Atlus has the best translation team.

So I'm playing Persona 3 Portable.  I was thinking about making this blog around hour 12 or so, when Junpei referred to himself as one of "the tards", but I'm at about hour 25 now, and I just witnessed something awesome.  I don't know if the recordings on the console in the command room were in the PS2 releases of P3, but the third recording is awesome.
 
Basically, it's Fuuka in her room looking at her swimsuit and feeling like Yukari and the protagonist are better looking than her.  She actually says that Yukari works out, so she should try not to stand next to her, and then wonders aloud if she is actually the same age as the other juniors.  I thought this was maybe the most touching and real, true-to-life monologue I've ever heard in a JRPG, and I wonder how much of it is the Japanese writers and how much is the translators.
 
And then Fuuka gets the idea that she'll use an exercise belt she bought off Tanaka's show.  She puts it on and realizes that she's ticklish, and then can't get it off.  She starts rolling around giggling while this thing is on her.  And then Mitsuru knocks on the door to see if she's okay.  Fuuka calls out while giggling, while a vibrating machine is humming.  Mitsuru gets embarrassed and says never mind and runs away.
 
I don't think I've ever seen a game that is able to put realistic emotional gravity in the same scene as a fucking vibrator joke.  Awesome.

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Posted by Brodehouse

So I'm playing Persona 3 Portable.  I was thinking about making this blog around hour 12 or so, when Junpei referred to himself as one of "the tards", but I'm at about hour 25 now, and I just witnessed something awesome.  I don't know if the recordings on the console in the command room were in the PS2 releases of P3, but the third recording is awesome.
 
Basically, it's Fuuka in her room looking at her swimsuit and feeling like Yukari and the protagonist are better looking than her.  She actually says that Yukari works out, so she should try not to stand next to her, and then wonders aloud if she is actually the same age as the other juniors.  I thought this was maybe the most touching and real, true-to-life monologue I've ever heard in a JRPG, and I wonder how much of it is the Japanese writers and how much is the translators.
 
And then Fuuka gets the idea that she'll use an exercise belt she bought off Tanaka's show.  She puts it on and realizes that she's ticklish, and then can't get it off.  She starts rolling around giggling while this thing is on her.  And then Mitsuru knocks on the door to see if she's okay.  Fuuka calls out while giggling, while a vibrating machine is humming.  Mitsuru gets embarrassed and says never mind and runs away.
 
I don't think I've ever seen a game that is able to put realistic emotional gravity in the same scene as a fucking vibrator joke.  Awesome.

Posted by AndrewB

Yeah, that scene was in FES at least, obviously a little different for the female MC. Persona 3 is freaking hilarious at times. You still haven't seen the best scene in the game yet either.

Posted by Animasta
Posted by Xtrememuffinman

Atlus and Treehouse.

Posted by luce

Theres this S Link with an MMO player and she starts talking about her co-worker having "fake tits xD!!!!" 
 
Emotes and all. Really Atlus? Really?

Posted by Brodehouse

Come to think of it, when Mitsuru knocked on the door, Fuuka might have actually said "Mitsuru-senpai, I'm coming..!" which only amplifies the insane awesomeness of Persona.

Posted by CommodoreGroovy
@Brodehouse said:
" Come to think of it, when Mitsuru knocked on the door, Fuuka might have actually said "Mitsuru-senpai, I'm coming..!" which only amplifies the insane awesomeness of Persona.  
Oh shit yeah. I remember that in P3 FES, but I totally didn't look into that joke that much. Oh that's funny.
Posted by Nexas
@Brodehouse said:
" Come to think of it, when Mitsuru knocked on the door, Fuuka might have actually said "Mitsuru-senpai, I'm coming..!" which only amplifies the insane awesomeness of Persona. "
She did say that. I wish I could have been in the recording room when they did that scene. I bet it was hilariously awkward.
Posted by Rapid
@Brodehouse said:

" Come to think of it, when Mitsuru knocked on the door, Fuuka might have actually said "Mitsuru-senpai, I'm coming..!" which only amplifies the insane awesomeness of Persona. "

 
Posted by Brodehouse
@Rapid:  It's always the quiet, insecure ones that try it first.
Posted by FluxWaveZ

Too bad Fuuka's VO is the worst thing ever.

Posted by Hailinel
@luce said:
" Theres this S Link with an MMO player and she starts talking about her co-worker having "fake tits xD!!!!"   Emotes and all. Really Atlus? Really? "
That's what makes it so awesome.
Posted by Catolf
@Brodehouse said:
" @Rapid:  It's always the quiet, insecure ones that try it first. "
Much like Nina the table humper of Code Geass. I've never been so disturbed... or laughed so hard. XD
Posted by gakon
@FluxWaveZ said:
" Too bad Fuuka's VO is the worst thing ever. "
Beats Rise as your tactical character ;)
Posted by Brodehouse
@gakon5:  Rise's problem is that she's a squealy fangirl... which I guess actually makes sense as your main cheerleader.
 
Fuuka's problem is that she seems astonished at every single thing that happens in battle.  "There are four enemies..?!  Attack..!"
 
Also I just unlocked a social link with a dog.  I thought social linking with a fox was as fun as it gets.  Social linking with a dog is even better.
Posted by gakon
@Brodehouse said:
" @gakon5:  Rise's problem is that she's a squealy fangirl... which I guess actually makes sense as your main cheerleader.
 
Fuuka's problem is that she seems astonished at every single thing that happens in battle.  "There are four enemies..?!  Attack..!"
 
Also I just unlocked a social link with a dog.  I thought social linking with a fox was as fun as it gets.  Social linking with a dog is even better. "
On the list of things Persona 5 needs is more weird party members, like knife-wielding dogs and emotional robots.
Posted by GilbertMordinAndSullivan
@gakon5 said:
" @FluxWaveZ said:
" Too bad Fuuka's VO is the worst thing ever. "
Beats Rise as your tactical character ;) "
Oh Man... Fuuka and Rise are both insanely awful, and both are worse for following two awesome characters running tactics. 
 
That said, as much as I love Mitsuru, Teddie joining the main team was way more exciting because he is fucking TEDDIE. All the annoying Rise battle-narrations in the world can't cancel out how great Teddie turned out to be. 
 
In short, Teddie.
Posted by FluxWaveZ
@gakon5 said:
" @FluxWaveZ said:
" Too bad Fuuka's VO is the worst thing ever. "
Beats Rise as your tactical character ;) "
Mitsuru seems like she fit that role much more than any of the other characters.  With the exception of Fuuka, who could be sometimes defined as clumsy, the others are just too energetic and undisciplined.
Posted by TooWalrus
@luce said:
" Theres this S Link with an MMO player and she starts talking about her co-worker having "fake tits xD!!!!"   Emotes and all. Really Atlus? Really? "
Sounds pretty awesome to me, actually.
Posted by gakon
@FluxWaveZ said:
" @gakon5 said:
" @FluxWaveZ said:
" Too bad Fuuka's VO is the worst thing ever. "
Beats Rise as your tactical character ;) "
Mitsuru seems like she fit that role much more than any of the other characters.  With the exception of Fuuka, who could be sometimes defined as clumsy, the others are just too energetic and undisciplined. "
Probably, but I had a general dislike of Mitsuru, mostly because of her voice and her mannerisms.  I guess her character makes sense, though, since she's made out to be the mature, rich, A+ honor student.
 
Also it's too bad she's the best caster or I wouldn't have used her on my team.
Posted by Brodehouse
@gakon5 said:
" @Brodehouse said:
" @gakon5:  Rise's problem is that she's a squealy fangirl... which I guess actually makes sense as your main cheerleader.
 
Fuuka's problem is that she seems astonished at every single thing that happens in battle.  "There are four enemies..?!  Attack..!"
 
Also I just unlocked a social link with a dog.  I thought social linking with a fox was as fun as it gets.  Social linking with a dog is even better. "
On the list of things Persona 5 needs is more weird party members, like knife-wielding dogs and emotional robots. "
Alright, so... after you get your basic three starting Persona party members (the dumb pervy one, the boring perfect one, and the aggro fighting one), you get... a beige loveseat that has come to life and makes jokes about people's butts... the local mobster's daughter who is secretly a hermaphrodite... and a forty year old salaryman who now has to hang out with high school kids in order to fight Shadows.  Persona 5, GOOOOOO!!
Posted by AndrewB

Ugh... Fuuka's voice acting nearly ruins the game for me. Makes combat even more tedious. As if the return of Rise's voice actor wasn't bad enough (but at least the main character doesn't exactly vocalize too many lines).

Posted by Hailinel
@FluxWaveZ said:
" @gakon5 said:
" @FluxWaveZ said:
" Too bad Fuuka's VO is the worst thing ever. "
Beats Rise as your tactical character ;) "
Mitsuru seems like she fit that role much more than any of the other characters.  With the exception of Fuuka, who could be sometimes defined as clumsy, the others are just too energetic and undisciplined. "
Well, we're talking about teenagers here.  How many fifteen year olds do you know that are genius tacticians with Vulcan-like control over their emotions?
Posted by ImmortalSaiyan

Those scenes are one of my favorite things about the game.
Posted by FluxWaveZ
@Hailinel said:
" Well, we're talking about teenagers here.  How many fifteen year olds do you know that are genius tacticians with Vulcan-like control over their emotions? "
I was (except I don't know about the tactician part as I was never given an opportunity to be in that position).  But still, Mitsuru's personality seems much more like the supervisor type than the others  who had that role in Persona 3 and 4.  Not that I have much of a problem with it, but it was just weird seeing Mitsuru decide to go into battle to leave the place to Fuuka, who had the Persona more suited for that role when I thought that Mitsuru's Persona, the reflection of her exterior personality, would be more naturally suited for Fuuka's role.
Edited by mutha3
@FluxWaveZ said:

" @Hailinel said:

" Well, we're talking about teenagers here.  How many fifteen year olds do you know that are genius tacticians with Vulcan-like control over their emotions? "

I was (except I don't know about the tactician part as I was never given an opportunity to be in that position). 
No offense, FluxwaveZ, but I highly doubt you would be able to keep your cool when fighting massive monster-demon-things and being responsible for your the lives of your crew. Being apathetic in normal discourse does not a person with control over their emotions make.
 
As for the justification of having Fuuka take Mitsuru's role: Mitsuru commented that Fuuka's Persona was better in analyzing then hers. Remember when Mitsuru had to haul her bigass motorcycle around and couldn't contact the guys when they got to high up in Tartarus?
 
Summarized: its a videogame:P
Posted by FluxWaveZ
@mutha3: 
 
  1. I'm not talking about the main character.  Check the reply to what Hailinel typed; we're talking about Mitsuru and the other "team analyzers".
  2. I know that Mitsuru said that Fuuka's Persona fits the role of "team analyzer" more than hers.  That's why I wrote: " it was just weird seeing Mitsuru decide to go into battle to leave the place to Fuuka, who had the Persona more suited for that role when I thought that Mitsuru's Persona, the reflection of her exterior personality, would be more naturally suited for Fuuka's role. "  Look at Mitsuru and Fuuka.  If the person's Persona is supposed to be the manifestation of their actual persona, it doesn't make sense that the authoritative and calm Mitsuru's Persona would be less suited to that role then the nervous and weak Fuuka.
Posted by ch3burashka

Atlus does indeed have a fantastic localization team; the P4ER proved that beyond a shadow of a doubt. 
 
GIVE US P5.

Posted by Hailinel
@FluxWaveZ said:
" @mutha3: 
 
  1. I'm not talking about the main character.  Check the reply to what Hailinel typed; we're talking about Mitsuru and the other "team analyzers".
  2. I know that Mitsuru said that Fuuka's Persona fits the role of "team analyzer" more than hers.  That's why I wrote: " it was just weird seeing Mitsuru decide to go into battle to leave the place to Fuuka, who had the Persona more suited for that role when I thought that Mitsuru's Persona, the reflection of her exterior personality, would be more naturally suited for Fuuka's role. "  Look at Mitsuru and Fuuka.  If the person's Persona is supposed to be the manifestation of their actual persona, it doesn't make sense that the authoritative and calm Mitsuru's Persona would be less suited to that role then the nervous and weak Fuuka.
"
But from a support and analysis perspective, Fuuka's is undeniably the superior Persona.  Fuuka doesn't have the authoritative personality that Mitsuru has, but that doesn't matter because the team analyzer isn't the same as team leader (the role given to the main character).  Fuuka's personality is befitting of her support role; she's not a combatant.  Mitsuru, on the other hand, is more adept at using her Persona to fight Shadows than she is at analysis.
Posted by FluxWaveZ
@Hailinel said:
" because the team analyzer isn't the same as team leader (the role given to the main character). "
Yeah, you're absolutely right (the quoted part is what sticks with me the most).  Fuuka is definitely more supportive than Mitsuru is, so her position makes complete sense.  I guess if it wasn't for the team analyzer role, Fuuka would fit more as a buff/healer type in battle, but, then again, she did have "Oracle".
 
Speaking of, what the fuck happened to that?  Oracle was a weird move that I kind of liked (gave Fuuka more of a presence in battle) and I really expected Rise to unlock something like that when S. Link 10 was obtained with her instead of all of her passive skills...
Posted by Hailinel
@FluxWaveZ:   I'm not sure.  Maybe the designers just didn't think it was needed in P4?  I know I was able to complete the game on Normal difficulty, and I never really felt the need for Oracle.
Posted by FluxWaveZ
@Hailinel:  It's not really that I needed Oracle or a similar move for practical reasons, but I liked how, in Persona 3 FES, the ability was some sort of divine intervention by the one who was supposed to be truly omniscient in battle.  It gave something for Fuuka to actively do—at least, offensively—instead of all of the passive scans and such.  It may not have been executed in the most efficient way, but I liked the idea.
Posted by IamNOTatalkingpony

 
I cant beleive I didn't get the joke the first time I saw that. 
God bless those translators for the fan-fucking-tastic job and I cant wait to see what things happen in Persona 5!

Posted by LiquidPrince

Agreed.