[from the Engrish edition of FFX]
Probably a more literal translation than the official version.
This cutscene is one of my favorites, and I’m still miffed that Square made it so easy to miss. Like the Cavern of the Stolen Fayth, it’s far too easy to take the obvious Path of Plot Advancement and bypass the Lulu Backstory Dump side-path. As Mintywolf noted, “It kind of makes sense, since she’s such a private person, but without them she comes across as underdeveloped and sometimes pointlessly cruel.”
In a few short lines and grunts, this conversation encapsulates nearly every theme in FFX we’ve encountered so far, through the eyes and heartbreak of Yuna’s closest friends.
I love Wakka’s little dance of rage there haha. He’s mad, but he doesn’t want to be mad at his friend, and it’s made worse by the fact that Luzzu is just standing there calmly not retaliating. (Which sets the tone for the entire scene.)
I’ve wondered about the frightening fists line being closer to the original translation too because in English it doesn’t specify what she hit him with. Most people would assume a slap but apparently she socked him, and the way he says that rather than just “she hit me,” makes it sound like it wasn’t the first time she was known to punch somebody. Like she had a reputation for frightening fists.
(On that note I think she does wear a ring, but it’s hard to tell because we almost never see her hands. Also I think it’s on her left hand, and she’s usually filmed from the other side because of her hair. I’ll have to go back through my screencaps and see if I can find evidence.)
I’ve wondered which of them she was trying to protect in that scene, too. Maybe both of them, and possibly also trying to hide the fact that she was deliberately keeping it from Wakka.
Hahaha well the improved textures on Lulu’s hair look nice. It is pretty weird how her braids climb over her shoulders of their own accord if she tilts her head just a little, especially since they should be heavy. But then nothing about her entire outfit makes any attempt to obey the laws of physics.
The “being with your girl is good” line always has rubbed me the wrong way too, so it’s not just you. I don’t think Lulu herself would ever consider herself anybody’s girl; she’s too independent and self-possessed, so it bothers me that someone else would think of her that way.
"Considering that Luzzu’s telling Wakka in case Luzzu dies today, that suggests to me that he told Lulu because he expected she would die along with Yuna. :(” Noooooooo I didn’t think about that. :( But yeah I’m sure he knows, being a Crusader and all, how dangerous it is to be going up against Sin. It’s actually kind of surprising that she’s managed to survive two pilgrimages to embark on a third. (Of which she is probably aware and carries some guilt about it.)
There are a few times when Lulu is distressed and nobody, not even Yuna, goes to comfort her. I suppose that they all know her well enough that she hates appearing vulnerable in front of others and wouldn’t accept an offer of comfort, so they keep their distance to spare her further embarrassment.
And yes I agree one of the things that makes all of these characters so loveable is how much they care about each other. Spira is a terrible place to live in, which should have made everyone jaded and cynical and self-serving, but it hasn’t. Everyone still does their best to help each other.