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Offline KawaseFan

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Sayonara Umihara Kawase vs. Yumi's Odd Odyssey
« on: July 01, 2014, 10:44:23 AM »
What are your thoughts on the renaming of Sayonara Umihara Kawase for its North American release?

Personally, while I understand why Natsume would want to go with a name that sounds at least somewhat English, I feel like they could've done a lot better than Yumi's Odd Odyssey.  Not that I have any better ideas, though.

Offline Umihara Kawase

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Re: Sayonara Umihara Kawase vs. Yumi's Odd Odyssey
« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2014, 08:06:56 AM »
I think the name change was a terrible idea. Regardless of anything Natsume did, this game was not destined to sell much at all - not even in Japan is UK very popular. They needed to at least partially rely on the few US fans who already knew about the series, and completely changing the name only alienates that small niche.
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Offline 海腹川背

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Re: Sayonara Umihara Kawase vs. Yumi's Odd Odyssey
« Reply #2 on: July 03, 2014, 08:13:26 AM »
You really think the ten international fans won't already know what's up? It needs an English title or it'll join the ranks of unnecessarily foreign names like Doki-Doki Universe.

Offline Umihara Kawase

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Re: Sayonara Umihara Kawase vs. Yumi's Odd Odyssey
« Reply #3 on: July 03, 2014, 08:15:04 AM »
But "Yumi" is also a Japanese name. So what was even the point? Turn a bi-syllabic word into a less scary mono-syllabic Japanese name?
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Offline 海腹川背

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Re: Sayonara Umihara Kawase vs. Yumi's Odd Odyssey
« Reply #4 on: July 03, 2014, 08:17:35 AM »
You're being obtuse. In the context of Yumi's Odd Odyssey Yumi is visibly a name, not unlike Heather or Ricardo. Its being Japanese has no bearing on the appropriateness of the title for US shores.

Offline Umihara Kawaiise

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Re: Sayonara Umihara Kawase vs. Yumi's Odd Odyssey
« Reply #5 on: July 08, 2014, 05:15:04 AM »
Too pointless a change for me to even care. What annoyed me was how long it took them to announce a proper release date. We spent more time waiting for that than the localization announcement itself!

Offline Electric Lady

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Re: Sayonara Umihara Kawase vs. Yumi's Odd Odyssey
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2014, 09:19:27 PM »
I actually like the name change; at least, I don't mind it at all. The Japanese fishing pun that makes up Umihara's name must have been impossible to translate into English. Focusing on one of the most appealing things about the game - the "odd" environments through which Umihara travels - might bring more people into buying and liking the game. Plus, the alliterativeness of "Odd Odyssey" at least ensures that there's some kind of sound-pun preserved in the name.

Offline Nicole

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Re: Sayonara Umihara Kawase vs. Yumi's Odd Odyssey
« Reply #7 on: October 02, 2014, 09:36:57 PM »
I'm kinda in the same boat as Umihara Kawase here, I don't think it made much sense renaming the game. That being said, I'm grateful we at least got a Western release, so I can't complain too much.

Offline mfgreth

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Re: Sayonara Umihara Kawase vs. Yumi's Odd Odyssey
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2014, 11:08:55 PM »
I think it's sort of an awful title, but I'm just glad the game got a release over here at all.