Haisai! After like, one and half years, I finally decided to go through all these episodes in one session. Luckily, they’re only 3 minutes each, so that saves a lot of time. However, since they have a lot of Okinawan Japanese that I don’t understand, I’ve had my fair amount of research before I was able to finish all of this. The quality of the translations may vary because somewhere in the middle I was contemplating whether I should continue with this project or not. I decided to give it one more roll but I’m more motivated to watch than to actually translate it considering the expected amount of people that will actually get to see these scripts. That all said and done, let’s get to the episodes!
So here we go again, another series of uchinayamato-guchi, the Okinawan dialect of Japanese, which is the most common form of speech on the islands. It’s a mix of Shuri and Japanese, making interesting combinations. Let’s have some vocab refreshing at the beginning of episode 14 (or season 2 episode 1, whatever you want to call it)! Haitai/Haisai is the hello in Okinawa, depending on gender. Mensoree – vowels tend to get extended a lot – is your standard youkoso in Japanese. Onion beer is the standard beer you order, while awamori would be the Okinawan version of shouchuu. And don’t forget your adjectives. Deeji is the most common one, comparable to the Japanese totemo.
Episode 15 comes with new vocabulary. usandee sabira is spoken when you give offerings to your ancestors, in hope that they will protect you for another year. sabira is the equivalent of the polite form of suru, shimasu. Usandee is osagari, making the literal translation “We give our food offerings to the gods”. But it also means osusowake, which explains the situation, where they give one part to the gods and ancestors, and the rest is shared with the others. The foods in chronological order are taamu dengaku, pieces of taro corms baked and coated with miso; rafutee, pork belly stewed in soy sauce and brown sugar; kubuirichi, stir-fried and simmered konbu seaweed, combined with sekihan, red rice which is used for festive occasions; nakamijiru, cow/pork guts soup.
Episode 16 hardly has any lines, which makes it easy for translators but sadly not that informative for you guys. The episode afterwards is so random, I don’t even know what to say about that one. Obviously, the Michael Jackson is not actually saying lyrics from Billy Jean, but I figured it would fit the situation the best. I actually looked up where the prop was from again, and it’s from episode 8 (exactly halfway!) where they have Nanafa and Niina dressed up in different costumes. I’ve also used the word “try-hard” here, which is considered English slang, in answer to Japanese slang azatoi, which has changed meaning from “sly and clever” to “cute when someone is trying to be sly and clever”.
Episode 18 just brings us a nice relation between kijimuna (tree spirits) versus the almighty typhoon. Nineteen brings us to a long chase to reclaim the Nanafa’s diary. I translated the title as “Stop that Nina!” as a reference to Stop that pigeon. Note that I write do not duplicate the vowels in the script, but for linguistic reasons I’m writing them double in my own posts. I believe the animated game cutscenes are from Super Robot Wars. Every now and then you see an advertising truck come by, marketing the series itself.Episode 20 needed some background information because it’s a collaboration project with the Ultra Monsters Anthropomorphic Project, which seemingly is a project to turn all monsters from Ultraman into moe girls. The line about Ryuugamori is about how Ultraman came to be.
The first episode of this batch gave me a bit of trouble with a large crowd cheering with words that could be either Okinawan Japanese or Standard Japanese, but I couldn’t make anything out of it. My translation notes just simply say “They might be saying Sensei Go! But that seems very unlikely”. Another Okinawan word to remember here is 御嶽 utaki, meaning an Okinawan sacred site or grove.
Episode 22 finally comes with the monsters as mentioned in the opening, majimun. Basically, it’s comparable to the Japanese youkai (whereas kijimuna would be yousei), and they cause mischief just like your typical everyday youkai. These majimun featured in this episode are the so-called afiraa majimun, literally translated as the ‘duck monster’. When these crawl through your legs, you are bound to get sick. At least, so goes the rumours. The blue majimun is pretty pissed off because the girls don’t know how to properly pray to the gods (2 bows, 2 claps, 1 bow), but perhaps the kashiwade in Okinawa is done differently? Also, the red one was annoying to figure out. There’s nothing much to say about episode 23, beside the fact that mochi sounds so much cuter in Okinawa (muuchii). And the hassa, which is the Japanese ara.
At the beginning, you can see the tebichi as we know from the first season. Why there are octopi appearing at the end, you ask? I have absolutely no clue. From here on out, it’s more or less straight forward to the prologue. Any terms I might have missed: sooki soba, stewed pork ribs with soba noodles; nuchigusui, food that’s so delicious that it might as well be medicine; kuwacchii sabitan, the Okinawan “gochisousama deshita” a.k.a. Thanks for the food (and yes, sabitan is the past tense inflection of sabira).
And that’s pretty much it. I hope you enjoyed, despite the fact I’m so late the hype is long gone. But sometimes, you just need to get something off of your mind.