…Not this time, anyway!

In mid-May, right as BT01 was launching, I moved into a new house. AT&T was supposed to handle the internet installation, but found damage to the fiber line. They finally sent a repair crew out in early June; they never repaired the line, and I’m currently staring down a big hole in the yard. After two months of calling and calling-back with AT&T and their subcontractors, I did the sensible thing and dialed up Xfinity. I had to settle for cable internet, but it was installed the very next day.

(Even so, I don’t actually recommend them. But if you have limited choices, try researching the prices and plans ahead of time and say exactly what you want when you call.)

That’s two months of card reveals, news, and tournament results I need to make up lost ground on. In that time, Bandai has put out an Asian-English “translation” page for the TCG targeted at South East Asia. Unfortunately there are numerous inconsistencies and obvious errors, like the rulebook referring to Rest as Rest and Active as Active while card effects call them “suspended” and “unsuspended”, keywords like michizure being left completely blank in translation, every card having “Digivoluve” printed in the effects section, inconsistent use of “Trash” and “Recycle Bin” for the area discards go to, among other issues. I’m not going to treat these as official English translations. There appears to have been copious use of machine translation and a lack of quality checking going on behind the scenes.

Well, BT2 is up.

Some notes about recent translation choices on-site:

  • 道連れ (michizure) – Fatal Bond: The keyword Purple Digimon use to destroy the Digimon that destroyed them in battle, meaning “to force someone along unwillingly.” Some dictionaries call it “fellow traveler,” but that’s a loaded word in English because it’s used for Nazi sympathizers that were willing but informal members of their regimes. (e.g. Leni Riefenstahl.) I considered more indirect localizations like “Dead Hand” or “M.A.D.” but settled on “Fatal Bond” to get the “connection between destroyer and destroyed” across in a way that would be intuitive. Incidentally, Pokémon translates michizure as “Destiny Bond.” (And their first use of this word is also in a TCG…)
  • 退化 (taika) – Degenerate: The keyword Black Digimon use to remove the top card of an opposing Digimon’s stack, effectively devolving it. “Degenerate” is an official English translation from the DS Digimon Story games, where taika is used in Japanese. (It is also the literal meaning of taika, to regress to a previous state.) Due to the wonders of the English language, I suspect at some point we’ll start wondering if “degenerate” is degenerate.
  • 再起動 (saikidou) – Reboot: The keyword Black Digimon use to Activate at the start of the opponent’s turn. I know this word has some trauma associated with it for Digimon fans, but saikidou is the same word you would use when asking a Boomer if they’ve tried rebooting their computer, so it’s an appropriate translation.
  • 吸収進化 (kyuushuu shinka) – Absorb Evolution: A keyword exclusive to the Algomon line for now, this indicates Resting one of your other Digimon to reduce Algomon’s evolution cost. This translation is literal. Algomon is one of the initial antagonists in the 2020 Adventure anime, first manifesting as a swarm of smaller Algomon that absorb data from cyberspace, causing electronics in the real world to go haywire. (Yes, this plot is deliberately evocative of the two Diablomon theatrical films, where Kuramon absorbed data to evolve into higher forms. You really should start watching the new series if you haven’t already.)

That should cover it. Back to work.

—Touya

A sales sheet intended for card shops containing information about the second booster set of the 2020 Digimon Card Game, BT-02: ULTIMATE POWER, was leaked on Twitter late last night by a fan account. Booster 2 will launch on July 22nd, 2020, and introduce the colors Purple (紫) and Black (黒) with the former focusing on manipulating the Trash and the latter containing powerful Blockers. According to the product sheet every Super Rare in the set will be Ultimate level (Level 6) and some of its featured Digimon include Dukemon, Piemon, Ulforce V-dramon, Venom Vamdemon, and Black War Greymon.

ULTIMATE POWER’s setlist will comprise 112 cards: 44 Commons, 30 Uncommons, 26 Rares, 10 Super Rares, and 2 Secret Rares. Each booster pack will retail for 180 yen, and contain 6 cards plus one index card. The set will feature Tamer Cards for Takenouchi Sora and Kido Jou from the Digimon Adventure: TV anime series (currently on hiatus due to work complications from the Coronavirus pandemic) as well as cards for their partner Digimon.

According to the product sheet, the target demographic of the TCG is girls and boys over 10, with the “core target” ranging 10~30 years old.