Kirby in katakana

Discussion in '日本語 (Japanese)' started by mnfsteau, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. mnfsteau New Member

    I was wondering why Kirby (the Nintendo character) is written in Japanese as カービィ. Why isn't it spelled カービー? Furthermore, what is the difference between カービィ and カービイ? I've never seen the combination of ビィ before (or more generally, the use of a small ィ vowel after a character that already has that sound). Is this purely an arbitrary stylistic choice on the creators' behalf? Thanks in advance.
  2. frequency

    frequency Senior Member

    Tokyo, Japan
    Yes, I think so.
    Nintendo wants us to call/write it カービィ, small い, which makes the pink ball look lively, sparky. Then カービー is a dull, slow ball sticking on the ground forever? No~, not always. I feel like we say it with short い this カービィ, the sound of い is a bit more clearly pronounced than ビー.

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