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Why does Ash sometimes switch between English and Japanese?

Discussion in 'Pokémon Animé Discussion' started by Sham, Sep 11, 2019 at 6:11 AM.

  1. Sham

    Sham So proud of you

    When Delia congratulated him on his place in the league he said “thank you mama” and continue speaking in Japanese. I’ve always noticed him saying things like “ok” and so on in the Sun and Moon anime. Is this a recent thing or have I just not been in the loop?
  2. mysticalglacia

    mysticalglacia Alola Shill

    Ash has always mixed in English phrases in the Japanese version; I’d guess to show his youthfulness (English is seen as ‘cool’ and ‘hip’ in anime, particularly with younger/teen characters). In particular, he uses “thank you” and “okay” a lot. It’s just an aesthetic choice to show his personality off, really.
  3. ash&charizardfan

    ash&charizardfan Humanity's greatest soldier

    Well him saying thank you is actually a sign of protagonist saying that word. if you look at other animes many main protagonist like naruto, yukihira souma, natsu draganeel, monkey d luffy and even son goku use thank you to show there appreciation, its probably to show there cheerfull and bubbly personality.
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  4. Lord Starfish

    Lord Starfish Fond of owls

    "sankyuu" is basically its own term in Japanese. Yeah, it's literally the English words "Thank you", but in the context of Japanese, it's essentially a super informal way of saying it. The above mention of other shounen anime protagonists... I mean yeah, but they don't do it because they're the main character. They do it because they're meant to be plucky, fun-loving characters who don't speak particularly formally.
  5. JLK2707

    JLK2707 Well-Known Member

    It is just a dubbed version.
  6. TheWanderingMist

    TheWanderingMist Daikuro, Keeper Of The Gates Ambitious

    No, the thing is Ash sometimes speaks English in the Japanese version. That's what this is about.
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  7. Leonhart

    Leonhart The Lying King

    I think it's just meant to sound "cool", and Satoshi's not alone in using occasional English words: I seem to recall Musashi saying something along the lines of "my sweet Pachirisu-chan" in English in the Japanese version of the Pachirisu capture episode from DP.
  8. loopoloopi

    loopoloopi Member

    Maybe it's an ESL tactic as well as being considered cool.
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  9. AznKei

    AznKei Rabi-Ribi's Cocoa is cute! ^_^

    It's not only the anime. Sometimes, Japanese people uses some words in English because they're influenced by American culture which was more prevalent after World War 2.
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  10. _AISP

    _AISP Insect/Pokemon lover

    I've noticed other characters do this as well.

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