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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):
Kim: Ed Fanskirarakim on January 30th, 2011 06:02 pm (UTC)
Darn I wonder how I missed that line that he might be married. Well Maybe Arakawa will clear this up or give us some hints in the upcoming FMA Chronicles book. :)

Edited at 2011-01-30 06:02 pm (UTC)
bob_fishbob_fish on January 30th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)
FMA Chronicles??? Why haven't I heard of this? What is it, another Perfect Guidebook? Surely not more manga?

~A rhyme just like a *melody*~: [FMA]Certifiedmelodyic_rhyme on January 30th, 2011 07:06 pm (UTC)
Surely not more manga?

If what I've read is to be believed, it'll contain new manga >w
Barking at the windevil_little_dog on January 30th, 2011 07:13 pm (UTC)
That's certainly exciting.
bob_fishbob_fish on January 30th, 2011 07:19 pm (UTC)
Just looked it up in the fullmetal-alchemist.com forums. Apparently it contains alternate/deleted scenes that never made it into the manga. Hoorah! I would love more worldbuilding info like that interview where she tells us random details, like that Roy rents a tiny flat but owns his own car.

How amazing would it be if she finally freaking told us what happens with Roy and Riza and the Fuhrership and, uh, that other thing about them we were all wondering? "Riza gets a cute haircut and Hayate has puppies" is NOT ENUFF JUICE.
Bay Alexison: Rainy day no thank youbay115 on January 30th, 2011 07:46 pm (UTC)
THIS. That Chronicles book needs to come already! D:
alchemyotaku75: edalsqueehaganeneko on January 30th, 2011 08:26 pm (UTC)
I bigger issue is, will there be online scanlations/translations of the entire book or will Viz bother to put out an English version? With all the Japanese FMA publications out there, Viz has picked up only a tiny fraction of them. =(

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Viz will release an English version because I'd love to read about more of the FMA universe! =D
bob_fishbob_fish on January 30th, 2011 08:34 pm (UTC)
I'd imagine that there'll be online scanlations just as there have been for the previous perfect guides? If there's more manga and exciting character tidbits, I can imagine there'll be demand for it.
Kim: The Elric Brotherskirarakim on January 30th, 2011 09:37 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't count on Viz after all they have only ever released the 1st perfect guide book (and there has been 2 more plus a character guide book since then) but fans translation/scanlations seems like a good bet. :)