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30 January 2011 @ 04:39 pm
Translation question: the elusive Mrs Miles  
I have a highly important nerding question for you all. So, maryh10000 clued me into something that rocked my world today: the line where Major Miles says he's married may be maybe possibly a mistranslation!


Remember how Miles casually mentions his wife in that one panel? Thus causing all kinds of interesting stuffs for fic writers who want to tackle the Major's romantic life or inner workings because a) we know nothing about her so have to put our thinking caps on and work out what kind of lady we think she is and/or b) Miles is hot and we want to ship him with people.

Apparently, the wife he refers to is his father's.

The panel in question is on page 17 of Chapter 65, in Volume 16. I don't have the Viz volume in question, drat, but I hear they translated it as "my father's wife" rather than "my wife". Can anyone confirm this sighting?

I also do not read Japanese, frandammit, but I do have the original Japanese version of the panel in question, if any Japanese-speakers here fancy tackling it. Help a loser fangirl out! It's what Olivia would want.

Here's the scanlation from onemanga:

Here's the original Japanese (from Vol 16 rather than Shonen Gangan, all you nitpickers):
シュエ: ed-blade&smilexue on January 30th, 2011 04:57 pm (UTC)
I think he means his own wife, from a native speaker's pov.
bob_fishbob_fish on January 30th, 2011 05:00 pm (UTC)
Ah, okay, thank you! So I take it we're not missing any super-obscure Japanese convention of referring to your mother as "father's wife", then?
シュエ: england-eyebrowsxue on January 30th, 2011 05:02 pm (UTC)
Unless it's his step mother but then they would just use another character that means Step mother, but read the same way.
bob_fishbob_fish on January 30th, 2011 05:11 pm (UTC)
Ah, that sounds like a pretty definitive answer! Married after all ...
シュエxue on January 30th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately. *pat pat* XD
bob_fishbob_fish on January 30th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
Lucky Mrs Miles. XD