The story Ryo told to the kids in Guilin:

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The story Ryo told to the kids in Guilin:

Postby Kiyuu » Fri Feb 04, 2005 2:50 pm

Do you remember what Ryo said when he was asked the reason for going to Bailu village
by one of the kids in Guilin? He said "Oni taiji (Ogre extermination)" in Japanese.

And, he was in trouble to explain what he meant exactly as there was a cultural gap.
What he said was based on "Momotaro (Peach boy)," one of the Japanese folklores.

Check Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Momotaro

Here's the whole story: http://www.geocities.co.jp/HeartLand-Ga ... /momo.html

BTW, the typical "Oni" looks like this (disregard the woman in the right picture):

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Postby Miles Prower » Fri Feb 04, 2005 3:04 pm

Awesome! Shenmue's so deep :D
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Postby LanDC » Fri Feb 04, 2005 3:09 pm

That's great.

Peach Ryo is sort of similar. He comes floating down the Yingshuihe, and goes on a quest to defeat someone. And, just like Peach Boy, he has no real family anymore.
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Postby Kiyuu » Fri Feb 04, 2005 10:10 pm

LanDC wrote:That's great.

Peach Ryo is sort of similar. He comes floating down the Yingshuihe, and goes on a quest to defeat someone. And, just like Peach Boy, he has no real family anymore.

Haha... yes, Ryo could make a good Momotaro! Momotaro brings back treasure! ;)

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But, wasn't it Shenhua who came floating down the Yingshuihe? Oh, wait... it's the fawn!

BTW, I found an online picture book of the story in English:

http://www.e-hon.jp/momota/mome0.htm

Enjoy! :D
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Postby VGAce » Fri Feb 04, 2005 11:35 pm

Yeah, I noticed that too when he spoke of ogre horns and such. Alludes back to ancient Japanese folklore and mythology.
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Postby Chiyouman1325 » Sat Feb 05, 2005 12:06 am

ahh.. so that is what it is for. i always tell those kids i am going ogre hunting.
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Postby LanDC » Sun Feb 06, 2005 6:43 am

Kiyuu wrote:But, wasn't it Shenhua who came floating down the Yingshuihe? Oh, wait... it's the fawn!


If you want to get technical... ;)

Kiyuu wrote:BTW, I found an online picture book of the story in English:

http://www.e-hon.jp/momota/mome0.htm


Haha, the story is so deep. It's funny how those random animals address him by his name, though they don't know him at all.

By the way, I noticed he's called Momotarou (ももたろう/桃太郎) in Japanese. Why's there no ending 'u' at the end of the romanji version? They just felt it was unnecessary to include?
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Postby rome » Sun Feb 06, 2005 6:48 am

ahh, thats freakin sweet :)
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Postby JalceW » Sun Feb 06, 2005 11:36 am

*listens to Peach Boy music*
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Postby Kiyuu » Mon Feb 07, 2005 12:39 am

LanDC wrote:Haha, the story is so deep. It's funny how those random animals address him by his name, though they don't know him at all.

He must have been famous in the area, maybe? ;)

LanDC wrote:By the way, I noticed he's called Momotarou (ももたろう/桃太郎) in Japanese. Why's there no ending 'u' at the end of the romanji version? They just felt it was unnecessary to include?

Hmm... difficult question. :? The same thing happens with "Ryo (りょう)," you know?
It's rather for English speakers, I guess. Both "ももたろう" and "りょう" end with
a long vowel, pronounced like "oh." In English "o" can be pronounced longer
as in "no" or "so," right? So, customarily, the last "u" is omited, maybe.

Frayed wrote:*listens to Peach Boy music*

It's really the theme song of "Peach Boy." It has lyrics originally. You can listen to
the song here: http://www.neowing.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=KICW-8205

Choose either player for #5 "桃太郎" among the song list in that page. Enjoy! :D
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Postby Jeff » Mon Feb 07, 2005 1:04 am

Only a game like Shenmue after 5 years of its release we still find new things.
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