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Karasu Pamphlet Translation, Part I

April 26th, 2009 (10:19 am)

Slow going on the pamphlet, and I haven't had much time this week, but I thought I'd at least post the completed "cast of characters" translation, so here it is. :D




Corps Number Seven, Sendai-han Crow Group (Ballistic Corps)

Captain
Hosoya “Juudayuu” Naohide
(Suzuki Hiroki)


A Sendai feudal warlord fighting the government forces, formed the Crow Group. Dreams of building an independent state as a result of the Northern Alliance [1].



Vice-Captain
Inui Shinnosuke
(Nakamura Masaya)


His pride as a samurai is high; displeased about having to fight alongside people of a lower social rank.



Goro
(Yanagi Koutarou)


A prodigy who joined the group; his sharpshooting skills with a gun are valued. A hunter from Zaou.

Hunter (Matagi)[2]



Torakichi
(Igarashi Shunji)


A yakuza from Ootahara. An optimistic mood-maker. Would rather fight and gamble than eat.

Gambler

(The pamphlet lays this information out like a chart, so in between Goro and Torakichi, it relays that the two of them met at a gambling hall.)



Ryuu
(Adachi Osamu)


A woodsman from Kooriyama whose best friend is an axe he calls “Dragon.” Enlisted for the sake of his sick mother.

Woodsman.



Hotta Hanbei
(Yamada Yuusuke)


A former feudal lord from Yamagata who became a lordless samurai following a certain incident. A straight-laced and serious character.

Rogue samurai (mountain bandit)

(Ryuu and Hotta met in the woods.)



Taichi
(Yanagishita Tomo)


The oldest son of a family of peasants from a poor village. Determined to become a samurai in order to support his parentless and very young brother and sister.



Souji
(Takahashi Ryuuki)


Taichi’s younger brother. Half-hearted about becoming a samurai, but follows his brother and enlists in the Crow Group.

Peasants

(Taichi and Souji are brothers.)


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(And then, the Western Forces they're fighting against...)

Choushuu-han Commando Corps

Commando Corps Twelfth Rifle Corps Captain
Ootake Shuuzou
(Kaji Masaki)


Skilled assistant instructor of the Shindo Munen Ryu [3], which he’s studied since childhood. Holds complicated thoughts on the demise of the world of the samurai.



Vice-Captain
Hisaga Gen
(Hashimoto Taito)


Along with his beloved commanding officer, Ootake, pushes onward to see the dawn of a new age.


(Not sure about the romanizations of those last two characters' names, so anyone who saw the show, correct me if you remember the real pronunciation!)

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[1] Read about it here. :D
[2] Matagi: a specific kind of old-fashioned hunting community common in the period.
[3] One of the schools/philosophies of Japanese swordsmanship.

Anyway, more to come as I complete more, which will probably take me a long time, unfortunately. But it should get easier once I'm out of the introductory material, which has a lot of military words that I have to research and stuff. ^_~