So you’ll be a hit at your next party, here’s some trivia about the Japanese names.
- The Moogle Claws are Moguri, possibly a reference to Mowgli of the Jungle Book.
- The Herald Sword is a reference to Kusanagi-no-tsurugi, the Three Imperial Regalia.
- The Cobra Shuttle is the Bagh Nakh, which is a glove, not a throwing weapon as it is in the game.
- Ninja’s Trump is actually a great localization of Fuma Shuriken. The Fuma were a ninja clan of Sengoku fame, and many weapons in other games were named after them. However, it’s also a likely reference to the Kamaiden manga, where a similarly named weapon was part of the ninja’s “hissatsu” repertoire, nicely captured by Ninja’s Trump.
- The Spear is called the Lance in Japanese, but the Javelin is the Spear.
- The Spiky Suit is the Punk Suit, referring to the studded vests of punk rockers.
- Dungeons & Dragons references: Otyugh Ring (Ivy Amulet), B-eye-lder Ring (Water Ring). The latter’s name is corrupted as TSR was infamously protective of their Beholder Ring trademark.
- Candy is often retranslated as, Perfectly Round Candy Drop, but “manmaru” has a cutesy feel to it, and doesn’t imply round in a scientific way.
- A similar situation with, Pakkun Chocolate—this is the sound of vigorous chewing.
- The Medical Herb is Pui Pui Grass, which is likely a play on “pen-pen gusa”, the colloquial name for the herb, nazuna. If you hold it up and spin the stem between your fingers, the chunky heart-shaped leaves bump against each other and make a quiet slapping sound: “pen pen.” Here, the katakana is “pui pui” as a joke.
- Chobin Hood is Poron, a likely reference to Apollon, the Greek god of archery.
- The book enemy that opens to the nude photo is a possible reference to Devilman by Go Nagai.
- Ted Woolsey may have thought that “Jabberwock” was incorrect, and changed it to “Jabberwocky.” But that’s the name of the Lewis Carroll poem; Jabberwock is the correct name of the monster.
- Dungeons & Dragons references: B-eye-lder (see Armor), Blood Roper, Otyugh Face, and Mega Xorn.
- The Wave Cannon and Diffuser Cannon attacks are references to Space Battleship Yamato.