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    Why are all hollow names in Spanish?

    did anyone ever wonder what is up with every thing in "hell" (hueco mundo) being named and spoken in spanish? i was wondering if this was some underlying joke by kubo tite about everyone in hell speaking spanish or something of that nature or maybe perhaps discrimination of people who speak spanish

    i realize that hueco mundo translates in to hollow world or world of the hollows, but in the mythology of bleach i am assuming it is the closest thing to hell
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    Re: Why are all hollow names in Spanish?

    Welcome to the Bleach forum, Kisame Hoshigaki. Making thread titles succinct can help other members understand what the thread is about and participate if they're interested. Also using caps and punctuation marks whenever necessary makes the thread titles more readable.

    As for thread topic, there's a separate Hell dimension in Bleach world, a place where hollows are sent if they were evil in their former lives. IIRC many arrancar were named after famous people, for example Grimmjow's name originated from an English architect Nicholas Grimshaw. The reason for Spanish theme in names is something only Kubo can know but I think it's better to have it that way. IMHO Barragan sounds better than, for example, Hans or François.

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    Re: Why are all hollow names in Spanish?

    sure makes sense i just remember an old joke or something about everyone in hell speaking spanish
    perhaps attwmpting to draw a parralell was reaching a bit

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    Re: Why are all hollow names in Spanish?

    Spanish is indeed a running theme in Hollow-related things in Bleach.
    I'm guessing Kubo just really likes the language.

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    Re: Why are all hollow names in Spanish?

    It's simply a Motif, it's easier to compile information on one subject when it shares a recurring theme, like all hollows having a spanish ring to them and the arrancars being named after architects for the most part.

    If you want to look into it deeper however, the reason why hollows take on a spanish motif could be because of how Mexicans have a special day designated to remember the dead. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Day_of_the_Dead

    As for Arrancar they could be named after architect because of how they are produced. While sure it's named after a famous architect the person is only the name in which he has many people who support and work to produce the buildings he conceptualized. In the same concept an arrancar is one being created from multiple hollows to create one entity that you could say dominates the rest of the other hollows.

    In the same sense while you see an architects name you never hear or I don't think you ever hear of all the people behind him who put up the cement, paved the ground, made the rooms and setup the building. The architect gets the recognition for producing the piece of work while they rely on the support of the team to put it together.

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    Re: Why are all hollow names in Spanish?

    I was under the impression that it was only arrancar that had that spanish theme to them. Are normal hollows being given spanish names? I don't quite recall that. Anyways, kubo simply likes to have a language associated with different factions. Arrancar had spanish, shinigami Japanese, fullbringers had english and the quincy have had german associated to them for a while now. I don't think kubo means to tell anyone that anything associated with spanish is hell or anything of the sort.

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    Re: Why are all hollow names in Spanish?

    Kubo was always about what sounds cool...it's just something he thought it was "cool" to add to the Arrancars....also I think we even have an exception...Wonderweiss doesn't sound spanish at all...Starrk also, although he has a spanish release...

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    Re: Why are all hollow names in Spanish?

    Nor does Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck, but be happy this arc has a german/dutch touch to it. I don't think he's trying to put any culture in a bad light, it just sounds good to him and may have some relations to the theme of the arc.
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    Re: Why are all hollow names in Spanish?

    Well, actual arrancar names were rarely in spanish (or at all), I think each arrancar was named after an architect although that might not be entirely accurate (at least a few of them were though). It was always their zampakuto and technique names which were in spanish.

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    Re: Why are all hollow names in Spanish?

    Quote Originally Posted by Schabrak View Post
    Nor does Nelliel Tu Odelschwanck, but be happy this arc has a german/dutch touch to it. I don't think he's trying to put any culture in a bad light, it just sounds good to him and may have some relations to the theme of the arc.
    He has always been using German for the Quincy, remember the Seele Schneider and the technique Quincy: Letzt Stil. And no, it is not a Dutch theme. It is clearly German. It is also a bit ironic, there is an American town named Quincy founded by German immigrants.

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    Re: Why are all hollow names in Spanish?

    Quote Originally Posted by benelori View Post
    Kubo was always about what sounds cool...it's just something he thought it was "cool" to add to the Arrancars....also I think we even have an exception...Wonderweiss doesn't sound spanish at all...Starrk also, although he has a spanish release...
    Seconded. Its not just what sounds cool, Bleach has wonderful character designs. The Spanish theme was befitting and felt a bit refreshing. I guess Kubo likes to blend other cultural themes in his work.

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    Re: Why are all hollow names in Spanish?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nieuwsgierig View Post
    He has always been using German for the Quincy, remember the Seele Schneider and the technique Quincy: Letzt Stil. And no, it is not a Dutch theme. It is clearly German. It is also a bit ironic, there is an American town named Quincy founded by German immigrants.
    As a german I knew this the very first second I read one of their attacks. Even if they sound a bit broken, why not ask some of his assistants, if he has some, to use google for a good grammatic right translation, or it's just the translators failing at doing it right? Seelenschneider is just a literal translation of Zanpakatou without the "sword" after all.

    It would be funny if he tried to implement some tribal folk like some african or american natives somehow, but that would probably be to much. I hope we don't have to wait mroe than a year for the revelation of the Spirit King and the structure of their government.
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