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  • Fun With Names: BLEACH

    Dragon Ball, aptly named for the seven magical wish-granting orbs which are the coveted relic of the franchise. One Piece, aptly named for the mysterious treasure said to bestow upon whomever finds it the title of Pirate King. Naruto, aptly named for the titular character of the franchise, Uzumaki Naruto. What these titles have in common is that they're instant identifiers of the universe that they represent. Having mentioned One Piece and Naruto, the consequence is that the third of Shounen Jump's legendary Big Three must be mentioned too. BLEACH, aptly named... named... for... uh... the characters wash their clothes?

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  • Fun With Names: U.A. High School (雄英高校)

    Fans of the Shounen genre will have seen, or at least heard of Boku no Hero Academia (My Hero Academia), a third-wave Shounen title which has taken the mantle from previous Shounen proponents and brought out tried and tested formulas from the genre and applied its own range of twists to what we know and love. The hype around this show is immense, but that's not what we're here for. Welcome to another Fun With Names, where I will be breaking down the names of anime characters, titles and basically anything in an anime with an interesting name; all to see how these small pieces of information link up with the rest of the story.

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  • Fun With Names: Hachikuji Mayoi (八九寺 真宵)

    Welcome to Fun With Names, where I will be dissecting the names of anime, anime characters and assorted named things in anime! Today's episode of Fun With Names will be covering the character Hachikuji Mayoi from the Monogatari Series. As a fan of this series, I'm well aware of the author NisioisiN's artistry with words and being the dialogue-rich series that it is, it isn't surprising that there are various junctures where meaning is twisted and played with. Names are no exception, and one day I'll explore the puns that go into the titles of each story of the Monogatari Series. Hachikuji is first introduced in the first iteration of the series, Bakemonogatari, as one of the many oddities that main character Araragi Koyomi deals with.

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  • Fun With Names: Ryuugamine Mikado (竜ヶ峰帝人)

    Fun With Names, Episode 1: Ryuugamine Mikado from Durarara!!

    Welcome to the first ever Fun With Names, where we will be exploring the hidden messages layered into the names of characters and series, starting off with the protagonist of Durarara!!, a dialogue-heavy, supernatural adventure featuring intense gang warfare in Tokyo's Ikebukuro District.
    PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THIS WILL REQUIRE HEAVY SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK

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  • Fun With Names

    Much of the debate within the anime community surrounds the question, "Subbed or Dubbed?". Most people who don't live in Japan owe their initial exposure to the medium through dubbing, dubbing is the reason why anime has grown in popularity globally. Ah, but as an anime fan and as a polyglot, I can tell you that many issues with story inconsistencies can simply be traced back to things being lost in translation. To be honest, I'm completely pretentious and watch all my anime in Japanese because I think Japanese sounds better than English (it does), but as someone who speaks a little bit of Japanese, things do get dicey with direct translation and of course, lost nuances in the interactions between characters.
     

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