Ian Andreas Miller. 13 December 2002.
A large number of fan-created Web sites that deal with the Bishjo Senshi Sr Mn anime and manga attempt to explain the names of the main characters (and often provide erroneous information). However, few of them also explain the names of some of the minor characters. The names of several of the minor characters from the two continuities appear in this article. Explanations of those names also appear. Many of the kanji that are used to write the names are not meant to be interpreted literally. The literal meanings of some of the kanji may be eschewed in favor of the phonetic sounds that they represent. Nevertheless, the literal meanings and the phonetic sounds are included. The names that contain kanji that could be interpreted literally may indicate the personalities or rules of the characters with those names. In some cases, additional information that pertains to the names may show why the names were given to the characters.
Tsukino Household: Shingo, Ikuko, and Kenji
When the anime and manga begin, the Tsukino () household comprises four characters: Usagi, Shingo, Ikuko, and Kenji. Shingo, Usagiís younger brother, writes his name in Japanese as . The kanji shin means progress, and the kanji go means enlightenment. (What an unusual name to give to a child who annoys Usagi so much!) Some fans have asked whether Shingoís name means signal or not. Actually, the kanji that mean signal are actually shingo. Usagiís mother, Ikuko, writes her name in Japanese as . The kanji iku means to rear, and the kanji ko means child. (Many Japanese female names end in that kanji). Kenji, Usagiís father, writes his name in Japanese as . The kanji ken means modest, and the kanji ji means of. (Another reading of is no.) Naoko Takeuchi has a brother named Shingo, a mother named Ikuko, and a father named Kenji!
Friends at School: Naru and Umino
Usagi associates with several minor characters in school. Her friend Naru saka writes her name in Japanese as . Naruís surname, saka, is also the name of a city in Japan. Those two kanji mean large slope. Naruís personal name may refer to the Japanese term naru, which means to sound. The nerdy boy named Gurio Umino writes his name in Japanese as . The kanji umi means ocean, and the kanji no means field. His personal name, Gurio, comes from guri guri, which means to turn. He wears glasses that show swirls instead of his eyes!
One of Usagiís eighth grade teachers, Haruna Sakurada, writes her name in Japanese as . The kanji sakura means cherry, da means rice field, haru means spring, and na means vegetable. There is a character in the Code-name Sailor V manga who has the name Natsuna Sakurada. She writes her name in Japanese as . In Natsunaís case, the kanji natsu means summer. In The Cherry Project, there is a character named Fuyuna Sakurada who writes her name as . In Fuyunaís case, the kanji fuyu means winter. In PQ Angels, there is a character named Akina Sakurada who writes her name as . In Akinaís case, the kanji aki means, of course, autumn. Perhaps these four characters are related!
Two Obscure Characters: Yumiko and Kuri
In the early parts of the Bishjo Senshi Sr Mn anime and manga, Usagi knows of two girls named Yumiko and Kuri. Unfortunately, Yumikoís and Kuriís surnames are never mentioned. Yumiko is the girl with the longer hair, and Kuri is the girl with the shorter hair. These two poor girls do not stay long in anime and manga continuities. They seem to be around simply to keep things interesting until more of the main characters appear. It is difficult to know exactly what Yumikoís name means. She writes it in Japanese as . Kuri writes her name in Japanese as . The Japanese term kuri means chestnut.
Motoki, Unazuki, and Reika
Motoki Furuhata, Usagiís friend who works at the Game Center Crown (an arcade) writes his full name in Japanese as . His younger sister, Unazuki, writes her name in Japanese as . Their surname, Furuhata, comprises the kanji . The kanji furu means old, and the kanji hata refers to a flag. Motokiís contains the kanji . The kanji moto means origin, and the kanji ki means foundation. Unazukiís name contains the kanji . The kanji u refers to the sky, the kanji na is a question word, and zuki means moon. Motokiís girlfriend, Reika Nishimura, writes her name in Japanese as . It is not easy to figure out what her personal name means since she writes it in katakana characters. The kanji nishi means west, and mura means village.
Asanuma and Kotono
Itt Asanuma and Kotono Sarashina are two characters who first appear in the Black Moon section of the Bishjo Senshi Sr Mn manga. (Asanuma also appears in anime episode 169. The young man is Asanuma because his name appears in the credits at the end of the episode.) The kanji represent Asanumaís full name in the Japanese script. His personal name, Itt, means first class. The kanji asa means shallow, and the kanji numa means swamp. Kotono writes her name in Japanese as . Since her personal name is written in hiragana characters, it is not easy to know what it means. The kanji sara means to grow late, and the kanji shina means section.
Shingoís Friend: Mika
Mika Kayama, who is Shingoís female friend, writes her name in Japanese as . The Japanese term mika can mean jar. The kanji ka means incense, and the kanji yama means mountain. Ms. Takeuchi drew a picture of Mika, but it does not appear in the Materials Collection. That picture does appear in the Nakayoshi Anime Album for the first anime series.
Jban Elementary: Kysuke, Momoko, and Sorano
Chibi Usa knows young man named Kysuke Sarashina who writes his name in Japanese as . Kysuke talks about his sister, so he may be referring to Kotono. Those two characters have the surname Sarashina. The kanji ky means nine, and the kanji suke means help. Momoko Momohara, the girl at school who becomes Chibi Usaís friend, writes her name in Japanese as . The momo parts of in her surname and personal name mean peach tree. The kanji hara means original, and the kanji ko means child. Chibi Usa knows of a nerdy boy named Gurio Sorano who writes his name in Japanese as . Sorano and Umino have the same personal name: Gurio! The kanji sora means empty and the kanji no means field.
Two Anime Characters: Yichir and Ry
Only the Bishjo Senshi Sr Mn anime features the two characters named Yichir Kumada and Ryo Urawa. Yichir writes his name in Japanese as . His surname contains two kanji: the kanji kuma means bear, and the kanji da refers to a rice field. The personal name Yichir contains three kanji: the kanji y means male, the kanji ichi means one, and the kanji r means son. Most of the characters refer to Ry as Urawa, and he writes his full name in Japanese as . The kanji ura refers to a body of water, the kanji wa means peace, and the kanji ry means good.
Many fans refer to Reiís grandfather as ďGrandpa Hino,Ē but he is simply called ďReiís GrandpaĒ ( Rei no ojiisan) in the Japanese versions of the anime and manga. According to the manga, he is Reiís maternal grandfather. In the anime, he looks like an old man with no hair. In the manga, he is a man with a mustache and blonde hair! (He looks like Motoki.)