"the Planet" or "the planet" - which is it?

Jairus

Author of FFVII: Lifestream
#1
I was just thinking about this and wondering which way it's supposed to be. It's used both ways throughout the game, sometimes even in the same scene, so I'm a little confused about it. Is the inconsistency part of how VII's original translation was bungled, or was that intended?
 
#2
The original game PS1 game is inconsistent, sometimes writing "planet" and sometimes "Planet". The PC version used capitalization more often.

Compilation titles like Crisis Core and Dirge of Cerberus always write "the planet", so the standard there is lower-case. Indeed I have the Crisis Core script ripped and there was not a single instance of "the Planet".

You can also see in this copy of the English subtitles for Advent Children Complete that the script only ever used lower-case for "planet". Same with the subtitles for the original English version of Advent Children.

The Japanese word used is “hoshi” (星) which means “star” or “celestial body”. There is no standard here that would imply the English translation should be capitalized or that it should be considered a title.
 

Jairus

Author of FFVII: Lifestream
#3
Thanks, Shad, I appreciate it. I had gone with lowercase originally in my story, but after looking at the game script some more and the ending FMV, I was a bit confused. But knowing that the rest of the Compilation is consistent with its use of "planet" helps a lot. :)
 

Flutflut

Rookie Adventurer
#4
i'd just say "the planet". I don't think they ever have a reason to call it by name and "Planet" sounds like a pretty boring name. (or it will sound like bad grammer to say "I live on Planet!") basically, if someone says something's wrong with the planet, you'd probably assume it's the one you're living on. Even we sometimes call earth "the planet" when referring to it. instead of saying "global warming is affecting Earth", we often just say "global warming is affecting the planet". I think it works the same way in ffvii. So i'd just say it's "the planet".
 
AKA
Mr. Ite
#5
I have a similar question, which is harder for me to answer since it only seems to be written in press stuff/menus and not the script: is it "he swings the buster sword" or "he swings the Buster Sword" or "he swings Buster sword" or what?
 
#6
I don't see how "Planet" as a name is qualitatively any different from "Earth" as a name. Earth is both the name for our planet and another word for soil. Our planet is the earth. Remember, it took us a long time to figure out that our planet is just one moving part in the whole system, rather than the centre of it. All the other planets in our system have names because they are all observably not-earth. They're burning pinpoints of fire in the sky. Our sun has no name either. It's just 'the sun'.
 
AKA
Bakito/Marak/DJMarak
#7
I would use Planet in the context of referring to "The Lifestream being the blood of the Planet" kind of in the instance of referring to the planet as a person or an entity, Gaia in other words.... or Mother Nature..... that's my 3 cents worth gang :D again with the Buster Sword, it's almost like it is it's own entity, being a legendary status compared to a regular katana for example. Like Sting in The Hobbit / Lord Of The Rings.....
 

youffie

Rookie Adventurer
#8
I don't see how "Planet" as a name is qualitatively any different from "Earth" as a name. Earth is both the name for our planet and another word for soil. Our planet is the earth. Remember, it took us a long time to figure out that our planet is just one moving part in the whole system, rather than the centre of it. All the other planets in our system have names because they are all observably not-earth. They're burning pinpoints of fire in the sky. Our sun has no name either. It's just 'the sun'.
That’s true, that is the way they often use the word in the game. At the same time, the word “planet” does seem to imply a larger understanding of the universe than the word “Earth”, which as you said was first and foremost the earth. So before the inhabitants of the planet grasped that they were standing on a planet among many other planets, wouldn’t they call the land they walk on something different, something a little less abstract?

Well unless the planet just spilled the beans to the Ancients or something :lol:

RE: Buster Sword – I would personally go with "the Buster Sword", but I might not be able to make much of an argument for it :mon: I'd just say it feels more natural.
 
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