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Animal Crossing: Christmas, Friday, November 5th, came early yesterday when New Horizons’ long-awaited version 2.0 update was surprisingly released more than a day ahead of schedule.

While many of the early hype surrounding the last major free content update reportedly focused on the return of Brewster and his cafe, many of the post-direct hype were Kappei and his. The focus was on the return of the boat. Writer’s house.

So I was happy to see the same old Kappei yesterday for the first time in a while, but I’m also happy to notice some small changes and some fun facts and fan theory about our personal favorites. NPCs from the Japanese side of Animal Crossing Fandom-or should we say, urged to share? Dōbutsu no Mori Fandom.Yes, we played both over 500 hours (and count) Tobi-Mori (Animal Crossing: New Leaf) Atsu-Mori (ACNH) So you don’t have to!

Of course I do.

Kappei kicking back by boat from our docks as if he was waiting for us to appear
Kappei kicking back by boat from our docks as if he was waiting for us to appear (Image: Nintendo Life / Andrew J. Lou)

Interesting information: He is a kappa!

Unless you are familiar with Japanese culture, it is permissible to mistake Kappei for a sea turtle, even though he is actually a sea turtle. Kappa, Sometimes mischievous, sometimes malicious Japanese folklore creatures.

Physically, Kappa Often depicted as a short, semi-human, semi-reptile creature with a turtle-like shell on its back and bald spots on its head, such as Friatac. Indeed, if you doubt us about Kappei and his relatives on Tortimer Island, the bald spot you can definitely find on their heads is a dead gift.Called Sara (Literally, a “dish” or “plate”), these bald spots are actually concave and hold a small puddle called the water source. KappaSupernatural power of.

Kappa It is also said to appear in streams and ponds (and even toilets) in Japan. There, they play harmless pranks and maliciously attack unfortunate victims.Probably a legend about Kappa May help scare kids to play near dangerous seas, but probably Other aspects of their myth You shouldn’t explain it.However, it is highly relevant to Kappei Kappa He reportedly likes cucumbers and seems to be related to flatulence. This is a great help to explain how Kappei often sings about cucumbers and blows the wind in the animal forest.

And, as you’ve certainly noticed, the name Kappei itself is a word game. Kappa.. Now, the same applies to his original Japanese monica, Kappei.

I didn't apologize very politely for breaking the wind with Kappei (Kappei) and Animal Crossing (ACNL).
I didn’t apologize very politely for breaking the wind with Kappei (Kappei) and Animal Crossing (ACNL). (Image: Andrew J. Rue)

Fan Theory: He’s a crooner and bumpy!

Many Animal Crossing fans compare Kappei with at least two celebrities, and it is speculated that his personality was inspired by the fusion of one or perhaps both.

First of all, some people have noticed the similarities between Sea Shanty sung by Kappei and Yuzo Kayama’s screaming songs, especially the blockbuster songs.Kimi to Itsumademo(Unofficially, “Forever with You” above). Yuzo Kayama is a well-known musician and actor, his dual career in music and film is about the same as that of Elvis Presley, and our family is inspired by his song behind Sea Shanty in Kappei. I swear, but your ears make that decision.

Second, others have noticed Kappei’s similarities in both dialect and name. AomoriA base television personality professionally known as Ina Kappei.Springfield crib selection Captain McAlester Localizing Kappei to the west was inspiring, but in his native Japan, he speaks not like a sailor pirate, but rather a bump in the countryside.Actually, the stage name of Ina Kappei itself inakappei, A slur that can be translated as bumpkin or yokle.

Yuzo Kayama (left) appeared on TV with Ina Kappei (right) around the 1980s — holy cow, what a coin key dink!
Yuzo Kayama (left) appeared on TV with Ina Kappei (right) around the 1980s — holy cow, what a coin key dink! (image: sauce)

Interesting info: He has a brand new flag!

In Tobimori (ACNL), the Kappei flag hung a white rudder wheel against a simple checkerboard pattern of blue and red. This is the perfect symbol for our beloved ferryman. But in Atsushimori (ACNH), Kappei is now raising a brand new flag on his boat.

At first glance, Kappei’s new red and white flags appear to depict a mountain with the sun.Indeed, the flag must remind even some Western players in Hokusai. 36 views of Mt. FujiYou can donate to the museum within the game itself, especially given its most famous prints.

Still, if you study Japanese a little, Kappei’s new flag is not only a volcanic mountain similar to Mt. Fuji, but also a clever expression of the syllabary from one of the two Japanese syllabaries. You’ll know right away.System—that is, hiragana characters on..why Hiragana letter on, You might ask reasonably? Well, Kappei spells his name in hiragana, so it ultimately brings us to our own personal fan theory …

Kapp'n is holding a new flag of Atsu-Mori (ACNH) depicting Kappê's pe disguised as a mountain with the sun.
Kapp’n is holding a new flag of Atsu-Mori (ACNH) depicting Kappê’s pe disguised as a mountain with the sun. (Image: Andrew J. Rue)

Fan Theory: Kappei is an elaborate flatulent joke!

Like most characters in Animal Crossing, Kappei’s name is a kind of wordplay that works on multiple levels.At the first level, as mentioned above, Kappei Kappa And the end of the male name -Hey Also -Pay (Like Kohei and Junpei), it gives you a good look. At the second level, as mentioned above, Kappei may be a homage to Inakappei, given that it shares a dialect and name. At the third level, Kappei may also be a subtle joke. Try naked with us for the spell.

The same phonological process that changes can be heard reasonably Buu Into wood Can also be transformed Oi Into Pay, Make Kappei function as a combination Kappa And wet puto

When rendered as a sound effect in manga, More powerful Buu Or softer (and probably wetter) wood An onomatopoeia chosen to convey flatulence to the reader. These can look arbitrarily long ( buuuuuu) Or Staccato Burst (like) puppuppu), Hiragana or say For emphasis. And that’s not the only creativity of Japanese artists.For example, you can capture a quiet barking sound suu Or combine with woodGive us such a colorful rendition pusuuuu..We certainly rely on our memory, but we can swear that we have seen at least one toot captured as follows: Oi..As an amateur linguist, we can reasonably hear the same phonological process as it changes. Buu Into wood Can also be transformed Oi Into Pay, Make Kappei also function as a combination Kappa And wet putts.

Yoshitoshi's print depicting a fisherman appealing to a chemical war to fend off a kappa attack.
Printed by Yoshitoshi It depicts a fisherman who resorts to a chemical war when fending off a kappa attack.

If you seem to have reached this point, consider the following facts: he It ’s a word that expresses belching.
With a dictionary Not likely It is a slang term for flatulence.Probably less ubiquitous in spoken speech onara, he It is displayed in the following general expression he demo nai, This is idiomatically interpreted as “trivial”, but literally as “not even a flatulence”. Or consider the relevant formula. He in kappa, This is commonly interpreted as “cake”, but literally ” Kappa“Flatulence” — Wait a minute, Kappafart…?!

In honor of Yuzo Kayama and Ina Kappei, He in kappa— In addition to the powerful and myriad relationships between Kappa Everything scatological in the first place provided the character “Kappei” with a third source of inspiration.

So the next time I see Kappei and his new flag in New Horizons, well … you can’t read this article right now, right?

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