Thursday, February 16, 2012
UPDATE 8:08 PM: ARGUMENTS ON THIS BLOG POST FOR BOTH NAMES HAVE BEEN UPDATED. PLEASE REREAD AND COMMENT OR VOTE TO REFLECT YOUR DECISION.
Regarding the poll on the right I'm about to make: there are two choices. Samto, and Samuto.
He is this guy:
A myrmidon. From SF: " A mercenary hired by Lang. A bit of a joker. Tries to pass himself off as Nabarl."
サムトー SAMTO Samto
Kana - CODENAME - Most commonly used name at the moment
This is what the kana is most close to in romaji. サムトー = Sa mu to with an extension on the last syllable (means it's slightly longer). It's a real name with many results and is an accurate translation. Furthermore, it has a very eastern feel to it which fits Samuto's class, the myrmidon. It can be pronounced multiple ways in English (e.g. with differing vowel accents) but the 'u' tends to be soft, almost silent.
Samto is the most commonly used name currently used to reference him. It is generally the most "logical" (though that's just a common opinion) translation for the character. It has precedence and is short and sweet. It also feels more "localized" than "Samuto", though this is also just a common opinion and not fact. In the argument against it, The End says "mt is a fairly awkward and uncommon combination of letters in English.".
We're asking this because we want to be sure we're picking a good name and the decision is not 100% final right now. We want to hear any possible arguments in the comment section: we will read, but not respond to, your arguments (though we may answer questions). We also want to just get an idea of which name is more popular with the intention that it will reflect the argument with the best reasoning and basis behind it. However, this does NOT mean the most popular option will be the chosen name. What the team decides is based on the strength of the argument and reasoning, and while there is "strength in numbers" there is also "quality over quantity" so everything will be take into account with a grain of salt.
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.