How come I've never thought of this: Is the name incorrect?

#1 Posted by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -

After seeing how hilarious the English translations were in the Dark Souls quick look, my mind jumped to the name of Dark Souls' spiritual predecessor, Demon's Souls. Then I got thinking... is the name wrong?

1. Demon Souls would imply that there are souls which are demonic.

2. Demons Souls is incorrect grammar, and would read as though you were stating two separate things: Demons and Souls.

3. Demon's Souls is correct grammar, but it doesn't fit with what the game is actually about. It would mean there is one demon with many souls.

4. Demons' Souls is what I believe the intended name was. It essentially means "the souls of multiple demons."

Demon's Souls, as is, could technically fit into the Demon's Souls universe, but it's a stretch, and I'd assume most people think of the fourth meaning I listed when they think of the game.

Anyone out there who knows Japanese maybe wanna enlighten us on what the real intended name is supposed to be?

#2 Posted by WarlordPayne (705 posts) -

Aren't all the souls supposed to be from one demon? It's been a while but I thought there was one great demon that all of the souls originally came from, the one that was releasing the fog.

#3 Edited by mordukai (7185 posts) -

But the soul of a single demon gives you many souls.

#4 Posted by ryanwho (12082 posts) -

You're the demon with many souls.

#5 Posted by FunExplosions (5407 posts) -

@WarlordPayne: Ah, yeah, that makes sense. The Old One. Maybe it's just me that's been messing up the name subconsciously for two years. It could also refer to the player, collecting more and more souls along their quest, but a reference to The Old One is the most intuitive definition, given the game's grammatical representation.

#6 Posted by Marz (5671 posts) -

well... Demons do have multiple souls in this game..  how else can you be absorbing 10,000 souls from one demon :P

#7 Posted by SadPatrol (502 posts) -

one demon, and he has multiple souls.

#8 Posted by Ravenlight (8011 posts) -

I had the same problem until I realized it was from Japan and probably wasn't going to make sense.

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