Now that FE Heroes is a thing, FE4 has gotten a little more love, and by extension almost every major character in the game has a new name. I'm going to post them here for reference, as well as my thoughts. Overall there have been some pretty significant changes, including one major reversion from a previous localization. So, without further ado, here's the list. The original/fan names are in bold. Barring one exception, I didn't include any character that had their name previously localized in Awakening.
Aida - Aida. No change here.
Alec - Alec. So far so good.
Amid - Amid. Hat trick!
Andre/Andrei/Andorey - Andrey. Not bad.
Mahnya - Annand. Wait, what? I know NOA has done a lot of renaming characters outright as far as the old games are concerned, but I'm not really sure what to think about this one...
Arione/Areone/Arion - Arion. Good.
Asaello - Asaello. No change.
Azel - Azelle? Looks like a girl's name. Maybe they saw Azel's sprite and thought he was Arvis's little sister or something?
Beowolf/Beowulf - Beowolf. I can live with this.
Blume/Bloom - Bloom. I preferred Blume, but I can live with it. Here's hoping the rest of the Freeges fare as well.
Brian/Burian - Brian. Good.
Briggid - Brigid. Also good.
Byron/Vylon - Byron. I was afraid he'd be one of the ones to be renamed outright, so this was a relief.
Chagall/Shagall/Shagaal - Chagall. Definitely better than Shagall for obvious reasons.
Sharlow - Charlot. WONDERFUL! They actually used the French spelling!
Holyn - Chulainn. I...guess this is okay? If they wanted to stick with Irish myth, why did they rename Skasaher and Cuan?
Kinbois - Cimbaeth. More Gaelic names, I suppose. I'm not complaining.
Claude/Claud - Claud. I can live with it.
Corple - Coirpre. I have nothing against Gaelic names, but I wish they would have used a phonetic spelling; anyone unfamiliar with Gaelic pronunciation is going to have a rough time.
Radney - Creidne. See above.
Daisy - Daisy.
Roddlevan - Dalvin. I actually like this one!
Dannan - Danann. All they did was relocate one "n", so good.
Dimna - Deimne.
Dew/Deu - Dew. Yes!
Delmud/Delmudd - Diarmuid. This isn't a surprise, though I half expected them to go with Dermot.
Etain/Edain/Adean/Aideen - Edain. Okay.
Fury - Erinys. I'll accept this because it's technically the same name.
Faval - Febail. Ugh, I'll be calling him Feeble now...
Hannibal - Hannibal. Really, they couldn't change this one.
Hawk - Hawk. Yes!
Femina - Hermina. I like it.
Hilda - Hilda. ...I don't like Hilda no matter what her name is.
Ishtore - Ishtore. Looks like both he and Ishtar got to keep their names!
Jane/Jean/Janne - Jeanne. Like it.
Cutuzov - Kutuzov. It's one letter.
RAQUESIS IS NOW LACHESIS AGAIN! REJOICE!!!
Lana/Rana - Lana.
Laylea - Laylea.
Leen - Lene.
Lester - Lester. Looks like he and his sister kept their alliterative names!
Lex - Lex! YES!
Linda - Linda. So far the Freeges have been okay. Let's hope it stays that way...
Langbart/Langobalt - Lombard. I can roll with this. It fits the game's crusade theme nicely.
Johan - Luchar. Wait, what? Where did this come from?
Johalva/Johalvier - Lucharba. Wait, WHAT!?
Manfroy/Manfloy - Manfroy. Very good.
Midir/Midayle/Mideel - Midir. I usually switched between this and Midayle, so it's no problem.
Mana - Muirne. ...I'm not going to say it.
Gandolf - Munnir. It doesn't really fit, but okay.
Noish - Naoise. .....
Oifey/Oifaye - Oifey. I can live with this.
Patty - Patty
Reptor - ...REPTOR!! OMG NINTENDO I FORGIVE YOU FOR EVERYTHING!!! Well, maybe not everything, but words cannot describe how utterly relieved I am.
Sandima - Sandima. He's still a bastard, though.
Scorpio/Scopio - Scipio. Roman general? Sweet!
Shannan/Shanan - Shannan
Sylvia - Silvia. Just one letter.
Tiltyu/Tailto - Tailtiu. I can live with it.
Teeny/Tinny - Tine. I'm...not sure what to make of this.
Tristan - Tristan.
So, there's the list, with its mixed bag of joy and confusion. Still, the two things I was most hoping for came to pass, so I can live with anything.
So, the latest news floating around is that the skinship feature has been removed from the localized version. I can't say I'm surprised about this, what with the...uneasy reactions from most of the western fanbase. I'm also not surprised about the M!Corrin/Soleil change after the massive backdraft. What about you guys? How do you feel about the changes?
Anyway, I just bought a new recorder, and it got me wondering what sort of instruments the folks on TEB play or own. In addition to the recorder, I also play the saxophone and the piano; I like to think I'm pretty good at the former, but the best I can say about the latter is that I'm...making progress.
I also own a beat-up old violin and clarinet, but I don't think they're in any shape to be played. I should have known a $40 violin was too good to be true.