what the heck
What was the reason behind the naming order change?
Unlike SAO's wikia page, which at least had a poll to determine whether characters with Japanese names would have their names spelled in Eastern naming order (LASTNAME Firstname) or Western naming order (Firstname Lastname), it seems this change happened out of the blue. Also it seems odd that characters whose names are referred to in Eastern naming order in-universe in Japanese (such as Naoto Kurogane) keep the western naming order here (Naoto Kurogane instead of KUROGANE Naoto). The only character whose name is spelled in Eastern naming order in English is Yuuki Terumi because Yuuki Terumi is said in Eastern Order (thus YUUKI Terumi). Additionally Hazama is actually a family name (thus HAZAMA and HAZAMA Honoka as Honoka is a given name).
- Hi! We have a wiki discord where we discussed the changes before implementing them, but the format we chose has to do with recent (as of January 2020) legal proceedings regarding how Japanese names should be written in the Latin alphabet (Romaji). Several major publications (Economist, Nikkei, NHK) are in the process of swapping over to this format or have already swapped over to this format, and Wikipedia has shown intent to swap over as well once the change is more widespread.
- This format (LASTNAME Firstname) had previously been suggested by Japan's Cultural Affairs Agency, and finally won support though governmental decree. The Japanese CAA has asked that all foreign entities respect this new format, and as such I have initiated the change here within our wiki now, rather than in a few years. If you would like, I could direct you to some reading on this. This change ONLY effects staff, such as artists and voice actors credited in Japanese.
- Why the names of characters is written in western order is because of the way they're presented in Japanese, in the original script. All names with the = sign in them (ナオト＝クロガネ) are presented in western name order, in both Japanese and English, even while the script may refer to "Kisaragi-shosa" (Major Kisaragi) separately. We will not be changing the capitalization either, for the sake of clarity and consistency with the way names are presented in the work of media. Very few names in the entirety of BlazBlue are presented in eastern name order, while many of the XBlaze characters are- But for the sake of internal page consistency we will not change these.
- Finally, I would like to offer two small personal corrections- Yuuki Terumi is presented in game in western order, (ユウキ＝テルミ), and as such Terumi is his last name. Hazama Honoka has never been canonically confirmed as being one name, and Corporal Honoka has been referred to in-script as "Honoka-gochou" in the same way Jin Kisaragi has been referred to as "Kisaragi-shosa", leading to the implication that Honoka is also a last name.
- I see. I wonder when exactly was it that this change was discussed at there before finally being implemented.
- Sure direct me to it.
- Concerning Terumi, from what I heard, MORI said that Yuuki Terumi is in Eastern order and not western order (thus YUUKI Terumi) so that's where I got that Terumi's name was said in Eastern order (in both Japanese and English).
- We discussed it a couple of times before deciding to push for the changes, to standardize it as we have a new surge of content relating to Blazblue Alternative Dark War.
- Here's some selected reading about it, in English Nikkei, Language Magazine, Archive.is link of the relevant article from The Economist
- To further clarify, we're using LASTNAME Firstname for credits and first introduction on the page, and subsequent usages of the name will have regular capitalization, eg- Lastname.