I’m in complete agreement with LOLFANG of Nyoro~n fansubs on this LOL (though the all caps make it hard to read). Even though I silently fume when journos from big newspapers who should really know better regularly make mistakes with Asian names and that my secret ambition is to make Westerners reverse their given name – surname order when I finally succeed in my attempt tonight to try to take over the world.
I asked a Japanese friend about this many moons ago and her reply was something along the lines of: ‘When I write in Japanese, I write the names in the Japanese order and in the Western order for English.’
And despite all of that, I still tend to write ‘Tanaka Rie’ and ‘Horie Yui’ in English just because I’m used to it already and it sounds nicer. And just to confuse myself and everyone reading.