Something about a little girl named Eggnog running around makes me giggle. (til she hit's 12, then you frown and wonder)
Japanese are notorious for this, no?
Bleach's main character is named (I like to put a Pimp-twist to it and say it in a Barry White tone) Strawbeeerry. Venus and Braves had the leads Blood, Vivid and Ariah. Xenoblade has Shulk and Florung (say that ten times fast). And I'm pretty sure our next heavy-hitting JRPG will have a lead idiot named Chair or some sort of appliance.
I don't want to sound rude, so don't take it personal but Ichigo (苺) is not only strawberry but in the case of the main characters, while it does sound the same as strawberry it has different meaning as it is written with different kanji (一護) the first means ONE
the other means PROTECT, SAFEGUARD
, so, the one who protects.
I'm not trying to be bitching about it, but even though it may sound weird for us (the average non japanese speaker, or even a begginer) it usually has more then meets the eye, or in this case, the ear :)
Especially those mangakas (creators, writers, etc) they try to give the character a name that appeals to the idea they have. Another fine example is the main character from Death note, Yagami Light, especially his last name, and they mention it A LOT in the anime. 夜神 the first kanji, means NIGHT
and the means GOD
. You put them together and you have a badass name or at least a badass meaning for your name.
Even regular people sometimes have names like this, they just change the reading of the kanjis to something more usual a thing that in manga, anime etc you don't have to, or sometimes don't even want to, because you want the fans to make note of it.
This have happened to me quite sometimes, but as my vocabulary of japanese grew you see those nuances and it all makes sense.