Strange name romanizations

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Strange name romanizations

Post by BetterSense » Mon 01.28.2008 7:02 pm

I've noticed the mangaka that wrote Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed spells his name Masamune Shirow. Why the W? Is this part of some romanization that I've never seen? I've seen other bizzare name romanizations as well.
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RE: Strange name romanizations

Post by richvh » Mon 01.28.2008 7:47 pm

It's probably an attempt to indicate a long O without the distortion that spelling it OO or OU might elicit.
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RE: Strange name romanizations

Post by doinkies » Tue 01.29.2008 12:05 am

richvh wrote:
It's probably an attempt to indicate a long O without the distortion that spelling it OO or OU might elicit.


Indeed...it's just his stylized romanization of "Shirou". Likewise, Naitou Yasuhiro, the creator of Trigun, spells his surname "Nightow".
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RE: Strange name romanizations

Post by burstandbloom » Tue 01.29.2008 1:30 am

doinkies wrote:
richvh wrote:
It's probably an attempt to indicate a long O without the distortion that spelling it OO or OU might elicit.


Indeed...it's just his stylized romanization of "Shirou". Likewise, Naitou Yasuhiro, the creator of Trigun, spells his surname "Nightow".


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