JRPG translation videos

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I have really enjoyed this video series on differences between the Japanese and English version of Final Fantasy VII, although it’s not tremendously helpful at learning Japanese.
Slightly more helpful (at least for a beginner like me) was Tim Teaches Jason Japanese: CHRONO TRIGGER where the same guy teaches an absolute beginner some Japanese basics while playing the Japanese version of Chrono Trigger. Unfortunately there’s only 3 parts.
Also I found this youtube channel of ClydeMandelin, a professional translator who does comparisons, but it’s not really aimed at (beginner) language learners, as there is from what I have seen next to no grammar explanations. He more goes through the script and tells the audience in English what’s different in the original version.

Do you by chance know similar resources where a JRPG, preferrably from the SNES era, is lenghtily dissected for grammar and kanji? Please do share.

The following is a list of video resources about Japanese-language video games that aim to be instructive to a Japanese-learning viewer. Do you by chance know similar resources where a game is dissected for grammar and kanji? Please do share.

  • GameGengo’s channel
    Less on the gaming and more on the learning side. The main format is showing a short sequence of the Final Fantasy 7 remake , then lenghily dissecting every sentence for vocabulary and grammar points, then a short recap of what was just learned, and then a small quiz. It’s still ongoing and has about twenty 30minutes episodes at the time of writing.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsXJuG5tSNRr9IwfjMbNvqQ

  • GameGrammar’s channel
    A really great channel, that is actually two channels because the guy doing the videos changed at one point. The older content is more edited clips (of Pokemon games) that dissect sentences whereas the newer content is unedited streams of playing a game while explaining sentence structure along the way. Detailed grammar instructions are separated in their own videos. Among the games played in this way are Undertale, AceAttourney, PaperMario(TOK), Mario Oddyssey, Ni No Kuni, Okami.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8UqIZlupjIQ3vxcAOEoNug
    https://twitch.tv/gamegrammar

  • Naoto(尚人)'s Learn Japanese With Manga channel
    Albeit branded as learning with manga, there are a few video game videos here as well, namely Mother2 (known as Earthbound in the West) and SuperMarioRPG. It’s both fully read aloud in Japanese with vocabulary/key phrases displayed alongside. Unnecessary parts are edited out. These videos are generally aimed at intermediate learners as the content is Japanese-only, no English.
    Mother2 ongoing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DnLHqizzxKI&t=464s
    SMRPG playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-lkYVkDs9DFLdh2x-ela7kMQinqZbju8

  • Japanese Quest’s channel
    A guy (and his cat) playing through XenoBlade2, Mario Odyssey, Breath of the Wild and some other titles while translating and pointing out common words to learn, collecting them in Excel sheets. Focused mainly on vocabulary.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjJ7Isbbol88_s24SAqi6WA

  • Tim reaches Jason Japanese
    Unfortunately discontinued series in which a guy teaches Japanese to a colleague while playing Chrono Trigger. There’s only three parts.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUV6RjgOr8g

  • A slow translation of FF7
    Somewhat instructive but mainly comedic and heavily edited series. It’s more of a rollercoaster-ride than a study resource.
    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLsiJPoHlPqEEA07AKMQ2Hm2oRLiGkR_uJ

  • Japanese Study with Persona 5
    A play-through of Persona 5 with translations and links to the full transcripts with English/Japanese side by side
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2_fO9sdaSM&list=PL5Lgag0FDBLWVRY4Owb048W1ToG9qhLaf
    https://pastebin.com/u/DocFirebird

  • Clyde Mandelin’s channel,
    A professional translator, goes through the script of several games, and tells the audience in English what’s different in the original version. Not helpful for beginner to intermediate learners in terms of language acquisition, but interesting still. Mostly features older games from the 8bit era, such as FF6, Earthbound, Zelda. Hours upon hours of content.
    https://www.youtube.com/user/ClydeMandelin

  • Toshi Onchi’s channel
    Some guy playing through FF9, Xenoblade and some other titles, not all in Japanese. Translating along but not really teaching anything. Focused on gaming rather than learning.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcPHTPOkuLntC5i9fDqWedw

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So, I just came across this channel. It’s called JapaneseQuest and essentially consists of a guy (and his cat) playing through XenoBlade2, Mario Oddyssey, Breath of the Wild and some other titles while translating and pointing out common words to learn. If you know some more, especially that dive more into the grammar, please share.

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Like hell!

I am also looking for something similar to this, I know that in this channel, he does (to a point) a play-through of Persona 5 and he translates everything on the video and also he has links where you can find the full transcripts with English/Japanese side by side which is pretty great. I really do hope he finishes that project because when I get a little higher in WK, P5 is definitely in my to do list. Right now, it’s way too complicated for me.

The channel itself and the link to the first P5 video

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbkrXZPtyVuNkjfb5pA0kEA
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z2_fO9sdaSM&t=789s

The transcripts

https://pastebin.com/u/DocFirebird

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Thank you for adding this info. If there’s more coming up I will collect all links in the top post. Any maybe rename it to video game translation videos in general, instead of JRPG
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In a similar vein to Japanese Quest, there’s also Game Grammar now.

They stream live on Twitch as well as post videos on Youtube. They have quite a lot of videos to watch already.

I find their pace a little more palatable to my tastes tbh.

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Found this when looking for a Japanese LP of Final Fantasy IX. Seems to have a lot of games. But only some are played in Japanese. As for FFIX, textboxes get read out and translated on the fly but the focus is more on the gaming side than learning. Still instructive.

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I came across the following very helpful resource. Less on the gaming and more on the learning side. The main format is showing a short sequence of the Final Fantasy 7 remake, then lenghily dissecting every sentence for vocabulary and grammar points, then a short recap of what was just learned, and then a small quiz. It’s still ongoing and has about twenty 30minutes episodes at the time of writing.
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It seems there are enough entries to justify a list, I have edited the top post. If you come upon further resources please post them here and I will add them to the list.

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