The purpose of this topic is to translate the Japanese text of Shining Force,
allowing to compare it with the official translation and see to which extend
the game was changed.
And, it WAS changed. X D
From what I have seen, I consider the GBA translation to be much more accurate
to the original that the U.S. version.
But the GBA version is not the U.S. version
so a translation of the Genesis script is not useless imho (in my humble opinion).
That being said, before I start, you should know that I am far from perfect.
Have you heard of, let's say, Lina Darkstar,
which made a translation of The Forbidden Series 6?
Well, if you expect something THAT good, forget it. X D
While I know more Japanese than the average person,
I have limits and it will show. The problem is that right now,
there is no one better available for now as far as I know. ^^;;;
Expect to see many (?) in the text to see parts I'm not so sure of the translation
and to remind you to not take eveything for cash value.
Even then, you will find interesting things here and there.
Since there's a lot of text, expect the topic to last many, many days.
I could have done it chapters by chapters but it's a long task
and I might get lazy. :\
You might need to bug me once in a while. X D
I'm not sure how much I can type in a single post.
I will end the first post here and the next one will contain
the beginning of the Japanese script.
You might want to wait for the second post before starting to comment. X D
Edit : I just learned I can't post twice in a row.
The gamefaqs forums don't work the same way. X D
Here is how the text will be shown.
First, there will be the U.S. Text.
Then, the Japanese text for those who might want to look at it.
And finally, my shot at translating it in blue.
to help differentiate it from the rest of the text.
If I have comments to add, they'll be in italic.
(or between parentheses)
I will start with the introduction.
I know, the translation is already here on this site. X D
But it will show you how much I can do.
Oh, and one more thing. Expect SPOILERS.
Lot of them.
If you haven't played the game, please do so and then come back here.
Shining force Script
In ages long forgotten...
From about 1000 years in the past..
...Light fought Darkness for
control of the world.
Pure hearts were called by the light
Evil hearts were invited by the darkness
Dark Dragon led the evil
hordes of Darkness.
The incarnation of Darkness, Dark Dragon
was destroying and slaughtering again and again.
*Picture of the battle against Dark Dragon*
The Ancients fought back with
the Powers of Light.
At the end of the great battle with the gods
Dark Dragon was captured.
(Note : "gods" is often if not always changed in the U.S. version in "Ancients")
Dark Dragon was defeated and
cast into another dimension.
And by the hand of the gods
it was sealed in the bottom of the earth.
*Face of Dark Dragon*
The Lord of Darkness vowed to
return in 1,000 years.
「我ハ カナラズ ヨミガエラン
"I will revive withouth failing
in 1000 years..." (?)(
That part is quoted, meaning that Dark Dragon was talking.
Try to say the text with your scariest voice. : P
The text is written in Katakana, meaning it doesn't sound too human.
Maybe I should have wrote it in CAPS.
*Picture of a castle*
Time passed, and Dark Dragon
was forgotten by all.
そして ときはながれ でんせつは
And in time the stream of legends
have been forgotten. (?)
Ten centuries of peace ruled
the land of Rune.
人々 えいえんとも おもわれる
Humanity seemed to have seemingly enjoyed
an eternal time of peace.
*Picture of Rufaust's forces*
Until the kingdom of Runefaust
brought war and fear to Rune.
But destroying that quietness (?)
Hordes of evil creatures
ravaged every land.
The large east country Runfaust
suddenly started its march.
Here and there, strongholds
of Good still held out...
Humanity, trembling with fear
...awaiting a Hero who could wield the Powers of Light!
looked for a helping hand
against this expanding power. (?)
Start of the game : the scene with the girl reading a book.
Wow! Dark Dragon, Ancients...
Let's see now, what else does
this old book say?
Hmmm. One thousand years
have passed since they
vanquished Dark Dragon.
And this book says
Dark Dragon threatened to
return right about now.
I bet anything that Dark
Dragon is behind the evil
hordes of Runefaust!
I need to tell someone about
this! But who would listen to
a kid like me?
I think Dark Dragon's coming
back! Will you help us?
C'mon, it?ll be an adventure!
わー これから どうなるんだろう？
でも もうすぐ かえってくると
えっ このごほん？ これはね？！
From there 1000 years have passed.
To not let that evil power be revived...
We also raised a lineage
in order to protect the seal
to block it.
This was your (people?) doing.
Wa- where did you come from?
Hum hum ...
If it's for grampa-chan, he went outside.
But I think he should be back very soon...
Ah, this book? You mean this!?
I heard that apparently a long time ago
it was transmitted in the Rune continent.
Is that so! If it's ok,
until grampa-chan comes back,
let's read this book!
While it might not make unanimity, I have decide to keep Japanese honorifics.
I think it would be for best.
If you don't know what they are, have a look here :
From the begining Copy (duplicate)
*If you choose New*
Pick an adventure.
Say, what shall I call you?
Well well, how should the hero of that story
How considerate of her.
Maybe the hero's name was never know in the book...
Nice to meet you,
Max! I'm Simone.
Come back often
and tell me everything!
You need to get going! Evil
spreads farther across Rune
with every passing day.
それじゃ はやく よんで！
We will call him Max-san huh.
Let's read this quick!
Definitively not the same style in the Japanese version. X D
If you didn't knew yet, the girl don't have a name in the Japanese version.
The Runefaust army invasion
C'mon, kid, wake up!
I didn't hit you that hard.
どこから かかってきても けっこう
Even when trapped from somewhere (?)
you put into heart plenty of great energy!
Max doesn't get his butt kicked in the Japanese version. : P
Also, he is called dono by many people, which denote respect.
To make a comparaison, in Super Mario RPG,
while Mario usually get called Mario-san by many people,
the high ranked chancelor calls him Mario-dono.
*You heard some noise.*
Keep your guard up, kid.
Those beasts of Runefaust
will tear you to pieces!
I didn't lost my breath. (?)
OK, that's enough for today.
You'd better take it easy for
としのせいか 私も さいきん
Let's rest around here.
Maybe it's age but lately
I get tired easily...
In the Japanese version, it's Varios that get tired.
Maybe that in the U.S. version, they wanted us to pity Max
only to make him much cooler afterward? X D
*If you talk to him again before talking to Lowe*
No, Max, I think
you've had enough for
もう ひとしょうぶ ですと？
マックス殿 あまり としよりを
You want another match with me? (?)
Max-dono, please don't tease
too much this old man. (?)
Bookcase in the church :
Path to Master Swordmanship,
and many more books.
"Way to Swordmaster"
There are various books here.
Lowe appear, saying:
Well, Max, had enough
swordplay for today?
You fought on par
with the knight Varios-sama! (or Barios/Balios?)
Lowe not using honorific here denote that he's close to Max.
A good friend at least imho.
I don't know how you keep at
it hour after hour. I'm dead
tired after about 15 minutes!
うーん ほんとに すげえや！
Yeahh it's truly awesome!
For us, it's unexpected for someone to fight a friend. (???)
You have the makings of a
great fighter, Max.
You'll be tested soon enough.
マックス殿は まことに おつよい
かつては どこかの国の りっぱな
Max-dono is truly strong.
In the past, he must have been
a great swordman in some country.
Even for me in Guardiana, (?)
that I could oficially meet such a knight (?)
is good but... (?)
A soldier appear, saying :
Lord Varios, the king has
sent for you. You must come
Varios-sama, the situation (?)...
You don't get to hear much in the Japanese version.
Of course. Lead the way, guardsman.
I fear the worst, Max!
Prepare yourself for true
また あしたも けいこに
What! Is it true!
I am really sorry Max-dono.
As it is, I must already return to the castle
Let's pour sweat
by training again tomorrow.
Did you see Varios' face? He
went pale! Something really
big is happening.
Let's split up and see if we
can't find out what's going
on. I'll see you later.
おまえも あとから こいよな！
Did you see, Varios-sama's expression
was really pale... Something
must have worried him but what could it be?
Let's go to see how things are at the castle.
Come too later!
*He leaves too.*
Woman in the church :
I'm sick of feeling helpless!
I'm going to ask Varios to
train me to be a fighter!
If you are (?) grandpa's helper,
his recent(or lately?) forgetfulness is an awful thing.
I guess it can't be help if it's because of age.
I don't know why but the nature of the NPC chat is sometime changed.
There are othere instance of this in the game.
Hello, Max! I've been
having the worst nightmares.
Have you had any?
This is Max-dono.
I had a mysterious dream
Do you understand what kind it was?
*If you say yes*
I bet they're the same ones
I've been having!
そうです あなたに はじめて
お会いした あのときの ことです
As I expected from you Max-dono.
Really, it was about that time
we met you for the first time.
If you say no, he'll say instead :
Well, then, let me tell you
あなたに はじめて お会いした
あのときの ゆめを 見たのですよ
Not as a would have expected from you Max-dono (?)
There is not a power to read a person's heart, is there?
It was a dream of that time
where I first met you that I saw.
*In both case, he'll then say*
I saw our land in ruins. Evil
creatures roamed our halls!
It seemed so real!
かいがんに たおれていた あなたを
あれは もう １ねんもまえ?
きおくを すべて うしなっていた
Lou discovered you collapsed
on the beach...
One year already passed since that...
Because (?) all of your memory was lost
we took care of you. (?)
God's guidance is something that can't be understood. (?)
Lou = Lowe.
Also, they ripped off important background story about Max.
(It can explain why Lowe is close to Max.)
And there is no mention of God here either.
When you talk to him again, he'll say :
Varios seemed very upset when
he passed this way. Perhaps
you should look for him.
ならば 城に行かれては どうです？
Max-dono, about Varios-Dono,
aren't you worried?
If it's the case, how about going to the castle?
Varios-dono is your sword teacher.
Go lend him your strenght.
Old man at the church:
Eh? What's a youngster like
you doing moping around? Get
out and fight evil!
にんげんは みんな おんなじじゃ
としをとれば みんな わすれちまう
I too had thought (?)
about losing memory, yes. (?)
Everyone is the same among humans.
If you ask about/take age (?) , every one forget.
Things that were fun, things that were painful,
every one (?) will forget.
Bookcase near the old man :
The Light and the Darkness,
How Green Was My Dragon,
and many more books.
"The legend of light and darkness"
"The epoch of gods"
There are various books here.
Guard at the church:
Back and forth, up and down!
Man, I'm tired of guarding
this chapel all day!
教会の けいびが いそがしく
I too want to be in a sword training (?)
with Varios-sama! (?)
... that's what I think but (?)
being busy the church's defence
don't allow much to do what I want... (?)
I envy you Max-sama...
Max-sama? Oh my. X D
Woman at the entrance of the castle:
The Castle of Guardiana lies
just ahead. Varios went in
just a while ago.
それに ウワサだけど なにか
Past this point is Guardiana castle.
It's a small but historically fine
Beside, there is some kind of rumor
about some kind of amazing treasure being there.
I wonder if it's some kind of jewel?
Old man at the entrance of the castle :
Someday I hope to go to
Manarina to become a mage.
I would like to go to Manarina.
I would like to become a mage
by studying in that country.
Let's be fair. While some stuff was changed,
some things are also more or less the same.
Man near bar:
There are so many monsters
outside the city gates!
There's no escape!
Following the road (?) to the ancient gate,
I saw a lot of goblins.
It's more accurate in the Japanese version
and it give you foreshawing as well.
Too bad that goblins will be the least of your worries
in the games. : P
Man near the cart :
Hey! Watch it, pal! How'd you
like it if I tried to run you
over with a cart?
Stop!! (?) You stranger guy!
If you do it again, it will cost you a lot of money (?)
He's reallly, really not happy.
Grrr! Woof, woof! Arf!
ウー ワン！ ワン！
Wa- wan! Wan!
Man near exit:
Have you seen my cart? It
rolls away all the time.
Needs new brakes, I guess.
simply, if it start to run,
it get a bit dangerous.
Soon, I'll have to go repair it.
Left guard at the exit :
An order from the castle.
No one leaves.
An order from the castle :
no one is allowed
to pass that point here.
Rigth guard at the exit :
Sorry, Max. Talk to
the king if you want to
leave. Orders are orders!
城からの めいれい なんですよ
だれも 出しちゃダメ！ ってね
I am real-ly sorry.
Truly, there is no arrengement (?)
for that place but... (?)
It's an order frome the castle.
It say that :"Anyone getting out is no good!"
Sign on the bar's wall :
The Green Dragon
..Mandragora wine nouveau
have arrived today."
No wine for the U.S. : P
Man behind the bar's counter :
Pay the old man no heed,
youngster. His mind isn't
what it used to be!
Because that old guy there is obstinate,
it's a good thing (?)
that he don't have much company.
He get in the way of people here.
Because everyday he does nothing but complaining,
he cause trouble to the place (?).
Warrior in the bar :
Hey there, youngster. My name
is Gort. Care to hear my
Yo, young guy,
Me, the one called Gort went drunk. (?)
Will you listen to me talking?
Goth, the name of a group of barbarians,
could be another possible translation.
If you say no at any of his questions :
I understand. I had things
to do when I was your age.
Perhaps some other time.
そうかい まあ いそがしいんなら
Is it so, well if you're busy,
it can't be helped. You have
thing tto take care of. (?)
If you say yes :
Thanks. No one talks to me
anymore. All too busy. Want
to hear a secret?
そうかい こりゃ うれしいねえ
Is it so, well young guy, I am pleased.
Bad things in this town/time (?)
*grumble* I have become. (?)
Because I was in the way causing trouble at home but (?)
I am worrying a lot, (?)
I am thus drinking here.
If you say yes again :
Never trust anyone outside
this city! Murderers and
thieves, all of 'em!
I ought to know. I used to
be a great warrior. Been all
over the world.
Why, I have half a mind to go
out again. Would if I got a
いや 悪いねえ つきあわせて
みんな あいてに なってくれんから
I was watching this way. (?)
Back then I was a great warrior.
An extremely meritorius (?) one.
Nowaday, because of that peace thing,
there is no situation (?) for me..
No, it's bad if you compare. (?)
If you don't become like the others (?)
If you are a kind person (?)
You didn't listen to this by mistake. (?)
While I didn't get all of the Japanese text,
I can't help but feel bad for Gort.
With peace he lost his usefulness and he ended up a drunkard.
He became isolated from other people.
He realize Max's kindness as it's probably one of the few people left
that actually pay attention, care to him.
Sign on the shop wall :
Weapon and Item Shop
"Weapon and item shop"
Sigh, not another customer!
Buy, sell, buy, sell. That's
all I do! Just go away!
これは これは いらっしゃいませ
ほれ さいきんは へいわでしょ
?はあ しょうばい なんか
This, this "welcome",
what am I asking/looking for? (?)
... That's what I would like to say but...
Lately, it must be peace. (?)
I dislike (?) battle and traveling items.
I would feel relieved (?) to not sell them.
... ah, bussiness didn't somewhat (?)
Don't mind the boss. He gets
like that sometimes. Perhaps
I can help you out?
This house master have lost
his will. If it's only items
that you would like, I'll sell those.
House with the cart in front of it :
We're all upset about our
daughter's nightmare. Do you
think it means anything?
ひどく しんぱい しちまってね
はー けっこんすると いろいろ
あんたは どくしんで 気らくだね
That guy in the house was
terribly worried about his daughter(?).
I wouldn't worry about it but...
Ha, if you marry, lot of thing
won't stop going wrong. (?)
You, you have it easy by staying single.
My poor girl! I can't seem to
calm her down!
My daughter state is strange.
I wonder what on earth should I do...
I...I had an awful dream. The
whole town burned down.
Sniff. Our house, too.
?あ あたしね とっても
町がね みんな もえちゃうの
おうちもね みんな もえちゃうの
I, I had a really
The town was burning everywhere.
The house was all burned.
Wah, it was really scary.
Once again, more details here.
House with the dog near it :
-Woman in the first floor :
Sorry, but I'm busy packing.
Grandpa's out somewhere. He
has time to talk!
ひるまから 酒場に いりびたりで
If it's about Gort grampa-chan,
since it's daytime, he should be at the bar.
It have become really bad.
-First floor bookshelf :
The Warrior's Code,
All about Weapons,
and many more books.
"The warrior's law"
"All about weapons"
There are various books here.
-Woman in the basement :
Grandpa was once the best
warrior in all of Rune. But
that was a long time ago.
でも いまじゃ ただのグータラね
Long ago, grandpa here
was the country best warrior.
But now he's just a good-for-nothing.
-Basement bookshelf :
Hand Axe Techniques,
Hunt for the Axe of Legend,
and many more books.
"Hand Axe usage"
"Search for the legendary axe" (or axes?)
There are various books here.
Warrior in the small house near the entrance :
Be careful, Max. The
knights resent the time Lord
Varios spends training you!
This is Max-dono!
It would be good to be careful about what you do.
Those knights guys are being
jealous of your skill with the sword.
Sign on the inn's wall :
Take in heart to not wait outside!" (?)
Maybe it's an invitation to come in? ^^;;;
Bad times, my friend. Not a
guest in two weeks!
けっこう はんじょう してたのに
Please listen about this weird thing.
Lately there are no
customers at all. (?)
This in until very recently
was really prosperous
but lately it went away...
Inside the castle :
Guard near the headquarters:
No one enters here without
Lord Varios' permision!
ここは ほんじん ?戦士たちが
Here's is the headquarter. Warriors
make battle preparations in this place.
People withouth bussiness here can't enter.
Castle guard 1&2:
This is Guardiana Castle!
This is Guardiana Castle!
Guard near the knights:
Watch out, Max! There are REAL kinghts training
out here! You might get hurt!
This is the knights practice field.
It would be best to not
get too close...
Note : I migth have put the wrong translation with it's U.S. text.
Hey, it's not easy! Those knights keep moving. X D
We'll make quick work of
those Runefaust beast!
まともに くちをきけるか！ フン
Listen those proud guardiana knights (?)
talking from their mouth frankly (?)
to some not understanding horse bone guys! Phmm (?)
This is not my best moment. ^^;;;
The Guardiana knights have no
need of you, Max!
Hm, even if it's just yelling,
it looks good... (?)
Yes, it's really written "chesto".
Whew! Training wears me out.
ふー くんれんは つかれるな
One more time (?) teyaahhh!
Fuu, practice is tiring.
We have trained until our
arms are ready to fall off!
When will we see battle?
Lately battles aren't occuring...
Are we knight truly
As the introduction said, peace really have lasted a long long time
Beat it, Max! This
training field's too rough
for the likes of you!
?まあ うわさ だがな
I heard from a traveler/traveling merchant
that the large country Runefaust to the east
seems to have eyes on our country...
... but it's just a rumor.
In the Japanese version, there's very little talk of Runefaust yet.
In the U.S. version, they're expecting them...
... and get their butt kicked anyway. X D
Don't let them get to you,
Max. Some knights are
騎士の ほこりばかりに とらわれて
Some knight (?) don't have manners.
Truly unpleasant... (note : "uma" can also mean horse)
The eye is clouded,
imprisoned by about nothing else than knight's pride. (?)
Now the said time of battle is concerning. (?)
House to the left of the castle :
The king seems very worried.
Do you know why?
わしは 王様が 子どものころから
それなのに さいきん 王様は
わしに なにも そうだんしてくれん
王様が なにか なやんでおられる
おぬし なにか しらんか？
I took care of the king-sama
all the time from the time he was a child.
About that (?), lately, the king-sama
do not come anymore to consult me.
Hm, it's sad.
Something is troubling the king-sama.
Do you not know of some kind
of rumor that would have come to your ear?
If you say no :
My guess is that thoughts of
the Gate of the Ancients
trouble our noble king!
ふーん やはり しらんか?
Phmm, as I thought, you don't know...
My guess is that it's the ancient gate thing
that seems to worry him...
If you say yes :
Well! You young people think
you know everything!
To pay attention is good. (?)
That you would know about
the king-sama worries is not all. (???)
Centaur female knigth :
I am Mae, Varios' daughter.
The other knights feel that
father has wasted his time on
you. We shall see!
Hello. I am Varios's daughter
Mei the knight.
You are Max...
That you recieved sword teaching from my father
should not make you feel too optimistic (?).
After all, you're a stranger!
The people who don't like Max seems to not like him
because he is a stranger and possibly also
because he gets special attention from Varios anyway.
Guard near the treasure room:
What kind of treasure? I'm
not sure. Something really
valuable, I guess.
すごく きんちょう するんです
The protection of the treasure is a serious thing.
There was a great tension. (???)
... Quick, let's get away! (???)
Eh? What kind of treasure it is?
Hmmm, I don't know.
Undoubtly, it must be a really important thing.
So, any bet on what the treasure really is? : P
Guard at the treasure room:
After pushing him
Hey, cut that out! You can't
just push your way in here.
ははは 力づくで どうにかなるほど
よのなかは あまく ありませんぞ！
Ha ha ha, going by strenght in a way or the other (?)
in the world is not optimistic! (?)
I like how the guard laugh instead in the Japanese version. : )
Knight inside the castle:
These are my quarters. Find
someplace else to sleep!
おい きさま なんのようだ！
Hey, you, what are you doing!
An unauthorized person entered the castle!
Old man inside the tower:
A great view from the top of
this tower. You can see
Looking from this tower,
the highest point around is great.
What? What about under? (?)
Hum, about the room under
I don't know.
Yes, it's an interesting tower,
isn't it? So much to see
Do you have an interest in this room?
Everyone want to know about this room
however we don't know anything about "machines"
beside the name.
If it about Manarina's mages,
I might know something...
Edit : I'll cut the text here as I reached the post limit a bit after this point.
Well, that's it for today.
I'll have to work on translating a bit more text before I can post more stuff.
Oh and feel free to comment or ask questions.
I can't double post so I actually need it to go on. X D