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Japanese Model Names Child After One Piece Character

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Portgas D. Ace serves as baby boy's namesake

After the recent birth, Japanese fashion model Hikari Kamikawa named her boy after the One Piece franchise character Portgas D. Ace. The Koakuma Ageha fashion magazine model stated on her blog that she picked the name because she loves the One Piece manga. Kamikawa chose two Japanese kanji characters that can be pronounced as "Ace" in Japanese, as in the character's surname.

Although Japan does have a list of banned names, Kamikawa's choice is legal. Some of Kamikawa's fans liked the name, but others expressed concerns that it may cause problems for the boy as he grows up. "Ace" does not sound like a typical Japanese name and may also be difficult for some people to read correctly.

In 2010, entertainment figure and former Morning Musume idol singer Nozomi Tsuji denied wanting to name her baby after Dragon Ball. Earlier that year, ASCII Media Works' Dengeki Online website posted the results of a poll asking what anime character names people would like to give to their children. Neither One Piece nor Dragon Ball made the top ten choices, but Final Fantasy, K-ON!, and Clannad names were popular in the poll.

Source: Kotaku

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