WTF Wednesday Double Feature: Translator-san

Topic started by GodLen on June 10, 2009. Last post by lolwut 5 years, 9 months ago.
Post by GodLen (877 posts) See mini bio Level 10

This year’s E3 gave us lots and lots of announcements and hope for the future of gaming. It also gave us a couple nice internet memes, like Mr. Translator-san here. He was a translator during the SONY E3 press conference, when Kazunori Yamauchi spoke about the new PSP Gran Turismo. It is normal for most translators to take notes while the person who they are translating are talking, but most video game fans don’t realize this; but hey, it’s a lot funnier that way, right?

Translator-san hardly ever looked up, always having his head buried inside of his book; so much that people started to wonder what exactly he was doing on that notepad of his. As you already know, people on the internet think with their Photoshop open, thusly beginning this meme. Poor Translator-san, you could have been one of those translators that just read from a script and didn’t need the notebook; fate is too cruel.

Post by Cogito (478 posts) See mini bio Level 14
Post by DJTyrant (118 posts) See mini bio Level 2
This is one of my favorite meme's now, I love it!
Post by JJOR64 (2,075 posts) See mini bio Level 16
Lawlz.  There is a big thread about this on Giant Bomb.
Post by Champy (121 posts) See mini bio Level 6
hahaha i love translator san!
Post by jlrm01 (198 posts) See mini bio Level 7
I saw many of them on the NeoGAF E3 gifs / photoshops thread. My favorites are the "3 of the same looking at each others notes" and the Zelda "No. No." one.

And this one (Miyamoto looking at the new PSP), although not Translator-san related:

Post by Axersia (228 posts) See mini bio Level 11
lol, I was not aware at all this had become a meme... (I did see a thread about him on Giant Bomb but never bothered to check it out)

I mean, I did think it was a little odd he never looked up and seemed so disinterested, but was it really meme worthy? He's just doing his job after all. Either way, these shops are quite hilarious.
Post by Chicken008 (27 posts) See mini bio Level 5
lol, my favourite are the lion king ones I saw on 4chan.
Post by John_Martone (2,992 posts) See mini bio Level 10
@jlrm01: bwahaha

I love the internet.
Post by lolwut (30 posts) See mini bio Level 5
Easily the best thing to come out of E3 2009. I remember a couple threads on /v/ trying to name him "Train Rapist-san" and the "guy who just doesn't give a fuck," before finally settling on Translator-san. Also, the Japanese-speaking guy presenting Gran Tourismo PSP was so clearly nervous. Hell,  between Translator-san, Jack Tretton's standup and Hannah Montana, Sony's press conference was one big laugh riot. 
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