This is related to Beyblade, regarding a team exclusive to a game that didn't get translated to English. Each blader has their own holy beast to command and I'm not getting the name of one of them.

  • The winged horse beast is called ペガシオン; Pegacion, with the usual "-us" ending replaced with "-ion"
  • The kitsune beast is called ウルペース; Vulpes, just the Latin word for "fox".
  • The boar beast is called アグリオス; Agrios. I presume it's named after Circe's son from Greek mythology, but in any case I've come across another franchise in which a boar was called Agrios, so I reckon this romanization is correct.

The fourth one is グランクローネ, a beast based on the tripedal crow, probably specifically Yatagarasu. Now, for my questions:

  • グラン I understand as "grand" with a French pronunciation. I've on occasion seen fantasy names that use グラン instead of グランド and I'm curious how to understand this. Are グラン and グランド interchangeable from a Japanese perspective or are there situations where one is prefered over the other (aside from set terms like グランプリ)? And is グラン necessarily pronounced the French way? Should I look at クローネ as French just because I do グラン?
  • Assuming クローネ is the English word "crow" with "ne" slapped to the end, what is "ne"? With Pegacion up above, I know the "-t/cion" ending from words such as "television" or "vacation". But I have no such familiarity with "ne". There is an Egyptian character in the franchise named Cairona, which is "Cairo" + "na", which seems a comparable name construction to "Crow" + "ne", but it still leaves me confused what these extra letters at the end are supposed to evoke.

Thanks in advance.

  • jref.com/threads/… – JACK Aug 11 '19 at 19:14
  • Scroll down, it seems that there are 2 separate characters, with similar names. – JACK Aug 11 '19 at 19:23

I am not sure about the グラン and グランド are always interchangeble.

So, I skip this and move onto クローネ. I think you are correct to assume クローネ comes from 八咫烏{やたがらす}:yatagarasu. And 八咫烏{やたがらす} is the symbol of national football of Japan.

Then, the author wished Japanese football team will win the tournaments or some titles.

Therefore,I reckon the suffix-"ne" comes from "Campione" in Italian or "Throne" in English.

The wikipedia article says 『爆転{ばくてん}シュート ベイブレード』は2001年から2002年に全国の小学生の間で大流行した. enter image description here

I guess 爆転{ばくてん}シュート comes from overhead kick キャプテン翼{つばさ}.

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The game seems to be focussing on creating interesting/fun/cool names by freely using katakana words. So even though グラン and グランド are indeed the "French" and "English" versions of the word grand, here they are 100% equivalent and I have no doubt that グラン would have been replaced by グランド if the creators had thought that it sounded better.

クローネ is not a well-known word in Japanese, but my own guess would be that it comes from krone which is a Danish/Norwegian/German word for "crown" (also the name of the Danish currency), so it might give it a European ring. Plus, the crow in the picture even wears a krone. (I cannot imagine that it would be クロー + ネ, but of course I cannot refute this thesis either.)

Should I look at クローネ as French just because I do グラン?

Certainly not! There also appears to be デビルクローネ, which is undoubtedly devil + クローネ, but you cannot at the same time conclude that クローネ is English.


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  • I wonder if Krone is simply referring to the shape. – JACK Aug 29 '19 at 14:39

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