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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):
darlingfox: [fma] lingdarlingfox on January 30th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
In the official Finnish translation (which, at least in this case, isn't nearly as wordy as the scanlation xD) he says "vaimoni" which most definitely means "my wife".

More's the pity, I'd love to ship him with other people but I have a major infidelity squick.
bob_fishbob_fish on January 30th, 2011 05:13 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Here are some solutions:

1) Have him divorced or the wife dead in a tragic skiing accident before he meets the person you'd like to ship him with. This is the one I was guilty of. Bye bye, unnamed and probably perfectly nice wife!
2) If you're shipping him with a girl, there is always the "married in secret" route. I've seen some Olivia/Miles fic that carries this one off.
I'm a cute beandog: Star Driver * do I look gay in this?ringoshiba on January 30th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
Maybe the translator was a Miles/someone shipper and wanted to keep the fantasy? *bricked*