Correct romanization / pronunciation for 澤田なつ?

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#1 by cklodar
2020-05-23 at 08:32
The voice actress 澤田なつ has her name (alias) romanized here in VNDB as "Sawata Natsu". I've wondered for a while whether her surname should be pronounced "Sawada" instead of "Sawata"; a Google search for "澤田なつ" yields inconclusive results, as her Wikipedia page (Japanese) gives "Sawada" (さわだ) as the pronunciation, while both Niconico-pedia and Pixiv Encyclopedia give "Sawata" (さわた).

One important piece of evidence in favor of "Sawada" comes from Sekai Project: on the Steam product page for 9-nine-:Episode 1 there're brief introductions of the main characters, and there the voice actress for Kujo Miyako was introduced as "Natsu Sawada". I'd like to believe that Sekai Project had at least some first-hand knowledge of the names and pronunciations of the game creators... Or is this wishful thinking on my part?

Since VNDB is the authoritative English database on VNs, it's pretty important that we get the creators' names right. I don't want to jump in and make the change without forming a consensus first, hence this thread. However, since I don't have conclusive evidence, it'd be really nice if anyone knows of any, such as a printed interview for some VN she casts, in which she discusses where her name (alias) is from and how it's pronounced... does such a thing exist?

(BTW, why don't creators / staff have their own discussion boards on VNDB? This thread would ideally reside under her own board, rather than here in general discussions...)Last modified on 2020-05-23 at 08:36
#2 by cklodar
2020-05-23 at 09:23
More evidence (this time in favor of "Sawata"): ErogameScape gives "Sawata" as the pronunciation.

I also took a look at the editing history of the Wikipedia page, and it was just one guy without a username that changed the pronunciation there from "Sawata" to "Sawada" on August 28th, 2013, by asserting that it should be the latter, without providing evidence. Nobody subsequently questioned or reverted this edit, however; another contributor (who does have a username) did make a minor adjustment right afterwards (changing DEFAULTSORT back to the voiceless "Sawata"
because that's apparently how Japanese Wikipedia is supposed to sort things), but still didn't question the change from "Sawata" to "Sawada" itself. Perhaps some information emerged on or around that date that prompted the initial edit? I don't know. The "talk" page (known as "Note" in Japanese Wikipedia) doesn't offer anything of value either.Last modified on 2020-05-23 at 09:34
#3 by cklodar
2020-05-23 at 09:49
I said "printed interview", but come to think of it, it could be something much simpler. If her name ever appeared on a VN's official website or on a VN-focused magazine (in Japanese), and they put a pronunciation on it, then I'd call that pretty conclusive evidence.
#4 by gvbn
2020-05-23 at 10:41
Sawada is correct.
#5 by cklodar
2020-05-23 at 10:49
Damn, that's perfect! It also perfectly explains why the Wikipedia edit occurred on August 28th!! Thank you so much!
#6 by cklodar
2020-05-23 at 11:12
I've proceeded to put the edit in, since the correct answer is now crystal clear. For those who don't read Japanese: the link provided by gvbn above is a post from the staff blog for Karumaruka * Circle; in this post, dated August 27th, 2013, they put up photos of autographed drawing papers by the main cast (these drawing papers were later given out as prizes for a sticker campaign), and 澤田なつ's autograph is made up of the hiragana "さわだ なつ" (Sawada Natsu)!

Once again, thank you, gvbn!! I knew it had to have something to do with Karumaruka * Circle the moment I saw the 8/28 edit date on the Wikipedia page, but didn't think of checking that development blog!Last modified on 2020-05-23 at 11:25


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