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Old 22-05-2002, 12:31 AM   #1   [permalink]
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Question Was Kaya Ashitaka's fiance??

My Japanese friend told me this like it was the most normal thing in the world....IS IT TRUE?!?!

Coz in both the Japanese and English she calls to him 'Brother'... ok this is werid...
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Old 22-05-2002, 02:12 AM   #2   [permalink]
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Kaya calls Ashitaka using a term that can apply as an honorific to any elder man in her clan.

Originally, the Japanese VAs played them as brother/sister, and Miyazaki told them to act as if they were in love.

Miyazaki, in a 1997 interview (found on nausicaa.net) says: "I thought of Kaya as a girl who is determined to do so (marry Ashitaka"


For what it's worth, I call all the female family friends of my parents' generation "Auntie", and the males I call "Uncle". My younger cousins call me "ko ko" (Hokkien Chinese for "older brother"). And sometimes younger family friends call me that as well.
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Old 31-05-2002, 01:54 PM   #3   [permalink]
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I understood that she was just an adoring little sister. I did read somewhere that the crystal dagger she gave him was supposed to be a symbol of undying love in their clan, but... either they meant the platonic kind or someone just threw it in cause it's pretty.

Anyway... no, I think she's just a sister.
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Old 07-06-2002, 06:48 PM   #4   [permalink]
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Umm let's say no she wasn't... man I really hope not because that's just weired... I mean whatever floats your boat but uhh... weired...
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Old 14-06-2002, 09:32 AM   #5   [permalink]
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I mean whatever floats your boat
yea but have you noticed what floats your boat is the same ---- that sinks it? anyway, if its in both jap and american translations i think it they were bro and sis, she even acted like a little sister that just cared for her bro (not in that way damnit!)
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Boy... is THIS complicated or what?
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Old 02-08-2002, 08:09 PM   #7   [permalink]
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Boy... is THIS complicated or what?
Yep for a stone? This is like something out of Evangelionů
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Yep for a stone?
Thats FUNNY!

I KNOW that Kyia wasnt Ashitaka's fiance! I mean, come on, they most certianly dont look like hillbillys to me...

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Old 16-08-2002, 09:15 PM   #9   [permalink]
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I mean, come on, they most certianly dont look like hillbillys to me...
LMAO!!! I always thought they were brother and sister... I mean, that's what they say, so that's what I thought. I just figured she was gonna miss her big brother.. I mean, she's never gonna see him again, after all... Kaya looked kinda young to be marrying, anyway. But that's just me remembering her, because I haven't seen the movie in a couple of months. I gotta pull out that dvd... I miss it.. lol.
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Trust the adoring fans to create controversy even out of the most touching scenes...

Well, I thought it was touching! A little sister saying goodbye to her older brother who's leaving forever! And now that little sister wants to marry him?!

Of course, as far as I could see, he was the only male child of her age around... Correct me if I'm wrong. It's been awhile since I watched the movie.


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This Japanese pedaphile thing scares me. *shivers*
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Old 23-08-2002, 07:54 PM   #12   [permalink]
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This Japanese pedaphile thing scares me. *shivers*
Oh like you did anything to help...
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Old 27-09-2002, 04:11 PM   #13   [permalink]
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I was wondering about that situation myself. Thanks for clearing it up--I had figured they were just really close siblings. And I mean, what's wrong with that?
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Yeah, when I watched it, I pretty sure she called ashitaka her bro!!! So if they're really siblings and she's ashitaka's fiance does that mean they're about to commit incest!! Yuck!!!
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Wow! Really? No one KNOWS!

Actually mrgazpacho is the ONLY one who is right. You see, you have to know Japanese culture to understand. Miyazaki himself said they were fiances AND they aren't brother and sister! He specifically said that in small villages, it was normal to call everyone (young), brother and sister. However, either the English translators were unaware or simply didn't know how to convey that information, and so just left it as "Big Brother. So, yes they were fiances (were since Ashitaka being kicked out of the village pretty much destroyed that) and they weren't related. Really, I'm surprised that so many of you just saw this through a Western perspective instead of remembering Japan has a different culture and language than we do.
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