@Chiryuu2609 Ah my apologies, indeed context should be provided in order to accumulate an opinion on this matter. And this actually provides an interesting story as well. Allow me:
(Gonna try to avoid using the words Dual, Twin & Double when my opinion is given to deliver this information as objective as possible.)
Since the game Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II was released on the Gamecube. A new weapon category was introduced to the Phantasy Star franchise.
"This weapon type holds a sword, blade or saber in ones left hand, and another sword, blade or saber in ones right hand."
In most pairings, these swords, blades or sabers are identical but they do not need to be.
This weapon category was officially named "Twin Sword" in Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II.
The table below indicates the official name of this weapon category for each Phantasy Star game it appeared in.
|Phantasy Star Online Episode I & II
|Phantasy Star Online Episode III: CARD Revolution
|Phantasy Star Online: Blue Burst
|Phantasy Star Universe
|Phantasy Star Universe: Ambition of the Illuminus
|Phantasy Star Portable
|Phantasy Star Portable 2
|Phantasy Star Portable 2 Infinity
The weapon category did not appear in Phantasy Star Zero & Phantasy Star Nova.
A quick glance provides us that the name for the category is synonymous with the word 'Two'. (Except for one instance: Phantasy Star Online Episode III: CARD Revolution. There is a particular reason for that, if you're interested I could tell you. Unless you know it already.)
Now of course 'history' should not always determine the outcome, nor should it be the deciding factor on naming a certain entity or object.
As a philosopher once beautifully said: Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
Al tough, they sometimes tend to forget that history does give you a direction or at least a foundation.
Anyway, forget about past games. It was merely meant as introduction. Let us return to 'Phantasy Star Online 2' that's what we're here for.
The official name for the weapon category in the Japanese version of Phantasy Star Online 2 is デュアルブレード. We can dissect this word into the following 2:
- デュアル (De~yuaru) = Dual or a synonym of it.
- ブレード (Burēdo) = Blade or a synonym of it.
(Not to forget the word デュアルブレード is an English inspired Japanese word.)
We know that the Fan translation named it "Dual Blades" as a direct translation/conversion of it's official Japanese name. However the NA version has called this category "Soaring Blade".
The "Blade" part seems to be correct, but "Soaring" is not related to Double, Dual, Twin, Couple, Two, Binary or any synonym I could think of.
With all this said, I leave it to thou what thy opinion on the matter is. Does thee favor "Dual Blades" or "Soaring Blades" or perhaps something else?
It does however raise the question why "Soaring"? I could think of 2 reasons.
One being, they thought that the players wouldn't be able to distinguish "Dual Blades" from the other category: "Double Saber". Which is indeed a fair point, but one could wonder: Isn't it up to the players to learn it? Is our intelligent not rich enough to understand? Will we always be confused with Dual Blades and Double Saber?
The other, they named it "Soaring" due the capabilities of a couple of the weapon's PA's. Some PA's tend to levitate the player or push the player into the sky for follow-up movement and mid-air gameplay, in this case "Soaring". But one does wonder why define a name of a weapon category after the capabilities of a couple PA's? To represent those certain PA's but not all of its PA's? In my opinion if thou wants to do it right, thou shalt not only represent a handful of its PA's but thou shalt represent 'ALL' of its PA's, to do it truly justice. Anyway, none of the other weapon categories are named in that fashion. For example, the "Sword" category is not named "Sword" due its PA's nor is it to represent them.
One could ask thyself. If "Soaring Blades" is mentioned, is the first thing what comes to mind a pair of blades?
When I think of Soaring Blades I thought it to be a name for a certain weapon, but not a weapon category. Of course there is no wrong answer here, to each their own I suppose.