Here’s an interesting little language misalignment that I came across involving the Studio Ghibli film “Castle in the Sky.” This panel from the “Teach English in Japan” webcomic features what is supposed to be a Japanese movie poster:
Curious as to what movie that poster was supposed to be for, I searched for ラプタ:
But, as you can see, that mainly returned results for the F-22 “Raptor” fighter plane. Something was amiss. So did a search for “raputa” which showed that the film I was looking for was “Castle in the Sky.” It also, inexplicably, showed a penis (which I’ve censored):
So then it was off to Wikipedia! The English version gives you this:
Claiming that the Japanese title ends with the word “Rapyuta” (in katakana) but that the film is simply known as “Laputa.” Indeed an image search for “ラピュタ” (“rapyuta” in katakana) returns the film in question:
So why does English Wikipedia believe that the film is called “Laputa” which would indeed by rendered in katakana as ラプタ as the webcomic has it?
Well, I took a look at Japanese Wikipedia to see if it had any clues:
Indeed, it gives the name “LAPUTA: Castle in the Sky”!
So there you have it. LAPUTA appears to be the official romanization of ラピュタ (rapyuta) that the film producers used, even though that is non-standard. Our webcomic author then incorrectly surmised that the Japanese must be ラプタ (raputa). But if you were to say this to a Japanese person (or worse, write it) they would likely think you must be talking about something else entirely (with the most likely thing apparently being a fighter plane).
Just a little example to remind yourself to be very careful about how much you trust information on Japan that is presented in English.