In 365 Days of Japanese Day #15 I introduced Magic: the Gathering and noted its popularity in Japan, where I learned the game.
The only Japanese terms I mentioned were a few colours, but that introduction was to set the scene for today’s much longer entry where I pair the Japanese and English language used on cards for the “evergreen” keywords in the game.
Each Magic expansion has certain themes, and its own selection of associated gameplay mechanics, but it is necessary for there to be some which can turn up in any set. Those are the “evergreen” keywords.
In the list below, the Japanese word links to a picture comparing its use on an English card with a Japanese card, and the English word links to the term as explained on the MTG gamepedia wiki. For the pictures, not all the links are in yet – it is a work in progress and I will likely redo some already in place with better quality scans (many of the Japanese images used so far are fainter or blurrier than I would like).
Important to note is that I do not wish to imply that these Japanese terms can in general be translated to the given English keyword for contexts outside of Magic. My aim here is to provide a “what to look for on Japanese cards” glossary-style list.
equip (literally “equipment”)
“kakutō o okonau”
“ikenie ni sasageru”
Tomorrow will be my concluding post in the September triplet on Magic: the Gathering. Perhaps you can guess where this is going?