My question backlog actually has a good number of questions about the Kingdom Hearts games, so let’s take a look at one of them! This one comes from madammina and is about something Jane says in the first game:
Hi there Mato! Playing KH right after reading your Eggman Q&A led to a question.
The third world in Kingdom Hearts is Deep Jungle, based on Tarzan. When Sora talks to Jane for the first time, she goes “Oh, you speak English!” since Jane is a proper English Lady, or at least thinks she is.
So, what did they do in the Japanese version? Did they change it so Jane remarks on Sora speaking Japanese, or does she say something else entirely?
Here’s a look at the line in question:
And the Japanese line translates to something like, “Oh, you understand spoken language?” or “Oh, you understand speech?”
So it looks like the English translation (unless this English was written first?) localizes it a bit into the more natural-sounding, “Oh, you speak English!”
So hopefully that answers that question!
And, you know, this jungle stuff and this scene in particularly seemed very, slightly familiar to me… and then I realized that when I did play Kingdom Hearts like ten years ago the jungle part is around where I stopped. I always meant to get back into the game someday, but now ten years have passed and the series seems so complicated 😯 I think I’ll just have to watch LPs of the games someday instead 😛