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Japanese Fans Want to Name Their Kids After These Anime Characters

Naming your child after a cartoon character: if Nicolas Cage can do it, why can’t we all?

That was the question posed (okay, maybe not in those exact words) last week by our favorite polling site, Charapedia, who asked 10,000 anime fans what anime characters’ names they’d like to give to their own offspring.

The results were as follows:

20. Ai Mikaze (Ai) – Uta no Prince-sama

19. Kosei Arima (Kosei) – Your Lie in April

18. Nagisa Shiora (Nagisa) – Assassination Classroom

17. Kagura – Gintama

16. Ryota Kise (Ryota) – Kuroko’s Basketball

15. Ichigo Kurosaki (Ichigo) – Bleach

14. Sho Kurusu (Sho) – Uta no Prince-sama

13. Yukino Yukinoshita (Yukino) – My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU

12. Futaba Yoshioka (Futaba) – Blue Spring Ride

11. Makoto Tachibana (Makoto) – Free!

10. Jotaro Kujo (Jotaro) – Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure

9. Mikoto Misaka (Mikoto) – A Certain… series

8. Kosaki Onodera (Kosaki) – Nisekoi

7. Sakura Kinomoto (Sakura) – Card Captor Sakura

6. Yui Hirasawa (Yui) – K-On!

And the top 5…

5. Haruka Nanase (Haruka) – Free!

4. Kazuto Kirigaya (Kazuto) – Sword Art Online

3. Izaya Orihara (Izaya) – Durarara!

2. Sougo Okita (Sougo) – Gintama

1. Asuna Yuki (Asuna) – Sword Art Online

While you wouldn’t bat an eye at most of these names, a few would definitely be considered what in Japan are called DQN names (pronounced “dokyun,” the onomatopoeia for being shot in the chest), new names unique to the point of inviting scorn and derision.

Here are some translated reader comments:


“Jotaro… that’s a cool one.”

“What the heck is with this ranking? Poor kids.”

“Actually, most of these are surprisingly normal.”

“If you were really thinking about your kid’s future, there’s no way you’d name them Izaya or Jotaro. I hope people weren’t taking this too seriously.”

“The kanji for Izaya is way too hard to read. That’d be a big problem.”

Do you have any character names you fancy? Hit us with ‘em! Just think of the children before giving them a DQN name…

Source: Charapedia

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.