneous Judgement: 8

Emotional Strength: 6

Charisma: 10

Hand-to-hand fighting, Marksmanship: 4

Disguise, Infiltration: 9

Engineering, Development: 5

Favourite gun: GLOCK 17

Hand-to-hand Fighting Style: No Data

 

Affiliation Data

Organization Affiliation: International Terrorist Organization ‘Enigma’

Rank / Role: Chief Staff Officer / Terror Planner

 

Physical Data

Age: 32 ~ 35 (Estimation)

Blood Type: No Data

Sex: Male

Eyes: Blue

Hair: Ash Blond

Height: 183cm (6’) (Estimation)

Weight: 70kg (154 lbs) (Estimation)

Chest Measurement: No Data

Foot Size: No Data

Dominant Arm: Based on data, the left

Grip: No Data

Eyesight: No Data    When corrected: No Data

Hearing Ability: No Data

 

Personal Data

Real Name: No Data

Birth date: No Data

Birthplace: No Data

Family Structure: No Data

Hobbies: No Data

Favourite Things: No Data

Disliked Things: No Data

Important things: No Data

Favourite Words: No Data

Personality: A clever, cold-hearted and cruel man. He has a talent for making use of a person’s weakest part to accomplish his goals. He has an abnormal hate of others being able to investigate his affairs.

Source

The last sentence of the personality section isn’t quite correct, but it uses a verb form with a concept I can’t wrap my head around.

Character Profile – Sheila Crawford

Posted in Character Profile Translation, Website Translation with tags , , on February 1, 2012 by Wynyard

Military Intelligence Data 

Basic Physical Strength: 7

Insight: 7

Instantaneous Judgement: 9

Emotional Strength: 10

Charisma: 7

Hand-to-hand fighting, Marksmanship: 7

Disguise, Infiltration: 10

Engineering, Development: 6

Favourite gun: WALTHER P99

Hand-to-hand Fighting Style: S3 + Martial Arts

 

 Affiliation Data 

Organization Affiliation: Illegal Intelligence Agency S.E.A.

Assigned Team: Special Ops Unit PHANTOM

Rank / Role: Execution Force Covert Operative

 

Physical Data

Age: 18 (estimation)

Blood Type: No Data (Note: In the Japanese release of the game , it says B+)

Sex: Female

Eyes: Ice Blue

Hair: Blonde

Height: 172cm (5’ 7”)

Weight: 55kg (121 lbs)

3 Sizes: B86 W57 H87

Foot Size: 24.0 cm (Size 7)

Dominant Arm: Right

Grip: Right: 70kg (154 lbs)/ Left: 70 kg (154 lbs)

Eyesight: Right: 2.5 / Left: 2.5

Hearing Ability: Right: Normal / Left: Normal

※She’s an enhanced human, all-purpose so to say.

 

Personal Data

Identification Number: PHANTOM LIVE-123

Codename: Coyote

Real Name: Data erasure complete

Birth date: Data erasure complete

Birthplace: Data erasure complete

Family Structure: Data erasure complete

Hobbies:  強いて挙げるなら空をみること (I can’t understand this. Something to do with flying?)

Favourite Things: Hot Milk / Amino Tablets

Disliked Things: Cooking with strong seasoning / Noise

Important things: Her own name

Favourite Disguise: Dancer

Favourite Words: Doesn’t have any.

Personality: A cool woman in the shadows. She’s a neat-freak who doesn’t like relationships. Nevertheless, sometimes her emotional pressure becomes too much to suppress.

Source

I had a lot of trouble with this one. The personality translation isn’t accurate (at all), but I did what I could. I’ll come back to it later when I understand more.

Character Profile – Nicklaus Nightwood

Posted in Character Profile Translation, Website Translation with tags , , on February 1, 2012 by Wynyard

Military Intelligence Data

Basic Physical Strength: 7

Insight: 10

Instantaneous Judgement: 10

Emotional Strength: 6

Charisma: 8

Hand-to-hand fighting, Marksmanship: 5

Disguise, Infiltration: 6

Engineering, Development: 6

Favourite gun: GLOCK 17

Hand-to-hand Fighting Style: Martial Arts

Affiliation Data

Organization Affiliation: Illegal Intelligence Agency S.E.A.

Assigned Team: Special Ops Unit PHANTOM

Rank / Role: Tactical Planning Officer

Physical Data

Age: 32 (estimation)

Blood Type: A+

Sex: Male

Eyes: Blue

Hair: Ash Blond

Height: 183cm (6’)

Weight: 70kg (154 lbs)

Chest Measurement: 87 cm

Foot Size: 27.5 cm (Size 9.5)

Dominant Arm: Left

Grip: Right: 67kg (147 lbs)/ Left: 71 kg (156 lbs)

Eyesight: Right: 0.6 / Left: 0.7 When corrected Right: 1.2 / Left: 1.2

Hearing Ability: Right: Normal / Left: Normal

Personal Data

Identification Number: PHANTOM LIVE-057

Codename: Snowman

Real Name: Data erasure complete

Birth date: Data erasure complete

Birthplace: Data erasure complete

Family Structure: Data erasure complete

Hobbies: Chess / Videogames

Favourite Things: Sarmale (Romanian Cabbage Rolls)

Disliked Things: Rations

Important things: Teamwork

Favourite Disguise: SP (Security Police)

Favourite Words: Back in the hole!

Personality: Soft in demeanour, a gentle and calm man. Always thinking of the entirety of the team, he acts as the mood maker. He doesn’t talk much about himself, but the complex expression he sometimes shows indicates his past.

Source

Character Profile – Billy Bishop

Posted in Character Profile Translation, Website Translation with tags , , on January 31, 2012 by Wynyard

Military Intelligence Data

Basic Physical Strength: 9

Insight: 8

Instantaneous Judgement: 9

Emotional Strength: 10

Charisma: 10

Hand-to-hand fighting, Marksmanship: 8

Disguise, Infiltration: 8

Engineering, Development: 5

Favourite gun: WALTHER P99

Hand-to-hand Fighting Style: S3 + Martial Arts

Affiliation Data

Organization Affiliation: Illegal Intelligence Agency S.E.A.

Assigned Team: Special Ops Unit PHANTOM

Rank / Role: Tactical Commander and Execution Force Covert Operative

Physical Data

Age: 26 (estimation)

Blood Type: AB+

Sex: Male

Eyes: Brown

Hair: Dark Brown

Height: 181cm (5’11”)

Weight: 75kg (165 lbs)

Chest Measurement: 96 cm

Foot Size: 27.5 cm (Size 9.5)

Dominant Arm: Right

Grip: Right: 84kg (185 lbs)/ Left: 81 kg (178 lbs)

Eyesight: Right: 1.5 / Left: 1.5

Hearing Ability: Right: Normal / Left: Normal

Personal Data

Identification Number: PHANTOM LIVE-084

Codename: Falcon

Real Name: Billy Bishop

Birth date: January 4th, 198X

Birthplace: United States of America

Family Structure: None

Hobbies: Motocross Racing / Rock climbing

Favourite Things: Thrill

Disliked Things: Boredom

Important things: Teammate

Favourite Disguise: Guerilla

Favourite Words: Back in the hole!

Personality: Composed and daring personality, a man who enjoys thrill. Providing leadership on the battlefield, he always slips through dilemmas. His sense of responsibility causes him to value his teammates’ lives above his own.

※Concerning codenames: There is no risk of eavesdropping over the team radio, so except during special operations they’re rarely used.

Source

Mission Statement

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on January 31, 2012 by Wynyard

This blog’s purpose is to bring attention to Hidetaka Suehiro’s underappreciated work, Spy Fiction.

Spy Fiction recieved a lackluster localiztion that severely damages the work’s intent and internal continuity.  The Japanese version, however, not only makes perfect sense, it was clearly lovingly crafted by a team of creative individuals. The English localization is an insult to their love.

Therefore, in order to properly share the developers’ hard work with the English speaking community, I will do my best to translate the information on the Japanese website. I don’t speak Japanese very well, so any corrections are very much appreciated. This blog is a learning experience for me, and admittedly I’m starting with very little language ability. The backstories on the website are well beyond my ability, I’m afraid, so I will not be able to translate those. They might be beyond my ability, but they’re no match for R. Capowski, who has taken it upon herself to translate them!

In addition, I will be posting editorials comparing the English to the Japanese version, discussing differences in character, plot, gameplay, etc. I will also be posting certain sections of the script. I do not plan to post it in its entirety for legal reasons.

I highly encourage anyone reading this blog to purchase a copy of the Japanese edition of Spy Fiction, if reasonable. Contrary to expectations, the Japanese version of Spy Fiction is voiced entirely in English, and everything important is voiced. Not only will you not miss out on any plot, the Japanese version is actually more natural and has more plot. The controls are very easy to pick up, and the manual is much nicer. The only thing you’ll miss out on is the Garbology, but Let’s Play sensation supergreatfriend has collected 99% of them in his LP of English Spy Fiction. There, you can also find my original (admittedly very lackluster) comparsion of Japanese to English Spy Fiction.

In short, please appreciate all of the work SWERY and company put into Spy Fiction. I hope you find a new favourite, as I have.