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Top 3 Anya Forger Speech Flubs: Exploring Japanese Translation through Spy x Family

Spy x Family is an undeniable hit. Its premise of a spy, assassin, and telepath who start pretending to be a family is fun enough by itself, but it’s the characters themselves that take it from good to great. The psychic in this trio is the daughter, Anya Forger, and one thing that makes her so endearing is her tendency to mess up words and phrases. The official English anime translation does a solid job of conveying that facet of Anya, but due to inherent differences between English and Japanese, there’s inevitably something lost in translation. It’s fun to explore those limitations, though, which is why I’m laying out three that stand out. 1) Papa, Mama In English, Anya calls...

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