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GracieLizzy



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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2012 4:18 pm Reply with quote
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A certain incident sets him on a descent into darkness.


Okay this might be a random thing to ask but, why to so many summaries of Japanese entertainment (manga, movies, anime, video games, etc) use the term "a certain incident"? I assume it's for avoidance of spoilers, and a quirk of translation but it always sounds so forced and not like natural English at all when translated. I mean, a "mysterious incident" or something similar would sound less... ridged.
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Mohawk52



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 03, 2012 12:24 pm Reply with quote
GracieLizzy wrote:
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A certain incident sets him on a descent into darkness.


Okay this might be a random thing to ask but, why to so many summaries of Japanese entertainment (manga, movies, anime, video games, etc) use the term "a certain incident"? I assume it's for avoidance of spoilers, and a quirk of translation but it always sounds so forced and not like natural English at all when translated. I mean, a "mysterious incident" or something similar would sound less... ridged.
Maybe it just means the light bulb in the guy's room popped and he didn't have a torch to go downstairs to get another bulb with? Just guessing. Laughing
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GracieLizzy



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 1:26 pm Reply with quote
Apparently in this case it's referring to the March 11th 2011 Tsunami, so it's understandable that they are being sensitive about it for obvious reasons. I also still think that it is silted phrasing in other cases where it is just spoiler avoidance.
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