Final Fantasy VII Remake Script Comparison: Chapter 16 – Part 2

Chapter 16 continues with a brief scene with Palmer, already establishing his odd tea preferences. And as chance would have it, he spots Sephiroth wandering the halls, a reference to how Palmer is the one who witnessed Sephiroth killing the President in the original.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
パルマー
 どうしてだろうね
Palmer
Oh dear, oh dear…
パルマー
 わしとしてことが
 ラードを切らすなんて
Palmer
A man of my refined tastes running out of butter!
「わしにもちょうだい。
 サトウとハチミツたっぷりで
 ラードも入れてね」
“Can I have some too?
With lotsa sugar and honey and…
oh yeah, don’t forget the lard!”
パルマー
 脂肪の入っていない紅茶なんて
Palmer
Short of its proper accompaniment, this tea…
パルマー
 ただの 苦いお湯だよねえ
Palmer
might as well be boiled pond water!
パルマー
 え どういうこと?
Palmer
No, it couldn’t possibly have been…
パルマー
「セ、セフィロス。
 セフィロスが来た」
Palmer
“Se…Sephiroth.
Sephiroth came.”

After the presentation, the crew meets Hart, the mayor’s assistant. In Japanese his name is ハット (hatto), which was evidently supposed to be a pizza joke, and thus could also be rendered as “Hut.” E Remake decides to stick with the original translation’s “Hart” though, either for consistency or because “Hut” would be an odd name.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
ハット
 わたくし ハットと申します
Hart
My name is Hart, and it’s a pleasure to meet you.
ハット
「あ、これはどうも」
Hart
“How do you do?”
ハット
 ドミノ市長のつかいで
 お迎えに参りました
Hart
I’ve come to escort you to Mayor Domino, per his request.
「こちらはこのミッドガルの
 市長室でございます。
 この中にはドミノ市長が
 いらっしゃいます」
“This is the Midgar Mayor’s Office.
Mayor Domino is in his office.”
バレット
 市長っていうのは あの
 神羅の言いなり
 ドミノのことか?
Barret
The mayor of Midgar? The empty suit that’s just a mouthpiece for Shinra?
「とは言っても名前だけ。
 ホントのところ、ミッドガルの
 すべては神羅のものだ」
“Actually, I’m Mayor in name only.
The city and everything in it is really run by Shinra, Inc.”
ハット
 はい
Hart
Yes.

This time, Mayor Domino is expecting them and reveals that he’s actually working for Avalanche. In the original, the mayor is never explicitly allied with Avalanche, but his response to the MAKO (魔晄爆発 ; makou bakuhatsu ; “mako explode”) password in the original may imply that he’s sympathetic to their cause. The original translation interpreted “explode” as “cause it to prosper,” but it may also be possible to take it as “get rid of mako entirely” such that Shinra would go out of business and he could be the true mayor.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
ドミノ
 なんだ 分派の連中は知らんのか
Domino
I can only assume your cell wasn’t looped in.
ドミノ
 わしが アバランチと
 組んでおることを
Domino
I am Avalanche’s man on the inside.
「なんとすばらしいひびき!
 そのとおり!
 魔晄エネルギーを爆発させろ!
 そして私を真の市長に!」
“God, I love the sound of that!
MAKO!! If I had a lot more of it,
I would be a real mayor!”

Speaking of being the true mayor, Mayor Domino is once again mayor in name only, with his office tucked away in Shinra’s archives.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
ドミノ
 市長とは名ばかりの事態は
 このとおり
Domino
The mayor of the greatest city in the whole wide world…
「とは言っても名前だけ。
 ホントのところ、ミッドガルの
 すべては神羅のものだ」
“Actually, I’m Mayor in name only.
The city and everything in it is really run by Shinra, Inc.”
ドミノ
 資料室の一角に閉じ込められた
 ただの 老いぼれだ
Domino
tucked away in a secret broom closet in the damned archives! The nerve.
「ミッドガルの市長が!
 神羅の資料を!
 ハア……」
“Me! The Mayor!
A librarian!
Ohh…”

And his motivation for helping the crew is also to get back at Shinra for what they’ve done to him.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
ドミノ
 まあ 神羅を
 引っかきまわしてくれるなら
 なんでもええわい
Domino
Well, I don’t particularly care what you end up doing—so long as it hurts Shinra.
「きまってるじゃないか。
 イヤガラセだよ。
 イヤガラセ」
“Revenge, of course!
Shinra’s been torturing me forever.”
「いいか、神羅はずっと私を
 苦しめてきたんだぞ」

Mayor Domino then offers to update their keycard. In the original, Cloud had to use clues in the library to find the right password to give the mayor to obtain the keycard. Also, Mayor Domino’s keycard went up to floor 65 then.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
ドミノ
 64階までは なんとかしてやる
Domino
I can get you as far as the 64th floor.
「キミら、上へ行きたいんだろ?
 いいとも、
 私のカードキーをやろう。
 合言葉を言えたらな」
“You want to get upstairs?
I tell you what, if you can guess the
password, I’ll give you my keycard.”
ドミノ
「言っておくが、私のカードでは
 65階までしかのぼれんよ」
Domino
“But my card will only get you
to the 65th floor.”

The mayor is incredibly upset that that’s as far as his security permissions go, and we get a slightly more direct reference to the original “librarian” line.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
バレット
 なんだよ
 ケチくせえこと言うなよ
Barret
Hold up. You telling me that that’s the best you can do?
ドミノ
 わしができるのは そこまでだ
Domino
That is indeed the best that I can do.
クラウド
 市長なのにか?
Cloud
But you’re the mayor.
ドミノ
 市長なのにだ!
Domino
“But you’re the mayor”!?
ドミノ
 ミッドガルの市長である
 にもかかわらず
 わしの仕事といえば 資料の管理
Domino
Does this look like the office of a mayor? I’m a glorified librarian—nothing more!
「今の私の仕事といったら
 神羅カンパニーの資料管理……」
“My only real job is watching over
Shinra’s documents…”
ドミノ
 重役会議にも呼ばれとらんわ
Domino
They don’t even invite me to their meetings!
「ミッドガルの市長が!
 神羅の資料を!
 ハア……」
“Me! The Mayor!
A librarian!
Ohh…”
ドミノ
 市長が毎日毎日 資料の整理
Domino
Sorting records and reports—that’s all I do!
「神羅め、この私を……この私を
 一般社員とおなじあつかいに……」
“Can you believe how they treat me? …ME! Like some common employee…”
ドミノ
 紙をめくりすぎて
 指は切り傷だらけじゃわい
Domino
My hands and fingers have more paper cuts than skin!
ドミノ
 この痛み あの男は知るまい
Domino
No one knows my pain—my daily torment!
ドミノ
 くやしい くやしい
Domino
They’ve made me a pathetic shell of a man.

He regains his composure and then tells the crew that they’ll need to find another secret Avalanche collaborator in the Recreational Facility on the 63rd floor. This area was located on the 61st floor in the original game and is named リフレッシュフロア (“refresh floor”) in Japanese both on PSX and for Remake.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
ドミノ
 これで 63階の
 リフレッシュフロアまで行けるぞ
Domino
You can now use it to access the Recreational Facility on the 63rd floor.
「ここはリフレッシュ・フロア。
 この上は、おえらがたがいる
 特別なフロアが多いからね」
“This is the lounge floor.
Above us are the special floors for the company big wigs.”

But in order to get another keycard from this other Avalanche collaborator, the crew will need to give him a password. This password and Domino’s two lines afterward are straight from the original (at least in Japanese). The original translation had to simplify this password to BEST to make the word puzzle work, but Remake doesn’t have that restriction.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
ドミノ
 63階に 協力者がおる
Domino
You look for a fellow Avalanche collaborator.
ドミノ
 そいつから
 64階のカードキーを受け取れ
Domino
Identify yourselves and he’ll give you a keycard to the 64th.
ドミノ
 合言葉は……
Domino
The countersign is…
「そう、合言葉だ。
 それを言えたら、
 カードをやろう」
“Yes, that’s it.
Guess the password
and I’ll give you my keycard!”
ドミノ
 『市長』『最高』だ!
Domino
“The mayor is the best!”
ドミノ
「市 長 最 高 !!」
Domino
“BEST!!”
ドミノ
 ミッドガルの市長は最高!
Domino
“Midgar’s mayor is nothing less!”
「なんとすばらしいひびき!
 そのとおり!
 ミッドガルの市長は最高!
 誰が何と言おうと最高!」
“God, I love the sound of that!
BEST!! I AM the best…ME!!
No matter what anyone else says,
you’d better believe it.”
ドミノ
 誰がなんと言おうと最高!
Domino
“Everyone says he’s cooler than the rest!”
ドミノ
 おまえが『市長』と言って
 『最高』と答えた者が 協力者だ
Domino
Just say “mayor” to the guy, and if he goes “the best!” with gusto, then you’ve found your man.

And while we’re on the topic of the passwords from the original, the robots around the archive all have references to the other options Cloud was presented with. And as an additional easter egg, the robots only give the viable answers from the original. In the PSX version, ORBS / 魔晄最高 (makou saikou ; “mako (is the) best”) and HOJO / 神羅爆発 (shinra bakuhatsu ; “shinra explode”) were never possible answers.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
司書ロボ
 シチョウ サイコウ
Robot
Mayor. Very best.
「合言葉は?」
   魔晄爆発!!
   市長最高!!
   魔晄最高!!
   神羅爆発!!
   市長爆発!!
   神羅最低!!
   ちょっと待ってくれ
“So, what’s the password?”
   BEST
   KING
   ORBS
   BOMB
   MAKO
   HOJO
   Wait a second
司書ロボ
 マコウ バクハツ
Robot
Mako. Explosive.
司書ロボ
 シンラ サイテイ
Robot
Shinra. Very bad.
司書ロボ
 シチョウ バクハツ
Robot
Mayor. Explosive.

And for a bit of a deep cut, there’s even one robot that says シチョウ サイテイ? (shichou saitei ; “(the) mayor (is the) worst?” Some unused Japanese text from the original game suggests that initially there was a system that allowed the player to input individual kanji characters to form any number of combinations for the password. The mayor then had lines reacting to some of these other combinations, including a reaction to if the player input 市長最低 (shichou saitei ; “(the) mayor (is the) worst”).

Japanese RemakeEnglish Remake
司書ロボ
 シチョウ サイテイ?
Robot
Mayor. Very bad?

We cut to a scene with Hojo and Aerith. Hojo is apparently more concerned with his research than Shinra’s goals, which was implied in the original too. During the original meeting of Shinra’s leaders, the president has to ask if Hojo’s research will interfere with their plans, suggesting that finding the promised land is more Shinra’s goal than Hojo’s.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
宝条
 さあ 約束の地の情報をくれ
Hojo
So. About this precious promised land of yours…
宝条
 せっつかれる私の立場を
 察してくれないか?
Hojo
Come now, Aerith. You misunderstand my intentions.
宝条
 あの強欲どもを
 さっさと黙らせて
 偉大な研究に没頭したいんだ
Hojo
I wish only to satisfy their material greed so I can be left to pursue my great work.
プレジデント神羅
「約束の地はどうなる?
 計画に支障はでないのか?」
President Shinra
“What about the Promised Land?
Won’t it hinder our plans?”
宝条
 エアリス おまえとな
Hojo
Our great work, my dear.

And as Hojo goes on monologuing, we get confirmation in both the Japanese and English that Aerith’s mother was the last pure-blooded Ancient. Though we still don’t know exactly how many other descendants of Ancients there are.

Japanese RemakeEnglish Remake
宝条
 なにも逃げ出さなくても
 言ってくれさえすれば 対応したろうに
Hojo
If she had only trusted me instead of trying to run, it
could have played out quite differently.
宝条
 本当に残念だ
 最後の純血種だったのに
Hojo
What a terrible tragedy, to lose the last of the pure-
blooded Ancients…
宝条
 そうだ 母親に会いたくはないか?
Hojo
though not completely. Would you like to see your
mother?

The secret collaborator initially expresses suspicion of Cloud and company, which makes sense considering how much they stand out. There was at least one NPC in the original who was also wary of Cloud, but honestly it’s surprising that no one else bats an eye. Though to be fair, it’s possible that the employees trust Shinra’s security so much that they can’t even conceive of unauthorized individuals making it that far up.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
神羅社員
 なんだ あんたら……なにか用か
Shinra Employee
You work here? I don’t recognize you. Can I help you with something?
「なんだお前は?
 こんなところで何をしている?」
   エアリスはどこだ!
   …………
“The hell are you?
What’re you doin’ around here?”
   Where’s Aeris?
   …

The collaborator tells them about a board meeting that’s to be held soon, and suggests they spy on the meeting from the ducts in the men’s restroom. This is, in fact, exactly how the crew eavesdrops on the meeting in the original, too.

Japanese RemakeEnglish Remake
協力者
 そろそろ 重役会議の時間だ
Collaborator
A board meeting is scheduled to start soon.
協力者
 大会議室に プレジデントや宝条
 ほかの統括たちも勢ぞろいするはず
Collaborator
It’s being held in the main conference room.
President Shinra, Professor Hojo, and the other
directors will be in attendance.
バレット
 そんじゃあ 乗り込むか
Barret
Think they like surprises?
バレット
 プレジデントを人質にとっちまえば
 こっちのもんだろ
Barret
We can even take the president as a hostage. Think
of the leverage!
協力者
 そりゃ 現行犯で即拘束だな
Collaborator
Try it, and security will be on your asses in seconds.
クラウド
 敵の状況を知りたい
Cloud
We need to find out what they’re planning.
協力者
 敵情視察か
 まず 男性用トイレに向かうといい
Collaborator
So you want to spy on their meeting? Hmm, I have an
idea. Head to the men’s restroom.
協力者
 そこからダクトを通れば
 会議室をのぞくことができる
Collaborator
You can climb into the air ducts there. They go all the
way to the conference room.

Barret once again needs to be reminded to keep to the mission. Though at least this time it’s pretty understandable, considering President Shinra was right there in front of him. And he also personally acknowledges that their main priority is saving Aerith.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
ティファ
 放っておこう
Tifa
Barret.
バレット
 わかってるよ
 エアリスの救出が最優先 だろ?
Barret
Yeah, yeah, I know. We came here to save Aerith.
That’s our first priority.
バレット
「わかってるって!」
Barret
“Hell, I know that!”
クラウド
 ああ 失敗はできない
 宝条は重役会議に出席するはずだ
Cloud
That’s right. We only get one chance. Hojo should be
at that board meeting, so that’ll buy us some time.
クラウド
 まずは チャンスを見極める
Cloud
We need to plan this just right.

They make it up to the 64th floor and can wander around a bit before heading to the bathroom. There are a few NPC lines here reminiscent of the original, like one who mentions that the stench from the bathroom wafts into the meeting room.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
トイレのにおいが
大会議室まで漏れてるから
You were supposed to deal with the smell
coming from the bathroom.
「関係ないけどよ。
 あの会議室って、何か臭くないか?
 どこかから臭ってくるんだよな……」
“Is it just me or does the
Conference Room smell?
There’s some sort of stench
coming from somewhere…”
なんとかしろって
言われてませんでしたっけ
It’s leaking into the main conference
room, remember?

And there are at least a few more people here who are suspicious of them. In Remake they get mistaken for security guards, as opposed to a repair crew in the original. Security guards makes a lot more sense.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
神羅社員
 おまえたち 所属はどこだ
Shinra Employee
I don’t recognize you. What department did you say you were from?
「あら、見かけない顔……
 新しく配属されたのね?」
“I don’t remember seeing your face before… You new here?”
Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
神羅社員
 君たちは 警備兵か?
Shinra Employee
Hm? You guys private security or something?
「神羅カンパニー修理か!!」“Shinra, Inc. Repair Division!!”

Cloud and Tifa crawl through the ducts to eavesdrop on the board meeting, leaving Barret behind to keep watch. It begins with Palmer trying to convince the other leaders that he really did see Sephiroth, just like he has to convince Cloud and company in the original.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
パルマー
 わし 見たんだ
Palmer
I’m telling you, I saw him!
パルマー
「セ、セフィロス。
 セフィロスが来た」
Palmer
“Se…Sephiroth.
Sephiroth came.”
パルマー
 廊下を歩いてるのを
 しっかりと この目で
Palmer
With my own eyes! Sauntering down the corridor!
パルマー
「ああ、見た! この目で見た!」
Palmer
“Yeah, I saw him! With my own eyes!”
ハイデッカー
 不確かな情報を ばらまくな
Heidegger
We don’t have time for this nonsense!
クラウド
「本当に見たんだな?」
Cloud
“You really saw him?”
パルマー
 こう 目の前を通っていって
 びっくりしすぎて ちょっとやせたんだから
Palmer
He was as close to me as you are now! The shock of it made me spill my tea!
パルマー
「うひょっ!
 こんな時にウソなんか言わない!
 それに声も聞いたんだ、
 うひょっ!」
Palmer
“Uh! Would I lie at a time like this!? I heard his voice, too!”
ハイデッカー
 やめんか
Heidegger
Enough already!
ハイデッカー
 侵入者に関しては
 うちで対処している
Heidegger
If there are intruders in the building, my men will deal with them.

The meeting then begins in earnest as Reeve details the damages from the Sector 7 tragedy and tries to propose a reconstruction plan, but President Shinra shuts him down quickly.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
リーブ
 七番街の被害報告が出ました
 倒壊した家屋の数が——
Reeve
I have the damage assessment for Sector 7, and I’m afraid the figures are catastrophic.
リーブ
「7番街の被害報告が出ました」
Reeve
“We have the damage estimates for Sector 7.”
「すでに稼働していた工場部分と
 現在までの投資額を考えると
 我が社の損害は
 100億ギルは
 くだらないかと……」
“Considering those factories we already set up
and all the investments,
the damage is estimated
at approximately 10 billion gil…”
プレジデント
 暗いニュースは 結構
President Shinra
Spare us the doom and gloom.
プレジデント
 ほかにないのか
President Shinra
Was there anything else?
リーブ
 では
 七番プレートの再建計画について
Reeve
Well sir, I’ve also drafted a reconstruction plan—
リーブ
「また7番プレートの再建にかかる
 費用は……」
Reeve
“The estimated cost to rebuild Sector 7 is…”
プレジデント
 再建はしない
President Shinra
That will not be needed.
プレジデント神羅
「再建はしない」
President Shinra
“We’re not rebuilding.”

This time Reeve fails to see the connection between their capture of Aerith and why President Shinra doesn’t want to rebuild, so Scarlet spells it out for him. Now we get more details on the Neo Midgar plan that Don Corneo mentioned in Chapter 14.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
プレジデント
 古代種の協力が
 得られることになったからな
President Shinra
Not with the Ancient in our custody once more.
「そのかわりに
 ネオ・ミッドガル計画を
 再開する」
“And restarting the Neo-Midgar plan.”
リーブ
 いえ だからといって
 再建しないわけには
Reeve
Uh…with respect, sir, I don’t see how—
リーブ
「……では、古代種が?」
Reeve
“…then the Ancients?”
スカーレット
 おバカさんね
 『ネオ・ミッドガル』よ
Scarlet
Two words, Reeve: “Neo Midgar.”

In the original, there’s a scene where President Shinra has a monologue about the promised land, but that doesn’t happen in Remake so some of the info from that is folded into this scene instead. Like the fact that even though the promised land is more of a fairy tale, Shinra is taking the legend at face value.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
プレジデント
 約束の地に
President Shinra
In their promised land…
プレジデント神羅
「約束の地はまもなく
 我々のものになるだろう」
President Shinra
“The Promised Land will soon be ours.”
プレジデント
 新たな魔晄都市を建設する
President Shinra
we will build a new mako-powered metropolis.
プレジデント神羅
「そこに建設される
 ネオ・ミッドガル。
 我が神羅カンパニーのさらなる
 栄光……」
President Shinra
“That is where Neo-Midgar will be built. Shinra’s new glory…”
リーブ
 ちょっと 待ってください
Reeve
Mister President!
リーブ
 我々はまだ 約束の地の正体すら
Reeve
We still don’t know for sure that the promised land even—
レッドXIII
「約束の地?
 それは言い伝えではないか?」
Red XIII
“The Promised Land?
Isn’t that just a legend?”

President Shinra then addresses Hojo, who once again notes that Aerith is “inferior” compared to her mother.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
プレジデント
 宝条博士
President Shinra
Professor Hojo.
プレジデント神羅
「おお、宝条くん。
 あの娘はどうかね」
President Shinra
“Hojo.
How’s the girl?”
宝条
 検査結果は 予想通りだ
Hojo
The test results were within expectations.
宝条
 純血種だった母親より
 数値は下がるが
 古代種と呼んでも
 差し支えないだろう
Hojo
The specimen is somewhat lacking compared to her pure-blood mother, but for our purposes she should more than suffice.
宝条
「サンプルとしては母親におとる。
 母親イファルナとの比較中だが
 初期段階で相違が18%」
Hojo
“As a specimen, she is inferior to her mother. I’m still in the process of comparing her to her mother, Ifalna, but for now the difference is 18%.”

They discuss how to get info on the promised land out of her, and as before, Hojo is more inclined to use psychological means.

Japanese RemakeEnglish RemakeJapanese OriginalEnglish Original
プレジデント
 約束の地は いつ頃わかる?
President Shinra
So, she can lead us to the promised land?
プレジデント神羅
「約束の地はどうなる?
 計画に支障はでないのか?」
President Shinra
“What about the Promised Land?
Won’t it hinder our plans?”
宝条
 その件で 提案がある
Hojo
Well, Mister President, that remains to be seen.
宝条
 自発的な協力を 強制的に
 引き出す方法を
 試してみないか?
Hojo
I would like your permission to secure her cooperation through more “forceful” means.
宝条
「……そのつもりだ。
 母は強く……そして弱みを持つ」
Hojo
“That’s what I need to plan.
The mother is strong…
and yet has her weaknesses.”

And Hojo’s plan to have Aerith reproduce also remains the same.

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宝条
 ああ~
 それに関連して
 考えていることがある
Hojo
If I may, Mister President, I have an idea how we might mitigate the risks.
宝条
 つまり 古代種の繁殖だ
Hojo
Simply put, we could have the Ancient reproduce.
宝条
「だから古代種を繁殖させよう
 と思うのだ。
 しかも、長命で実験に耐えうる
 強さも持たせることができる」
Hojo
“That’s why we’re thinking of breeding her. Then we could create one that could withstand
our research for a long time.”

As the meeting concludes, Hojo notices that something stinks this time, as opposed to Scarlet in the original.

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プレジデント
 解散とする
President Shinra
Meeting adjourned.
プレジデント神羅
「では、会議を終わる」
President Shinra
“That concludes our meeting.”
リーブ
 待ってください
Reeve
Please, sir!
宝条
 におうな
Hojo
Something stinks.
スカーレット
「臭うわね……」
Scarlet
“Something stinks…”

Cloud and company resolve to follow Hojo, hoping that he’ll lead them to Aerith.

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バレット
 どんな感じだ?
Barret
Anything?
クラウド
 白衣の男を追う
Cloud
The man in the lab coat.
クラウド
「あとをつけよう」
Cloud
“Let’s follow ’em.”
クラウド
 そいつが 科学部門統括の宝条だ
Cloud
Head of R&D. We follow him.
バレット
 おっしゃ うまくいったな
Barret
Okay. And then we kill the son of a bitch.
クラウド
 まず エアリスの居場所だ
 案内させよう
Cloud
Not until he’s led us to Aerith. That’s the plan.

Hojo talks to himself a bit here, musing on Sephiroth’s presence. The English translation’s use of “their offspring” may be confusing, or at least, it was a bit confusing for me as I initially assumed he was referring to Sephiroth’s parents. But the Japanese is roughly “(I) wonder what kind of child it would become?” which makes it clear that the “their offspring” in the English is meant to refer to Aerith’s and Sephiroth’s offspring were he to force them together.

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宝条
 まさか 本当に来ているのか
Hojo
Walking the halls of this very building. Who would
have believed it.
宝条
 面白い だったら掛け合わせてみるか
Hojo
I wonder…were I to arrange a face-to-face…
宝条
 ふふ……
 どんな 子供になるか
Hojo
How I should like to meet their offspring.
宝条
 ああ 違う まず吐かせないと
Hojo
Ahh, but that can wait. First, we must have answers.
宝条
 薬を使うか 壊れなければいいが
Hojo
A simple psychoactive agent should suffice. Nothing
likely to cause any long-term damage.

Hojo eventually notices them following him, but isn’t particularly concerned. He was also rather unperturbed by their intrusion in the original.

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宝条
 なんだね
Hojo
What is this?
バレット
 ここじゃなんだからよ
 仲良く 中へ入ろうか
Barret
A dozen bullets in your head, unless you open that
door right now.
宝条
 君たちは あれだろ
 ナントカいう 犯罪組織だろ?
Hojo
You must be the ones who’ve been stirring up trouble
lately. The eco-terrorists?
宝条
「…………部外者だな」
Hojo
“Outsiders……”
宝条
 それなら ここに用はないはずだ
Hojo
If so I can’t imagine what business you have with me.

After fighting a familiar boss…


They catch up to Hojo again and Cloud declares that they’re taking Aerith back, a line that matches up perfectly in both the Japanese and the English.

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クラウド
 エアリスを 返してもらおう
Cloud
We’re taking Aerith back!
クラウド
「エアリスを返してもらおう」
Cloud
“We’re taking Aeris back.”

Hojo criticizes Cloud’s wording, which is vaguely reminiscent of something Barret says in the original game. If you go back to the Shinra building store while Aerith is in the party, Barret will correct himself and say he meant “who” instead of “what.”

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宝条
 返す? 返すとは?
Hojo
Oh? “Take her back,” you say?
「……アンタんとこのボスに
 とられたものを
 取り返しにきただけだ」
“We jus’ want back what
your boss stole from us.”
宝条
 私の記憶が確かなら
 彼女は 自分の意思で
 来たはずだが
Hojo
Correct me if I am wrong, but did the girl not come here of her own free will?
宝条
 それとも なにか
 彼女は 君の所有物なのかね?
Hojo
Or do you mean to tell me that she is your “personal property”?
「いや、ま、「もの」ってのは
 なんだ、よくねえ言いかた
 だがな」
“I mean, “who”
he stole from us.”

After fighting off security, Cloud once again counts on Barret to break the container and set Aerith free.

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クラウド
 バレット
Cloud
Barret!
クラウド
「バレット!
 何とかならないのか?」
Cloud
“Barret!
Can’t you do anything?”
バレット
 わかったよ 下がってろ
Barret
Got it. Stand back!
バレット
「ええい!!
 さがってろ!」
Barret
“Awright!!
Step back!”
エアリス
 来てくれたんだ
Aerith
You came for me.
エアリス
「クラウド……
 やっぱり、来てくれたのね」
Aeris
“Cloud…
so you did come for me.”

But there isn’t much time to talk as they’re once again thrown into battle.

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ティファ
 エアリス
Tifa
You good?
エアリス
 ティファ
Aerith
I’m great!
バレット
 マリンは元気だ ありがとうよ
Barret
Thanks for saving Marlene. I owe you one.
クラウド
 話はあとだ
Cloud
Save it for later!
「あとでいくらでも
 しゃべってやるよ、
 おじょうさん」
“I’ll talk as much as you want later, Miss.”

Eventually, they meet up with Red XIII. Their introductory conversation plays out much the same as before, but with a better English translation now. It is most definitely a “fascinating” question, not an “informed” one.

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バレット
 なんなんだよ こいつ
Barret
Uhh… So what the hell is it?
バレット
「おまえ、なんだ?」
Barret
“What are you?”
????
 興味深い問いだ
???
A fascinating question.
レッドXIII
「興味深い問いだ。
 しかし、その問いは答え難いな。
 私は見てのとおり、
 こういう存在だ」
Red XIII
“An informed question. But difficult to answer. I am what you see.”
ティファ
 しゃべった?
Tifa
Did it just talk?
ティファ
「しゃべった!?」
Tifa
“It talked!?”
????
 私とは なにか
???
You asked what “it” is. Hmm…
????
 見ての通り
 こういう生き物としか
 答えられない
???
I am that which you see before you. Nothing more.
????
 あれこれ詮索せずに
 受け入れてもらえると 助かる
???
I’d appreciate it if we simply left it at that. Agreed?
レッドXIII
「……いろいろ質問もあるだろうが
 とりあえずここから出ようか。
 道案内くらいなら
 付きあってやる」
Red XIII
“…You must have many questions, but first, let’s get out of here.
I’ll lead the way.”
ティファ
 XIII?
Tifa
Thirteen?
レッドXIII
 『レッドXIII』
 宝条がつけた 型式番号だ
Red XIII
“Red XIII.” The designation given to me by Hojo.
レッドXIII
「宝条は私をレッドXIIIと
 名づけた。
 私にとっては無意味な名前だ。
 好きなように呼んでくれ」
Red
“Hojo has named me, Red XIII.
A name with no meaning whatsoever to me.
Call me whatever you wish.”

Before they can leave, Cloud has another one of his episodes and is drawn to the elevator door. While he’s walking, we can hear some…rather familiar lines. While the Japanese isn’t subtitled at all for whatever reason, it’s clear that these lines come straight from a memorable scene in the original.

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(not subtitled)
母さん 会いに来たよ
???
Mother. I have come for you.
セフィロス
「母さん、会いに来たよ。
 このとびらをあけておくれ」
Sephiroth
“Mother, I’m here to see you.
Please, open this door.”
母さん 一緒にこの星を取り戻そうよ???
Mother. Together we will reclaim our
world.
セフィロス
「母さん、いっしょにこの星を
 取りもどそうよ」
Sephiroth
“Mother, let’s take the Planet
back together.”
母さん またやつらが来たよ???
Mother. They have come again.
セフィロス
「クックックッ……
 母さん、またやつらが来たよ」
Sephiroth
“Ha, ha, ha …
They’ve come again, Mother.”

And that concludes Chapter 16…

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