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18th Dec '16 5:54:36 AM Morgenthaler
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** [[TheAce Mikasa Ackerman]] is named after IJN Mikasa, a Japanese pre-dreadnought battleship that contributed to the defeat of the then-invincible Russian Baltic fleet. It also is the [[LastOfHisKind only remaining pre-dreadnought battleship in existence]], similar to how Mikasa is the last Asian. [[spoiler:Levi's surname is also Ackerman, however, the meaning behind this has yet to be revealed.]] ''Ackerman'' also means "farmer", and works on a couple of levels: one slaughters animals (Mikasa has a particularly BadAss moment where she threatens a piggish merchant by telling him the only thing she's good at is carving meat), one who harvests (a literal ''reaper''), and [[spoiler: one who tends livestock. The Ackermans have been serving the dynasty that keeps humanity corralled by the Walls.]]

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** [[TheAce Mikasa Ackerman]] is named after IJN Mikasa, a Japanese pre-dreadnought battleship that contributed to the defeat of the then-invincible Russian Baltic fleet. It also is the [[LastOfHisKind only remaining pre-dreadnought battleship in existence]], similar to how Mikasa is the last Asian. [[spoiler:Levi's surname is also Ackerman, however, the meaning behind this has yet to be revealed.]] ''Ackerman'' also means "farmer", and works on a couple of levels: one slaughters animals (Mikasa has a particularly BadAss badass moment where she threatens a piggish merchant by telling him the only thing she's good at is carving meat), one who harvests (a literal ''reaper''), and [[spoiler: one who tends livestock. The Ackermans have been serving the dynasty that keeps humanity corralled by the Walls.]]
7th Dec '16 6:21:15 PM Wyldchyld
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*** Uryuu's name means "rain dragon". His signature technique is called "Licht Regen" ("Rain of Light"), where he rains 1200 [[EnergyBow arrows of light]] onto his enemy. In East Asian mythology, dragons and their power over the waters (especially rain) are symbols of the emperor's divine lineage and his power over his subjects: Uryuu's power has been revealed to hold the key to the [[TheEmperor Quincy King's]] end-game.

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*** Uryuu's name means "rain dragon". His signature technique is called "Licht Regen" ("Rain of Light"), where he rains 1200 [[EnergyBow arrows of light]] onto his enemy. In East Asian mythology, dragons and their power over the waters (especially rain) are symbols of the emperor's divine lineage and his power over his subjects: Uryuu's power has been revealed to hold the key to the [[TheEmperor Quincy King's]] end-game.defeat, something Ryuuken had secretly known about and prepared for at least nine years previously.
7th Dec '16 6:14:44 PM Wyldchyld
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** Ichigo's personal name is written with kanji that mean "to protect one thing". The pronunciation spawns several puns based on the homonyms "strawberry" and "one five". "Strawberry" crops up a lot in jokes about his unusual ginger hair, 15 is his age when the story begins, his favorite number, his birthday (July 15th), a sign on his door, and the design on one of his favorite t-shirts. His sister Yuzu combines part of his name ("Ichi") with the honorofic for "older brother" ("-niisan") to give him the nickname "One-Two-Three". A chapter cover depicts Ichigo as the frontman of a rock band called "Jetscape 15" - a pun on the literal translation of his full name ("Kurosaki" is written as "black promontory"). Ichigo's [[PunnyName punny name]] is also [[ThemeNaming connected to his sisters' names]]: "Yuzu" and "Karin" are also homonyms for types of fruit written with unrelated kanji.

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** Ichigo's personal name is written with kanji that mean "to protect one thing". The pronunciation spawns several puns based on the homonyms "strawberry" and "one five". "Strawberry" crops up a lot in jokes about his unusual ginger hair, 15 is his age when the story begins, his favorite number, his birthday (July 15th), a sign on his door, and the design on one of his favorite t-shirts. His sister Yuzu combines part of his name ("Ichi") with the honorofic for "older brother" ("-niisan") to give him the nickname "One-Two-Three". A chapter cover depicts Ichigo as the frontman of a rock band called "Jetscape 15" - a pun on the literal translation of his full name ("Kurosaki" is written as "black promontory"). Ichigo's [[PunnyName punny name]] is also [[ThemeNaming connected to his sisters' names]]: "Yuzu" and "Karin" are also homonyms for types of fruit written with unrelated kanji. Kubo, who was unable to finish writing the manga as he originally planned due to severe ill-health, also deliberately wrapped up the story on ''Bleach's'' 15th anniversary as a nod to Ichigo's numerical theme.
22nd Oct '16 4:08:19 PM Ayal92
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* ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'' has this in spades:
** Midoriya mostly avoids this, fitting his initial [[{{Muggle}} quirkless]] status. Still, the "ku" in Izuku is homophonous to the number nine in Japanese [[spoiler: and he is the ninth user for One for All]].
** Bakugou's name means "strong explosion" in Japanese. Given his explosive powers, and his explosive personality, it is certainly fitting. Meanwhile, "Katsuki" contains Japanese characters for "win" and "self" in it.
** "Uraraka" means "bright". "Ochako" can be derived from the expression "ocha no ko" (roughly meaning "piece of cake!") or "ochappii" (a chatterbox girl). This all illustrates her bright, cheerful, NiceGirl personality.
** Todoroki is both AnIcePerson and PlayingWithFire. The Japanese characters that compose his first name, "Shouto", mean "freezing" and "heating", respectively.
** Aoyama is a {{Narcissist}}. His given name, "Yuuga", means "elegance".
** "Tooru" means "transparent". Her power is {{Invisibility}}.
** "Kirishima" has the character for the verb "cut". Likewise, "Eijirou" has the character for "sharp".
** "Asui" contains the character for "frog". She is the resident frog person in the class.
** Minoru Mineta' sticky balls resemble grapes and his name means "producing fruit".
** "Kaminari Denki" literally means "Lightning Electricity". Guess what his power is.
** "Jirou" contains the character for "ear". "Kyouka" contains the character for the verb "echo". She has a sound quirk.
** "Yaoyorozu" is a traditional word that means "eight million" or, more appropriately, a really high number. This relates to the amount of stuff she can create with her Quirk.
** Fumikage Tokoyami's quirk becomes stronger in the dark. His name means "eternal darkness".
** Mina Ashido' surname sounds like "acid".
** "Mashirao" is a common Japanese name. It also includes the kanji for "[[PrehensileTail tail]]".
** Satou's name can literally be translated to "Strength Sugar".
** [[spoiler: All Might's]] surname contains the Kanji for "eight", referring to him being [[spoiler: 8th wielder of One For All]]. It also has the character "tree/wood" in it, which likely refers to him being [[spoiler: the pillar that currently upholds society as it is now]].
** PlantHair Ibara's name means "thorns".
** [[ PowerCopying Monoma's]] name comes from "monomane", the Japanese word for "mimicry".
** "Shinsou" means "manipulating heart" and "Hitoshi" means "playing with people". [[SarcasmMode Really subtle.]]
** Hatsume Mei's name comes from "hatsumei", the Japanese word for "invention". She is, of course, an inventor.
8th Oct '16 2:07:48 PM flodoris
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** Kira (from Death Note) is to Killer as Madara is to Murderer. Just sayin'.
29th Aug '16 8:33:14 AM whereismytea
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* In ''Manga/Brave10'', there are a handful:
** With a name like "Kamanosuke", it's pretty appropriate that he fights with a "kama" (sickle).
** Also, Isanami is a female take on the legendary Miyoshi ''Isa'', but that's certainly not all there is to her name, as [[spoiler:she's the vessel for I'''z'''anami-no-Mikoto, a [[SuperPoweredEvilSide death goddess]].]]
** Rokuro and Nanakuma have this as part of their ThemeTwinNaming, the sixth ("roku") and seventh ("nana") Unno heirs, making the order of precedence very clear to [[CainAndAbel Nanakuma's eyes]].
** The ''other'' Rokuro also has significance, as being the sixth kid in a poor family is likely why he was abandoned, and so in the interest of the [[OneSteveLimit One Rokuro Limit]] he gets a MeaningfulRename to Benmaru, which was Yukimura's childhood name. [[spoiler:The foreshadowing is heavy with this one, as his second MeaningfulRename is to Sanada Daisuke when Yukimura formally adopts him as his heir.]]
28th Jul '16 12:13:58 PM Willbyr
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* Michel in ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' is named for the angel Michael. The alteration in the name, other than playing up his connection to Michal, is the first clue that there's something a bit off with his supposed MissionFromGod.



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** Michel is named for the angel Michael. The alteration in the name, other than playing up his connection to Michal, is the first clue that there's something a bit off with his supposed MissionFromGod.
26th Jun '16 4:25:23 PM Thenakedcat
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{{Meaningful Name}}s are quite common in Anime and Manga, since Japanese names have a lot of obvious literal meaning to start with.

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{{Meaningful Name}}s are quite common in Anime and Manga, since Japanese names are written in kanji characters each of which may have a lot several layers of obvious literal meaning to start with.
and/or alternate pronunciations.



* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' should win a prize for this.
** Ichigo's name means "to protect one thing". It also creates various puns with similar words to mean "Number One", "15" and "strawberry" and his one sister combines his name with a pun for brother to give him the nickname "one-two". All the puns are used in the story but "strawberry" and "15" are the most significant. His hair is honey-coloured so he's grown up with strawberry jokes. He's 15 at the start of the story, his birthday is the 15th July, 15 is his favourite number (he has it pinned to his bedroom door and he wears t-shirts with the number on it). The creator also drew a picture of Ichigo, Orihime and Rukia as a rock band called "Jetscape 15" - a pun on the direct translation of his full name (Kurosaki Ichigo, where the surname means "black promontory").
** Orihime is named after the celestial maiden in the UsefulNotes/{{Tanabata}} legend, who was the "weaving princess" and represented the star Vega. She's connected to the sky through her brother's name (Sora) and has had chapters dedicated to her with princess and sun themes. In the Arrancar Arc, the arrancar refer to her as the "princess" and nickname her "Princesa". In the final arc, some of the arrancar are still referring to her in this way. In the creators artwork of Ichigo's rock band Jetscape 15, Orihime is called Vega Highwell, a pun on the translation of her name, from the star Vega and her surname Inoue which means "upper/higher well".
** Byakuya Kuchiki is Ichigo's first major antagonist and he is given a name that directly opposes Ichigo's black-themed surname (Kurosaki = black promontory). Byakuya comes from a word meaning "white" and his surname means "rotting wood". During the climactic battle between Ichigo and Byakuya, their clashing powers are jet black (Ichigo) and pure white (Byakuya) respectively[[note]]Less noticeable in the anime as the anime team changed most of his power to pink instead of the original white of the manga[[/note]], and the fight itself occurs on a dark promontory that juts out from a forest of white, rotting trees.
** Both Hitsugaya and Ukitake have white hair. Their personal names are "Toushirou" and "Juushirou" respectively. The word "shirou" means "white". Ukitake keeps trying to bond with Hitsugaya and when the irritated Hitsugaya finally loses patience with it and demands to know why Ukitake is always giving him gifts and sweets, Ukitake explains he feels they need to stick together due to both being "Shirou-chan". "Shirou-chan" is a nickname, its English equivalent would be "Whitey" or "Snowy". Hitsugaya hates this nickname as [[LikeBrotherAndSister Hinamori]] used to call him it in their youth and still hasn't stopped even though he's now a captain.
** Sado's first name is Yasutora ("peaceful tiger"). He is a fist-fighter with great strength who, to honour his grandfather, is also a pacifist. He will fight to protect others but he will never fight to protect himself.
** The Ishida family all have first names that allude to their Quincy power.
*** Uryuu's name means "rain dragon". His signature technique is called "Licht Regen" ("Rain of Light"), where he rains 1200 [[EnergyBow arrows of light]] onto his enemy. He's talented enough to one-shot a captain and his bankai at the same time. In Chinese/Japanese mythology, dragons symbolise the emperor and rain symbolises the emperor's power: Uryuu's power has been revealed to hold the key to the [[TheEmperor Quincy King's]] end-game.
*** Ryuuken's name means "Dragon bowstring". He is very strongly hinted to possess immense power that could make or break the future of the Quincies, but he's [[HeroicNeutral refusing]] to get involved in the Quincy-Shinigami war due to an enigmatic DeclarationOfProtection (involving Uryuu's survival) made sometime in his MysteriousPast. The only time he does use his power, it's to [[ParentExMachina restore]] Uryuu's lost power where he proves to be even more powerful than Uryuu.
*** Souken's name comprises kanji meaning "essence" and "bowstring" and loosely means "my soul is in my bow". He appears to be the source of, and key to, why the Ishida family has a different background to the rest of the Quincies and taught Uryuu techniques that the other Quincies don't use (and might not even know about). According to traditional aristocratic samurai traditions, Souken passed on the "bowstring" kanji to his son Ryuuken who passed on the "dragon" kanji to his son Uryuu.

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* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' should win a prize for this.
this -- not only are many names meaningful in isolation, but they also reflect the complex character relationships.
** Ichigo's personal name means is written with kanji that mean "to protect one thing". It also creates various The pronunciation spawns several puns with similar words to mean "Number One", "15" and based on the homonyms "strawberry" and "one five". "Strawberry" crops up a lot in jokes about his unusual ginger hair, 15 is his age when the story begins, his favorite number, his birthday (July 15th), a sign on his door, and the design on one of his favorite t-shirts. His sister Yuzu combines part of his name ("Ichi") with a pun the honorofic for brother "older brother" ("-niisan") to give him the nickname "one-two". All "One-Two-Three". A chapter cover depicts Ichigo as the puns are used in the story but "strawberry" and "15" are the most significant. His hair is honey-coloured so he's grown up with strawberry jokes. He's 15 at the start frontman of the story, his birthday is the 15th July, 15 is his favourite number (he has it pinned to his bedroom door and he wears t-shirts with the number on it). The creator also drew a picture of Ichigo, Orihime and Rukia as a rock band called "Jetscape 15" - a pun on the direct literal translation of his full name (Kurosaki Ichigo, where the surname means ("Kurosaki" is written as "black promontory").
promontory"). Ichigo's [[PunnyName punny name]] is also [[ThemeNaming connected to his sisters' names]]: "Yuzu" and "Karin" are also homonyms for types of fruit written with unrelated kanji.
** Orihime (literally "Weaving Princess") is named after the celestial maiden in the UsefulNotes/{{Tanabata}} legend, who was the "weaving princess" and represented the star Vega. She's connected to the sky through her Her brother's name (Sora) "Sora" literally means "sky", their family name translates literally as "upper well" (i.e., "dome of heaven"), and has had chapters dedicated she is frequently connected to royal or celestial imagery in cover art. During her with princess and sun themes. In the Arrancar Arc, captivity in Hueco Mundo, the arrancar refer to her as the "princess" and nickname her "Princesa". In the final arc, some of the arrancar are still referring to her in this way. In the creators artwork of Ichigo's rock band Jetscape 15, "Jetscape 15" cover, Orihime is called appears as Vega Highwell, a pun on the literal translation of her name, from the star Vega and her surname Inoue which means "upper/higher well".
name.
** Byakuya Kuchiki is Ichigo's first major antagonist and he is given "Byakuya" ("white verily") presents a name that directly opposes Ichigo's black-themed surname (Kurosaki = black promontory). Byakuya comes from a word meaning "white" and his surname means "rotting wood". direct opposition to "Kurosaki" ("black promontory"). During the their climactic battle between Ichigo and Byakuya, battle, their clashing powers are jet black (Ichigo) and pure white (Byakuya) and jet black respectively[[note]]Less noticeable in the anime as the anime team changed most of his power to pink instead of the original white of the manga[[/note]], and the fight itself occurs on a dark promontory that juts out from a forest of white, rotting trees.
trees ("Kuchiki" translates as "rotten wood").
** Both Hitsugaya and Ukitake have white hair. Their hair, and their personal names are "Toushirou" and "Juushirou" respectively. The word "shirou" means "white". "white", and Hitsugaya's hated childhood nickname "Shirou-chan"(given to him by Hinamori, who still uses it even now he's captain) translates as "Whitey" or "Snowy". The "-shiro" in their names is coincidental: "-rou" is a standard masculine suffix and the "shi" comes from two unrelated kanji. Ukitake keeps trying to bond with Hitsugaya and when the irritated Hitsugaya finally loses patience with it and demands to know why Ukitake is always giving him gifts and sweets, Ukitake explains he feels they need to stick together due to both being "Shirou-chan". "Shirou-chan" is a nickname, its English equivalent would be "Whitey" or "Snowy". Hitsugaya hates this nickname as [[LikeBrotherAndSister Hinamori]] used to call him it in their youth and still hasn't stopped even though he's now a captain.
"Shirou-chan".
** Sado's first personal name is Yasutora ("peaceful tiger"). He is a fist-fighter with Despite his great strength who, to as a hand-to-hand fighter, he observes a strict code of honour in memory of his grandfather, is also a pacifist. He will fight fighting only to protect others but he will never fight to protect himself.
** The Ishida family all have first personal names that allude alluding to their Quincy power.
lineage.
*** Souken's name is written with kanji meaning "religon/essence" and "bowstring", and can be interpreted as "the soul of the archer". Souken's past is the key to the Ishida family's unique status within the Quincy clan, including their use of unusual techniques and unorthodox acceptance of Soul Reapers. In accordance with traditional samurai naming practices, Souken incorporated the "bowstring" kanji from his own name to his son Ryuuken.
*** Ryuuken's name is written as "dragon/imperial" and "bowstring". The name suits his stern personality and fearsome power as a master archer. Ryuuken maintained the continuity of names by including the "dragon" kanji into his son's name, but his omission of the Quincy-appropriate "bowstring" kanji could also bee seen as an allusion to his dissaffection with the Quincy heritage.
*** Uryuu's name means "rain dragon". His signature technique is called "Licht Regen" ("Rain of Light"), where he rains 1200 [[EnergyBow arrows of light]] onto his enemy. He's talented enough to one-shot a captain and his bankai at the same time. In Chinese/Japanese East Asian mythology, dragons symbolise and their power over the emperor and rain symbolises waters (especially rain) are symbols of the emperor's power: divine lineage and his power over his subjects: Uryuu's power has been revealed to hold the key to the [[TheEmperor Quincy King's]] end-game.
*** Ryuuken's name means "Dragon bowstring". He is very strongly hinted to possess immense power that could make or break the future of the Quincies, but he's [[HeroicNeutral refusing]] to get involved in the Quincy-Shinigami war due to an enigmatic DeclarationOfProtection (involving Uryuu's survival) made sometime in his MysteriousPast. The only time he does use his power, it's to [[ParentExMachina restore]] Uryuu's lost power where he proves to be even more powerful than Uryuu.
*** Souken's name comprises kanji meaning "essence" and "bowstring" and loosely means "my soul is in my bow". He appears to be the source of, and key to, why the Ishida family has a different background to the rest of the Quincies and taught Uryuu techniques that the other Quincies don't use (and might not even know about). According to traditional aristocratic samurai traditions, Souken passed on the "bowstring" kanji to his son Ryuuken who passed on the "dragon" kanji to his son Uryuu.
end-game.
20th Jun '16 3:31:46 AM Adept
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11th Jun '16 4:29:18 PM nombretomado
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** Orihime is named after the celestial maiden in the {{Tanabata}} legend, who was the "weaving princess" and represented the star Vega. She's connected to the sky through her brother's name (Sora) and has had chapters dedicated to her with princess and sun themes. In the Arrancar Arc, the arrancar refer to her as the "princess" and nickname her "Princesa". In the final arc, some of the arrancar are still referring to her in this way. In the creators artwork of Ichigo's rock band Jetscape 15, Orihime is called Vega Highwell, a pun on the translation of her name, from the star Vega and her surname Inoue which means "upper/higher well".

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** Orihime is named after the celestial maiden in the {{Tanabata}} UsefulNotes/{{Tanabata}} legend, who was the "weaving princess" and represented the star Vega. She's connected to the sky through her brother's name (Sora) and has had chapters dedicated to her with princess and sun themes. In the Arrancar Arc, the arrancar refer to her as the "princess" and nickname her "Princesa". In the final arc, some of the arrancar are still referring to her in this way. In the creators artwork of Ichigo's rock band Jetscape 15, Orihime is called Vega Highwell, a pun on the translation of her name, from the star Vega and her surname Inoue which means "upper/higher well".
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