What All the Japanese Image Text in .hack//G.U. Means


OmniM was curious about what some Japanese text in .hack//G.U.:

Here’s some screenshots that have Japanese lettering in them. I’m sorry about the low quality of the pictures (I took them using a 3DS). Half of the pictures are composed of special attacks while the others have background art and one picture shows a character’s back. I know some of the photographs are little off (it’s not easy to take photos of a fast-paced action rpg), but most of them are clear. Oh yeah…I also took a picture of the game’s opening (the first one) but I’m afraid the letters are hard to make out. Oh well. Anyway, thank you and keep working on the awesome website!

Okay, let’s take a look!

Whew, some of those are tough! But hopefully .hack fans will find some of that interesting! It’s been a loooong time since I played any of the games, and I can’t even remember if I got very far. If I can’t remember I guess not 😛 But I do remember enjoying the concept and ideas!

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  1. For the second one, I definitely lean more towards ブブーッ, if only due to the angle of the ッ suggesting the angle of the rest. At least, I read it as “bu buuu” before even looking at the text.

    Not knowing anything about the games, that fifth one may be a weird spelling of “Jim”. I know ジム would actually be “Jimu”, but I seem to recall that the “chi” sound more closely approximates the usual J sound in English.

    1. I don’t think CH sounds more like the English J

      because I think the Japanese J is pretty much the same as the English one

    2. The fifth one is a doodle of a creature in the game called “chim-chims”; so it just says “chim”

  2. Oh man, this is actually pretty neat, thanks Mato!
    Oh .Hack, how disappointing and annoying you were once GU came around…though I’m sure the original games don’t hold up as well today 😡

  3. Thanks for translating those photos, Mato! It’s interesting that some of the pictures have several meanings behind it (like the Rengeki and the Twin Moons pics- I didn’t don’t know it had some connection to Buddhism!). I guess it’s no surprise at the thirteenth pic-he does look like a tengu, but I took a picture of him because he’s the only character that has some kanji on his clothes.


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