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2016-11-06: This update mainly, and substantially, affects Breath of Fire II, with a few other minor changes here and there.

2016-05-30: In addition to general cleanup, improving consistency in formatting, and rephrasing here and there, updates include more storyline in FF5, better attention to character tone in FF4, some extra notes and revisions to a few monster names in FF6, a correction to ときめきの導火線, and correcting some mistranslated slang in YellowsicKING.

Also, I noticed that several of the songs I've already posted were missing timing information and, in some cases, other important details of how they're actually sung as opposed to how the lyrics are officially written. The affected songs are EXEC_HARMONIUS/., EXEC_RIG=VEDA/., だんご大家族, and 風の辿り着く場所.

Meanwhile, I've finally gotten around to finishing up and posting some of the other songs I've had in the works for a while. Take a look at EXEC_PHANTASMAGORIA/., 歩む道, カレーのちライス, リトル☆デイト, Revolution, Hacking to the Gate, スカイクラッドの観測者, and 夢は終わらない ~こぼれ落ちる時の雫~.

2015-09-07: The Legend of the Holy Sword 2 (Secret of Mana) section is much expanded, including a fair amount of story text, more extensive data on items and monsters and such, and as much detail as I've been able to look up, extrapolate, or otherwise obtain on algorithms and other such inner workings that I find myself strangely fascinated with. In other news, another look at Get along and Give a Reason has led to some revisions for both. I've also made some minor revisions to several other games, most notably more tech-related data for Chrono Trigger.

Plans for the next update include continuing Final Fantasy V and polishing up some of the mostly-completed song translations I haven't gotten around to posting yet.

2015-03-01: It's been a whole year already? Good grief. At least I have something to show for it, even if it's not as much as I might like. For starters, though most visitors will never know the difference, I've reverified the HTML in every page in this section, fixing some minor errors that the majority of browsers would silently correct for anyway. But you're probably more interested in the content, right?

The Chrono Trigger section is now essentially complete, including more detail in earlier sections, more detailed monster data, and all alternate endings. Final Fantasy IV has been updated with more revisions, more comparisons between game versions, and the tutorial and developer rooms. Final Fantasy V has been amended to note that most calculations are rounded down, and to note actual values instead of generic formulas where applicable. Final Fantasy VI gets a number of minor revisions.

A few songs have had some minor revisions as well. More significant is the addition of Weiß and Schwarz, songs released on the same single as schwarzweiß, which is used in the intro for Atelier Iris 3. All three go together, and even lead into each other, so it felt wrong to leave the other two out, even though they aren't part of the game.

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Video Game Text

Yes, I realize that all of these games have already been translated. This isn't here for the English, it's here for the Japanese. I figure that if you're looking for usage examples for pretty much anything, dialogue written by Japanese people ought to be far more realistic than anything I write. Try using your browser's search function (cut and paste if you have to). And it's interesting to see the differences.

GameLast significant
update or revision
Essentially Complete
 Chrono Trigger  2015-09-07
 Final Fantasy VI [Final Fantasy III]  2016-11-06 UPDATED (minimally)
 ゼルダの伝説:神々のトライフォース [The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past]  2015-09-07
Incomplete
 エストポリス伝記II [Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals]  2016-11-06 UPDATED (minimally)
 Final Fantasy IV [Final Fantasy II]  2016-05-30
 Final Fantasy V  2016-05-30
 聖剣伝説2 [Secret of Mana]  2015-09-07
Quickies
 Breath of Fire: 竜の戦士 (introduction and misc. info)  2016-11-06 UPDATED
 Breath of Fire 2: 使命の子 (partial introduction, character profiles)  2016-11-06 UPDATED
 イリスのアトリエ [Atelier Iris] (equipment effects)  29 Apr 2012

Lines in Classic Japanese

Example text to go with the newly added information on classical Japanese. For now, there's just the one page, but I'll split it up if it gets to be too big.

 Content Last update or revision
 Clasical Japanese text (mostly spell incantations from Slayers)  2014-03-01

Japanese Songs

These are always interesting... lots of incomplete sentences, some unusual terms and grammar to sound more poetic or fit the rhythm better... and my favorite are the words that are written one way and pronounced completely differently, to give the same word two meanings. Ah, the wonders of kanji and furigana (those are the little kana written over or next to kanji to tell you how to pronounce them)....

For the timing information, I consider a vocal section to be over when the main singer's voice cuts off.

Songs are grouped by series (or game), with series sorted by English alphabetical order, but with the Japanese names more often than not. Confusing? Maybe. English names in parenthesis where applicable.

And incidentally, I'm a big Megumi Hayashibara fan, which has a lot to do with why I've chosen so many Slayers songs. Though Nana Mizuki has also captured my interest more recently, hence the Nanoha and Rosario....

 Song Info Last update or revision
Ar tonelico
 Brief Hymmnos reference: Not a song. Contains information relevant to songs from all Ar tonelico games.  2015-03-01
 謳う丘 — Harmonics EOLIA — [Singing Hill —Harmonics EOLIA—]  Opening theme.  07 Apr 2009
 EXEC_PAJA/.#Misya_extracting  Misha's version of the halt execution song.  07 Apr 2009
 EXEC_PAJA/.#Orica_extracting  Aurica's version of the halt execution song.  07 Apr 2009
 EXEC_LINCA/.  A song of linkage.  27 Feb 2011
 EXEC_CHRONICLE_KEY/.  A song of containment.  2014-03-01
 EXEC_SUSPEND/.  A song of slumber.  05 Sep 2009
 EXEC_RE=NATION/.  A song of rebirth.  21 Aug 2010
 EXEC_HARMONIUS/.  An insistent song.  2016-05-30
 EXEC_RIG=VEDA/.  A song perhaps of redemption.  2016-05-30
 EXEC_PHANTASMAGORIA/.  The epic ending theme.  2016-05-30
Ar tonelico 2
 METHOD_REPLEKIA/.  A song of destruction.  21 Aug 2010
 EXEC_METAFALICA/.  A song of creation... sort of.  29 Apr 2012
 EXEC_SPHILIA/.  A song of rapport.  27 Feb 2011
 EXEC_HAIBANATION/.  A song of despair and lethargy.  07 Apr 2009
 METHOD_IMPLANTA/.  A song of hope and recovery.  27 Feb 2011
 METHOD_METAFALICA/.  A song of renewal.  27 Feb 2011
 Hartes ciel, melenas walasye.  Public singing event late in the game.  07 Apr 2009
 EXEC_with.METHOD_METAFALICA/.  A song of creation.  27 Feb 2011
Ar tonelico 3
 EXEC_COSMOFLIPS/.  A cautiously hopeful song of petition.  29 Apr 2012
 METHOD_HYMMELI/.  An upbeat song of cooperation.  27 Feb 2011
Clannad
 メグメル ~cuckool mix 2007~ [Mag Mell]  Opening theme  27 Feb 2011
 だんご大家族 [The Great Big Dango Family]  Closing theme  2016-05-30
.hack//Roots
 Silly-Go-Round  Opening theme  16 Jan 2009
 亡國覚醒カタルシス [Ruined Country Awakening Catharsis]  Closing theme  05 Sep 2009
.hack//SIGN
 Key of the Twilight  Used now and then  27 Feb 2011
 優しい夜明け [Gentle Daybreak]  Closing theme  27 Feb 2011
ふしぎ遊戯 [Fushigi Yuugi]
 ときめきの導火線 [Racing Heart Fuse]  Closing theme  05 Sep 2009
ひぐらしのく頃に [When They Cry]
 ひぐらしのく頃に [When They Cry]  Season 1 opening theme.  2014-03-01
 why, or why not  Season 1 closing theme.  21 Aug 2010
 笑顔・はっぴぃ・ピース♪ [Smile Happy Peace♪]  Season 1 Rena character album song.  27 Feb 2011
 圭一・大石の噂の事件簿ABC [Keiichi & Ooishi's Notorious Incident Report ABC]  Season 1 Keichi and Ooishi character album song.  29 Apr 2012
 ふたりのバースディ [Our Birthday]  Season 1 Mion and Shion character album song 1.  27 Feb 2011
 言えない言葉 [Words I Can't Say]  Season 1 Mion and Shion character album song 2.  27 Feb 2011
 無限回廊 [Infinite Corridor]  Season 1 Rika character album song.  27 Feb 2011
 好き好き∞にーにー [I Like You Like You ∞ Nii-Nii]  Season 1 Satoko character album song.  27 Feb 2011
 奈落の花 [Stygian Flower]  Season 2 opening theme.  29 Apr 2012
 対象a [Objet Petit a]  Season 2 closing theme.  21 Aug 2010
 S・A・G・A~輪廻の果てに~ [~at the ends of rebirth~]  Season 2 Rika character album song.  29 Apr 2012
 なのです☆  Season 2 Hanyuu character album song.  21 Aug 2010
 梵~karma~ [Brahman ~karma~]  Season 2 Takano character album song.  2014-03-01
 愛のイナズマ閃光 [Flash of Love]  Season 2 Tomitake character album song.  29 Apr 2012
 YellowsicKING  Season 2 Satoshi character album song.  2016-05-30
 クールになれ!~Keep On Our Love~ [Stay Cool! ~Keep On Our Love~]  Season 2 Keiichi character album song.  2015-03-01
犬夜叉 [Inuyasha]
 CHANGE THE WORLD  Opening theme for episodes 1-34.  21 Aug 2010
 My Will  Closing theme for episodes 1-20 (and 166-67).  07 Apr 2009
 深い森 [Deep Forest]  Closing theme for episodes 21-41.  30 Dec 2007
 I am  Opening theme for episodes 35-64.  21 Aug 2010
 Dearest  Closing theme for episodes 42-60.  05 Sep 2009
 Every Heart  Closing theme for episodes 61-85.  30 Dec 2007
 終わりない夢 [Endless Dream]  Opening theme for episodes 65-95.  30 Dec 2007
 真実の詩 [Song of Truth]  Closing theme for episodes 86-108.  05 Sep 2009
 Grip!  Opening theme for episodes 96-127.  30 Dec 2007
イリスのアトリエ エターナルマナ [Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana]
 白夜幻想譚 [White Night Imagination]  Opening theme  29 Apr 2012
 歩む道 [The Path I Walk]  Normal ending theme  2016-05-30
イリスのアトリエ エターナルマナ2 [Atelier Iris 2: The Azoth of Destiny]
 ETERNAL STORY  Opening theme  21 Aug 2010
イリスのアトリエ グランファンタズム [Atelier Iris 3: Grand Phantasm]
 Weiß~幻想への誘い~ [White ~Invitation to Fantasy~]  (released with and leads into schwarzweiß)  2015-03-01
 Schwarz~そして少女は森の中~ [Black ~And the Girl is in the Forest~]  (released with and leads into schwarzweiß)  2015-03-01
 schwarzweiß ~霧の向こうに繋がる世界~ [Black&White ~World Linked Beyond the Mist~]  Opening theme  2015-03-01
Kanon (2006 Anime)
 Last Regrets  Opening theme  05 Sep 2009
 風の辿り着く場所 [Where the Wind Reaches]  Closing theme  2016-05-30
かしまし ~ガール・ミーツ・ガール~ [Kashimashi ~Girl Meets Girl~]
 恋するココロ [Loving Heart]  Opening theme  05 Sep 2009
 みちしるべ [Guidepost]  Closing theme, variations included  29 Apr 2012
K-On!
 Cagayake!GIRLS [Shine! GIRLS]  First season opening theme  29 Apr 2012
 Don't say "lazy"  First season closing theme  29 Apr 2012
 ふわふわ時間(タイム) [Fuzzy Time]  The club's first song  29 Apr 2012
 カレーのちライス [Rice After Curry]  Another of the club's songs  2016-05-30
ラブ ひな [Love Hina]
 君さえいれば [If Only You Were Here]  Closing theme  30 Dec 2007
魔法少女リリカルなのは [Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha]
 innocent starter  First season opening theme  29 Apr 2012
 Take a shot  Used in episode 12  29 Apr 2012
 ETERNAL BLAZE  A's (2nd season) opening theme  16 Jan 2009
 Snow Rain  Used in A's episode 11  21 Aug 2010
 BRAVE PHOENIX  Used in A's episode 12  29 Apr 2012
 SECRET AMBITION  StrikerS (3rd season) first opening theme  29 Apr 2012
 MASSIVE WONDERS  StrikerS second opening theme  07 Apr 2009
 Pray  Used in StrikerS episode 24  29 Apr 2012
Mana Khemia
 Run For Your Life  Opening theme  29 Apr 2012
らんま1/2 [Ranma 1/2]
 プラトニックつらぬいて [Keep It Platonic]  Season 1 first closing theme, a.k.a. "Let's Be Platonic"  16 Jan 2009
 リトル☆デイト [Little☆Date]  Season 2 opening theme  2016-05-30
ロザリオとバンパイア [Rosario+Vampire]
 Dancing in the velvet moon  First season closing theme  21 Aug 2010
 DISCOTHEQUE  CAPU2 (2nd season) opening theme  21 Aug 2010
 Trinity Cross  CAPU2 (2nd season) closing theme  29 Apr 2012
新世紀エヴァンゲリオン [Neon Genesis Evangelion]
 残酷な天使のテーゼ [Cruel Angel's Thesis]  Opening theme  29 Apr 2012
スレイヤーズ [Slayers]
 Get along  Slayers opening theme  2015-09-07
 KUJIKENAIKARA! [Because I Won't Be Crushed]  Slayers closing theme  30 Dec 2007
 Give a Reason  Slayers Next opening theme  2015-09-07
 邪魔はさせない [Won't Let You Get in My Way]  Slayers Next closing theme  16 Jan 2009
 乙女の祈り [Maiden's Prayer]  Used in Slayers Next, much to Lina's mortification  29 Apr 2012
 Breeze  Slayers Try opening theme  2015-03-01
 don't be discouraged  Slayers Try closing theme  29 Apr 2012
 Plenty of grit  Slayers Revolution opening theme  29 Apr 2012
 Revolution  Slayers Revolution closing theme  2016-05-30
 Just be conscious  Slayers Return theme  2015-03-01
 Midnight Blue  Slayers Perfect theme  30 Dec 2007
Steins;Gate
 Hacking to the Gate  Anime opening theme  2016-05-30
 スカイクラッドの観測者 [Skyclad Observer]  Game opening theme  2016-05-30
テイルズ オブ ファンタジア [Tales of Phantasia]
 夢は終わらない ~こぼれ落ちる時の雫~ [The Dream Will Not End ~Overflowing Droplets of Time~]  Opening theme (SFC)  2016-05-30
ワイルドアームズ セカンドイグニッション [Wild ARMs 2nd Ignition]
 どんなときでもひとりじゃない [Never Alone Whatever May Come]  Disc 1 opening theme  29 Apr 2012
 Resistance Line  Disc 2 opening theme  29 Apr 2012
 夜空 [Night Sky]  Plays when not continuing after saving  30 Dec 2007


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spampoison ...might work. It's worth trying.