In Japanese Anime shows, manga, or books, Kanji names often contain some information to explain the characters. But those things get usually lost in translation.
Today I share what Japanese people can notice about 2 sets of duo in “Haikyu!!”.
Hinata Shoyo and Kageyama Tobio
Hinata Shouyou(Shoyo)日向 翔陽 and Kageyama Tobio 影山 飛雄 are the main characters of Haikyu!!. Many people will think “These two are in contrast.” when they watch this show…and YES they are!
Hinata’s family name “日向” means “Sunny Place”. On the other hand, Kageyama is “影山”, which means “Shadow Mountain”. I can imagine the happy bright sunlight and the dark side of the mountain together. lol
Sunshine like Hinata’s personality is in contrast to the stressful Kageyama who is not good at socializing.
By the way, both of their first names, “翔陽(Shouyou)” and “飛雄(Tobio)”, contain the “Fly” related kanji.
翔 is the very popular kanji for boys name today, and it means “Fly high in the sky”. 陽 means “Sunlight”. A modern and refreshing name reminiscent of a clear sky.
“Tobio” sounds way more old fashioned name compared to the name “Shouyou”. 飛 means “Fly”, and 雄 means “Manly” here.
They are a good combination!
Azumane Asahi and Nishinoya Yuu
Azumane Asahi 東峰 旭 is an ace attacker(Wing Spiker) and Nishinoya Yuu 西谷 夕 is a Libero for the main high school’s volleyball team.
Their personalities are very opposite: Asahi is always nervous and negative but Nishinoya is bold and positive.
Plus, their names are very paired.
Asahi’s last name Azumane is “東(East) 峰(Peak)” in Japanese kanji, and Nishinoya is “西(West) 谷(Valley)”.
Asahi’s first name is 旭 in Japanese kanji, but the word “Asahi” can be written as “朝日”, which means “Morning Sun”. On the other hand, Nishinoya’s first name Yuu 夕 means “Evening”.
I imagine the sun rises from the peak of the mountain in East and it goes down to the valley in West.
They are also a good combination!
The author completed the manga “Haikyu!!” last month(July, 2020). I can’t wait for next season of anime! (*’▽’)☆
Today’s Kanji Shirt is the “Strongest(最強)”! Yes, they should wear this shirt to motivate themselves.
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