Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale

Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale

Kodora Sep 15, 2012 @ 8:23am
Localization Quirks
I love the translation and localization job they did with this game. The first one I noticed that made my jaw drop was when I first got the Sandwich Plate and read its description:
"A very strange piece of armor found in ruins. Illegible writing can be seen on it... what's a "tea party"?"
I couldn't help but go "Wait, did they really put that in there?!" and reread it again.

I love it when games throw in current events and cultural phoenomena. Has anyone else run into some good ones?
Last edited by Kodora; Sep 15, 2012 @ 8:24am
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Tealus Oct 20, 2012 @ 4:35pm 
lol, you need to read more. That's a reference to Alice in Wonderland's tea party.
Tealus Oct 21, 2012 @ 7:42pm 
Wow, two people that hasn't read Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Seriously read more. It's a reference to Mad Hatter's riddle during the tea party where Alice has tea and sandwich.

You took the time to go to Recettear's wikia and didn't bother to take the time to see when it was created. It was released in Japan in 2007, well before the Tea party movement which started taking mainstream in 2009.
Tealus Oct 22, 2012 @ 6:23am 
Ok, since you're Russian. I'll give you a pass.

Tea party is a reference to the Mad Hatter's riddle, not the sandwich itself. Mad Hatter's riddle was "Illegible". The sandwich shows up elsewhere in the story. Also ignoring the fact that many artist sometime when painting/drawing the Mad Hatter Tea Party scene, use sandwiches.

"Alice felt dreadfully puzzled. The Hatter's remark seemed to have no sort of meaning in it, and yet it was certainly English. 'I don't quite understand you,' she said, as politely as she could."

You were almost there but stop short. It does not have to say it "word for word" for it to reference a scene. But that item is a reference to Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventure in Wonderland.

Originally posted by Ryuu-kun:
There's no sandwich :).
Correct, no sandwich. But a sandwich plate yes. ;) Which is the riddle.
Pirate King Oct 23, 2012 @ 8:30pm 
Yes... it was an Alice reference.

And to your second question, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strawberry_Shortcake.
Pirate King Oct 23, 2012 @ 8:31pm 
Also I prefer the Power Glove reference. It's SO bad!
ldragonlong Nov 13, 2012 @ 1:04am 
Found this off of gamefaqs, thought it was hilarious.
http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/ShoutOut/Recettear
Last edited by ldragonlong; Nov 13, 2012 @ 1:04am
SpaceDrake  [developer] Nov 16, 2012 @ 5:56pm 
The big thing to remember is this: a reference can always be multi-layered. :3
Saturn500 Jan 21, 2013 @ 2:19pm 
I think the book item "Polite Children" and it's description are allusions to a certain book written by a certain fundamentalist whose initials are M.P. You know, the one with the teachings that have resulted in the deaths of a few children.

Though, come to think of it, that's probably a bit dark for this game.

Also, am I the only one who has noticed the similarities between the "Wings of Eldon" book items and Neon Genesis Evangelion?
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Date Posted: Sep 15, 2012 @ 8:23am
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