In manga, anime and video games, there appear various fascinating characters, which are developed through different channels such as storylines, drawings, gestures, and languages. Various issues arise when these media are translated into another language due to their cultural and language differences. For instance, a samurai character in the North-American version of Final Fantasy VI mimics the old-fashioned image of samurai by using the archaic pronoun thou instead of you:
“Do simmer down, sirs! And thou, o wild one… Who might thou be?”
Students are exposed to cross-cultural data, conduct their own projects pertaining to the issues surrounding cultural diversities, and share the joy of discoveries in how various features collectively form attractive characters. No Japanese language proficiency is required.
* This GE course will be discontinued with effect from Semester A 2018/19