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Zumie



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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2014 11:24 pm Reply with quote
I guess it's going to seem like I'm ranting a lot Razz Ah well- I guess maybe I just noticed this recently- but it's always been present in anime/manga is the use of jargon/terms unique to the universe.

It's kind of hard enough now to get into some series, but when they start making up a whole new glossary of terms I just start to roll my eyes x_x;

It seems particularly bad in shounen/sci-fi manga. Like using terms such as "demon" for an evil spirit- why not just call it a demon flat out? It sounds so pretentious that now whenever I see any kind of manga using most jargon terms I just stop reading instantly or put it back on the shelf.

Anyone out there agree with me or have noticed this too??
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Chagen46



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 12:46 am Reply with quote
This is all connected with Chūnibyō. But yes, you are right, manga, anime, and light novels all for some reason are obsessed with intense amounts of jargon.

Though, there is a certain charm to those chūni-as-hell names like "Reality Disengage" (just a fake example)
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Mr Adventure



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 2:34 am Reply with quote
Jargon is an easy way to infuse a sense of pathos to a fictional world.

But I agree that it sometimes can become a bit overbearing, but not really anymore then any other source of genre fiction.
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Touma



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:10 am Reply with quote
Zumie wrote:
Like using terms such as "demon" for an evil spirit- why not just call it a demon flat out?

I am confused.
It looks to me like you are saying that instead of "demon" they should use "demon."
Am I misunderstanding something?

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Anyone out there agree with me or have noticed this too??

I really have not noticed it. Or at least I have not been bothered by it enough that it left an impression on me.

Are you referring to stories that use made-up words in place of real, existing words? I cannot remember any of those, but maybe I just have not read enough of them.
Sometimes the author makes up words for things that exist only in the universe of the manga, but you are not talking about that are you?
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Yulhen



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PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 10:41 am Reply with quote
Hmm...As for me it's normal. May be I just haven't read or watced enough to say. I think, it comes from translators and correctors(if you are not japanish) or just from writer(his/her idea, a way to link with reader).
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Shadowrun20XX



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 9:22 pm Reply with quote
It's the norm, you either like it or you don't. People love other ways to stay connected to a series they like If its jargon they connect to than more jargon is created. If English is your first language then sci fi nerds making up languages and inside jokes are a way they stay connected to the series they like.

Notice it, how can you not?

What I don't like are full on rules or boardgames and rules of fictional games. In my mind its more for a marketing ploy than to tell a cohesive story.
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