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"It's not my fault I'm not popular" is an unofficial and rather incorrect fan translation of the title. More literally, it would be something like "No matter how it's considered, It's your guys' fault that I'm not popular" 66.222.187.196 (talk) 07:14, 19 January 2013 (UTC)

  • I've been thinking about that myself. It would probably be better to suggest a retitling of the article to WataMote or Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! until an official English title is given by a publisher. I'm going to see about recommending it for a suggested move. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 07:35, 19 January 2013 (UTC)

Requested move[edit]

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The result of the move request was: Move to Watashi ga Motenai no wa Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui!. As there are no established English names for this work, we transliterate per WP:UE. Cúchullain t/c 16:07, 14 February 2013 (UTC)



It's Not My Fault That I'm Not Popular!Watashi ga Motenai no wa Dō Kangaetemo Omaera ga Warui! – The reason I'm suggesting this move is because the current title is a fan translated title. It's not an official title by any means, just the common one that is being used by scanlators. It's been suggested above that the current title is actually incorrect. Whether this is true or not, the fact remains that the series has yet to get an official English release and precedent has suggested that until an official title comes out, we should use the romanized title of the series. I'm not against using the scanlated title as a redirect or mentioning it as one potential translation of the title, I just don't think that it's appropriate for this to be the main title of the article.Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 07:38, 19 January 2013 (UTC)

  • Oppose. ANN translates this title as, "No Matter How You Think About It, It's Your Fault I'm Not Popular". We should should use an English-language title of some kind, per WP:UE and WP:NCB. Kauffner (talk) 14:09, 19 January 2013 (UTC)
  • But that's not the official translated title. I know that previous articles have kept the romanized title until official English translations came out, such as Higurashi no Naku Koro Ni, Kaitō Tenshi Twin Angel, Hana no Asuka-gumi! and Yokohama Kaidashi Kikō. I'm not saying that we shouldn't cite how the title could be translated, just that we shouldn't make it the official title unless an official English translation comes out. If the series is picked up for English release, the likelihood that it will keep the scanlation title is actually fairly low. The manga Oreimo was scanlated under the title "My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute" but Dark Horse chose to release it under the title "Oreimo" instead. This was probably done on purpose to distance itself from the scanlations to avoid people saying that they are too similar to the fan translations, as has been done in the past with other companies. My point is that we shouldn't go by the translated title because as was pointed out above, the commonly translated titles aren't always 100% accurate and aren't really the official titles. It's just how ANN decided to translate it. It's probably more accurate than others, but the thing is that depending on which person translates it, the title can be taken different ways. For example, I ran the Japanese title through a translation program and got "That I will not be popular no matter how bad you guys think". I know that translation programs have their faults, but that's just an example of how many ways the title can be translated. It's just better to avoid titling an entire page with an unofficial translation and go with the romanized title.Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 16:07, 19 January 2013 (UTC)
  • I think this way of looking at the issue defeats the purpose of writing, which is to produce something that someone can read. Of course, we have guidelines about this stuff as well. "If the original language does not use the Latin alphabet, the title is normally translated," per WP:NCB. Kauffner (talk) 02:31, 20 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Let's look at things this way. Taking into account the quote from WP:NCB that Kauffner has provided, we can determine whether we should use a transliteration or a translation, given that so far there is no official English title. When Oreimo aired, they had the title of the anime transliterated ("Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai") and written in the Latin alphabet on the TV intro card and manga covers alongside Japanese text; Spice and Wolf has been licensed in the west under that name, and Girls und Panzer is the original Denglish title of the anime, irregardless of Japanese transliterations. However, in the case of Oniichan dakedo Ai sae Areba Kankeinai yo ne!, no English translated title, nor Latin phonetic transliteration, appears on any manga cover or television anime OP card, and so theoretically as per WP:NCB the title should be changed. Is the transliterated name for It's Not My Fault That I'm Not Popular! commonly used in the print media? -- 李博杰  | Talk contribs email 02:59, 20 January 2013 (UTC)
We can't use fan translations as the titles of articles regardless. If ANN give the Japanese title and provide this specific translation as a gloss, that is an acceptable thing for us to do (we are even allowed our own translations, as long as it's not the title). elvenscout742 (talk) 06:26, 20 January 2013 (UTC)
Do you make this stuff up as you go along? "Faithfully translating sourced material into English...is not considered original research," per WP:NOR. As for titles specifically, here is WP:UE: "If there is no established English-language treatment for a name, translate it if this can be done without loss of accuracy and with greater understanding for the English-speaking reader." Wikipedia has numerous "descriptive titles", such as this monstrosity, which have never appeared in a source of any kind. Update: IMO, we should use ANN's translation in this case as it appears to be more faithful to the Japanese original. But in principle, there is no reason we can't use a fan translation. Kauffner (talk) 10:56, 20 January 2013 (UTC)
  • No, "It's Not My Fault That I'm Not Popular!" is pretty much only exclusively used by the scanlation crowds. It's never actually been called that by any reliable source. The only non-scanlation site that seems to have used this title other than Wikipedia is Know Your Meme. Even then there doesn't seem to be a 100% uniform translation of the title among scanlation communities. I know that Baka Manga Updates doesn't use the title, going by a romanized version of the Japanese title. [1] It's listed as an "other" title, but it's not what they're actually using for the series. I know that they're not really a RS when it comes down to it, but they're sort of a "hub" for searching for scanlation and other anime/manga series. My point is really that no official sources have actually used the title that this article is currently under and the sources that have translated the title (ANN) use a completely different translation. At the very least we shouldn't be using the scanlated title because nobody in any reliable sources is actually using it. Even in the fan spheres the name used for the series differs, so other than the official Japanese title and nickname, there isn't really one set translated title that is officially used.Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 17:43, 20 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Support We shouldn't even be titling articles based on home video companies' marketing decisions, much less based on what fan translations say. But should have a lower case "d". elvenscout742 (talk) 05:07, 20 January 2013 (UTC)
    • We can leave a blank space on top of the article until we find out what title this item will be released under in Ireland.[2] Kauffner (talk) 22:50, 20 January 2013 (UTC)
    • If a home video company has licensed the product and promoted it in an English language market, then we have established WP:UE English language usage, so should use that. Since this is the English Wikipedia, we do use English here. If multiple companies release it under different titles, then we select from the English-release titles. -- 76.65.128.43 (talk) 00:49, 22 January 2013 (UTC)
Kauffner: I don't get it? I making an extremely biased remark about how I am supposedly trying to enforce Irish cultural standards on numerous Japanese articles? Because that seems like projection if it is so. I am in favour of including the titles by which films are referred to in official media on all Wikipedia articles, and you have now argued on numerous pages that we should never use non-English titles under any circumstances (your above comment could also be taken as a critique of my adding the correct Japanese title to the article on a Japanese film!) and we should use unofficial fan-translations where no actual English titles exist. What is going on here?
Anon: I don't see the relevance of your point to this move discussion. You made the same irrelevant argument over on Talk:Taboo (1999 film)[3], essentially ignoring the substance of the actual debate to make an abstract point about an unrelated policy.
elvenscout742 (talk) 05:12, 22 January 2013 (UTC)
We shouldn't even be titling articles based on home video companies' marketing decisions is not in accord with WP:UE -- 76.65.128.43 (talk) 15:24, 22 January 2013 (UTC)
It is in accordance with WP:MOSFILM and virtually every other policy and guideline, though. :P elvenscout742 (talk) 01:30, 23 January 2013 (UTC)
Actually, I'm not going to let you get away with that anymore. You are misrepresenting WP:UE, which specifically states that there need to be a large number of reliable sources that all uniformly establish a standard English usage. If there is no standard translation, we are only allowed translate the title if this can be done without a loss of meaning (see my note below for an explanation of why that is impossible). elvenscout742 (talk) 01:42, 23 January 2013 (UTC)
WP:UE However, if there is a common English-language form of the name, then use it, even if it is unsystematic (as with Tchaikovsky and Chiang Kai-shek). If there has been an English-language market home video release, then it will have been promoted in English. This should constitute the common form as found in English. You will note that I have not opposed the rename to this particular article at all, only the rationale you have been using. This title has not been licensed, so there is no home video release to base an English-name on. I think that if this title is licensed, then it should use the name it becomes promoted under. Your rationale would seem to be a bar to any such future rename, should it come to be the standard. -- 76.65.128.43 (talk) 05:26, 23 January 2013 (UTC)
It's not my rationale, it's just a rhetorical device. My rationale for supporting the move in this case is that the current English title is an informal fan translation. My rhetorical device is that if articles on films that have been officially released under English titles can still be named for their foreign titles, then certainly the article on a manga that has never been released under and English title should not use a made-up English name. (Additionally, the passage you quote above is completely irrelevant, since it relates to the spelling of foreign names, not to translations of works of fiction.) elvenscout742 (talk) 06:13, 23 January 2013 (UTC)
  • Support - couldn't care less about manga and don't believe this should come anywhere near an encyclopedia, but if there's going to be an article, then it's pretty evident from discussion above that there isn't a reliable English title yet. In ictu oculi (talk) 07:44, 22 January 2013 (UTC)

Note Additionally, for the non-Japanese speakers in the audience: moteru (and it's negative motenai) is a very difficult verb to translate into English. I don't know a lot about this manga, and it's not entirely clear from the article, but generally it doesn't just mean "popular" but rather "attractive to or popular with the opposite sex".[4] (This is apparently especially so when written in katakana.) The English word "popular", by contrast, seems to indicate having a lot of friends, regardless of gender. I have no problem with faulty or potentially inaccurate translations being used within the bodies of articles as glosses, or if they are the "official" translation, but since this is just an informal English title used by fans, which is likely to be misleading, we need to avoid it, at least in the title. elvenscout742 (talk) 08:01, 22 January 2013 (UTC)

  • Comment. Assuming transliterations of Japanese aren't usually taken as English titles – apologies if this incorrect – then, if there isn't yet an agreed or "official" English translation of the title, perhaps the article's subject matter isn't sufficiently notable yet in the English-speaking world..? CsDix (talk) 18:09, 12 February 2013 (UTC)
    • I'm not sure on the exact degree of notability within the English-speaking world, but regardless of what it is, it would not be a relevant issue. The English Wikipedia does not make notability judgments based on how notable something is in English literature, even though it is aimed at English readers. Per Wikipedia:Systemic bias, we are supposed to try to avoid having encyclopedic content being too western-centric, and so we shouldn't make judgments based on how well known something is by English speakers. -- 李博杰  | Talk contribs email 04:27, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
  • Support If there are various unofficial English titles, it seems better to use the transliteration. I don't know Japanese, but I assume elvenscout's point about "do" is correct. --BDD (talk) 18:05, 13 February 2013 (UTC)
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Requested move 2[edit]

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The result of the proposal was moved. --BDD (talk) 22:41, 4 September 2013 (UTC)

WataMote - No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys' Fault I’m Not Popular!WataMote – Now that the series has been licensed by Sentai Filmworks, it can be called by its common name WataMote. Other examples of similar renames include Haganai and Oreimo. AngusWOOF (talk) 01:22, 28 August 2013 (UTC)

  • Support. Obvious enough. >> KirtZMessage 01:34, 28 August 2013 (UTC)
  • If anyone doesn't mind, I'll boldly move it. The current article is too long, and WataMote is its licensed name. Narutolovehinata5 tccsdnew 13:01, 29 August 2013 (UTC)
Now that an RM has been opened and users have responded, it would be best to let it run its course. After a week or so an admin will handle it accordingly.--Cúchullain t/c 14:07, 29 August 2013 (UTC)
  • Against. Whilst WataMote is its official shorthand name, No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys' Fault I’m Not Popular! is the official name Yen Press has licensed the manga under. As the manga is the primary source, it is ideally that name which should take priority.Wonchop (talk) 21:21, 29 August 2013 (UTC)
    • To compare it to your mentioned sources, both Haganai and Oreimo originated from light novel series (which tend not to get licensed much) with which both their manga and anime adaptations were licensed in their shorthand forms. It's not really neccessary to do it for this one since there's an official English translation for the longhand. Wonchop (talk) 21:37, 29 August 2013 (UTC)
  • Support as per this being a ridonkulous title. And per the WP:NAMINGCRITERIA (guess which one!) Red Slash 00:53, 1 September 2013 (UTC)
  • Support - No conflict with other names, official license and release title, widely recognized and short hand form already prevalent. I see no reason to keep the unabridged title in light of the official English name being WataMote. ChrisGualtieri (talk) 15:37, 1 September 2013 (UTC)
    • It is an official name, not the original name (see above comment concerning Yen Press' manga license).Wonchop (talk) 17:57, 2 September 2013 (UTC)
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