"mana" -> "magical energy"

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"mana" -> "magical energy"

Unread post by blind51de » March 19th, 2008, 6:49 am

While I know it's a more literal translation, it just seems kind of ham-fisted.

Did anyone state the reasoning that led to this change?

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Unread post by chansey » March 19th, 2008, 7:59 am


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Unread post by JimmyT64 » March 19th, 2008, 8:29 am

Coz before, there were 2 definitions used - the magical energy that has had its name changed (the overall term), and "mana", the magical energy drawn from the world.

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Unread post by DarkEyes » March 19th, 2008, 9:03 am

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Unread post by Brizzle » March 19th, 2008, 9:27 am

Oh noes! I'm being a snobby know-it-all again!

The term used is maryoku.

There really is a difference between types of magical energies.
Od + Mana = Prana

Since prana is both, prana is appropriate in nearly all cases.

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Unread post by Kansho » March 19th, 2008, 11:43 am

Magical energy is acurate, Mana not. Like brizzle said, "Magical energy" is formed by "Mana" and "Od", so doesn't make sense in the other way.
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Re: "mana" -> "magical energy"

Unread post by Ryuusoul » March 19th, 2008, 8:01 pm

blind51de wrote:While I know it's a more literal translation, it just seems kind of ham-fisted.

Did anyone state the reasoning that led to this change?
What "change" are you talking about? As others mentioned, magical energy is the broader term.

Much due respect to Arai and his terminology, but we always used our own (although we borrowed some of his in a few cases), so we never used the term "prana" in any translation. Whether it is ham-fisted or not is probably just a matter of perception.

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