Japanese Word Mispronounced
The English voice artists for Batou, Richard Epcar, mispronounces Dejima as Dezhima, sounding the 'j' like the French soft 'j' in 'jour' when it should be sounded as a hard 'j' as in 'jar'. Also, he pauses for a moment on the first syllable 'de' when no pause is required. While not everyone who says Dejima in the series pauses on the 'de' incorrectly, throughout the series most of the English voice artists mispronounce the 'j'. This is due to the fact that some of the Japanese seiyuu are also pronouncing Dejima with a soft 'j'. Dejima is made up of the Kanji 出島. The first Kanji is 'De' and the second Kanji is 'Shima'. When combined, the 'shi' changes to 'ji'. While a hard 'j' is supposed to be produced from the combined Kanji, some Japanese will pronounce the 'j' as a combination 'sh' and 'j' sound, which comes out as a soft 'j'.