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Manga/anime "colds"

Discussion in 'Akihabara Lounge' started by LuckyDucky, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. LuckyDucky

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    A question for people who speak Japanese or anyone else in the know: is there a mistranslation involved with people catching the common cold in these mediums? It's often treated as an illness that requires someone take care of them while they lie in bed and need to get rest / use ice packs, while where I live (in the USA) a cold is only a minor inconvenience that involves a sore throat, nasal congestion and a cough.

    I wish I could remember more specific examples, but I've wondered this for years and was recently reminded of it watching Gintama episode 278 (a girl stayed home from school to take care of her dad who had a "cold"). I imagine it's either simply a trope for easy drama, that the common cold is typically more severe in Japan or that it is a mistranslation of some sort and that it can be used interchangeably with, say, the flu. Which is it? :hmm

    Mods: I rarely post outside of the Dragon Ball or One Piece sections -- this seemed like the place to post this, but if not please go ahead and move it to where it should be. Thanks :catlove