Namco pls. Seriously, just stop for a moment. What are you doing?
As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, it’s been confirmed that the main character of Tales of Hearts R will be named Kor, and his love interest will be named Kohaku. This decision is so out there that I don’t know where to begin. Oh, I know — how about we start by linking the post I made on this very subject three years ago specifically for Namco’s benefit?
You have a character whose name has an oblique set of references — it might refer to the mineral shungite, it definitely refers to Chinese for “star”, and it is claimed by the developers to refer to being “endowed with a heart”. You have two characters whose names are directly referring to minerals which have direct equivalent names in English that are commonly used. So you localize the name of the first guy but not the names of the other two? This is like Ruca and Illia all over again.
Did you also forget that their names were Shing, Amber, and Jadeite in Tales of Graces f? Did you forget that Amber actually appeared as a cameo character and boss fight in said game? This was two years ago. Are you that unwilling to preserve series continuity even from games in the series that recent? I even mostly praised you back then for those naming decisions. Why change them now?
And why Kor? What does Kor even mean? Does Kor sound like Shing? Does Kor mean the same thing as Shing? Is Kor a common English name? What possible reason is there for this name? Cor, at least, would be Latin for “heart”, which is an acceptable localization… but then why would you not localize Kohak and Hisui to Amber and Jadeite, too? Especially when you already did exactly that?
I apologize if I’m jumping the gun on condemning these naming decisions (Spoilers: I’m not) and there’s actually a really good reason for them (Spoilers: there isn’t), but this is really not the sort of silliness fans probably want to hear. Please reconsider. Thanks.
EDIT: I see you’ve put up a subtitled trailer:
You have got to be kidding me. These subtitles are absolutely atrocious. This is a troll, right? Mr. Baba, I always pegged you for a joker. Haha! Congratulations, you’ve won. I declare you to be a greater troll than me. Now please, please, give us the real scoop.