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A question about names.

Postby ph3nd » Tue 08.28.2007 3:06 am

Just what I hope is a simple question.

In FMP one of the main characters is Kaname Chidori
most of the characters either call her Chidori-san or Kaname-san however one of her close friends calls her Kana-chan. Is this just something that close friends do or is it just a nickname.
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RE: A question about names.

Postby Mike Cash » Tue 08.28.2007 8:03 am

Know any Michaels called Mike? Or Roberts called Bob?
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RE: A question about names.

Postby katsunori » Tue 08.28.2007 9:47 am

chan(ちゃん) is often used for children. So, I feel she is a friend from childhood.


EDIT: they → she
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RE: A question about names.

Postby ph3nd » Tue 08.28.2007 10:53 am

ok thank you both for that should have kinda guessed that but since it was only one friend(and her alarm clock) that said it like that, I was wondering :P
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RE: A question about names.

Postby keatonatron » Thu 08.30.2007 9:03 am

katsunori wrote:
chan(ちゃん) is often used for children. So, I feel they are her friends from childhood.


I use -chan with many of my friends, and I didn't know any of them before their 19th birthdays.
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RE: A question about names.

Postby richvh » Thu 08.30.2007 9:07 am

keatonatron wrote:
katsunori wrote:
chan(ちゃん) is often used for children. So, I feel they are her friends from childhood.


I use -chan with many of my friends, and I didn't know any of them before their 19th birthdays.


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RE: A question about names.

Postby katsunori » Thu 08.30.2007 11:57 am

keatonatron wrote:
I use -chan with many of my friends


Of course, it is normal. I sometimes call a 30's woman "○○-chan" . It includes the meaning of "lovely" or "pretty". (I am a 30's man.)

However, in this case,
> most of the characters either call her Chidori-san or Kaname-san
> however one of her close friends calls her Kana-chan

I thought "one of her close friends" is a special friend. So, I imagined she is 幼なじみ(Osananajimi, a friend from childhood).

By the way, I didn't know the anime (フルメタル・パニック!) but I watched it on the Internet today. I found the special friend who uses "Kana-chan".

She is 常盤恭子(Tokiwa Kyoko). According to the Wikipedia in Japan, she is a friend from high school. (Sorry, my imagination was not correct.)

Her description is とんぼメガネにお下げ髪、発育途上の幼い肢体、誰とでも仲良くなれる天真爛漫な性格. It means her character is "childish(子供っぽい)" . This is why she uses "Kana-chan". I think she calls most of her friends "○○-chan".
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