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Hatsune Miku vs Miku Hatsune: Romanization or Western Order How do you prefer names originating from the East to be written?

Poll: Hatsune Miku vs Miku Hatsune: Romanization or Western Order (28 member(s) have cast votes)

Direct Romanization or Western Order?

  1. Direct Romanization (6 votes [21.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 21.43%

  2. Western Order (5 votes [17.86%])

    Percentage of vote: 17.86%

  3. Depends on character/situation/etc. (13 votes [46.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 46.43%

  4. Doesn't matter to me (4 votes [14.29%])

    Percentage of vote: 14.29%

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 05:51 PM

Do you prefer names originating from the East (specifically Eastern VOCALOID names) to be written in direct romaji (order retained) or western order (first name, last name)?

Just in case someone may be unfamiliar, often in Asian culture, the last name is given before the first name (including character names). (In the West, the reverse is true).
As a perhaps obvious example, but an example nonetheless, Hatsune Miku is ordered last name then first name, a direct romanization of 初音ミク. (初音 = Hatsune & ミク = Miku)
The western order of her name (first name then last name) would be Miku Hatsune.

This question also applies to other languages as well (Luo Tianyi vs Tianyi Luo for a Chinese example). It's not called "romaji" for other languages, but the concept remains the same.

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 06:29 PM

I generally prefer the romanized version. It depends on the context, though. When introducing Miku to foreigners (non-Japanese people), I think I'd go for Miku Hatsune so they don't get confused by her name.

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 07:06 PM

For me I guess it depends on the character. I never refer to Miku as "Miku Hatsune", it's always "Hatsune Miku". But for example, I refer to Rin as both "Rin Kagamine" and "Kagamine Rin".

View PostMac, on 09 January 2018 - 04:29 PM, said:

When introducing Miku to foreigners (non-Japanese people), I think I'd go for Miku Hatsune so they don't get confused by her name.

That's a really good idea lmao

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 08:32 PM

Direct romanization sounds more natural to me, honestly. It just usually flows better, I think?

Though I do the same as Mac said above; when talking to someone who doesn't really know or think about eastern vs western order of names, I usually say it in the western order.

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 09:43 PM

Miku Cryptonovich Hatsune of course.

When I upload an English song, I usually prefer the Western order because the audition is mainly from the West, including a few people who hear of her for the first time. It's the same situation as mentioned above. If I'd upload a Japanese song (me and songs meheheh) on popular western platforms, I'd use her romanized name in eastern order because the audience would mainly be her fans.
Personally, I prefer her original eastern order since all of the official things, such as voice libraries, games, merchandise etc., use it.

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Posted 09 January 2018 - 10:05 PM

I go with the Japanese order on most things, except when the company themselves writes it in western order (i.e. Crypton uses Hatsune Miku, but for Ring it's written as Ring Suzune).

Sadly, it does cause confusion among a large number of fans that just assume everything is written in western order without verifying anything and then use their last names as if they are first names. I can't count how many times I've seen Yukari, Lapis, or Tianyi referred to as "Yuzuki," "Aoki," or "Luo."

I like to assume that some know it's their last name and just prefer that, but most times I see it mixed in with the first names of others. I.e. Miku, Luka, Iroha, Aoki, and Rin.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 01:17 PM

Hatsune Miku for sure. I tend to prefer direct romanization most of the time, especially if we're talking about a translation that retains the honorifics. (Every time I see "Tsukino Usagi-San" romanized as "Usagi Tsukino-San" in the Sailor Moon manga, I scream)

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 02:21 PM

Usually default to western order unless they are advertised with the eastern order for the west.

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Posted 10 January 2018 - 03:11 PM

I think I prefer "Hatsune Miku".

Not really bothered though... I only get slightly ticked off if I see "Hatsune Miku" and "Miku Hatsune" being used at the same time in an article.

Most of the time I use just "Miku" anyway out of laziness, I usually see "Miku" from others too.

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Posted 17 January 2018 - 09:11 PM

I go with "Miku Hatsune" since I'm speaking English and that's just how names work in the language. However, I frequently use the other order when searching up songs and fanart since that's what everyone else uses for their tags and stuff.

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Posted Yesterday, 12:47 AM

Ive never called her anything other than hatsune miku, i always found it odd when people flipped it. Only way i could see it not seeming odd is if people call miku hatsune for like a fanfic or something.

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Posted Yesterday, 10:15 AM

I also agree with most others here.
While uploading artworks or searching for her I mostly write 'Hatsune Miku'.
But if I talk to others, who may not be huge fans of Anime and Vocaloids in general, I just say 'Miku' or 'Miku Hatsune'. Then they clearly know that Miku is her firstname!

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