Name for a boy character?

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Postby ZOMBIE USER 12729 on Fri Jan 10, 2003 12:55 pm

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Postby Karlie on Fri Jan 10, 2003 1:23 pm

[quote="StarWarrior"]Wait how are these names:

Jinto "Sho-chan" Liu
Kyle "Bishoun" Takashi
Kaen "Shounwaii" Takashi
Kashoun "Sho-chan" Waiien

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just a note, because it hasen't been mentioned yet.. strait guys USUALY don't call other strait boys Chan. there could be situations where they would, .one might call a young boy (under 12ish) chan.. there may be some others i'm really not sure...just though i'd warn you ..in case that wasn't your intention.
kun would be a more common name sufix for a guy
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Postby ZOMBIE USER 12729 on Fri Jan 10, 2003 1:46 pm

um okay. i guess that it can be alternated if i want to. but for the sake of simplisity, maybe we should cancel that one. with the Sho-chan.
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Postby ZOMBIE USER 12729 on Fri Jan 10, 2003 1:49 pm

Oh yeah remember i said you could mix them up. so if you don't like sho-chan/kun, just keep it out when you mix them up! just to clarify everything.
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Postby ZOMBIE USER 11832 on Sat Jan 11, 2003 12:33 am

-_- Hrm. This is kind of a toughie...

Well, what I used to do was to think in combinations of letters, as each Japanese symbol, be it katakana or Hirigana, is a combintion of a consonant and a vowel. I would take the letters and smush them together until I got a cool name.
Another method is to take pre-existing words and modify them. If you're really desperate, flip through a dictionary or a good book with your eyes closed and put your finger on a word, then tweak that word (or words surrounding it) into a name.

Or, if all else fails, keep your character's name ambiguous until you can think of a good name for him/her. You can use the character for several strips without ever using their name (I've done it once or twice... *coughs* but anyway...).
Or to really screw with readers, do something like...

"There are some who call me... Tim?"

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Postby ZOMBIE USER 12729 on Sat Jan 11, 2003 6:53 am

Uber_angel wrote:-_- Hrm. This is kind of a toughie...

Well, what I used to do was to think in combinations of letters, as each Japanese symbol, be it katakana or Hirigana, is a combintion of a consonant and a vowel. I would take the letters and smush them together until I got a cool name.
Another method is to take pre-existing words and modify them. If you're really desperate, flip through a dictionary or a good book with your eyes closed and put your finger on a word, then tweak that word (or words surrounding it) into a name.

Or, if all else fails, keep your character's name ambiguous until you can think of a good name for him/her. You can use the character for several strips without ever using their name (I've done it once or twice... *coughs* but anyway...).
Or to really screw with readers, do something like...

"There are some who call me... Tim?"

{Monty Python ROCKS!!!} :P

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It's Hiragana. Dammit. >.< I am losing my ability to spell.
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You know what, that's not a bad suggestion. Only if I knew how to read Japanese and had a Japanese dictionary! Same goes for Chinese for my own reasons. But hopefully by the time I put this character in my comic, I'll have decided on a name. Anything else there?
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Postby Electronblues on Wed Jan 15, 2003 12:17 pm

Good point, but straight guys don't usually call their friends "cute boy" either. Hmmm.... it might just be easier to figure out a cute sounding name.

To follow Uber's suggestion, you could try one of the online translator programs, and just feed it words until you find something that strikes you as something you'd like to make a name from. You can find the translators from a search on most search engines. *shrug*
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Postby ZOMBIE USER 12729 on Wed Jan 15, 2003 12:28 pm

GRRR! This is not working. Lets start over. Forget most of what I said by means of what I want his name to mean. Just think of a name I can use, and I'll go look at those translators. I've already started changing some ideas towards him anyway. grrrr. I need to think of something! :bangs head against many objects: Right after I get over this concusion. THUD!
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Postby Electronblues on Fri Jan 17, 2003 5:38 am

*Places pillows in front of the head beating objects*

Concussion bad..... It makes it much harder to name characters when you've bruised your brain. *Offers StarWarrior a cup of green tea* I'll pull up some translators this afternoon, and see if I hit anything cool too.
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Postby ZOMBIE USER 12729 on Fri Jan 17, 2003 12:37 pm

:goes into anime tea drinking mode with one hand holding the cup and the other holding the bottom of the cup: Thanks. As soon as I get over my concusion I'll be looking. Oh and why is the room spinning. Stop moving with the room. :sip: ... :sip: ... :sip: ... Um, what am I searching for again? :sip: Awwwww all gone. I'm dizzy from the room spinning. THUD! :goes unconcious:
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Postby JadedLove on Fri Jan 17, 2003 3:07 pm

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Postby ZOMBIE USER 12729 on Fri Jan 17, 2003 4:59 pm

JadedLove wrote:DAISUKE!!!__________________________Daisuke___________________
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Um what was the point of this post? Are you just sugesting Daisuke? Um I'll think about it. :drops unconcious again:
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Postby ZOMBIE USER 12729 on Sat Jan 18, 2003 2:45 pm

Okay, i've tried to use some translators, but all the ones i've looked at are trying to turn words written in english to have it written in japanese scripture or whatever it is. so has anyone got a good sugestion of a translator?
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Postby JadedLove on Sun Jan 19, 2003 2:20 pm

you can download NJStar off the net for free and when you type it shows japanese characters... then i just copy paste onto a translator and it works... there is probably an easier way but meh. You could just get a japanese dictionary, funbie those things they are.
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Postby ZOMBIE USER 11832 on Mon Jan 20, 2003 5:35 pm

Gah. I like to cheat. Here's two more methods to do so:

1. Look up common Japanese names or steal one from the end of an anime (one of the artists or something)

2. Look up baby names. You can get them in ANY language. I suggest running a search on Google for "Baby names"

ORRRR.... You could just break the fourth wall, and when the character is asked what his name is, he can look at the audience and say "The author hasn't decided one yet." Not only does it make your life easier, but you can use that as a running gag until you can figure out what to name the character!
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Postby ZOMBIE USER 12729 on Tue Jan 21, 2003 1:31 pm

Okay I went and listened to Uber angel and got this name from this site :http://www.babynameworld.com/japanese-boy.asp
the name is Shigekazu. it means first son of Shige. so now i have a name for my character. Yay!
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Postby ZOMBIE USER 11832 on Tue Jan 21, 2003 10:27 pm

Hehe.. Sweet.

Good to know that's done and over with.

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Postby ZOMBIE USER 12729 on Wed Jan 22, 2003 4:22 am

Well there is another boy character I need to name...
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Postby ZOMBIE USER 11832 on Thu Jan 23, 2003 9:05 pm

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Postby ZOMBIE USER 12729 on Fri Jan 24, 2003 4:20 am

Well than forget it. We'll stop talking about names for now. Hows that.
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