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NEWS: One Peace Books Launches The Rising of the Shield Hero Audiobook




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Connor Dino



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2021 9:04 am Reply with quote
This is interesting to me because I have to think they will retranslate the LN. I have read the LN release up till volume 6 or 7 and my god, either the prose was absolutely terrible or the translation was total garbage. It was filled with spelling errors and confusing writing. I generally hated the experience of reading it...so I wonder if this will improve it? Otherwise we are going to have a narrator encounter some "odd" sentences.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2021 11:10 am Reply with quote
Name kind of reminds me of Kana Hanazawa.
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OtherSideofSky



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2021 11:12 am Reply with quote
Connor Dino wrote:
This is interesting to me because I have to think they will retranslate the LN. I have read the LN release up till volume 6 or 7 and my god, either the prose was absolutely terrible or the translation was total garbage. It was filled with spelling errors and confusing writing. I generally hated the experience of reading it...so I wonder if this will improve it? Otherwise we are going to have a narrator encounter some "odd" sentences.

Shield Hero's prose is total garbage in Japanese, but those sound like issues with the English edition. Things like spelling errors don't generally carry over between languages anyway, but its problem isn't being confusing; it's overexplaining everything to death. (I distinctly remember a part where the same ability gets explained in detail three times in one chapter, and redundant sentences are the norm in descriptive passages.) That's not even touching on its basic story structure issues, of course.

The Japanese audiobooks are more bearable than actually reading it (if only because they don't require your undivided attention), although you can tell that the woman reading them struggles with deep-voiced male villain laughs. I wonder what an English-language reader would make of all the laughter, grunts, and other weird noises that normally wouldn't be written out in English prose. (I would assume the translation wrote around some of that, but multiple characters have signature nonverbal exclamations that probably stuck around.)
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