3 Replies ・ Started by Hapi_117 at 2021-02-09 06:50:51 UTC ・ Last reply by Leebo at 2021-02-09 12:48:33 UTC
This is a discussion about 異世界

Parallel universe?

When does this Kanji mean Parallel universe?

Leebo at 2021-02-09 09:57:12 UTC

They give the example of in science fiction. Is there something about that you find confusing?

Hapi_117 at 2021-02-09 12:35:08 UTC

Well sci-fi is very vague. Almost any fictional verse could be considered “sci-fi”. However, in many translations i’ve come across, people have chosen to translate sci-fi texts into “parallel world” as opposed to universe. Which is why, I was interested in a more context specific definition other than Sci-fi.

Leebo at 2021-02-09 12:48:33 UTC

I'm not sure I see what difference there is, in the context of sci-fi, between parallel universe and parallel world. There isn't some deep meaning to the difference in a sci-fi context.

This is the definition at play for "parallel universe"

"(in fantasy or science fiction) a world conceived of as coexisting with and having certain similiarities to the known world but different from it in some fundamental way."

This is the way that 異世界 means "parallel universe".

I guess I'm just still not sure what the purpose of your question is.

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