So you may be wondering...why do characters in Manga and Anime say each others' names all the time? When someone gets injured, or says something resolute, the other person will shout, utter or whisper their name. Why is that? It may have something to do with traditional values of Japanese Politeness. As detailed in Yamamoto Tsumetomo's Hagakure: Book of the Samurai, it is considered rude to remain silent when spoken to by a master, or when someone you respect does something worthwhile. Saying something, even if it's only their name, acknowledges that you understand, or that what they said or did has meaning to you.