A character’s name can have a significant impact on how they are perceived by the public, as well as how they fare in a specific show’s storyline.
There are a plethora of approaches a creative might use when coming up with a character’s name. One might just go with something that’s personal to them, such asNaruto’s Sakura having pink hair, orMai Valentine in Yu-Gi-Oh! having a pun-related name change in the English dub.
Sometimes a character’s name has additional significance, whether it is derived from the creator’s choice of kanji or refers to something outside the series, such as a real-life individual or event. When it comes to many characters, their names are an important part of who they are, as well as what happens to them in the story.
10. Hikari Yagami’s Name Is Tied To Her Crest & Personality (Digimon Adventure)
Digimon Adventure’s Hikari Yagami has an evocative moniker. She and her Digimon are tied to Hikari’s name, which means “light” in Japanese. This is a perfect match since she is selfless and positive, illuminating the lives of those around her and willing to put herself in harm’s way for others.
She also transforms into a powerful angel-type Digimon known as Angewomon, who uses light to battle and can even increase the power of other Digimon.
9. Combining Yugi & Jonouchi’s Names Reveals A Major Theme (Yu-Gi-Oh!)
Because of their camaraderie and relationships and their courage and strength and resilience, Yu-Gi-Ohprotagonists !’s discover strength and courage through them. Yugi and Jonouchi, two of the series’ most prominent characters and fellow top duelists, both bear the names Takahashi inserted as an homage to the concept of his work.
The Japanese word for friendship is formed by combining the letters ‘yu’ from Yugi’s name with the letters ‘jo’ from Jonouchi’s. In interviews, Takahashi has stated that this was done on purpose. ‘ For some reason, Yu-Jo Friendship has become such a common theme in the series that it inspired a special release card.
8. Naruto’s Name Is Tied To His Favorite Food & A Former Village (Naruto)
Naruto Uzumaki, the hero of the smash popular anime seriesNaruto, comes from an unusual family. Narutomaki, or “naruto” for short, is one of the most commonly served ramen toppings in Japan, and it shares the same first name as Naruto. In light of his love for ramen, it’s not unexpected that Naruto’s name was inspired by his favorite food.
During Kushina’s lifetime, the Uzumaki clan was nearly wiped out, and the manga explains the connection between the last name Uzumaki and the Uzumaki clan. Konoha ninja still wear the Uzumaki’s emblem, which is interesting because the Uzumaki’s hamlet was in the Land Of Whirlpools.
7. The Sailor Scout’s Names Reveal Their Ruling Planet Or Element (Sailor Moon)
In Sailor Moon, the characters’ names reveal a great deal about their personalities and skills. In honor of her recollections of the Moon Kingdom, Usagi Tsukino has a name that incorporates the moon’s kanji, Usagi.
All of Ami and Rei’s Sailor Scouts have significant kanji in their last names, such as “water,” “fire,” “wood,” or “love,” which are derived from the kanji. Each of the Outer Senshi’s names include a syllable from the planet’skanji, which is their ruler planet.
6. Grell’s Last Name May Be Tied To Copycat Killer The Yorkshire Ripper (Black Butler)
Yana Toboso’s knack for tucking in hints and trivia into Black Butlerleads many fans to believe that Grell’s name wasn’t just a random coincidence. Yana’s last name, Sutcliff, may be a reference to a notorious 1980s copycat criminal who attempted to replicate the murders of Jack the Ripper.
The Yorkshire Ripper was a serial killer who committed gruesome murders comparable to those committed by Jack the Ripper. Peter Sutcliffe, the assassin who inspired Grell, was later identified as the real-life inspiration for the serial killer.
5. Eren’s Last Name Foreshadows His Role (Attack On Titan)
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This anime has a lot of character names that represent something to the audience. When it comes to Eren Yeager’s name, Isayama chose one that could be used as a hero or villain, and it was a name that fit both roles perfectly.
Jäger is the Germanic word for ‘hunter,’ hence Eren’s last name is Yaeger. In the manga and anime, Eren pursues the Titans and aims to eliminate them. Even in the opening song, this is made clear. Eren, on the other hand, becomes a threat to humanity as he begins to trigger the Rumbling. As a result, Eren is still a “hunter,” even though his “prey” has changed.
4. Kubo Hid A Play On Ichigo’s Name Throughout The Series (Bleach)
‘Bleach’ character Kurosaki Ichigo is known for his unusual name, which has multiple meanings. Ichigo’s kanji name translates to “one who protects,” which is an appropriate name for Ichigo, who has dedicated his life to protecting others.
But Kubo also plays with a more literal translation of Ichigo’s name by dividing it into “ichi” and “go,” or 1 and 5. Throughout the series, the number 15 is hidden. Since Ichigo is 15 when the story begins and was born on July 15th, we see it on his clothes, his bedroom door, and even in his character information. Even after 15 years of publishing, the manga series came to an end.
3. Nagito Komaeda’s Name Is An Anagram (Danganronpa)
It was forDanganronpa that Nagito Komaeda was born. Danganronpa 3: The End Of Hope’s Peak High School, the anime continuation of the series, also features him. As interesting and interesting as the series is, the character of Komaeda doesn’t instantly stand out as something remarkable or different.
Komaeda’s name, on the other hand, is an anagram of “Naegi Makoto da,” or “I am Makoto Naegi,” according to designer Kazutaka Kodaka in an interview. The employment of Megumi Ogata as the voice actor for both Naegi and Komaeda further emphasizes this point. This, according to the group, was done to pique interest in the upcoming game.
2. Light’s Name Reveals Both His Persona & His True Nature (Death Note)
The protagonist of Death Note
Altruism and kindness are two traits that are connected with the name “Light,” so that’s exactly what the character wants people to see in him. He’s a genius in his own right, but Light goes about his business as if he were a sleazy mobster at night.
The meaning of his surname, Yagami, is equally suitable. The kanji making up Light’s last name translates to ‘night god,’ an unexpected twist that reflects Light’s real hidden nature,as a self-proclaimed God of Justice performing his intentions from the shadows.
1. Bernkastel’s Name Originated From Rika & A Wine Bottle (Higurashi)
Frederica Bernkastel appears in bothUmineko: When They Cryas well asHigurashi: When They Cry. While the link between the two Bernkastels was long hypothesized, author Ryukishi07 has subsequently stated in a Q&A that Bernkastel is a manifestation of Rika’s sorrow.
Bernkastel does not begin with her own name. Rather, she travels as part of Rika, the part which has given up and has lost her hope and innocence. ThepopularHigurashimanga arc,Dice Killing, goes into how she became Bernkastel, essentially explaining that Rika died over the many loops, and Bernkastel was the terrible emotions left. She takes on the name Frederica Bernkastel by combining the name of a type of wine with Rika’s name to create her own identity.