Nikki's Corner (sennetari) wrote,
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Manga & Name

I read this shoujo manga (ultimately a straight one, not yaoi, though there are hints on the latter aplenty) and have many, many thoughts on it (which I think I might get a dedicated manga blog to post them to once and for all). One of those thoughts is this manga has finally given me a reason to really like the name Jun as a male name, and the name Shizuka as a name in general, simply because the characters with these names are just so cool. (Yay, I never said I wasn't shallow (the icon), though most of the time I don't mean just surface appearances by 'cool'.)

I believe I wrote somewhere that I thought Jun sounded like a female name (unreasonable, I know, and I can't even remember what gave me that impression when I've always realized that Jun is a gender neutral name) and that I was glad in most instances (er...toku specific, actually) a fictional male Jun went by his last name. Well, thanks to the main character in this manga, now I think Jun is a cool name for both girls and guys alike. The kanji (or at least what I think is the kanji if the scanslator is to be believed) for it looks neat, too (seems like a character for 'thread' in there, but I guess I'm off on this one; it seems there might be more than one kanji to write this name, too). I'll just go look the meaning on this particular kanji up when I get a chance. (It's sad that I don't really notice that the name Jun has a kanji (or more) before, although probably because it's usually written in Kana as a (fictional) name.)

As for Shizuka, I never really took a particular interest in the name, except when I was remarking that a specific character is so not quiet when she has a name that was supposed to mean 'quiet' (or maybe it's more like 'peaceful'? Seems like it has a character for 'blue' in the kanji, or I'm mixing this all up, too. Oh well, one more word to go look up). Anyhow, if the definition I have isn't far off, I haven't met a fictional Shizuka who fit his/her name, yet (perhaps the one from 'Doraemon'? However, I don't remember her much). In any case, I feel like I would always have this manga's Shizuka in mind for a while whenever I think of the name.

Strangely, I don't think I'll ever end up naming my characters with these two names. Weird, since I usually use the names I like for my characters, but the associations (mental images I have) with the established characters who have the names are just too strong, particularly in Shizuka's case, because he's constantly referred to that way by the heroine.


純 (JUN) means pure, and never used alone except as a name, so no 'kun' reading. And yes, that's a kanji character for 'thread' on the left side.
Tags: fic, japanese, kanji, manga, tokusatsu
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