Localization is a tricky business. It’s definitely more of an art than a science, but if you think that means a localization can’t be wrong, you’d be mistaken.
Apparently for Tales of Hearts R, we’re skipping the JV team and going straight to putting in the freshmen for the translation. My hope for a good localization has been crushed within three days. That has to be a new record.
Kor: This is the most baffling thing I’ve ever seen. Like, okay, the references for this name are not as obvious as some of the other characters. Kaji has a number of possibilities he throws around for Xing/Shing, all of which make infinitely more sense than Kor, which I can only assume was pulled out of a hat or divined from a ouija board.
Kohaku: I’ve ranted about this before. I’ll at least be thankful that we avoided the atrocity of Kohak, which has no meaning in any language, but why would you change Shing and not Kohaku? Amber is a super obvious reference. Literally every character in the whole game that has a name and isn’t Shing has a name that references a mineral. Why would you not translate this one, especially when you ALREADY DID IT IN GRACES F!?
Hisui: Seriously, did none of you play Graces F? It literally is like 2 years old.
Bamco is intentionally being opaque about whether the game is getting dubbed or not, but this makes very little sense either way. If they aren’t dubbing the game, why did they change the main character’s name to something random that sounds nothing like it? If they are dubbing the game, why did they leave two of the main characters’ names in Japanese? English speakers trying to pronounce Japanese names is physically painful, so a game without a dub would almost be a blessing in disguise at this point…
Seriously, help me out here, Bamco. We’re trying to be supportive of this localization, but could you meet us part way and at least try a tiny little bit? I don’t know if this is cost cutting or if you just don’t care, but get your shit together. Peter Garza would be rolling over in his grave if he weren’t still alive. My jimmies are seriously rustled.